Archive - 2007

January 22nd

Elemmaciltur's picture

Another FO....

My So-Called Scarf #2

Started: 23rd December 2006
Finished: 20th January 2007
Yarn: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Worsted Merino-Lambwool in the colourway "Rhabarber" ("Rhubarb")
Needles: 6 mm/US #10 Inox circs
Pattern: My So Called Scarf from Sheep in the City
Modifications: Instead of a 30-stitch pattern, I reduced it to 28 stitches and add the chain edge (4 stitches in total, so that adds up to 32 stitchs), because I have only one hank of the wool and the scarf's going to be short anyway.

Yup, that's the second My So-Called Scarf I'd made. I'm not so comfortable wearing it though...the colours aren't really me. Although I still have to admit that I love looking at the thing....and that I can't imagine just parting with it. Alhough if I don't wear it, I think I know to whom I could give it. ;-) (More to read --> Click on "Read More" below)

kylewilliam's picture

Progress at the yarn shop

I did some painting this weekend at my LYS - there are notes and a few pics on my blog

check it out if you have been following along. She has had a major increase in sales since we did the remodel. the knitting table seems to be filling up also!

it's not done by FAR - but it's looking good - any suggestions you have would be appreciated - feel free to comment on the site.

The owner (Florence) is doing much better - we took her to the hospital and she has recovered fully - kidney infection and bladder infection - she's OK now - lost 15 pounds - she's more docile right now - I think she's thankful that we're paying attention to her! :) I love her - she's grumpy and honest and one of the best people I have met in CA.


Happy Monday!

stardust412's picture

Well here goes

My fiancée finally got me into knitting. She has tried twice before but this time she put some huge effort into and bought me a crap load of stuff for my birthday. Once I started it wasn't so bad. Figured I might as well spread my wings and visit the sites suggested in my book i got, knitting with balls. This should be fun, I hope my first scarf doesn't come out looking like crap.

I never noticed how much work it actually is though. Before I wouldn't think twice when she would mention knitting 200 rows and now I'm just like, damn thats rough.

grandcarriage's picture


Ok....Weekend is over and I've done 3 hats each day: two bulky (4 st/in) and one worsted (5st/in) each day. I am almost caught up with X-mas gifts. Someone say amen.


January 21st

Stephen450's picture

Continental Purl

I just got back from a group class at my LYS where I learned that I'm wrapping my purl stitch the wrong direction! I also found out that I'm supposed to hold both needles with thumb and forefinger. That's making my continental purl seem all new and foreign to me. Anybody have any suggestions that might help me be a better purler?

MMario's picture

Progressive as a square:

Cynthia @ Baxterknits gave me permission to adapt her 'Progressive' shawl as a square -- and here is the results. (see attached photos) - the colour is more true in the one you can't really see the patterning, and it is much more square then it appears in the photo where you CAN see the pattern - between the angle, the camera, my eyesight -- quality photos 'R' not us.

Red Heart 'Soft Baby' in a pale yellow - so pale as to be almost cream. Done on a size 10.5 (US) needle. It took about 12 ounces -- the soft baby comes in 7 0z skeins, so less then two skeins.

addendum - started the circular version over the weekend - it's currently 224 stitches around - 58 rows.

jrrenola's picture

Quick Gauge Question

Now that I'm using the long tail CO, things are going much better. I've bought 2 different colored skeins for the same brand/weight yarn and was knitting a swatch to check my gauge. When I opened my book, it described how to count stitches/rows in stockinette, but not in garter...which I've been doing. Does it matter which pattern I use for a gauge check? My end product (with the yarn) is a garter-stitch scarf for my wife. Even though gauge for a scarf isn't needed, I figured I'd give it a whirl. Any ideas how to count rows/stitches in garter?


January 20th

For Zarrion

Hi zarrion,
I like to make patchwork blankets too. Here is what I do:
I usually make mine with sportweight yarns and knit them on #5 US needles. I usually cast-on about 20 - 25 stitches and then knit about 35-40 rows for each patch.

There is an easy trick to make sure your patches end up as perfect squares -- fold each patch and turn it into two triangles. When they are the same size you know you have a perfect square.

Try this while you are knitting: With the patch in front of you and your knitting needle on top - take the bottom left corner of the patch and bring it up to the top right corner. When the triangle on top is the same size as the one on the bottom then you know you have a perfect square. If you can't get the bottom left corner to touch the top right corner then you know you need to keep adding more rows.

Then I sew all the patches together and finish them off with three or four rows of single crochet. I attached a pic of one of my finished blankets.

Hope this helps



Hi there,

My mum is making a blanket with patches. She is doing 19 stitches across each time. Would it be easier to do a different number and how can I make it equal when I am doing it. I've just started myself and her patches are not exactly same size by width and length but I would like mine to be more square type when I am doing them. :) Thanks...

stch's picture

Knit-Out & Crochet 17-18 February 2007

The weekend of 17-18 February 2007 at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, the Craft Yarn Council is sponsoring a Knit-Out and Crochet event. Information can be found at the following websites: and at I've posted on my blog other tidbits of information/links if your interested in attending.

I'll be there...being so close how could I miss it?

(sorry I didn't put this into the "upcoming events" area...I just couldn't quite figure out how to post it.)

Hope to see ya there!