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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern for Noro Silk Mountain 6 balls pref free! on: September 05, 2007 04:51:35 AM
Well, I don't know anything about Silk Mountain, but I looked it up and it seems to be a bulky yarn.

Maybe the cloud boldero? I like it alot for a bolero using bulky yarn. Tongue http://yarnforwardmagazine.co.uk/cloudbolero.htm

The new Zephyr pattern Juliet is also cute and uses for bulky weight. It's more of a cropped cardigan than a shrug/bolero and calls for 500-800 yards (but I bet the short version would take less since it doesn't differentiate between the long/short version).
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Swallowtail Shawl (my first lace!) on: August 21, 2007 04:46:29 PM
Gorgeous! I loved knitting this pattern. I'm not usually a fan of purple, that colour is lovely.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting "lace" with thicker yarn - are my needles too thin? on: August 20, 2007 06:03:34 AM
The beauty of lace is that you can pretty much use whatever size needles you want, it just depends on what kind of look you want. Do you want the lace pattern to be open and airy or more crisp? Generally, however, I would use needles larger than what would usually be used for a certain yarn when I'm knitting lace. That's a personal preference though, but most lace patterns call for needles larger than you would use to knit the same yarn in, say, stockinette (alot of lace patterns call for size 6 or 7 needles for laceweight for example - but I tend to find that much too airy).

I definately agree that you should block the piece to get a feel for how it looks and what you personally prefer. With lace you won't be able to see how the final piece will look until it's blocked. And I think it's a great idea to swatch with different needles before frogging what you've done so far. I always do this when I'm not happy with what I've done because it's so much easier to rip when you've already past the place you were at before. I usually only rip when I need the yarn!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Kim Hargreaves Thrown Together Collection-Gorgeous! on: August 18, 2007 10:53:14 PM
I love most of Kim's collections, but have never bought a kit from her simply because the conversion from AUD to GBP is just too expensive Sad I wish she would either sell patterns individually or perhaps produce her own pattern books?

I totally agree with everything that's been said here and I know it's been said before about other collections of hers. A Kim Hargreaves book would be amazing.

I really like Still, which is funny since it didn't interest me in the Shades of Pale Collection. I also like all the fun colours and combinations in the photos.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting with 2 strands together - completely tangle free. on: August 06, 2007 04:14:18 PM
When I knit with two strands,whether it's held together, fair isle, stripes or anything else, I always put one ball on each side of me, that way after each row I can make sure I turn the knitting the right way to untangle it. Not very high-tech, but it works fine!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gift for friend studying abroad (Australia) on: August 06, 2007 04:13:00 PM

Where in Australia is your friend studying? The weather is going to vary alot depending on where she is. Generally, it's winter at the moment, but winter doesn't tend to last very long (in my opinion, but since I'm actually Swedish, that's what I'm comparing it to!) and it usually doesn't get as cold as it would in other parts of the world. Some places won't get very cold at all. So you might want to think about when you'll be able to send the present and plan for that. Ipod cozies work all year round of course and should be pretty cheap to send. Maybe send her something that reminds her of home? It shouldn't cost too much to ship if it's not too big. Now, I've only shipped things the other way, so don't trust me. Maybe check the US postal service website? They usually have guidelines on shipping prices.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 800 yards laceweight cashmere? on: July 24, 2007 05:09:36 PM
The Hanami Stole calls for 880 yards and I love it. It's on my list.

The Swallowtail shawl is also gorgeous (so many pretty versions out there) and seems to only take 400-ish yards from what I've seen.

Good Luck finding a pattern! I have my own skein of 100% cashmere that's waiting to become a shawl. It's so beautiful that I'm almost scared to knit with it!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern Help! on: July 22, 2007 09:35:02 PM
When they say the edge stitch in garter stitch, they mean that you will always knit the edge stitches on both the right and wrong side of the knitting. If you look at the following rows, they've also got the first stitch as a knit (both right and wrong side). So, no, you don't p1, k1, you just k1. The k1 is the garter stitch edge. Basically, garter stitch is when you knit all rows.

Since the pattern is knit flat, you can use either straights or circs.

Hope that helped! Let me know if you need more clarification (I can be very bad at explaining things sometimes!)
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Double-Pointed Needles? on: June 02, 2007 07:43:18 AM
I learnt to use DPNs watching the video on knittinghelp.com. It's pretty straight-forward and intuitive though, I justt watched once to get the general idea of what was going on. Just make sure you don' twist the stitches when you join to work in the round!
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Pomatomus Socks on: May 31, 2007 01:31:50 AM
I'm planning to knit these, probably once I finish my current pair, and I was wondering what the sizing is like. 72 stitches seems really big to me since 64 stitches are a bit too big for me unless it's a really unstretchy pattern. So, I was just wondering, are these particularly unstretchy? Should I start as written and try it on or should I cut a few of the stitches from the lace panels to make them 60-64 stitches around?

Thanks in advance.
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