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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knit Spiral Throw...Wheee! on: July 24, 2006 10:23:38 PM
just an fyi

the 1st link from rebel's post might have some serious errors in the pattern. i attempted it about a year ago & could *not* get the numbers & dec's to line up. i worked with some people on the knittyboard but never managed to sort it out. i might have just been missing some things, but i thought i'd warn you guys in case you try it & think you're going crazy (which is how i felt when i couldn't knit a square according to pattern Wink )
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How much Yarn for Knee Socks? on: May 10, 2006 02:45:01 PM
i'm not sure about standard yardage for knee socks, but i doubt 440 yds is enough

i have size 8.5-9 feet & i knit a pair of socks (cuff down) with 6" 3x1 rib cuffs on size 2's and had about 80 yards left over, i'd guess (out of a 459 yd ball - so i used about 380yds).
so if your gauge is similar to mine (9 sts/in) then you'll probably be able to get 7" cuffs, but not much bigger than that. i'd imagine you'd need around 440 yds *per foot* for knee socks out of a fingering weight yarn

lucky you, to have gotten your hands on vesper - it's always sold out, but it sure looks yummy :-)
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: peaches n' cream on: May 10, 2006 02:36:27 PM
i've doubled this yarn & knit a bathmat - it's very soft & springy, even with just 2 strands. i used 8 balls (i think) to make the free mitered square rug from interweave. it can be found as a pdf file from this page:

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Silly Apple Cozy on: May 09, 2006 05:55:26 PM
i'd love the pattern!

i too wanted something a bit more improved that the Knitorama version.
My apples always get bruised in my bag, so they're begging for the pattern too :-)
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Waterproof?! on: April 23, 2006 10:20:30 AM
well there's no such thing as a water*proof* yarn - all yarns will soak up water to some degree. linen is the most absorbent, cotton is also very absorbent, wool is not at all.

the problem is that most ADsorbent yarns are very summer/beach/pool friendly. that is, a superwash wool would be relatively water resistant, but you'd probably get reeeeal hot real fast.

that's really the reason you don't see knit swimsuits/they aren't practical. i suppose you could try & make your own yarn by serging & then cutting up strips of lyrca & then knitting with them. that's the most waterproof thing i can think of.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Test knitter?? on: April 14, 2006 07:33:27 AM
check out the archives of http://almostfelted.knitblog.com/

she's a test knitter for alchemy & posted all about it within the past couple months...
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What is the name of your LYS? on: April 05, 2006 02:54:01 PM
Dallas, TX:

The Shabby Sheep
The Woolie Ewe (the 2 I frequent)

also Yarn & Stitches
(2 I refuse to go to)

and in surrounding areas:
Yarn Heaven
Cabbage Rose Quilt (and yarn) Shop
Simpatico Yarns
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Turtle neck shrug from Scarf Syle on: April 04, 2006 08:06:10 AM
since it's pretty simplly constructed, it's a really flexible pattern. & since it's ribbing, i imagine you could subtract 20 sts & it still work out okay. the only thing to consider is that your decreases at the top of the sleeve will be different & you may actually want to increase a couple if you subtract a bunch of sts on the sleeves - that way the turtleneck won't be too tight (yuck, tight turtlenecks)

yeah, i wasn't sure about the busy-ness of the quattro with the ribbing, but it's working up to be pretty. plus i scored the quattro on ebay, so this project will be way cheaper than if i'd made it with the rowan yarn, plus the yardage on the quattro is great! fewer ends to weave in!!

i'm not a big fan of mohair content either, so i think the 100% wool is a better choice for me.
if i made another one i might do it in superwash so i don't have to worry about accidentally felting it.

have you picked a yarn or do you have any you're thinking about?
yeah, i felt the same way about scarf style when i first got it, but now i have almost every page bookmarked as a future project :-)
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: When is the new Knitty coming out? on: April 04, 2006 07:59:32 AM
i didn't say that you said it was late, butterlite.

i put late in quotes because you mentioned that magknits gets theirs issues out "on time" & "late" is a contrast to that

at any rate. knitty is good. so is magknits. free patterns are always good.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Turtle neck shrug from Scarf Syle on: April 03, 2006 03:38:18 PM
i'm making it, but i haven't finished

it's miles of 3x3 ribbing, so i only knit on it when i'm at the hair salon or on the phone with somebody for an hour...it's the hospital-waiting-room type knitting for me, so i imagine it'll be a WIP for awhile

it is fun & my one sleeve seems comfy so far. i'm using cascade 220 quattro & (b/c its ribbing) didn't bother to check guage. seems to fit just fine so far.
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