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601  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Knitted Slippers on: March 10, 2004 10:36:35 AM
these are very easy fun to make - no shaping, just a bunch of garter stitch squares sewn together:

They're a great way to use up small amounts of yarn. They aren't super warm, though.  And I'd recommend knitting them on smaller needles than you would normally use for the yarn, so that the fabric is tighter and harder-wearing.

I'm a big fan of the Fiber Trends felted clogs (patt# AC-33x)
 and Mary Janes (patt# AC-14)

The patterns aren't free, but they are pretty cheap. Here in Canada I pay about 6$ each.  They'd be less in the US. You can order them on line from various sources or you can buy them from many yarn stores.
602  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:double-pointed vs. circulars? on: March 09, 2004 02:36:14 PM
I knit everything on circulars, even when I'm knitting flat.  I use dpns for socks and when I'm knitting something that won't fit on a 16" circular.  

Since I only use dpns to do fairly narrow tubes, I actually prefer the shorter ones.  The ends don't get in the way, minimizing the "porcupine" or "cactus" effect.

I don't recommend metal dpns.  They're heavy and slippery and tend to fall out of your knitting.  I think they are the origin of the dpn frustration.  Use bamboo or birch (although birch dpns smaller than 3mm tend to break).  When transporting your project, use corks or elastics to secure the ends of the needles.
When you can, buy needles in sets of 5.  It is nice to have the option to divide your stitches onto 4 needles.
Remember that if your decreases end up in awkward places, like at the end of a needle, you can redistribute the stitches so that you have a fresh supply of stitches at that decrease point (after the decrease for k2 tog, before it for ssk).
This is pretty advanced, but dpns can also be useful for knitting up borders (like the button band of a cardigan, for example) at a smaller gauge, while you knit the main part of the garment on the larger needle.
603  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Knit mesh stitch.... on: March 09, 2004 02:15:51 PM
To acheive a mesh effect in knitting you can either make really big stitches or manipulate the stitches with increases and decreases.

To make a simple little hole (eyelet) in your knitting you would do this:
yo, k2tog

"yo" (yarn over) means bring the yarn to the front of the work between the needles, then return it to the back of the work over the right hand needle.

So, to make a whole row of holes, you'd repeat that action over and over again. Here's an example:
cast on an even number of stitches
row 1: Knit
row 2: K1,*yo, K2tog* repeat stitches between *'s to last stitch, K1
repeat these two rows.
This will give you a fabric in which the holes are aligned vertically.  If you want them to align diagonally, knit 2 stitches instead of 1 at the beginning and end of every other pattern row (rows 4, 8, 12...)

Since you're making a scarf, you'd probably want to knit a garter stitch border at the ends and edges so that it won't curl.
604  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Working with Circular Needles on: March 09, 2004 01:38:19 PM
In fact, you might want to use your circular needle to cast on, then knit the stitches onto the dpns.  Casting onto a straight or circular needle is much easier - especially if you're using short dpns or casting on more stitches than will fit on a single needle.

If you find your cast on edges tend to be a bit tight, you can use a larger needle size to cast on, then transfer the stitches to the needles you will use for the rest of your project.

A bit of advice with DPN's--don't give up!!!  The first time I cast on with them it was like the saying 'wrestling with a porcupine'.  They become much easier to manage after you have a couple of inches of knitting to hold them in place.  Although the first few rows you may be like "No way, this is NOT going to work" press on and I promise it will get easier.

605  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:What to do with Alpaca on: February 10, 2004 12:01:12 PM
I suggest that you swatch it up and see what the resulting fabric suggests to you.  You will probably Smiley find it pretty drapey.  Yes, it is warm, but it is really light too. Alpaca also tends to show stitch texture really nicely.

Because of the drapeyness, should probably avoid anything too structured.

since Italy is also home to some of  the most beautiful knitwear (oooh, Missoni), you may find some inspiration there.
lucky you!
606  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:knit or crochet hat links on: February 09, 2004 01:58:04 PM
There's queerjoe's London Beanie, inspired by those Beckhamesque hats: http://www.queerjoe.blogspot.com/London%20Beanie.htm
and there's Allison's NYC street cap: http://www.knitlist.com/2003/NYCHat.htm

The second one caused a bit of a frenzy on the Knitlist, despite its striking resemblance an existing Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern.  

I'm guessing that once you've done a few, you'll abandon patterns altogether and freestyle.  
607  CANADA / Atlantic Canada / Re:Halifax? on: January 22, 2004 02:08:40 PM
So, anything to add?
608  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Help with Eyelash Yarn on: January 15, 2004 12:16:30 PM
Hi Kara,

I think the revese stocking-stitch idea is a good one.  You already know that it will work. Smiley  

Are you going to join the bottom stitches to the top by doing a K2tog at the end of each row? It occurs to me that you might want to do a slip stitch edge on the "fur" section to compensate for the gauge difference between the that part and the plain yarn part.

609  CANADA / Atlantic Canada / Re:Halifax? on: January 15, 2004 12:00:37 PM
Okay, Audra, I'll take the bait.

For knitting:
L.K. Yarns in the Hydrostone Market, 5545 Young St.
A good LYS that carries a wide variety of yarns, including the prosaic (Patons acrylic), reliable basics (Briggs & Little worsteds), novelty (Snowflake, Fun Fur, etc), to luxury and handpainted yarns like Kureyon.  The store also carries a handpainted yarns from The Fleece Artist (see below).  There is a small selection of  needles and notions.  You shouldn't go expecting to find the size you want.

The Fleece Artist, 1174 Mineville Road (Near Lawrencetown Beach)
http://www.fleeceartist.com/ (the website's a bit of a mess)
A wonderland of handpainted luxury fibres.  Coned yarns.  A wide selection of Addi Turbo, Brittany birch and bamboo needles.

Tradewind Knitwear Designs, Dartmouth (434-5179)
The home-based mail-order business of master knitter Lucy Neatby.  Call to visit; she's often out of town.  She carries needles (including Crystal Palace sock needles), great notions (coil-less safety pins, blocking wires...) and some yarns (Shelridge Farms merino, self-patterning sock yarns, New Zealand lace yarn).  

For knitters with some experience, I highly recommend Lucy Neatby's workshops at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design on Barrington St. <http://www.craft-design.gov.ns.ca/>

For sewing:
I haven't done much sewing since moving here, but I just got a new machine, so I'll soon know more. I do know that Fabricville, now located in the West End Mall, has the best fabric selection.

For general crafting supplies, the NSCAD Bookstore is great - PVA, bone folders, x-actos, many kinds of straight-edge, papers, even some nice, cheap yarns.

610  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:pattern for knit boyshorts/panties on: December 10, 2003 02:47:57 PM
try the Rebecca Magazine website.  There's a free pattern for vintage-style knit bikini there and the bottom may be what you're looking for.  In any case, it would be really easy to make the legs longer or whatever.


go to the "patterns" page and scroll down - you'll see a thumbnail.  You can download the pattern as a PDF.  

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