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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Skeins and balls: a stupid question on: February 20, 2007 09:21:49 AM
I've been racking my brain to try and think up the answer to this question... but I failed. I'm turning to the wider world of Craftster for the answer Wink

So... why does some yarn come in skeins and other yarn come in balls?
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting for penguins on: February 16, 2007 08:03:42 AM
Ahhhhh, bless Cheesy

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New Anticraft is up! on: February 06, 2007 05:35:26 AM

Some ... interesting stuff in this issue Wink
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Scarves. Three of them. on: February 04, 2007 04:35:18 AM
It was the warmest January on record in the UK, so what did I make? Scarves Cheesy

Here they are together:

And some close-ups. Firstly, my leap onto the self-striping entrelac bandwagon Grin

The yarn is Wendy Fusion, which is a little bit like Noro, but waaaay cheaper, and 50% acrylic.

Secondly, a short scarf in Rowan Tapestry. The stitch pattern is from the Yarn Harot's blog.

And finally, this is the scarf I made for my husband. He wears it with his suit when it's not quite cold enough for an overcoat. It's also Wendy Fusion, and the stitch pattern is 'moss rib' from one of the Harmony guides (no. 2 I think).

Now let's hope it gets a bit colder...

15  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Rogue-along, anyone? on: January 04, 2007 05:20:59 AM
OK, so I'm a bit behind on the Rogue phenomenon but it's still a fab design. And for Christmas my better half bought me 10 balls of Rowan Kid Classic in a lovely shade of red, with which to knit it.

Anyone fancy knitting along with me? So far I've done the hem and turning row, so I'm not that far into the project.

I've never participated in a knitalong before, and I think for a big project like this, it'll help to keep me from stalling Grin

The pattern is here, in the unlikely event you've not seen it... http://www.girlfromauntie.com/patterns/shop/rogue/detail.php
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Knucks -- with mushrooms on: October 25, 2006 03:01:17 AM
It's mushroom-hunting season. So for our fungal forays, I made some Knucks (http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTknucks.html) to keep my hands toasty, but my fingers free for picking dexterity.

The actual 'knucks' part:

The whole design:

And what should you look out for when gathering mushrooms (apart from death caps and the like, obviously)?

Slugs of course!

I made the cuff ribbed and a bit longer than specified in the pattern. I know my embroidery skillz leave a lot to be desired, but I really enjoyed making them. I've already got the yarn for another pair. The yarn I used is Rowan Felted Tweed and the embroidery's done with Anchor tapestry wool. In retrospect I'll probably used floss next time.

17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Travelling socks on: October 20, 2006 02:38:53 AM
My good friend Jaff (not her real name Wink) has gone travelling. Before she went, I made her a pair of socks and she promised to send me photos of them in lots of exciting locations. so without further ado, I give you...

Jaff's socks on the Trans-Siberian railway (complete with a packet of Russian Jaffa Cakes):

Jaff's socks outside a ger in Mongolia:

and a close-up:

and on the Great Wall of China:

I hope she's had a chance to wash them.
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A seasonal feast of socks on: September 27, 2006 03:27:45 PM
I've been making lots and lots of socks. Here are some of them:

Last Winter I made my first pair which were supposed to be for me but somehow ended up warming my mum's feet:

She gets very cold feet so I don't mind.

In the Spring I made my second pair:

They came out a bit too big (you can see them wrinkling round the ankle in the photo) but that's OK cos I can fit a pair of thin socks underneath to prevent blisters Smiley

And in the Summer I finally finished my third pair which I made for my friend Nicki:

They have a 2x2 ribbed leg so she can turn down the cuff if she feels like it.

And finally... it's nearly Autumn and I've just finished the pair I've made as a leaving present for my boss. They're made with 100% cashmere sock yarn from Hip Knits. These have a short 3x1 ribbed leg.

and a close-up:

I like making socks because they're quick but technically challenging and don't take much yarn, which means I can splash out on something special occasionally.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hmmm how do I make this cardy? on: September 22, 2006 03:01:16 AM
I love the design of this cardigan:

Edited to add a photo


but I am utterly flummoxed as to how to make the collar. All I can think of is knitting a scarf-like piece in wide ribs then twisting it and sewing it on at the end. Anyone got a better idea?

Thanks... in hope!
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Blocking cashmere on: September 21, 2006 09:08:37 AM
I've got about 10 rows to go til I finish the 100% cashmere socks I'm knitting. My question is, should I block them? And if so, how? I don't possess sock blockers (can't find anywhere to buy them in the UK Sad) so I'd normally block socks under a damp towel. I don't want to ruin my expensive yarn by over-blocking or something.

Hope someone out there can help...
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