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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sock with YO at end of the pattern!? on: April 06, 2006 08:35:24 PM
I am using a free sock pattern found here: http://secure.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=4024 

Here's my sorta, kinda, not-so-big problem...I finished the toe and am now on the foot, ready to start the pattern.  Pattern is worked over 11 stitches, which is why I chose this pattern in the first place. So I knit 1 repeat of the pattern and all is good.  I knit the 2nd repeat of the pattern and notice that it ends with a YO.  And, indeed, it needs that YO so that I keep the original number of stitches on the instep needle. 

So, all you sock/lace experts out there, how do I do this YO at the end of the row and *not* have it end up on the next needle?  In other words, it seems to me the extra stitch created by the YO should stay on the instep needle, but I don't know how to accomplish this. 

BTW...the project is cashmere socks for Mother's Day.  Won't she just love me! Grin
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / ISO Bulky Cotton yarn. . .suggestions? on: March 25, 2006 09:39:37 AM
I'm searching for a bulky or super bulky weight cotton yarn.  Washability and affordability would be great. 

This would be for a bath mat, something I'd wash quite a bit.  And, since my bathroom is bright, obnoxious, tropical colors, yarn should match. 

3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / proper KAL for fabulous lace inset cardigan on: February 26, 2006 09:48:17 AM
I am starting a KAL for this cardi in the proper area.  I've completed the 2 fronts and the back...but it's not quite right.  Possible problem #1: My attempts to resize went awry.  Possible problem #2: I suck at lace.  So my goal in the next few days is to distill its current ugliness into concrete questions that (hopefully) fellow craftsters can help me with.  Anyone game?


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4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / easy way to estimate yardage? on: February 13, 2006 05:46:50 PM
I got a few balls of "mystery yarn" at my knitting group's yarn exchange.  No labels, but it's lovely, 100% wool, probably dk weight.  I would like to know how much I have - in yards - so that I can know what patterns to use it for.  Can I just weigh it on my kitchen scales?  Then, is there a way to translate weight into yardage?  Or would I just go off the weight info published with patterns? 

I have always ignored weight, just looking at yardage and gauge.  And, humph, I feel very out of it...
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / blocking alpaca? on: February 08, 2006 03:51:28 PM
So, I made me a Bad Penny in KnitPicks Elegance, which is a silk alpaca blend.  And I wet blocked it.  Who knows what's coming next?...yup, it grew.  It's not unwearable, but it lost its cute little shape.  Furthermore, when I wore it for the first time, it grew throughout the day.  So now what do I do?  Here are some options I've considered:
1) spray block it (as suggested for alpaca in Knitty blocking article) in hopes it will spring back a bit.
2) using the dryer (eek!) has been suggested on some other threads.

Feedback?  Ideas?  Sympathy?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / any rain barrel advice? on: January 24, 2006 10:50:07 AM
This spring I would like to make a rain barrel to reuse roof runoff and cut down on water use.  Has anyone done this?  This website looks pretty good, but it would be great to get some Craftster input.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help with picot edging, please. on: January 01, 2006 03:38:23 PM
I would like to finish the sweater I'm working on in a picot edge, but I wonder if there's more than one technique out there and which one is easiest.

1. Involves doing yo's then folding the edge over to get the little points.  Is there a good tutorial for this out there?

2. From Glampyre's free top-down raglan pattern http://glampyreknits.tripod.com/glampyrephotos/id44.html:
Picot Edging:  Cast off  2, *knit 5 stitches into the next stitch, cast off 7.  Repeat from * to end.

Unless I'm misreading something, this makes no sense...what becomes of those 5 st. you've created? 

thanks for any advice you all might have. 
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help adding zipper to lined felted bag, please! on: December 10, 2005 09:22:58 AM
I made a felted bag and would like to add a zipper to it.  However, I've never sewn in a zipper before and don't know how to do it.  The bag is already made up and lined, which might make this more difficult.  Any advice?  Thanks!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What is Yarn Affair!? on: September 30, 2005 02:42:27 PM
Has anyone ever heard of Yarn Affair?  It appears to be like Mary Kay or Avon, but for yarn. 


I'm afraid that if I put my email in I'll be pestered by a Yarn Affair "associate." 
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pattern suggestions for Small Women? on: September 28, 2005 03:33:27 PM
I am short(5'1") and little (size 0 or 2).  With some patterns, even the small is too big.  Or, more commonly, I feel like, "Oh, but it would be 10 times cuter if it were a little smaller." 

Do any of you other little women - or you knitters who knit for little women - have any pattern recomendations that have turned out small enough?  Or recommendations for patterns to stay away from?

I'll start: the flower power sweater for S'n'B Nation has such nice waist shaping, and the small turned out perfectly!
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