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Picking up stitches

Regarding picking up stitches, for instance around a steeked armhole to knit the sleeves- there seems to be some mystery about this.

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Transparent Graph Paper

Does anyone know if there is such thing as transparent graph paper for tracing a pattern from a photo? I tried Googling it but had no luck. Thanks Guys.

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Thanks Guys

Thanks for the input on round needles- will check out your suggestions.

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Round Needle Poll

Hi Gang,

I am interested in opinions regarding what you all consider to be the best round needles available. Thanks for your input.

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Spinner and Knitter

Gentlemen:

 

I first learned to knit from my sainted grandmother about 40 years ago.  She knit mostly blankets, gloves and socks in simple stockinette with the occasional cable.  I knit a bit as a boy but let it go as I was looked upon rather oddly back in the early sixties.  I got back to it 25 years later when I moved out to the countryside and began raising sheep as a hobby.  I taught myself to shear (badly), spin and dye the wool.  That era is now also in the past, and I was away from the wool again for some years.  Now living in the city I found myself craving to spin and knit again, so finally I gave in and dragged out my old equipment a couple  of months ago.  I had to relearn things I had forgotten.  The spinning came back quickly.  I spun up a bunch of yarn ( rather unevenly, but that's ok for relearning ) bu then mad the mistake of dying it up with RIT dye.  I spent weeks knitting a cardigan ( my first ) which came out like something produced by Omar the tentmaker as I skipped knitting a gauage swatch.  But that was ok as it was a practice exercise.  The big disappointment was when I washed it and the color faded and left it looking like something that had been well worn for twenty years!  Presently I am spinning up some more yarn from wool which I have dyed with a good quality acid dye, and will then knit another cardigan in stripes of deep purple, slate blue with a black trim.  I am blending together wool, silk and mohair on my drum carder for this yarn.

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