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February 16th, 2006

Jordan's picture

Decreasing with stripes

Here's a question about decreasing while working with stripes.

I'm decreasing at the top of a hat, knit in the round, entirely in stocking stitch.  The hat is striped--4 rounds of each color.  The pattern calls for decreasing every-other row, sometimes SSK, and sometimes K2tog. 

My question: would it be better to decrease on rounds 1 and 3 of each stripe, or rounds 2 and 4?  Or does it matter?  I haven't tried it yet, but my guess it that decreasing on round 1 might look funky.  Whereas decreasing on round 4 might be okay.  Does anyone have experience with this?

Those who teach

Does anyone here teach knitting?

I do 2 or 3 times per week.  What I'm really struck by is the amount of people (older than I am) who don't know their right hand from the left nor do they know the names of their fingers, such as index finger, middle finger and ring finger.  This gets frustrating when you're trying to teach.  I have people say "I use this hand" and show me their right hand or "I use this finger" and show me their index finger.

Any insight?

Gabriel's picture

Madrona Fiber Arts

Hey guys,

I just wanted to fill you all in on a wonderful time had by all at the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival. It was held in Tacoma, Wa last weekend. My friend Lisa and I attended the festival and then guided ourselves through the Pacific Northwest knit shops....from Portland to Seattle. The artists that are all over out there are incredible. Everything from Cashmere rovings felted onto silk scarves to Mongolian Camel hair and beyond! My new favorite knit shop is Tricoter in Seattle.....if you have not been you should treat yourselves. I have more info if anyone is interested you can message me....so we won't have to bore the others not as interested. Thanks for listening!!!

February 15th

Photo of socks

OK, I'm not sure if you can read this or not, but I've attached a file for my sock link below.

drmel94's picture

Pod Person?

In Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris has a chapter called 'The Tapeworm Is In', where he writes about listening to books on tape in Paris and how it made him look kind of like the other creepy men hanging around the park playground. For me it's listening to podcasts on my laptop while working on mitten #2, and the location is not a Paris playground but the Rhode Island Convention Center.

David (not Sedaris, but rather my partner) is here for a trade show to try to pick up some new accounts, but as it would be expensive to get me a badge to accompany him into the exhibit hall, I'm left to my own devices for the afternoon. The convention center thoughtfully provides free wireless access and electrical outlets to plug in laptops, so I'm sitting here catching up on some podcast listening (CBC Radio has some good music ones, both English and French) and seeing what progress I can make with my knitting.

February 14th

SOCKS!! They're my passion

Japanese NORO Kureyon, brushed wool, numbers 88 and 138 (I think):View them here

Soak in cold water with Woolite or other fiber-friendly mild liquid soap.  Nothing antibacterial or with anything that could be counted as bleach.  Rinse in cold water

February 13th

Congratulations to Charles Burbridge!!

Happy Birthday!!! Congratulations Charles Burbridge!!

I love your show in TV!! 

 I didn't get a scarf last Christmas, any left for me? Wink

 

 

February 12th

The sweater in progress

February 11th

Aaronknits's picture

Dog Collar from BHG "Knit It" Spring/Summer 2006 Issue

This is the Fluffy Collar as modeled by Sadie, our 9 year old Italian Greyhound foster.  Doesn't she look fabulous?  This is my first attempt at knitting with two strands of yarn, and my first attempt at knitting with a novelty yarn.  I used Lion Brand Micro-spun sport in black, and Lion Brand Fun Fur in Purple on size 10.5 bamboo DPN's.  I've got two other female dogs in the house who are also getting this collar, and two males who will get the Supersoft Collar from the same issue, done up in the sage Lion Suede. 

Other new thing

Casting on with two colors separately

Recently I wanted to knit something using two colors of yarn from the cast-on row, but I didn't want to "wrap" the yarns. That is, I wanted to cast on 1 "stitch" of color A and then one stitch of color B.

So I did. I cast on 1 st of A, then 1 st of B, then 1 of A, then 1 of B and kept repeating that A/B/A/B cast-oning. (Might one call the Abba Cast-on?)

Then I PURLED the first row using ONLY color A. Then, turning, I purled right back in A on row 2.

Then for row 3, I purled using only B -- and purled back in B for row 4.