RainCityRick's picture

Substitutions for Particular Yarns

I've fallen in love with Rowan Magpie.  Unfortunately, Rowan discontinued it in 2004.  I'm trying to find a good replacement.  I've already spent WAY too much buying up as much as I could find on Ebay.

Does anyone have suggestions about how to find an appropriate substitute?  I could go to my LYS and snoop around but then I'm limited to what they carry.  I've tried looking for other yarns on-line with the same stitches per inch but have found that it's quite a bit more complicated than that.

I've even tried some generic internet searches to no avail.

Thanks for your help guys!

Weekly Topic #16

Hi guys,
Which designer does it for you?

garykfc's picture

Moebius Cast-on

I know that The Treasure of magical knitting explains Moebius cast-on (mbo) but I was wondering if anyone knows any other places on the web that explain it as well?

Drew Emborsky's picture

cable sweater update

Hey dudes!  I got slammed with some crochet deadlines since starting this sweater in January but happily my schedule loosened up enough for me to work on it once again.  This is the progress so far:

 

Dudesweater Progress April 5

 

And here is a detailed photo.  The cabling and texture show up in real life very well, but just got lost in that above photo:
 

just a sew and sew's picture

KNITTING PRACTICES

BUYING YARN - Purchase all yarn from the same dye lot. Check yarn label for washing instructions. Stay within two sizes of the recommended needle size. When substituting yarns, select a yarn close to the original in weight and type.

KNITTING WITH COTTON - Cotton keeps us cool in summer and warm in winter. It is soft and comfortable. Cotton comes as crepe, boucle, slubbed, ribbon, and chenille to name some of the varieties. Cotton does not have the same elasticity as other yarns, nor does the yarn slide as easily on the needles. Always knit ribbing on smaller needles. Sew seams firmly. Generally, it is best to hand wash cotton knits. Do not dry in the sun, since sunlight discolours and weakens the fibres.

Gabriel's picture

Fiber of choice??

Lets talk fibers and projects! Answer us this one....Do you prefer to work with firbers that are chunky and bulky, thus creating a "faster to complete" project, or do you like thinner more fine fiber that creates a "longer to complete" project? I know we all ,kind of, like both....but which do you find yourself buying more of? I find I choose thinner fibers mainly because of the finished look....it seems so much more elegant too me.....now that being said....I can't imagine working with lace or anything....I would pull my hair out (if I had any)!!!! Let us know.....and on a personal note....Thank you, too the lurkers who stepped up and said "Hi" after our #13 question.

Aaronknits's picture

Wanted: Naturally Tussock 10 Ply #165

The swap/trade forum seems pretty underused, so I figured I'd give it a bump. 

I'm looking for up to ten skeins of Naturally Tussock 10 ply in color #165.  It's a navy blue with the plyester wrap thread.   I bought five at one of my LYS on a 50% clearance sale, and I'm going to need more of it, I just can't find it in any of the other stores in my area, and the few places I've found online that have than specific color in stock are charging way more than I want to pay unless I absolutely have to.  Same goes for having one of the stores order it for me.  But I figured if anyone finds this (in that color) at their LYS, especially if it's at a clearance price (I paid $3.50 a skein!), please let me know and I can send you money (Paypal, check. MO, whatever) to cover the cost of the yarn and some postage. 

knitting a hat

Well I am just starting on knitting a london beanie from a pattern I found online.  I was all excited with the needlemaster circ set I got until i realized if I knit on the circs I need to switch to dpns to finish the hat off...my question since ive never used circs, just learning now, and def not used dpns, is there a way to avoid the dpns? or no. and if not,can someone point me to a good guide for how to knit with dpns.?

JPaul's picture

SOCKS!

Knit in Lang Jawoll using the Universal Sock Pattern found on Burninghand.org as a very general guide and the cast-on described by Mary English Morrison in her blog.

As soon as I get this photo posted, I'm casting on for another pair in Trekking XXL, my current favorite sock yarn. 

Problems with pattern - the size seems wonky!

I recently completed this childrens sweater for my nephew Jaxon.  It worked great.  I'm not sure if his mother will ever put it on him but I'm certain the sizing was good - if not a little big for him right now.

So, I thought, now that I've tackled a small sweater in this lopi pattern then I'll do a nice big one for me.  The cardigan in this picture.  

I did the cuff at the bottom and the pattern, it worked great, except it's made for a munchkin. 

I wonder if anyone else has had this problem.  I've made two sweaters now and both turned out well - this one I really want for me, as I've knit the others for my partner and my nephew.  How frustrating!  Ommmm...

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