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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting in the Auto Section of the Newspaper :) on: January 28, 2007 11:19:52 AM
My local paper published this column today by Click and Clack, a couple of car gurus with an awesome sense of humor.  Thought you guys would be interested in the perils of in-car knitting Smiley

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Did anyone else see this? Kid show on knitting :) on: January 13, 2007 11:10:29 AM
Yesterday while flipping through channels, I came across this kids' show called Dragon (not dragon tales, the info on the show is here: http://www.treehousetv.com/parents/tvShows/dragon/index.asp?showid=13).  The episode was about Dragon, who had just learned how to knit and how much he loved it.

He knit himself a toothbrush cozy and a doorknob cozy, but he ran out of things to knit for himself so he made his friends things.  He made the Beaver a tail warmer, the mouse a scarf, the dinosaur socks, and the ostrich a super hero cape.  But his gauge was off, so nothing fit anyone.  So they all traded, and the mouse got the super hero cape which he used as an apron, the ostrich got the scarf, the beaver got the socks that he used as mittens, and the dinosaur got the tail warmer that he wore as a hat. 

They all really loved that Dragon had took the time to make them cool things, and asked him to teach them to knit too.  It ended with them all on the couch knitting, repeating "knit one, purl two" over and over. 

It was really cute and well done and I just had to share Smiley
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / picking up stitches for sleeves? on: December 21, 2006 01:33:22 PM
Is it possible to pick up stitches around an armhole to knit a sleeve (aka, a way to knit a sleeve in the round from the top down)? 

And if it is possible, could someone please direct me to a pattern where it is done? 

I'm winging my own design on a sweater, and this is the first time I've had to construct my own sleeves without a pattern.  All the sleeves I've knit have always had a great deal of shaping, and I don't want to end up looking like an idiot with half a sleeve longer than the other half or having the top of my sleeve be 2 times the diameter of my armhole.  I figure going top down has got to be easier than measuring the arm hole and hoping I get my math right. 

Thanks for any help Smiley
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How much yarn do you think I should get? on: October 28, 2006 08:15:16 AM
I'm planning on knitting a cabled sweater of my own design, and I'm not sure how much yarn to buy.

I know cables eat up more yarn than plain stockinette, but how much more?  For Magknits Sesame, a stockinette cardigan, I used about 1100 yards DK weight.  I usually wear a medium (36 inch bust).

Do you guys think 1200 yards in a worsted weight would be enough?  If it's not, how much would you suggest?  The yarn I want to buy is being discontinued, so I wouldn't be able to buy more should I run short.  But I also don't want to buy too much, since there's a 30 day return policy, I know I can't get this done in 30 days, and my stash is way too large as it is. 

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitpicks question on: October 14, 2006 12:19:12 PM
I've just got questions on colors. 

If anyone has used or has the color card for Merino Style, is the Cinnamon color as reddish as it looks online? 

Also, for Wool of the Andes, is Chocolate as dark as it looks online?  Is the chestnut swatch color correct online? 

I'm looking for a solid, deep brown without an overly noticeable reddish tint, and I'd love to use the merino style, but will settle for wool of the andes if I have to.   

Thank you so much for any help!
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / A serious call for help! on: September 30, 2006 10:12:27 PM
Okay, so last month I was in LA (I live in the Chicago area), and in front of the Kodak Theatre, a vendor was selling necklaces.  I fell in love with one, but the vendor dude wasn't there.  I decided to go back, but my group never made it back that way.  I was crushed, but then I thought, "hey, I could make one just like it!".

Ha, as if.  I've spent the last two hours searching for the beads online and I just can't find them.  It's driving me crazy. 

From looking around, I know they were either coco shell, clam shell, or heishi beads.  They're pastel, so pastel they're almost white. They look as though they've been almost lightly glazed with color and speckled with darker spots as opposed to totally drenched and uniform color.  And they've been ground down to circular size.  The colors are almost exactly the colors of the puka shells of this necklace: http://www.cocoandshells.com/product_info.php/cPath/34_36/products_id/81  Except they were slightly lighter with darker colored specks and more uniformly shaped than those.

Are there any ideas where I could buy those types of beads in those colors?  I've tried ebay already.  Heck, even if I could find any kind of light pastel beads in coco, clam, or heishi, I could work with it. 

Thank you so much for any help!!
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How do I make this hat? on: September 14, 2006 09:03:38 AM
Or more precisely, how do I make the crown of this hat?

I'm trying to duplicate my mom's hat for her friend who gave me a crapload of needles.  She loves my mom's hat and has arthritis now and can't make the hat herself. 

Basically it's a two layered hat, the inside is a simple 1x1 rib. The outside is in brioche stitch.  I'm getting the same gauge as the hat (whoopie!!) so that's not a problem.  I've got everything figured out...

Except the crown.  Which is the important part, the part the friend loves.  I've got pictures down below, although I couldn't get a good shot.  Instead of decreases, it looks gathered somehow.  It looks like, somehow, the parts that poof out have been gathered seperately from the parts that indent in.  Like the yarn has been run through the poofy parts' last live stitches, but just over (and not through) the indented parts' stitches. But there's yarn running through the indented parts' last live stitches too, just not the same yarn as the poofy part.  The inside looks the same as the outside, except on a much smaller dimension, so I think there might be some decreases on the inside part crown (or increases at the switch to brioche stitch, but I can figure that out pretty easily once I've knitted a swatch of brioche and see how it compares to the 1x1). 

I know this is probably making no sense, but short of taking my mom's hat apart (of which the consequences would not be pretty), I'm at a loss. 

Any help, suggestions, links, etc. would be greatly appreciated!!  Thank you in advance!

18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is there something wrong with this pattern? on: September 12, 2006 06:13:59 AM
I was going to make an 8inch doily for my mom (seen here: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/doilies/1917-doilies.htm half-way down the page). 

I'm getting stuck on the 2nd row though.  I worked it with bigger yarn and needles and I'm still having the same problem, so I'm wondering if it's the pattern.

It says "1st row: sl 1, k17, k2tog, yo twice, k2tog, k8, yo twice, p2tog, k1, yo, k2.

2nd row: k4, yo twice, p2tog, k10, p1, k17, turn, leaving 2 sts unworked. "

When I'm finished K17 at the end of the 2nd row, I have 3 stitches remaining, not 2. 

I don't know what I could be doing wrong that I end up with 3 stitches every time.  Could there be an extra yo in there?  Which one would I get rid of?  Or am I being stupid and doing something wrong?  When you yo twice, you're supposed to knit both of them on the next row right?  Or are you supposed to just knit one yo and drop the other one off the needle?

Thanks for any help Smiley
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Series of Cautionary Tales or What NOT to Do in Knitting on: August 31, 2006 06:42:13 PM
I taught myself to knit about a year ago.  Unfortunately, this has meant I've learned a lot of things through trial and error.  To help other knitters not make these mistakes, I am making this post, including pictures(!).

Please add your own cautionary tales as you see fit.  Hopefully this will turn into a fun topic for everyone and people can get some use out of their disaster FO's.

Cautionary Tale #1: Always mark the top of your felted swatch

I drew up a pattern for a remote control holder.  You know those long things with the pockets that lay over a chair arm?  I bought the wool, I got a few metal washers to make the end heavy so it wouldn't slide off the air when the remote was in the pocket.  Took all the measurements.  Double checked the math.  Then I felted my swatch, so I could figure my gauge.

Except, of course, I forgot after felting the swatch, which way was up.  So I hazarded a guess.  Big mistake.  I give you the completely useless, extra wide, super short, remote control holder. 

Cautionary Tale #2: There's a reason there are no knitted trinket boxes out there

Again, I drew up a pattern.  Took all the measurements.  Double checked the math.  Then I felted my swatch, so I could figure my gauge, and this time, I threaded a blue piece of yarn through the top so I'd know which way was up.  Spent a lot of time figuring out a beaded scheme for the lid.  The result?

Cautionary Tale #3:  Do NOT work on two projects at the same time in the same area of space

This one, I used a pattern.  It's Sesame from Magknits.  Love the yarn (Merino Style, Knitpicks).  I had to redo the button edge, which is why there aren't any buttons on it yet.  Everything was working out just fine.  Looks good, right? 

I was also, at the time, working on a red sweater.  Sitting on the same couch, with the yarns relatively close together.  Caron Simply Soft in that Autumn Red color.

See all those safety pins (there's about 20 on the back too)?  They're marking big pink blotches that you can't see in the photo.  The fibers of the simply soft got on the sweater, and when I washed it (by hand, in the sink), the color from the fibers transfered to my nice, vanilla sweater.

Cautionary Tale #4:  Do NOT work on a pattern that does not list a gauge

Seems pretty obvious right?  Well, when you usually get gauge with the recommended yarns and needles, you figure that it will probably work out for the best.  I am taking an internship soon working as a penguin keeper in the zoo, and when I saw the pattern for webbed feet in Wild Knitting by Angela Jeffs, I immediately thought, "Halloween Costume!!".  But there is no gauge for the pattern.  But I used the same size yarn and needles.  And before you ask, they definately look like adult feet in the photo.

First, it was too small, so I frogged then used bigger needles.  Then it started to work.  I followed all the measurements.  Until I went to put it together.  The toes aren't wide enough to stretch across the web.  I couldn't get it together no matter what I did.  And to top it off, it wasn't long enough for my foot.  So this is now a yellow ball of yarn. 

Cautionary Tale #5:  Do NOT work a purse strap in seed stitch

I *love* this purse.  I based it on that cabled handbag that's on here that's so popular, except I made sides for it, deepened it, got those magnetic clasps for it, and made the strap so I could wear it over my shoulder and across my body (otherwise I lose my purses). 

But I made the strap in seed stitch, thinking it wouldn't stretch so much.  And I made sure not to make it too long by flipping it across my body every two seconds. 

But when you put something weighty in the purse, it stretches to all hell.  The purse comes down past my knees.  I haven't gotten up the motivation to fix it yet.

Cautionary Tale #6:  Do NOT put your heart and hours on end of your life into a knitted object hoping it'll be appreciated by men

This was the hardest one to learn. 

A few months ago, my aunt got tickets for The Price Is Right.  In case you're not familiar with the show, it's a game show on CBS in the US.  Contestants are picked out of the audience after an interview with the producers.  Bob Barker has been hosting it forever.  Our tickets were for August 22nd, it was last week (show will air in October).

I wanted to do something for the show no one had ever done before.  Everyone makes shirts, you know?  But I wanted to be on TV.  Didn't even want to get picked, so much as just have my face on tv, being recognized for something cool I did.  Not even 15 minutes of fame, just 15 seconds.

So I learned intarsia, and made a Bob Barker purse based on the one in SnBN.  I came to the boards and asked for help from the stencil gals to get a good pic of him.  I frogged a million times. First time because I had the boxes on the graph paper the wrong way.  Tried again and  I finished only to have him look like an ape, so I changed the colors and re-knitted (to off-white and navy, it looks black in the pic), and it looked okay.  I made two different linings because the first one didn't fit.  I didn't learn from Cautionary Tale #5 and I spent about 10 hours knitting the sides and strap in seed stitch (which again, although only two feet long, stretched down to my knees, forcing me to knot it at the shoulder).  I seamed, I ripped, I reseamed.  I worked my butt off.

The other members of the audience really liked it, really seemed to understand what went into it.  The producer interview dude said, "cool, you'll have to show that to Bob"  During a commercial break, I held it up to show to Bob.  He told me (quotes are from memory, not word for word) "that's nice, did you make that?"  Yes.  "You must have used a younger picture of me."  Some laughing from the crowd.

And that was it.  He moved on.  I was so excited that I was going to get to show the world my craft, an FO that I had spent 2 weeks almost non-stop working on.  Other people's things had made it on TV before (like a belt that was like a store sign, lit up with words running across it), so I thought, "duh, no one has done this before and it's actually GOOD! I'll get on tv!  A Bob purse!  He'll get a kick out of that!".   


I have no hard feelings for Bob or the Price is Right.  I mean, he's a man, it's a male run show, and the majority of men don't get the time and effort it takes to do this.  I'm still watching the show, and if I go to California again, I might go to it again.  But I was crushed.  I still kinda am.  I wanted to frog it when I got home, but I don't think my relatives and my mom's friends would let me because they like it so much.  Too much time and effort I should have been spending with my family before I move out next week.  But that's what this post is about, live and learn. 

So there are my cautionary tales.  Tell me some of yours, or I'm sure I'll eventually make the same mistakes Smiley
ETA: I put this here because these are (except one) all FO's.  If it should be on the discussion board, I apologise).

ETA #2: Took me a while to find my post on the stencil board (the search thing wasn't working for me for a while), but now that I have, I can give credit where credit is due.  The wonderful gal who stenciled Bob Barker for me was distimica.  Smiley
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / intarsia charts - I'm so frustrated on: August 13, 2006 04:21:54 PM
I've started branching out into intarsia, but I'm having some trouble with wrapping my head around charting things.  I taught myself yesterday, and everything was going just fine, the stitches were fine, I was reading the chart I made fine, not missing any stitches, but...

I charted a guy's face, in the way suggested for Poster Boy in SnBN.  Halfway through the chart, it looked more like a jagged ape than a man.  And it was a very plan picture, looked like a cartoon drawing in B&W, without much detail.  I even went into photoshop and colored in all the individual boxes so when the color went through half of two boxes, I wouldn't have to choose which color to use for each box.  At that point it still looked like the man.

Could I have orientated my paper wrong?  Or could they have sized the boxes wrong?  I used a site that asked for your gauge, and I'm getting 4.5 stitches and 7 rows per inch.  I took this to mean that I should orient the picture so the boxes are short and wide instead of long and skinny.  But his face came out looking so long that way!  How are you supposed to tell which way to orient the paper?

I just don't know what to do, since it took me so long to do and about twice the time to rip out.  Are some pictures just not able to be translated well into intarsia? 

Also, I was using white on a blue background.  Do you think it might end up looking like the man if I made the background white and the lines/shadows blue? 

Thank you for any help. 
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