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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Tyrolean Stockings on: October 08, 2007 10:14:10 AM

i'm making a second pair for my mom. same yarn, different color. she wants camel heather.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tyrolean Stockings on: October 08, 2007 09:16:12 AM
it took me a month to finish them, but here they are

also, i entered them into a local fair's needlework exhibition where they won 1st place in the sock category.



yarn: Knit Picks Swish Superwash worsted in "squirrel heather"
needles: US 3 bamboo dpns
pattern: Tyrolean Stockings from the Fall 07 issue of Interweave Knits
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Fall 07 IK's Tyrolean Stockings on: October 08, 2007 09:12:24 AM
i finished mine last week. it took a month to complete the pair. it's been too warm to wear them, so i'm waiting patiently for sweater weather to finally arrive so i can wear them

also, i entered them into a local fair's needlework exhibition where they won 1st place in the sock category.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: yarn substitutions? on: September 06, 2007 08:03:22 AM
you could substitute Patons SWS (Soy Wool Stripes) for the Noro... it's a great, and affordable substitute. JoAnn and Micheal's both have it, but AC Moore doesn't. it is a bit thicker than Patons Classic and when felted it is a bit stiffer as well.

click here to view available colors
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Substituting Yarn on: September 06, 2007 07:58:01 AM
check out http://www.yarndex.com to figure out a good sub. it's a great place to start
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: free online cable patterns of manliness? on: September 06, 2007 07:56:45 AM
KnitScene has the Notting Hill Vest pattern available to download for free. it's cabled, and maybe you could knock off the cable pattern used.

Knitting Daily also has a large free archive of Interweave patterns available to subscribers (oh and it's free)

have you tried Knitty? i think i've seen some manly cables there too.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitting while sick on: September 06, 2007 07:53:57 AM
i made some hats for my toddler twin cousins... they both have loads of health problems and i happened to make those hats while i was suffering from a pretty nasty cold.

i washed them in lukewarm water with Woolite twice to knock out the germs. oh and some non-chlorine bleach like Clorox 2 doesn't hurt either.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Still pretty new to knitting question on: September 05, 2007 10:14:53 AM
it depends on the yarn i'm using and the project.

for small diameter projects i use bamboo double pointed needles (dpns) b/c the stitches won't slide off the needle

for stickier yarns like cotton and other plant fibers, i like to use metal b/c the stitches will slide easily and the knitting will go faster.

for slippery yarns like wool, alpaca, soy, and silk i like to use either bamboo or resin so the stitches will stay on the needles.

i have several sets of bamboo straights and dpns, one set of interchangeable resin circulars (Denise Interchangeable), and one set of nickel plated brass interchangeable circs (Knit Picks Options)... oh and a few of Knit Picks fixed circulars

oh and i despise aluminum... it's too sticky, heavy, and noisy.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Color bleed and Malabrigo on: September 05, 2007 07:55:53 AM
i would suggest re-skeining and washing the malabrigo.

the two items i've made with malabrigo bled badly when washed. the FO turned the water the same color as yarn! it would take 2 or 3 soaks in soapy water to get all the loose dye out. but, that said, the yarn never lost it's vibrancy. oh and those Shout Color Cather sheets really help too. (i've had a pair of red socks accidentally get into a white load, i threw one in out of habit, and it saved my whites from turning pink)

if you're going to knit with a cream yarn and don't want a tie dye effect, definitely wash the malabrigo before using it.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Circular needle woes on: September 05, 2007 07:47:58 AM
if the cord is curling, it's not your work, it's the cord. you said you're using susan bates circs, that's your problem right there. next time, dip the cords in boiling water for a few seconds and that should remove the kink.

i would suggest getting the fixed circulars or the Options set from Knit Picks, the cords don't kink.

oh and knit picks sells short cord fixed circs, i ordered some by accident.
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