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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Last Minute Knitted Gifts - Baby Denim Drawstring Pants on: March 11, 2005 03:48:33 PM
Has anyone made these?
I am trying but having trouble joining the legs.  The instructions seem simple enough (cable cast on 5 stitches in between legs on both sides) but it just doesn't seem to work well when I do it.  I have very blue hands (the colour really comes off the yarn a lot, hope it all comes out in first wash - a blue baby doesn't seem a great idea) from ripping it out again and again.

I am thinking there must be a better way, but I can't think what it is. 
Are you just supposed to end up with a hole that you sew up at the end?  Is the cable cast on somehow supposed to join the 2 sides together?  should the balls of yarn (one from each leg) be in a particular place when you start (like use one across the front, then one across the back).

Very puzzled and frustrated.  Loving the book though.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: losing heart in my knitting... on: September 13, 2004 02:03:41 PM
I am curious about that software but a LOT of money...  maybe I could hint it as a birthday present too.  I should try measuring my fav.  I do like wearing my partners 'manly sweater' I knitted for him and it's huge on me.  So it's not all a size thing.  Maybe it's more dreams vs. reality.

I am 33 also nanobrid and I feel like a silly little girl in knitworld.  And I asked for advice once too and got no useful help and just had to figure it out for myself anyway.  If I had enough money (a lotto win required) I would love to open a decent yarn shop here.  I have been to 1 in Melbourne that was pretty cool (wool baa) and one that was lovely but VERY snotty staff (sunspun).  I am off to the US in Oct so have scoped out the shops I must visit in New York and San Francisco.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: losing heart in my knitting... on: September 12, 2004 02:00:48 PM
Gerbera, What kind of stuff do you have in your stash? Mine has grown in the last few weeks (due to a big sale at knitworld - I am in Christchurch NZ). The more I get the more I want, that's addiction isnt it? :-)
I like to just look at it and pat it. It's my precious....
I have Rowan big wool that it too nice to knit i think.

I went to knitworld sale here in Wellington.  Are they friendly in your one?  I always feel like I am "not allowed to be a knitter" in the one here.  there's one nice lady who actually chats about what I am doing but I haven't seen her for ages.  the rest are not at all friendly.  I bought some basic stuff so my stash is a bit boring.  I was wondering if I should just buy really lovely stuff to inspire myself.  I fondle the rowan when I go there but have yet to buy any of it!

I did tapestry all weekend http://www.jenniferpudney.co.nz/ (wind dancer design - got it for xmas, almost finished now) and zero knitting. (first time I have not knitted for 4 days now, normally every day get urge to knit)
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: DIESEL SCARF!!!!! HELP!!!!! on: September 09, 2004 09:42:33 PM
similar but not quite the same... the staff scarves web project section of fall interweave has a scarf with a 'hole'
maybe you could put the wool lines in after?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: losing heart in my knitting... on: September 09, 2004 09:39:34 PM
!! one of my biggest "i'm a crappy knitter" things has just been saved by this article in the new knitty!

I cannot believe I never knew (thought of?) that!  but I checked with a long time knitter at work and she never knew that one either!  one of my biggest "that looks like crap" moments is when I realise the ends show thru on the nice side.

Lovely Knitty, lovely Amy, lovely Theresa.  happy happy joy joy.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: losing heart in my knitting... on: September 09, 2004 08:59:58 PM
oh my goodness, new knitty!!  that is brightening up my friday arvo.

Thank you nanobrid and meexie, some good ideas.
I might have to let some stash go as I feel like it is pressurising me now to be something.  and maybe I should pack away the jerseys that upset my and get them out next winter.  I may love them then.  We are just into spring here now in New Zealand.

i do my gauge, I really do.  I measure myself and pick the one that is best (and with salt peanuts I even went one smaller, but still it seems too big).  Maybe I need to get specific. Knit exactly for myself as you say.  I don't know why I pick the ones I do...  i fall in love with the image...  I am a bit hard on myself.

I used to be good at maths at school, but I seem to get stumped when trying to convert patterns.  and with gauge.  my brain freezes.

I should try that knitty one you fit to yourself..  I have looked at that before but not been sure.  I am still a beginner really.  I only branched out from scarves a few months ago.
Time to set myself up for more dreaming, onto fall knitty!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / losing heart in my knitting... on: September 09, 2004 07:46:06 PM
I have knitted a lot of scarves for myself and now 2 jerseys (salt peanuts and under the hoodie
see: www.knittingkiwi.blogspot.com)    The problem is I don't really like the things I have knitted for myself.  They don't seem to fit me well (usually too big) and after all the want and love and care put into them that's a bit depressing. 

I am not as bad with things I have knitted for others, although I can see all my errors in them.  I have taken to wearing the jersey I knitted for my partner and I like that more on me than the ones I did for myself.  I am quite puzzled and upset by this feeling.  As is my stash which was mostly bought with future jerseys for me in mind and may not see the light of day now.

I can only hope the new knitty, 'sitich and bitch nation' and 'knit wit' can snap me out of this.  But I am scared they could make me worse, coveting even more that will only end in tears.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: When does the new Autumn Knitty come out? on: September 07, 2004 06:17:20 PM
theres notes on it here with replies from amy of knitty
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Would love to knit Simply Marilyn but... on: September 02, 2004 04:02:22 PM
I love LOVE the idea of using Debbie Bliss, I am sure it feels beautiful. 
i have gone off white buffalo a bit after checking shipping (down to New Zealand). Shipping is almost as much as the yarn and that's if it comes by sea (taking 2 months) by air it would be twice the price of the yarn!

love elann.com and have already bought heaps from them (inc. Muench Bergamo).
looking at their polar weight wool/acrylics...  considering
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Would love to knit Simply Marilyn but... on: September 01, 2004 10:01:40 PM
simply marilyn from interweave

Cannot begin to justify cost of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Super Chunky so was trying to find another way. 

I was wondering if anyone thought White Buffalo Unspun would work?

simply marilyn gauge is: Gauge 12 sts and 19 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st on larger needles
Needles Size 10 3⁄4 (7.5 mm) and size 10 1⁄2 (6.5 mm).

Gauge for White Buffalo is: 9-11 st/4 inches 7.5 - 9 mm (US 11-13)
That sounds kind of ok to me but I seem to have some daft mental block when it comes to gauge and am sure I am not thinking it thru properly.
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