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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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Wanted: Naturally Tussock 10 Ply #165

The swap/trade forum seems pretty underused, so I figured I'd give it a bump. 

I'm looking for up to ten skeins of Naturally Tussock 10 ply in color #165.  It's a navy blue with the plyester wrap thread.   I bought five at one of my LYS on a 50% clearance sale, and I'm going to need more of it, I just can't find it in any of the other stores in my area, and the few places I've found online that have than specific color in stock are charging way more than I want to pay unless I absolutely have to.  Same goes for having one of the stores order it for me.  But I figured if anyone finds this (in that color) at their LYS, especially if it's at a clearance price (I paid $3.50 a skein!), please let me know and I can send you money (Paypal, check. MO, whatever) to cover the cost of the yarn and some postage. 

knitting a hat

Well I am just starting on knitting a london beanie from a pattern I found online.  I was all excited with the needlemaster circ set I got until i realized if I knit on the circs I need to switch to dpns to finish the hat off...my question since ive never used circs, just learning now, and def not used dpns, is there a way to avoid the dpns? or no. and if not,can someone point me to a good guide for how to knit with dpns.?

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SOCKS!

Knit in Lang Jawoll using the Universal Sock Pattern found on Burninghand.org as a very general guide and the cast-on described by Mary English Morrison in her blog.

As soon as I get this photo posted, I'm casting on for another pair in Trekking XXL, my current favorite sock yarn. 

Problems with pattern - the size seems wonky!

I recently completed this childrens sweater for my nephew Jaxon.  It worked great.  I'm not sure if his mother will ever put it on him but I'm certain the sizing was good - if not a little big for him right now.

So, I thought, now that I've tackled a small sweater in this lopi pattern then I'll do a nice big one for me.  The cardigan in this picture.  

I did the cuff at the bottom and the pattern, it worked great, except it's made for a munchkin. 

I wonder if anyone else has had this problem.  I've made two sweaters now and both turned out well - this one I really want for me, as I've knit the others for my partner and my nephew.  How frustrating!  Ommmm...

Craig's picture

What the best dressed Italian's are wearing.

This is a pic Of a sweater that I made for my little Italian.

YarnGuy716's picture

Socks

My first pair of socks, made two years ago. Pattern was basic sock pattern in Knit It magazine, the yarn was Reggia sock yarn. This is what got me hooked on socks.

Also attached are pictures of the same pattern in purple Sockotta and Spiral Ribbed socks in grey varigated Reggia.

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Blocking

I am looking for information about what MWK members do when finishing a knitted garment  Do people block with pins and steam or only steam the loose pieces?  Which garments would be blocked/steamed and which would not?  How does one make the determination?  Do people block to straighten the pieces so they match or to plump-up the stitches to even out the surface of the fabric and even-out the stitches?  The literature gives differing opinions on the need for blocking so I'm curious to know the experiences and opinions of others in our little knitting communit

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My sock yarn

The sock yarn i bought today is called  Sockotta,  its from plymouth their italian collection.  its 45%cotton, 40% superwash wool and 15% nylon.  It looks like colored kite string not yarn.  Ive hear comments of socks knitting up quickly.  Right,  its going to take weeks to make a pair of socks.  I hope there is enough. I got 414 yards.  looks to be enough.  the swatch looks great, the colors are wonderful.  I hope the socks look as good.

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