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Forum: General Knitting 10-23-2009, 09:26 PM
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Posted By cgd
Update: I went to the LYS and got some merino...

Update: I went to the LYS and got some merino wool, which thankfully doesn't appear to bother me. I appreciate the advice. If the man doesn't stay in my life until Christmas, I or someone on my...
Forum: General Knitting 10-11-2009, 08:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,704
Posted By cgd
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I'll go to...

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I'll go to the LYS and touch some merino as I don't know if I have a true allergy or just a sensitivity to certain types. That's an important distinction and...
Forum: General Knitting 10-11-2009, 04:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,704
Posted By cgd
Authentic Civil-War Era Scarf

The new man in my life is a Civil War re-enactor and would like a hand-knit period-authentic scarf. I can probably do a simple pattern, but my question is what yarn to use. I'm allergic to most...
Forum: Crochet! 01-26-2009, 11:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,957
Posted By cgd
Try www.crochetpatterncentral.com. I think the...

Try www.crochetpatterncentral.com. I think the Prayer Shawl Ministry also has its own website but I don't know what it is.
Forum: Crochet! 01-26-2009, 11:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,444
Posted By cgd
I agree about Donna Kooler. Also, the Harmony...

I agree about Donna Kooler. Also, the Harmony Guides are great inspiration. I just finished a shell-pattern afghan from one of these. There is also a great book called 101 Stitches for Afghans. ...
Forum: Crochet! 01-26-2009, 11:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,737
Posted By cgd
So cute!!

So cute!!
Forum: Crochet! 01-26-2009, 11:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,512
Posted By cgd
I've done a few things with it, but the curling...

I've done a few things with it, but the curling is something I can't seem to tame, so I feel more comfortable with regular crochet. But it's fun to experiment! There is an Encyclopedia of Tunisian...
Forum: Crochet! 01-26-2009, 11:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,456
Posted By cgd
Very nice!

Very nice!
Forum: Crochet! 01-26-2009, 11:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,088
Posted By cgd
I'm envious because knit is hard for me!

I have the opposite problem--crochet is so much easier for me. Knitting was so much harder to learn, and I still don't feel as competent at it as I do at crochet. If I mess up in crochet, I can...
Forum: General Knitting 01-26-2009, 11:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,692
Posted By cgd
I agree with the others--choose a simpler yarn,...

I agree with the others--choose a simpler yarn, such as acrylic. Try a bright color so you can see your stitches more easily. I don't use boucle or novelty yarns or Homespun because I don't like...
Forum: General Knitting 01-08-2008, 09:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,634
Posted By cgd
I never learned to do magic circle, tried a time...

I never learned to do magic circle, tried a time or two but couldn't get it. OTOH, DPNs make sense to me so I'll stick with them. So far I only need them when decreasing a hat--haven't tackled...
Forum: General Knitting 01-07-2008, 09:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,813
Posted By cgd
I've ordered from them--they rock! What all have...

I've ordered from them--they rock! What all have y'all made this other than dishrags and potholders? Just curious.
Forum: General Knitting 01-07-2008, 09:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,326
Posted By cgd
I learned pretty well the basics of knit and...

I learned pretty well the basics of knit and crochet (other than the little I learned as a child) last year. This year I'm getting beyond them a bit. I'm working on a basic sweater and hope to do...
Forum: Crochet! 01-07-2008, 07:07 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,119
Posted By cgd
I learned to crochet first and am still more...

I learned to crochet first and am still more comfortable doing that. For me the learning curve on knitting was huge. I've been doing it over a year now, and am getting more comfortable with it. ...
Forum: Crochet! 01-07-2008, 06:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,660
Posted By cgd
There is a line of crochet hooks called Clover...

There is a line of crochet hooks called Clover Soft Touch, which you can get at/order from Joann, among other places. Those give my wrists a lot less trouble. Come over to the hooker side!
Forum: General Knitting 01-06-2008, 11:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,012
Posted By cgd
He's a cutie and a keeper! Sorry that you had...

He's a cutie and a keeper! Sorry that you had the flu and hope you feel better in no time.
Forum: General Knitting 01-06-2008, 11:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,149
Posted By cgd
I use Boye Balene II plastic needles a lot, and...

I use Boye Balene II plastic needles a lot, and have knitted cotton and acrylic successfully (I can't wear or work with wool).
Forum: What'cha Knittin'? 01-06-2008, 07:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,463
Posted By cgd
Wow, that look great, and your DD is so cute! ...

Wow, that look great, and your DD is so cute! I'm working on my first sweater as well (something for ME for once), so I hope mine turns out half as good.
Forum: What'cha Knittin'? 01-06-2008, 07:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,058
Posted By cgd
That look great--you're doing very well! It took...

That look great--you're doing very well! It took me a long time to get the hang of knitting, and I'm still learning.
Forum: General Knitting 01-06-2008, 07:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,587
Posted By cgd
That's so great--congratulations!

That's so great--congratulations!
Forum: What'cha Knittin'? 01-01-2008, 03:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,215
Posted By cgd
Great job!

Great job!
Forum: How-to Questions 12-30-2007, 12:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,513
Posted By cgd
I knit most of a cap on 16" circulars, then use...

I knit most of a cap on 16" circulars, then use DPNs once I start decreasing. I actually found DPNs easier to understand than the other methods, so I went with that. It gets easier with practice. I...
Forum: General Knitting 12-29-2007, 10:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,127
Posted By cgd
I too have been intimidated by sweaters. I found...

I too have been intimidated by sweaters. I found a book called The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, which has basic patterns of all kinds (vests, sweaters, mittens, etc.) I've finished the back...
Forum: General Knitting 12-26-2007, 11:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,422
Posted By cgd
Thanks for the ideas, all. Cotton or a blend...

Thanks for the ideas, all. Cotton or a blend sounds good. I'll give that pattern a go too.
Forum: General Knitting 12-26-2007, 07:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 848
Posted By cgd
I like TLC Cotton Plus, which is a light worsted...

I like TLC Cotton Plus, which is a light worsted cotton/acrylic blend. I plan to make a summer sweater with it at some point. It's not too expensive but it feels wonderful!
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