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MissMacchiato
03-02-2011, 04:26 AM
I thought it'd be fun for all of us to say what we're knitting!

I'm about halfway through this Scarf for Ally pattern:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2250/2231183239_45747de3c1_z.jpg

linkety: http://samuraipatterns.blogspot.com/2006/08/scarf-for-ally-size-11-x-55-inches-24.html

I'm using a pink and white varigated cashmere:

http://images4.ravelrycache.com/uploads/macchiatolove/52771270/photo_medium2.JPG
and although it looks like a hideous rag right now, I'm confident that a bit of blocking will have it looking beautiful.

Your turn!

jilly61
03-02-2011, 05:16 PM
I've just finished a sweater for hubby and the next thing, I haven't decided what yet, is going to be for me.

Jamiekswriter
03-02-2011, 05:23 PM
Pretty!! I've got the Valentine's Day scarf I was making from Crazy Aunt Purl almost ready to be bound off.
http://www.crazyauntpurl.com/archives/2010/02/my_new_favorite.php

I'm still working on the body of a red knitted kitty I was making for my BFF for valentine's day (Are you seeing a trend?)
http://geobabe.livejournal.com/227621.html

And I've got another thick brown scarf I was doing on my 35 needles from some sparkly brown yarn bee yarn I got at the Hobby Lobby (so glad they don't have a store by me. I'd be penniless). But the two strands got so tangled I may need to cut and cast on again.

jilly61
03-02-2011, 05:43 PM
still working on the body of a red knitted kitty I was making for my BFF for valentine's day

That reminds me of a big black cat I knitted for halloween many years ago I still have it around somewhere.

Yasaibatake
03-02-2011, 08:39 PM
I'm a few rows into a new washcloth :) I'm excited about it, but to do it properly I have to learn how to purl and the instructions I've found so far on Google are just confusing me...I thought this was supposed to be easy!

MissMacchiato
03-03-2011, 03:12 AM
oooh loads of interesting things!

Lol, Yasai, you'll have the hang of it in no time!

mirandashell
03-04-2011, 03:08 AM
It's basically the same as knit but on the front of the stitch, the side nearest to you, rather than the back.

mirandashell
03-04-2011, 03:09 AM
I'm just finishing my mom's waistcoat. I finished a blanket for a hospital in Adis Ababa. And then I have to finish a jumper for me.

BunnyMaz
03-04-2011, 04:06 AM
I'm trying to learn stranded knitting. Got a really cute fingerless glove pattern working in the round on DPN. I made one glove... and then failed to finish it properly and it came apart. I am now starting over, having converted the pattern to work in the flat instead.

MissMacchiato
03-04-2011, 04:36 AM
I'd recommend using circulars rather than DPNs. No seaming :)

nevada
03-04-2011, 04:54 AM
there's no seaming with dpn's either so im confused why you would think that. and unles she wants to learn magic looping you can't knit gloves on a circular.

Yasai, here's a website that has awesome videos on how to knit and purl and do all sorts of stuff in both continental and english style (yarn in right or left hand, also referred to as throwing or picking). the videos are very clear and slow and her explanations are easy to understand. http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/purl-stitch

I'm working on a scarf for a friend's husband while waiting for yarn to arrive for the friend's scarf, cashmere blend, and for teh friend's two little girls, a colour blend like noro, all from knitpicks. I order a lot of yarn from knitpics. it allows me to work in alpaca blends and cashmere blends without breaking the bank. I've done several projects now with their yarn and I've been really impressed.

BunnyMaz
03-04-2011, 05:02 AM
Ahaaaa... magic looping is horrible I have tried it and will never go back!

Honestly the DPNs weren't that bad - just annoyingly slow since I'm not used to them!

MissMacchiato
03-04-2011, 05:02 AM
Sorry, that wasn't very clear of me. I meant, as compared to working flat :)

I personally think DPNs are harder to get the hang of than Magic loop. I made these fingerless mitts using magic loop. It was only my second time using the technique:

http://images4.ravelrycache.com/uploads/macchiatolove/20386598/img_4331474x640_medium.jpg
I've never used noro, but I intend to. I saw the most incredible malabrigo in a colour called Caribbean something... gosh it was gorgeous :) I do love expensive yarn!

nevada
03-04-2011, 05:10 AM
really nice, missmachiato. they look good. As for the Noro, it has some material in it, liek little bits of twig and stuff, part of its charm. What really ticked me off though was that in the 8 skeins i used, 7 of them had tons of knots and the colourway was completely lost. I spend a lot of money on that yarn and didnt get half the colours out of it. Which is why i'm using the knitpick version this time.

I tried magiclooping once. totally did it wrong but it kind of worked. Someone at work knits two socks at the same time on two circulars kind of intertwined. It looked like evil magiclooping-inspired evilness. thank god i have never had any desire to knit socks. :D

BunnyMaz
03-04-2011, 06:04 AM
Gorgeous gloves, right there! I'm working on this one...

http://www.aknittingblog.com/2011/01/pressed-flower-mitts.html

Except I've got a nice, variegated green for the white parts. My biggest problem knitting it at the moment is that the piece comes up so tight and lacking flex, whereas I can see on the pictures for the pattern the gloves are much comfier than that.

Cella
03-04-2011, 06:08 AM
I've always wanted to learn how to knit... this is an interesting thread to me.

BunnyMaz
03-04-2011, 06:36 AM
you should totlly try it! there's so many tutorials on youtube etc for starting stitches, and if you join ravelry, there's loads of free patterns on there!

MissMacchiato
03-04-2011, 06:42 AM
it's not hard once you know how. It can be very soothing too :) (equally, it can be unbelievably aggravating and infuriating)

With the magic loop, I have tried socks, two at a time, top down. It's not so bad once you get past the join. The join is a killer, lol

nevada
03-04-2011, 07:49 AM
bunnyMaz, it sounds like you're carrying your yarn too tight along the back. it should not be strung tightly but loop down ever so slightly. also try twisting the yarn being carried every two or three stitches with the working yarn. dont pull it tight but let it rest lightly. always twist it the same way, carrying yarn over working yarn and your yarns wont tangle. I just did a hat which used both intarsia and fair isle and it worked our really well as long as i remembered to not pull the carrying yarn too tight.

nevada
03-09-2011, 09:30 AM
woohoo i just got my latest knitpick yarns in for my next projects, including their new Chroma, their take on Noro. It's 70% wool and 30% nylon. OMG I love this yarn. It's super soft, knits up beautifully. I got a super bright colour scheme called Lollipop as it's for scarves for a 5 yr old girl and an 8 yr old girl, both of them frou frou princesses. It's like knitting cotton candy. I'm totally in love. I love yarn. lol

mirandashell
03-10-2011, 01:36 AM
What's magic loop?


I often cheat with DPN. I start out flat and then DPN. Casting on DPN is an absolute mare....

Jamiekswriter
03-10-2011, 01:43 AM
woohoo i just got my latest knitpick yarns in for my next projects, including their new Chroma, their take on Noro. It's 70% wool and 30% nylon. OMG I love this yarn. It's super soft, knits up beautifully. I got a super bright colour scheme called Lollipop as it's for scarves for a 5 yr old girl and an 8 yr old girl, both of them frou frou princesses. It's like knitting cotton candy. I'm totally in love. I love yarn. lol

Knitpicks has some great yarn!!!! I adore their Suri dream. I'm planning on making a beaded shawl out of the turquoise.

MissMacchiato
03-10-2011, 02:21 AM
mirandashell, magic loop is where you fold the extra cord on your circular needles in half, and pull through, so that you're only working on a small section of the cord. It looks like this:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Y0NB4_dPRJg/SQSk4D-2hlI/AAAAAAAAAoQ/_FTPOEHRWaI/s400/P1220138.JPG

it looks complicated, but is remarkably easy to do once you know how :)

Calla Lily
03-10-2011, 02:35 AM
The oddly named cardigan "The Very Thought of Him." It's a cool masculine-style pattern, although I changed the stitch. It calls for mistake-stitch rib, which I dislike, so I'm making it in 2 X 2 rib. I'm using this gorgeous mill end yarn from Paradise Fibers--cotton/linen/silk blend in light rose. Sooooo soft.

mirandashell
03-10-2011, 09:32 PM
Thanks, Miss Machiatto! That looks ..... odd. But I'll give it a go and see if I can work it out. Easier than DPN?

mirandashell
03-10-2011, 09:34 PM
Had a good look and I think I've worked it. You cast on flat, then fold and pull the wire through, yes? Hmmm.... interesting.

K1P1
03-24-2011, 08:22 AM
Sigh. What I'm knitting is the step-by-step stages of all the projects in the final chapter of my book, which is currently being edited. I keep hoping they'll decide to do drawings for the steps, but that hasn't happened. Need to have all the intermediate stages of each of the projects done in time for the photo shoot, which I think will be in May.

But I recently finished knitting a new copy of one of my favorite personal sweaters. My own was about 20 years old and finally bit the dust. It's this one. (http://www.maggiesrags.com/capepoint.html)