Bear's picture

Bad week of knitting

Ive had the worst week of knitting, One I hate this yarn i bought. Carons simply soft.  It untwists and splitts easly.  I thought the red heart was bad.  I would rather go back to red heart and burn this crappy yarn.  I have six projects  going and none of them near completion.  I need to knit something up fast so i can finnish something.  The socks im working on i have been working on for a while.  im still on the leg of the first sock.  the kite string or yarn is so small and the needles so small they arnt knitting up as fast as what i was led to believe.  How could anyone get satisfaction out of socks. you could spend months on just one pair.  Sorry just needed to vent.

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?

RainCityRick's picture

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?

garykfc's picture

Moebius Cast-on

I know that The Treasure of magical knitting explains Moebius cast-on (mbo) but I was wondering if anyone knows any other places on the web that explain it as well?

Drew Emborsky's picture

cable sweater update

Hey dudes!  I got slammed with some crochet deadlines since starting this sweater in January but happily my schedule loosened up enough for me to work on it once again.  This is the progress so far:

 

Dudesweater Progress April 5

 

And here is a detailed photo.  The cabling and texture show up in real life very well, but just got lost in that above photo:
 

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KNITTING PRACTICES

BUYING YARN - Purchase all yarn from the same dye lot. Check yarn label for washing instructions. Stay within two sizes of the recommended needle size. When substituting yarns, select a yarn close to the original in weight and type.

KNITTING WITH COTTON - Cotton keeps us cool in summer and warm in winter. It is soft and comfortable. Cotton comes as crepe, boucle, slubbed, ribbon, and chenille to name some of the varieties. Cotton does not have the same elasticity as other yarns, nor does the yarn slide as easily on the needles. Always knit ribbing on smaller needles. Sew seams firmly. Generally, it is best to hand wash cotton knits. Do not dry in the sun, since sunlight discolours and weakens the fibres.

Gabriel's picture

Fiber of choice??

Lets talk fibers and projects! Answer us this one....Do you prefer to work with firbers that are chunky and bulky, thus creating a "faster to complete" project, or do you like thinner more fine fiber that creates a "longer to complete" project? I know we all ,kind of, like both....but which do you find yourself buying more of? I find I choose thinner fibers mainly because of the finished look....it seems so much more elegant too me.....now that being said....I can't imagine working with lace or anything....I would pull my hair out (if I had any)!!!! Let us know.....and on a personal note....Thank you, too the lurkers who stepped up and said "Hi" after our #13 question.

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