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and I want them <span style="font-size:large;"><b>NOW!!!</b></span> I am becoming obsessed... Bret <b>NEEDS</b> wool pants for nighttime. I can knit a little tiny bit... I am wanting to order the LTK longies pattern. I wonder if a newbie/ sort-of beginner could figure it out??? What do y'all think???
 

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<b>Go for it!</b> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I'm a newbie knitter and have done the LT bucket hats- these were very do-able for a total novice like me (knitting for les than a week when I started). I'm working on the moc booties and then going to try the longies.<br><br>
I want the wool pants now, too- fortunately I have a pair of Freshies wool buttsweater pants that I was able to pop on Forest. I ordered some wool yarn for the longies. After reading the thread on wool/sheep I really wanted to make sure my wool was from a humane source.
 

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I hope one can, because I bought the pattern! I've knitted two soakers, that's it. I'll let you know if I get very far!
 

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Monica, where did you buy your wool from? I have a bit from a trade, but when I run out I would love to get it from an organic source.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> TIA~Debi
 

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i hear you, mama! they are the cutest things- and oh so warm!<br><br>
i'm knitting some myself right now. i got the pattern from the "simple knits for cherished babies" book. i really like the book, it's really easy to follow and no abbreviations! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
i cannot figure out knitting in the round for the life of me, so i haven't been able to get any of the LTK patterns. but it's ok, cause it forced me to come up with my own for regular soakers. i'll have more soakers than i'll know what to do with. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> there's worse hobbies to have, right?? :LOL
 

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Yeah, like buying diapers!! :LOL
 

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If you're new to knitting, make sure you've practiced knitting in the round with four needles -- I *think* that's how the LTK pattern does the legs of the pants. You could always look for a pattern where you would sew up the legs seams rather than knitting in the round if you don't feel comfortable.
 

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Are you mad, woman?!?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> knitting in the round is way easier that back and forth. No needles to drop (and lose) no seams to sew in the end, and best of all, no purling!!! Truly, if you can master knitting, you can do it in the round. All you have to do is keep knitting around and around. The toughest part is joinging the first row, making sure your stitches aren't twisted. And that's not really tough, I promise!<br><br>
try it, you'll like it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by Knittin' in the Shade</i><br><b>Are you mad, woman?!?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> knitting in the round is way easier that back and forth.</b></td>
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Spoken like a women who already KNOWS how to do it! LOL I always get that reaction when I tell someone that knitting is SO easy! (they look at me like I sprouted a third head)<br><br>
Knitting in the round is ONE thing I have not mastered! the circular needles I can do just fine, that no problem, I get a 'LITTLE' confused on the counting stitches sometimes but I do okay. However the knitting with the double point needles? OMG that just looks terrifying in the book and I haven't had anyone show me how to do it yet. I am a total wuss! LOL I have thougth about trying it on the legs of a few of my soakers to make the legs more stretchy, but still too scared to try. I MIGHT pick up some double pointeds today.....tell me I need to be brave...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I have been dying to buy one of your patterns just to see if I can do it, but still to chicken so far! LOL even though I have the 'knitting' down, I still feel like you and Karen are the knitting godesses! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow">
 

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You Need to Be Brave!! And get brittany birch double points <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I am headed to the yarn store now, to see if they are having a circluar knitting class this fall term (they have classes each 'term') and if they do I am so there.... I will look for those needles, can you tell me how many needles I need to knit in the round with double points? (I am still very clueless about it)
 

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<i>Four needles????</i> *gulp* Oh dear... I guess I should practice a bit huh? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I think I am pretty crafty so hopefully I will be able to figure out how to do it. As long as I have detailed instructions I think I can. I think I'll just buy the pattern and try it out w/ some cheapie yarn first and then if that works go for the wool. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I think that would determine how many needles you would be using? (how wide the circle needs to be) along with how long your DPN are? ~What size is your little guy in? ~
 

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DPNs come in pretty standard 6" and 8" lengths. You only knit on DPNs when the circumference of what you are knitting is too small for the 16" circular needles (well, there are 11" circular needles but the are a royal PITB to work with!!) Anyway, most wooden DPN sets come in sets of 5, which means you have 4 needles to evenly divide your stitches, and then one needle that you are actually knitting with. persoanlly, I like it that way, but some sets only come with 4 needles. If that's the case, you would evenly divide the stitches onto 3 needles, and then work with the 4th.<br><br>
 

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Do not fear the double points. I actually broke out in a sweat when I saw them and that diagram <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> But really, the concept is not a problem- very obvious if you just plunge in and try it. The problem I had was stitches falling off my aluminum needle and needles actually faliling out with a clank on the kitchen table. To alleviate this I knitted tighter and tighter until I could hardly knit-- I really think it is the aluminum needles (My yarn shop had no double points to sell me so they loaned me some they use in the store).
 

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Beware the aluminum DPNs. I'm an *experienced* knitte and I still rarely use them. They slip, they slide, the clank, they stink. Period. Wooden or birch are so much nicer, and once you use them, you'll want a whole set of them and never go back to aluminum! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by Knittin' in the Shade</i><br><b>Are you mad, woman?!?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> knitting in the round is way easier that back and forth. No needles to drop (and lose) no seams to sew in the end, and best of all, no purling!!! Truly, if you can master knitting, you can do it in the round. All you have to do is keep knitting around and around. The toughest part is joinging the first row, making sure your stitches aren't twisted. And that's not really tough, I promise!<br><br>
try it, you'll like it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></b></td>
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:LOL<br><br>
heheh, the whole "no purling" thing has me mystified. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> how do you get stockinette if you don't purl? i have 16" circular needles, i bought them to try it and gave up after attempting to join the first row. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: i'm pretty sure i could figure out how to knit a tube, but increasing and decreasing? when there's no obvious symmetry?! that just boggles my mind. :LOL<br><br>
maybe i should pick up some double pointed ones, just to try. i'd love to try making socks at some point, so i better give this whole thing a try, huh?<br><br>
oh, and ITA on the wood vs aluminum. aluminum does stink! i've been using bamboo (cause they're the cheapest ones <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">) and really like them too, though they seem to loose the straightness quite easily.
 

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Ahem~source, please???
 

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I knit pretty well and I don't like DPNs but they are not hard. AS far as n the round, I am one of those pattern knitters as I like variety so I find that all knitting is boring..........I need some purls or something to "entertain" me.<br><br>
I knit a pair of soaker pants, had no pattern and they turned out smalls (not the medium i was aiming for).......<br><br><a href="http://f2.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/lestouffer/vwp?.dir=/Diapers&.dnm=brown+pants.jpg&.view=t" target="_blank">soaker pants</a><br><br>
cute, but not sure that they are necessary in Atlanta in the winter.........
 

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Sorry Debi- I post once, the kids grab me then I forget where I was.<br><br>
I ordered my wool from Little Turtle Knits- Theresa gets her wool from a farm she visited and checked out.
 
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