Jan. 14th, 2019 12:51 pm
[personal profile] yabyumpan
Hi folks, hope it's ok to post this. I've got a large number of knitting magazines (100's) that i need to get rid of quickly. I'd rather pass them on than just recycle them, any suggestions? I'm in Leyton, Walthem forest in n/e London.

varianbetweenstars: A photo of a light blue moonflower (Default)
[personal profile] varianbetweenstars
I need help finding a pattern for this yarn.

I have two skeins (220 yards) of this yarn [link] in a lovely variegated green color, and unfortunately this yarn has been discontinued. This morning I tried to do a simple ribbed pattern with size 11 needles, and found that it was awkward to knit with, because the thick-and-thin texture of the yarn.

I'd like to make a scarf, since I only have 220 yards of this yarn. Does anyone know any scarf patterns that work well with thick-and-thin yarn?
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[personal profile] paladinkit
 that feel when something has been a WIP for long enough that your skill level has completely changed, and you've gotten so little done that it's easier to frog and start over :/
monksandbones: A manuscript illustration of nature as a woman in an apron, wielding a hammer in one hand and holding a bird in the other (nature makes bird i write dissertation)
[personal profile] monksandbones
Hi, knitters! I've noticed that this community has become a little more active lately (yay!), and as the end-of-the-year memes circulate, I thought it might be nice for us to have one too. Here are fifteen questions I came up with for reflecting on what you've knit this year (and to occupy you as you work on your still-unfinished winter holiday projects? If that's you, me too!). Please steal/modify/answer whichever questions you want!

Questions under the cut... )
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[personal profile] weedpizza
Just wanted to show off this bad boy, my first-ever hat! Made with help from my mom, for a dear friend's baby girl.

The last thing I knit (before this) was a simple scarf, 10+ years ago! Glad to be knitting again!

I know it's really nothing special, but being the type who's easily sidetracked/distracted/frustrated and frequently gives up on projects like this - I'm pretty impressed with myself for completing it!

I used a size 9(US) needle on circular needles. The yarn used is called Lavender Sparkle, and I believe I got it from Hobby Lobby. I'm not sure if it's really visible in the picture, but there's an iridescent sparkle throughout! ✨✨

Looking forward to making her more and more hats as she grows, and as I grow as a knitter as well!
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[personal profile] patelyne
I’m trying not to spam the comm with too many posts, so I saved this up until I had two finished projects to link from my journal

The owl pillow I posted about earlier, for a friend’s teen daughter

This little monkey toy for my other friend’s toddler daughter

and with that my holiday knits are DONE! And early!!

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[personal profile] hyperbole
Hi all!

I started this capelet/shoulder warmer thingy early in the year but finished it in September or so (it took a few months to work up the courage to cut open the steek!). I recently found the photos on my phone while searching for something else so I thought I'd share the project here.

The capelet is knit out of three natural colours of sheep's wool from a small producer in the area where my parents live. The wool is naturally very soft and warm. It features the silhouettes of two cats whose tails are laced together to form a heart, and it's knit in stranded colourwork. I designed it myself, starting with "I need something to keep my shoulders extra warm", passing by "I know of this lovely wool...", and ending at "it needs cats!!". I found the cat chart by image searching something like "knit cat chart", made a swatch, and off I went.

Three photos )

I'm very happy with this, it's really warm (which is needed at my office!) and very "me" with the neutrals and the cats. Possibly my favourite knit of the year? Except now that I've typed that out I come to think of some really lovely other things so maybe they're all equal or something. ;)
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[personal profile] patelyne
I know it’s only been a day since I posted my WIP, but, for all the good sports guessing on my last post, I’ve revealed what pattern I’m using to knit it over here.
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[personal profile] patelyne
 Anyone else feeling the time crunch on their gift knitting? Two gifts in two weeks is totally doable, right??
(sorry for the repost, I’m out of practice here and had a link fail)
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[personal profile] varianbetweenstars
Hi, my name's Varian. I'm new to Dreamwidth (here because Tumblr is exploding) and I've been a knitting for about 4 years now. I'm currently working on this shawl ( and have gotten to the point that each row takes a long time to do, but I'm still having fun with it.
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[personal profile] glinda
I've had a rubbish day at work and I'm trying to distract myself in a positive fashion.

So...knitters of dreamwidth, if you would, please tell me about your favourite sock patterns. I have a bunch of sock wool and I kinda hate the pattern that came with the wool. I'm therefore looking for recommendations for better sock patterns. What are your favourites? Why do you love them? Do you prefer starting at the cuff or toe-up socks? Magic loop or four pins? And what on earth is an 'after-thought heel'?
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[personal profile] killing_rose
So I am teaching youngest roommate to knit.

He's 18. This leads to moments like:

"I have figured out that the purls are whoops up and knits are whoops down." I don't know what whoops are (rhyming with swoop), but it work for him.

He has a flight today. As one does, we went over his project. Him, after grumbling that knit stitch is The Worst, "I hope I get seated next to a kind grandmother. Who knows how to knit."
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[personal profile] tictactoepony
I have been spinning and knitting again, to make a few gifts for the festive season!

scarves this way )
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[personal profile] killing_rose
So for those of you with an Instagram, #getyouryarnwishesgranted is one of my very favorite things about the season. You ask for a wish, a yarn fairy (or tools fairy or whatever--a lot of people are asking for patterns or blocking wires or project bags or whatever) grants it, and then you pass the favor along by granting someone else's wish. Some people also do things like put up destash photos or do mystery boxes.

It's a really fun exchange that I've been doing for three years now (and have met people through and learned about yarn I'd never heard of before--such as the banana fiber yarn that's going onto a new home this year).
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[personal profile] tictactoepony
I attempted a pattern from a recent "Spin Off" magazine, using some handspun yarn I made over the Summer, using a drop-spindle.
Cardboard Princess Leia was an excellent model (yet again!)
cowlette this way )
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[personal profile] tictactoepony
The purple pair were just finished - I kept getting distracted by other projects, but finally got there in the end :)

here be socks )
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[personal profile] killing_rose
Strange benefits to having been a competitive baton twirler for a decade:

I needed a 32 inch cable for a magic loop project. I don't have them specifically noted in lengths (I probably should, but there are a lot of things I should probably do), so when eyeballing failed, I took the cable most likely to be 32 inches long, and held it from fingertip to armpit.

Success! It was just a hair longer than fingertip to armpit, which meant that it was 32 inches.

I used this method, as this is how you determine how long your baton needs to be. It has to match your armspan, otherwise it won't work correctly. My armspan is 31 inches long, which meant I was That Twirler. (95% of twirlers clock in with a 29 inch baton, which means if you're doing exchange work, a 31 inch baton throws everyone off. I had a secondary baton for exactly that reason and hated it with an undying passion.)

But yes. Strange benefits I hadn't been expecting, much less half a decade on since I finished twirling.
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[personal profile] killing_rose
So I am currently working on the Wonder Woman wrap ( that's been making the rounds. It's a solidly written pattern. I do freely admit that I am only partially using the pattern; making substitutions and changes is my prerogative and also something that I do on most projects because I can't work with fingering and thus have to make changes to almost any pattern.*

It's also fairly easy, relying on garter, M1, and kfb for most of the shaping. The points of the Ws are made by double decrease. However, it does use short rows. This is, apparently, a reason many people I know do not want to make it.

This is like my at least fifth short row project in a year. I really love short rows. I was, thus, exceptionally confused a couple months ago when someone at the knitting table said, "I don't do short rows. They're difficult and fiddly and I don't like them."

So I poked at them to explain this. And this is when I discovered that this person was under the assumption that there's only one technique for short rows. Guys, here is where I admit: every person I know who likes short rows has their own personal favorite technique. But most people who have met short rows and run away screaming have never said, "I hate this technique, but maybe I won't hate another technique." Mostly because there are like five different ways to do it, but since they evolved in different places, not everyone's heard of them. So, this is me, giving resources in case you want to knit the above project (or a different one) and you just really cannot bring yourself to like short rows.

I loathe wrap and turn with every fiber of my being. It doesn't work for me. It just doesn't. My first couple projects used the yarnover technique. Unfortunately, this doesn't work for all projects. So the first project I made that used wrap and turn I dropped in a heap and said, "NOPE" at very loudly. And then I got a book from the library and studied all the different options to try and figure out what might work for my brain.

And when I found one that worked for me, I hung out at the knitting table, checked my phone a couple dozen times to make sure I was doing it right, and clung to it like it was the best thing ever. Now, I use that particular technique any time there's a short row project I'm doing. It saves my sanity. (It also means I've never had to use safety pins in my work; there was a project where I may have, in frustration, snarled out the words who the hell thought that the Japanese short row technique was the fastest technique on the planet and or their favorite. However, there are people who do so, and this is fine. [When I am not being introduced to new and fun ways to torture my brain mid-project setup. I am not at my best mid-project setup.])

For me, German short rows are my very favorite thing. This is a good tutorial for them:

This is a good instruction for wrap and turn:

This is a free class by the author whose book saved my sanity:

And this is the book in question:

As an important note, for patterns like the Wonder Woman wrap, where they use w&t, you knit the stitch you're supposed to wrap, flip around to the other side, and do the german short row technique on that side.

So, what's your opinion on short rows? Or Wonder Woman? Or both? :)

*This is, I note, not a "I don't like fingering" but "I have two projects in fingering right now, and even on size five or six needles (let's not talk about the idiocy of the size 4 project), it still makes my poor, abused hands [thank you chronic illnesses] make me nauseated and need more pain meds." But some yarn is really pretty, so I do about three projects a year in fingering and the rest in medium, chunky, or bulky yarns.
tictactoepony: (wool)
[personal profile] tictactoepony
Used up some yarn I made for a big frothy spiral scarf - had to cast off using some other yarn leftover from a previous project (but looks OK as there was already green in it)
scarf this way )



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