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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Greetings, programs! TRON inspired socks on: July 30, 2010 04:14:04 PM
Oh my gosh I love these! Unfortunately my only ever sock attempt came out sized for an elephant...Which is a lie really since I don't think elephants have ankles like people have ankles. But still they were huge.

DizMissLiz, that's how my first socks came out too! The pattern called for size US 3 needles, and they were huge. Now, I use size US 1 for the feet, and they come out perfectly. Being able to try the socks on as you go to ensure a perfect fit is one of the things that I like the most about working socks from the toe upward.

A gal on Rav asked me if she could use glow-in-the dark DK or worsted weight yarn instead of fingering to make these socks for her hubby, and I told her that she may be able to use the smaller chart since she'd be using thicker yarn. (I've got charts for 56, 60, and 74 stitches.) If she knits a 56 or 60 stitch tube and it fits him, then she can go for it!

So, once you get a needle/stitch count combo that works for you, you can apply any fair isle or lace pattern repeat that fits within your number of total stitches on to a sock. Well, that was probably more abstract sock theory than you asked for, but I hope that it helps you give socks a second chance!  Cheesy
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Victorian Mini Top Hat on: July 29, 2010 02:50:10 PM
Supercute! I <3 little fascinator hats!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Greetings, programs! TRON inspired socks on: July 29, 2010 09:41:20 AM
Inspired and beautiful!  You guys make me want to knit socks, even though dpns scare me.  I should grab some experience using dpns before knitting socks....

Thank you!

You know, if you wanted to be a knitting *daredevil* you could skip the DPNs and go right to Magic Loop! That's the only way that I'll work socks these days. I've got some photos and notes on how to cast on for both socks at once in the pattern, but there are heaps of resources around. I recommend checking out a video, that helped me get it the first time.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Hula Doll on: July 28, 2010 10:26:35 AM
Supercute! I also think that the tea-dying idea was great!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Greetings, programs! TRON inspired socks on: July 28, 2010 10:23:18 AM

I designed to be a gift for my big brother, whose TRON fandom and enthusiasm over the release of a second movie inspired the sock design. They were worked toe-up, two-at-a-time magic loop, with a Turkish cast-on and short row heel. I wrote out the chart for the number of stitches in half a sock, to get a mirrored pair with a wrap-around design, I had to read the cart both forwards and backwards. It was a little tricky at first, but not too bad.

I started with a smaller chart for myself to test out the design, and expanded it afterward to make the man-sized socks. I did mine in bad-guy colors. Wink The base of my sock is the Hat Heel sock from the 2009 Fall Knitty, and worked the chart around the ankle.

I think the chart could also make cool wristbands or fingerless gloves, I may do that as a project for fall.

There's a project listing on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/greetings-programs
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Green Lantern Sweater *with chart and notes on: July 28, 2010 09:21:19 AM
I've lost a bunch of weight this year, and it no longer fits me, so I'm now selling this original sweater on Etsy. Still a curvy gal, but not quite as much so, I need another bodacious lady to pick up the lantern!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Clauette Hat - Great 20s Hat on: October 28, 2009 01:26:28 PM
Super cute!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: DIY circular needles from dowels w/pics and tutorial on: August 21, 2009 04:39:28 PM
Good job! What a great way to make custom length circular needles!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Simple Sari Silk Going-Out Bag on: August 16, 2009 11:01:16 PM
This simple purse shows of the fun colors in the recycled sari silk yarn, but could be replaced with any heavy worsted novelty yarn. Knits up quickly, in the round magic loop, with only one seam at the strap. Fits your going-out essentials; keys, money, ID, cell phone.

70 yards sari silk yarn
US 6 / 4mm circular needle, minimum 32" long
1 button
4 sts x 7 rows = 1"
Finished size: 7" wide x 6.5" high

Turkish cast-on 24 stitches over both ends of the needle. Slide one needle out, as you would for magic loop, to work the first set of stitches. Knit 6 rows of stockinette over the first 24 stitches, leaving the other half of the cast-on stitches on the cable.
Knit 24 stitches, pick up 4 stitches along the edge of the 6 rows.
Rotate work, shifting needles to work the reserved 24 stitches. Pick up 4 stitches along the other edge of the 6 rows.
Knit all stitches, in the round for 5".
Knit 10 sts, BO 4, knit to end.
Knit 10 sts, cast on 4, knit to end.
Knit 3 round.
BO to last 5 sts. Pick up 1st BO stitch.
Work stockinette over 6 sts for 20".
Kitchener 6 strap sts to the other side of bag opening.
Sew on button corresponding to the button hole.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Green Lantern Sweater *with chart and notes on: July 28, 2009 01:01:03 PM
Awesome costume, and bonus points for posing at the Kingdom of Loathing booth.

LOL, Well, I play! :-) Same username. Maybe I'll wear the sweater to KoLCon in September. If you go, say hi to me!
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