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January 2010 Blog Posts (135)

The Sweater Project: Backstory

So I had this crazy idea…


see, as a performing musician I get to spend a lot of time in the car.

For me a lot of time in the car means a lot of time…

Added by Erica Jackofsky on January 31, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments


Hi, my nameis Rita. I'm glad to be a part of community knit. I'm ready to learn everything I can so here is my first question.I have a pattern for a Short Row knit scarf, it tells you to cast on 20 and knit the first row. Then for row2: knit 15, turn, leaving the remaining 5 unworked. row3: knit 15, row4: knit 10,turn, leave remaing 10 unworked. row5: knit 10, row 6: knit 5, turn, leave remaining 15 unworked, row7: knit 5, row8: knit across all 20. Then you start over row 1-8 until the length… Continue

Added by Rita J Shipp on January 31, 2010 at 5:02pm — 1 Comment

Knitting on the Road

So I had this idea... and I think it's a good idea, but of course since

it's my idea I could be a little biased... You all will have to hang

tight for a bit longer though because I can't quite say yet. Somewhere

around the last week of February I'll be posting an outline of my

project. All that I'm going to say now is ya might wanna be following

along here in March. Stay tuned!…


Added by Erica Jackofsky on January 31, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments


Anyone who has seen my stash and/or office would find the title assertion positively weird. But, odd though it seems, it is true(-ish). Having finished a project, I am now ready to move on to something else. I want that something else to be Ysolda's Liesl. This week, while nursing a vicious sinus infection, I cast on for this baby... twice. Yarn One was way too loose once I… Continue

Added by Lisa C. on January 31, 2010 at 4:10pm — 5 Comments

Divine Retribution

I must have been a little too happy about fixing the cursed sweater. I can deduce this because moments after mentioning to my boyfriend that "This sweater is going so well I'm expecting some divine retribution", one of the circular needles I was using fell out of it's metal connector. I guess after two years it's about time, but I'm a little sad. I wonder if there's a way to have it replaced, or if I'll have to suck it up and buy a new pair...

Also, a UFO update:

1… Continue

Added by Kiwi on January 31, 2010 at 1:58pm — 2 Comments

Not very computer savy but here i go. Just make the sapalu bag and love it. How do i block it? Suggestions or experience welcome. Thanks

Not very computer savy but here i go. Just make the sapalu bag and love it. How do i block it? Suggestions or experience welcome. Thanks Continue

Added by natalie lantz on January 30, 2010 at 7:14pm — 2 Comments

Tempting Fate

After knitting one and a half 2x2 ribbed leg warmers (I started yesterday), I got a bit bored. I considered finishing the one sleeve that's left of the wee baby sweater, but that also sounded boring. I considered casting on a new pair of socks (considering I just frogged two pairs it might be ok), but I didn't have the right needles. I recently switched over to using the magic loop method and the idea of using dpns again is a little soul crushing. I figured that I would never have to buy… Continue

Added by Kiwi on January 30, 2010 at 7:09pm — 3 Comments

converting a pattern using a different weight of yarn.

I have a pattern for a pullover vest which calls for bulky yarn. However, I prefer to make it in worsted weight, any suggestions as to how I would do this? Thanks Judy

Added by Judith Rettberg on January 30, 2010 at 5:19am — 3 Comments

Time for a new show. Baby brother flying. What a rush!

Back seat driving is fun too! Note to self: don't drink coffee before Dave takes you up. White one with red nose and wingtips and tw-52 call sign. What fun! You CAN knit while… Continue

Added by Sewcrazy aka Sharon Kill on January 29, 2010 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Couming out of the wintery haze

Well, it has been many months since I last blogged. There have been many things I have been doing. Working, Knitting, lots of knitting. Tatting. Teaching. Spinning. Sock Summit. Hanging again with my friends.

There have been many socks. Two of the many pairs I have done in my blogged absence has been for my husband. Yes, they were both from the toe up and on two circular needles. (My new favorite.) One pair was the gansey pattern from Wendy Johnson's book. The second was a pair that… Continue

Added by Domestic Arts on January 29, 2010 at 12:01pm — 7 Comments

looking for a skein of navy risata

does anyone have a skein or 1/2 skein they are willing to sell or trade? email me

Added by Susan J Dreisbach on January 29, 2010 at 7:43am — 1 Comment

Hello All

My name is Karen and I make and sell knitting paraphernalia on Etsy. mostly project bags.
I love my husband, I love my children, I just adore my granddaughter, I love to knit, dye fiber, and spin fiber, I hate cancer.
I would like to have more time to play with fiber, but wouldn't we all. :-)
Nice to meet you all.

Added by BlueTulipsBags on January 29, 2010 at 7:09am — 2 Comments

Jumping in to say hello

I haven't had a lot of time to knit lately. Between college classes, the kids, and a possible move, there hasn't been a lot of time for my hobbies.

By the time everyone is in bed, I'm so tired that even my knitting needles feel like they weigh a ton.

Unfortunately, being tired does not always translate to being able to sleep, so I was up until almost 2 o'clock this morning, designing a case for my Harmony Options set. Once I figure out the dimensions and the proper spacing… Continue

Added by Roxanne on January 28, 2010 at 12:36pm — 5 Comments

Off in All Directions! Sir Elton and Baby Knitting...

The second half of January is always busy for me because of my volunteer work for the Sundance Film Festival. This year includes a lot of baby knitting, too!

Above is the "Dolly" sweater from Jaeger Handknits, JB29. The bonnet was my addition. How can little Daphne Dawn wear the lovely sweater without a bonnet to match? I made a basic bonnet, adding the pattern and the lace… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on January 28, 2010 at 12:31pm — 40 Comments

Most common strain of Australian Merino wool question?

Hi, did I miss it or did the latest podcast not address this question?

Added by greencliff on January 28, 2010 at 11:40am — 1 Comment

sock darning

last year i made myself about a dozen pair of socks. i do not know how this happened, but one sock of 5 pairs has a hole in the heel. maybe its friction from my plastic clogs. so i need tips on weaving the hole or knitting a patch,
help me please. im sick of looking at this forlorn pile of socks on my bedroom floor.
much thanks, elena

Added by elena thomas on January 27, 2010 at 8:36pm — 1 Comment

A Last Minute Thing

My parents called yesterday to do their standard check-up on me. I mentioned that I was knitting something for mom, dad and my friend Kate, and my little sister said "what about me?!" This is a valid question, especially considering that her birthday was January 2nd and I was too broke to get her something. Grasping wildly for an idea I told her that I was knitting her leg warmers for the barn (she rides at her friend's farm once a week) because bulky socks don't fit in riding boots. This… Continue

Added by Kiwi on January 27, 2010 at 8:23pm — No Comments

Karin Tote Progress

As several of you know, I cast on for the Karin Tote the other day. Well, I finished knitting the bottom and ends of the bag on Monday...

Being all stockinette stitch, it is hard to get a good pic before blocking, but you get the idea.

Yesterday I decided to do the strap and thereby finish all regular knitting... now I have enough knitting time invested that I cannot let the cabled sides intimidate me.

Well, I… Continue

Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on January 27, 2010 at 12:23pm — 29 Comments

Selling items made from patterns...

I am thinking of making items for a craft fair and I was hoping someone could shed some light on the legalities of making items from patterns designed from others (not my designs).

In other words, if I wanted to make several BSJs to sell, is that legal? Do I need to get permission from the designer?

I wouldn't be selling the pattern, just what I made using the pattern.

This kind of stuff always confuses me, so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Added by KnitterGirl39 on January 27, 2010 at 10:16am — 3 Comments

More knitting, of course!

I'm making some socks and have a deadline of the end of the month to post them. I have 1.5 done so think I can get them finished in time. This is the first project where I've done stranded work so it's a challenge to get the tension right. I can get the first sock on ok, so hopefully that means I'm not doing too bad. Luckily the yarn is sport weight, as I'm a fairly slow knitter.…


Added by Janet Kelley on January 26, 2010 at 8:51pm — 3 Comments

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