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Seasonal Knitting! [Dec. 8th, 2008|12:47 pm]
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bronchitikat
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[Current Location |At home, knitting]
[Current Mood |creative]

'Twas the Night Before





    Or not as the case may be.  The results of my Travel Knitting Project for the weekend away in Devon & Cornwall, & then the trip to see Mum last week - cos that required a chart, which requires a table (& not to be swerving around all over the place).

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    A quick exercise in simple knitting, stash-busting (sort of) & they look quite effective.

    For the Terminially Curious, the picture above the mantlepiece is of the Round the Island cruise during the 150 years of the Americas Cup celebrations (2004?) - we saw that as we were on the Island (of Wight) then that year.  Lots of sail power.
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February Fetching Knit-Along [Dec. 6th, 2008|10:39 pm]
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2008 Ornament Exchange [Oct. 25th, 2008|10:54 pm]
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knittergoddss
Are we allowed to advertise other knitting groups in here?  If so, I'm trying to organize a knit/crochet 2008 Ornament Exchange, and the group name is ornamentex2008 . If not, can the group leaders please let me know and delete this message?  Thanks so much.

I actually got the idea trying to think of something to re-break the ice in here because it's been so quiet in here and thought of Becca's sign up, so I hope it's okay that I'm posting in here. 
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Knitted Dress [Aug. 29th, 2008|10:04 am]
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bronchitikat
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[Current Location |Looking for another project!]
[Current Mood |CoMission Accomplished]

Olympic Knitting


    A couple of months back our daughter asked me to knit her a halter-neck dress.  O.o 

    So, once I'd picked myself off the floor, I surfed around for a halter neck top (to give an idea of the number of stitches & things), bought some yarn - Stylecraft Life, 75% acrylic, 25% wool, in grey with black & off-white slubs (she'd specified a 'dull' colour - brown/grey/green) got out my trusty Addi 3.75mm circular & did a provisional cast on.

    Two alterations & some frogging later I had something which might work, & spent the Olympics knitting, though not actually watching events, except as reported in daily News bulletins.

    Team GB did amazingly well - aimed for eighth in the medal table, achieved fourth!   I finished knitting during the closing ceremony.  So here it is, the Olympics Dress.  Just hope it's what D had in mind! 

    I got eight (100g) balls of yarn, actually used three, so there's enough for a shrug as well, if she likes, now that the weather is even cooler.  I also knit a pair of socks in a hand-dyed yarn from Helen at Ripples Hand Dyed Yarns and some Sirdar Snuggly 4-ply as colour therapy during the dress knitting.  I needed it, all that grey!

    The bodice back is 2x2 rib so it should fit nicely.  Only problem is that the hem, being finished with a couple of rows of K2tog, YO, & a couple of rows of stocking stitch, shows a distressing tendency to curl up - even after a week of being hung with weights (clothes pegs) around it.  Ideas anyone?

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Am I being too ambitious? [Aug. 8th, 2008|09:02 am]
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tigerpixie
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So, I have an idea for a LARP costume. It has been knocking about in my head for quite a while actually, and I have finally decided that I'm going to do something about it. It will involve quite a lot of time, and no doubt a lot of cussing as well.

The idea is that I will make a cloak. Only it's going to be more like a Wood Elf cloak than a human one. Meaning that I will have to cover it in leaves. To save the person who would be sweeping up any venue a massive job, I was going to knit aforementioned leaves and sew them on to a blanket backing.

Only I can't seem to find any good patterns. I have one for the *basic* leaf shape which I have found (that is meant to be part of a flower brooch), but I can't seem to find any simple shaped leaf patterns, like oak, maple or holly. If anyone, in their travels, were able to find me something like this (bearing in mind that I'm not a very good knitter), would you possibly be able to point me in the right direction?

This is probably going to take me a very long time (hence why I am starting now), and I would like to make it as cheap and painless as possible!

I will probably be knitting this on DPNs
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Ravelry [Jul. 23rd, 2008|09:35 pm]
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ecto_gammat
Is anyone else here a member of Ravelry? My username on there is iamthewalrus451

If you haven't heard of it, its an awesome community for knitters/crocheters/general crafty people where you can post your projects. Membership isn't open quite yet (I don't think) but if you sign up your email address, you should get the activation link really quick (I got mine in 48 hours)

Go ahead and join!
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A stitch that stays flat.... [Jul. 1st, 2008|06:44 pm]
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whirling_woman
Hello, I'm a long time lurker first time poster.

I hail from Oakville in Canada but I am currently living and working in Japan. I fill my free time with knitting and purling. I'm a beginner but looking to improve.
I fell in love with a scarf I saw in the pattern book "Son of Stitch Bitch - Knitting Patterns For Men". It is a scarf with oddly positioned coloured bars that when rolled up looks like a tuna sushi roll. I NEED to make this scarf.

My problem is I need to learn a stitch that stays flat - is that the term I want? I want to do something more interesting than a garter stitch, but every knit and purl pattern I know always curls up around the edges and eventually doubles in on itself. Is there some trick to getting it to stay flat? Or is there some basic stitch you can tell me the name of that won't curl up?

Thanks in advance for the help!

P.S. Happy Canada Day!
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question! [Jun. 1st, 2008|04:56 pm]
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___rockethips
so i'm knitting these cute little baby booties from the pattern in stitch and bitch nation.

there are a few lines in the pattern that are really confusing to me and for once, google has failed me.

it says:
row 10: k15, skp, turn.

the next few lines have 'turn' at the end as well.

what does that even mean!?
an explanation would be very wonderful.

thanks in advance.
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A lonely time for knitting [May. 28th, 2008|08:03 pm]
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bunnydetox
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Hello All,

I've never posted here yet, I don't think, but Spring is a lonely time for knitting and I figured there's someone out there that can sympathize with my lonely knitting situation.

Anyway, I'm currently working on a baby blanket for my boyfriends brother/sister-in-law.  Was supposed to be a shower gift, but I'm a slow knitter and I've been sick/moving/busy/unmotivated since beginning this project in January.  Anyway, the baby has already been born, but the project persists!  My winter-knitting friends don't knit over the spring or summer, so I have made less progress as the months get warmer.

I will prevail!

Anyway, though I'd share my pictures with you kids. It's done in mitered squares, with Baby Alpaca Grande yarn on size 10 1/2 addis (I knit with addis and I'm still slow.

Anyway, the back is not as attractive as the front.  is there an easy way to knit a lining on to the back of this guy?

Baby Blanket City
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my projects [May. 27th, 2008|05:19 pm]
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mighty_meg
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[Current Music |Gary Allan- Watching Airplanes]

Since I cant keep one project going at one time. I am still working on my friends birthday (may 31th) /Christmas present Knee high socks. one is just a toe and the other is about 1/2 way up the calf. Hopefully its done by end of Aug when she goes away to London.
Someone I know is about 4 months along and they have not told me the sex yet so I'm working on the boy blanket first, but since I started on the boy on they will have a girl.  Its ok I want a boy and girl blanket sitting in my closet so if someone surprises me I'm ready.
..................AND my BIG project is a blanket that will look like the last 1/3 of my icon. it is 400 wide so about 6'.

sock pattern- Charmed Knits (Harry Potter stuff, great book)   baby blanket- standard basket weave k5p4 (k4p5) with a k5 border and 10 k rows to start  Jeep Blanket- making it up as i go along
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