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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn weight calculator? on: September 18, 2006 08:52:53 PM
You're thinking of "wraps per inch." Here is a website with a list of wpi and what yarn weight they correspond to: http://www.icanspin.com/WPI.htm.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: short row heels and gusset increases on: September 13, 2006 06:39:10 AM
If you work the short row heel over more than half of the total stitches, the resulting heel will be wider. I've never seen a short row pattern that required an increase of stitches; there are ways of customizing the heel to make it fit better (working over more/fewer stitches, doing more/fewer rows, that sort of thing).
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fair Isle, Intarsia, I NEED HELP! on: September 11, 2006 03:23:25 PM
Could you repeat the picture all the way across the hat? You'd be able to strand the design if you continue it all the way around.

If you only want it showing up once, you'll either have to knit the hat flat, or cut and reattach the white yarn every single row. You can't really do intarsia in the round because, on each successive row, the working end of the white yarn will be in the wrong place for your needles to reach.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Short row sock heel making me feel stoopid here :( on: September 11, 2006 10:10:09 AM
Glad I could help! Knowing generally what's going on makes detailed instructions that much easier to follow, so maybe you won't have as much trouble with the pattern now. I like that idea of putting the unworked stitches on a different needle; I wish I had known that the first time I tried short row socks.

Ask more questions if you come up with any others. Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Short row sock heel making me feel stoopid here :( on: September 11, 2006 06:48:30 AM
In a short row heel, what you are basically doing is knitting across progressively fewer stitches every row. The very first row will have all of the stitches, the second will have one less, and so on until you reach the midpoint of the heel. The midpoint has the fewest stitches (I think you only knit across a quarter of the heel stitches at this point). Once you've completed this row, you then start adding stitches back in, one at a time, until you get back to your original stitch count. Normally you wrap stitches when the time comes to stop using them, because this prevents holes - but holes are part of the effect of these socks, so nothing gets wrapped.

I like Wendy's toe up sock pattern as a reference for how to do short row toes and heels. There aren't pictures, but it tells you exactly how many stitches you should have at various points during the heel. Just ignore the instructions about wrapping stitches.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Finding Convertable Glove Pattern??? on: September 11, 2006 06:36:15 AM
I don't know of such a convertible mitten pattern off the top of my head, but you could always just take the Knitty pattern and alter it to add a cable running up it (or make it striped, or put some fair isle on it, or pretty much anything else you want).
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My nautie made into a hermie! on: September 09, 2006 08:57:09 AM
I have yet to see a Nautie that I don't like - even when the Nautie is in fact a hermie. Cute, cute, cute.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Peacock Feathers Shawl on: September 06, 2006 06:02:40 PM
Oh wow, that's REALLY cheap Zephyr. I pay slightly more than twice as much at the yarn shop! I think an order will have to be placed...

Your shawl is really gorgeous, by the way! The color is amazing. I made a shawl out of red Zephyr last year, and now the cord of the circular needle I used is stained red. I haven't made anything out of other colors, so I don't know if it's a problem with all Zephyr yarns.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any suggestions for cotton sock yarns? on: September 05, 2006 06:49:00 AM

A while ago, Grumperina made a list of sock yarns with absolutely no wool content in them at all. I've never made a sock out of a yarn without any wool, but there are a couple of brands on that list that Grumperina wholeheartedly approves of. Check out all the brands when you have time, and see if anything strikes your fancy.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Squirrel & Oak Mittens on: August 28, 2006 12:43:57 PM
I love fair isle squirrels! They always look so cute and cuddly... as opposed to the ones in real life, who steal bird food and eat pizza whenever they can get their paws on it.
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