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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Who else owns Jennie Atkinson's Beads, buttons and lace book? I need your help! on: March 03, 2007 04:41:27 AM
I just received this book in the mail, and I love it!

But in my copy on pg 25 where the lace chart and key appear for the pattern Butterfly, the key is completely empty!!! By this I mean, the key is there but the little squares in it are empty and give no indication of what the symbols in the lace chart are.

Am I going mad? The lace chart is not colour-coded and nor is the key, so that's not it. The lace pattern for the main part of the pattern is not elaborated row by row in the pattern itself, so that's not it. The key should be the key, right?! Is there something I don't know about the book? I can't find the symbols on any other page... am I supposed to communicate psychically with Jennie Atkinson as I knit my butterfly, and she'll tell me what the symbols in the lace chart are as I go along??

If you own this book, please help me out by turning to pg 25 to see if your copy has a complete key. If it does I need to return my copy and get a replacement (I've contacted the seller, Angel Yarns UK but they haven't replied to me). If it doesn't, and the key is supposed to be empty can someone please take a little time to explain what I'm missing- it could be that I'm being a complete idiot by missing something really simple! I'd be very grateful for any help on this.

Thanks everyone!!!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Phildar decreasing advice on: February 27, 2007 12:47:15 AM

So I'm knitting up a lovely phildar cardigan from one of the tendances books and although confused at first about how to read the patterns, all the q&a on here and around on blogs has helped me out a great deal- thanks everyone!!!

It's going fine but I'd just find some advice helpful. I'm up to a sentence that says "2 sts from each edge of foll 8th rows, sgl dec 3 times".

Now I know that it's asking me to dec 1 st 3x on each edge of the row... but it's mentioned nothing about spreading the decs along the row evenly, and when Phildar want you to do that, they write it like that! So it's basically telling me to dec 3 sts at each end, all in one row...

Here's the question: isn't that a little odd, shaping wise I mean? 3 decs on each side... that's going to drastically pinch in that one row don't you think? I'll knit it like that and see how it looks but what would anyone else do? Maybe someone who has more experience knitting phildar could just say- "oh that seems totally normal!" and then I'd stop worrying!

Thanks anyone Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 'Simply Knitting' want me to cry! Pattern help: short rows here or what?!!! on: December 10, 2006 04:56:59 AM
I should have known trying to knit up a pattern from 'Simply Knitting' was asking for trouble!! I don't think they have any credible pattern writers working for them.... or at the very least they must not test-knit their patterns before printing- I've already had to add entire cable repeats to the jumper pattern I'm working on to make the garment match the FO shown in the picture.  Uugh... forgive my mini-rant, I'm just feeling tetchy right now because I can't figure this out myself! But I'm never buying these mags again.

Here's what is written in the pattern, exactly as it is written. My problem is, I'm not sure if they're asking for short rows or what?! Anyone's help on this matter would be warmly received and greatly appreciated Smiley

" Shape as follows: Next row, work 7 sts and turn work. Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 4 rows whilst continuing to dec at raglan seam as for Back (piece of jumper). Cast off final st.

Rejoin yarn and cast off centre 48 sts, work to end.

Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 4 rows whilst keeping shaping for raglan seam as for Back. Cast off 1 sts. "

That's it! That's all they say.
Thanks for reading my question! Merry Knitmas to you!
4  U.K. AND IRELAND / SCOTLAND / knitting and wool shops, craft shops in Edinburgh? on: November 03, 2006 01:45:59 AM
Hi everyone! Just wondering if you can help me out please! I'm possibly going to Edinburgh tomorrow and would love to find a great knitting shop to check out. Somewhere with a good range of wool or pattern books.. or maybe is there a market that someone knows about where local spinners sell their work??

I'd really appreciate the help with my knit tourism, as I'm planning last minute Wink

Thanks a bunch Smiley

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitty.com Calendar 2007 question on: October 27, 2006 04:30:47 AM
Hey all, I didn't buy last year's calendar so I wonder if anyone out in Craftster-world can answer this question for me:

Are the patterns for the garments pictured in the calendar included?

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitted monkey toy- some advice about how to knit the face warmly appreciated! on: October 26, 2006 05:04:29 AM
Hi there! There's going to be a new arrival in my family around the end of Dec, early Jan and I'm beginning to dream about the perfect knitted gift to give from a knit-crazed and adoring Aunty! I've settled on the idea of a monkey toy- because who wouldn't love a knit monkey??!! I'm going to fashion my own pattern from the variety of free ones circulating on the net and on Craftster- but I'm in need of some advice on monkey faces. I really like the look of this guy, the pattern and kit for whom is available for around 20 pounds- WAY out of my budget:

Here's the question: do you think the head was knit as an oval in the MC, with the mouth panel in the CC added buy picking up stitches in the appropriate places and knitting over the top of the MC, or was the MC cast off at the mouth and the CC stitches picked up and knit later, OR was the mouth panel worked into the head by switching to the CC in the middle of the row, so the mouth as part of the head was knit at the same time??

I think its the latter, but I thought it would be wise to check with you guys first!

What do you think would work best? I'm really hoping I haven't done the shitty job of describing this- as I believe I have!

Thanks anyway Smiley 
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / *~Frangipani Fuff-ball~* (2 pics that are actually working now!!) on: July 15, 2006 04:41:16 PM
*blissed* I think it's so lovely!  But what do you guys think?

The yarn was dreamy to work with too from Wooldancer http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=42855 It wasn't really difficult to work with the frangipani flowers that are plied in the yarn. I sat down and knit this in one night because I was so curious to see where the flowers would turn up in the knit! They all kind of bunched together on one side of the pillow... To me that's pretty cool, I think it would have looked a bit dodgy or... contrived(?) if they were like, evenly spaced around...

Finally I've managed a perfectly timed FO- usually I'm knitting summer things in winter (like the razor shell lace top I've just finished for example) or it's winter things in summer.... but this fuff-ball pillow is just what I need right now! So bright and gorgeous and a bit glitzy- perfick for chasing foggy winter days away!

Feel free to comment Smiley
8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / oooh, I found a new wool store on ebay.com.au on: May 09, 2006 05:55:12 PM
It's not mine so I'm not plugging my own business Smiley I don't even have a business to plug but I do like buying hand spun yarn and in Canberra (where I am), the Old Bus Depot markets are one of the only places I've found that I can go and 'physically' buy hand spun... so, I tend to buy online and off ebay instead. I think I found a new store there on ebay (YAY!), and I stumbled upon it yesterday afternoon when I entred the search term 'hand painted'... there's only, like, 4 hand spun skeins there but they're beautiful, some have sparkles woven through (I'm not sure if 'woven' is the right term, I'm not a spinner, but you know what I mean!) Anyhoo, I SOOO want the pink one-'Enchanted Prayer' and the aubergine one- however I'm on a spend-your-money-on-something-other-than-yarn thing at the moment so I can't but them now Sad Oh well, there will be other cool wool to buy later, I tell myself- when there is more $$$!

But just because I can't have them, doesn't mean other wool-lovers can't, so I thought I would just drop a line telling everyone about it, in case you're in the market or just like looking at pretty stuff.
The store is called The Wool Dancer and it's on Oz ebay... though I think they post anywhere.. check it out. Yay local wool industry!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / got One Skein Wonder?! Here's mine... :) on: May 09, 2006 03:01:29 AM

We've seen a lot of these I know, but it is a good pattern Smiley
I followed the pattern to the letter.... we'll sort of! I didn't have the right length circs at the time, so I did the last part of the pattern on straights and seamed instead. I think it still turned out fine, so if you find yourself in a bit of a pickle with your needles on the last bit of the pattern, maybe give the straights a go (although I'm sure no one else will ever have this problem like I did- everyone else probably reads the requirements and makes sure they've got 'em before they start!) I was just on a roll this day and didn't want to stop to go down to my LYS and buy the right circs- I'm impatient and wanted my cool OSW finished!

The only other tip I have is this (and this one is probably more useful!): get someone's help with the shoulder-to-shoulder measurement. I didn't... I did the measurement myself, with great contortion and difficulty, and was obviously a little unsuccessful as the OSW is a little wide... no big deal really, it's just next time I'm gonna go a size or two down.. Smiley

Anyway I love the finished item and will use the pattern again, I highly recommend giving it a go if you're thinking about it. I did, and now my shoulders are always snug *bliss*

eek, sorry for the giant photo, how do I resize?!
10  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / shazaam! It's my Letter-Have-It (the smaller one) from SnB Nation! w/ PIC on: April 30, 2006 09:16:30 PM
Here it is, woohoo! I'm super pleased with how it turned out (I really hope the pic works, this is my first completed project post- first post w/ pic).

wool: 3x purple 'Carnival' 50g, Pure wool, 8 ply
        <1x natural 'Carnival' 50g, Pure wool, 8 ply
needles: 5mm straigts
zipper: 7 inch

I knit quite loosely so my gauge was slightly larger than directed- as the bag is felted I predicted this wouldn't matter too much. Chart was easy to follow too. Somehow I still managed to use one whole ball less of the MC than you're supposed to.... hmm  Wink Anyway, good luck if you have a go at this pattern- the final product rocks!

There are some more details about knitting this bag on my blog too (link below)- mainly about how useful it is to read a pattern all the way through to avoid unecessary panic when knitting with a time constraint (such as for a birthday) and unecessary blog ranting Smiley But hey, it's all part of the process right?!

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