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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / PLEASE HELP ME!!!! Razor Cami frustration! on: October 12, 2007 07:14:08 PM
OMG, this is making me bonkers. I finally braved dividing for the armpit of the Razor Cami: http://ohmystars.net/craft/knitting/prazorcami.html and it doesn't look right!  I realized that I probably counted my stitches wrong for the dividing. UGH. I cast on 156 like she did, but instead of dividing at half (78) I wanted to do 90 in front and leave 66 for the back. Here is my question:

How do I count the k2tog?  I need to knit the pattern stitch for 90 before turning/dividing, but will that work out?  I'm not sure if I count the stitches I am knitting or the stitches remaining on my needle. I am so confused and I hate putting stitches back on the needles b/c they always get twisted. I am incredibly frustrated and want this to look right since it's taken me so long to knit and get to this point.

Thank you.
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / ADVICE on project idea PLEASE! :-) on: October 10, 2007 12:27:51 PM
Hi All...

I recently bought, and worked with, Bernat Softee Chunky ombre yarn in Nature's Way colorway...


and OMG IT IS SO YUMMY! I love that yarn in general, and love even more that it's $1.87 a skein at Wal Mart, but this colorway...though only 80g per skein vs. the solids...is shinier and softer too, so it's EXTRA fab! :-)  I crocheted up a hat last night that, though super cute, isn't the best use for me for this yarn. I love how it worked up and would like to use my two purchased skeins (though wouldn't mind getting more at that cheapo price) to make a tank top or something cuter than a hat. Thing is...I live in Miami so the need for a winter hat, no matter how cute it is, is slim.

THANKS for any ideas/patterns you think would be great in this yarn!
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Red Spiral Slouchy Beret - NOW WITH LINK TO FREE PATTERN!!! on: September 30, 2007 04:28:24 PM
For those interested, I just put the pattern on my blog: http://whittsknits.blogspot.com/search/label/red%20spiral%20slouchy%20beret.
I wrote it down sloppily and remembered it the best I could, so if anyone would want to try it out and let me know where the mistakes are (or if there are any) I'd appreciate it!

So...on request from my dad's fiance, I was making a slouchy beret with a brim. I found this pattern online and thought it was perfect: http://mycrochetstuff.blogspot.com/2...with-brim.html. I don't know if it's me or the pattern, but I had a lot of trouble with the sizing (and I used the same materials and hook size). It repeatedly came out HUMONGO, so I kept frogging it back. Finally I just decided to frog it back until it was a 10 inch diameter, per this pattern's specs: http://www.fortheloveofyarn.com/Issu...funkyhat.shtml. I also noticed early on that my 'vertical lines' from the first pattern were working up into a spiral, but I liked it better so I kept doing it. And since the first half of the hat was done in 'hdc', I kept doing so in the interest of consistency but started winging the pattern from there. I also was planning on doing the brim from the first pattern link above, b/c it's stiffer and shorter for a brim than the other one.

WELL...I just sent my dad and his fiance the pics of it so far, and she LOVES IT and wants me to leave it as is, without the brim! YEAH, I love when the work and effort are appreciated, and I love even more that I can now go back to knitting a minidress/jumper that I'd been working on before this project came my way.

SO...without further ado...here are the pics of the Red Spiral Slouchy Beret:

Hope you guys like it! I'll be posting the modified (read: completely made up, ha ha  ) specs on my blog probably later tonight. Thanks for looking!

14  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / NEVER MIND: HELP with pattern instructions please! on: September 27, 2007 07:30:07 PM
Hi All...hopefully someone can help me, I think it's probably a basic question but I'm having trouble.

I'm making this hat: http://mycrochetstuff.blogspot.com/2006/01/beret-cap-with-brim.html...and am already stumped at this:

Rnd 2: 2 hdc in each st. fpdc on every alternate increase (20 sts) (5 fpdc)

I know the stitches, but it's the "on every alternate increase" that confuses me. Can anyone explain it like I'm a beginner (which I'm not really so I feel extra 'der' about even asking this).

Also: this is the next Rnd instructions:

Rnd 3: (1 hdc in 1 st, 2 hdc in next) rep. around. (30 sts) Note: Fpdc on every fpdc on this and every following hdc round.

Again, confused.

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / HELP! U-neck Jumper from the Green Issue of Knit1 on: September 23, 2007 11:11:49 AM
I'm knitting the jumper on page 50, pattern #26.  I'm at the part where it says to do the decrease row every 8th row, 5 times more. I get what they mean, but my problem is that "every 8th row" for me means it'll be on a purl row, and the first decrease row was a knit row...does this matter?  Does it mean I should do the decrease row on the 9th - knitted - row?  The decreasing is "knit 1, ssk, continue with st st to last st, k2tog"...if that makes a diff.

16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / INSPIRING STORY for knitters! on: August 12, 2007 01:40:25 PM
I subscribe to a catalog called Femail Creations, that has all this cool pro-girl/women stuff, very cute catalog. Every so often they send out an email newsletter and I found this one appropriate and inspiring for knitters. I wanted to share, so I emailed the CEO (Lisa) and got her "of course! thanks for helping to spread the word." personal reply (gotta love that).  Anyway, here it is:

Dear Girl Talk Gals,

I recently experienced a once in a lifetime full circle moment.

Those of you who have been with me from the start of this journey may remember one of the very first Making a Difference charities we ever featured in Femail Creations over a decade ago, the Rainbow Socks Project.

The year before I actually began Femail Creations my sister-in-law Julie called me to tell me about a woman in Boston named Babbie who collected yarn and knitting needles to send to the women of Bosnia and Croatia so they could knit scarves and mittens and socks to stay warm. According to the article Julie had read, Babbie's project was already gathering momentum and people from all over the country were sending in yarn and knitting needles. I went out that day and gathered up boxes of yarn and shipped them off.

What I loved about Babbie's story was that, like so many of us, she saw a news story about women's lives being torn apart by war, only instead of just being saddened or even angered by the story, she took action.

After Femail Creations got off the ground, I thought about Babbie and wanted to somehow use the catalog to help. I contacted her and asked how we could support the great work she was doing. She said that the women now had all of the mittens and socks they needed, thanks to people's incredible generosity; however we could continue to send them supplies so that they could sell their excess clothing back to us for sale here in the United States. Babbie's generous idea, now called the Rainbow Socks Project, not only provided clothing and warmth to the women but an income stream to help them rebuild their village, which was destroyed in the war.

I asked Babbie if we could feature the Rainbow Socks as our holiday 1997 charity in the catalog. I knew our customers would love the story and want to buy the socks and mittens and reach out to these women thousands of miles away. Babbie loved the idea and we immediately began working out the logistics of how to get that many socks over here.

Each pair of mittens or socks was knitted by hand, using the patterns these women had been handing down for generations, and each woman would stitch a little piece of paper with her name on it in the mitten or sock. No two were exactly alike but each one was a heartfelt work of art. (I know many of you would love to buy more of them right now, but alas they are no longer available all these many years later.)

Babbie used her personal frequent flier miles to fly over to pick up the socks herself to guarantee that we would get them here in time to sell them in the catalog. And then she did the same thing again when she brought the women their check from Femail Creations.

The women were able to reconstruct their village with the money we sent them from the mittens and socks we sold in the catalog.

When Babbie returned she sent me a gift I truly treasure, a letter and a piece of cloth. The letter explained that the piece of cloth was the first one produced by the loom they bought for the village using the money Femail Creations sent them. Babbie said they all called me the "good woman," and told her to take this to the "good woman" who helped them rebuild their village.

My full circle moment came this summer when my husband and I got to visit Croatia. A very different place than it was over a decade ago. Dubrovnik is now a thriving and beautiful travel destination. And I have the postcards and pictures to prove it!

From the very beginning I wanted Femail Creations to give back and to reach out to other womenthat was the whole point. One of the ways we do that is to feature a charity in every single issue, have since day one, and still do eleven years later! Our Making a Difference feature brings much needed awareness and funding to these charities. The more Femail Creations grows the more we can give back. The charity in the current Femail Creations Fall catalog also has a great story behind it. Click here to read more about how a young girl is doing her part to Make a Difference!

Here's to embracing life's full circle moments!

Dream Big,

Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO

Author of Dream Big
Founder of Femail Creations & Barefoot Parties

Girl Talk is Copyright The Barefoot CEO, Inc. All rights reserved.
Permission is granted to reproduce, copy or distribute this newsletter, so long as this copyright notice and full information attributing Lisa Hammond are attached.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / ANOTHER Razor Cami question: PLEASE HELP! on: August 07, 2007 07:22:41 PM
Ok, I just have to ask the masses b/c there seems to be conflicting opinions elsewhere and I trust you people!  Wink

I'm knitting the Razor Cami in the round and some say that the "K1" at the end of Row 1 is correct, and some say that it is incorrect and to not knit it but to finish with the last 'yo' of the lace pattern or else the yo's won't line up.


I would think that, with all the people who have made it, I would have read more about leaving off that K1, but pattern-wise it doesn't make sense to do it so I need to ask.  Nobody has said anything about a pattern misprint.
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / PLEASE HELP modify pattern for circs on: August 04, 2007 04:19:20 PM
Thanks for looking!

I want to make a tank top with this stitch as my pattern:  http://www.knittingfool.com/pages/stCatalog2.cfm?StitchID=908&name=Inverted%20Gull%20Cable&numofst=12&stplus=1&rows=4&rplus=0&sym=0  which I think will be really pretty.  However, how do I modify the purls when I am knitting in the round?  If you could explain Row 1, that would be great...there is no way to knit on the 'wrong side' using circs.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone use LB Cotton Ease for their Razor Cami? on: August 02, 2007 11:16:34 PM
I was about to cast on with Lion Brand Cotton Ease for my Razor Cami and want to know if (a) it's a bad idea to do in 100% cotton, b/c I read on a blog that the cotton stretches out a lot...and (b) what size needles you used if you in fact DID knit a Razor Cami with Cotton Ease.  The gauge for the cami is 24 sts = 4" and the Cotton Ease gauge is 17 sts = 4", so that's quite a difference. I could test out the pattern on my 5" circs but ... honestly... I don't know how to do a gauge swatch on circs when the first row is the pattern stitch and the second row is straight knitted. A gauge swatch is too small to reach around on circs of course, but if I turn it around then I'd have to purl and it wouldn't come out right.  RIGHT?  Or am I totally off?
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Matching Skirt for Knitty's MONICA Tank on: July 29, 2007 11:58:18 PM
A few months ago I made my first clothing piece...a Monica tank top for my little niece. Well my sister loved it and asked for me to make a matching skirt which, as a novice knitter, I had no clue how to do. I decided to wing it. I used the same yarn (Bernat Cotton Tots) and the same needles (7" circs) and cast on the same amount of stitches that I did for the top...then I just went round and round until it measured 8", also the same as the top. I added the ruffled edge (which was my own modification to the tank pattern) and b/c I was too lazy (and too clueless - ha)to do an elastic waistband, I decided to just weave in 2 strands around the top edge and leave a center space so it was cinch-able. It worked! I wove every 2 stitches, in and out, just FYI.

Here's a pic of the whole outfit:

Cute, right?!

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