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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting with a 1lb. cone on: August 28, 2004 07:32:28 AM
I just haul the cones around with me as well.  I machine knit as well as hand knit, and in shopping for machine knit yarns discovered that buying wool/cashmere or whatever by the pound on the cone was cheaper so try and do it for handknit as well.  Ebay is a good source, or do google searches for machine knitting yarns to find cones/by the pound.  I gotta go check out the brown sheep ebay connection though.... I love that stuff!
2  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Non-animal yarn help on: April 18, 2004 05:51:04 PM
...of course if you use synthetic fibers, you have to think about the chemicals/processes used in their creation and the impact of that on living beings.
Sadly, its kind of hard to do much in the world these days and not harm something in some way, however inadvertantly.  
I have been a vegan in terms of diet for over 15 years, but I do wear/knit with wool and cashmere.  
If you are hard core, how about cashmere?  It is traditionally gathered from a particular type of goat when it sheds from it's underbelly one time a year -  thats why its so expensive.  In some areas of the world they just follow the wild goats around and pick it up off of the ground when it sheds - the animal isnt' even touched.
Whatever you settle on, as long as you match up your gauge with any of the projects, it doesn't matter what you end up knitting them with -
Good luck!
3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:To Dye For sweater on: March 31, 2004 06:38:51 AM
I did the first one in the mohair, and it was so easy and fast I whipped out another in an entirly different yarn - its wool, but the kind that is varigated in thickness - you know, thick, thin, thick.....you get the idea.  My gauage swatch was smaller than the original so I just knit up the larger sized pattern.  I have no idea how much yarn I used as it was off of cones - probably about a pound, which in this is I think 600 yards.  It came out nice - this pattens is really so simple, I think you could succesfully do it using anything  - as long as you do a gauge swatch it will be fab-u-lous looking!
4  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Yarn Alternatives for SNB projects on: March 22, 2004 06:16:04 AM
I have started buying my yarn on the cone - the kind they sell for machine knitters.  It is sold by the pound, and you can really save some money.  I made the to dye for sweater in an Italian varigated mohair (100% mohair and so itchy it burns.....ya live, ya learn....) and I bought a pound of it for $42.  That sounds like a lot of money, but it made the whole sweater with enough left over for a few more projects.  I recently got some beautiful wool the same way - $27 for a pound which in length equaled about 7 skeins of the same in a yarn store where each skein cost $10.
I recently was at a big sale at a yarn store, and the girl in front of me bought over $600 worth of yarn!  And it didn't even fill one shopping bag!  I don't understand that.......even if I had that money I couldn't do it!
5  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:To Dye For sweater on: March 22, 2004 06:07:14 AM
well I don't have to brain power to post a picture, but I did finally finish and it came out just fine - I did the small and the sleeves were just fine....but I am almost 6 feet tall so I can imagine that they would be long on a lot of people.  
I initially pieced the bell part of the sleeve (the bottom) to the shoulder - I sewed it completly on before realizing what I had done.  I laughed so hard I hurt my stomach......after that it went fine.
Problem is....the freakin' thing is too itchy so I will never wear it!
I think I will try it again in a plain wool or cashmere.
I highly recommend this project as a first sweater for those who are intimidated by the idea of actually knitting an entire sweater - it was easy and fast to do.
6  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:To Dye For sweater on: March 15, 2004 05:42:15 AM
Ah.......the cast on using bigger needles - I always forget about that brilliant trick!  Everyones' sweater looks great -
I am one arm away from completing mine.  I am doing it with a fancy-ass Italian mohair that I got for a great price (on the cone - you guys should look into buying yarn on the cone, its cheaper and my new thing!) and am doing the small size.  When I measure it unpieced it is coming out a wee bit smaller than the book measurments across the body - but from what I am reading here and how much this yarn is stretching that might be a good thing.  My problem is the yarn is knitting up to be a lot...hairier than I would like - I think I might out-gorillla sweater all of you!
Did anyone have any problems piecing it all together - for some reason I am dreading that step.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Does anyone have a knitting machine???? on: March 12, 2004 07:58:28 AM
A knitting machine?  Isn't that a tool of the devil? Shocked
....For some reason in America there seems to be a weird lack of true knowledge about what knitting machines are and what they can do.
Other countries with strong knitting cultures are quite familiar with them and use them often.
I think they are amazing and am actually in the process of buying my first one.
For those who have no clue, a knitting machine was first explained to me as a kinda mix of weaving and hand knitting.
All you knit crazy gals should definitly explore the possibilites of the knitting machine - open your minds and the creativity will follow!
Good luck with your new machine Amy Lou!
8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Knitting bag on: March 09, 2004 06:27:45 AM
yes - post the picture, I need something like that!
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:To Dye For sweater on: March 04, 2004 06:29:23 AM
Sarah - could you expound on your mistake leading to the gorilla arm effect?  I am starting this sweater as well, and have long arms so your mistake might work well for me!  And I think I saw a picture of your red sweater on here somewhere (there can't be two!) and it looked so pretty it was what pushed me to choose this one as my first one as well.
10  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Getting the right gauge..... on: March 04, 2004 06:24:54 AM
Thanks gals!  I re-knit the swatches (I am not dying with Kool-Aid....I've got enough problems in life and the yarn I found is a beautiful varigate already) and on the 13 needles was able to get one that is about the right one - like an eighth of an inch bigger, if that, depending on where I start counting my stitches from.  So I am gonna go for the 13 needles, and taking into account the above advice about stretchiness make the small size of the sweater- between the two something right might happen!
I think I am thinking too much (rare) in that I am obsessing over just where to count the stitches from - the space in between the rows?  the begingin of the row?  the midpoint of the space between the first row I'm counting to the midpoint of the space after the last row I'm counting?
Believe me, I usually don't put this much thought into things.......maybe I will take AmyLou's sage advice and just be zen about it all - I will become one with the gauge.......
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