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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag on: June 27, 2007 03:33:44 AM
" I had to rip out 12 rows of double knit and then pick up all the stitches "

OMG!  Horrible.  That's about how many rows I have now after 3 days' work (see, told you I'm a slow knitter). So by the time life has given you time to start on the bag again, I might be caught up to where you are now Cheesy  

Anywho, here's my progress so far, in case someone's interested.. (and since I haven't posted enough yet, I can only give you the link to click) 

2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag on: June 25, 2007 12:15:14 AM
Sorry I've been absent for so long.

Can you believe my yarn arrived, finally, just yesterday?  The original package of yarn made it only as far as Atlanta before disappearing in the bowels of the main post office.  KnitPicks was so kind about taking care of it for me and sent a second package via Fedex.  So I just cast on tonight and I've only made it as far as the middle of the sixth row of the bag base.  It's pretty cool, this double knitting thing, but the yarn fingering is driving me nuts so I'm doing it my own way, carrying both color strands together and letting the tip of my needle sort out the right strand for knitting and purling.  It's a little slow,  but much faster than me fumbling around the way the pics tell me I should hold the yarn.

I'll remember to hunt up some stitch markers when I get to the skulls pattern repeats, too.  I'm also not wild about the handles and am thinking of modifying things a bit and putting in metal or plastic handles instead.  Not sure yet.  Might be cool if I could find some that looked like actual bones.  Or would that be too creepy?

3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag on: June 25, 2007 12:04:09 AM
Stitch and Stones,

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  I don't think I'm much farther along than you in knitting experience.  I'd say, google some tutorials on double knitting and try a swatch with some scrap yarn to see how it works for you.  I kept hearing that double knitting looked a lot harder than it is and I picked it up right away, so I'm pretty confident you could, too.  But give the test swatch a shot and see how you do.  Have you knitted in the round before?  If you haven't, I'd definitely advise you to consider going with Punk's project.  Don't want to challenge you so much that you get frustrated and give up. 

Cheers to Punk Is The New Blog for finding such a great alternative pirate bag pattern. 
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag on: June 06, 2007 11:41:12 PM
Oh, this looks great!  And this is your first double knit project?  Well done indeed! 

Knitting in the round--don't get me started.  I'm never completely sure I've got a project coming off the needles the right way,  so I'm glad you said something about the picking up stitches at the base stage.  I'll be extra careful.  But I can't see how anyone could tell you had trouble.  Looks all nice and tight and perfect from here.

I am still pacing the floor, waiting on my yarn to arrive in the mail, so I haven't even cast on yet.  Wish I'd thought of using this as a stashbuster project, though.  I'd think you could substitute any repeatable image/motif for the skulls, if a person wasn't very skully-oriented.  Hmmm.  The possibilities...

Can't wait to see how your skulls look in the variegated yarn.  Looking forward to your next picture and thanks for sharing your progress.
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag on: May 30, 2007 03:55:28 AM
I learned to do color patterns just by watching a free video online.  It sounds a lot more scary than it is.  Give a look see to:  http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/ (about halfway down the page)

I found how-to vids for the double knitting there, too.  I'm probably an advanced beginner knitter, but my best friend (who just learn to knit a month ago!) tried the color knitting and had no problems. 

And if you're looking for yarn for this, I'm using Wool of the Andes from KnitPicks.com at $2.49 a skein.  Shipping was only $2.50 as well.  God Bless Knit Picks!
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Pirate Queen's Booty Bag on: May 25, 2007 11:33:17 PM
I've just started this great project after seeing Pirates of the Caribbean 3 and wonder if anyone would like to join me.  Here's a link to the free pattern with picture:
(pattern is a pdf file)

I'm a little nervous since I've never done double knitting but have found a couple videos on line that show how it's done.  The bag is first double knit, then felted, and it's reversible.  A great project for the yarn pirates in your life Smiley

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