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Blocking

I am looking for information about what MWK members do when finishing a knitted garment  Do people block with pins and steam or only steam the loose pieces?  Which garments would be blocked/steamed and which would not?  How does one make the determination?  Do people block to straighten the pieces so they match or to plump-up the stitches to even out the surface of the fabric and even-out the stitches?  The literature gives differing opinions on the need for blocking so I'm curious to know the experiences and opinions of others in our little knitting communit

March 30th

Casting On

I learned to cast on using the long tail method (needle through loop on left thumb, wrap yarn, lift loop over needle), however I've never cared for the edge it creates on a ribbed piece such as a hat, sock or cuff.  I've spent some time trying to learn other methods of casting on but haven't found any good discussion of when to choose which one, and none of my swatches seems clearly superior to the others.  Which method do you prefer for a visible ribbed edge that is stretchy but not too loose and has a nice appearance and feel.  Or is the secret not in the method of casting on but rather in using a different size needle or in working the first round a certain way?

March 26th

Stitchcraft

Hi guys,

Did any of you catch the knitting program on Oxygen? The first one was March 5th @ 3pm. It does not seem to be airing any more. Lily Chin was the host & part of it was shot @ The Point in Greenwich Village. It was featuring Knit:1 magazine, Vogue............. Can it have folded already? 

March 24th

Weekly topic #14

Out of all the combinations; what is your favourite stitch and why?

March 20th

Help!

Hi!  I'm a new(ish) knitter working on my first big project.  I've done a lot of toques, scarves, and mittens and am now starting my first sweater.  And by starting I mean I bought all the wool and everything and now I can't start.

 The pattern says to cast on 35 sts using the long-tail cast-on method (which I think is how I was taught anyway, so that's fine)  but then it says to work triple yarn-over cast-on for 40 more stitches.  And then later to drop certain yarn-overs. 

 I am confused!  How do I do a triple yarn-over and then how do I drop the yos?

Can anyone help me?

March 19th

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Illumination

Yesterday I was sitting in the sun, knitting away at a sock, and it occured to me just how much I loved the colors in the wool.  I usually knit in the evening, so had never seen the colors so clearly.  Since enjoying the wool is so much of the joy in knitting, I realized I have to get better lighting for my evening knitting.  Any suggestions for good light sources?  A lot of little task lights that I see are halogen--I love the quality of the light, but it's too hot.   What do you all use to see your knitting after the sun has set?

March 18th

Magic Loop

I've spent the day exploring the use of the 'Magic Loop'.  I've had no problem getting used to the technique - far from it - the technique is very easy but it is far from comfortable.  I'll definately stick with double point needles - they seem to me by far the easier to use. I know that some of you chaps enthuse about the Magic Loop but is anyone as dissatisfied with it as I am?

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Question on basics

My mattress stitch sucks. For some reason my seams are looking like the stitching on a baseball. Any tips?

 

Sam 

March 17th

Knitting bags/Organizers

Can anyone suggest a knitting bag or organizer for my knitting toys.  I have researched a few on the web, but wouldn't dare make a purchase without input from my fav group of knitters!  I always get so much everytime I log on to this site.  You guys are the best!!!

 Thank you for any ideas or suggestions.

Luke 

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Getting to know you, getting to know all about you...

Weekly Topic #13

Happy St. Patty's Day!!!

Instead of a standard question this time, I thought I would try to get more lurkers to post. So, all you guys that don't normally banter with us.....Come on in and join the talk. Let us know who you are and a little about you. AND I would also encourage everyone (longtime memebers too) to post a photo....it helps when you can put a face with a name.

Come on....don't be skeeeerd!!! Sealed