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Title: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ally on 26 Dec 2007, 14:38
Because... I don't feel like digging up the old one.

Just finished my Noro scarf! These colors aren't really true; it is actually more muted and beautiful and there is a lot more blue than pink. Also my body looks fatskinny, thanksss myspace angles.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v385/stifled_dreams/scarf2.jpg)

I am starting my first sweater soon (knock on wood)! Share your creations, please. Also ask for advice! We have many great knitters on these forums!
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: yelley on 26 Dec 2007, 15:15
i finished the pinwheel sweater for my baby sis a while ago, but she just got it yesterday. i'm so glad it fits her and the sleeves are long enough to wear cuffed for a while. i used lion brand vanna's choice yarn, not a bad pick if you have to go 100% acrylic for something.
(http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa76/yelleycrafts/randompictures015.jpg)
(http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa76/yelleycrafts/randompictures014.jpg)
(http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa76/yelleycrafts/tesssweater2.jpg)

and now i'm working on the oblique cardigan from knitty. here is my pitiful progress so far, one sleeve that isn't done yet. yaaaaaay. it is a dark picture but the only one that shows the lace pattern. i'm using cheap junk again because it is what i can afford, yay! lion brand cotton ease in taupe, which i actually rather like.
(http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa76/yelleycrafts/crafties069.jpg)

pictures are huge because i'm too lazy to resize. ^_^

Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Lines on 26 Dec 2007, 16:17
Lion Brand is actually pretty decent! I don't live near any good yarn stores, so I too buy the "cheap" stuff, but as long as it's pleasing to the touch, I'm ok with that. (I can't wear 100% wool, anyways, because it irritates my skin.)

I have several projects going on, because I can never seem to finish anything: 2 scarfs (one to match a hat I made last winter, one to potentially sell) and a crocheted baby blanket for one of my friends. (Placeholder for pics that I'll add later.) And I have a ball of thick yarn for a chullo-style hat that I need to get some dpns for, because all of mine are too small.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: ampersandwitch on 26 Dec 2007, 23:59
Hey guys.
Where could I go to actually learn how to knit?
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: yelley on 27 Dec 2007, 06:17
i used knittinghelp.com and stitch n' bitch, the knitter's handbook by debbie stoller. but i was knitting incorrectly for a while and didn't realize until i knit with someone in meat life.

i would say see if you have any relatives or friends that can teach you. barring that, try to learn yourself and see if your city has a knitting group that meets regularly (check yahoo groups or meetup.com). or you could always sign up for a class at a big box craft store like michael's or joann's.

edit: or just come to qcon and eed and i will teach you how to knit ^_^
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: valley_parade on 27 Dec 2007, 07:35
Okay so going to QCon if you're going to teach me to knit.

Maybe. I want to go visit family in California, too.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: yelley on 27 Dec 2007, 08:16
you could just come visit me in california and we could have happy fun knitting time there too ^_^
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: valley_parade on 27 Dec 2007, 08:20
I'm already going to hang out with Kari (and maybe Patrick)!

This is a good plan. o/
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: yelley on 27 Dec 2007, 08:25
\o you guys should come north though. LA scares me.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: valley_parade on 27 Dec 2007, 08:45
Oh, I'll be staying at my uncle's in Dublin for most of the time.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Caiphana on 27 Dec 2007, 10:32
I know I knit incorrectly; I knit in a bastardized continental style (when I purl, I put the yarn below my working needle and pull it through instead of looping it around). But it works for me, and everything comes out looking correct.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: TwinkyToes on 27 Dec 2007, 13:11
Ooookay, so i should be pretty active in this thread

i made this yarn a month ago, it is plied five time with lace, tulle, white string, eyelash wool, merino wool, dress strips, tinsil. right now i'm thinking of calling it grasshopper hair...or maybe chronic ;D. i added it to a huuuuuuge scarf that i'm making

(http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj129/twinkytoes86/bc5de637.png)
(http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj129/twinkytoes86/28ec1558.png)
(http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj129/twinkytoes86/2d124e07.png)
(http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj129/twinkytoes86/c9c9822c.png)

here is a part of the scarf and the grasshopper hair part croche'd up pretty nicely.
(http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj129/twinkytoes86/f41331a4.png)
(http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj129/twinkytoes86/b91ec17e.png)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Caiphana on 27 Dec 2007, 21:19
teehee!

Monkey toes!

I do that too.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: morca007 on 27 Dec 2007, 23:25
 :-D - I guess chronic would be an accurate colloquial description (it looks like weed).
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: celticgeek on 28 Dec 2007, 07:38
Great twinky toes, TwinkyToes.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Ally on 28 Dec 2007, 10:23
Hey, I am JUST learning to spin, but I'm really terrible at it and I don't quite understand what I'm doing, since websites are giving me conflicting advice. Twinkytoes I'm going to ask you some questions and if you ever get a chance to answer them then that would be really cool.

When I spin my singles, do I want them to be reallllly twisty? Like "if you don't hold them taut they spin into themselves" twisty? And then does that twist go away when I ply them together?

I was going to spin during this break but now I'm afraid that I won't have time. :[
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: TwinkyToes on 28 Dec 2007, 12:38
hey :) I get nervous giving advice because I NEVER do things how they should be done, but this is what i do and what works for me:

If it twists back on itself that usually means you've overspun it, so try not to have that. But after I've spun one single, or both my singles seperatly, i wrap them around something to set, like a dvd case or something that stetches the fiber out, then I dunk the dvd case with yarn into water (without the papering or dvd of course), and I let the yarn dry, further setting the twists. then you ply them together

i think some people unwind the yarn from whatever they set the twist with (in my case the dvd box) and then slap it against the floor or a tree or something - that's supposed to stretch the fiber more and fix any overtwisting you had, i think.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: yelley on 30 Dec 2007, 10:36
i want to learn to spin! but not really. because i probably wouldn't do it, or i'd love the yarn i made too much to even use it. ^_^

i ordered new needles! they are the harmony wood needles from knitpicks.
(http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa76/yelleycrafts/KPFixedCabWD.jpg)
just one fixed circ and a set of 7 tips and 40 inch cable for now... i want to try them out before i commit to buying the whole set.

and i'm working on a new project. it will someday be a blanket... maybe? if i finish.
(http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa76/yelleycrafts/holiday2007023.jpg)
the squares are about 11 inches on a side, so i think maybe 20ish squares for a throw size blanket?
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: TwinkyToes on 02 Jan 2008, 08:36
well on new year's eve, i got mightily stoned and finished my scarf. i also took some acid and did some drawings but i can't find those drawings at the moment and that's another story.

anyway, this scarf measured out to about 5 feet and 7 inches. it took me about 3...4 months? i am kind of slow

(http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj129/twinkytoes86/001ap5s3.png)
(http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj129/twinkytoes86/001akfrh.png)
(http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj129/twinkytoes86/001ahk5c.png)
(http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj129/twinkytoes86/001aqdde.png)

bonus "work in progress" pic!

(http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj129/twinkytoes86/5337de62.png)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: yelley on 02 Jan 2008, 13:45
wow, that is an epic scarf! did you spin all the yarn for it yourself?

i finished one sleeve of my oblique sweater today! it only took me a month... ^_^
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Ally on 05 Jan 2008, 09:26
Guys, I'm knitting a cardigan from Fitted Knits. Unfortunately, I did not check errata, and missed this:

Quote
Under Center Back Decreases:
“Row 8: Knit.
Row 10: Rep Row 2—109 (117, 125, 131, 137) sts.
Row 11: Purl.”

In the book, it tells you to purl row 10. As you can imagine, it REALLY fucked things up. I realized something was wrong but I was in school so I kept knitting, thinking that I'd make it work. Now I'm thinking about frogging. It's disappointing but I think I'll be happier with the end result, eh? DAAAAAANG
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: yelley on 05 Jan 2008, 17:33
do you think you could use a smaller circ to pick up all the sts from a row or 2 before it so you don't have to frog the whole thing?
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Ally on 05 Jan 2008, 19:00
I'm not planning on frogging the whole thing, but I'm pretty far past it. I will have to frog a solid few hours of work. :[
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: lilibet23 on 06 Jan 2008, 08:42
That grasshopper/chronic wool would look so good for toy dinosaurs!  :-D

 I've just started knitting again for the first time in ages, also moved to a new city and haven't found a wool shop I like as much as my old one, can anyone suggest a good website for cheap supplies?

(I'm the UK if that makes a difference!)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: yelley on 06 Jan 2008, 15:50
www.knitpicks.com
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Edith on 07 Jan 2008, 07:34
Sadly, knitpicks only ships within the US.

I see a lot of good prices on eBay in the UK, even with shipping to the states I sometimes buy stuff from eBay stores.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Eris on 07 Jan 2008, 16:14
I have started knitting again! I haven't for a while, so it took a bit to get back into the rhythm. Unfortunately I started knitting the scarf late-ish at night, and after having to undo about 4 rows to fix up something, I am going stitch blind, and think that I have knitted half a row in purl instead of plain (or vice versa). But I couldn't be bothered undoing even more, so I have left it and am going to get Mum to look at it. Hopefully she won't do heaps of it while I am not looking.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: kelseyleigh on 07 Jan 2008, 18:27
I just started teaching myself how to knit about four days ago.  I am a pretty slow learner, however, and am about to try to master the purl stitch.  After this, I'm hoping to make a scarf because that seems pretty simple enough.  Wish me luck!
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Caiphana on 07 Jan 2008, 20:51
I'd like to state for the record that a plain hat is really easy and fun to make... and a lot less tiresome than a scarf.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Lines on 08 Jan 2008, 06:52
I have to second that. Hats really are quick and some of them don't have to be knit in the round, which is better for beginners, and they are more fun. Scarves are easy, too, but they can get really boring, because they can take a while to finish.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: imboden on 10 Jan 2008, 19:17
Would it be weird for me as a 23 year old male to start knitting?
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: yelley on 10 Jan 2008, 19:24
no. if anything, it would add to your attractiveness.

i recently taught jason (my boyfriend) how to knit. he is making me a dishcloth. it's starting to look like a well-made dishcloth! i'm so proud of him.

also... i received my harmony wood needles from knitpicks. in case you were wondering, they are amazing.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Lines on 11 Jan 2008, 06:30
I actually was wondering, because I need some DPNs. Hopefully they have the size I need.

Edit: And they don't. Size 13 DPNs are kind of rediculous to try to find.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: yelley on 11 Jan 2008, 07:07
you could get a really long size 13 circ and do magic loop instead of using dpns.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Lines on 11 Jan 2008, 07:39
Well, it's to start off a hat, but this magic loop thing sounds interesting, as I have a 13 circular. How do you do it?
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: yelley on 11 Jan 2008, 10:23
http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques

there is a video that shows you magic loop knitting on that page. you need to have a really long circular needle with a flexible cable. i haven't tried it yet, but i ordered new needles that i can do magic loop with so i will be trying it soon!
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Caiphana on 11 Jan 2008, 12:15
*stares*

omg, yelley, I love you. I hate using dpns whenever I get the itching for a hat, and I have this fantastic kit of circulars, but no small ones. I usually just crochet them (which I hate, because they're not stretchy enough) I have the perfect chunky yarn for a hat, too. I'm excited, now.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Lines on 11 Jan 2008, 18:38
Ok, that's just awesome. And I can pick a circular with a longer cable at work tomorrow, as I work in a craft store! Yay! I can finally start this hat I've had yarn sitting around for finally! (This stuff (http://cache.lionbrand.com//yarns/we-thick.htm) in sky blue. I have a tweed winter coat, and there's some flecks of color that the blue matches.)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Caiphana on 11 Jan 2008, 18:47
...I made half of a hat today with that spiffy needle thing. Then I realized I needed more yarn. I walked around wearing the half-hat on my head, attached to my needles.

And Linds, I love that yarn. I actually made my mum a scarf with the very same color. It knits up super quick and warm, and I love the way it drapes (not that it matters much for a hat, but still).
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Lines on 11 Jan 2008, 19:08
Yeah, I made a friend a scarf out of it a few years back and I liked both how it felt and how it draped, which like you said, is pretty nice. I can't make sweaters out of it, as it's too bulky for my body type, but I found a hat pattern I liked, so I decided to get some again! Plus, thicker hats are good things when it's cold out up here.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Gemmwah on 12 Jan 2008, 17:15
This thread really makes me want to start knitting again, I used to do it when I was younger but I stopped because I lost my needles or something. Anyway, I can't find my other needles, or my mum's needles, which makes me think my dad threw them all out when he moved out of our old place, which is a real shame. I might ask my granny if I can borrow some from her, and some yarn so I can make myself a hat and scarf or something, just to get back into the swing of things.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Lines on 12 Jan 2008, 18:24
http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques

there is a video that shows you magic loop knitting on that page. you need to have a really long circular needle with a flexible cable. i haven't tried it yet, but i ordered new needles that i can do magic loop with so i will be trying it soon!

Ok, tried this today, and it works really well! The top of my hat is done and now I'm working on a brioche rib for the bottom, which is something completely new for me. Hopefully it works out ok.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Caiphana on 13 Jan 2008, 00:29
I finished my hat.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/dramajuana/Random/001946.jpg)

I have a crappy webcam. And a messy desk.

But I like my hat ^_^

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v249/dramajuana/Random/002743.jpg)

That's what it looks like without a person in it.

I love magic loop knitting. I would have been angry and have a bit less money without it.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: yelley on 13 Jan 2008, 08:08
the hat looks great cai... what sort of yarn is that?
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Caiphana on 13 Jan 2008, 13:47
Thank you!

It's Landscapes yarn (http://store.knitting-warehouse.com/yarn-lion-landscapes.html) from Lion Brand. The kind I used is Autumn Trails.

The only cruddy thing is that it felts if you wash it too vigorously.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 13 Jan 2008, 21:26
and crochet too... i guess? guess? :(
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: Trillian on 14 Jan 2008, 19:25
Pinwheel Sweater

I really want one...except in big people size.  :P  That is so adorable.  And I am pretty sure that if I could do it I would wear it all of the time.

I am in the process of spinning for the first time, so we shall see how that goes.  I also am knitting a hat.  Pictures to come when all is finished.  :) 
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 14 Jan 2008, 21:28
there is a free pattern for the sweater in big people size too... and you could totally make that... it's just knitting a big circle and then knitting sleeves in the round. there is no seaming! it gets boring, actually...

i made some thingssssss...
(http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa76/yelleycrafts/Picture001.jpg)
an amigurumi frog. his name is cedric. yaaaaaay.
(http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa76/yelleycrafts/Picture002.jpg)
a knit dishcloth and a scrubby thing. lame, but yaaaaaay.
(http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa76/yelleycrafts/Picture006.jpg)
i finished one of the sleeves for my oblique cardigan. yaaaaaay.
(http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa76/yelleycrafts/Picture007.jpg)
i am making good progress on the back piece too. yaaaaaay.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Vouk on 14 Jan 2008, 21:41
omg it's kerotan! Oo <3
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: peonyandocean on 14 Jan 2008, 23:17
yelley, the granny-type squares you are knitting are beautiful, really nice colors.

Do you have a ravelry account? It's great fun.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 15 Jan 2008, 07:30
yesh, i'm yelley on ravelry too ^_^
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Trillian on 15 Jan 2008, 08:57
Yelley, thanks for letting me know about the free pattern!  I looked it up and that is definitely going to be my next project.  I am pretty stoked about it actually. 

P.S. I love all of the stuff that you have posted.  Cedric is so cute! 

This is really just more of a general question for all of you:
My knitting experience has been rather limited as far as deviation away from scarves, hats, basic sweater, etc.  I didn't have anyone to show me and my lack of focus made it to where it took me twice as long to figure out how to do things than it should have.  I have only recently discovered the wonderful world of free online patterns, so I was wondering: Are there any online knitting communities that are particularly rad? 
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 15 Jan 2008, 09:10
www.ravelry.com

go put your name on the waiting list and you should get an invite in a couple of weeks or so.

www.craftster.org

there is a knitting board on the forums there that is great; lots of helpful people and everyone is nice.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Trillian on 15 Jan 2008, 10:06
Thank you much!  I just wait listed myself.  I can see this as being a rather torturous wait though.  I am too impatient! 

Also, I bought the yarn for my pinwheel sweater!  More to come, I am sure.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: ojzovasbus on 21 Jan 2008, 08:17
ALLY. Where is my mudkip scarf?? ;n;
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: peonyandocean on 21 Jan 2008, 13:12
Does anyone know a good tutorial for getting started with dpns? I'm trying to start http://www.knitty.com/issuespring07/PATTdashing.html (http://www.knitty.com/issuespring07/PATTdashing.html) and it's...it's not going well AT ALL. I've frogged the first few rounds 10x the past two days and I'm on the verge of giving up.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 21 Jan 2008, 17:33
i would recommend going to knittinghelp.com and watching the videos there about knitting with dpns. there are some videos on youtube that might help too.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ally on 21 Jan 2008, 19:19
Let me finish this cardigan and not fail school and then I will buy yarn and make up a pattern.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: ojzovasbus on 21 Jan 2008, 19:25
Let me finish this cardigan and not fail school and then I will buy yarn and make up a pattern.
WOO YAY
ps Like my signature?? 8D
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: captain zoe on 21 Jan 2008, 20:02
I've been trying to learn to knit off and on for about 2 years now; I'd pick up like 2 steps at a time and then get distracted for ample amounts of time.  Anyway I finally learned enough to put out something productive; so I'm working on a straight knit stitch (haven't tried purl stitch yet) scarf.  I'm pretty pleased with it so far.  Will post pics when I finish it. 
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 25 Jan 2008, 09:45
i knit and felted a bag. it is the french market bag from knitty. it turned out better than i expected.
(http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa76/yelleycrafts/frenchmarketbag002.jpg)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: peonyandocean on 25 Jan 2008, 18:01
felted bag!!

It's so pretty! It came out very well. I love the green you used. :)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Trillian on 25 Jan 2008, 18:05
yelley, I aspire to be you as a knitter.  I feel like I am floundering and it makes my brain spin.  I did get my invite to ravelry today though, so I was very excited!  I think I squealed in glee, I can't really say as I was distracted with knitting things.  Thanks for the recommendation.    :-)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: SomeOtherGuy on 25 Jan 2008, 19:41
you should aspire to be a knitter like edith... she is much better at it than i am.

be my ravelry friend... my name on there is yelley too.

edit: oops... i'm under my boyfriend's account. this is yelley... obviously...
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Trillian on 26 Jan 2008, 01:14
I have not had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Edith.  Just the same, I love the work you have posted.  I aspire to be like all knitters that are so fantastic, currently I feel clumsy with it.  And you have been added.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread
Post by: bauhausmaus on 04 Feb 2008, 05:19
Oh, I'll be staying at my uncle's in Dublin for most of the time.

There's a Dublin in California? I hail from Dublin, Ireland and incidentally this is my first QC forum post. Hello! *waves* Apart from loving QC I am currently trying to knit - I want to knit this http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTbinary.html but I'm baffled at the 'knit-speak'
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 04 Feb 2008, 07:28
There are a lot of knitting "dictionaries" out there, including on the internet, so if you type whatever abbreviation you're looking for or just "knitting terms" in your search engine of choice, you should be able to find what you're looking for. Or you could just ask us. ^_^

Also, looking at your pattern, they have a link to the abbreviations on that website listed under Pattern Notes. Good luck with your scarf, because that one is pretty fun looking.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Edith on 06 Feb 2008, 09:34
Wow, I just logged on here for the first time in ...well, in a while, and saw that Jason said I was a good knitter. Then I realized it was Yelley, not Jason.

But, anyway, yeah, I'm Edith. And I knit a lot. But I'd like to have yelley's crochet skilz. Because have you seen this?!

(http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p292/MarjorieCrochets/Snow%20Dragon/Snowy4.jpg)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 06 Feb 2008, 09:43
Ahh! CUTE!
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Bibliophile on 06 Feb 2008, 18:11
That is the cutest thing! Great, now I guess I have to learn how to crochet or something. Thanks a lot.  :-)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Trillian on 08 Feb 2008, 05:20
yeah seriously.  I guess I am going to have to pick that up as well.  There is no time...aah!
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 15 Feb 2008, 19:26
(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b198/andthentherewaslindsey/0152.jpg)

From here (http://mochimochiland.com/weblog/?p=14)! I made that one for my cat as a little birthday/V Day toy. (It's got catnip on the inside.) Really quick, easy things to make and give away! I probably should have posted this before Valentine's Day, but they're good for anything, me thinks.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Alex C on 19 Feb 2008, 00:29
...Wow, you guys are all waaaay better at this than I am. Then again, I kinda approach knitting as a pure zen thing the few times I play around with it and haven't really branched out beyond scarves I whip up for my sister; I only kind of learned the basics from being bored out of my skull while volunteering at nursing homes when I was younger (which was funny, 'cuz a bunch of the old men laughed at me) and later as something to do with my grandmother when I visit her.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 19 Feb 2008, 07:58
alex... hon... with that handle and avatar, and then with that post about knitting... you aren't really doing much to secure your position as a male poster on these boards.

wheeeeeeeeeeee boys who knit yay.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 19 Feb 2008, 08:14
Indeed!
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Alex C on 19 Feb 2008, 08:28
One could probably make the argument I haven't done much to secure myself a position as a male anywhere, although the handle's as much due to running jokes about it from my brother as much as it is about my actual knitting practices (I really don't knit very often anymore). Knitting sure beats Bridge though; if I learned anything at that nursing home it's that I suck at Bridge.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 19 Feb 2008, 13:20
i crocheted an octopus.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2391/2278179400_c4efcf81ec.jpg)
be in awe of its cuteness.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Alex C on 19 Feb 2008, 13:36
That makes me want to figure out how to crochet an elder god.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 19 Feb 2008, 13:42
SO CUTE!
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: lady_bugged on 24 Feb 2008, 15:43
Alright knitters...
i'm new to knitting... sort of. i've been taught every winter for about 6 years... i've finally sort of caught on to it properly... and i discovered websites like knitty that made me actually want to start knitting stuff...

i'm about to attempt knitting in the round for the first time... hopefully to make a pair of leg warmers. i was going to cheat and knit a straight block and then stitch up the back but my mum told me i should try the circular needles...

my plan is ribbed at the top and bottom and moss stitch for the rest... i have 3.75 circular needles... i've heard suggested 100st for that size... good idea, bad idea? i really have no idea... any suggestions?
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Post by: Lines on 24 Feb 2008, 19:46
Well, the best way to measure anything is to make a square of a set amount of stitches and rows. Then take the size of that, figure out how it will fit your leg and go from there. (Like 25 sts and 12 rows, take the height and width and translate it to the circumference and length of your leg warmers.)

Or do what I do and just start going at it and if it's too big or small, frog it and adjust the number of sts accordingly.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 25 Feb 2008, 05:36
100st sounds too much, but then again, I'm also a novice. However, I'm knitting a sock atm (hopefully it'll turn into two, but I'm getting tired of it..), and the needles are 2,5mm and the yarn is fairly thin, and I used 64st from the top. So 100 sounds a lot, but then again, the socks are pretty tight, but my calves are also huge, so it still sounds like a lot. I've knitted a ribbed beanie that used 104st, though that was on 5mm needles.

I don't think this is helping at all, and I might be totally wrong :/ I'd probably look for a pattern online, and at least use it for size reference, though I guess it also depends on what yarn you're using.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 25 Feb 2008, 10:36
your number of cast on stitches will depend on the thickness of your yarn and your gauge. also, i would think for leg warmers you would use DPNs... or either 2 circs or magic loop.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: JaneBriefcase on 25 Feb 2008, 11:01
Because... I don't feel like digging up the old one.

Just finished my Noro scarf! These colors aren't really true; it is actually more muted and beautiful and there is a lot more blue than pink. Also my body looks fatskinny, thanksss myspace angles.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v385/stifled_dreams/scarf2.jpg)

I am starting my first sweater soon (knock on wood)! Share your creations, please. Also ask for advice! We have many great knitters on these forums!

That's a beautiful scarf.  Noro yarns just...do things that other yarns do not.  Which Noro yarn did you use?


Also, I can't believe I missed the knitting thread.  I need to find knitters near me so I'm not a lonely knitter anymore.  I taught my boyfriend how to knit recently, and discovered the addi needles.  I will soon get over my fear of sweaters and start knitting things other than fingerless gloves and scarves and socks soon enough.

Anyone have a good straight up glove pattern?  I need to find a good pattern to learn fingers with. 
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 25 Feb 2008, 16:37
I saw that! I really wish they would have just posted the pattern.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Alex C on 25 Feb 2008, 17:32
I will enlist my grandmother and conquer that mountain.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Drill King on 28 Feb 2008, 12:14
I recently had my chemistry teacher trying to teach me to crochet. He's really amazing at it, however I find it really bothers my knuckles.

Would knitting be any easier? And for you crocheters our there, any websites that will help me get beyond the first few rows of a scarf lol.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 28 Feb 2008, 14:17
I found crocheting, what little I have done, was overall easier on my hands. But if you hold the needles correctly, it shouldn't too much, but as it's working with your hands, your hands will cramp or ache if you do it for long periods of time.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Caiphana on 29 Feb 2008, 21:57
I have awful hands. My grip is terrible. I can't open very many things. Child caps give me issues.

I find knitting easier than crocheting. I knit... well, in a very bastardized style, and I think it really helps my hands. Generally, when knitting, the loops are on the left needle in such a way that you knit into the front loop (and you purl into the back). I twist my stitches so that I knit into the back loop and purl into the front. It comes out looking exactly the same, and I have to pay attention to patterns that say SSK (because I actually have to K2tog to get the same effect and such) but.. that probably makes no sense to you.

Knitting's easier on my hands than crocheting. There. I also found it much easier to learn than crocheting. I hate crocheting, and I've been doing it since I was little.

However, when I bother to try and knit "properly," with my loops on the needle "correctly," it really fuxes my joints up. I have no idea why.

Oh, when I was teaching myself entrelac, I taught myself to knit backwards. Best thing evar. I need to take pictures.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 01 Mar 2008, 18:20
Question for those of you more experienced than me; when at the end of a sock/mitten/whatever, where it says you should pull the yarn through the remaining stitches, what do you use to get the yarn through them? Because I cannot for the life of me get it through, and the only alternative I can think of is a large sewing needle, but I don't know where to get needles large enough for the yarn..

(I finished one sock (minus the yarn-through-7-stiches-part)! I might never finish the second one, but I will try, because it would be awesome to have socks I've made myself. And I will post pictures of the one sock some time, because I'm sorta proud of having finished it and figuring out how to make the heel and stuff.)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 01 Mar 2008, 19:06
I use a tapestry needle, if that's what it's called. It's a large eyed, somewhat blunt needle. I also use it to weave in ends, too.

Also, clarify what I said about crocheting being easier on my hands, I forgot to mention most of what I have done involved a size Q hook, which is 15mm. (In other words, rather big.) Lately I've been knitting mostly on US size 6-8 needles, which are considerably smaller and therefore make me cramp up more. This may have something to do with it!
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 03 Mar 2008, 08:10
Thanks! They had a big needle at the yarn store, so I finished the sock today.

(http://photo.tykjpelk.net/zenphoto/cache/diverse/Sokken1.jpg_595.jpg)

It fits perfectly! The knitting is sort of odd some places, and it's way tighter some places than others, but overall, I'm quite pleased. I might even make the second one. The yarn is kinda cool looking, but it's thin and I can't seem to find a good tightness, but I'll try again.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 06 Mar 2008, 19:49
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2251/2315981466_5f60a6acc6.jpg)

i knit a squid. yaaaaaay squid.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Emaline on 06 Mar 2008, 20:17
Dear yelley,


So, whats your favorite kind of cake? I figure I should ask, so I know what kind to get for our wedding.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 07 Mar 2008, 11:09
dear emaline,

i don't much care for cake. but i will eat it on special occasions, such as our wedding. i prefer white cake. or ice cream cake. especially the kind from coldstone that is made with cake batter flavored ice cream. brilliant! for when you want cake that tastes like cake but isn't actually cake. best idea ever.

<3, yelley
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 07 Mar 2008, 19:01
I am enjoying the crocheted aquatic creatures. I need to improve my crochet skills...
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Purl on 17 Mar 2008, 00:54
Yay, more knitters! I have a pretty unhealthy love of knitting (hence the name).

I have also been meaning to take up crochet again, and I was wondering if anyone has used the book "The Happy Hooker"? I loved "Stitch and Bitch", so I thought that this might be a good starting point.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: JaneBriefcase on 18 Mar 2008, 16:23
Yelley!  I've been checking out your ravelry projects---very very awesome.  I absolutely love that crocheted fat-bottomed bag, it's beautiful.  Note to self--learn to crochet.

I keep wanting to put more pictures up of my knits, but I ran out of allowable space on Flickr for the month. 
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Trillian on 31 Mar 2008, 13:24
I haven't been able to knit for the past month as I was moving across country, getting settled, etc.  But yesterday I finally threw up my hands and said, "I need to get to a yarn store...right now".  So I started on http://wineandneedles.blogspot.com/2004/12/wrist-warmer-pattern.html (http://wineandneedles.blogspot.com/2004/12/wrist-warmer-pattern.html) these wrist warmers.  I live in Idaho so it will be relatively chilly outside for the next month or so, so they aren't completely obsolete yet!  I am just excited to be knitting again.  It was a sort of relief.  :) 

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/34/108474840_1c1b62c93e.jpg)
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Post by: Aristaia on 15 Apr 2008, 10:20
oh em gee, many thanks for the web site links, especially knittinghelp.  I was struggling with casting on (cursing through the "how-to" book) with no success.  But I watched a video and got it - yippie!  Me and my 4" of knitting are very happy.
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Post by: Raven JR on 22 Apr 2008, 10:57
I'm a crochet newbie, and an even bigger knitting newbie, though I havepicked them up pretty fast. My first knitting project is a scarf with a cat face on it done in shadow knitting. (If you don't know what Shadow Knitting is, here is a good example: http://site.voila.fr/cheapknitter/pillow.html ) I've done 3 scarves with my crochet, and a hat that is simply waiting to be finished, and I am almost done with a blanket for my cousin. And, like any good yarn jumkie, I have about 30 projects in my cue. Pictures will be coming soon. :)
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Post by: phoenixineohp on 23 Apr 2008, 16:20
i crocheted an octopus.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2391/2278179400_c4efcf81ec.jpg)
be in awe of its cuteness.

I love it! (So much so that I registered to post...)
It looks like the one from the knit.1 magazine, only with thicker legs. How did you attach them and do the bottom?

I'm a beginner knitter. I do scarves. Exclusively. I'm thinking of venturing into hats. Maybe even a knit purl pattern. So far I can't crochet. Need to learn properly. But I'm hopeful. In the mean time I'll stick to churning out scarves. I've got a small mountain of yarns to use up. :P
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 30 Apr 2008, 10:14
the bottom is a crocheted circle stitched on to the dome body, the legs are tubes sewn shut at the top and stitched around the base.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Aristaia on 04 May 2008, 21:33
My first scarf!  It was a pattern designed to teach garter, stockinette, and ribbing.  Now I'm trying to make a baby blanket and twisting stitches.  (I do not like these wacky circular needles!)  So I'll make a bib instead.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2242/2466145453_40da898a30.jpg)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: mymms on 20 Jun 2008, 02:18
No pictures but I'm in the midst of my first actual, non-accessory garment - an olive-green swing cardigan, designed for Rowan Big Wool but I'm obviously using an affordable substitute. Knitting on 10mm really does go fast; in only 3 days I've just about finished the back already!

The excitement!
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 25 Jun 2008, 22:12
hi guys
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3028/2609151946_afdd322406.jpg)
hatttttttttt
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Aristaia on 26 Jun 2008, 10:42
Are those dpns on your head, or are you just happy to see me?   :wink:  (great looking hat!  I love the pattern.)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 26 Jun 2008, 20:08
the hat has since been finished... i am no longer dpnhead.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: idiosyncratic on 30 Jun 2008, 19:52
Hey there!  I thought that I would come and say hello and share the hat that I just finished and the scarf that I am working on:

Hat!
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3269/2597819774_170e0b0c30.jpg)

Argyle Scarf!
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3186/2597008509_e831e1b9a8.jpg)
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3121/2597008695_01b1aa4f29.jpg)

This scarf is actually five times the length it was in this photo, but I haven't taken any new photos as of yet.  I just wanted to participate in the knitting awesomeness.  :)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: imbemenelien on 01 Jul 2008, 13:19
Hey there!  I thought that I would come and say hello and share the hat that I just finished and the scarf that I am working on:

Hat!
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3269/2597819774_170e0b0c30.jpg)

Love the hat! It's super cute, did you use dpns or circs?
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Post by: idiosyncratic on 02 Jul 2008, 10:21
Thank you!  :)  I used circs and then switched to dpns at the top.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 02 Jul 2008, 16:47
ooohh double knitting. i have not tried that yet.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: idiosyncratic on 07 Jul 2008, 08:29
Double knitting is pretty fun.  This is my first project using that technique and I am quite happy with it.  It isn't as difficult as I was expecting it to be either, it just takes quite a long time to do.  :) 
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Post by: Jepser on 07 Jul 2008, 14:10
Lol, my mom and sisters are really into knitting. Their conversations about it sometimes sound like a Freemasonry meeting to me. xD They make rad looking stuff, though.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: MissZahrah on 04 Aug 2008, 20:40
*waves furiously*

Hihihi!!

I spin!  wool, alpaca, silk, bamboo, cat...


I weave too,  *grin*



dont' knit or crochet, though.  will fix that someday.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 05 Aug 2008, 20:58
I am pretty much addicted to Ravelry now. But that's good, because I have made 4 hats in the past two weeks. (Will upload photos tomorrow.)

Pictures!

Dobby Hat (http://leftinstitches.blogspot.com/2005/12/dobby-hat.html)!

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3219/2740155120_2a2d9155ea.jpg?v=0)

Green hat (yes, the same yarn that idiosyncratic used)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3165/2740153618_ea2443037f.jpg?v=0)

More Fake Isle hats

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3230/2739296915_2fa06b7816.jpg?v=0)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3150/2740136122_5988a9e30b.jpg?v=0)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 10 Aug 2008, 16:54
ooooohhh nice hats, linds!

i made a hat too! i already posted it in the fashion advice thread because i want to know if it is too ridiculous to wear. but here it is again.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3234/2750831003_e4335040d6.jpg)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Notus on 10 Aug 2008, 19:34
you have kindled the want for me to learn knitting, i really want to knit a scarf or hat or something now (and i look cute in hats)

ive been wanting a hobby of some sort for a while now

Im okay at mindless repetitive tasks too, i used to play a mmorpg :D

how do i...

what do i do to start making super cute hats?

also i am a guy *waves*

just because genders are nice to know... :x
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 10 Aug 2008, 20:00
to make super cute hats... well first i would recommend that you learn how to knit. do you know a person that knits? it is best to learn from a real person. so find a friend or relative that knows how and have them teach you. if you don't know anyone that knits, try learning from videos on the immernets. www.knittinghelp.com is a good start, but you can also search on youtube for knitting videos. once you have the basics down, learn to knit in the round and on double pointed needles, since that is the common way to knit hats. then i guess... find a hat pattern you like and knit it. yaaaaay.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Notus on 11 Aug 2008, 03:47
thankies n.n...

ill go do that soon

i really wanna make everyone hats for christmas

i'd save money on wrapping :D

n.n
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 11 Aug 2008, 08:34
Did you knit that in the round or in one block and seam the sides? The embroidery and buttons give a nice touch. :)

The way I learned to knit was first from a person: she showed me how to cast on and how to do garter stitch (your most basic stitch). I made a bunch of scarves this way until I mastered it and then I moved on to hats and knitting in the round. That knitting site Yelley posted is really helpful (and free!) and you can also find all sorts of free patterns online as well. Knitting hats isn't too hard and double pointed needles aren't hard to use, either. Hats are fun! Just find some patterns you like and go shopping for yarn and needles!

I started making some socks! This is my first pair and they're coming along nicely. I started with this pattern because it didn't look to complicated and it isn't, so I think I'm going to go shopping for some sock yarn and find a more complicated pattern.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3224/2743248950_f98772569d.jpg?v=0)

Yelley, do you know how to prevent holes on the sides of the heel? I picked up extra stitches like the pattern suggested, but I guess I picked up ones in the wrong spot as there are still small holes.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 11 Aug 2008, 14:40
yay socks! yesh, you should twist the stitches that you pick up to close up the holes. knit them in the back loops and the holes will be smaller.

i knit it in round for 7 inches then used 3 needle bind off. the seam is sort of noticeable, but i don't know how to graft in seed stitch and i was too lazy to learn. ^_^
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Liz on 12 Aug 2008, 09:38
This is quite possibly the greatest thing I have ever seen.

http://themarioscarf.blogspot.com/
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Notus on 16 Aug 2008, 14:40
Hmmm

I'm gonna try knitting scarves first n.n"

I'm gonna go out with some friends and get some yarn/wool/thread whatever is cheap!

then I'll knit some really basic scarves from that site you sent me (thanks for that n.n)

I'm really excited

Thank you :3

Knitting is faaaaar harder than i thought :(

I can cast on well

I just can't knit
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 18 Aug 2008, 08:49
Practice! When you're first starting out, it isn't easy, but once you get the hang of it, it really isn't. More than anything, it's knowing how to hold stuff and how to position your hands.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Notus on 19 Aug 2008, 12:13
I think the thread wool stuff I got might not be the best to use

Its really fluffy and i can barely see what's what

plus its black which confuses things even more

and the tendrils keep getting caught

so tomorrow I'm gonna go out and get some better wool yarn stuff

nice bright colourful yarn

That isn't tendrilly and fluffy
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Edith on 20 Aug 2008, 12:20
Light colored, not too fuzzy yarn is best to start with. Good luck shopping for something awesome!
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: AcrophobicPixie on 21 Aug 2008, 22:22
It's been forever and a day since I've posted here. I'm still with the crochet, and I'm halfway through a sock I'm designing (with help from my LYS yarn lady :D)

No pics of the sock, but here's a couple amigurumi I made. A totally confuzzled dragon (modified from MarjorieCrochet's pattern) and the great FSM and baby FSM (my own design)

Group shot before getting packed to go to their new home
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/AcrophobicPixie/Dee%20Trip/?action=view&current=DSCI0380.jpg

Dragon say what?
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/AcrophobicPixie/Dee%20Trip/?action=view&current=DSCI0367.jpg
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/AcrophobicPixie/Dee%20Trip/?action=view&current=DSCI0369.jpg

FSM happy family
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/AcrophobicPixie/Dee%20Trip/?action=view&current=DSCI0379.jpg

Baby FSM for size reference
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/AcrophobicPixie/Dee%20Trip/?action=view&current=DSCI0377.jpg

Photobucket is acting like it's the devil or something, and won't let me rotate or resize the pictures for some reason, so links is what you get for now. :)
And Señor Dragon? He's apparently a metal head. The guy who got him was bopping around, and the motion made Dragon's floppy head bob like a headbanger. :)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Emaline on 27 Sep 2008, 22:20
Hey guys! Alpaca yarn was on sale today! So I bought quite a bit, though I have no ideas on what to knit. Help? Maybe an argyle scarf, like someone posted above. Does anybody have a pattern? Or other suggestions.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 06 Oct 2008, 15:39
(http://bilder.tykjpelk.net/skitch/sock-20081007-003503.png)
Still working on these goddamn socks, and I'm starting to wonder if I will ever finish. The five needles-thing is a bitch (especially combined with ribbed knitting), but I waaant them done soon, bcause it is wool sock-time again.

Short, circular needles (as in short enough to do socks), do they exist? I feel like I'll want to make more socks, because they are practical and I am addicted to wool socks from about October to March, but the leg and "long" part of the foot is frustrating. Once I get down to the heel and toe, it's okay, because then I have to concentrate on other things, so I forget about the stupid needles.

ETA: Also! Suggestions to what I can make out of the left overs of this yarn? There isn't much, but a little bit. Something fairly small that could look okay with these kinds of random stripes?
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Anastrianna on 06 Oct 2008, 22:06
Yikes! I am exciting to see a knitting/crochet thread in here!!! *happy dance*

I learned to crochet a while ago and have crochet a few scarves and my favorite blanket. I am currently working on a messenger bag, but i missed place my hook in moving....*sad*.

I practically LIVE in my local yarn shop and it is AMAZING! I am there some much that I practically work there....I even get free yarn for helping out. And free yarn is always a bonus! But after about a year and a half of nagging, I gave in and learned to knit. I've knitting scarves and now I am working on a belt and a neck tie. I love it! It's a nice distraction.

And as for yearn choice, I read a couple posts about Lion Brand. It is a good brand, but I feel spoiled. I get discounts on such great yarn that I lump Lion Brand in with Red Heart...something I only use for side projects or if I am mass producing something (like scarves for presents). Not saying they aren't good, cause I started out with them too. But Right now, I love a lot of stuff by Universal Yarns and Dark Horse yarns.

I will get pictures of my projects up soon, to share with everyone, when I get batteries for my camera again.

Anywho. I 'll cut this here before it comes a novel. Happy Knitting and Crocheting!!

(If anyone is on Ravelry.com look me up!! my username is kmckean87)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 06 Oct 2008, 22:33

Short, circular needles (as in short enough to do socks), do they exist? I feel like I'll want to make more socks, because they are practical and I am addicted to wool socks from about October to March, but the leg and "long" part of the foot is frustrating. Once I get down to the heel and toe, it's okay, because then I have to concentrate on other things, so I forget about the stupid needles.

ETA: Also! Suggestions to what I can make out of the left overs of this yarn? There isn't much, but a little bit. Something fairly small that could look okay with these kinds of random stripes?

yes, those sorts of needles exist. i know that addi turbos come in 12 inch size, which are supposedly used for making socks. i bought one to try it out and i defy anyone to actually make a sock on that thing. i knit half a round and then wanted to chop my hands off to make the pain stop.

ipod/mp3player/cell phone sock? bookmarks? toe hats?
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 10 Oct 2008, 10:10
I started this after complaining about the socks, and finished it today while lying home, sick. I was going to do it in an alpaca silk blend, but realized I didn't really have money to waste on that, and I'd have to wait for shipping etc, so I did it in this wool/nylon blend I had lying around instead. Fairly satisfied with it, I think. Also think I might actually try something with a pattern for my next project (which I will not start before finishing the socks).

(http://bilder.tykjpelk.net/skitch/10102008057-20081010-190943.png)

(Ignore the needle - I forgot to remove it pre-photos.)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 16 Oct 2008, 23:08
hatttttt for jason's brother. getting started earlyish on the christmas knitting. early for me, at least.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3037/2948114141_a427b3f00a.jpg)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 18 Oct 2008, 08:52
Nice!
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 18 Oct 2008, 13:05
I have a pattern for super easy ones if you want me to PM it to you. It basically consists of a tube with a hole in it for your thumb. I think that was the first thing I learned how to make after scarves.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 18 Oct 2008, 23:31
jens my first knitting project was cabled fingerless mitts... i think you can do it! it might be tricky if you want individual fingerholes, though.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: ampersandwitch on 19 Oct 2008, 12:09
Linds, PM it to me too, please.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 20 Oct 2008, 10:39
I'll just post the pattern here later then, haha.

Edit: On second thought, I'm going to scan it. I'm too afraid to type the whole thing out, but I will clarify some things.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 22 Oct 2008, 15:23
Fingerless gloves!

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b198/andthentherewaslindsey/pg1.jpg
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b198/andthentherewaslindsey/pg2.jpg
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b198/andthentherewaslindsey/pg3.jpg
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b198/andthentherewaslindsey/pg4.jpg

I would suggest a worsted weight yarn and whatever needles are recommended with the weight of the yarn. (Probably US 7 size.) And to figure out how many stitches per inch, knit a small square and count the stitches it takes to make up an inch! If you guys have more questions, ask away. If you have problems with abbreviations or how to do something, there are several websites out there that can help and I'm sure several have been posted in this thread before.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 23 Oct 2008, 09:39
http://garnstudio.com/lang/no/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=110&d_id=35&lang=no if you want a Norwegian version, that uses our sizing and stuff, but translating English stuff isn't too difficult.

Do any of you read any knitting blogs or something? I've sort of started to find some I like, but there are a lot of not-very-interesting ones out there. I really love http://brooklyntweed.blogspot.com, though.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 31 Oct 2008, 14:16
(http://bilder.tykjpelk.net/skitch/31102008186-20081031-221300.png)
(http://bilder.tykjpelk.net/skitch/31102008184-20081031-221353.png)

Sock #2 only took like 8 frickin' months. Lessons learned: Knit both socks simultaneously, both to prevent spending X months on sock #2 and also because when there's a point when I'm not sure what to do and end up improvising, improvising in the same way on both socks (or gloves/mittens, I guess) might be an advantage, instead of forgetting what I did on #1.

(Cell phone photos, so the colors aren't great, but I think photo 2 is almost right.)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 02 Nov 2008, 22:32
those are great socks! and good cell phone pictures... my cell phone takes junky pictures.

i am making christmas stockings for me and jason! i am still on stocking number one, but i'm happy with how it is turning out so far. fair isle is fun.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3178/2998090234_099e6e8d01.jpg)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 03 Nov 2008, 07:11
Pretty socks!

All I'm working on at the moment is a hat for Jimmy, but it's not interesting enough for a picture right now. It's a 2in band of black, but there will be some grey on it soon.

Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Wilde on 05 Nov 2008, 07:02
6" dpn both in beautiful dyed wood and in coated metal available from www.knitpicks.com .... my favorite online lys
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Liz on 15 Nov 2008, 21:08
I want some of you talented knitters to start doing this: http://crispgreen.com/2008/11/non-toxic-taggers-strike/

Report in to me when your mission is accomplished.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: sean on 16 Nov 2008, 13:12
Oh my god that is way hardcore and makes me want to know how to knit.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 17 Nov 2008, 12:40
That is pretty awesome.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 17 Nov 2008, 17:36
I finished another hat today, but I don't think I like it. It's warm and I like how even I made the top, plus it allowed me lots of stranding-practice (I screwed up the pattern a coule of times on the first row of squares, but couldn't be bothered to fix it :p), but it's just..not me at all, which I guess I knew, but I wanted to make it anyways :p Maybe I'll ask one of my brothers if he wants it, but I doubt it'll fit his giant head (and that he'll want it). I also think the double hem-thingy sort of messed with the pattern, because it got stretched out, even though I used smaller needles. However, it's nice to have tried making one. Aanyways, pictures, with a bonus wonderfully soft yarn in one. It is 100% alpaca, and it is so wonderful (and expensive :p) that I'm afraid to knit something out of it, in case I mess it up :p I'm considering http://evasunivers.blogspot.com/2007/08/made-by-eva-nr-1.html , but I'm not sure :/ Suggestions would be appreciated! It is a fairly thick yarn, as you might see.

(http://img.skitch.com/20081118-k8iiednapttu7geiqe3wmm8g52.jpg)
(http://img.skitch.com/20081118-p8u2kntpnw3u5mcbusfnca7h6j.jpg)
It is fairly obvious in that last picture how it gets less messed up as I approach the top :p
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 20 Nov 2008, 16:25
(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b198/andthentherewaslindsey/Jimmyshat.jpg)

I finished a Dobby hat for Jimmy last night. (Sorry for the camera phone photo.) I am proud of it! I edited the pattern a tad to make it bigger and also a little bit longer. I also didn't do the edges the way the pattern said, so my stitching looks a ton better (or at least I think so, it's not an obvious stitch up anyways.)

And now I'm going to teach myself how to double knit and make a scarf for Shane. This'll be fun. Edit: I'm making this (http://www.knitty.com/issuespring06/PATTexchequered.html) in green and cream. It'll be pretty awesome.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 22 Nov 2008, 08:03
Strike that, I'm making shane a tetris scarf.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Liz on 22 Nov 2008, 08:12
Oh fuck I want a Tetris scarf.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 22 Nov 2008, 08:28
I will share the pattern, as I am not a fan of knitting scarves. But I made a promise.

(Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying this thing right now, but after a foot, I mostly likely won't anymore.)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 23 Nov 2008, 09:50
(http://bilder.tykjpelk.net/skitch/21112008269-20081123-183832.png)
(http://bilder.tykjpelk.net/skitch/21112008276-20081123-184920.png)
It was supposed to be a bit longer, but I liked it better this way, also I didn't have anough yarn for two more sections of 3xpurl row. But it is all kinds of warm and soft, and I absolutely love it.

I'm currently knitting Manly Mitts (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTmanlymitts.html), but they might take forever, due to exams and stuff. And I'm not sure if I'll use the exact pattern or if I'll change it up a bit with a different kind of thumb and top.

Pictures taken in the bathroom because after like 4pm, the lighting in my dorm room is crap.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: carl marx on 26 Nov 2008, 04:38
heyheyhey!
im gonna make my 1st post here an epic spam session for all the crap ive crocheted in the past couple months:
(http://th00.deviantart.com/fs39/300W/f/2008/331/d/e/the_worry_hat_by_crazycarlscrochet.jpg)
so, like alot of people here i made the worry hat from 1203, but then i went on to make...

(http://th01.deviantart.com/fs38/300W/f/2008/331/d/4/the_slightly_rediculous_hat_by_crazycarlscrochet.jpg)
the slightly ridiculous hat!!! it was never shown in the comic so i just went ahead and made it as retarded as possible :/

(http://th06.deviantart.com/fs38/300W/f/2008/331/8/9/marc_andre_tail_1_by_crazycarlscrochet.jpg)
oh my yes. i finally got around to starting my fursuit, and this is the 1st part of it. i still havent made all the innards, but i just wanted to post this cos im so happy with how it turned out

(http://th02.deviantart.com/fs39/300W/f/2008/331/5/8/rastafarian_collar_by_crazycarlscrochet.jpg)
lol rasta collar. cartman doesnt seem to like it.

(http://th09.deviantart.com/fs39/300W/f/2008/331/e/e/Kitkow__s_hat_by_crazycarlscrochet.jpg)
kk's ^.^ hat. ears have pipecleaners in them so theyre poseable

(http://th05.deviantart.com/fs38/300W/f/2008/331/3/5/neon_argyle_beanie_by_crazycarlscrochet.jpg)
neon argyle hat

have a looksee at my deviantart http://crazycarlscrochet.deviantart.com/ for witty and informative captions and stuff :P
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 26 Nov 2008, 06:27
Holy crap large photos.

That silly hat is super silly and fun.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Jillybean on 05 Dec 2008, 13:08
Oh wow - knitted belt. I am incredibilised. Will that even work?
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: tehfedaykin on 11 Dec 2008, 17:10
I want to start knitting just to take part in this amazing project.

http://deputy-dog.com/2008/11/urban-knitting-worlds-most-inoffensive.html (http://deputy-dog.com/2008/11/urban-knitting-worlds-most-inoffensive.html)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: lily-kiernan on 14 Dec 2008, 23:34
I want to start knitting just to take part in this amazing project.

http://deputy-dog.com/2008/11/urban-knitting-worlds-most-inoffensive.html (http://deputy-dog.com/2008/11/urban-knitting-worlds-most-inoffensive.html)

Dear. Lord.

That is AWESOME
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Drill King on 20 Dec 2008, 18:17
I just had to stop by and say I love you guys, please totally knit more, I love knitting stuff. I wish I could knit better/for longer, I apparently cannot do it for more than a few minutes without pain. So knit extra for me this holiday please!
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: carl marx on 22 Dec 2008, 21:17
Oh wow - knitted belt. I am incredibilised. Will that even work?
yeah its holding up pretty f'n well, even survived a dance party i went to last week
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: SnarkyShark on 10 Jan 2009, 12:54
Wow, all of the scarves and hats are amazing. :] I started crocheting very recently, so I'm not that great yet. I'll post a picture of the lime green scarf I'm making once I find my camera, though. It seems to keep getting a little wider, but I don't know if I'm doing too many stitches or if it's pretty much an optical illusion.  :roll: Time will tell. :]

But yeah, great job everyone!
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 11 Jan 2009, 12:18
I've joined a hat knit-along, and I just finished the January one, called The Boy Hat (http://limulusknits.blogspot.com/2007/11/boy-hat.html). Very straightforward pattern, with a slightly different decrease (doesn't really show in my picture, though). I love the fit of this one, actually, after knitting it a bit longer than it was supposed to be (about 7" pre-decrease). Probably not warm enough if it's very windy, but should be okay otherwise. I wonder what I'll do with all these hats, if I actually manage to knit all of them. A couple of gifts, maybe, but hm.

(http://bilder.tykjpelk.net/skitch/11012009554-20090111-211403.jpg)

I've noticed that whenever I do ribbing, the last knit stitch on every knit column gets too loose, and even though I try to rectify this as I knit, it just..doesn't work. Annoying.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Barmymoo on 20 Jan 2009, 12:01
Does anyone have a super-simple pattern for making a frog hat? By a frog hat I basically mean just a hat that looks like a frog, I get the feeling from googling that frog can mean something else in knitting terms (perhaps what I'd call fudging? Making it up?)

Anyway I want to knit more and I also want to make a frog hat. All the patterns I found were for tiny baby hats or crocheting and I can't do that.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 20 Jan 2009, 12:18
Frogging means..undoing what you've already knit, I guess.

There are a couple of (free) frog hat patterns on Ravelry, as far as I can see, don't know if you have an account there? You should definitely get one, it's kinda great.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: missrachel on 23 Jan 2009, 19:48
I learned to knit over Thanksgiving break, and knitted two scarfs as Christmas presents.  :]  I like knitting and find it relaxing, and I can do it while doing other things.

Is knitting in the round very difficult?  I've been wanting to tackle a hat.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 23 Jan 2009, 22:23
I find knitting in the round way easier, actually, but I don't know if that's a common thing or not. Once you've joined the ends after casting on, which is basically just knitting them together while making sure nothing is twisted, you just..knit and knit and then maybe purl some if you want ribbing :p And hats are fun to make, I think, because they're usually pretty fast. I still haven't knitted any scarves because I think I'd get tired of it after like 20cm.

I finished my Manly Mitts, btw! I actually really, really like them and want them for myself, but seeing as they're "manly", they're too big for me, obviously. Might make a new pair and modify the pattern a bit, because they're awesomely snug and warm.
(http://22.media.tumblr.com/pWu6MuREmj1ox425Zy8kg86Co1_400.png)(http://bilder.tykjpelk.net/skitch/22012009588-20090124-072228.png)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: bluerobin427 on 25 Jan 2009, 11:47
So I love QC and all, but this thread is what made me register for the forums. 

And it's also making me want to relearn how to knit and crochet.  My mom taught me at one point and I had a set of needles, but I have no idea where it all went (probably still at my parent's house).  Anyway, there a store down the street that I think has knitting stuff (it's called Country Stitches or something, so it's bound to have SOMETHING... I guess Meijer will if nothing else), so I'll probably go today and pick up replacements. 

EDIT: Knitty.com looks pretty much awesome and I requested an invite from Ravelry, so hopefully those two combined will help hold my knitting interest.  I really want to make these gloves (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTcigar.html) but I'm VERY rusty so I'll probably start with something easier.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Freddybear on 26 Jan 2009, 14:27
Here is a pair of crochet gloves which I just finished.

(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii45/freddybear/gloves.png)

And a little whale:

(http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii45/freddybear/whale.png)

He needs a mouth but I can't decide how I want to do it.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: bluerobin427 on 26 Jan 2009, 14:31
Haha I like them both, especially the whale. 

Also, apparently "Country Stitches" is a quilting place  :| Oh well.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Freddybear on 26 Jan 2009, 15:54
The whale is from a japanese pattern I found linked here: http://snuffykin.livejournal.com/55321.html (http://snuffykin.livejournal.com/55321.html)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: bluerobin427 on 26 Jan 2009, 16:22
Oh thanks looks neat.  Now I just need to make time to start knitting or crocheting something.  :oops:
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: missrachel on 28 Jan 2009, 15:45
So is it possible to knit a hat with flat needles?  I'm a broke college kid and don't really wanna spend money on round needles... :[
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Freddybear on 28 Jan 2009, 16:12
I guess you could knit flat pieces, sort of triangles, and then sew them together.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: bluerobin427 on 28 Jan 2009, 20:36
Yahoo answers has a really good reply for this actually (from what I can tell, anyway.  It seems like it would work well)

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080303144527AAjJxcP
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 28 Jan 2009, 20:44
There are patterns out there that don't have to be knit in the round. I would recommend learning the mattress stitch if you do not already know how to do so, though.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: pen on 30 Jan 2009, 09:18
Ya know, I've only looked in this thread maybe once before, but wow, you guys make some neat stuff!  When I think of knitting, I think of the hideous sweaters that my grandmother used to give me for christmas that I never wore, but you have shown me the light!  haha  Maybe I'll pick this up at some point, but tell me... is this an expensive hobby? 
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: celticgeek on 30 Jan 2009, 09:34
All hobbies are expensive if approached correctly.  However, knitting is not one of the most expensive. 
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: bluerobin427 on 30 Jan 2009, 10:13
Woohoo just got my invite for Ravelry.  I'm on as bluerobin427 there too.  I'm noticing an interesting trend with science people who are also knitters/crocheters.  Anyway, I'm happy to be part of that trend!  Now... off to do science then look up some knitting patterns to get my feet wet again.

Also, it seems to me that knitting can be pretty cheap (and you can get pretty good quality stuff for cheap if you have a good source), but it can also get quite pricey if you go for high end materials (like most other hobbies). 
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Eris on 03 Feb 2009, 21:34
I acquired a book of stitches and pattern that was my mother's but she probably hasn't looked at in years. I'm not that confident a knitter, so I figure doing little swatches of the different stitches will be a good way to start.
Here we have "Landsdowne's Knitting: A Illustrated pocket guide to over 90 beautiful patterns"
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v663/Lapuz/knit1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v663/Lapuz/knit2.jpg) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v663/Lapuz/knit3.jpg) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v663/Lapuz/knit4.jpg)

You can tell it was first published in the 70's cant you?
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: bluerobin427 on 04 Feb 2009, 05:11
haha nice.  Even if there aren't patterns in there you like, it looks like there are good techniques to learn.  I have a "learn to knit" book from my mom, but I ended up going to knittinghelp.com for their videos because I needed so see the needles moving.   :|
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Eris on 04 Feb 2009, 15:05
Yeah, there are different stitches in there that I am going to try out just to experiment, I just found some of the stuff hilariously kitschy. I think I might have had a jumper with that sheep pattern when I was a kid.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 12 Feb 2009, 23:45
hey rachel, knitting can be inexpensive (www.knitpicks.com) unless you are like me (www.allnoro.com).
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 15 Feb 2009, 01:51
I think knitting is like a lot other hobbies - you often start out (relatively) cheap and then realize you want to spend a whole lot more money than you planned on, but it's not necessary.

I finished two projects yesterday. One is a pair of socks knitted from a traditional pattern (though slightly modified by me, didn't like parts of it) and the other is the hat for February, called Stripey. I'm pretty satisified with both, but the socks have some "concentration errors", where I couldn't be bothered to frog rounds to fix wrong stitches, so there are a couple of those here and there, and I'm not too big on the color combo. Figured I'd use up the yarn I had lying around, but ended up having to buy more, and now I have about the same amount leftover. Great. Anyways, first project with an afterthought heel, and it was scary, but kinda cool that it worked.

(http://bilder.tykjpelk.net/skitch/14022009666-20090214-211344.png)

(http://bilder.tykjpelk.net/skitch/15022009672-20090215-105017.png)
(Heel is same kind of "pointy" shape as the toe, bottom of sock is a kind of grid, back is the same as the front.)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 16 Feb 2009, 16:12
The DPNs I buy typically cost only slightly more than straight needles. Yeah, there are more of them, but they are also smaller. And circulars are only good, I've noticed, when you're working top down, because you can do magic loop (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtBSmxGomPk). But I still like working bottom up because you can pull the top tighter when you close it off.

I am making these (http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter08/PATTfargyles.php)!

(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b198/andthentherewaslindsey/0709.jpg)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 16 Feb 2009, 22:22
you can do magic loop toe up too. that is how i do my socks.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: keeperoflore on 26 Feb 2009, 19:52
Well im trying to make a scarf like that of Dominic Deegan from http://www.dominic-deegan.com/ (http://www.dominic-deegan.com/), but i cant seem to get this knitting thing down very well, i know how to knot, i just end up screwing up big time somewhere and end up having to start over

any advice?
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 02 Mar 2009, 10:52
It's kind of impossible to give advice without knowing what your specific problems are.. If you just make random mistakes, then maybe slowing down or just knitting a bunch will help, but if you have specific issues or things you screw up on, giving advice without knowing what your issues are is sort of impossible.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: keeperoflore on 02 Mar 2009, 13:34
yeah i kinda posted that while half-asleep, anyway i figured out what i was dong wrong, i just suck at knitting fast, so i slowed down and it worked out, thanks for the tip anyway though.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Serene on 02 Mar 2009, 13:37
Since this is the crochet thread too, I guess I'll add my contribution here.

Couple weeks back Faye proposed the idea of being muffin Cthulhu, well it inspired me to make this, although it did come out more cupcake Cthulhu.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/MageAkyla/Crochet%20Projects/CupcakeCthulhu004.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/MageAkyla/Crochet%20Projects/CupcakeCthulhu005.jpg)

I had some neon green yarn lying around from a project when I was a kid, and couldn't resist using it.  The eyes are actually the tops of snap buttons found in the sewing section.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 02 Mar 2009, 17:20
Cute!

I finished my socks. Yeah, there's a hole on the right one in the corner, but I fixed the problem in the other sock and I think it'll shrink when I wash them.

(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b198/andthentherewaslindsey/0730.jpg)

(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b198/andthentherewaslindsey/0732.jpg)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 02 Mar 2009, 19:55
those are some awesome socks. i think i would just stitch the hole up a bit, but see how they are after a wash.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: keeperoflore on 02 Mar 2009, 20:15
Since this is the crochet thread too, I guess I'll add my contribution here.

Couple weeks back Faye proposed the idea of being muffin Cthulhu, well it inspired me to make this, although it did come out more cupcake Cthulhu.

I had some neon green yarn lying around from a project when I was a kid, and couldn't resist using it.  The eyes are actually the tops of snap buttons found in the sewing section.

i think i need to pick up crochet as well, cause that is something i can get behind....
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Serene on 03 Mar 2009, 15:33
Hehe, thanks.  I had put aside crocheting for a while because I got bored making "normal" afghans, scarves, and plushies.  So after I finished college I got the ambition to pick it up again and actually make my own patterns.  I also make some things like this:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/MageAkyla/Crochet%20Projects/Beholder007.jpg)

And this:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/MageAkyla/Crochet%20Projects/BeholderHat003.jpg)

My crazy friend has begged me for the hat and since then beholders are becoming my insignia for my eventual etsy store.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: calenlass on 30 Apr 2009, 10:57
Guys I have some requests.

(http://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_430xN.7434127.jpg)


(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_8EgHj0Lbufc/SQ_JC_G3fEI/AAAAAAAAAUk/8_BnHaSXTkk/s320/domo+full+2.jpg)


(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1355/810762809_97c4c942db.jpg?v=0)


(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c97/riverdancer/sdrgnfaceleft.jpg?t=1241114385)



I spin, by the way. On a wheel. Just tell me what colours and what ply and what fiber content you prefer. I could totally provide yarn for these.


(my birthday is in june)


(my address is on facebook)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 30 Apr 2009, 16:59
Uh, Yelley? Paging Yelley to this thread.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: yelley on 30 Apr 2009, 23:38
*swoop* yes?

oh, amigurumi. fuck amigurumi.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: calenlass on 01 May 2009, 14:43
But... but... sea dragons!

Oh poo.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Barmymoo on 05 May 2009, 05:19
Well I finished the scarf I was knitting for Edith (it's more than five feet long!) and I've started knitting a pullover but it will take me years to finish because I'm only halfway through the ribbing and I've been knitting it for three days solid.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 14 May 2009, 04:34
I'm working on two pairs of socks right now (jaywalkers and brainless), but I was dumb and started the brainless ones before I finished the jaywalkers, and the brainless yarn is sooo pretty that working on the jaywalkers (even though I'm past the heel on both) sucks in comparison.

(http://bilder.tykjpelk.net/skitch/14052009910-20090514-133333.jpg)
Kinda lies a little bit, as the yarn is darker irl, but still. Pretty yarn <3
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 25 May 2009, 11:30
(http://bilder.tykjpelk.net/skitch/RIMG0412-20090525-201449.jpg)

Done! Kind of, haven't weaved in the ends, because I hate that, but I want them marked as finished on Ravelry, so I might do it soon.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Barmymoo on 25 May 2009, 12:53
It is not really knitting or crotcheting or spinning but I didn't think it really warranted a new thread.

Jackets for rescued battery hens! They are made of felt (http://littlehenrescue.co.uk/jumpers.aspx) but there was, at one point, a knitting pattern which I wanted to use. Sadly I didn't get to it quickly enough so I guess I need to buy some felt.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 31 May 2009, 11:27
(http://bilder.tykjpelk.net/skitch/hermionehat-20090531-202508.jpg)

Hermione's Cable & Eyelet Hat (http://jlyarnworks.blogspot.com/2008/07/hermiones-cable-eyelet-hat.html), summer version? Sort of really boring to knit, though I'm not sure why.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: elizaknowswhatshesfor on 09 Jul 2009, 03:52
Thought I'd start my first post with something little but fun I made for my boyfriend (seen modelling here eh-hum!)

(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b186/elizalovesyou/Fingercuffs.jpg)

I used quite chunky wool, so it came out huge, but he has long fingers so it doesn't look too terrible. I have since made around ten of these (With fleash coloured wool & a fair bit smaller) for little presents. I need a really good project to sink my teeth into, but can't seem to find a single pattern that really inspires me.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Eris on 11 Jul 2009, 02:17
I am trying to knit my first sock ever! I normally only knit scarves, but have gotten bored of that and socks seem like a good thing to try. Yelley gave me a link to Silver's Sock Tutorial, so I am following that with some yarn I bought years ago for a scarf that I never did.

Four needles are really awkward! I am kinda getting used to them, but still end up holding them strangely. Nowhere near as hard as my mum made them out to be, though; she said I would be better off doing a jumper rather than socks.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 11 Jul 2009, 05:08
Socks really aren't too bad. The only thing I had problems with at first were the heels, because I kept getting noticeable holes, but then I found a better way to make heels, so that problem was solved. I need to photograph the ones I've been making for my mom properly. They are perty.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 11 Jul 2009, 05:36
My biggest problem with socks was that I'd make the last/first stitches on the needles too loose, no matter how much I seemed to tighten them.. This mostly felt like a problem when doing stockinette stitch, but it always showed a bit. I thought making heels would be difficult, but once I actually found a decent explanation (YouTube-videos!), it was pretty simple - both the "normal" one when going toe-down and the short-row heel or whatever it was when I knitted toe-up. The latter was way prettier, though, and I think I prefer toe-up anyways.

Switching from four needles to magic loop fixed the loose stitches, though - I still make the first stitch too loose, but the last stitch on the "other side" ends up being too tight, so they even each other out. And it felt way less awkward.

What's your favorite way to bind off socks when going toe-up? I've only tried two methods, and one of them (knit/slip one, knit one, pull the first over the recently knitted one, knit one, pull over..) always ends up being "too" tight (not unwearable or anything, just feels awkward), while the other one I tried was basically the same, but in pattern, and I managed to make one sock loose enough, but the other one ended up tight..

A couple of better (?) photos of the two most recent projects, both of which I'm pretty satisfied with - especially the socks, because I learned a lot and love the yarn:
(http://bilder.tykjpelk.net/skitch/summerhat-20090711-142720.jpg) (http://bilder.tykjpelk.net/skitch/RIMG0425-20090711-143311.jpg)
(My summer hasn't included any knitting so far :/)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 11 Jul 2009, 18:51
I've never knit toe-up. I start at the cuff, do a short row heel, and bind off with kitchener's stitch. That way the loose bind on stitches are useful as they don't make the cuff too tight.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 12 Jul 2009, 01:02
The ones where I've started at the cuff are also too tight, so I guess I might need to try casting on in a different way or making it way looser than what feels necessary at the time or something. I've got huge calves, so it's really annoying.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Eris on 14 Jul 2009, 02:23
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v663/Lapuz/soccccck.jpg)

Sock! all done! Now I want to make more, but I also want to make a pretty scarf with this yarn, so I am probably gonna unravel it and roll it back up into a ball.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Trevlordyte on 23 Jul 2009, 00:36
(http://newmedia.funnyjunk.com/pictures/fatty_wants_moar.jpg)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 23 Jul 2009, 13:20
It's so dead at work, I'm teaching my coworker how to knit. Sadly it's with size 0 needles from the sock I'm working on and he has large hands, but he's doing it!
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Elizzybeth on 13 Aug 2009, 14:16
So I've been getting back into crocheting and have begun teaching myself to do amigurumi.  I'm working on a granny square afghan (a bunch of 13-row squares in a bajillion different colors), so little amigurumi projects provide a nice break from endless rows of double crochet.

Here's my giraffe, rabbit, and frog:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/NvrTooMuchPython/IMG_0009.jpg)

And a better picture of the frog:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v321/NvrTooMuchPython/IMG_0016.jpg)
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Barmymoo on 06 Nov 2009, 10:24
I did some knitting today for the first time since I started uni! It looks like my jumper might be finished by the time I graduate.

Earlier today I was looking at a girl's knitted dress and wondering whether I could make one, but I think it might be a bit beyond me to invent a pattern. Plus I've been making this jumper since last November and I have done maybe a quarter of one side.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 07 Nov 2009, 17:37
It's ok, I've got a pair of socks I've been "working on" since January and they are 3/4 of the way done. I am hoping to have them done by the end of the month.

Also, I'm teaching my 11 year old cousin how to knit! He knit a bit in the car today (we had a 3 hour drive to a funeral today) and I taught him how to bind off properly. Next weekend I'm going to give him some yarn from my ever growing stash that I no longer use and teach him a bit more. Maybe I'll get him to start a scarf or something.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Jimor on 08 Nov 2009, 02:20
My great-aunt taught me how to knit when I was 9 or 10, still have the needles in fact. I thought it was cool, but I never had the patience to finish anything (unless you count a 2 1/2 foot scarf).

LOTS of knitters at sci-fi conventions, and last one I went to I actually got to see somebody finish a sock.  :-o

There needs to be an Alton Brown of knitting.

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Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: elizaknowswhatshesfor on 13 Nov 2009, 04:28
I've made a couple of skirts by knitting squares & sewing them slowly together to make it up, it's much easier than trying to work out a huge pattern...it's also nice as you can finish a square really quickly and you feel lot's of little casting off satisfaction moments!
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 14 Nov 2009, 12:46
I've got a pattern for a skirt where you knit a bunch of strips and then sew them all together, which is good because sometimes I barely have enough patience for a pair of socks.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Ladybug on 26 Nov 2009, 13:41
I have since the last time I posted found an awesome bind-off when knitting toe-up socks, that is super stretchy and great. It takes a little it longer, since you do it with a tapestry needle, but it's so worth it. Elizabeth Zimmermann's Sewn Bind-off, as mentioned last on http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/FEATsum06TT.html. It's superb.

(http://images4-cache.ravelry.com/uploads/Mariasha/15981024/Lue_medium.png)
Hat I knit for my brother. I liked the look, but the yarn was weird cotton mixed with silk and something, so the shape ended up being weird. But he chose the yarn, and refuses wool of any kind, so..

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2762/4131430227_0f3f8cbb4c.jpg)
Socks I improvised, sort of. Knit toe-up.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2609/4132192974_7a28b59e7d.jpg)
Super-simple hat, and I really hate ribbing, but these hats fit so well.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2675/4131287715_e373b4b099.jpg)
Mitered Mittens. Long ones, and I liked the idea of the length (which is why I knit them long...), but I'm not so sure about the result. My arms are fat.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2735/4131430299_edbd12f2e8.jpg)
Short, but awesomely soft scarf knit out of 50 grams Noro Silver Thaw. I kinda like that it's not long, because I rarely know what to do with long scarf ends.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 11 Aug 2011, 07:34
Major bump! But I knew this thread existed and it's a perfectly good thread, so why make another.

I am going to participate in a knitalong (http://www.rhinestonesandtelephones.com/2011/08/newbie-knitter-knitalong.html#links) if anyone else would like to do so. It's starting in September and there's no rush on getting yarn and whatnot (unless you are super duper and know what you want) since it's geared for beginners. (I am not a beginner, but I'm going to wait until I find something good to knit with.) Here (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEdf10/PATTcadence.php) is the pattern if you're interested.

Anyone else want to do this with me?
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Barmymoo on 29 May 2012, 04:27
Resurrecting the old thread again, probably with no more success than Linds had last time. I'm still working on the jumper I started 3 1/2 years ago, but it's coming along more now than ever before - I've discovered the trick is not to store it under my bed where I forget about it...

Keep having minor problems like starting on the wrong stitch, dropping stitches, picking stitches up etc but the improvement is that I can mostly fix them myself. It still looks jumpery, even though I've had to redo at least half a dozen rows.
Title: Re: New Knitting Thread (And spinning) (And crochet too I guess)
Post by: Lines on 10 Jun 2012, 08:17
It's ok. I think it took me about 6-8 months to finish my sweater and then also 6 months to finish a shawl, even though both were relatively simple projects, I just didn't have the time to sit down and knit and both were a little too large to keep in my backpack to take with me to school. At least they weren't scarves. Those seem to get about a foot long and then I give up patience for them. (Except for the one I made for the boy for Christmas, but that's because it was knit lengthwise on large needles. And I love him and stuff.) Bring it with you to America! Maybe Edith will encourage some knitting time. :)

I really want to start a new knitting or crochet project, but I don't know what. Part of me wants to crochet this blanket (http://032ad8a.netsolhost.com/madmad/2012/02/04/bavarian-crochet-blanket/#.T9S5beJYsRa) and the other part wants to knit this vest (http://www.knitpicks.com/cfpatterns/pattern_display.cfm?ID=41059220) (both in different colors). I also want to sew like mad. Crafting ADD makes things terribly difficult.