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Podkayne
09-08-2005, 09:50 AM
Seems like it's about time for the Doper Knitters to share their projects!

I've just finished a beautiful hazel-green sweater (matches my eyes!) in light worsted wool that I purchased at the Farmer's Market. I did the seamless saddle-shouldered sweater from Knitting Without Tears, and I think it's pretty darn snazzy.

I'm cranking out a couple pairs of socks as an interim thing while I figure out what to do next. Wendy's Toe-up Sock (http://www.wendyjohnson.net/blog/sockpattern.htm) is my favorite sock pattern because it's so elegantónot in the fashion sense (though it mkes a prefectly handsome sock), but in the mathematical/scientific sense of it being a very simple pattern that produces a pleasing result. The toe and heel are shaped, identically, using short rows, which are easy-peasy once you get the hang of them. And working toe-up rocks because you can divide your yarn into two balls of equal weight (or buy two balls) and then for each sock, just keep knitting until the sock is as long as you want it, or you run out of yarn. Running out of yarn in a top-down sock is considerably more traumatic! I'm using Froehlich Blauband 7443 (http://www.threadbearfiberarts.com/images/yarn/flc-blb-7443.jpg) as the main color and some Lanett orange for the heel and toe, which is a great contrast to the blue and really makes the orange detail pop. I'm still toying with ideas for the second pair. I think I want to do some cables or an argyle pattern or something.

I have a friend who wants me to knit him a wool sweater, and I'm eager to jump in to that, but we're still negotiating over the yarn because he suddenly got sticker shock. *sigh* I'm hoping I can find some merino on sale somewhere.

So what's in your knitting tote or basket or in a heap on your couch? :)

Miss Purl McKnittington
09-08-2005, 10:17 AM
I'm sort of on a knitting hiatus because I didn't have time to pack up my knitting stuff before I left for school and before that, my cat decided the knitting basket was his and starting sleeping in it. The only craft stuff I have is the calligraphy set I got at Bristol Faire this year, and that's a lot more messy and not nearly as tactile. :( I am a crafter without a craft.

The next planned project is the Better Than Booties Baby Socks (http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/web_projects/Better_Than_Bootie.pdf) (warning: PDF) from the Summer 05 Interweave Knits. A good friend of mine is pregnant and due in February, so that ought to give me time to crank out the Ruffle Rib, Cable Rib, and Hugs & Kisses socks. If I have time, I might see if I can't muster the funds to knit her a sweater, since moms need loving too.

Podkayne, you should check out Elann (http://secure.elann.com/frames.asp) for yarn. Their collection of yarns is pretty nice. And I hear good things about Knitpicks (http://www.knitpicks.com/), who have just released their fall line.

grettle
09-08-2005, 10:36 AM
I'm a beginner, so the only thing I have knitted previous to now is scarfs. I have to coordination down, but am still intimidated by funny shapes, so I decided to stick with that smae easy shape and do a blanket. I really hate working with the 60" needle/rope thing, although it is fun to play with the stitches to make new patterns.

ivylass
09-08-2005, 10:37 AM
Working on an afghan for my sister. Then I have to make a blanket for my son, finish up some sofa armrest covers for my MIL...

Siege
09-08-2005, 11:00 AM
I've got three projects going.
Knitted cuffs/pulse warmers for my best friend for Christmas. I've finished the first one and am now working on the second. I found the pattern in Interweave Knits and it includes two things I've never done before -- knitting buttonholes, which has turned out to be easy, and -- gasp! -- stiching(sp?), aka cutting the work you've just spent weeks knitting and praying it doesn't unravel. I haven't had the heart or the time and concentration required to cut the first one yet. I'll let you know when I do, if you're interested.
A decadent-looking chenille pillow as a wedding present for friends. I found the pattern in Vogue's pillow book. I'm afraid, though, I don't like working with chenille -- it's too hard on the fingers for me. The pillow, however, looks and feels wonderful so far!
A butterfly kimono from a book called America's Knitting, I think. I won it at a raffle several years ago and it's got my creative juices flowing. This one is a pattern I fell in love with, and it's purely for me. It's a sort of cardigan in a distinctive shape covered in leaves which are knit using intarsia. The background color in the pattern as shown, a sort of Aran ivory color, doesn't do much for me, so I've changed it to black and had fun picking out brilliant colors in Lion's Wool-ease, including red, burgundy, bright blue and purple, and even gold, a color I don't wear much of, but it will suit. It looks like the perfect thing to wrap up in on a cold winter night, or even a cool autumn day.

By the way, I noticed something while I was buying yarn for the cuffs and the kimono. Am I the only one who's had trouble finding ordinary sport weight and worsted weight yarns? I'm not into novelty or eyelash yarns; I prefer letting the texture and color of the pattern come through. For the cuffs, I wound up using some of my yarn stash because I couldn't find the color and weight I wanted in Michael's or JoAnn Fabrics. The hours the two nearest knitting shops keep don't suit my schedule that well, and the owner of one doesn't think I spend enough. I also couldn't find American size 4 circular needles at Michael's last night. The smallest they had in circular needles was size 6. I also couldn't find yarn bobbins at Michael's or Joann Fabrics. I'm glad knitting's becoming popular, but as an old hand, I wish they'd continue to stock what for me are basics.

Have fun, everyone!
CJ

jayjay
09-08-2005, 11:03 AM
I'm still working on the Charlotte's Web shawl for my mom. It's slow going, though, both because I messed up and had to frog back to the beginning (which did teach me to use lifelines on the reknit...) and also because I'm addicted to World of Warcraft and only knit when I'm stuck in the car (and not driving) for more than 15 minutes at a time.

SisterCoyote
09-08-2005, 11:08 AM
Well, let's see.

There's the Alien Illusion Scarf from SNB for a friend to give to a friend.

There's the Mystery Design Project I'm working on for me.

Then there are the projects I have in mind but haven't started yet: A Tropical Fish Illusion Scarf for my sister, some felted slippers for my mother, a garish felted fisherman's hat for my father...

Mostly, what I'm working on shows up on my knitting blog, which is in my profile. ;)

FilmGeek
09-08-2005, 11:24 AM
It's hard to find regular (not eyelash or novelty) sport weight or DK at big shops. I love my LYS.

I'm working on a stuffed beaver toy for my nephew and a scarf for A. that I better finish. I keep putting it off for other people.

Podkayne
09-08-2005, 11:50 AM
Great links, Purl! I've bookmarked them both.

Yeah, Seige, I've noticed that, too! We have a Jo-Anne's, a Michaels and an AC Moore, but more and more often I end up going to the specialty yarn store downtown, or ordering online. (Yes, we have four places to buy yarn in town. Yes, I realize that this is a ridiculous bounty and I have no grounds to complain.) I want some black worsted-weight wool to make a sweater. That should not be a ridiculous thing to expect to find in the yarn section. But yet, while they have eyelash yarn in every imaginable, nasty, chemical-spill-lookin' shade, and a majillian stupid poofy bobbly things, their worsted wool selection comes down to exactly four colors of Wool-Ease. Like, Mushroom, Hunter, Cranberry, and something called "Blush." WTF?

And forget trying to find a pattern or pattern book for anything but scarves, shawls, or ponchos.

Novice knitters of America, please listen up! grettle, this means you! YOU CAN DO SLEEVES. Really. There is nothing strange or mysterious about them. They do not require arcane, mystical powers to execute. I promise you that YOU CAN KNIT THINGS THAT ARE NOT FLAT! I BELIEVE IN YOU! Now, please start spending your money accordingly!

Podkayne
09-08-2005, 11:54 AM
SisterCoyote, I was browsing your blog . . . Thanks for the link to the Lion pattern for Pocket Pets! (http://www.lionbrand.com/learnToKnitPocketPets.html) I have some of the aforementioned chemical-spill eyelash yarn leftoever from some Christmas projects. I am totally going to have to make a flourescent skunk!

Sattua
09-08-2005, 12:15 PM
What *don't* I have going. I have half of a Lara sweater from last winter, which I should pick up and finish... just finished the little silk bolero from the Spring/Summer 05 Vogue Knitting... I am ALWAYS knitting socks (should I do a pair with Cherry Tree Hill or with Lorna's Laces next?)... a big pile of heathered Elann wool to make Brambly Hedge-esque mufflers... and two batches of Noro yarn, one Silk Garden and one Kureyon. Both batches are big enough for sweaters. I think I will make an Hourglass sweater (from Last Minute Knitted Gifts) with one of the two batches.

Ohhh... and enough Cashsoft to make the "hanukkah" sweater from Classic Cafe. Oooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhh...

SisterCoyote
09-08-2005, 12:36 PM
SisterCoyote, I was browsing your blog . . . Thanks for the link to the Lion pattern for Pocket Pets! (http://www.lionbrand.com/learnToKnitPocketPets.html) I have some of the aforementioned chemical-spill eyelash yarn leftoever from some Christmas projects. I am totally going to have to make a flourescent skunk!

I have some that I bought - god knows why - six months ago, that I'm going to turn into a little fox for my mother for Christmas. It's even in the right colors!

Miss Purl McKnittington
09-08-2005, 12:39 PM
Sattua, I think your yarn list just made me drool a little. Mmm, Silk Garden. Oooh, Cashsoft. (Go with the Cherry Tree Hill, btw.)

I have yarn withdrawal now.

Podkayne, try Herrschners (http://www.herrschners.com/), too. They're not quite as cheap as the other sites, but they have "name brand" yarns (like Lana Grossa and Paton's) on super-sale sometimes.

I second the sleeves thing. Some sweater patterns aren't much more than glorified rectangles of different sizes seamed together. And lace? Not so scary. Just patience, yo's, and k2tog's.

jayjay, what did you think of the man issue (http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/index.html) of Knitty? I didn't think it was so hot. Saranac, Lucky, and Baseball were neat, but I think I'd make Baseball with matching sleeves. The little boy's cargo pants were adorable. As was the model for the Cigar gloves (http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTcigar.html).

amarinth
09-08-2005, 01:38 PM
Right, now, I'm trying to just get finished with a sweater from a very old Knitters mag ( A lot of cables and ribbing) in some very old KFI Cashmerino. It's just taking longer than I wanted it to (I've not worked on anything with this small a gauge in a while. And it started interesting, and now I'm getting bored. And I'm still not near where it will start to get good again. And right now, I'm caught in this hideous ball that's had not one, but three knots in it already - not to mention bad spins that couldn't be knit in, but needed to be cut out. I wouldn't use it, but I either can't find some of the yarn I bought, or I dreadfully miscounted when I was buying, and I'm barely going to be able to finish this sweater as it is. Plus, the yarn's been discontinued - long ago, so no getting any more.

I'm kind of working on one of the sweaters from Spring's Vogue (it has 3/4 sleeves and a faux fur collar) with my sister. But we're at a bit of a stall on that one. Hopefully, we'll get started up again this week. It's her first sweater. Mine is going well, if stalled. I'll see hers in October.

I have a pattern that I'm trying to find yarn for (linen stitch V-neck jacket. Originally done in Dune - but I don't like any of the Dune colors). And I haven't found anything I like.

I saw "Wedding Crashers" and the love interest was wearing this thing that looked like a basic sweater pattern I have (hooded sweatshirt with front pocket), but done on sport weight yarn with huge needles. I want that sweater. It may be next.

The new knitty is out. None of it does anything for me. That's probably good.

Thank goodness, there are yarn shops (actual yarn shops, not fabric/craft stores with a yarn section or stores that carry some yarn) and plenty of them in my area (7 within a 10 minute drive from my home. 3 within 5 minutes. With parking. I'm blessed). With decent hours. Though they are carrying slightly more novelty/eyelash stuff than I can see any use for, they've all got yarn. I feel for you, though I don't have to worry about that quite yet.

chattywine
09-08-2005, 04:28 PM
Hurray new Knitty! (got one in there) :)

jayjay
09-08-2005, 05:16 PM
jayjay, what did you think of the man issue (http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/index.html) of Knitty? I didn't think it was so hot. Saranac, Lucky, and Baseball were neat, but I think I'd make Baseball with matching sleeves. The little boy's cargo pants were adorable. As was the model for the Cigar gloves (http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTcigar.html).

Meh. I guess it's okay as an attempt to have SOME pieces that aren't designed for 15-year-old girls, but honestly...did it have to be pieces designed for 20-year-old postmodernist irony addicts? I'm 34 years old. I'm going to wear Pinky or Kumo or Hardcore about as often as I'd wear any of the frilly fluorescent frufru Knitty usually has. I do like a few of the designs, and the baby cargo pants are cute. And I agree with you about the bearish model for Cigar. Woof! But otherwise it's actually less interesting to me than the usual Knitty fare.

Miss Purl McKnittington
09-08-2005, 05:50 PM
That's too bad, jayjay. I had high hopes for it -- finally something I could knit my brothers for Christmas that didn't involve stripes. Seeing as they're definitely not postmodernists, I guess it's Super Mario intarsia scarves this year. Overall it really was very meh. Which has come to be standard for Knitty*. But at least there was the Cigar model. :D

*Except you, of course, chattywine. Have I told you how much I like your mancala set?

davenportavenger
09-08-2005, 06:44 PM
The hours the two nearest knitting shops keep don't suit my schedule that well, and the owner of one doesn't think I spend enough.CJ, have you been to Knit.1 in Squirrel Hill yet? Their grand opening is on Saturday but they're open now, so I took a look inside. The selection is really great; more 100% wool than I care for but some nice blends too. Not too much eyelash (I don't like that stuff either). They also have a big lounge area with lots of magazines you can just look at. They have at least twice as big a selection as the other yarn store in Squirrel Hill. You should check out the opening if you're free.

< /pittsburgh-specific >

Right now I'm making the Alien Illusion scarf from SnB for me, which I hope to have done in time to wear to the Columbus sci-fi convention in early October. I'm also debating whether to make the Noro armwarmers (only not in Noro, cuz I can't tolerate wool) from SnBN or the Cigar gloves (since I've started smoking again, they'd be practical) from the last Knitty issue for my winter gloves; I like Cigar, but they're sized for men so they might be too big for me, and I have really long fingers so the shaping might be off. I'm also going to make the Kittyville hat from SnB for my sister for Xmas. And I have a third-finished Skully (also from SnB) sweater that I haven't touched in weeks because the knitting got boring. I'll finish it sometime. (Wow, half the stuff I've made/am making is from that book and I don't even own a copy! Have to rectify that.)

Anyone looking for a bunch of different needle sizes should just pick up a Denise interchangeable set and be done with it. It's expensive at fifty bucks, but worth it, especially if you like knitting on circulars, even when knitting flat pieces (I do). I gave up buying needles at Michael's et al when I realized they only carry 29" circs, and all the hat patterns I wanted to make called for 16". They are also totally bereft of sock yarn. Lion Wool-Ease is still my favorite type of yarn, though, and they have tons of that.

Podkayne
09-08-2005, 08:31 PM
Anyone looking for a bunch of different needle sizes should just pick up a Denise interchangeable set and be done with it. It's expensive at fifty bucks, but worth it, especially if you like knitting on circulars, even when knitting flat pieces (I do).Oooh, I have those, too.

I can testify that they make good on their replacement policy. I managed to break the connecty end-bit off of one of the cables before I'd gotten the trick of easing stitches over the connectors. I sent in the broken cable, and they replaced it promptly.

I dunno that I would recommend them wholeheartedly. I have crazy loose gauge, so I ended up on the smallest needles (size 5) for the two sweaters I've made with them. One of the Size 5 needles is getting a little loose in the connection area; the cable will pop out unexpectedly, which is Not Cool.

But one of the sweaters was worked top-down, and one bottom-up, and being able to switch cables quickly and easily as the number of stitches increased and decreased was definitely Very Cool.

Ferret Herder
09-08-2005, 08:45 PM
I use Denise needles for my straight and circular needle needs, and love them.

Mostly I'm just knitting woolen items (hats, booties, mittens) for babies and little kids, and donating them to afghans for Afghans (http://www.afghansforafghans.org/). At some point I should get off my butt and get working on partially fingerless gloves (http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTcigar.html) for my husband, who's a letter carrier for the USPS and would love to have a couple of fingers free to flip through mail more easily.

Siege
09-09-2005, 05:37 AM
[QUOTE=davenportavenger]CJ, have you been to Knit.1 in Squirrel Hill yet? Their grand opening is on Saturday but they're open now, so I took a look inside. The selection is really great; more 100% wool than I care for but some nice blends too. Not too much eyelash (I don't like that stuff either). They also have a big lounge area with lots of magazines you can just look at. They have at least twice as big a selection as the other yarn store in Squirrel Hill. You should check out the opening if you're free.

< /pittsburgh-specific >

Not yet. Will they keep evening hours and is Pittsburgh Knit and Bead back to being open on Sundays yet? If they're open this Sunday, I might stop in on my way home from church.

CJ

Sierra Indigo
09-09-2005, 05:43 AM
Novice knitters of America, please listen up! grettle, this means you! YOU CAN DO SLEEVES. Really. There is nothing strange or mysterious about them. They do not require arcane, mystical powers to execute. I promise you that YOU CAN KNIT THINGS THAT ARE NOT FLAT! I BELIEVE IN YOU! Now, please start spending your money accordingly!

But novice knitters of Australia or Asia or Europe are still stuck doing scarves and placemats and other flat doo-dads? ;)

Idlewild
09-09-2005, 05:52 AM
I'm working on my first sweater, Banff, a giant thing with ribbing from knitty, in baby alpaca. It is going to be very very warm and snuggly. It's very soothing to knit, and relatively quick.

My current on-the-go project is a scarf knit in the round, green and black stripes, the stripes started out 10 rows each and slowly grow to 18 rows each by about the middle of the scarf which is where I am now, then I'll decrease them back down. It's my Op Art scarf. It was inspired by a long, skinny stripy scarf streaming out behind one of the characters in a comic book. It's so much fun to knit in public (on the subway) as people seem truly boggled by the narrowness and length of it, not to mention the contortions of doing magic loop and knitting in the round... OMG, a giant tube! Run!

Podkayne
09-09-2005, 08:03 AM
Sierra, if knitters elsewhere are innundated with novelty yarns and suffer a paucity of f'in worsted-weight wool, they would do well to heed my words and spread my message, but I don't aspire to be an International Spokesperson; I'm just looking after my own knitting interests!

Idlewild: I fear your tube.

jayjay
09-09-2005, 09:02 AM
...people seem truly boggled by the narrowness and length of it, not to mention the contortions of doing magic loop and knitting in the round... OMG, a giant tube! Run!

Hee! When I was knitting supervenusfreak's brother a Harry Potter scarf in the round last year, I heard, "You're knitting in a circle!" so many times it wasn't even funny.

Siege
09-09-2005, 11:13 AM
I'm just amused by the idea of knitting a tube on the tube! :D

Actually, you don't even have to get as fancy as lace, cabling or colorwork to make something gorgeous with plain yarn. One of the best looking things I made was a cowl for a friend to wear while skiing. It was knit in a simple knit 3, purl 3 rib, offset one stitch to the left each time. Charted out, it looked something like this:
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It gathered just enough to provide warmth and was simple and fun to knit. My friend loved it!

CJ

Hello Again
09-09-2005, 01:09 PM
I learned to crochet in August, and since then knitting has been dead to me. I've aslready completed:
- A scarf for my mom -- single crochet on an N hook with a thin varigated red boucle that created a lacy effect. (Jo-Ann brand yarn -- 750 yards for $8!)
-A scarf for my dad - double crochet on a H hook worked in the back of the stitch and stitched longwise for a ribbed effect. Cobalt blue merino wool (I de-stashed for this one!).
-A baby Afgan - double crochet on the N hook made with 2 skeins of Lion Homespun "Tudor" varigated yarn, with a cream-colored border.
-Currently working on: a scarf for my brother - single crochet worked in the back in zig-zag pattern on a K look. Lion brand Chenille in steel grey with black stripes.

Next project is prbably a grown-up person sized afgan. Does anyone know how to make zig-zag go around corners?

davenportavenger
09-09-2005, 01:36 PM
Not yet. Will they keep evening hours and is Pittsburgh Knit and Bead back to being open on Sundays yet? If they're open this Sunday, I might stop in on my way home from church.I don't know about PKaB; I don't work there anymore. But I think that was just their summer hours, with all the students coming back (and knitting being such an "in" thing now) I bet their hours have changed. The card for the new store says they're open from noon to four on Sundays, ten till eight on Tuesday and Thursday, and ten to five the rest of the time.

Idlewild
09-09-2005, 03:22 PM
I actually got the idea for knitting it in the round from the harry potter scarves... plus... well, frankly I hate weaving in ends. Now they're all on the inside. And someone kindly (finally... after many stripes) pointed out I could just carry the contrasting yarn through instead of snipping and changing each time... I'm a moron. But even fewer ends that way! The weirdest thing is that people feel compelled to put their hands INSIDE the tube. I want to smack their dirty little fingers. My yarn!

SisterCoyote
09-09-2005, 04:39 PM
EZ was a proponent of knitting everything in the round. I'm trying to figure out how to do the start and end of Crime of Fashion from the current issue of MagKnits (http://www.magknits.com/) in the round.

I'm okay with in the round as long as I can magic loop or two circ it - I hate dpns.

The weirdest thing is that people feel compelled to put their hands INSIDE the tube. I want to smack their dirty little fingers. My yarn!

Yeah, I get tetchy about people touching my yarn without permission, too. But I think in your case it's that they can't believe the object has an inside and an outside. You could really mess with them and knit a Klein Bottle Hat. :)

Sattua
09-09-2005, 04:56 PM
I have finished about three inches of the Hourglass sweater since my last post. I decided to make it with Silk Garden (#84). The neck is so big that I am sure I will always wear this sweater with a collared shirt underneath, so I guess that the scratchy Silk Garden is okay--it won't touch my skin. Boy, it is nearly impossible to frog this stuff! Better get everything right the first time!

The yarn for my "Brambly Hedge" scarves arrived, too. It is elann Highland Wool, in some of the pretty Fall-ish heathered colors. I love it.

stargazer
09-09-2005, 07:34 PM
I'm working on the Miss Dashwood baby hat from the February Knitty surprises -- it is the cutest thing! It's for my husband's cousin, who just had twins. I did the puritan-style baby hat from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts for the boy twin. And my hubby's co-worker is due any day now with a little boy, so I did some booties for her.

I'm also in the middle of a shawl (I'm just sort of making it up -- started with a couple of stitches, garter stitch, increased by one every row, and every 8 rows I'm doing a row of k1 *Yarnover, k2tog* to 1 rem. stitch, YO, then k last stitch. Then the row after the eyelet row I don't increase). That's in cashcotton, and it's for my shawl-knitting group at church.

Then there's the bag I'm doing for my mom. It's the Daybag (http://www.knitkit.com/#DAYBAG) from knitkit.com. I started it back in April, and had a problem with it (it doesn't knit up as large as it should -- it's the size it should be after felting, even though I haven't felted it yet. My gauge is correct and everything.) so I put it aside. Then my busy season at work started, and I haven't had a chance to figure out what I'm going to to about it. My mom bought the yarn (Manos -- YUM!), so I think I'm going to frog it and adjust the pattern so it comes out the right size and uses all the yarn she bought.

Last month, I finished the Tie One On (easy version) from Knitty -- very fun! It's only the second thing I've knitted for myself, and it's so pretty -- I did it in this gorgeous yarn, Rittrato by S. Charles, and it's mainly blue with some pink and peach and purple and metallic silver running through -- it'll go with everything. And it will shed on everything, but oh well.

Once I finish these projects, I don't know what I'll start on -- probably Christmas presents. :)

stringy
09-09-2005, 11:26 PM
I'm currently frogging the Berkshire Pullover from Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick. I chose the second-largest size (for finished measurements, not body measurements), based on an existing jumper my boyfriend had, and advice from someone else who'd made one for her hubby. But when I tried the tube on my guy, it looked enormous. I measured it and it actually came up 2 inches smaller than it should have been! It turns out my gauge is about half a stitch too tight.

But the next size down would (in theory, but who knows really) be an inch smaller than my boyfriend's chest size. I dunno, it's all pretty weird. I might just chuck it in and make a Ribby Cardi from www.chicknits.com for myself instead.

Corrvin
09-10-2005, 12:49 AM
...because I'm addicted to World of Warcraft and only knit when I'm stuck in the car (and not driving) for more than 15 minutes at a time.

You never have to wait for a group or spend 15-20 minutes traveling somewhere? :D I crochet, which means I can pop off half a row while my groupmates are arguing about where exactly we ought to go, F2-follow and finish the other half of the row. (I'm currently making a stripey hoodie sweater.)

Corr

jayjay
09-10-2005, 01:39 AM
You never have to wait for a group or spend 15-20 minutes traveling somewhere? :D I crochet, which means I can pop off half a row while my groupmates are arguing about where exactly we ought to go, F2-follow and finish the other half of the row. (I'm currently making a stripey hoodie sweater.)

Corr

Yeah, but those (and long gryph or windrider flights) are my smoke breaks!

Idlewild
09-10-2005, 08:10 AM
I play WoW with my husband and so I can't really get away with knitting and not paying attention since he's right there in the room if I just happen to be finishing up that row I was working on while he's finished running us (with me on follow) where we need to be. :smack: So I keep those hobbies separate. Also, I am spoiled as all hell that he does all the running and I just have to smack on /follow, because I *do* have time to browse the 'dope while he's hauling us around.

kittenblue
09-10-2005, 09:11 AM
I finished felting the Sophie bag (http://www.magknits.com/warm04/patterns/sophie.htm) I made for my daughter, but I need to make a lining for it. I don't have a picture yet, but maybe later. I used black wool and added a stripe of a blue, purple and black novelty yarn near the top...just little tiny flags of color.

And I finished a pair of Ruby Red Slippers (http://www.lionbrand.com/archives/lbyarnblog4/2005/08/goodbye_yellow.html) for a coworkers baby, more as a decorative thing for her room, since the family is big Wizard of Oz fans. Don't tell her, but I'm also making a Wizard of Oz baby quilt for her, if I ever get around to sitting down and working out the pattern.

Today I'm heading out to an LYS to get some wool for another Sophie bag for me. Maybe brown, maybe blue. I have the novelty yarn ready, just need to see what goes with. It's Flora, which gives just the tiniest little tags of color.

kittenblue
09-10-2005, 09:17 AM
oops, forgot the link to Flora (http://www.theknittinggarden.com/ts-flora.htm) I used the bagonia blues #23 for the black purse, and now have the fall leave #166 for this next one.

Tamex
09-10-2005, 10:46 AM
Speaking of scarves knit in a tube, does anyone here know anything about antique circular knitting machines? My 8-year-old daughter saw one at some event she attended with her grandmother...and now she wants one! Apparently, the machines were primarily used to make socks...a homemaker could make a little extra cash by setting this thing up to crank off a few pairs of socks in her spare time. They were also used to make socks for soldiers in WWI. The one she saw was being used to make scarves, and apparently it was the neatest thing she's ever seen. ("My friends and I could make scarves and sell them!" She's quite a little entrepreneur.) I've Googled, and gotten some information, but I was just wondering if anyone had any first-hand knowledge. I'd never even heard of one before.

I don't knit, but I do crochet, and I'm making the "Crayon Ripple Throw" off the Lion Brand site for my niece, who was born this Tuesday. I expected to have it done before she was born, but...well, I got a new job where you actually take breaks with other people, so that cuts into the crochet time a bit. I'm almost done...I have one and a half colored stripes to go! It has beautiful bright rainbow colors, and it's big, too...I thnk it'll be about 3' x 4' when it's done. Next, I'd like to make a hat and scarf to go with my new black wool double-breasted jacket.

Sattua
09-10-2005, 11:35 AM
My mother has seen a sock-making machine in action. I wasn't there, so I don't know details... but my local hobby store does sell machines that knit i-cord. I imagine the sock machine is just a bigger version... and I assume that one hand-knits the heels and toes?

Siege
09-10-2005, 11:48 AM
I don't know about PKaB; I don't work there anymore. But I think that was just their summer hours, with all the students coming back (and knitting being such an "in" thing now) I bet their hours have changed. The card for the new store says they're open from noon to four on Sundays, ten till eight on Tuesday and Thursday, and ten to five the rest of the time.
Thanks for the tip. I worked in a quick visit to the new store this morning, and it's nice! I've got a new bag of goodies, including size 4 circulars and bobbins. What's even better is, I can stop in on my way home from work!

CJ

SisterCoyote
09-13-2005, 01:36 PM
I just finished the two aforementioned scarves, which can be seen here (http://clickhits.blogspot.com/) if anyone's curious.

Next up? Winding my alpaca hanks so I can start the lace shawl.

jayjay
09-13-2005, 01:46 PM
I just finished the two aforementioned scarves, which can be seen here (http://clickhits.blogspot.com/) if anyone's curious.

Next up? Winding my alpaca hanks so I can start the lace shawl.

You know, I would NEVER name my alpaca Hank...

SisterCoyote
09-13-2005, 04:41 PM
You know, I would NEVER name my alpaca Hank...

You evil, devious man. Here I go and buy myself a shake as a treat for being a financially good girl today, and you say this so I snarf it up my nose.

Ouch.

;)

:D

jayjay
09-13-2005, 04:58 PM
:D My pleasure.

You know, I realized just now that I've never used alpaca. Is camelid fiber actually wool or does it act more like non-ovine animal fiber?

gfloyd
09-13-2005, 05:06 PM
Right now I'm working on a crocheted afghan for my roommate from college. I swear I'll finish it eventually.

I'm also in the process of making Christmass presents. Scarves, to be exact, for my boyfriend's female relations. I'm on my last one, a drop stitch scarf that may or may not be adapted from Stitch and Bitch, I copied down the pattern from a sample at work (I work part time in a yarn store). It's out of Sari, which I think is just gorgeous. I've contemplated making one for myself, but I know I'll never wear it.

I'm going to be making a baby hat that looks like a strawberry, but I told myself that I wasn't going to buy anything for it until after school starts. Plus I'm hedging on whether to spend the 15 or 20 bucks and buy a set of addi-turbos to make it, or if I should hit a craft store in search of cheap metal needles, as I really don't like bamboo.

SisterCoyote
09-13-2005, 06:25 PM
:D My pleasure.

You know, I realized just now that I've never used alpaca. Is camelid fiber actually wool or does it act more like non-ovine animal fiber?

I have no idea what alpaca wool is called, other than "alpaca fiber" (;)), but it behaves like wool - you can felt it, for example, and I assume it can be dyed.

I love it because it's light and lofty and warm, and doesn't set off my mother's nasty wool allergy, so I can give her nice soft things. :)

Oh, and make nice soft things for myself.

SisterCoyote
09-13-2005, 06:26 PM
I never, ever, thought I would hear myself say this (or see myself type this), but save up the money and get the Addis. Seriously.

Idlewild
09-13-2005, 06:31 PM
I have no idea what alpaca wool is called, other than "alpaca fiber" (;)), but it behaves like wool - you can felt it, for example, and I assume it can be dyed.

I love it because it's light and lofty and warm, and doesn't set off my mother's nasty wool allergy, so I can give her nice soft things. :)

Oh, and make nice soft things for myself.

You can FELT alpaca?

Happy day! I can make felted slippers that won't make my feet itch. This is wonderous news!

Pity it's not exactly bargain basement stuff.

jayjay
09-13-2005, 06:36 PM
Incidentally, I just got my Amazon shipment of wonderful Zimmermanny goodness today! Knitting Without Tears and Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac. I may get The Opinionated Knitter next...

SisterCoyote
09-13-2005, 06:37 PM
Incidentally, I just got my Amazon shipment of wonderful Zimmermanny goodness today! Knitting Without Tears and Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac. I may get The Opinionated Knitter next...

You'll have to let me know if you recommend them, though the heavens know I don't need MORE patterns...

You can FELT alpaca?

So I am told, having asked about that myself. Also, you may want to look at Knit Picks; their yarns are pretty reasonable, and they have a handful of alpaca and alpaca blend options. ;) (NAYY)

Idlewild
09-13-2005, 06:39 PM
I have been drooling over the Elizabeth I lace scarf booklet and the alpaca laceweight yarn to go with it at knitpicks. Pity my project list is already so very, very full right now. But ooh... felty alpaca slippers for winter... oooohhh...

SisterCoyote
09-13-2005, 06:42 PM
I bought some of the alpaca laceweight, and will be starting my first lace-with-laceweight project sometime this week; I'll keep you posted.

And, yeah, when they posted the bulky alpaca I posted something in my livejournal to the effect of "ooh, felted alpaca slippers droooooooooooool."

Bricker
09-13-2005, 10:12 PM
By the way, I noticed something while I was buying yarn for the cuffs and the kimono. Am I the only one who's had trouble finding ordinary sport weight and worsted weight yarns? I'm not into novelty or eyelash yarns; I prefer letting the texture and color of the pattern come through. For the cuffs, I wound up using some of my yarn stash because I couldn't find the color and weight I wanted in Michael's or JoAnn Fabrics. CJ

Mrs. Bricker asks me to recommend AC Moore, if you have one nearby, for a wider selection of colors and weights...

Sattua
09-14-2005, 12:07 AM
I came down with a rotten cold on Friday afternoon, so I spent the whoooole weekend sitting on my sofa knitting the Silk Garden sweater. I finished the body, up to the yoke divide, and started a sleeve this evening. Woohoo!

Podkayne
09-14-2005, 08:38 AM
You'll have to let me know if you recommend them, though the heavens know I don't need MORE patterns...Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!!! Elizabeth Zimmerman books are not a bunch of patterns, they are a way of life. She talks you through the design process, explaining why she made various choices, and giving encouragement and hints to modify things to suit yourself. There is also a lot of advice on technique. I used to think that the only way for me to knit things would be to recieve precise, stitch-by-stitch directions from Designers on High and follow it exactly, but the Knitter's Almanac and Knitting Without Tears have really opened my eyes and given me tremendous courage to experiment and try things on my own.

I made a sweater for one of my friends following a recipe in a top-down raglan book. It wasn't really very exciting work, but it gave me something to do with my hands, and came out okay and I was pretty proud of it, and she was thrilled. Then I knit myself a seamless sweater from Knitting Without Tears. Now, the basic idea is the same: a big straight tube for the body, a tapered tube for each sleeve, and shoulder shaping. The people who wrote the raglan sweater book did all the math and just listed it out as a recipe, which I followed diligently. But for the KWoT sweater I measured myself and my gauge with my chosen yarn and needles, and worked out the math for myself, and overall was about 100 times more rewarding than the raglan sweater because I really feel like it is my sweater; so much more of myself went into it. It was a whole different knitting experience. Not to mention that it fits me! Even when I move my arms the cuffs hit me right at the wris,t not only because the sleeve is exactly the right length, but because the underarm and shoulder were made to my exact measurements. As a woman with broad shoulders and long arms, I have never experienced a sweater that actually fits, until now! It is fantastic.

I cannot recommend Elizabeth Zimmerman's books strongly enough.

jayjay
09-14-2005, 08:49 AM
What she said. Elizabeth Zimmermann is the Goddess of Knitting for a reason. And the books are a fun read, too. Stories of knitting by the fishing hole on their place in Wisconsin, stories about falling asleep in the car at the ski jump competition The Old Man wanted to go watch, stories about knitting on an island on a lake in Ontario and running out of yarn and making do with odd balls and how great the piece turned out because of it...it's incredibly entertaining even if you don't knit.

SisterCoyote
09-14-2005, 10:30 AM
Cool; I'll check them out, then.

chattywine
09-15-2005, 02:32 AM
Overall it really was very meh. Which has come to be standard for Knitty*. But at least there was the Cigar model. :D

*Except you, of course, chattywine. Have I told you how much I like your mancala set?

Thank you Miss Purl McKnittington :) What do you think of the Ella shawl (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTella.html)? I'm waiting on an order from HipKnits (http://hipknits.co.uk/) (one of the silk packs) to start another one. Swapping the shawl for a couple pairs of socks. Can't stand doing socks, I have *cough* issues but don't mind whipping up a wrap to exchange for 'em.

On the Man issue, there were only 5 submissions from men and only a couple of those suitable for publication. I liked it, for what it was (I knit up the model for the Lucky sweater so of course I am biased) and hope we do see more men's patts in the future. While on the subject, can't remember if it was already mentioned but a new men's patterns mag will be online any day now - MenKnit.net (http://www.menknit.net).

Miss Purl McKnittington
09-15-2005, 11:48 AM
chattywine, I do like Ella. The stitch pattern's the funkiest (in a good way) lace I've ever seen. If I made it, I'd make it with a different yarn, since HandMaiden yarns are way out of my budget. They're gorgeous, though, and when I win the lottery . . . a billion Ellas for me.

Yay for MenKnit! Hopefully I won't forget about it.

amarinth
09-15-2005, 03:18 PM
Started a new ball of my "hopefully enough yarn to finish it" sweater, and it's unusable. Every few yards, it's cut, or partially cut (2 of the 4 plies is sliced through), or knotted, or twisted badly, or just generally unusable. I was hoping it was just at the beginning of the skein, so I unravelled it. The whole way through, it's like someone took a razor and just made random slashes through already badly spun yarn.

I really wanted this sweater, now, I'm afraid it may end up unfinished. I'm a bit disappointed at the moment.

Corii
09-15-2005, 03:26 PM
I've decided I want to learn all the stitches for lovely lacy things, so my next project is this: http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTbranchingout.html

jayjay
09-15-2005, 03:38 PM
I've decided I want to learn all the stitches for lovely lacy things, so my next project is this: http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTbranchingout.html

Ooh! Branching Out is definitely on my to-knit list...

Draelin
09-15-2005, 03:41 PM
I'm still working on The Ugliest. Blanket. Evar.TM Nothing matches, I can't crochet so I have no idea how I'm going to get the squares (that aren't quite uniform in size) attached to each other ... but man, is that sucker gonna be comfy when I get finished. :)

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