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[personal profile] lullabymoon
I was hoping for a little advice about interchangeable circular needle sets as I'm looking to buy but I'm pretty much a novice. I mean I know how they work but I have no idea what constitutes a good connection or the like.

What I'm looking for is a bamboo set, in mm, that's reasonably priced (in the UK) and that perhaps I can add to over time. Does any one have any recommendations or makes to avoid, or any advice in what I should be looking out for?

Thanks in advance.
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[personal profile] pebblerocker
I've just re-learnt how to knit, having made nothing since the ghastly scarflike object I made at age 8 and then bootees for three newborn relatives at wide intervals over the next couple of decades. I'd bought some hand-knitted socks and I love them so much I want to make myself some more, so in the last week I've been learning the magic loop method and making a pair of toe-up heelless spiral ribbed socks which I'm extremely excited about. Yay me!

Having used up that wool, though, I'm keen to keep knitting. I'm staying with my mother-in-law for a week and she no longer knits, so she gave me her leftover wool to do what I like with. However everything she had was acrylic and I'm somewhat rabid about only wearing natural fibres, especially on my feet, so socks are out. Can anyone point me to some patterns for non-wearable items I can make out of the acrylic? Maybe tea cosies or, I don't know, ipod cosies and things? Something fast and fun.

I don't know much about wool weights (DK, 8-ply, worsted... it's all Greek to me) and there are no labels on the balls, but it looks fairly thick. My only available needle is a 3.5mm circular so I hope it'll work for what I have to knit with. And I'm at pretty basic skill level: I can knit, purl, increase, decrease, and look up stitches on Youtube. What things can I make while I'm staying here?

ETA: [personal profile] vampirefan suggested toys -- I have a half-grown cat who will bite and fight my fluffy scarf any chance he gets, so I'll try making him a cat toy or two! Even I should be able to make something up without a pattern: magic loop method, little ring, increase, decrease, stuff and add tassels. He'll love it.
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I finally graduated from Clover circular needles this past summer when the tips of a pair that I hadn't had that long started to split.  KnitPicks was having a sale so I bought one set of size 7 wooden needle tips with attachable 47" cables to try them out.  You can check them out here. I admit that a large part of the attraction was the rainbow-colored wood.  They are just so pretty.  When I got them, I loved how they felt in my hands.  The wood is just so lovely and I found it lovelier than the bamboo I had been using.  The needles were so nice to knit on. But, and here is where I tell an embarrassing story, the darn needles kept unscrewing themselves.  Every single row, I'd have to reattach them to the cable.  After reaching a point where I just didn't want to pick up my knitting at all, I finally thought, "well, maybe there is a trick to it."  I found the package they had come in and thank goodness I had saved it because there were instructions on the back.  *facepalm*  Who knew knitting needles came with instructions?  Now that I am attaching them properly (it requires a metal key), I love, love, love them.  They are really lovely needles and I hope that they stand the test of time.  I expect I will be buying more as other bamboo needles wear out or I need needles that I don't currently own.

ETA:  Also, the cable is so bendy.  It's thinner than the Clover cables and really, well, I want to say "lovely" again.  Lovely, lovely, lovely. 


Nov. 27th, 2010 05:58 pm
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[personal profile] foxyfurs
I did it!!
My very first pair of socks! That actually fit! (I am not counting the crochet ones that are like humongous mukluks I wear around the house.)

So happy! Let me show you it!

Aren't they pretty?
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[personal profile] zats_clear
I am working on the Butterfly Moebius pattern from The Knitter's Book of Yarn and I am wondering how to correctly twist my stitches around the needle.  It says "but in this case, you want to make sure there is one twist in your row - that is, somewhere in your cast-on row the base of the sts wraps over the needle once."  



xposted in Ravelry here
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[personal profile] zats_clear
Starting parameters:  I love to knit on circular needles.  I am learning to knit.  I am working on Dirty Girl Dishcloths from the Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting book  

Problem:  I am now working the dishcloth that involves purling and I am pretty darned sure that I am not doing it right.  I know I am doing the purl portion correctly, but I believe I might be mucking something up with the using of circular needles and right side/wrong side stuff.  I am not getting that defined square in the middle I should be with k5, p40, k5 and I am confoooooooooooooosed!

Plea:  Any ideas?  tia!



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