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Ribbed Hat

Help guys - there was someone in my work the other day and he had this hat on - I told him I needed to look at it for just a second.. then threw it on the ground and snapped a photo of it and told him I wanted to make one.

"you could make one?" he asked.

"sure" I said (quietly thinking to myself: I usually do hats in the round, and I see that the decreases are in the "purls" of the hat if it was in the round, but changing colors like that in the round would put mean starting the color over every row... damn I hope I can do it!) I THINK there was a seam on the inside of the hat... SO I was wondering if anyone had a "ribbed" hat pattern that I could modify to do blocks of color like this hat - it will have to be sewn up, I'm sure.

anyone have any ideas? I'm going to also show it to my LYS tomorrow when I paint - maybe they can just make up a pattern for me - but I HAVE to ask my men!

thanks for the help!

hugs

Kyle

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Qiviut Yarn

has anyone worked in Qiviut before? I have been reading about it and I'm thinking of getting some and trying it out - maybe a hat for my bald skull! - anyone who has any ideas for yarn sources that they have tried please let me know - I don't mind ordering online, but with the guidance of the experts on this site, maybe I'll get a yarn and pattern together that is manageable!

I know it's expensive - so I don't have a problem with spending - I prefer, however, to talk with you about it first if I can't see the yarn firsthand.

Thanks for any help you can offer!

Kyle

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bird knitter

does anyone know of an artist that might be named "annette mensaje" - maybe from France that at some point in the late '80s or early '90s collected dead birds from the city (either NY or Paris) and knitted them all sweaters for use in an art installation? I just was talking with a client and she was telling me about it, then she left, and I'm totally intrigued about this - does anyone have a clue what this is and if so, can you provide any links or info on the artist?

Thanks! (I know it's strange; forgive me?)

xo
Kyle

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Happy New Year - Noro Style

Happy New Year boys (a few hours early) - the festivities are at my house tonight so have to get ready - but wanted to make sure I give each of you a new years hug and wish you the BEST 2007!

I also decided yesterday (long day) - to make the "lizard ridge" blanket out of Noro that is on the knitty.com website - me and one girl from the LYS are going to do it side by side... I'm still working out the wrap and turn deal - hiding that damn loop is becoming a bear - I have yet to grasp that bit... but the rest of it seems to look good... I think I'll felt my practice square just to see what it looks like :)

Yesterday we had to take Florence (the 88yo owner of the LYS) to the hosipital - she has some sort of bad kidney infection I guess.... she didn't want to stay there, but she had to (and finally agreed to be admitted about 6pm; after being in the emergency room since 11am) - her son (in his 60's) drove out from AZ to be with her for a few days - I think she'll be OK - we took her car to her house (she lives alone) and fed her 2 kitties-- I'm sure it will all work out, I can't imagine how upset she was yesterday - stuck at the hospital...but it's scary to be sick and old. Hospitals are icky. send good thoughts her way please.

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Yarn Store Makeover

So yesterday I met up with the 2 ladies that work at my LYS (and the 88 year old woman who owns the place) around 10am - we had her permission to move everything around to create a more comfortable atmosphere - moving the clearance yarn away from the front window, moving the "knittting table" closer to the front window, rearranging bookcases, etc. She has owned the shop (in this location) for around 28 years... and she'll be the first to tell you all the other locations along with the years she was there, and what was in the spot before and after. I love her; she's a quirky cranky spunky lady - and she's the reason I love the store.

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you guys that we spent 10 hours resetting the store - (I'm going to post photos on my blog; www.kyleknits.blogspot.com) to keep from taking up space here - if you want to see some before and after photos.

I haven't painted yet, and there's LOTS still to do, but we did succeed in getting rid of a GROSS clearance rack that was hand made and half done, with its back showing out the front window.... and we also moved the notions/needles/etc. to the back of the store, cleaned up the register area, and put hanks on a long (10-12') wall - and arranged them by color -

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Knit from your stash 2007

Hey guys - I saw this on a website... http://kehinde.com/blog/?p=214

Ivy's blog - had this fantastic post (I am guessing how many of us would even consider doing this!)

here's her entry:

The 2007 Knit From Your Stash Challenge
December 21st, 2006

I know I like challanges, but I think this will be the hardest. Harder than NaNo. Harder than the Knitting Olympics. This is the brainchild of Wendy from Wendy Knits. Her criteria for the challange is here. The basic idea is, don’t buy yarn, knit from stash for 2007. I’m going to be crochetting from stash as well since I mean to crochet more in 2007. Her rules state that the challange is adaptable, so here are mine.

1. The Knit-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon will start January 1, 2007 and run through December 31, 2007.

2. I will not buy any yarn or spinning fiber during that period, with the following exceptions:

2.a. Subscription yarn and fiber doesn’t count. This would mean the sock-of-the-month club, the roving-of-the-month club, the Koigu club, and the fleeces for my adopted sheep are all good to go.

2.b. I can buy yarn to make gifts if I really don’t have anything appropriate in stash or if a specific item is requested that I can’t make from stash.

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intarsia so far

thanks guys for your input - here's the intarsia thing so far -- circles are a nightmare - I think there's going to be 19 pieces of yarn I'll be working with at one point - when I get in the middle... I know it's not impressive yet - I'll show you when it gets closer to being done...

I am also interested in finding out how people think it should be finished - the back of intarsia isn't really pretty (despite my attempt!) - so I think I'll end up making 2 of these scarves (or another scarf in stripes or a different pattrn) and attaching them together - anyone have other ideas?

hugs

Kyle

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Mom's Sweater

I finally found someone to pose in my Mom's sweater - I finished this a week or so ago and was trying to find someone who would hold still that I could get it wrapped around! (I am learning quickly that it's hard to find people to play model; many folks don't want their faces photographed) - this one was a bear for two reasons - problem number one was I ended up needing 3 more balls of yarn to finish the sweater, but there was none left in this dye lot - Luckily, Bishops had a color almost EXACTLY the same - it's not noticeable at all. The second problem was when I was attaching the pieces together - part A: - I sewed one of the sides totally wrong - so it has the seam on the outside - very fashionable but not the look I wanted - so it had to be ripped out and redone - (luckily, I know the trick of using a "different" yarn to sew up my pieces - so it's easier to see the yarn you use to attach the pieces!) - part B: - I sewed my last arm on inside out! (I did this on the other sweater I made for Sheila also!) -

I mailed this out to my mom in her Holiday package today - she will get it in time for Christmas! I hope she'll wear it, and with any luck, I might get a photo of her in it - I didn't do it, but I was thinking of sending out a gift certificate for a photo package at walmart or something in the hopes that she'd model it for me also!

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intarsia tangles

Hello guys - I am trying to do a scarf now that has circles in intarsia built into it - I understand using differnt colors of yarn for each part of the pattern, and I get that you're supposed to have two different "skeins" of yarn for a "right" and "left" side of a pattern when there's a second color in the middle of the row - but here's where I got confused last night (and ended up ripping the project out) -

what do you do when your contrasting colors don't line up from row to row? (like in a curve) - the "back" of the piece is not hidden so it's not like I can just carry yarn like in fair isle... the only thing I could think might be the answer would be to cut and re-start each row for the different colors -

anyone have any ideas on where I can go to figure this out? I want to get knitting on this before I will be able to get to my LYS... so I'm askin my yarn boys!

help help help!

hugs

Kyle

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noone's perfect

Oh well - it's my 2nd attempt at the "star" cap - the first one turned out pretty well - so I decided I am now a guru - (RIGHT!) and did hat #2 using all knit for the hat part instead of the k4p1 that cosmo suggested in his pattern. the result: a too big hat that looks rediculous on, and a frustrated knitter - although, I did learn some and I'm glad I did it - it just makes me a little scared about trying other more complicated fair isle hats because I'd be crying if I had made a hat that was really complicated and time consuming pattern!

Anyway, look and laugh - I'm OK with it - :)

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