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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What to do with very tiny yarn in very tiny skeins? on: August 05, 2006 08:36:24 PM
My family recently cleaned out our closets and forgotten storage boxes for a yardsale, and my mom handed me a bag full of thin yarn in pretty colors. The catch? When I say thin, I mean really thin. I just compared it to some leftover laceweight I have, and the laceweight was thicker. The other catch? It's in 20 yard mini-skeins.

Originally when I saw it, I didn't know the yarn was so thin. I was planning various fair isle schemes, or possibly some massively striped socks. But doing it in thinner-than-laceweight yarn? I think not. All of the mini-skeins still have their label, so I searched for the company. Apparently I have embroidery yarn from around 30 years ago.

I don't cross stitch or anything of the kind, so if I want to use this, knitting is really my only option. Do I make lots of knitted toys and give them outlandishly colored embellishments? Do I take a bunch of these mini-skeins and make lots of small things by holding several strands together? Or do I lose my mind completely, order US 00 needles, and make something with an insanely small gauge?

(I have no pictures right now, but I can take one if it would help.)
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Airport Yarn on: July 31, 2006 09:55:43 AM
Last week I went away on vacation to Michigan, which involved a plane ride with a transfer and a car journey after that. The plane ride went completely awry - I was stuck in Philadelphia's airport for at least 10 hours all by my lonesome. So what did I do to pass the time? I spun.

I'm still a really new spinner (two weeks of spindle-owning), so that 10+ hours of off-and-on spinning resulted in only 16 yards of finished yarn. I'm extraordinarily happy with that small amount, though! There is another picture and a little more explanation on my journal.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Coned yarn? on: July 03, 2006 06:03:37 PM
I've been looking around for yarn to make a sweater out of, and saw some decent-looking coned wool on one website. In the interests of saving money ($24 for a sweater versus $50? Sounds good to me!) I'm considering buying the cones over some other tempting-sounding yarns. Is there anything I should know about coned yarns? I've heard that you reeeeally need to wash the yarn to get it clean; do any of you have good strategies for doing so?

Thanks. Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yet another short row heel question. on: June 20, 2006 10:35:41 PM
Okay. So I'm knitting a pair of socks, and doing them toe-up because I don't know how much sock I can get out of the yarn I have. I'm doing a short-row heel on them because a) I'm giving it another try after the fiasco from a few months ago, and b) I've convinced myself that it takes less yarn than a heel flap. Anyway, I've run into the problem that I had last time I tried a short-row heel, which is this: I don't know when exactly to start doing the short rows.

I have Sensational Knitted Socks, and the only toe-up pattern that uses short rows says to start them once the sock hits your anklebone. But where exactly is that on the foot? (If it helps, my foot is about 9.75" long.)
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitpicks Main Line? on: June 06, 2006 03:15:49 PM
Has anyone here used or heard things about Knitpicks Main Line? I'm considering using it for a sweater, since I'm afraid that an all-wool yarn might be too warm for me (I overheat easily). Any opinions you have about the yarn would be most welcome to hear. Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I walk in the crosswalk when the little white man is in the signal box. on: April 22, 2006 08:15:17 AM
I finished a pair of socks a couple of weeks ago, and kept putting off posting them because I don't have pictures of the completed pair. Well, I still don't have pictures of the completed pair, but this topic title was begging to be used. (The number of people who asked me if I was knitting Jaywalkers! You wouldn't believe it if I told you. (Actually, only three people did. But still.)) So here they are: Welt Fantastic socks from the Sensational Socks book.

The first sock fit my foot very well. I switched to knitting Continental on the second sock because my hand kept hurting on the first sock, and the sock gained an extra half inch of circumference. Sad

I lovelovelove how the stripes look when they're all pointy like that! I wish I had enough yarn left over to make another pair, but alas, I have long feet, and am left with only a small bit.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sensational sock acting not so sensational. on: April 03, 2006 07:28:22 PM
So, I'm knitting my first pair of cuff-down socks in the hope that they'll fit my feet better than the toe-up ones I've done. I'm using the "welt fantastic" stitch pattern from Sensational Socks, and it looks so awesome on the needles. But then when I go to try on the sock, the fabric has to really stretch to get over my heel - creating ladders in between the decreases. I tried doing the 88-stitch pattern next, and ended up with about an inch's worth of space in between my foot and the sock. The 66-stitch sock has no chance whatsoever of ever fitting over my heel. I added two extra stitches to each pattern repeat to bring it up to a 78-stitch sock, but I'm still getting the laddering problem.

Is there any way around that, or is that just what the sock will do no matter what I try?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Short row heels. on: March 16, 2006 11:32:38 AM
I'm trying to make a pair of toe-up socks (using this pattern as a guideline), and everything is working fine - except for the heel. I'm using short-rows, and I always seem to get this giant bulging pocket of yarn that sticks out from my heel by a noticeable amount. Yesterday I mucked around with this set of instructions, hoping that a different sort of heel would turn out better, but I couldn't get enough increases in for the sock to fit over my foot. (I absolutely refuse to rip back my sock by several rows to start the increases sooner. I'm doing a snowflake pattern, and I really don't want to have to look at that chart again until I start the other sock.) So I'm back to trying short rows.

This time around, I'm trying a series of short rows. I did a short section of them across all of the bottom stitches, and now I'm about to do some more over the stitches that will fit across my heel. Before I go ahead and do that, though, I'd like to know: will that work? Will I end up with a heel, or just some malformed lump of yarn that will eventually have to be ripped?

Also, for anyone else who uses short row heels: how many short rows do you usually have to use? If you have to increase before starting the short rows, do you short row across all of the stitches, or just the stitches that will end up going around your heel? And lastly, how many inches from the back of your heel do you usually start the short rows?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What to do with mystery yarn? on: March 11, 2006 11:31:49 PM
Over the summer I went through a closet in my house looking for yarn. I pulled out a few balls, put them with some other yarn, and promptly forgot about it all. Recently I went through the yarn again, and realized that one of the balls is pretty gorgeous. (Picture.) However, it was not identified in any way, shape, or form. After knitting up a bit of it and fondling it quite a lot, I've decided it's definitely NOT wool or any other kind of animal fiber, and if it's got any synthetic material it must be less than half of the total fiber content (when I block it, it stretches by nearly a stitch per inch). My best guess is silk, or maybe a cotton/silk blend (I'm not too sure of what cotton feels like, I've only used it once).

The picture shows it how I found it, with two strands of itself held together. I separated it into single strands, which knit up well on US 3 needles (I can't remember at what gauge, and I left my notes on it at school). I've now got two balls of this yarn. To give you perspective on their size, they rest nicely on the palm of my hand. My question is this: What could I make out of this yarn that wouldn't require me somehow finding more of it?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tubey! on: February 06, 2006 02:33:14 PM
A couple of weeks ago I finally put the finishing touches on Tubey from Knitty. I've since worn it out and about a couple of times, but only got around to conning asking one of my friends to take a picture of the finished product.

There are a couple of other pictures in my photobucket account, but I like that one the best.

If I could do it over again, I'd place the stripes a bit differently and make it a bit longer (I was running out of yarn and didn't want to buy more, so I ended sooner than I absolutely had to), but overall I'm pleased with how it came out.
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