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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Magknits Rainbow sock help on: October 07, 2007 08:50:34 AM
I love the socks http://magknits.com/Oct07/patterns/rainbow.htm

however my brain seems to have a block against them.

i can't get on with her way of describing the wrap.
if changing wrap method, i have presumed that you k or p one less than she states then work wrap method of choice (as most wrap methods don't require you to k or p the stitch with which you will work the wrap on the next row first)

so the first bits would be k turn, work turn st
2p turn, work turn st
2k work wrap with st 3k turn work turn st
is this correct?

if it is,then i can't seem to get the bit right where it says "work until 4 sts remain unworked"

i've spent all weekend knitting, frogging, reknitting frogging, playing with the pattern-pen and paper in hand etc etc

several people on ravelry seem to have mastered them, so i do think that it's my brain overcomplicating things, but if someone could type out the instructions in long hand for a few rows, it would be great!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cable comfort Throw on: September 18, 2007 02:08:47 AM
Loved this pattern on the lionbrand website...
thought I would make it for my sister's birthday.

I couldn't find any superchunky wool in the UK that was affordable/to her taste so I ended up with boring grey in chunky. King Cole Magnum Chunky 75% acrylic 25% wool.

Used US size 15 needles and did 7 panels instead of 5. Also worked all panels at once instead of individually and then sewing them together. Obviously needed more balls than their recommendation, but even when it was 1.5m square i decided it needed to be a bit funkier...

Found sirdar juniper in this greeny colour. again not what i was looking for, but time was running out and i didn't fancy my chances with choosing something to match/contrast on the internet. I crocheted the border (just under 6 balls used)

So yeah, am not 100% about this blanket.. shame really-what do you think? Not sure what my sis thought really... Least it's non itchy and cosy...

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / tiptoe through tulips and another pair of socks (5 photos) on: August 22, 2007 03:33:44 AM
When I saw knitty's tiptoe through the tulips I KNEW I had to make them for my mum. So she got an IOU for her birthday, we went yarn shopping together... My first colour work and intarsia later, here they are!

ETA: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/PATTtiptoe.html

These are unwashed and blocked, but even so, am not particularly enamoured with their slight baggyness. Otherwise, these are adorable and weren't too much of a nightmare to knit-the intarsia graph just looks daunting, but doesn't take long!

with authentic grass on sole ;o)

nice putting on of socks Mum!! Lol, not just my knitting to blame here!

While yarn shopping, mum fell in love with the Hundertwasser self patterning sock yarn. So she bought me two balls. LOL she got the first one back as my first top down socks-decided not to let the tulip's be first colour, first intarsia AND first top down.

the shot that shoes them not quite being the same-it became more noticeable towards the toes... (it's because I switched from metal to birch half way through sock1):

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / ready to give up-yarn sub woes on: July 19, 2007 04:33:04 AM
Am in tears again with knitting.

all because of yarn and yarn shops.

when i first started working with yarn, i was crocheting. i made the mistake of buying yarn willy-nilly and not for specific projects-guess what most of it is still here, as it wasn't right for any of the projects i then decided on/couldn't find a project for that yarn/gauge combination.

So I decided when i took up knitting, to only buy for specific projects.

First sweater I wanted to try was the suss sweater. Subbed yarn as there was no way I could afford the suss yarn. I ordered over the internet (no LYS)-didn't like the colour when i got it but didn't want to send it back as it would've cost me almost the price of the yarn in postage. so i made the sweater for my gran-without her measurements-i guessed and ended up making it too large Sad

moved house. got excited about 2 LYS stores being near by. Bummed to find out that I can't get in to either of them (am a wheelchair user, they are both up 2 steps)

bought yarn from one, sat out in the street, with help from the shop people and mum. felt a bit overwhelmed and embarassed and ended up buying 50%cotton 50% acrylic as a yarn sub for 55% Merino Wool, 33% Microfibre, 12% Cashmere. not very clever at all and today i find i can't even get gauge with it (i should be able to)

ugh not a happy bunny as you can see.

I am a continental knitter and hear that it is relatively common for continental knitters to be lose knitters. I don't have a problem with socks on DPNs but anything on my denise set and I have to go down at least 2 needle sizes. mind you i am not using the exact yarn that the pattern suggests, but even compared to the ball band...

Any books you recommend for helpful hints on yarn subbing? Knitting without tears?

Any Uk recommendations on getting hold of (wool content) aran weight yarns that so many funky patterns seem to require, but that don't cost the earth? (I have the list of shops that the livejournal brit knits group recommends, more interested in specific yarns.

Does anyone else knit on gauge for socks but not on their denise sets?

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / top down raglan, adding a hood on: April 03, 2007 01:50:24 AM
Good old craftster answered all of my quetions about the top down raglan, except;

Hoods. if you knit a rectangle (or a rectangle that bulges a bit) with a provisional cast on-the number of stitches that you'd cast on for http://www.woolworks.org/patterns/raglan.html initial neck cast on. then seam up the opposite end of the hood. would this work?
I've just checked out my two (shop bought) knitted hoodies and they both were added afterwards (one is a raglan), also they are pretty much the whole width of the neckline...

some raglans, the diagonal raglan "seem" is very noticeable (and i don't mean when people have done eyelets) and yet others it's subtle. I am somewhat busty and the visible raglans would make me look more so, any tips?

Am getting very excited about starting this! Cheesy
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / short and sweet - non mercerized vs mercerized cotton? on: April 02, 2007 01:49:49 AM
I've had my short and sweet finished (without ends sewn in) for weeks and weeks, if not months.

The reason I can't bring myself to finish it:
it's sooooooooooo heavy. I used just normal cotton and I am wondering if mercerized cotton would be lighter?
i also had the unfortunate experience of dye coming off on my fingers, so i think i'd have to soak it in vinegar to fix the colour too...
if people agree that mercerized cotton is lighter, i think i might do a big frogging project and start over as i do love it!
or would normal cotton soften up? - lol also scared of shrinkage

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / looking for a specific bag pattern on: February 11, 2007 11:27:36 AM

i found a funky second project pattern the other week, but alas did not bookmark it. I've downloaded google desktop, been through browser history, been to freeknitpatterns etc etc and I just can't find it again.

The pattern I am looking for is

done on circular needles
with two strands of worsted weight yarn.

the picture of the FO was a blue bag (possible with white?) with knitting needles stuck out the top
the general shape of the bag was rectangular with a gap which made the handles if that makes sense?

hoping someone has it bookmarked and therefore knows what i'm on about!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Daisy Stitch Blanket on: January 12, 2007 08:17:01 AM
Take initially one cone of oiled handspun wool with flecks of red blue yellow green in it and my Good House Keeping Needlecraft Encyclopedia mix it with my parents lack of a blanket on their sofa and voila the idea of the Daisy Stitch blanket was born.

It didn't end up that big, probably just over 1.5m square, but it's definitely warm and cosy AND it was ready for christmas, all the ends sewn in and everything, just not great pics as usual lol as I never leave enough time for that!


and a closer look at the stitch:

pretty pleased with it, although ideally it could have done with being bigger.
What do you think?
9  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / PDQ x2 anarchy irony + matching bits (img heavy) on: November 28, 2006 01:42:01 AM
Had an early christmas with my sister and her boyfriend, which meant speedy crafting in time Wink

I made my sis this PDQ with matching hand warmers

but she spied the anarchy irony hat and pinched that too!!! She didn't want contrast trim and preferred to wear it unfolded up... she was ill, so it was just what she needed to cosy up in.

I made an eighties inspired scarf for her boyfriend and then took the idea on to the pdq

10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / meet Urbis, the graffiti guy brought into amigurumi world on: November 22, 2006 01:35:02 AM
here he is (although a bit blurry):

I was visiting an urban exhibition (urbis) with my sister before she went to New Zealand for 3 months.... One of the best bits was the graffiti installation:

www.thelondonpolice.com are responsible for that...

My sis and I loved it so much that I was insired to make her an amigurumi version for her birthday, made stripey as she is mad into stripes and it suited him!

So Urbis was made, parcelled up to her boyfriend's to take out to New Zealand where he spent the next month bobbing around in the cab of their campervan, seeing penguins, snow snow and more snow!

(I am hoping that 2 rounds of BLO stitches don't discount this guy as an amigurumi!)
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