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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knit mitered corner edging on: May 16, 2007 09:51:00 PM
I'm sure that I will feel silly if someone can explain this to me, but I can't seem to find an answer/ figure this out for myself:

I've knitted most of a log cabin blanket -- and I have a big square.  I want to knit an edging for it so that one color of stitches goes all the way around the blanket, if you get my meaning.  I don't want it fancy or anything -- just garter stitch.  Will I just pick up stitches all the way around?  Mostly, I don't know how I can deal with the corners.   Clearly, I need to increase, but I don't know how much, or how many, or what increase is best. 

Any help is very much appreciated.   Smiley 
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / three words: wash your swatch on: December 22, 2006 05:56:31 PM
My first sweater woes are, I'm sure, not original. 

I felt so good about taking the time to swatch (as my hasty hat-knitting self has been known more than once to just check after a few rows.)

My sweater turned out a little big (I didn't allow for ease, maybe?  My guage was exactly what I said it was..)  but, no mind.  I thought it would be a nice, weekendy, warm sweater.

Then I blocked it.

My sister in law just got to meet Arnold Schwarzenegger.  I should have mailed her the sweater.  She could have given it to the governer as a gift.  It would fit him. 

Oh, well. It's all playing with yarn.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / kinda ugly first socks (link added) on: December 03, 2006 07:19:58 PM
but they're mine, all mine!

After many gauge problems and wierd experimentation, I made these socks with one strand of regia self striping held together with one strand of lamb's pride wildefoote blue yarn.  The pattern is Cat Bordhi's two circular needle basic sock using the numbers I got from burninghand.org's universal pattern. 

here's the link:  http://www.burninghand.org/2circsockpattern.html.  They also have a pattern written for dpn's

I now want only "adjustable" patterns, where you can use almost any gauge.   I'm all over the board, spot on with some yarns, super loose with others.  And I' don't always like the way my stuff looks when I get the gauge I'm "supposed to".  It worked so much better for me this time to just start with the gauge I got, and go from there.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / sock gauge problem on: November 24, 2006 10:04:53 AM
I am trying to knit my first pair of socks.  I did gauge swatches with brown sheep wildfoote and with regia self striping, size two needles.  I did, indeed, get the 7 st/ in my lovely cat bordhi pattern says I want.  However, the stuff looks like lace.  Not so useful for socks.

So, now, I'm knitting with two strands held together on size one needles, getting 6 st/ in, and trying to use the cat bordhi instructions "morphed" with the numbers from the universal sock pattern on burninghand.org.  (BTW, self-striping held together with solid yarn makes a pretty nifty tweed).

But, I really would like to figure out how to get 7 st/ in so I could, eventually, knit all the more complicated stuff that uses that gauge.  Am I just using the wrong yarn?  Or am I making a dumb beginner mistake?  I'd love to buy some of the cool sock yarns on knitpicks, but I don't want to go through this again.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / clothespin bag: my first project without a pattern on: August 05, 2006 08:18:23 AM
Thanks, crafterites!  This project was the first I ever did without a pattern, and I never would have tried it, had I not seen so many crafterites who just make it up as they go along.

I'm in one of my frugal cycles, and I decided to air dry all of my laundry.  So of course, I need a hippy style clothespin bag:

I saw a picture of one on the web, and it seemed like distinctly less hassle just to invent it then to read off a pattern.  One baby nap later, two little balls of yarn left over from potholders and dishcloths, and I'm hanging laundry in style.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / crazy-easy baby hat with kitty ears (first post!) on: July 15, 2006 04:35:23 PM
Inspired by finding this forum, I wanted to dive back into crafts in an easy way.

I found this pattern in the lion brand "just hats" book, but you can see it's just a single crochet rectangle, sewn up strategically.  (I had to add the "cuff" because I started the hat without a ruler or a kid in front of me, and found that my rectangle was too big.)  Just used old yarn I had lying around.

What fun!

And it gets the daughter seal of approval.  (She said "cute!" when she woke up from nap and saw it.)

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