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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Gauge problems w/UK knitting pattern on: September 06, 2009 11:20:16 AM
A few weeks ago, I volunteered to make a baby sweater for my friend's new grandbaby since she's just starting out with knitting and doesn't feel up to snuff. The pattern (which is a UK pattern) seems simple enough but I'm having a heck of a time getting the gauge right.

Here are my questions/issues:

  • On a UK pattern, what does the term "double knitting" mean? Is it just a yarn weight or something else?
  • The yarn my friend wants to use is baby weight and will NOT knit up to the proper gauge (22 sts/28rows for 4in) on the needles given by the pattern (4mm/US6). The only way to almost approach the gauge with the yarn I'm using is to use US9s which makes a very airy fabric.
  • Should I just go out and get new yarn? I know my friend really likes the yarn but I don't think I can use it for the pattern and am afraid that if I use the US9s, I'll make the sweater waaay too big and airy.

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Tiny needles + big feet = needing motivation on: June 06, 2008 09:01:03 PM

Here we see one totally finished, very neat anniversary sock that was given to my boy last year.

What's my problem? I still have another one to make for this anniversary and I have no motivation to complete it. I have so much more to do- I'm making it for a size 14 foot. That's 11 and some inches of foot!

Can anyone see a silver lining or am I doomed to knit this thing for the rest of my life?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hhh... I think I'm cured of commissions forever on: June 06, 2008 08:54:34 PM
I was knitting socks on my lunch break when my co-worker noted that I should knit  and sell socks instead of working. I laughed and told her that even though the yarn was cheap ($6), my time and labor would drive prices through the roof.

Let's see- men's socks, size 14. Fingering weight yarn on size 1 needles. About 40 hours of work given the double point technique (which I am incredibly slow at) and cable pattern. Not to mention the 5 hours they took to design. At $10 an hour, that's $450 for a pair of socks without the cost of materials. At $7.50 an hour (minimum wage in CA), it's still over $300 for a pair of socks. No one would ever pay that.

I would consider taking commissions if there was a clear contract and the client agreed to pay any and all material costs, with me keeping any needles or other supplies as part of my fee. I would also try to explain the amount of labor that went into a project so they understood the cost. Of course, this would probably turn a LOT of people away. *sigh* that's why I give knitting as gifts!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Complete newbie question (I feel dumb even asking...) on: June 05, 2008 08:04:30 PM
Another question:  Is this a good pattern?  Is there any mistakes/confusing parts (that will frustrate me and cause me to put it away for a very, very long time)?

With just a cursory glance, it looks simple enough for a beginner. I do suggest using a smoother yarn (it will make seaming easier). It does bother me that they don't provide a simple diagram (major pet peeve of mine) but since you're basically knitting squares and sewing them together, the picture they provide should be good enough.

I think the most important thing about choosing a pattern is whether or not it seems confusing to you. When reading it, can you see it knitting up in your head? Are there parts you don't understand even after researching? In the end, only you can decide if something is going to be workable for you.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Complete newbie question (I feel dumb even asking...) on: June 05, 2008 06:58:58 PM
I use what ever stitch is used in the pattern I'm knitting for my swatches

I do this too. Different stitch patterns will usually have a different gauge than stockinette; especially lace and ribbing patterns. If a knitting pattern uses a specific stitch motif/pattern throughout, the pattern will tell you whether or not you should use the gauge for that stitch.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: It will be a cold day in hell before I pay to knit in your shop. on: June 05, 2008 06:49:57 PM
Let me get this right, $5 just to sit in their store and knit? What complete and utter BS! You should get a group, sit outside on the sidewalk and knit in protest.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Noro Silk Garden scarf on: December 20, 2007 10:41:47 PM
What stitch is this? I've made a scarf using this stitch before but I can't remember how to do it or what its' called.  Huh
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fess up, who's got a knitting blog? on: July 30, 2007 09:46:07 PM
New knitting blog:  http://grneyedmonstr.vox.com/

One day it'll be interesting!!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Fat Girl/Fat Boy Swap Round 4 Gallery on: July 19, 2007 01:29:23 PM
I got my package from tucanchild!  I can't even sufficiently describe how well my partner understood my quirky sense of humor.  I love everything in it, I keep catching myself saying I have a favorite thing, but then I find something equally or more endearing about something else. 

I got some coasters with really lovely cross stitching in them (the funny part is, I pulled them out in order, and I have to think that you packed them that way on purpose), a trivet, a travel mug (which has already been pilfered), some lovely ephemera (yay! i love papery goodness!), a venus paper doll (ahhh I love it!), a cd that will be great for upbeat house cleaning, and a little spinner doohickey with options...do these things have names or not?




I'm also thinking that tucanchild has some kind of weird pact with her mailman because this stuff came really quick.

I love everything- thanks so much for making this a great first swap!

(and since I know you are all observant folks here, the afghans weren't done by me, but they are a crafty shout-out to my great grandma)
Edited because I'm stupid.

I'm glad you liked everything!! I'm planning on posting pix from your package tomorrow/this weekend.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: so i got bored at work... on: July 16, 2007 09:15:09 PM
Hello fellow goon! I just got done marveling over this on SA and now I can marvel over it again Smiley I can't believe it stands up on it's own, very cool- it almost looks like there's someone wearing it. I would love to see it on someone even if it's just a form.
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