Craft club topic of the month - knitting!

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

  1. Me76

    Me76 Not very good lurker

    Yeah.

    I'm going to just cos I am inherently lazy.

    Tips from Ruby and Siouxsie will come in handy for a time when I can't get away without unravelling though.
     
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  2. Siouxsie

    Siouxsie Fashionable objector with a uniform fetish

    I forgot to say...
    Put the knitting inside a decent bag to keep the moisture out. A zipped one is perfect :)
     
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  3. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    No, you are doing the thumb gusset right - the increase stitches just have to be going opposite each other - away from centre line of gusset and it doesn't matter whether it is left or right glove. What does matter (which I buggered up), is the number of stitches going across the palm and the back of the hand...although many patterns use the same numbers so gloves/mitts are interchangeable.

    Looking through the Tangled Yarn site, Mabel and Ivy supersoft (it isn't, although it washes softer) has a sale on. Ridiculously fine 2ply wool at half price...so I found myself ordering 9 balls (just over £20) and planning exquisitely fine Latvian type Fairisle stuff for me (after Xmas). I have a hankering for some...ankle warmers...to go over my drearily brown Meindl work boots...lots of blues, violets and steel grey. And some beautiful gloves.
     
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  4. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

    Excellent, thanks very much campanula. I have second glove malaise, so hadn't actually got to the thumb yet.

    NY plans sound lovely. I've got a book of Scandi/Scottish island knits that gives me the heebie jeebies when I look at it (lots of very fine wool, very small needles, very tight knitting, very intricate patterns), and I'm going to try an easy one for myself in Jan too.
     
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  5. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    Has anyone ever knitted with a wool called Rio Malibrigo? It is gorgeous hand dyed wool and I wanted to make my friend a scarf with it however the colour variation looks like it's going to be really obvious when I change skeins. Comments? Reassurance? Confirmation of my worst fears? Anyone?
     
  6. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    O my yes - Malabrigo Rios is a gorgeous yarn...and the colours are mostly working within a tonal range so more or less all go together really well. If the changeoever seems too out of sync, just follow the skein along a bit, winding the spare on a bobbin and rejoining. The dye sequence looks more random than it is so the striping effect won't be jarring. I love malabrigo A LOT...but am in recovery from self-striping yarns (although avoid Araucania - the colour changes are always too abrupt). Having a mental Fairisle moment and have finally cracked the two-handed method - a yarn in each hand. It especially works well in the round (all knits)...but I had to conquer over 50 years of muscle memory to break from English (throwing) style to Continental. Also learnt Latvian braiding today (You-Tube).
    eta - there is also a really neat little gadget for Continental knitting, called a yarn guide...which I am so getting. Fantasising about a leather and horsehide knitting belt too.

    I see the Malabrigos is on sale at LoveKnitting - £10.49 100gr.
     
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  7. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    You are clever campanula, all those things are lovely! Have you got a link to the doe hat pattern?

    Cracked fingers, a new baby and parenting alone are not conducive to quick knitting! But first jumper is done, apart from a few ends, owl eyes and a grafting under the arms; should've only taken a week not three! :facepalm:

    Will start on a swatch for the baby's one tomorrow.
     
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  8. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    i am knitting fail. i got to a bit where i had to pull back a section of cable. i have to re-knit it right before i can start back on with the pattern. i can't work up the energy/brain power :oops:
     
  9. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    wayward bob,
    take a break and knit something small and simple (I am just about to make a tiny amigurumi mouse to send grand-daughter). There is nothing worse than looking at your project, feeling disheartened - take yourself away RIGHT NOW. We are not in a race...in fact, the serene endlessness of knitting is one of the things I like about it - the last few rows are torture - racing to get done. My record, for unfinished work, is well over 2 decades. So, anything satisfying but a bit mindless - it will keep the creative momentum while taking all the negative shit - I am definitely not a monogamous knitter. Stripy ankle warmers maybe?

    Annoyingly, it was a Jenny Gordy pattern, but only printed in an (expensive) magazine (and I was not going to pay £20 for a copy so I sort of winged it (and you can too). It is a basic hat, only knitting back and forth for 3-4 inches before joining in the round (making a bonnet shape). Applied Icord along the back split edge, continuing for ties...for an 18inch head, I cast on 120 stitches (but I was using 3 different strands of yarn - 2ply and kidsilk so it knitted up on 3.75mm needles. If you go ahead, we can work it out together - it is very simple, with a 6 section decrease. The ears are also made up, in 2 layers, sewn together and gathered to give them a fluted look - the placing is the most crucial bit as they are placed quite far back and low down to give a 'doe' look. If you look on Ravelry, you can see the notes of all the other knitters (who paid for a pattern).

    Have almost finished headband/earwarmers for DiL, another cowl (chevrons) for eldest (in Rowan Softyak) and am starting on teeny,tiny fairisle gloves for another DiL. Going to be tight.
     
  10. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

  11. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

  12. Siouxsie

    Siouxsie Fashionable objector with a uniform fetish

    They are beautiful and very cute, Ruby :)
     
  13. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    What the picture doesn't tell you is that they were too big for the child I knitted them for, and too small for the child I tried to repurpose them for, so there was a hell of a lot of reknitting, swearing, and ultimately two pairs...
     
  14. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

    Ha. I knitted some fingerless things for a friend and they were cursed. Everything went wrong. On one of them I cast off too tightly at the top (around the fingers), because I was trying to manage my children at the same time, and was so filled with self loathing and rage that I just tore it apart :oops: Then had to spend ages trying to fix it so I didn't have to knit the whole bastard again. I had to knit a compensation snood for her.
     
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  15. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    That's the great thing about knitting, it's so relaxing.
     
  16. Me76

    Me76 Not very good lurker

    I have kind of stalled at the moment on my houndstooth jumper. As much as I love the yarn and think it will be beautiful, I'm only about a third through and it's taking forever and I am starting to find it a bit boring.

    I have decided I'm going to knit my friend a scarf for next Christmas (and do more presents for next year anyway) so I'm tempted to start choosing yarn and get on with that to have a break.
     
  17. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    Mmm, I finished my Christmas knitting, still feeling a bit feverish and knit crazed so swiftly knocked up a pair of fingerless gloves for me (this was the 4th pair so easy, despite the earlier 3 left hand debacle)...then 3 balls of wool I had ordered from China (as a test) arrived just in time to make another cowl for sweetheart who had not been a recipient of any Xmas stuff. The Chinese yarn (with a completely unreadable label so no clue really) is soft and surprisingly strong...although very fine, so knitting double stranded on 3.75mm needles.
    Ruby, your mitts are just delicious.
    Still another 2 months left of the knitting season so pondering a jumper for daughter...although she wants one in black which is no fun at all.
    Me76, I have never been a monogamous knitter - I generally have at least a couple of things on the go - much more interesting. Buy a single skein of (gorgeous) wool and knit a hat or fingerless gloves or such...and alternate between doing an inch of jumper and something totally different. A bit like stripes, it is a psychological thing which really does seem to go along much faster. There are usually yarn sales on too.
     
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  18. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

  19. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

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  20. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    i *knew* i'd seen them before :D do you remember what yarn you used? i'm unsure which way to jump between 4ply and dk...
     
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  21. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    For mittens, I like to use DK but on fine needles such as 3mm. The density of the stitch works especially well for the sort of Fairisle which has many single stitch pattern parts (rather than chunkier st 2+ colour blocks). The wool I am using now is really slippery and hopeless for fine stitch definition, even though it knits up to DK weight...so it also depends on the 'stickiness' of the yarn (with silk and cotton at the smooth end and single ply roving and mohair at the 'grippy' end of the scale. What's yours, Bob?
     
  22. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    i'm thinking alpaca or shetland. i'm guessing shetland is at the grippy end?
     
  23. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    Pretty certain I used my go-to DK - DROPS Karisma Superwash
     
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  24. polly

    polly Well-Known Member

    I've just ordered some of that for mittens :cool:
     
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  25. Me76

    Me76 Not very good lurker

    Pattern question please!

    I think I'm going to do this one Ravelry: Argyle stole pattern by Anna Kotsolainen

    On the pattern chart it has two sections highlighted. One horizontal section that is repeat this 25 times - got that. Then a vertical section that says 'pattern repeat 2 times - what does that mean? Just do that bit twice? I'm confused because it looks like the chart would work if you just knit it as is.
     
  26. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    Is the vertical bit the edging? Usually, the 'pattern' is delineated by brackets so everything within a bracket (and it might be as simple as K1P1) is the pattern. Will download the pattern and have a look - bloody ambitious though and definitely nothing I could see myself attempting.
    Bob - by Shetland, do you mean the Jamieson's jumperweight or 2ply? Brilliant for FairIsle though but unless you double strand it, you will need fine needles - 3mm-3.25mm.

    Yep, Drops Karisma is a really good all-purpose yarn - just used Drops Flora for my fingerless gloves.

    OK, looked at the pattern. AFAIK, the vertical bits just means 3 repetitions (once, then 2 more repeats) and then the horizontal bits intersect...but yes, just follow the chart as it is, making allowances for the fact that it has been compressed into a smaller space.
    A lovely thing and basically fairly simple eyelets but not one for doing while watching TV...and which I would wreck in a nano-second with my clumsy and rough gardeners hands..
     
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  27. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    [​IMG]
    snoozing fucking cunt :mad:
     
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  28. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    Oooh hello! Where from?
     
  29. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    mmm. sure |I answered this so a response will be floating around in cyberspace somewhere. Nonetheless, mine is a Clover brand gadget and should be available from decent yarn shops...but if not, Knitpicks UK does them...and if you put 'tarn guide' into a search engine, several appear, often from China. I would avoid the metal eyelet one and try to get the 19mm plastic version. Sits on your left hand index finger.

    Fingerless gloves - why are they so popular? I knitted some for myself and they are rubbish. Still had to put my hands in my pocket...although I have stretched them over a pair of orange leather gloves and much enjoying them since. Making snoods/cowls endlessly, Sweethearts is almost done (because it is a bandana shape, it looks awfully like a large pair of woolly knickers at the moment. Had to knit a whole set of stuff for the envious Grand-daughter ('I want a doe hat...but in rainbow colours....with cat ears...and a cowl...and gloves') so using the gorgeous Crystal palace Mochi Plus in Tapestry Rainbow...and bought a skein for myself which I will make an Inspira cowl (very similar to your lovely coverlet, wayward bob), using the Mochi (in Spice Market) plus along with single colours from the stash. Just as seed sowing season is upon us, I have a backlog of knitting to complete.
     
  30. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    Thanks, ordered one :)

    I prefer fingerless gloves to fingery ones cos of touchscreens etc.
     

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