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post #101 of 2034
OK..I just tried again and now I notice that when I start knitting the second row, as I go along I notice that it looks like the yarn is all overlapping and there seems to a piece of yarn kind of hanging. It gets to the point that I can't knit anymore because it gets all tangled. Ugh! It's not the tail since that is at the bottom of the needle so not sure what the heck it is. If it was not for the that I would have made a scarf by now!!
post #102 of 2034
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Originally Posted by Alison
Stitches at the ends are never completely happy stitches. Think about it--a happy stitch is all in a row holding hands with a friend on either side. The stitch on the end is holding hands with one friend in a row, but then has to reach up or down to the friend in the row above or below!
sniff....sniff
post #103 of 2034
the evil sweater is sewn! now it's just the button band left! does anyone know where i can get decent grosgraine for backing on the button band?
post #104 of 2034

Death of a Dishcloth

So there it was, all lovely, pink and white, almost striped but not quite. Fancy edged, knit to perfection. We washed with it, it was like a dream.

Until...

An ill placed knife was swiped, cutting several stitches down the middle. The dishcloth couldn't cry out, so no one noticed until the dishes were done and on the dry rack. By then, a gaping hole had spread as the yarn, freed from the loops that bound it, unravelled.

And so we say farewell to pink dishcloth. You served us well in your first run, conquering a massive pile of dishes from a 3 course meal, including several crusty casserole dishes. Perhaps from your remains another can be made, for now we mourn.
post #105 of 2034
Lesley, I have dishcloths like that and still use them. Just tie some knots! And be careful drying knives!

Alison
post #106 of 2034
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Originally Posted by lesley&grace
And so we say farewell to pink dishcloth. You served us well in your first run, conquering a massive pile of dishes from a 3 course meal, including several crusty casserole dishes. Perhaps from your remains another can be made, for now we mourn.
...and she was such a good dishcloth too...what a shame
post #107 of 2034
Wahhh....I just want to be able to knit a dishcloth!! :
post #108 of 2034
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Originally Posted by trivett
Wahhh....I just want to be able to knit a dishcloth!! :
Have faith Vanessa, you too shall knit a dishcloth!
post #109 of 2034
Thread Starter 
Does anyone have a really easy (and I mean *really* easy!) longies pattern? I want a pair of wool pants for Rayne for this winter and I would love to be able to make them myself! :LOL I figure if I start them now, I might actual have them done by the time it's November!

Also, are we knitting this week or is it going to be every other week? I'm fine either way!

And, does anyone crochet?? I have a few patterns in a book that I bought to try to make dishcloths a few years ago and now that I know how I don't need it anymore. If anyone wants it, let me know! Otherwise I will just give it up on freecycle.
post #110 of 2034
Funny you ask Tamara....I'm just about finished making a pair for Mika, and I love the pattern I'm using. It's nice because you take Rayne's measurements and then plug in the numbers to figure out what to cast on. (don't be terrified, it's actually really easy, I'll show you how!) They'll be a custom fit

You'll need to use circular needles, which I actually prefer....I can show you how to do that too if you want. Let me know when you're ready to go, and I can tell you more specifically what you'll need.

I'm game to knit on Tuesday...but I don't have a house to offer up. My parents condo is NOT child friendly! It's a miracle that Mika hasn't destroyed any heirlooms yet

R
post #111 of 2034
I'M KNITTING!!! After plugging away at it for 2 hours today I finally managed to make a decent looking square! YEAH!! I did try and do a purl stitch..not very good but I still have a square! I am so excited to have taught myself something new. I'm DEFINITELY game for knitting on Tuesday if we find a place or if we want to meet Thursday I'd be happy to offer my place. It is kid friendly since we can meet downstairs and have access to the backyard etc. I am in the North End on the #7 bus route.
post #112 of 2034
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Originally Posted by inchwormz
And, does anyone crochet?? I have a few patterns in a book that I bought to try to make dishcloths a few years ago and now that I know how I don't need it anymore. If anyone wants it, let me know! Otherwise I will just give it up on freecycle.
I'd like to take a look at that pattern book if you don't mind.

And I am also game for meeting this week if everyone else is and my place is always open, but I know it's easier for Alison to get to work from her place...let me know what we decide.

Oh, and Robyn I too am interested in Grace clothes that I can make, I am starting to get tired of scarves and dishclothes, I am ready to branch out into mittens and maybe even a sweater!
post #113 of 2034
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Originally Posted by lesley&grace
I am ready to branch out into mittens and maybe even a sweater!
ooooooo...then check this out! http://www.minidata.co.nz/major/freepatt/patt01.htm

Really easy, knit all in one piece so you don't have to fight with sleeves, super cute, and YES, you can do it 5 (or so) hours! I've made at least 30 of these things over the years in various different sizes.

YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (where's the cheerleader smilie?)
post #114 of 2034
Hi folks. I don't think I can knit the Tuesday, so go ahead and arrange it wherever you want! I basically got nothing done this weekend, and NOBODY is allowed to come into my house looking like it does!

Tamara, the easiest longies are made by finding a wool sweater at Value Village and using the sleeves. Seriously, it's amazing, especially if you have a sewing machine (I do not, I did mine by hand!). Here are the instructions (click on make your own wool longies link). Of course, you could always knit them, and I have lots of longie patterns as well. I haven't tried these yet, but they are said to be quite easy. And they're terribly cute too.

Have fun tomorrow ladies.

Alison
post #115 of 2034
That link for the Aubrey Doodle longies is basically the pattern I"m making for Mika right now. Really cute! I like them because the leg is straight, as opposed to tapered at the ankle....lots of room in the heiny for cloth diapers too
post #116 of 2034
Which pattern are you using Robyn?

Oh, I forgot to add this one from the latest issue of knitty. She made them in cotton in that pattern, but you could substitute wool. And when I went to the designer's blog, her son (the little guy modeling the pants in the photo) is cloth diapered, so these ought to fit over cloth bums!

BTW, any of you guys sew? I got three fuzzi bunz at an insanely good price but it turns out it's because the leg elastic is gone! Anyone able to replace elastic in something like this?

Alison
post #117 of 2034
Thread Starter 
These look like pretty simple patterns. I think that as long as I've got you guys to help me get started I might actually be able to do something like this! I love the little cargo pant look...so cute! I'll have to go through my supplies and see what I can come up with. I may need to make another trip to the knitting store!

Lesley, could you post the starting instructions for the dish cloth? I tried using the instructions Alison posted but I think there was an error in them 'cause it's not looking quite right! Thanks!

Alison, I wish I could sew! lol! Actually, I've owned a sewing machine in the past but gave it to my sister during a move of mine once as I had no where to store it and never got it back. Turns out she gave it away. : If anyone is every wanting to get rid of one I'd be happy to take it! If I don't find one by the spring I will probably bit the bullet and buy one because I really miss having one and now that Rayne is here I'd love to be able to make my own things for her.

Do you think you could sew up the elastic by hand? I would think it wouldn't be too difficult. I do most repairs by hand now. They're not as pretty but it works!
post #118 of 2034
Tamara, I think my instructions said cast on three, and the instructions on the label from the cotton are to cast on 4. then knit 2, yarn over, knit to end, same for every row, should do it. It won't look right if you cast on three like my instructions said though. Well, it will look right eventually, but it'll always look a little funny at the very beginning!

Alison
post #119 of 2034
So we decided to knit at Lesley's tomorrow....for those who are able. I think she is going to post later and let us know what time is best.

post #120 of 2034
OKay, we can meet here at 10 or thereabouts at my place, Cam is waiting until tomorrow am to decide about going to daycare: on tues they go swimming at the commons if the weather is nice.
I will pm Robyn and Tamara with my address, I think that is everyone who needs it, if I've missed anyone, let me know.

And Tamara the instructions for the dishcloth are what Alison said.
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