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August 22nd, 2006

RainCityRick's picture

Two significant yarn purchases this week

I bought two bundles of yarn for my stash this week:

1) From a seller on Craig's List I bought about 30 skeins of Red Heart yarn.  Assorted colors.  All of it is the usual acyrlic or acrylic/nylon blend.  Not a bad deal.  I don't usually use this kind of crap stuff (I'm a wool or cotton man) but it can't hurt to have it around for the next Knit a River project or something.

2) Yarn.com is having an incredible sale.  I'm really digging Araucania Nature Wool.  It was a recommended substitute for my all time favorite, Rowan Magpie (which was sadly discontinued last year.)  Nature Wool is a 100% wool yarn from Chile.  It is kettle-dyed by a women's cooperative.  There are subtle (and some not so subtle) changes in the color throughout the hank.  Very cool.  I haven't had a chance to felt any yet but I've heard it's fantastic felted (oh boy, more clogs!) 

Warren's picture

Mohair driving me to nutso land! Help?!

Hey guys, I sometimes forget that I'm not all alone and you all have VERY GOOD suggestions.  I thought I'd see what you all had to say before I made a trip to my LYS.

I am knitting trying to make an orangutan for one of my nephews.  It's done on US #3's, and a DK-weight mohair yarn.  I already altered the pattern instructions slightly to be able to knit in the round on DPNs.  It's just plain and simple stockinette stitch.  I've already ripped out 60 rows I had done back & forth because I was dropping so many stitches and creating YO's on the purl rows.  Doing it in the round has been a bit better, but I've dropped stitches again and I'm really not having any fun and it's not calming to me as knitting usually is.  I keep splitting the yarn, can't see it, etc.  ARGH!

Dare I...?

So, my present collection of projects in progress is about to dissapear.  As I am going to be spening Labor Day at a secluded lake house I can't think of anything better to do than gather supplies to start a new project!  For some reason I have this voice in my head telling me to make a Cable Scarf...and it is a forcefull voice!

Is this a dumb idea for a new knitter?  How hard (honestly) is this endevor going to be?  I really have the burning desire to try it!  Does anyone have any cool basic Cable-Scarf patterns?  Resources?

 Dare I...?
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August 21st

Red Diamond Afghan

This is my first post to a knitting blog, so I am excited to kick it off with a photo of a recently completed project. I have a hard time finishing what I start (a common condition among the knitters I know), so it was especially satisfying to bind off after finishing this one. There were a lot of false starts with this project, as it's a pattern of my own design and I had to start over a couple of times to figure out what I wanted to do. If anyone has some suggestions on how to better photograph knitting, please let me know.  Thanks!

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Penguin!

Although the major work on my penguin was done about a month ago, I finally got around to assembling the little guy.  Muchas Gracias to Wil for posting about the pattern

Please don't laugh at his little thumb-tack eyes, he's very sensitive about them.  Besides, I haven't decided what I want to use for the eyes yet and the push pin is purely temporary.

I feel pretty groovy because knitty.com labeled the pattern 'piquant', "A little something for the seasoned knitter."  Yee Haw!

charmingbilly's picture

socks?

i'd like to learn how to make a sock.  i don't know how yet and have been looking over patterns and everything seems to be tailored for men with dinky little feets.  definitely am feeling a little left out since i've got honking huge big feet.  anyone have any suggestions??  i almost started Jacquiline Fee's spiral socks then my friend M. took one look at the picture of 'em and said "OOOOOHH!!! how clever!!!! a dildo-cozy!!!" 

*sigh*

b.

August 20th

knit in space?

I'm working on Fetching, from the latest Knitty, and it gives me this set of directions for the thumb:
"[...] there will be 7 sts below the opening and 6 sts above. Attach yarn and k the 7 sts on lower needle; using a second needle, pick up and k 2 sts in space between upper and lower needle, k first 3 sts from upper needle; using a third needle, k remaining 3 sts from upper needle and pick up and k 2 sts in space between this needle and lower needle. [...] "
Can anyone make sense of that "knit in space business"? It has halted my forward momentum.

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Socks are done...and a question

The socks I've been slowly working on are finally done!  They are 100% alpaca and very cozy.  I'm pretty happy with them, they look nice and fit well.  The only thing I've noticed is that the second one is just slightly bigger than the first.  I think my guage was a little looser on the second.  Does anyone know if there is a way to safely shrink the left sock to match the right one?  Again, it's pretty minor, but if it's anyone has any tips, I might try to rememdy it.  Thanks everyone and take care!  -Ken

Scarf Finished

2 out of 5 scarves for the Christmas list are now done. This one was fun because of the combinations of odds and ends from my until-now-untouched 10 year old stash.

 

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August 19th

RainCityRick's picture

Jogless Join

I just found the best description of doing the jogless join (with very clear pictures and everything):

http://redshirtknitting.com/?page_id=448

BTW - this fellow Seattlelite's blog is wonderful (both hilarious and helpful!)

Rick