Archive - Apr 8, 2006

Quick gifts

Lots of birthdays in the spring!  Here are some of the gift items I've been working on for the last couple of weeks ...

Felted Clogs - before & afterFelted clogs following the Fiber Trends pattern.  These knit up very quickly using a double strand of yarn and US 13 needles.  I felted a pair for myself but plan to present the others with a humorous set of felting instructions so that the recipients can experience the amazing process (and the aroma of wet wool) for themselves.

Do you count rounds?

When creating socks, gloves or anything requiring that you make two or more identical pieces do you:

(a) count rounds as you knit using a stitch counter or tick marks on paper?
(b) work until the size is approximately right, then count how many rounds you've done?
(c) use a measuring tape and not worry that you may be off by a round or two?
(d) hold the finished piece next to the one you're working on, again not worrying about having exactly the same number of rounds?
(e) some other method?

My sense of perfectionism demands (a) or (b), but I wonder if maybe I should just relax a little and go for substantially similar rather than identical.  What's your approach?

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First post - 08 April 2006

Well, I just finished my 6th "London Beanie" -

http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/hats/london-beanie.htm

I'm having a blast with circular needles (Addi Turbos ROCK!)

I made the first beanie for me and then decided that no matter what he wears, a 49 year old man will never look like David Beckham!

I left a couple out on the dining room table when my partner's kids came over.  They all said "you knit these?  They look just like the ones at Abercrombie and Fitch!"  I also mentioned them to a 24 year old guy in my voiceover class and he asked me to make one for him.

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Substitutions for Particular Yarns

I've fallen in love with Rowan Magpie.  Unfortunately, Rowan discontinued it in 2004.  I'm trying to find a good replacement.  I've already spent WAY too much buying up as much as I could find on Ebay.

Does anyone have suggestions about how to find an appropriate substitute?  I could go to my LYS and snoop around but then I'm limited to what they carry.  I've tried looking for other yarns on-line with the same stitches per inch but have found that it's quite a bit more complicated than that.

I've even tried some generic internet searches to no avail.

Thanks for your help guys!

Weekly Topic #16

Hi guys,
Which designer does it for you?