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August 2008 Blog Posts (74)

Substituting Yarn

I need to know about substituting Wool of the Andes Bulky Yarn for Baby Alpaca Grande yarn for socks.

Both are 100 g hanks, and the baby alpaca gauge is 20 sts= 4" in stockinette stitch on US 6 double point needles,

3 -3.75 stitches = 1 inch on 10 or 11 needles for the wool of the andes bulky yarn.

For one pair of socks with the Baby Alpaca using the US 6 double points, it takes 2 skeins of yarn. How much yarn would I need of the Wool of the Andes Bulky Yarn to make the… Continue

Added by Sftbllmm on August 31, 2008 at 9:47pm — No Comments


Arrrggg! I have hair color currently saturating my tresses. The reality of this situation: 40 minutes of sitting when I can't knit, because I would be devastated if I got any color on my knitting. Yikes! I may go insane, though obviously it's not a long trip since I have just revealed my absolute OCD knitting personality to everyone in… Continue

Added by kyletarvin on August 31, 2008 at 1:19pm — No Comments

More Mittens from Vogue

I picked up the newest copy of Vogue Knitting yesterday. Now, normally this isn’t something I would do (vogue +northern redneck just aren’t two concepts you’d normally find together) , but the cover caught my eye. Mittens!! And with our last post being all about mittens, I just had to try to put these together. Most of these mittens are more of what you’d consider in the Vogue line, with cables, intarsia and colorwork, designer stuff, everything… Continue

Added by terryekinch on August 31, 2008 at 9:22am — No Comments

Friday Night Knitting

Last night found me alone...a rarity in my life. So while my daughter spent the night at a friends house, what did I do? Knit, of course! I turned the heel on my Grasshopper sock, and it is turning out very nicely. I also worked more on the Tofutsie tank. I was only able to force myself to do about 10 rows on the strap for my yoga bag....I mean how boring. 9 stitich-rows in seed stitch, for several feet. Uggh!

I do have to admit, however, that I really wish I was the type of knitter… Continue

Added by kyletarvin on August 30, 2008 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Ireland - Rambling About

Walking in Ireland was just as delightful as I had anticipated. Starting in Dublin and right on out to the countryside. With my well-broken in shoes and new walking stick, I felt right at home rambling along.

We visited Kylemore Abbey. The main house was stunning but I particularly loved the gardens.…


Added by Kelley Petkun on August 30, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Something Finished. Amazingly.

Well, here it is finally finished. I hope the recipient loves it and more than that, wears it often. (What joy!)

You know how you work on a project specifically designed to use up the left over yarns, and invariably you have to buy more yarn to complete the project? Yes, it happened to me. Amazingly. What is amazing is that we had to order the yarn from the company and they were tardy in getting it out in the post. However, it arrived.… Continue

Added by Domestic Arts on August 30, 2008 at 3:30am — No Comments


It is 2:00am and I am just finishing a scarf. I have 2 sweaters, 1 pr of socks, a childs sweater, and several amigurumi's OTN! Not to mention the basket of UFO's sitting, waiting. And yet I spent part of the evening looking for more projects for perhaps Christmas gifts!! Oh the indecision of it all !!! ...what to work on next...and do I want to finish some of my projects or start a new one?

So I decided I would dream on it and decide tomorrow. I think it is time for a knit-in weekend… Continue

Added by knitnanna on August 30, 2008 at 2:09am — No Comments

I think im a real knitter now.

Sighs. well ive been meandering through all the lovely blogs and inspirational photos out there and im feeling a bit behind. Well really behind... I havn't knitted in years and so many people have 3 or 4 projects to show in their blog almost daily. I am so not there yet and I hope I can keep it interesting like so many people do. But I do believe I took my first step today... I now have 2. knitting projects going at once... :D yea..I will be runnin with the big girls soon. :/ maybe... I am… Continue

Added by Nins on August 29, 2008 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Free Knitting Patterns - Mittens and Gloves

Free Pattern Friday is here again!

Everyone loves small projects. Socks, washcloths, and of course, mittens and gloves. Tis the time of year, up here in the Northern Hemisphere, to start thinking along those lines. MIttens and gloves make great gifts, everyone can use them, and they’re quick to knit and portable. You can go super easy, and you can be a bit more challenging. You can do everything from stockinette stitch to elegant lace. Fairisle sound like fun? Go for it! Want to try… Continue

Added by terryekinch on August 29, 2008 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Stories from Ireland -- Kelley's Version

I had an absolutely fantastic time in Ireland! I loved the people, the food, the scenery the hotels and the history!

After writing up Bob's rather pathetic golfing tales of Ireland, I realized that it would be helpful if I gave you our itinerary.

Our first two days were spent in Dublin. Sheldon enjoying his morning porridge. And, admiring the offerings at a flower stall.

Notice the bright yellow butter!! Oh, I love Irish butter!!…


Added by Kelley Petkun on August 29, 2008 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

February Baby Sweater from EZ

If you have ever knitted the february baby sweater from Knitters Almanac you will fall in love with it!! I was so surprised and honestly excited to learn...someone had made a pattern for adults!! I found it on Ravelry after seeing a picture of someone wearing it. It looks gorgeous and now I have the hard task of deciding what color WOA yarn to pick to knit it in. Here is the link:

My baby sweater version is just… Continue

Added by dizzdemey on August 29, 2008 at 9:01am — No Comments

Brand new

So, I am very new to this whole concept of blogging...writing something essentially for me, because I doubt anyone else will actually read it. Why would they? Since this is a knit site, I suppose I should probably write about knitting, which at least helps me focus the whirlwind of muddled activity within the gray matter of my brain.

Thursday nights are the LYS's Stitch and Bitch nights, so I managed to have a ton of fun and get a little knitting done last night. I worked on a tank/cami… Continue

Added by kyletarvin on August 29, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Stories from Ireland -- Bob's Version

Waaay too much traveling going on the last few weeks! After Bob and I returned from Ireland I only had a few days before Tina and I took off for Stitches Midwest. After a couple of days in my office, sustained with many cups of coffee, I am caught up enough to be able to enjoy some blogging time!

The joke at the office is that it sounds as though Bob and I went on two completely different vacations. Bob's focus was golf and he experienced all the weather challenges Ireland had to… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on August 29, 2008 at 8:44am — 2 Comments

Harmony Straight Needles - review by Diedre

They’re Here!!!! The straight needles are here!

These needles will bring Harmony to your life. They are not only wonderful to knit with, but just gorgeous to look at.

The Straight Harmony Needles will definitely become a part of my home décor and my knitting bag! The sets come in an elegant black jacquard case.

We offer both 10 “and 14” Straight needles in… Continue

Added by Knit Picks Staff Picks on August 28, 2008 at 2:26pm — 14 Comments

Sterling Silver Stitch Markers From Annie Adams

Have you ever run across jewelry that was just sooo pretty you had have it? Even if you really never wear a lot of necklaces, this Stitch Marker Necklace is a must for you or all the knitters on your gift list (she also makes matching earrings as well as shawl pins, sticks bag rings, belt buckles, zipper pulls, and various sizes of buttons).

Shown is the “Twig” design. Annie Adams has desiged this line. Easily worn just for the asthetics itself, the “dangles” on this necklace are… Continue

Added by terryekinch on August 28, 2008 at 12:40pm — No Comments



Added by jackiekarl on August 28, 2008 at 11:13am — 8 Comments

fall babies

I have 2 friends having babies this fall. What to make them? EZ's Best baby sweater. I started one, this is for a family friend who does not know what she is having. I am knitting it in Swish DK in Asparagus. It looks beautiful so far. I started a sleeve tonight, the picture I will post is pre sleeve. I will also knit bibs and burps, booties, and a hat to go with it. The same for my other friend, but she knows she is having a boy.

As for my drama… Continue

Added by dizzdemey on August 27, 2008 at 6:51pm — No Comments

The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques - review by Melissa

The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques

My little brother got me this book for Christmas a couple years ago, and it’s hands-down the one book in my knitting library that I reference the most. Whenever I have to graft a shoulder seam or create a stretchy bind off, I consult Nancie’s invaluable instructions. The book includes clear photos and illustrations, and I especially love… Continue

Added by Knit Picks Staff Picks on August 27, 2008 at 2:31pm — 3 Comments



Added by jackiekarl on August 27, 2008 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Knockdown Knits - review by Angela

As a fellow roller derby girl, I’ve got to admit, I was excited about Toni Carr AKA Joan of Dark’s book, Knockdown Knits before I ever even got a copy in my hot little hands. But now that we’ve got it in stock and I’ve seen it in person, I’m head over heels for this new knitting title. The patterns are clear and easy to follow, there are tons of color photos of each project, and the projects are accompanied by photos of… Continue

Added by Knit Picks Staff Picks on August 27, 2008 at 8:55am — 1 Comment

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