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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: thank you for wool,ex-only thing you got right! help with using it needed pl on: January 25, 2008 12:11:14 PM
A lovely lace cardigan. It can still be warm, but the lace makes it lighter and less prone to sagging.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: would like to learn on: January 22, 2008 12:50:11 AM
Same about the 5mm needles. Although I started off on straights, if I were to teach someone to knit, I'd start them off on circulars, as well as the 'picking' or continental method. I think it's the easier method to learn than 'english' (which I learnt) and its less painful on the wrists.

I started on a scarf, but got bored pretty quickly and moved on to clothes and such. I think the dishcloths are a good project to start on, especially since you can vary the stitches, get cool patterns online and be off in a hurry.

Your first attempt at knitting - it won't be the greatest, the stitches will look crooked - but don't freak out over it. You'll get better quickly.

My first knitting yarn was wool - I'd advise wool because it's less painful on the hands (unlike say, certain types of cotton). So, a wool/acrylic or cotton acrylic will be good. I've worked with acrylic, and I guess the UK must have the sucky ones (unlike you yanks), because I found working with acrylic to be awful. It stuck to my needles and made my hands sweat.

I can recommend stitch and bitch by debbie stoeller, and I've heard good things about knitting for dummies.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: my hubby want's to learn to knit. here's why! on: January 04, 2008 09:49:19 AM
Don't underestimate the hubby. Most guys I know who knit, get good pretty quickly.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: heaven is a closing down sale at a wool shop... on: January 04, 2008 09:46:54 AM
one of the blokes from work texted me this morning to tell me it was shutting & his wife had just bought some very cheap wool (see, they mock my knitting but they care really)

That's really sweet. The fact that even though people rib you about something, they give you a heads up when they know that it will interest you! You need to take pictures and share your haul with us (visually, of course).
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Louisa Harding Gloves on: December 29, 2007 10:54:19 AM
Those gloves are lovely. I've knitted with that yarn. I love the colourways, the lightness and the warmth... but the mohair was so itchy I had to give my gloves away.  Cry.

Lovely gloves though.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Kalen Cables on: December 25, 2007 01:07:13 PM
I like the hat. Keep on trying with knitty.com. I know Stephanie Japel got turned down a few times before she broke through - and look at her now.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitters salve/lotion/cream/whatevs... on: December 22, 2007 05:30:50 AM
I use loads of stuff.

Crabtree and Evelyn gardener's cream is lovely. It's light, sinks in the skin quickly, a little goes a long way, and non sticky. As a bonus, the smell is mild too.

Or Neutragena's concentrated hand cream. A little goes a long way, and it absorbs into your hands and feels like a powder.

LUSH's smitten is pretty ace. Light, moisturizing and disappears into the hands.

If you want to do cheap and cheerful = 1 part cocoa butter/shea butter to two parts castor oil. Add essential oils that suit your fancy (tangerine tones skin, rosewood tones skin and smells great). A little dab will do yah because the cream is exceptionally rich.

I won't front though, I'd like to try actual knitter's creams to see how they compare with the lotions and potions I use.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Since we broke up... here's your scarf back (advice?) on: December 22, 2007 05:25:36 AM
Donate it, yo.

Sorry to hear about the breakup.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: what do grams mean? on: December 10, 2007 09:01:05 AM
It normally takes 500 grams of double weight yarn to make an adult sized jumper for an average adult. Like a European 42 or a US size 8.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with finishing/seaming!!! on: December 09, 2007 02:04:27 PM
But I don't understand WHERE to stitch. In stockinette there are the Vs and the ladder to guide you. I'm totally lost on this purl edge.

Garter stitch is just knit stitch ad nauseum, and knit stitches tend to have the little 'v's. Try and work within those 'v's which is one stitch in behind the bar or the edging, ala reverse stocking stitch, and it should help.

ETA- this video explains it better than I do. There is also a purl edge which is similar to what you are doing. HTH! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k460JhPD4M
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