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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Gauge Swatching - Socks on: October 10, 2007 07:23:01 AM
Is there anything different about swatching for socks?  Since my first sock didn't work out I'm frogging and restarting from scratch, including making new gauge swatches just to make sure, I'm also starting a different pattern based on the links I was given in my other post w/ a different yarn so I'm swatching that too.

What is your preferred method of swatching?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sock-tastrophe! on: October 09, 2007 02:42:15 PM
Ok... so I have been bitten by the 'must knit socks!' bug.  I have a handful of patterns to try and plenty of sock yarn and got most of the way finished with my very first sock only to realize... I have fat feet and fat ankles =/  I am horrified.  Not surprised though since the rest of me is more to love, but since I've never had issues buying regular sized store socks...

I have been using this pattern and the yarn in the picture that I got before they discontinued it because I love stripes and think they are cute..


But seriously, these things are sized for a 98lb twig. Its knit side to side and then kitchener stitched to make the tube, then you pick up stitches on two circulars and work the toe around. 

I'm so discouraged.  What do I do to make socks that will fit my funky feet... besides lose weight of course, which is an ongoing battle.  Measuring these beasts it has turned out that I have a foot that is 9" circumference, an 11" ankle at the ankle bone, and from the base of the toes to heel about 8" long.  eeek.

I should have measured my feet before beginning of course, but since they don't give the measurements for 'women's medium' - I was just kinda hoping they would fit knit as per pattern since I'm a foot size 8.5-9 in shoes and buy regular socks w/o issue. 

I have 3 other knitpicks patterns I want to try but now I think none of these will turn out right and since I haven't even finished my first pair, well, I'm not real confident on how to alter the pattern for fat feet.

I want pretty socks like everyone else lol  /cry
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Need Ideas - Recon shirt w/ crochet on: July 03, 2007 07:55:24 AM
Hey chicas - I'm looking for some ideas.  Back in November I sewed this shirt for my mom and it turned out horrible - she's built a tiny bit weird and the pattern I used was just not right... either way, it sucked. I'm much better at hooks and sticks nowadays!  But she loves loves loves the fabric and I'd like to take the shirt and cut the back out of it and cut the two front panels out of it and use crochet to fill in the blanks - it would need a crocheted neckline and sleeves, probably edging down the front center to close up the front, maybe split up the panels and make a crochet stripe in the middle for that under the bust look depending on everything else.... and a bottom edging would be nice - but I'm just not all that familiar with whats out there (fairly new to crochet, long time knitter) and I'm sure plenty of you in crafterland have melded fabric with crochet before.... any ideas?  Links to possible patterns? 
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Xmas Gift Idea, Need Help! on: November 28, 2006 09:13:03 AM
Hi everyone.. in addition to my hats and cloths etc I'm already working on for xmas gifts this year, my dear sweet sister-in-law has just requested something knitted for christmas... I'm a slow knitter and relatively new at it so my time is going to be short. I need something that I can finish fast... plus she doesn't like hats or scarves all that much... sizing is to my benefit though, she's super skinny. I'd especially like to make her something out of a extra nice yarn... maybe some type of noro or sari silk etc.... I'm not too familiar with the high end yarns although I've been wanting to make something with noro or other japanese yarns since I learned to knit lol.

Please please please give me ideas on patterns! I've got to get my yarn ordered and this project on the ball asap =)  Thank you in advance fellow knitters... this hobby rocks.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lace Weight Shimmers on: October 25, 2006 09:28:52 PM
I'm a victim of my own stashing. Sometime last winter I bought the starburst pattern from knitpicks and all the yarn to make it and in the same order I also bought 4 hanks of lace weight shimmers in morning mist. Possibly I bought a pattern for something using that weight at the same time but I never used any of the yarn and I lost the pattern(s), lol. I'm rebuying the pattern on knitpicks and still plan on making the starburst before winter is over lol, but I'm stumped on this lace. Its so beautiful and soft in person and I'd love to use it. I know that there was some intended pattern for which I bought this, something that was to be my first attempt at anything other than bulky and worsted, and I have simply no idea what it was to become.

So any suggestions?  I've never used this skinny yarn before lmao, and I have never attempted lace.
6  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Princess Snowball Cat Bed on: October 24, 2006 11:57:50 AM
OMG I'm SOO happy I finished this hehe. I had this sitting on sticks for almost a year.. I found it to be pretty boring once I got to the long colored section so I kept putting it down and ignoring it lol. But the kitties are enjoying it already so it was worth getting it off my sticks lol.

I used Lion Brand Wool Ease in white w/ white fun fur for the circle base and Wool Ease in Blush Heather w/ violet fun fur for the main piece. I made the large size because my one cat is pretty big but he fits in it with room to spare.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first FOs! on: January 19, 2006 09:32:52 PM

My fuzzy mary jane slippers! My first finished project really.

My snb marsupial tote. I used Brown Sheep pink and purple and used a strand of crystal palace fling along with the pink for the little something extra lol. I'm so proud of it. Now I think I can actually tackle intarsia and even a shrug lol. And maybe soon *gasp* socks!

So what do you think?
8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / First ever FO! Marsupial Tote on: January 19, 2006 09:28:57 PM

This is the first FO I've ever posted! My first purse. I used Brown Sheep pink and purple and then used a strand of crystal palace fling in the pink for a little something extra.

I'm pretty new at knitting. I started out practicing by making that garter stitch head kerchief thingy. Hated the way it turned out. Then I tried that scarf that changes colors a bunch of times to get practice doing color changes. It looked ok but there were a few dropped stitches in it.  I got the princess snowball bed sitting on sticks in my basket to finish but put it aside to make this tote first lol.

So what do you think?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Felted Flapper Hat on: January 17, 2006 05:23:52 AM
I really would like to make and felt a hat like the baby blue one the female lead wears in the new King Kong. Hers looks kind of furry rather than felted, but I bet it can be done so one looks close to it.... anyone care to give a try reverse engineering a pattern? Or have a pattern already that might be similar?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Plus Size Shrug & Other Patterns... on: January 16, 2006 10:29:47 AM
I really want to make a shrug and a few tanks and a sweater but most of the pattern sizes I see are a bit too small. I'm new at knitting so what do you suggest?
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