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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / En-gauge-ing on: September 23, 2006 12:02:30 AM
I'm having trouble getting gauge for a few things I'm TRYING to work on.

Firstly Fat Cat Pillow, I just can't get the gauge required

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4" in St st. I'm getting 24 sts to 4", and If I go up another size needle the fabric is going to be to open (holey). I've found I can get gauge if I use 2 strands of yarn but seeing as this is a chart pattern, I'm not sure if this is viable or will muck up the chart completley

Second is Whiteliesdesigns Shapely Tee, I've decided to substitute the yarn for Patons Zhivago, so soft and cuddly. Again the problem here is I can't get gauge, it's WAY to open, if I convert the pattern to fit a gauge I like, will I screw it up completley?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / My quick rant on: September 13, 2006 12:26:03 AM
I hate that you have access to beautiful yarns that I don't.
I just want to stamp my feet and jump up and down, then say *please sir, I want some more (yarn)* and have it magically appear at a shop near me.

I don't like the thought of purchasing yarn off the internet because I really like to feel the yarn before I buy it.
I like to hear the ohhhh's and ahhhh's that escape from my mouth when I feel a new yarn for the first time.

Ok, that's it, thanks for letting me have my rant, now back to your scheduled programming.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Can people get too clever? on: September 04, 2006 10:26:33 PM
After doing a little research into machine knitting (thinking about getting myself a machine) I came across this.
Knitters MUST check it out!
Lego Knitting Machine Video

If you can't see the video (which I think is a must), the photos are here

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Slip stitch question on: September 02, 2006 11:34:20 AM
I'm currently working on Eris and have come across something I'm not sure of.

Chart and legend read as
Purl, purl, slip one knitwise, purl purl.

My question is should it be
purl, purl, bring yarn to back, slip one knitwise, bring yarn to front, purl, purl.


purl, purl, slip leaving yarn in front, purl, purl.

Thanks in advance
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cable chart question on: August 28, 2006 11:27:58 AM
Firstly I want to thank everyone for their help with regards to my numerous posts of late.

Before starting on Eris, I decided to knit up this Simple Celtic Cable as it is so similar to the cables in Eris, good practise before the real thing.
But I'm having problems, it's the first chart I've worked on and the pattern came with no instructions, just the chart and abbreviations.

I don't think I should post the chart here but my question is

Row 1. I get that (I think, reading from right to left) K2, P2, M2, P5, M2, P2, K2

Row 2. This is where I have my problem.
           Chart reads as K2, P2, K1, M2, K1, P5, K1, M2, K1, P2, K2...but should these stitches be reversed? Knit to purls and purl to knits?

The reason I ask, it seems like when I look at the chart it shows what it should look like on the right side, not the stiches I should be making on the right and wrong side.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Learning Cables...Simple Patterns and Tips on: August 27, 2006 01:53:32 PM
I'm planning on starting the Eris pullover from GirlfromAuntie.
I've got the yarn and bought and printed the pattern.

However I think I might be better of trying some simple quick cable projects first.
(I like to be challenged, but first-time cabling on Eris might be a bit of a handful)

I'm thinking maybe a scarf with different cable patterning on it, (such as 2 cables into 3, changing colours, anything really.)
Something that will hopefully teach me the techniques i'm going to be using on Eris but also the basics and some advanced work.

I'd like to make this post so that other newbies to cables can use it too, so...
Please, if you know of a pattern which you think would be a good first-time cable project,
please post a link to it below.

We are all newbies at some stage.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Did I break it? *UPDATE* It works now, stickytape! on: August 26, 2006 12:02:50 PM
After writing up a post regarding a pattern I couldn't find, hgflower found it for me (Thanks again)

Now I'm having problems accessing anything on the site, I just can't get in. I've tried on Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari browsers.


I'm just after a few people to try it and come back and let me know if they can or cannot get access, that way I'll know if it's just me or there's something going on with the site.

Ta in advance, Wiz
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The missing pattern mystery on: August 26, 2006 09:52:33 AM
I recently came across a sweater I'd like to eventually try through a link off a craftser post, but am having no luck finding it.

It was a pattern that had to be bought, $8 I think.
The sweater (they may even have called it a jumper) was grey, it had a hood, cables down the arms and was celtic inspired.
There was another one on the same page without a hood.

I know that's not much info but all I can recall at the moment.

Can anyone help?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Testing to discover if yarn is wool or acrylic...a question on: August 12, 2006 09:11:41 PM
I found some yarn in an Op Shop recently and seeing it was only $1 for six big balls I decided to go for it, thinking I could use it to make a blanket for my dog. It's a beautiful soft blue and feels great in my hands. But this has brought up a question.

All 6 balls came without a label, so I have absolutley no idea whether it's wool or acrylic (it makes no difference, but I would still like to know.) I've googled different phrases trying to find out how to test it but nothing is showing up.

How do I find out what it's made of?
How do I test it?

Ta in advance
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Storing UFO's & WIP's on: July 31, 2006 06:45:00 AM
It's getting to the stage where the 'big' projects that I knit are boring me to death, and so I have started 2 smaller projects in the hopes that when I finish those, I'll have renewed spirit to complete the bigger projects.

At the moment I've got them all stored in a cane basket and when I go to knit some more, it looks as though they've all had a fight. The yarn are twisted and knotted amongst each other and the needles are poking outside of the basket struggling to get out.
I've thought of storing them in plastic bags but for some strange reason, something tells me not too.

So i'm curious to know how all you knitters store your UFO's and especially the items that you are working on right now.

(I possible, could you please include a photo if you've made something to store the items in, as this may help others, not only me.)   Ta, in advance
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