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post #141 of 2034
Just wanted to point out that the needles at TS are addis, and they really are way better than the Walmart ones. As a beginner, you really wouldn't notice the difference, and the expense is a bit much when you don't know if you're going to stick with it. For me, I'd buy the addis from the yarn store now, but that's with years of knitting behind me! I agree that you should start with walmart needles, I just wanted to let you know that there is a reason the yarn store needles are more expensive!

Alison
post #142 of 2034
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K, so what's the difference?? Now I need to know! :LOL
post #143 of 2034
Addis aren't painted. The join between the needle and the cord is smooth as silk. Because of these things, they're fast! They're called Addi Turbos for a reason! I'll let you try a pair of mine next time we knit here, then you'll see! However, really, I wouldn't invest until you know you're going to be a knitter for sure. Then, you can get them for less on e-bay and stuff.

Alison
post #144 of 2034
http://www.livejournal.com/community...rs/110889.html

Robyn, the person who owns this pattern says lower down in reply to a question that she doesn't mind if you make and sell from her pattern. It's pretty cute, and you could always ask if she minded if you did the same thing!

Alison
post #145 of 2034
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That's a really cute pattern too. I love the little cuffs!

So my dh picked up some needles for me on his way home from work. These are completely different than the ones from Zellers. They say 5mm US 8 and 4mm US 6. Are these the right size? They just seem so thin and tiny??
post #146 of 2034
Sounds right, as long as they are 16" circulars?

There are 2 (3?) systems for measuring needles (think of it like celcius..how do you spell that... and farenheit). So basically, US 8's are the same thing as 5mm's. The conversion doesn't really make sense, so don't spend too much time thinking about it!

R
post #147 of 2034
Yup, those are the ones that Robyn helped me pick out.

back to knitting her pants!
post #148 of 2034
Quote:
Originally Posted by rbeaufoy
Sounds right, as long as they are 16" circulars?

There are 2 (3?) systems for measuring needles (think of it like celcius..how do you spell that... and farenheit). So basically, US 8's are the same thing as 5mm's. The conversion doesn't really make sense, so don't spend too much time thinking about it!

R
That's why I bought a gauge measure, it also has holes to measure the size of needles.
post #149 of 2034
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lesley&grace
That's why I bought a gauge measure, it also has holes to measure the size of needles.
Hey, I actually have one of those!! I should go find it! I know it's somewhere in my box of yarn (way, way at the bottom!). Yeah!! I can't wait to start my pants!
post #150 of 2034
Quote:
Originally Posted by rbeaufoy
Sounds right, as long as they are 16" circulars?

There are 2 (3?) systems for measuring needles (think of it like celcius..how do you spell that... and farenheit). So basically, US 8's are the same thing as 5mm's. The conversion doesn't really make sense, so don't spend too much time thinking about it!

R
There are three systems, cause they use numbers in the UK as well. however, their numbers work the opposite way to US numbers--ie one goes bigger needle bigger number, the other goes bigger needle smaller number. And the only one that makes any sense is the mm system, which is what Canada and the rest of the entire world use!

Alison
post #151 of 2034
Yeah, I'd be lost without a gauge measure. I inherited a big pile of needles and a lot just have a number, and I have no idea which system the number refers to.
post #152 of 2034
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Originally Posted by rachelsmama
Yeah, I'd be lost without a gauge measure. I inherited a big pile of needles and a lot just have a number, and I have no idea which system the number refers to.
Yeah, I keep meaning to use the needle guage to figure out what all my inherited needles are in mm and then label them with a sharpie. I just haven't got around to it yet!
post #153 of 2034

Pictures!!

Okay...here's some pics of the finished longies, and the Mystery Soaker in progress (plus a close up of the interesting gusset feature). I don't think the soaker is going to end up fitting Mika, but I am happy to see that it's turning out to be proportionate...which means I just have to do some more math and make a bigger one....

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/rlbeaufoy/my_photos

R
post #154 of 2034
Those are low rise longies! He looks very stylin' in them!

Alison
post #155 of 2034
They do actually go up quite a bit higher...I think I needed to tighten the drawstring a bit!
post #156 of 2034
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They look great! I can't wait to get started on mine!! So if I can figure out how many stiches to cast on, what does join circular needles mean? Just knit 2, purl 2 for 8-10 rows?? I wanted to start!!
post #157 of 2034
Quote:
Originally Posted by inchwormz
They look great! I can't wait to get started on mine!! So if I can figure out how many stiches to cast on, what does join circular needles mean? Just knit 2, purl 2 for 8-10 rows?? I wanted to start!!
Before you begin you're gonna want to do a swatch to test your gauge, I did mine by casting on about twelve stitches then knitting a few rows, until I had like a little rectangle. Then you cast off, and measure how many stitches you get to an inch. Then measure Rayne around her waist, or above the diaper. Then cast on as many stitches as you need to get around her waist: the pattern's gauge is 5sts to an inch, meaning for 19inches you need 95 stitches, then add enough to make the number divisible by 4 (the example uses 96). Then start knitting, and keep going in a loop as you knit and the pieces will join in a circle. Knit 2, purl 2 for 8-10 rows, and because your using circular needles it will do the ribbing for you. I'm not sure if they are supposed to slant the way mine did, that may be an original Lesley design :LOL . If you have any questions about how I started mine, call me, I think you still have my number.

Hey experienced knitters, how'd I do?
post #158 of 2034


I think that about covers it!
post #159 of 2034
If anybody wants to risk bringing knitting to a Messy Party, we can certainly share our knowledge!

Also, this is a very pretty dishcloth pattern, if anybody wants to go back to dishcloths:

http://www.knittingknonsense.com/DW_cloth.html

Alison
post #160 of 2034
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alison
If anybody wants to risk bringing knitting to a Messy Party, we can certainly share our knowledge!
Alison
I'll be bringing mine, but Rayne won't be getting messy so I should be safe!

So, do you have to do a swatch test for every new pattern??
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