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 I am currently looking to move my yarn from a series of random storage containers to something uniform. This is an option: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00JX11KYC/ref=aw_wl_ov_dp_1_1?colid=1NP2UKT6B5FQX&coliid=I203OLQ9KPE5U0

As is this: http://makingahome-pa.blogspot.com/2013/03/my-yarn-storage-solution.html?m=1

Pegboard would probably be the absolute best bet, but I have no idea how to use Pegboard when you can't "damage" the walls.

What do you use? Any ideas or opinions?
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[personal profile] glinda2017-02-12 04:47 pm
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Finished Objects of 2016

Last year, could best be described - from a knitting perspective - as the year of projects started and never finished. I spent most of the first 6 months of last year working on one project, an enjoyable but slow-moving fair isle, double-thickness - ie. knit in the round - scarf. Before getting distracted by other projects. Which is probably a good thing, otherwise I might never have actually got anything but that finished last year. The second half of the year was marked by me having a bad case of 'oooh shiny' and starting lots of different projects, most of which I never actually finished. I realised when I started making this post that I actually only finished 3 objects last year. Admittedly one of those was a large chunky cardigan, but that was actually a really satisfyingly quick knit that I made in about 6 weeks.

This year I've set myself the target of finishing five projects I'd already started. Some are big projects (like the fair isle double-thickness scarf) and others are small (like the socks where I'm half-way through the second sock of a pair, but have mislaid it somewhere in the house...). Some are relatively new (currently working on a cushion cover that I started over Xmas) and others have been sitting half knitted for considerably longer (there's that lovely lacey jumper that I started in 2008). So there's quite a variety of projects to pick from. I just need to resist the urge to cast on something new...

things I actually finished! )
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[personal profile] pensnest2017-01-18 09:32 pm

Sock knitters!

Do you block socks? If so, why? If not, why not?
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[personal profile] pensnest2016-12-26 10:49 pm

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Several years ago I noticed a member of my knitting group was creating an infinity scarf which started in the centre and knitted round a moebius loop so that a 'row' was actually knitting on both top and bottom of the cast-on, and the scarf/cowl grew outwards from the middle.

I'd love to try this, but I'm no longer in touch with the person who made it, and I really have no idea how to search for the recipe on Ravelry.

Can anybody direct me to a pattern which works like this? It just sounds like such a fun way of knitting a figure-8 scarf.
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[personal profile] medrin2016-05-04 01:45 pm

Need advice for deciding on my next project

My sister is going to have her first baby in August and I am planning to make something for it. I figure a baby blanket is a thing that would be useful? Also, unlike clothes the baby won't outgrow it in a week and a half... But I'm trying to decide on what KIND of blanket to make.

So now I'm asking you, especially those of you who have/have had babies. What kind of blanket did you find the most use of? Knitted or crocheted? Wool or cotton?

I figure since babies, it need to be washable/durable so then cotton is a good choice. For wool choices I'm looking at sock yarns. Since I don't want it to take forever to make and also not be super bulky I'm looking at using 3-4 mm needles.

The two ideas I keep coming back to is either to buy a large number of different single colour yarns and make something like this: Crocheed chevron blanket, probably in a cotton yarn (probably either this or this which my LYS has on stock so I could just go buy it today.

OR: To knit something inspired by ten stitch blanket but with two spirals with different colour-ways. The yarn I keep looking at for this pattern is this which is very shiny but necessitates ordering online.

Maybe I should do both? Will I have time to do both? I have no idea.
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Sweater gauge and drape question

Question about sweater pattern alteration here:

I tend to pick patterns to pieces and combine the bits I like. I'm planning to knit caramel, which is a top-down cardigan that's got a lot of positive ease and is very drape-y, using some Malabrigo rastita and DK/light worsted handspun that's a mix of silk and wool.

My main question is, aside from me having to do math, is there a structural problem with me knitting in a looser gauge than the pattern calls for?

The pattern calls for 22 sts / 4 inches, and I just feel that because the yarn I have is very woolen and floofy, at that gauge it will be Too Stiff. Also, because chronic pain + hot flashes all the time, light weight cardigans are really more my style anyway.

I know for socks and things a looser gauge means you're more likely to get holes, and obviously it will be cooler (which I want). But other than that, is there any reason not to do it? I also know that because I'm using a lot of single ply, there will be Pilling Issues, but I can deal.

I knit a swatch with a gauge of 18 sts / 4 inches and I really like the way the fabric looks and drapes and feels so if there is not a problem other than those listed above, I will probably just go with that.


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There's a very interesting radio programme on the BBC at the moment about the history of Shetland knitting and those who are keeping the tradition alive: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04yk44b

It will remain available for another nineteen days, and you should be able to listen to it anywhere in the world without recourse to a VPN :)
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[personal profile] kaberett2015-09-24 04:34 pm
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Sunset/sunbeam lace pattern?

Hi folk!

I'm currently working on a couple of instances of Celestarium, and I'm getting to thinking about edgings. In particular, I'm sure someone must at some point have charted up a lace pattern for the classic sunbeams-spreading-out-from-setting-sun image-concept (you know, this sort of thing), but I've had a pretty thorough rummage through Ravelry and the closest I'm coming up with is this beaded pattern and a shawl that isn't quite right but could, in a pinch, be adapted.

I don't suppooooose any of you have any ideas? I'm reasonably comfortable adapting existing patterns but I'm a little low on brain at the moment so I'd rather not have to chart it up myself!

Thanks lots :-)

Taking up the needles again,

When my best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, I knitted her chemo caps. I'd send her two caps a month. Deb was ill for nearly two years when she passed a year ago last May.

Since she died, I didn't feel like knitting. I'd say that knitting so much wrecked my hands and gave me Carpal Tunnel. (It's not a lie, I really did.) Just recently I've started knitting again. I'm practicing colorwork, and design. This evening I cast on a hat to knit in blue and white. It is the first time I've knit anything in over a year.

I guess my period of mourning is over, and I can enjoy knitting again without feeling the loss and sadness.

Anyone else go through something like this?
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[personal profile] glinda2015-07-25 11:24 pm
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Thoughts on my stash...

I've been really good these last few years, keeping my stash steady, even managing to do a decent cull last summer. Looking at my Ravelry page, I can see that the vast majority of my knitting over 2013 and 2014 was made from wool I already had in my stash. Probably helped last year by the fact that the only knitting stuff I took with me when I was working away over the summer was a selection of yarn, patterns and equipment for projects I'd already started or was planning for a particular purpose. This year...not so much.

I started off well, I bought some Fine Tweed for some mitts for my gran (knitted them) and I bought enough Fusion for two cardigans (1 knitted, the other about 75% knitted) in the January sales. Then I picked up some more Fine Tweed for another pair of mitts that I'm going to make for my mum and a skein of Harris Tweed wool from the Dingwall Wool Fest. And I gained a ball of King Cole Riot that someone at my knitting bee was destashing. Oh and I bought a skein of beautiful hand-dyed sock wool at Xpo North (I want to learn to knit socks, I thought nice wool would motivate me to learn). Yeah. But altogether not an unsalvagable situation, I just need to not gain any more wool for the rest of the year. And then we had a yarn swap at knitting bee. Because I'd gone for the same trick for this sojourn away as last time, most of my stash (certainly everything I would happily get rid of) is still at my parents. I was sad that I couldn't contribute, but everyone else was delighted they had someone to offload pretty wool on to! The sock wool I can justify, I want to knit socks and the lady who donated the sock wool has committed to teaching me how ("I'd much rather teach you how to knit socks than knit the socks myself" she said...) the odd ball of Noro wool to see if I fall on the love it or hate it side of the line before I shell out for enough wool to make that skirt I've been thinking about makes sense too. The rest of it? Not so much. But hey, pretty pretty wool for free, what's to complain about?! *cuddles wool unrepentantly* Now I just have to find somewhere to store it...
new stash pic )
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[personal profile] pensnest2015-06-14 09:25 am

Shawl wanted!

I have a Zauberball that I cut in half because I thought I would make simultaneous socks with it, only to realise after about four inches of socks that it was not sock yarn. Woe.

What I'd like to do with this yarn is knit a more-or-less colour symmetrical shawl or shawlette (or possibly scarf?), and I think it needs to be knitted from one end rather than from the middle. Does anyone have any recs for end-to-end shawls? Or, for something else that would use the long colour changes of a Zauberball to happy effect?

ETA: Many thanks for the suggestions! I think I might go with the Lala shawl suggested by [personal profile] killing_rose, or possibly Nurmilintu by Heidi Alander. At any rate, I've had fun browsing through the projects.:-)
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Simple hat pattern recs? Getting back into the knitting groove


I haven't been able to knit much lately because of some nerve issues. They *knock wood* seem to be resolving, so I'm hoping to slowly reintroduce some knitting to my days. I have been working on the same shawl for ages and I need a break from its interminable rows of feather and fan, so I am planning to do some hats for winter charity knitting because they will be faster, easier to play with different designs, and gratifying. (Also like everyone I know already has a knitted hat from me already, so shelters it is!)

I have a stash of several colors of worsted weight yarn (both acrylic and wool) that I'm taking with me on a trip, but limited time to check Ravelry before I go. I also haven't been on for awhile so I have no idea what new patterns are trending right now or anything.

Any advice on (hopefully free) patterns that are easy to do in the car or with brain fog? I'm cool with single color with maybe a four-row pattern repeat or a simple two-color pattern design (maybe mosaic but also colorwork?). Also cool with tiny-people hat designs, though probably not doing any preemie hats because there's just too much cat hair around for me to do preemie hats.

I also have a really gorgeous couple of yarns that would work really well for a Fair Isle kind of pattern when I'm sitting in one place and have the spoons to do so.

tl;dr Not asking y'all to go research a bunch of patterns for me, but basically if you have any hat patterns that have been burning a hole in your Ravelry queue, I'd love to hear about them!
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[personal profile] evilawyer2014-06-19 09:35 pm

Truly, this flashed through my mind.

I applied for a job with an organization in their senior center. My interview went well, and I was excited to see that one of the regular, well-attended programs was knitting and crocheting. Yarnwork with elders! Double Joy!

I got a call back asking if I would consider being considered for a better-paying job with more responsibility that's, frankly, right up my alley, but that would have me working at headquarters and not at the senior center.

The thought "What?! No knitting?! No crocheting?! What kind of bait-and-switch number is this?!" flashed through my mind.

x-posted to [community profile] crochet
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[personal profile] moropus2014-04-13 09:15 am

garter stitch cloth strip rug as pillow case

I made a rug to put on my foot stool out of strips of torn cloth with huge needles.

Now a boy that visits me often says he will pay me silly amounts of money if I make him a pillow case just like it. Obviously, its hard and lumpy and you could not lay your head on it very long. I think it would put your eye out.

How do I find out what he really wants? I suspect he likes the look of garter stitch and I could just make him one for his birthday in a soft yarn that you could actually lay your face on.

Nobody could actually sleep on a rug knitted out of torn cloth strips, could they?

I'm very puzzled here.
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[personal profile] firestar2014-04-06 12:02 pm
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Not strictly knitting per se but it does involve yarn. >.>

But I'm looking to get into weaving with pre-spun yarn and I'm wondering if I would be working with 4ply, DK or finer yarns like 2ply, if anyone here can help me out with that.
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My Fandom Knitting (not what you think)

I am currently knitting SweaterBabe's Covetable Cape.It is a lovely pattern, and I cast on with some trepidation as I was watching Downton Abbey Season 4 Christmas Special while knitting a new pattern (i.e. counting, adding stitch markers, etc.) that also included a large cable pattern and two lace sections. It went swimmingly. I even watched about half of X2 and got about 15 rows into the top-down pattern without any major errors. (OK, so perhaps I missed the first row of the button band -- no one will know that kind of thing.)

Then I went to Knit Night -- the place where I tend to get tons of knitting done -- and things went downhill quickly. I purled where I should have knit on the cables; I lost track of where I was on the lace and cable charts even though I was marking it down on the pattern (somehow that didn't match up to my actual knitting); I dropped stitches; in attempting to fix things everything got worse. My attempts to insert a lifeline were very frustrating.

Yesterday I finally yanked out the needle and re-cast on. I decided to try watching Tin Man, a fantasy miniseries about Oz. Again, things went swimmingly (except somehow the cable is now on a garter stitch background instead of reverse stockinette, but that's less annoying to knit, so I'm good with that as it still looks great.)

Today I sat down with the Madonna Pandora station on, and I tried knitting the next row. Just the next row. It took about 20 minutes to get through the first lace section (somehow I had one too many stitches, I could not figure out why, eventually I fixed it with the time honored tradition of knitting two together ;) ). Then I got to the cable section, and OMFG. I dropped a stitch, found it, tinked agonizingly back (tinking is not kind in cables), knit again...and there was another dropped stitch. Found it, tinked back again, the same thing happend.

At this point I yelled (literally) at my knitting that if it didn't behave it was going in the closet for a week while I knit hats. From handspun. So there.

I fixed the dropped stitch (which took time, it was cantankerous), and finished the row with no further problems.

This seems very odd to me, because it's completely opposite of my usual knitting experience. TV = mistakes ; knitting people = progress; late nights = waking up in the morning to regret and bizarre knitting errors and wondering what the heck I did the night before.

I can only draw one conclusion from this turn of events:

My knitting has gained sentience, and it (she?) enjoys late nights and watching geeky TV. To optimize the knitting of this project, I should take her to the new Captain America movie and leave an assortment of comic books in my knitting bag for when I'm not able to knit.

That way, we'll both be happy. And there'll be no need for closet exile.
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[personal profile] wood_elf2014-03-16 05:39 pm

Saying 'no'

Hi all. Knitting etiquette question.

I recently made myself a shawl (see here). It's green and spiky and I love it quite a lot.

Was wearing it today and a person (nice person, want to remain on good terms with this person) also liked it a lot and asked me to knit her one. She was serious about this and offered to buy yarn for it there and then.

I want to say 'no' because I don't want to spend another month knitting the exact same pattern in the same yarn. I don't get as much knitting time as I would like (I mainly knit while commuting), and would rather use the time I have selfishly on projects of my choosing.

This person is very generous and has given me yarngifts in the past (she knits herself, so must understand the time and work involved). I don't want to say 'no' but I really don't want to knit a shawl for her. Any ideas how to proceed while maintaining a good relationship?

There may be an obvious gracious solution I'm overlooking but can be a bit socially clueless at times.
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[personal profile] left_turns2014-03-04 12:46 pm

Knit soft packer

I'm genderqueer, and one of my vague New Year's sort-of resolutions was to try to be more out with presenting as male when I feel male. I'm sure I remember seeing a pattern for a knit packer somewhere back in the day. I'd like to try it if I can. Money's pretty tight for me right now but I have plenty of yarn. I'm sort of paranoid about having to have the "well, I'm not exactly a girl or a boy" conversation with my family before I'm ready as well, and knit boy parts seem to have more plausible deniability ("ha ha, it's joke knitting! Funny, funny joke knitting!") than stuff you can buy online, which looks exactly like what it's meant to be.

When I look at patterns on Ravelry, I can only find one crocheted soft packer. I don't know how to do much more than a single crochet. Knitting would be much easier for me. When I look on Google though, I can't find anything useful amid the sea of Green Bay Packers knits. Does anyone know if something like what I'm looking for exists?

Second Sock Exchange?

Hi, all! Reposting this from my own journal:

So, I have been working on these twisted rib socks since May. By which I mostly mean on the second sock, which I have had to rip out and start over twice, and now I've found a mistake which means I'll need to do it a third time. And of course I am bored and frustrated, which just makes me more likely to make mistakes. I want to move on to a new project, but I know that if I do I will never actually finish this sock. And I want to!

And I thought, this is the internet. I cannot possibly be the only person in this situation.

So-- would anyone out there like to do a second sock exchange with me? As in, I will send you my pattern, the yarn, and sock number one; you send me the same for your stalled socks, and we each swatch out the other's gauge and knit the other's second sock. Which, for each of us, will be a First Sock, and therefore exciting and new and not just a reminder of terrible knitting mistakes!

(If multiple people are interested, a round robin exchange could also be arranged.)

(Also, if you're just going to suggest I ask around on Ravelry, please don't-- I've never used it for anything but looking at patterns, and I don't want to create an identity there just for this.)
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[personal profile] jenett2014-02-10 09:07 pm

Current knitting project

I'm currently working on a rather epic double-knit blanket project (81 double knit squares! 53 with designs on them!) I really am adoring double knitting, and would love to talk more about it, but I'm also really enjoying the process of finding and modifying and creating charts that suit the project.

I just put up three posts in my own journal with more about the process:
- Master post that includes links to the current squares
- About double knitting
- About the design process

Glad to talk here or on those posts more.