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June 11th, 2006

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.

Making the thong

I started making the thong. I have gotten to the front pouch. I must admit that part of the intstructions are a little confusing but I may have figured it out. We'll see though when the pouch is done. No,  I will not model it here, not with my dunlap. LOL.

June 10th

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Monogrammed Coasters

I am so pleased with my latest creation - the monogrammed coaster set.  It is a take-off on my Mother's Day coaster set with elements of my relief dishrag thrown in. 

Coasters

 

I had to draft out the shape of the monogram relief myself on graph paper, but it really wasn't too difficult.  Thankfully, the letter 'M', which is the first letter of my boyfriend's last name, was pretty easy as well as symmetrical, which is important because the coasters are meant to be reversible.  The 'M' is in reverse-stockinette on the right side and stockinette on the wrong side.

June 9th

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Help!!!

Help Please!  I am trying to find a simple beret pattern done in finger wieght yarn. having no luck I made one and it looks like a homeless person I will be that homeless person!! on the street, so if you see me say hi and nice hat. please if any one has a good pattern the beret is for a friend going through chemo. ( now you can see why I wouldn't give him the homeless hat, although I have no pride, he does) Thanks

June 8th

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Swimwear

I've been watching and waiting for someone to answer Martin's call to create and model swimwear.  Well, I needed a new bathing suit and so I decided it was time for me to venture into knitting apparel.  I have to say that the results are positive. 

First, I present the thong:

THONG OOOGA OOOGA

June 6th

Loose stitch problem

Ok guys... I've got a problem that, frankly, I don't know what to do to fix. Whenever I go from a knit stitch to a purl stitch, that knit stitch always seems to be loose and misshapen and there tends to be a gap between the two. Now, the gap isn't a huge issue for me because the "rib" (so to speak) generally hides that. But the loose knit stitches are the bane of my knitting at the moment. I've tried tightening them 10 ways from Sunday and I still can't get them even. I don't know if it's something weird like the angle I purl at, but it's always when I go from knits to purls. Here's a picture. Any ideas?

timgets2's picture

Would you rip out your work to fix a mistake?

How dare you ask that? MY precious stitches?
1% (1 vote)
Just a little, but I would try to hide the small flaws
24% (29 votes)
After throwing it across a room, making sure not to hurt anyone, sure.
18% (21 votes)
For the right price....
6% (7 votes)
All the time! Anything for perfection!
52% (62 votes)
Total votes: 120

timgets2's picture

Lace Obsessed fashion bugs

i find that every so often i go through phases of knitting. i am currently in a lace garment phase, squinting over yo's and psso's. its been fun figuring out new patterns and creating my own, only to have to pull it out and go back....ahh perfection.

now i have a question. how do you guys feel about ripping out your work to fix a mistake? i mean, i know if its a big mistake its worth it....to some people. i personally need to take out the work if its big. even sometimes if its small. it helps us to become better knitters, i think. learning how to fix boo boos allows us to become extraordin-hairy knitters.

Lace Leaf Shawl

Hey guys! Wanted to share a recent creation: I knit this for my new sister-in-law.  The wedding was this weekend, and she loved it. Its knit with a lace weight cashmere/wool/alpaca blend, held double to produce a DK weight.

Lace Leaf Shawl

It was a great project and she loved it. More on the blog: brooklyntweed.blogspot.com

Keep it up.

June 5th

Latest Projects

I recently joined this group and am very excited.  I have been knitting for too many years to admit to!

For the most part, I have been knitting for others.  Last year, I spent most of my time knitting for different charities that supported premature newborns.  For these different charities, I have knitted sweaters, hats, mittens, and booties.  I have found that children's clothes are much more fun to work on.  You really aren't limited by color or design, and, the best part, the projects work up quickly - before you get board with them!

The charity that I have been knitting for this year is The Ships Project.  (www.theshipsproject.com)  This project was started in October, 2001.  What ever our feelings about the war and our participation, I feel we have to support our troops, who don't have the choice to not participate.  The Ships Project sends hand made hats, and slippers to the troops.  These can be either knitted or crocheted.  To date, the project has sent approximately 200,000 items to the troops.  Many of the service men write back to the Project founder and express their gratitude that people at home haven't forgotten them.