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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / chemo caps vs. slouchy hats? on: September 26, 2010 02:00:40 PM
Hi. This past Wednesday my grandmother found out she has cancer and has been instructed to start chemotherapy as soon as possible. I'd like to make a ton of cute hats for her to wear as fall is just around the corner (not sure if it's fall, but it certainly doesn't feel like it here yet.)

Anyways, I was wondering if there was a certain reason chemo caps were called chemo caps? And if they're any better for cancer patients than any other hat? My grandmother and I have similar tastes, and I don't like the way chemo caps look. I'm more into slouchy or cabled hats. So, is there really any difference? Does the hat have to fit tight? Does it make the hat warmer? Or is a hat a hat, regardless of what it's called?

Thank you so much in advance.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitted baby shower gifts? on: August 26, 2010 01:50:50 PM
strapped for cash at the moment and my baby shower is next Saturday. I was wondering what you all would enjoy receiving as gifts for a baby shower... I don't want to make dishclothes, because I know I wouldn't really appreciate it. I know it's the thought that counts and all, but I fail to see how wash rags are particularly thoughtful... No offense to those of you who WOULD like to receive one. Just not my cup of tea...

SO! Do you know of any cute little patterns? Maybe easy hat patterns, or cute little toys?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / how to use a stitch marker on dpns? on: February 01, 2010 07:43:15 PM
I really don't know how to do this, so usually I just count carefully, or look for the tail from my slip knot. Whenever I try to, I usually just put it between the first and second stitch, but that can get confusing and I was wondering if there's an easier way?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / figure 8 cast on on circulars? on: January 06, 2010 07:58:42 PM
i think i might have to magic loop a pair of slippers to make gauge (i have up to a size 5 dpn and i need 8s) but these are toe-up and call for the figure eight cast on. i'm thinking i could just figure eight on two of my fives and then knit into them using the circulars, but i wanted to know if any of you had encountered this problem and, if so, what did you do?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / girly child's earflap hat? on: December 29, 2009 09:09:02 PM
my boyfriend's little sister is seven and, after i made her mom a hat, requested i make her one, as well, with "things for my ears!" i've been wanting to make an earflap hat for a bit, and i saw this super cute one at work that i knew i could make for less than we were selling it for. it was garter stitch with crocheted (i think) flowers. anyways, it was super girly, and his little sister is super girly. so if you know of any girly knit hat patterns like that, or girly in general, for children, that'd be excellent. Cheesy
thanks so much in advance.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / is it just my comp... on: December 28, 2009 12:14:26 AM
or is www.yarn.com (aka webs) down?
i placed an order last friday and i wanted to check the site for more yarn, but it says "service unavailable" whenever i go to look. i. am. freaking. out.
i haven't rebooted my computer yet (just in case that's the problem) because it takes a good ten minutes to start back up and i'm terrified that even if i DO reboot, it's going to say the same thing. :S
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / dog sweaters? on: December 11, 2009 05:55:45 PM
if my boyfriend's dad cosigns, i'm getting an italian greyhound tomorrow and it's been SUPER cold here lately, so i want to make a sweater for her. problem is, i don't really know where to look. i'm looking on ravelry, but i wanted to know if anybody had previously knit a sweater or knows of a super nice sweater.

ALSO, i know this has nothing to do with knitting, but dog names? she's a girl, super sweet with these pretty blue grey eyes. haha, they asked what i was gonna name her and i said, "princess." my boyfriend's friend was there, and he said, "hell no, she's not a chihuahua." lol so, if you could suggest cooool puppy names, that'd be nice, too. i'm at a total loss, haha, 'cause i've always wanted an italian greyhound... i'm super excited. Cheesy
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / i don't know what to call this yarn, therefore can't find it to buy but... on: December 07, 2009 10:30:47 AM
i desperately want it!

i can't find pics, because, like i said, i don't know what to call it, so searches yield frustrating results. i've been calling it variegated, though it would seem that i'm using the term incorrectly as my search has come up with a ribbed v-neck t-shirt, a bunch of shirts with pictures, and something about what variegated thread is, which was actually kind of helpful.

now, onto what i'm actually looking for...

ok, so, it's like you buy a white t-shirt, right? and it's either sheer or solid white, i guess depending on fabric, tightness, etc. well, recently i bough a white t-shirt that was both sheer AND solid in places. the sheer spots looked like the white spots had been stretched, and they weren't spots so much as i guess little areas? spots to me means circles, and they definitely weren't circles. anyways, i don't know if this makes much sense, but... i want to make either a cardigan or a sweater using yarn like that, but i don't know where to start looking, or if it's even possible to find that sort of yarn. i probably wouldn't be so obsessed with finding this yarn if my boyfriend's sister hadn't "borrowed" my shirt, lol

so, if anybody knows what i'm talking about (aka can decipher my ramblings lol) i'm looking for this yarn in white.

i'm interested in gray, as well, but that kind of old-school-sweatshirt gray. you know, the one that's like a million different shades of gray all blended into one, and kind of looks like what i'm trying to describe with the t-shirt, except that it's all solid.

oh gosh, i make no sense... anyways, thanks in advance, haha. :]

edit: ok, i think i found a link to the style i'm looking for. you can barely see the difference in like, solid and sheer, but it's there, if you look hard enough lol

now onto finding the gray! lol

and this is the gray, but minus the little decal/picture.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / seam st? on: November 28, 2009 08:48:34 PM
i'm working on the allegoro scoop neck pullover, but i haven't even cast on yet, because i'm confused by the very beginning of the pattern. the author writes: "Est 1 x 1 Rib: (RS) K1 (seam st, keep in St st throughout), work to last st in 1 x 1 Rib, k1 (seam st, keep in St st throughout)."
what is seam st? or does that just mean that that's where you're going to sew the seam when you start to put it together?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / sock wars on: November 23, 2009 08:29:59 PM
ok, i was reading the "how did you get started?" thread and somebody mentioned sock wars. curious, i googled it and i discovered ONLY THE COOLEST THING EVER! i'm planning on registering this friday, but before i do so, i was wondering, does anybody know if you HAVE to buy yarn from cocoa beach? or can you use just any old sock yarn? AND what fibers are the best for knitting socks? or should i just buy yarn advertised as sock yarn at hobby lobby? thanks so much in advance! i still consider myself a beginner and i think this is gonna be so much fun and an incredible learning experience. this is actually the first thing i've ever swatched.

by the way, in case there was any confusion the swatch is for the sample pattern.
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