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3721  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: ARGH! What am I doing wrong? RE: Knitting on circular needles on: March 24, 2006 08:27:41 PM
you know, i've cast on circs and thought i had all the "bumps" facing center, but because I was knitting on big needles, they'd actually twisted without my realizing it (i suppose because the loops of yarn were so big and the circ cord so thin).  it was really difficult to tell.  so i corrected myself by trying to control as much of the cast-on part as I could with my hand and arm, squishing it and holding it so it couldn't twist until it was time to join, at which point i spread it out carefully along the cord to the needle.  does that make sense? 

I think so. Before I join on a circular needle, I go around the cable and make sure all the stitches are going the same direction, spreading them out a little so I can see them better. Then when I get to the end, I make the joining stitch quickly so they don't have a chance to get twisted.  Cheesy

sue
3722  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Results with discount yarns over time? on: March 24, 2006 08:52:25 AM
Thanks Emms, for that list.

I agree with the others that expensive yarns don't necessarily pill or look shabby after some wear. I made a scarf from Debbie Bliss alpaca silk and it's getting fuzzy, though not pilling. And yes acrylic pilss too. I haven't had as much problem I think because I'm always using larger needles than a pattern calls for. Seems to me that a denser knit might pill more than a looser one, but I'm not certain of it.

I'm just starting a couple projects with knitpicks merino style, it's very nice to work with. Also made a scarf from Elegance, KP's alpaca silk and it's not as fuzzy as the DB. Though I haven't worn it as much.

sue
3723  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for some metric circulars on: March 23, 2006 03:05:37 PM
I'd like to get another, longer pair of 7.5mm circulars, 80-90cm long. If anyone has some they want to sell, or live in Canada and could get some from their LYS and mail them to me, I'd like to talk to you! Email me - qiuser at yahoo dot com if you want to talk.

sue
3724  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Green Gables on: March 23, 2006 03:01:34 PM
That looks a lot like loop d loop's ballet T, or tivoli/picovoli except with the yo, k2tog lacey beginning. Hmmmm.... bet I could come up with something like it. Roll Eyes

sue
3725  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Clapotis from Knitty on: March 23, 2006 06:17:07 AM
a very wooly yarm (75% new wool 25% acrylic)

With 75% wool it should block some however it is hard to be sure without knowing where that 25% acrylic is. Sometimes it is all blended together but once in awhile it is actually wrapped around or something.

I would definately not throw it in the washer & dryer with that much wool - unless of course it is "super-wash" treated wool.

Of course not. I was talking about 100% acrylic, replying to Roe --

Quote from: Roe link=topic=25312.msg811484#msg811484
As far as i know acrylic doesn't really stretch much when blocking. but i'm not an expert.

Roe [/quote]

 I sorta overlooked the previous post that it was mixed with the wool.

sue
3726  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Anthropologie-inspired capelet + Tutorial! on: March 22, 2006 11:24:51 AM
I know this is probably a silly question, but for a minute I got a bit confused.. You write the gauge is 12 sts and 16 rows over 4". Does that mean that you counted 12 sts on the needle, and that 16 rows with this yarn produced 4"? Huh I usually don't have any doubts about gauge, but I guess it's just one of those days... Roll Eyes

Also, I'm guessing that the needle you used is 7 mm.?

That's right, the gauge can also be read as 3sts and 4 rows per inch.

sue
3727  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: FOs: Butterfly + Klaralund on: March 22, 2006 11:22:59 AM

Make four rectangles, two for the front and back (these might be square, depending on your size Wink), two for the sleeves and join them together.


Did you just seam them together? Or did you pick up stitches?

I just started it, but you can assemble it either way. Several people have made the sleeves first, then picked up stitches around and did the back and front seamless. I may try it that way, we'll see how it goes.

sue
3728  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Clapotis from Knitty on: March 22, 2006 11:17:27 AM
Quote from: Roe link=topic=25312.msg811484#msg811484
[/quote

As far as i know acrylic doesn't really stretch much when blocking. but i'm not an expert.

Roe

I've never blocked acrylic - just throw it in the washer and dryer and it fluffs up.

sue
3729  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: FOs: Butterfly + Klaralund on: March 21, 2006 12:03:00 PM
Shocked WOW! Both are amazing! I would love to get my hands on the pattern for the sweater Wink

Great job!

The sweater's easy... Make four rectangles, two for the front and back (these might be square, depending on your size Wink), two for the sleeves and join them together. I'm going to shape the sleeves a little, I don't care for them quite so floppy on the lower end.

sue
3730  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: dropped stitch twist shawl on knit picks on: March 21, 2006 11:52:47 AM
Well, not wrong, I guess. I hardly ever use them. <g> And you can sorta do without in this pattern, they're used to mark the increase on the 6th stitch. I haven't made it, but tried it out with some lightweight yarn to see what it looked like.

sue
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