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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: why cant i knit? on: August 27, 2008 01:36:35 AM
My advice:

Bulky yarn
Big needles

It takes looong time to get used to knittng, if you've never used your hands like that. The muscles in your hands need to learn how to move in a knitting way. It's like dancing or playing an instrument, practice and practice and practice and you'll get there. Ideally you should knit every day to rub it in.
It takes time to learn.
Oh, and i remember i had a lot of trouble when i started knitting because my hands were soooo tense. I was litterally pulling the yarn til my fingers were red and whatever i knit looked rather like a lump of lead.
Relax, and ake it easy. You'll learn. All knitters here have been where you are now, it's just a matter of time before you'll do cables and afghans and shawls.

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Would you knit this? (or wear it ?) on: August 27, 2008 01:27:46 AM

I love it! I want to make one in a deep yellow/orange with cables!
I would wear it in winter, over a t-shirt. I'm 21, but i don't thing taste has to do with age. Anyone could wear this, in my opp, but you'd have to wear it in your color. I guess a lot of people'd look like ghosts in that greyish pale blue in the pic.

Excited to see how it turns out for those making it!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How did you learn your craft? on: August 27, 2008 01:16:36 AM
I started knitting several times when i was a kid,
at home and in craft class at school. I really wanted to knit, but i guess i was too little to get a hang of it.

Then, after a couple of years, i got a big box of yarn from my grandma, and my mom had needles, so i decided to make a sweater. I had no clue ow to make a sweater. But i made up a pattern as i went along, got about half-ways when i ran out of yarn. So i made a scarf and a pair of fingerless gloves instead.

But the idea of makinga sweater kept haunting me, so when i was 17 i found a terrible electric turquise/green/teal colored mohair and a pair of #3 needles in the closet, and i started again. I made two assymetrical sleeves when i ran out of yarn.
This was when i started to take it serious, found S'n'B, bought the book and made my Skully in a few days. Then i found knitty, craftster and all of the knitting blogs out there, and now i'm a regular yarn junkie.

Lovin it
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / My sock is wierd. Help!? on: August 27, 2008 01:05:41 AM

I've just finished my first sock ever, and it's the Kew from Knitty 06.
Love it.
There's a problem, though.
In the picture they look really tight and the lacy leg pattern really shows on whoever's wearing them. But on me they're too big and fluffy, and the leafy lace looks a bit like a compost.
My gauge is correct, as is everything else.

Do i have sticks for ankles or is this a common problem for the rookie sockie?
They only come in one size, so could that be the prob?

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: curse mitten on: July 11, 2008 03:13:04 AM
Wow! That's a cool idea!
But what does the red part on the inside say? i can't see really...?

great knit, and snaps for your patience, that gauge looks pixie

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fair-isle Llama! on: June 27, 2008 02:24:02 PM

I got the pattern att garnstudio.se, a scandinavian site with lots of free patterns.
You could check it out to see if they come in english versions as well as swedish/danish/norwegian.

I did modify the pattern a bit, though.

There are lots of other peruvian/bolivian hat-patterns out there, and most of them have llamas in them, if garnstudio.se would fail.

happy crafting
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Mary Jane Slippers (Thanks to paperandglue) 2 images. on: June 14, 2008 03:22:01 AM
They rock! i love that they're not symmetrical, it looks very thought-through and artsy

You feel like sharing the pattern?

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A few finished sweaters...green cable cardi, wrap sweater, black cowl neck on: June 14, 2008 03:20:15 AM
You make beautiful sweaters, rachillsk8!!
i fell in love with the combination of the colors in the second one. i would have never picked those colors, but they work wonderfully together!

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Pin-up Grrl with a twist on: June 13, 2008 11:09:00 AM
dear goneknitsup, Knitalin would be a very welcome part of my knitting life. save some for me if you find any  Wink

The rib is very...obnoxious? it looks and feels good, but it's a bi'ch getting it done. I motivate myself by getting all competitive and speed-knitting my way through it all.

What kept me awake, though, was the shaping of the front, with lots of Wrap-and-turns. It was lots of complicated fun. I think i re-designed the back mostly bc i thought it looked wack having only the front in Stockinette, like a little stockinette island in the middle of all that rib.

Lesson to be learned: dont re-design without re-measuring. as i said, it turned out way big.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fair-isle Llama! on: June 13, 2008 04:21:22 AM
Thank you for your encouragement!  Roll Eyes

missmuppy: The headband is made from a yarn called Eskimo from GarnStudio (a scandinavian company), it's 100% wool, and i got it here:
If you don't read swedish it says 50 grams=50 meters, roundspun(of that's a word) wool

yellowblanket: the only way to tackle fair-isle is to kick the shit out of every fair-isled nightmare you've ever had and knit something. disrespect The Man of knitting and DO IT!!!

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