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Willow has a new sweater

Hey guys -

just finished my kitty's first sweater - I took a dog pattern and improvised it (annoying my cat along the way) to get her a new warm coat for the winter! I made quite a few mistakes while making it, but I learned a lot and I am ready to try another one! (lots of other projects in the works though so not sure how quickly I will be able to do it, although a friend wants one for her doggy!)

:)

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making yarn go the extra mile

I finished a sleeve of my mom's sweater - have the right front and one more sleeve to go (finished the back and left front and one arm)and 5 balls of yarn left - (they had 15 and it called for 15) - I'm praying hard that I have enough of this color - there is no more of this dye lot; I bought all they had and it's the PERFECT "mom" color - I know that I can knit a row with the exact color, change yarn and purl back with the same color (different dye lot) when doing SS - has anyone done this before? I'm worried that it might show up - I am thinking that even though I might have enough yarn I may do this with the other sleeve - just to try as a little insurance policy - I'll do the right front first (all with good yarn) and then I'll do the last arm in this technique and pray a lot that it works -

does anyone have any suggestions on how to make yarn go further if you think you might be running out? (besides making sure there's extra yarn?) haha

thanks for everyone's input and comments - it definately helps!

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Crafters Choice

OK I'm sure lots of you don't like books (haha!) - or you already have them - but I found a deal at crafters choice - it's a website -- 4 books for $1 each - and you only have to buy I think 2 more books within the next two years - it's a deal where you can say "no thanks" to the selection online too -- which is cool -

I bought an extra book and I ended up spending $32.68 for 5 knitting books - on edging, socks, merino wool (from Morehouse farm which is beautiful), etc...

a good deal if you like getting books - it's true, however, that we can get lots of information and ideas straight from the internet, but I have already found a few patterns/ideas that are cool in just my 30 second scanning of these new arrivals!

www.crafterschoice.com

Just in case you want to check it out :)

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Scarf beginning to Wave!

I started it last night - with manos - size 11 needles (circulars rock!) and my pattern from knitty.com - http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTwavy.html - it's a good scarf for me - I am not good at following patterns - I think I have done about 30 rows so far and it's starting to take shape! I know I am messing up a little, but I think with the varied thickness of the yarn it won't show up. my partner's best friend Chuck will love his scarf (if I don't keep it for myself!)

:)

Kyle

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cool knitting gadgets

I have been looking for a good board to block my sweater (yes I know I haven't even finished it yet) - but I am a shop-a-holic and love finding things - the more "stuff" I have relating to knitting, the happier I am! .... anyway, I found a great one - it's on this site:

http://www.yarn-store.com/blocking-supplies.html

it was costly, but I think it'll be the only one I'll ever have to buy - and it folds up!

I also found some cool tools called Knit Klips (I don't like when people use a "k" instead of the "c" in words just to be clever... (or should I say "klever") ick! :)

BUT the clips are cool! here's the site:

www.knitklips.com

which are kind of like hair clips - they are used to attach pieces together and hold them in place (the same way a clothespin would) - as you are attaching the pieces. I ordered some of these as well (after looking at Wal Mart in the hair aisle at little hair clips and deciding they wouldn't work, and figuring out that clothespins are big and not very strong) - I'm waiting to get them -

I am a spending fiend! let's hope it all works out and is worth the investments!

:)

Kyle

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one side of the cardigan is not like the other

OK - I'm working on a sweater, and got the left side of the cardigan done - it's mostly knit and purl, (stockinette) with a ribbed border - of 8 stitches of knit or purl (row 1: k, row 2: k, row 3: p, row 4: p, and so on) - which makes a nice band on the inside most part of the jacket (where the buttons would go) -- I followed the pattern, k1, k2tog, then, to decrease on the "band" side of the sweater, (on the knit row and inside the stockinette part of the pattern), I did an SSK - which decreases the field of the cardigan and moves the "band" closer to the shoulder... (gosh I hope this makes sense) .. anyway, it turned out great. NOW I am doing the right side of the cardigan, and it says only to reverse all pattern and directions for the opposite side. Being the newbie knitter I am, I had made a chart of the hundred or so rows that were done on the left side - so I went to my computer and plugged it all in for the right side and I'm following it along, minding my own business... everything looks great until I get to the place where I need to start decreasing, and doing the SSK.... it seems that all the decreasing, etc, appears to be on the PURL row - and I thought I wasn't supposed to do anyting like that on the purl row... well, it was 10 at night on Sunday and I wanted to try it - the worst that could happen is my friends at the LYS would rip it out for me and help me find my way again - it seems to have worked fairly well - I made up my own SSP kind of stitch and although it looks a tiny bit sloppy I think it's OK -

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Baby Sweater Attempted!

Well, I decided that the "big" sweater I'm working on isn't moving fast enough - so I put it down for a few days and attempted a baby sweater pattern I got in palm springs - remember, I'm the one who doesn't know how to read patterns, right? well, I did it! I'm very proud of the fact that the sleeves are the same size, and although I still "interpreted" lots of the pattern, it actually looks pretty much like it should! I haven't put buttons on it yet, and on the button side of the jacket there's a hole where I didn't pick up a stitch in the right place or something when I made the collar... but all in all, not bad if I say so myself! I had to rip out a sleeve twice because the first time I picked up stitches wrong, but went online and watched a video on how to do it - which helped - and although I don't know how to really join pieces together, it all seems to have worked itself out. Anyway, I was very excited and wanted to share the excitement with my boys! I'm trying to get the photo on here but it's not working - I'll keep trying but if it doesn't work, check out my myspace page and I'll put it there :)

Kyle

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Hunting for YARN

We went to Palm Springs yesterday to go to my partner's niece's suprise birthday party - of course, we were about 10 minutes early and we're very lucky - the parking space we ended up in was right behind a yarn store (The Yarn Co.) - in palm desert I believe. I had no idea that it was there (neither of us did) until we pulled up - I am sure everyone knows how anxious I was to get through lunch to go back to see what they had to offer! it's a compact store with floor to ceiling yarn offered - nice ladies that look at me funny when I look through the store - (am I the only one who feels like guys are treated differently in yarn shops?) - I ended up buying some incredibly cool hand dyed yarn and intend on (someday) making something with it - maybe a baby sweater - who knows..

THEN we went to another store (Harriet's) later that afternoon - apparantly, the niece has been knitting too (horray!) and they take her to this tiny shop - it's really in an accessories store which is kind of strange - but it is beautifully organized all the yarn is by color and it's bright - nice and open! :) - I bought some other random yarns there and got the same kind of treatment at this shop - this time I was with a girl also, and while I'm piling yarn in my arms, the storekeeper approached my lady friend and asked her how long she had been knitting! I found it pretty funny - and as I was explaining that I did the knitting and was searching for random yarn for my collections (I buy then put the yarns together when I find a project that I want to do) she didn't seem to believe me - it was a very strange experience!

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