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Craft club topic of the month - knitting!

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by RubyToogood, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    You must be a total perfectionist :D these are all lovely and look great to me. I can't see the error in your rib either (the baby has a cardi in that yarn :)). Also, you're doing lacework... you're a knitter not a beginner ;)
     
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  2. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

    I can say with certainty that that isn't true! But a lovely thing to say. I have a book called Knitty Gritty by Anita Patel and it's completely idiot proof. She translates everything. She even answered one of my stupid questions by email and offered to Skype me.

    And you are lovely too. I'd thought the parenting forum was the nicest place on urban :D Lacework?? Is the the holes on the wrist warmers?

    I love that Party Time yarn! I think I saw the cardi a few pages back? Baby stuff must be so satisfying to knit. My unhinged mother knitted E a really terrifying lamb when she was born and not much else :D I'll post it one day (with spoiler tags).
     
  3. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    That was for my mate, my mum knitted the one for my girl :D

    Heh, it is satisfying if you don't pick stupid patterns like I do :oops: teeny tiny stuff is very quick though :thumbs:
     
  4. innit

    innit c'mon, little life giver

    Well you probably don't have to have to, but the alternative would be very slow (swapping strands every few stitches) and probably lead to really naff tension so in practice I think there isn't much choice. It'll be good for my soul :hmm:
     
  5. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    I always leave the strands loose and simply swap them across the back of the knitting as I find holding two separate strands is beyond me. As for english and continental style...well, I use continental style for knit rows and english for purling but I do this across the rows - using it for separate stitches seems entirely feasible if the strands are different colours instead of holding separate yarns on two fingers (in the same hand)...but I always find it much harder to purl with a left-handed yarn.
     
  6. Me76

    Me76 Not very good lurker

    I don't hold two yarns, I just swap them, hence my colour work knitting being very slow.
     
  7. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    i'm sure i must swap yarns too - i can't imagine i'd have picked up continental somewhere along the line :D
     
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  8. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    Ah ffs, my pattern says chunky wool on 6.5mm needles for 13st. The wool I'm using recommends 6.5mm needles I'm now onto my 4th swatch and up to 9mm. I know I knit tight, but this seems ridiculous :facepalm;

    I just want to start the bloody jumper!!
     
  9. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    For fairisle I hold the two colours either side of my (right) index finger.
     
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  10. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    Biddlybee i always think one day i'll have enough swatches for a blanket, making the time spent doing them theoretically progress ;)
     
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  11. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    Fuck, fuck, fuck- beret disaster. The Fairisle beret, which I admit to wild swapping between patterns and using different wools, despite having a minuscule gauge (30, 38) is immense (I panicked and increased the stitch numbers to 210, then, changed tack and totally buggered up the sizing (I do not wear berets so had no real frame of reference) - Anyhow, I also mixed the yarn with Kidsilk which is a nightmare to unravel...so at this stage, I am contemplating a bit of gentle felting and blocking -but having done neither before cos I am idle and impatient), I am not optimistic.
    And the scarf for DiL is bloody endless. I always, always forget how long and boring garter stitch is - only a quarter through...and the fingerless gloves for another DiL don't match (attention deficit...again). So far, the sum total of completed Xmas knitting is one child's hat (a nice one though).
     
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  12. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    Me too. Have never managed different yarns in both hands.
    What wool?
     
  13. innit

    innit c'mon, little life giver

    I've got to rip the jumper back to the ribbing as my tension's way off - I didn't swatch as it's in the round and my rib and purl tensions are very different, plus my new English tension is presumably different again. Think I've got the hang of one strand in each hand though.
     
  14. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

    I am idle and impatient too, campanula. I hope it's salvageable. For solidarity: I am making some really basic things as Christmas presents because I don't want to mess them up, but am shit bored by them and today had to sew something up FIVE times because I am so cackhanded and incapable of focusing, and then the fancy, fluffy yarn broke in half because I'd yanked it about too much.

    But I got some nice thin mohair from a charity shop for 30p a ball.
     
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  15. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    Thin fluffy wool will forever make me shudder, (made my eczema flare like a bastard and I had to pick fluff out of cuts all over my fingers!), looks pretty though

    There's a cheat for doing a swatch on circulars, which is what I've been doing. I haven't gone the whole hog and washed them though; I undo them and use the yarn.

    Chunky merino, 9mm seem spot on and finally cast on!
     
  16. campanula

    campanula plant a seed


    9mm needles! I have never gone above 6mm (although I do have some huge wooden ones in 8,9 and 10mm). Now tempted to double up some yarn and have a go but I would imagine that I knit more than twice as fast on smaller 4.5mm needles. Displacement activity swatch coming up as I am sick of looking at my current fails (although I think I have a workaround for the beret involving grafting...having chanted my favourite Elizabeth Zimmerman mantra ' I AM mistress of my own knitting'.

    Pics when done.
     
  17. Me76

    Me76 Not very good lurker

    I reuse my swatch yarn too Bee. Frugal.
     
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  18. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    They are ridiculously big needles (not quite as comedy as my 15mm ones :D), but it means I should finish this by the end of November, then can start on the baby's.
     
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