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The Man Behind the Kitchener Stitch

I got interested in the history of this stitch, wondering how it got its name. A search on Google (where else?) provided me with the answer.

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Hounds Tooth for a Hound

One of our dogs is always cold. She sleeps under the blankets and as close to the fire as possible without going up in flames. I decided to quick-knit this coat for her. I was amazed at the hounds tooth pattern I was able to knit. She is loving this garment and she doesn't try to get it off. I want to make her another but next time a pull-on jumper instead of a coat with buttons.

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Open All Hours - Granville's Vest Pattern Search

I have a request to knit a copy of the fair isle vest worn by Granville in the BBC sit-com "Open All Hours". Apparently, the vest has some noteriety, something like Jayne's hat in the show "Firefly". I have seen it in Google images; it wouldn't be difficult but I can't really see the patterning. I am presenting this here in hope that someone may have a lead for this pattern.

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HELP! I can't make the gauge!

Without going into the long explanation, the knitting wools I just received for my new project are not what the pattern calls for. Jamieson Spindrift was sent instead of Jamieson DK. The difference is that the DK is a 3 ply and the Sprindrift is a 2 ply which knits up as a 4 ply. But, this won't effect the garment ( or so I hope) as it's all the same Shetland wool.

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The Brae Waistcoat

The Brae Waistcoat

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Addi cables

I can't locate Addi Turbo needles in NZ. I have a complete set of all sizes and lengths from the US. But, they all have the stiff cable. I see that the Clicks have a soft cable. Are the new Addi turbos sold with the soft or stiff cable? The internet sites which sell them don't say. I appreciate any help.

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Looking for these stitch markers

A number of years back, I purchased these stitch markers. I think they came in a pack with different sizes in it. The markers on the left are soft and rubbery; the ones on the right are hard plastic. I like these the very best because they are thin enough not to create any gaps in the work and they don't hang down and get caught in the strands.

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Members in Spokane, Washington

Are there any MWK members in Spokane, Washington? I will be in there from 1-14 November and would love to meet up with any men knitters who just might live there. I know it's a long shot but I understand Spokane has grown and matured considerably so my fingers are crossed for some male knitting company.

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Needed: Fairisle Sleeveless Vest Patterns!

I am earnestly searching for fairisle (stranded) sleeveless vest patterns. I want modern patterns because the vintage ones don't fit. I am hopeless at adapting patterns with a repeat design so I would like to go the easy route and just buy new patterns.

Can anyone help here?

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Knitting with Two Colors - New Book by Meg Swanson

How lucky we stranded knitters are lately! Three new technique books in about as many months. The latest is “Knitting with Two Colors: Techniques for Stranded Knitting and Designing Color-Patterned Garments” by Meg Swanson & Amy Detjen, published by Schoolhouse Press.

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