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post #1 of 542
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Okay, so I thought we should have a stitch n' bitch thread, because I can't get to my local ones because of the hours I'm working. So come on in, bring your knitting, order a cuppa and let's chat! Introduce yourself! How long have you been knitting? What are you working on? Next project?

So I guess I should start. Hi, my name is Amy and I'm a knitting addict. :LOL I've been knitting for almost six months now and I can't stop!

I'm currently working on the Otis pattern from www.knitty.com. I love it, and am very excited about how it's turning out. Instead of the Rowan summer tweed (which is waaaaay too expensive for a poor college kid like me) I'm using a grey wool/acrylic blend double stranded with a blue/purple/pink mohair acrylic blend, and it's turning out this wonderful misty cloud color. It's gorgeous! I have tons of time to knit in the dorms, and I'm getting really good at knitting by feel in the dark from walking around after lights out. As soon as this is done, I'll probably make a pair of felted wool slippers for dp, because the apartment we're moving into has hardwood floors and his poor little feetsies get cold... :LOL Speaking of the dorms, I need to go get my nap in so that I can function this evening. Who's next?
post #2 of 542
Oh, jeez, thanks for sending me to knitty. I have now fallen in love with that anouk baby dress, so I'm going to have to start trying for a girl...

I am a pretty new knitter. I think I'm on my fifth knitted soaker. The one I'm working on now is a very pretty hand dyed ltk yarn with a superwash trim. And I'm almost done! If I didn't have a baby, I could probably just sit down and finish in a couple of hours.

Am I the only one who starts getting really antsy to start the next project before finishing the current one? Right now I have three gorgeous sets of yarns -- two solid ltks that I am going to do stripes on, two fabric connections for stripes (one is solid yellow and one is a colorway with the same yellow and several blues), and a blue and purple colorway from holy sheep. They are all so beautiful and I just can't make up my mind! So, now I'm rushing to finish this one because I can't stand the suspense.

I would also love to learn how to knit socks soon. I really hate how baby socks always seem too tight on milo's ankles. Plus, how cute it would be!!!

I bet that sweater is really neat looking. I haven't tried the double stranded thing yet. I'm a bit of a chicken. But I bet it's a kool effect. Are you going to wear it over a dress like in the pic? Looks like it might be nice just with jeans, maybe over a sports bra type top.

post #3 of 542
Oooh, another knitter here! I just finished my very first pair of soaker shorts (my own pattern) and now I have to get a baby blanket done for a woman I know who's due in September.

I love knitting -- it's such a portable craft. Now, I just need a baby to wear all this cute stuff I make...
post #4 of 542
I am on about my 8th soaker.. :LOL I've been keeping my favorites for Austin's stash and swapping the rest.. I just started the 8th this morning. After this I will either be working on another soaker or scarves for Christmas gifts, for my IL's in Wisconsin. I've been knitting for about 2 years (mostly scarves and blankets.. ). I did a little when I was about 8, my Nana in England gave me my first knitting needles but I didn't finish a project(a scarf) till about 15 years later, which of course I sent to my Nana.
post #5 of 542
well, poop, I just posted this nice long reply and the server was busy so it got eaten by teh cybermonster, LOL.

I find myself in the very rare position of having no work knitting to do, since we're moving in less than two weeks (ACK!) I'm trying to destress by knitting this yarn I handpainted that I bought at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival earlier this month. Working a shawl for myself (what, knitting for ME! Can it really be true?!?!?!) it's in my fave lace pattern Old Shale (AKA feather and fan). Here's a pic of the work in progress (taken on my lap about 30 seconds ago, LOL)

Old Shale
post #6 of 542
Theresa, that's gorgeous! So delicate and pretty.

I'm Brit ... I've been knitting for all of about 3 months. I taught myself from a book called "I can't believe I'm knitting" or something like that. :LOL The first soaker I made for ds was the "down under" pattern where you knit a big triangle. It fit ds for about a week before he outgrew it. I've since done two LTK soakers - one with ribbing and one with a rolled waist. The second one I crocheted little fish on the bum. I have a 4th on my needles now ... but I'm not liking it. I started with a ribbed waist but only with 90 stitches. Then I did yo's every 10 stitches to increase to roughly 100 for the body, but I have holes where I did the yo's so I'm not liking that. Plus I'm knitting the body with two strands ... one undyed wool and one hand-dyed wool. The look is cool, but the knit is so darn tight it doesn't seem like it'll have a very good stretch. The problem is I need a little waist but a big bum for ds's diapers and if I cast on 104 (as per the pattern) and do the ribbing first, even if I'm using size 4 needles, and then switch to size 6 needles for the body, the waist is way too big for ds and I have to sinch it up with a drawstring like a paper bag. Whew ... that was long! Anyways, hi everyone!
post #7 of 542
hey brit, instead of doing the YO's to increase the ribbing, work an increase by knitting into the front and back of the same stitch. You just knit normal, then instead of taking the old stitch off the left needle, knit into it again, from the back, then remove the old stitch from the left needle. You'll have increases one stitch, without the hole
post #8 of 542
So I knit into the stitch and before taking it off, purl into it the second time? I think I understand. Maybe I'll rip it all out to that point and start again. This yarn is getting very wavy as I've already ripped it out once! Oh, and do you think the two strands at once is too much? It's looking pretty - like rainbow sherbert and cream (yum!) but I don't know.
post #9 of 542
Hi, my name is Meredith and I have a problem. I am addicted to knitting.

I am busily trying to get things done for my opening, and I am finding that itch to make something for my own child, but don't have the time. So then I find myself stalking sites (Theresa's is one of them!), thinking I could just buy something for her and then I won't feel so guilty....
post #10 of 542
I don't knit very well yet. I'm just a newbie baby knitter.


This is my project. I need encouragement cause I'm lost.

Anyone want to help me here:
With larger needles and waste yarn, CO 96 sts.
P 1 row.
K 1 row.
P 1 row.

That's my first instruction, and if I read it right, I'm supposed to cast on 96 stitches, then purl, knit, purl, then it gets confusing for me:

Change to MC, leaving a 36 inch tail for joining bottom of bag later (Hint: wrap it up into a butterfly to prevent it from bothering you as you work).

Huh? I understand change to the main color, but I don't know that to do with all of htat 36 inch stuff?? Anyway, let me do the first part and then come back so I can get help I will do this tonight! I can do it I can do it I can do it!

post #11 of 542
*Raises hand* My name is Tara and I've been knit free for about twenty minutes...

I've been knitting for several years, and have turned out a copious amount of stuff, though as I said in a seperate thread, I've never done any of the *really* awesome stuff like intarsia or faire isle... Some day soon! I'm in the middle of a baby-knitting binge for the next little monkey. Made two pair of soaker shorts (my own pattern) and some booties in the past few weeks, and I'm working on a hat to match the booties right now. I'm also planning all kinds of Christmas presents this year. I say that every year... sometime around November. This year I *swear* I'm going to start early
post #12 of 542
Yay!!! A Stitch n' Bitch! Also the name of my newest favorite knitting book!

I've known how to knit for a while but I pretty much suck at it, lol. I made a pair of LTK longies that are too small and a Fern and Faerie soaker that is too big. I love to knit, I think a hand knitted item is the best gift to give anyone. I'm making my sister a soaker and a hat from Stitch and Bitch called the Umbilcal Cord hat, it's sooo cute.

When my mom comes to visit next month we're making this:


My carpal tunnel (pregnancy induced) usually kills me but I keep going! I'm taking Pamelamama's class next week hoping to fine tune my craft a bit.

Here is what I have made so far... I mean other than scarves and washcloths, lol.



I could not figure out how to join the yarn back in for the rolled legs on the F&F so I just left it, lol. For some reason trying to figure out how to space it and then how to do it nearly made my head explode!

post #13 of 542
Hey Brit, you don't purl into it the second time, but you knit in the *back* loop, the one that hangs on the back side of the left needle. (If you look at the stitch as having legs, and the butt sits on the top of the left needle, one leg goes to the back and one to the front. WHen you do the first knit, you're knitting into the front leg, the second one you knit into the back leg.) I'll have DH take a pic of me doing it when he gets back from the ball game, LOL! Oh, I think two strands together is probably going to be a bit too thick, and might get hot becuae it won't breath as well. But, if it doesn't feel super stiff, then it'll probably make an awesome nighttime cover-will be virtually impermeable, LOL!

Kimberly~ all that fancy stuff about the 36" and butterfly just means that when you start to knit the row with the main color, you'll leave 36" of a tail of the main color before you knit the first stitch with the main color. You'll quickly notice that the yarn is going to get tangled up and in your way, LOL, so making a butterfly really just means to loop that 36" around your fingers a few times so it's nice and small and then tie a little bow around it so that it isn't hanging way down in your way when you knit. It's just to keep it out of your way, has nothing at all to do with the actual knitting at all You can do it!!!
post #14 of 542
I started knitting when I was about 10, which was long ago.

Right now I've got a French Market Bag from Knitty going in...I think it's a Brown Sheep yarn. And there's a lone sock floating around here somewhere, awaiting a mate.

I just discovered Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille, though, while knitting face cloths from Melanie Falick's Weekend Knitting (part of a Mother's Day package for my mom). So mostly I'm looking for more patterns that use it. I'd like to make dds sweaters out of it -- maybe in red for Christmas.

8yo dd is knitting her first scarf. It's garter stitch on size 10 needles. She's so proud!
post #15 of 542
THANK YOU Theresa!! I got to that point... figuring out the RIGHT way to purl has been like a knitpiphany (get it.... kitting epiphany...).

Now I'm ready to move on!! Scary! Hehe.

I can do it I can do it I can do it!

Next question.... if you umm, lose a stitch in an early layer and you don't realize it for awhile... what do you do with the loopy that is just hanging? Will it unravel and destroy the whole thing? I guess I dropped it and didn't realize it??
post #16 of 542
Oh and Theresa, that shale is GORGEOUS. I am in awe!! Drooool... someday... right?
post #17 of 542
Hi, I'm Michelle and I've been knitting for not quite a week.

My friend Angel (huskrkid) mailed me a set of needles and two skeins of yarn so I'm practicing with those and a copy of "The Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting" while I wait for my LTK learn to knit kit to arrive.

So far I have figured out how to cast on, double cast on, knit and purl. I think so anyway, it looks right and keeps going. Once in awhile I drop a stitch though, so I guess I just need to keep practicing!

I've been drooling over the handpainted wool at LTK... where else do you all buy your yarn besides Michael's, Hobby Lobby and Walmart type places?
post #18 of 542
It is SO sad that I haven't found much time to knit since my youngest was born. Maybe now that he is one and a half. . . maybe. Although since I just started packing up my yarn and zillion WIPs and I really shouldn't unpack as that defeats the purpose of packing things to move to a new house I should wait. But I want to knit! I knit while I was in labor with my youngest son. I taught myself in Feb of 2001. And one of my really good online friends was met through knitting/the knitting blogs webring.

Kimberly you need to start a knitting blog and call it knitpiphany.

post #19 of 542
Im Lyndsey and Im just learning how to knit. I have the LTK beginner pattern, and enjoyed that along with the videos at another site, its posted here all the time but cant remember the name. Im making the hat for my daughter, and shes very excited. I get easily confused in all this, and think I really hsould add a trip to the local library to my to do list tomorrow, but taking 3 kids, 3 and under out alone is not appealing to me. Im just finishing the hat up and got my circ needles ordered so I can start my LTK soakers very soon! I want to make the kids lots of soakers and shorts for this summer. I just have to STOP looking at all the cute soakers at ebay, I keep wanting to bid, but I cant since I bought all this stuff to make them myself.
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