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March 2010 Blog Posts (132)

Knitting on the Road – Preping Car Knitting

I was perfectly aware of the fact I have gigs every weekend this month. I knew I needed to get my car knitting together before the weekend popped up. This was all good, but I forgot what day I was in. It finally dawned on me yesterday that I was leaving tomorrow, which is now today, and I didn't have any knitting ready to go other than the Maggie Grey sweater. I am planning on bringing the sweater along for the ride, I'm too into the knitting to leave it behind, but I do also need something of… Continue

Added by Erica Jackofsky on March 6, 2010 at 5:45am — 2 Comments

2 Down 10 to go

Hey Sock knitters

I have done it I have finished, number 2 it took me a little longer that expected.

I was using metal fixed circular needles with Felici it was slippery.

I wish I knew that before I started with these socks. Anyway, I just got a

box from Knitpicks I got some Palette Suede, Gloss Burgundy and Felici Paradise and a DVD on how to

knit 2 socks on 2 circular needles.

I just love that free…

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Added by hellrazor on March 5, 2010 at 6:07pm — 9 Comments

`R & R` (Ramble and Reminisce)

I was a freshman in college and we were not allowed to go home for the first six weeks. We had freshman orientation during that period and it was suppose to help us overcome homesickness. I was so lost having never been away from home. Growing up I was always close to my family. My grandma and grandpa and two loving aunts, with their families, lived just up over the hill, as was the saying. Indeed it was within a young girl's walking distance. You see, we lived on one hill and grandma and…

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Added by Patricia A. Pearson on March 5, 2010 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Busy as a bee....

Hey All,

Back again! Lots of updating not only in my house but on the web too.

New pellet stove..works great! The house is toasty and feels great to cozy up while knitting now in just a t-shirt and not a t-shirt and a sweater!…

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Added by Dana Jonsgaard on March 5, 2010 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Neigh!!!! The Hobby Horse Knit Buddy winner is....

jwdrop!

Congratulations!

Kate will contact you to see what colors of Wool of the Andes you would like us to send to you! And, there will also be a copy of…

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Added by Kelley Petkun on March 5, 2010 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

Many Thanks for the welcome!

I am so grateful for the encouraging comments. I also greatly appreciate the advise. I am determined to accomplish this because I feel that not only is the health of my hands at stake but my happiness as a crafter. I do some quilting, alot of scrapbooking, basket making, and pretty much anything that catches my eye. Well knitting has caught my eye. Can't wait to get really good at it cause I plan to make some wonderful things for my family and friends. I know I'm just beginning but I believe in… Continue

Added by Sue Lundberg on March 5, 2010 at 6:52am — 3 Comments

Four Eyes Project

Personal stuff first...

I got new glasses! And not just one pair, but three pairs! I managed to find a great deal on glasses for running and on sunglasses, which made me very happy. They're still nice glasses, but wow were they cheap. I really lucked out with them. The running glasses I intentionally went to the bargain wall and picked out a pair that had nose pads (because the plastic frames without nose pads slide all over when you exercise).… Continue

Added by Erica Jackofsky on March 5, 2010 at 6:46am — 3 Comments

Finished Ravelympics Sweater

I did it! Knit an entire sweater in 17 days. I finished the knitting on Saturday evening and sewed it together on Sunday, finished just after 8, in the middle of the closing ceremony. Here's the completed picture:



It's knit in Cashew colored Knit Picks Comfy Worsted. There are day by day pictures in a set at my Flickr page… Continue

Added by mae on March 4, 2010 at 8:22pm — 5 Comments

A new pattern!

I'm thrilled to report that my pattern for the Cabled Travel Pillow (seen here and in my avatar) is now available in the Knit Picks store!





This is a great first cabling project, and has both charted and written-out instructions. It's knit up in one of my favorite Knit Picks yarns -- Shine Sport. The photo shows the Cherry colorway, which has been discontinued but I think that Hollyberry is a good substitute!



I love to travel,… Continue

Added by missknitta on March 4, 2010 at 7:03pm — 4 Comments

It's baby animal season!

Well, it's 16 days to the official start of spring. And what does spring mean? Cute little baby things everywhere! Baby birds, baby squirrels, baby horsies - we've already spotted some adorable baby animals here at KnitPicks HQ!



These are our two Barnyard Buddies kits -… Continue

Added by Kerin on March 4, 2010 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Knitting the Lusekofte

My swatch taught me much, and the measurements are right, so I've begun the sleeves (each on separate needles).

It was so much fun to knit this project while watching the Vancouver 2010 Olympics! I was thrilled to see how the mountains on the TV looked just like the mountains in the sweater pattern!

I'm still working the sleeves. I had to restart the bracelets to get the gauge right, to fine-tune my color-work techniques, and to get a nice fabric with even stitches. It…

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Added by Knitweaver on March 4, 2010 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

olympic usa moose hat

first started with charts, my gried paper and my crayons

hat n the needles, up to the mooses head, this shows tree, 4 different colors at once were carried.

t this shows top red…

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Added by jbarr on March 4, 2010 at 2:39pm — 8 Comments

Fair Isle Cardigan

For my next trick, I will perform the fair isle cardigan in one month! I have set the deadline of this sweater for the end of the month, so I can wear it on my birthday which is April 1st. I've started with a sleeve, to see how it goes, and because I may have only ordered enough yarn for the size smaller than I am (d'oh!). The sweater is knit flat, which I don't find too bad, oddly enough. I guess I've never tried knitting fair isle in the round (this is my first fair isle…

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Added by Kiwi on March 4, 2010 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Short Row Videos

Just in case my monologue on Short Rows in Episode 134 of my podcast caught your interest, here are a couple of videos that I think will make Short Rows even more understandable.…

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Added by Kelley Petkun on March 4, 2010 at 2:13pm — 13 Comments

Back to Real Life!

My medal for "Fleece to FO Long Track" is official, so time to get back to real life. My fiber studio yesterday morning looked like this--





I organized my yarn stash. Here's what the sock and fingering section looks like:





I…

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Added by Peggy Stuart on March 4, 2010 at 1:32pm — 25 Comments

The Next Knitting Adventure Awaits

I'm starting to learn a lot about my personal approach to learning how to knit new things!

As I've learned every new kind of garment, I've thought about reading straight from a pattern I like, but I keep coming down to the same simple, successful formula:

  • Find a range of simple-ish patterns for the garment in question
  • Read through them all, perhaps twice
  • Understand the fundamentals of the construction
  • Wing it!

I think I've…

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Added by Firebringer on March 4, 2010 at 1:19pm — 2 Comments

Two Sweaters

Maggie Grey...

I changed my mind on the neck finishing.... I think. Yesterday I was leaning toward a funnel neck or turtle neck. Today as I sat looking at the design I began contemplating a simple rolled neck edging. The thing with the turtleneck is that the entire bottom of the sweater is done in a long ribbing. I started to feel like if the sweater went from ribbing, out to stockinette, and then back to ribbing it might look… Continue

Added by Erica Jackofsky on March 3, 2010 at 7:05pm — 3 Comments

Just finished yesterday!

I love experimenting and was inspired by a log cabin type block to try and make a felted tote using a block pattern. I had lots of fun choosing colors and figuring out how to large to make the blocks so that the tote was a nice size. I am working on writing up the pattern so that I can perfect it and then publish it. I used Knit Picks Palette yarn held double to knit with and love the smooth texture and lines of the tote. The tote felted like a dream, I was a…

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Added by Krystie DePue on March 3, 2010 at 1:25pm — 5 Comments

Repurposing

I recently visited my parents, and went through the bits of stash I had left there to see if there was anything worth bringing back. Well, there was a whole lot of stuff that I didn't even remember I had. I had duplicates of both my skully sweater and my intarsia blanket. I gave my blanket yarn to my boyfriend, who has started knitting and needs all the encouragement he can get, and I've decided to repurpose the yarn from my first attempt at a skully sweater for something new. Half of the… Continue

Added by Kiwi on March 3, 2010 at 11:20am — 1 Comment

Miss Maggie

The Maggie Grey sweater:
some details shared
I'm using Knit Picks yarn for this design– Swish Worsted in Squirrel Heather. It's pleasantly soft to touch and the color is very appealing to me. It doesn't really remind me of… Continue

Added by Erica Jackofsky on March 2, 2010 at 8:09pm — 11 Comments

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