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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
9:03 am
Pippa's knit hat
In this past weekend during the royal wedding hoopla, I saw a photo online of Pippa Middleton in a gray knitted beret that I loved. Now I can't find the picture again. Any help?
Friday, April 6th, 2007
7:20 am
slip first stitch
I just had a great big duh moment, and a long time coming, too. Throughout my knitting career, when the instructions said to slip the first stitch, I have been slipping as to purl but with the yarn in back so I'd be ready to continue in knit mode. Yesterday, I tried keeping the yarn in front while slipping, then moving the yarn to the back for the second stitch. Big, big DUH. The latter method produces the nice, even, stockinetty looking edge that is so easy to seam or to pick up. This is going to make things so much easier in my log cabin project (Mason-Dixon's cotton bathmat.) In any project, in fact. Has anyone else out there persisted in such a stupid mistake for a long, loooong time? If so, I'd love to hear about it!
Friday, February 23rd, 2007
10:18 am
Help, please?
I ogled a hat pattern at my LYS but never bought it. The owner has closed her shop but will still sell the odd skein or pattern. However, just yesterday she unloaded all her patterns to someone who will sell them on eBay - moments before I turned up looking for that hat pattern as a gift for a friend who isn't into generating her own patterns. I am looking to pay and download the pattern as a pdf since I need it fast - but after an evening of looking through pattern sites and googling, I can't find it, probably since it is kinda generic. If I describe it, does anyone know where I can locate it? Here goes: I think it was Elann, but maybe not. It was a paper leaflet and pictured a woman and a daughter. They were wearing a big and small version of a bulky-knit hat, in white, stockinette, with a garter edging and earflaps. No braids, pompoms or ornamentation, just beautifully simple. Is this ringing a bell with anyone?
Sunday, February 19th, 2006
2:09 pm
Having finished (except for felting) my Olympics project, and I have to admit it was pretty easy except for the moebius cast-on which was explained in exquisite detail, I am now free to get at Grumperina's "Odessa" hat which I am so itching to make. It fits her own head which she admits has quite a large circumference, but on other photos of it, it seems rather loosish, especially around the cast-on brim, and it looks good a little stretched. So for someone with a smaller head (22"), I'm wondering what to do, and I'm soliciting opinions. It's supposed to be knit on US 4's and 6's, and the pattern repeat is in sets of 10 stitches. Here's what I'm pondering: 1) using US 3's for the ribbed brim and 6's for the main hat 2) using US 3's and 5's instead of 4's and 6's or 3) using the recommended needle sizes, which do highlight the pattern nicely, and just dropping out one pattern repeat. Dropping a whole pattern repeat seems a little drastic, though. The Grumperina has an email me click thing on her pattern on the MagKnits site, but nothing happens when I click it - I wish I could ask my questions of the source but, barring that, I'm turning to you folks. What do you recommend?
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