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1  Re: Tatami Kimono in Knitalongs by tracinglines on: April 18, 2007 04:02:09 PM
ok, i started mine the other day. i've gotten a little bit past the first increase (the narrow part above the hips). i'm using the recommended yarn in the same color--sweet brier rose. i love this yarn. it's so soft and the color is so textured and captivating. i highly recommend it. it's definately worth the price.

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2  echidna hat-ribbing question in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by tracinglines on: March 30, 2007 06:52:31 AM
i dont want to make this hat so i dont want to buy the pattern, but i love the double-sidedness of the ribbing. anyone have ideas on how it was done? it almost looks like it was done sideways.


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3  alpaca beret in Knitting: Completed Projects by tracinglines on: February 16, 2007 12:26:10 AM
i just finished this tonight. it will look more finished once it's blocked. the yarn is araucania atacama 100% handspun/handdyed alpaca from chile. it's awesome stuff, but has a mind of its own.

i just traded in my precious Nikon D50 (a manual) for this canon powershot which is supposed to be more user friendly, but i haven't figured out this new-fangled computery aperture yet. the hat is blurry and yet you have a clear view of the clay under my fingernails. haha. sorry everyone.

here's a clearer picture

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4  how to fix a hat that's too big in Knitting: Completed Projects by tracinglines on: February 16, 2007 12:02:49 AM
i made a hat that was a little bit too big and then after 10 minutes of wear, it stretched amazingly.

 i figured i couldn't make it any worse so i got it damp, threw it in the dryer until it shrunk to fit (about 10 minutes), wrapped it around a medium sized plate and to my amazement, the brim shrunk to fit the plate and it was transformed into a beret. the drying also made the fibers bloom a lot more than normal so now it looks and feels incredibly soft.

the yarn is grignasco top print, 100% alpaca if anyone happens to be wondering

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5  jungly bag in progress in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by tracinglines on: October 22, 2006 06:24:43 PM
this was meant to be made into a long skirt, but last night i pulled it out from the depths of my closet and realized it made an ugly skirt and a better bag and i closed up the bottom.

so now i have a couple of questions.

1) how does one go about sewing a fabric lining onto knitting. will a machine rip it up?
2) i'm planning on making thick handles of icord around cotton rope to prevent stretchage. i'm stumped on how to attach them to the bag without stretching the bag itself. maybe doing two layers of lining fabric and sewing it to the inner one?
3) my biggest question, (maybe you can see this in the picture) i did a longtail cast-on and knit for 5 rows, purled for 1 row, and knit for 5 more rows with the intention of putting in an elastic waistband, folding it over and closing it up. anyone know of how i can close it up?

hopefully this makes sense.

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6  danica scarf-yarn suggestion in Knitting: Completed Projects by tracinglines on: October 22, 2006 06:06:56 PM
i never took a picture of the finished product before i sent it to my grandfather, but i just wanted to share the awesome effect the yarn made.

i used paton's decor in woodbane. paton's decor in solids was the suggested yarn, but the multi-colors seem made for this patttern. it's really nice. warm and woolish, but not scratchy. and he loved it.

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7  best fingering weight yarn in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by tracinglines on: October 14, 2006 07:21:03 PM
I'm making some glittens as a gift for someone going through rough times and would really like to find the perfect yarn for the project.

heres what im looking for:
a rich black color
durable, easy to wash
soft soft soft
something thatll make flexible fingers
7sts/inch on size 2 or 3 ndls
fairly affordable-im on a budget of about $35

Here are some I found online with the right gauge, but I can't find care instructions.

Anyone have some advice?

lorna's laces shepherd sock in charcoal

debbie bliss baby cashmerino

rowan ryc cashsoft 4-ply

rowan 4-ply soft

i've also heard of anny blatt merino, but dont know about the durability. anyone tried it?
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8  Re: its a cool design, but not the one im looking for in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by tracinglines on: June 27, 2006 09:55:40 AM
its dyed in a way that, if knit just right, it will create lightning bolts of color. the guide i have said that when knit in the round, with size 8 needles and multiples of about 60 stitches (more or less depending on your own tension), it will have this effect. on each row the colors should migrate 4-5 stitches away from where they were in the previous row back and forth. mine seem to only be migrating 3-5 stitches to the right, but not to the left. which is why its just constantly moving to the right. im not sure how to get it to go back and forth.

also, the woman at the yarn shop here told me that theres an article by elizabeth zimmerman online telling how to use this stuff (mostly how to do increases and decreases using an equation to maintain the design), but i havent found it yet. ive posted about that on this forum and others, but no luck yet.

heres an example of the design it makes.
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9  its a cool design, but not the one im looking for in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by tracinglines on: June 27, 2006 03:02:31 AM

have any of you worked with flashing yarn? my "flashes" seem to just be moving forever to the side and not zigzagging back and forth.
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10  flashing yarn-rainbow mills in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by tracinglines on: June 17, 2006 09:41:10 AM
i just got a pound of crayon's lite yarn by rainbow mills. it's a "flashing" or "ick-tacking" yarn that creates a pattern like this when done jussst right.

the paper i got for it said that the pattern will show if i use size 8 needles and a multiple of 60 stitches in the round. i want to make a long skirt like this one

from cornelia tuttle hamilton's transitions book which im guessing was done by increasing two each row. im just trying figure out if theres a way to make a skirt like this while maintaining the flashing pattern. perhaps if i do it in increments? co 120, work for a while, increase to 180, work for a while, increase to 240,etc. or would that be overload? and the increases might show too much. any ideas?
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