Chunk's picture

Is there an alternative?

Firstly can I say what a fantastic site uniting knitters worldwide.  Does anyone know of an alternative yarn to use instead of Rowan Big Wool?  My reason for asking is because I'm a relatively new knitter and am expecting to make many mistakes on my first jumper and the thought of spending £120 ($200 ish) on a first attempt is too frightening!

kiwiknitter's picture

DP Needle Case

Recently, someone asked about storing and organizing DP needles.  I just received this DP case from patternworks.com.  It is made of canvas, very sturdy and well-stitched.  It will hold 3 different lengths for each size.  I bought it because the sizes are stamped in both metric and US on each individual sleeve.  The entire case folds up and closes with a tie.  This evening I finally organized all my DP's in this and it's very nice indeed.  I don't use DP's often but it's nice to have them organized for easy access.  And, yup, almost all my DP's are Addi'

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Bill's picture

Can we help?

Can we help? This is a site to knit warm things for Mongolian children. http://www.fireprojects.org/dulaan.htm ...it seems we should be able to knit scarves and mittens for them... Bill

Bear's picture

Inox

I took jpauls advice and ordered an inox circular needle 24"  10.5.  that is the size i am currently using on the poncho.  Ill give it a try and give my critic of it.

Pattern or project suggestions?

Once I;m done with my current scarf i'd like something more complicated, first off learning how to purl probably.  But then, something easy but more interesting would be fun, any suggestions?   also, sorry for seemingly capitalizing the beginners forum lately. oops, guess i should advance in skill eventually.

Needlesfor a budget but also for a wide range of projects

I have some money to spend on needles, but obviously not on addi turbos,  What's the best idea?   isit cheapest to buy a set of needles such as the needlemaster from knitpicks which would give me just about any size id want including circs.  or should i get needles as i need them, no pun intended.  what would be the most budget-friendly in the end? Im not sure how much if any discount is given in sets of needles.  what do you guys think?

Bear's picture

my circ needle

I just bought a circular needle to test knit with.  It is from Clover Takumi bamboo premium.  Its not the addi turbo i wanted but it was only $7.00.  vt_shua is right, just buy the Addi turbos in the sizes I use the most.  Ill take that advice.  I do have one big Question"  How in the world do you get the cable to relax, Its all coiled up.  I did try running it under hot water and it relaxed a little bit but not much.  Any way this has been an up and down day.  my artisan arrived,  my friend wants me to knit a poncho for her, thats why i bought the circ needle.  I was going to start the poncho tonight but it might take abit to relax the needle.

Bear's picture

Yaaahoooo atrisan arrived

My artisan 70d just come in this morning.  great.   just finished assembley.  read instruction book.OMG its going to take awhile to learn to use it.  so my bond will have to stay till i learn the artisan.  How many use machine along with hand and what machine?

tension?

My scarf i;m making now.  First ever please keep that in mind.  Has one problem that occurs now and then, it gets skinnier and wider, I know this is due to varying tension.  But I don't know how to keep my tension constant, since I don't feel I;m really changing it much at all that I can notice.  any tips?  also, id love a simple pattern for a hat or gloves.  I;m finding a plain nothing but knit scarf quite boring after a while although i don't notice as much when i sit and kit for a long period of time. 

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