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Chris Vandenburg's picture

Everything Fine...

.... situation normal!

I really, really sat down and concentrated on doing an M1 backwards and finally got it.  It's amazing sometimes how a guy can't get his mind to do something different.

Thanks for the advice everyone.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

All Holed Up

Hey Guys,

Need help.  I am working on this Debbie Bliss sweater and I'm on an increase row.  However the increases are done along a purl row and are leaving holes that look like crap.  What the heck am I doing wrong???  I'm off to unknit that row....

Some advice please....

Ok, so I've just finished the sleeves for the Jaqueline Fee sweater and am about to start putting all the pieces together. But While I was working on the sleeves I though I was going to run out of space before I added all the necassary increases, so what I did was to add more increases more often to get all the stitches before I finished the upper arm.

I have now finished both sleeves but as I have inceased more stitches in the last few rows I seem to have a little bingo wing thing happening. Im considering frogging back to where I started increasing more and spacing them more evenly to stop the bingo wings, but its gonna take me at least another couple of days. I guess I really should cos Im not really that happy with them so I supposed Ive answered my question really. In which case, thanks for listening to my rant guys. Smile

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The first pancake...

...always has bubbles, as my friend's Russian colleague Yelena points out every time there are teething problems.

So after a week and a half with some kind of foul chest infection (why can't I get ill in the winter like everyone else?) I've finally finished the upper of the first clog.  And it's enormous, around 30% bigger than my foot.  Maybe I can get it to shrink that much; if not I need to find a friend with very large feet and thick ankles.  Of course, it's a basic translation error which if I hadn't been so enthusiastic and read the pattern properly, I could have avoided: US size 9 definitely does not equal 9mm. 

Great sock yarn!

It's called On-line Supersocke 100, (www.online-garne.de), with a 45% cotton, 40% virgin wool, and 15% polyamid content, the yarn feels really great when knitted into socks.  I used a size 2 bamboo needle for the stocking stitch portion of the sock, and a size 1 bamboo needle for the ribs.

The sock is soft, cool, and feels great...very different from the feel of the superwash wool I usually use for socks, and even feels better than the acrylic yarns I've used for socks.

On the size 2 needles it knits at 7 1/2 st/1".

I hated this yarn at first, and have found that the rib really needs to be knitted on smaller needles over the stocking stitch (something I don't usually do with socks), and once I made this minor adjustment, I've come to love this yarn.

Trauma!

So I have been wanting to make this really cute ear flap hat...I get it, perhaps a little to ambitious for my firstknitting in the round project!  But I have now trashed two tries for coming out twisted...and the third is twisted yet again.  I would hate to have to abort this attempt as well!  I decided (perhaps later that I should have) to come to the source of all wisdom and see if there was anything that could be done...?  Can I salvage this twisted hat?

 ...at least I have a half finished scarf to dejectedly work on.

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The baby blanket project

Since this is my first post on this knitting blog, I figured I'd post the last project I actually completed: a baby blanket.

One of my co-workers and his wife recently welcomed a newborn boy to the world. While I wanted to create a fitting gift for the occasion, I'm a relative novice at knitting -- perhaps six months or so -- and it was a challenge to find a baby blanket pattern that (a) I could actually accomplish and (b) would be attractive and interesting enough to present as a gift.

The blanket shown above wasn't my first attempt. I'd first tried a "windowpane" blanket, which required me to knit five vertical panels that could be stitched together. The outer and center panels were a solid color, while the other two panels alternated colors. When the blanket was stitched together, I was sort of OK with the color effect, but I was unhappy with the workmanship. Add to that an unfortunate snag -- one of the panels started to unravel, and I had no idea how to fix it -- and I knew I had to try again.

The biggest challenge for this baby blanket pattern had always been how to come up with a finished project that was clearly for an infant, yet didn't scream pastels. The parents are sort of hipster-y, skateboard-riding rockers who wouldn't be caught dead in anything sherbet-colored, so why consign their kid to that fate? I had to think long and hard about colors that were clearly male, yet that didn't come across as too cutesy.

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Knitting Bags

Since I have been overcome by my knitting passion I had began to have issues of where to put my projects and how to transport them to various places that I can sit and knit. (Every friggin spare moment that I have.) 

Last holiday, my partner gave me a soft tool bag by "Craftsman" and it came with a small bag inside the larger bag.  I was rushing around trying to find a bag and I happened to grab the tool bag by accident.

All I have to say is it worked out to my advantage.  It s great bag to through a knitting book in alone with the appropriate tools for the project and away I go.

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Two Pairs of Clogs

Hi Boys,

Here is my latest project. These were felted last Saturday and took until today (Monday here in Oz) to dry. The brown ones have turned out the better pair and the grey ones will have to have another turn at the felting process. They were inadvertently left in the washer for a full cycle including cold rinses and fast spin as we had some visitors drop in and I promptly forgot them. The full cycle seems to have no adverse effects. Anyone else done this????

They are very comfy and are great to walk in but just a bit slippery on our polished floors.

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