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slip slip purl

I'm starting my first double-knit lace project. The pattern is by a young New York City lad by the ravetar of Aptenoknits. It's available free on Ravelry until March. I'd never considered lace before, having gotten trapped in a double-knitting energy vortex years ago in my reckless knitting youth. Trapped in the vortex as I am, lace always seemed inaccessible and remote.

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rainbow loom

Here's an article I ran across that some of you might find interesting. Apparently lots of grammar school children of a certain age are almost knitting. According to this article it's the biggest kids' fad of the year. I wonder how these kids would react to a teacher who could actually knit these things. For your consideration:

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the latest version of my sock

Here's a picture of my latest. I've been making versions of this sock, on and off, for the past three years. For the past 6 or 7 months, it's been mainly "on". I couldn't really tell you how many times I've knit this sock. But I'm feeling that this time may really be The One that I've been looking for.

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UFO sock photos

This is the latest iteration of a sock I've been fooling around with for the past few years and more intensively in the past six months. I would like to make about 10 pairs of socks for myself that I can put through the wash with everything else, like I do with store-bought socks. I have used Ann Norling's Adult Basic Sock pattern which Bill very kindly walked me through a few years back.

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Knitty went A-Froggin'

...sung to the tune of "Froggy went A-Courtin' "...

Knitty went a-froggin' and he did sigh, uh huh.
Knitty went a-froggin' and he did sigh, uh huh.
Knitty went a-froggin' and he did sigh, with a yarn and needle by his side, uh huh, uh huh, uh huh.

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Knitters, The Hidden Menace

A look into the dark and disturbing history of the Tree Huggers Project in Iowa City and the Yarn Bombers behind it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g364BiSNOi0

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The lads in the Northeast

I was watching the news tonight and they said that from Long Island to Boston they’re just getting their ass kicked with this winter blizzard tonight.

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a long, slow knit

One evening last summer as the fog got sucked in, thick and cold, through the Golden Gate and the foghorns bellowed low and stubbornly into the oncoming mist like giant, 3-story cows in the distance, I picked up some jute gardening twine from deep in my stash and started double-knitting this rug.

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cotton sock cold feet

I’ve started a sock with a 100% cotton yarn (Sugar and Cream by Lily). I’m doing it top down and I’m 2 or 3 inches into the 2x2 ribbing. And I'm finding that when I stretch out the ribs they stay kind of stretched out instead of snapping back like the wool socks do. Is this going to be a problem? Will they stay up or pool at the tops of my shoes? And what about shrinkage?

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blocking liquid other than water

Can anyone think of, or has anyone heard of a non-aqueous, pre-blocking, soaking liquid? The deal is I’m working on a double-knit rug made out of jute twine. I’d like to soak it in an effort to even out the stitchery a little. Knitting with jute is a little like knitting with wood.

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