Archive - Jun 12, 2006

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Stitchionary

I recently received in the mail Vogue Knittings Stitchionary Volume 2- Cables. I thought it was going to be another lame book. Silly me forgot that Vogue is fabulous all around. I suggest everyone who loves cables and fun moving patterns pick this book up immediately.....maintenant, as we say in Quebec.....:)

Recycled Yarn

I encountered a woman at a flea market on Saturday offering baskets of recycled yarn, which she confirmed was obtained by ripping out knitted garments.  She was purposefully vague about where she buys them, but told me she has learned which brands are most likely to yield long continuous lengths of yarn.  It was all quite clean and neatly wound with a mechanical winder, though she would not make any representation as to the fiber content, weight or yardage.  WYSIWYG.  The yarns I bought immediately melted when subjected to the flame test at home, and I imagine that mos

Yarn substitution

I'm considering making a vest (waistcoat) from a "vintage" (30s? 40s?) English pattern which calls for 11 oz. of worsted-weight yarn.  I prefer working with finer yarn and needles and have no problem with modifying the pattern to suit my smaller gauge, but I'm not sure how much wool to buy.  Can I substitute 11 oz. (300 g.) of fingering-weight yarn for 11 oz. of worsted and have about the right amount?  I know I'm not likely to find if for 7 d. per ounce as mentioned in the pattern, so I'd like to have some idea of how much to buy.