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Forum: How-to Questions 08-14-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 313
Posted By Becky Morgan
If I were you, I might use chunks of polarfleece...

If I were you, I might use chunks of polarfleece and knit edgings onto them. It's quicker, the blankets are warmer and you'll be able to produce more for less money, especially if you use fleece...
Forum: How-to Questions 08-12-2014, 10:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 319
Posted By Becky Morgan
I would rather imagine there are parentheses...

I would rather imagine there are parentheses missing and it's really (k6, k2 tog) across, so you have a series of evenly spaced decreases.
Forum: How-to Questions 07-10-2014, 12:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 231
Posted By Becky Morgan
This might not work for everyone, but it does for...

This might not work for everyone, but it does for me: I warm up a white candle (so the wax is clear) and rub melted wax into the wood, then warm the needle above (way above) the flame until most of...
Forum: How-to Questions 06-30-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 230
Posted By Becky Morgan
Exactly! You gather the stitches on the yarn and...

Exactly! You gather the stitches on the yarn and tie them off. I know some people don't tie knots even then, but I do.

That really is a cute pattern and a cute little one modeling it :)
Forum: General Knitting 06-22-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,095
Posted By Becky Morgan
You're probably getting turned around because...

You're probably getting turned around because you're not used to recognizing the front and back of stockinette stitch. I still mark the front of pieces I'm working on if there's the slightest doubt,...
Forum: Pattern Central 06-13-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 535
Posted By Becky Morgan
I've seen trigger mittens made that way. You...

I've seen trigger mittens made that way. You could always just bind off before the finger/thumb tip.
Forum: General Knitting 06-13-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,130
Posted By Becky Morgan
It's not the coordination or intelligence, it's...

It's not the coordination or intelligence, it's the emotional maturity. When you deal with toddlers, you learn to watch literally every move they make, because they can go from happy and interested...
Forum: General Knitting 06-13-2014, 12:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,130
Posted By Becky Morgan
About 4 is the youngest I've managed to teach so...

About 4 is the youngest I've managed to teach so far. Younger than that, they'll sit and watch, sometimes grab at the needles and make flailing attempts, but the patience to listen isn't there yet....
Forum: General Knitting 05-25-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 860
Posted By Becky Morgan
Try a little sample first if you have enough,...

Try a little sample first if you have enough, then use your imagination--heavy felted mittens, a messenger bag, all but indestructible cell phone or tablet cover...if you're signed up on Ravelry try...
Forum: General Knitting 05-17-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,250
Posted By Becky Morgan
Sometimes it really isn't you--it's the yarn! Or...

Sometimes it really isn't you--it's the yarn! Or the needles, or the pattern :)

The usual advice for beginners is to buy a light- and solid-colored, smooth-textured acrylic worsted and size 8 or 10...
Forum: General Knitting 04-17-2014, 11:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 811
Posted By Becky Morgan
Between 72 and 84 in worsted weight works for me,...

Between 72 and 84 in worsted weight works for me, depending on how much ribbing there is and what the pattern stitch is.

I have a big head, but even so, many worsted hat patterns are far too big...
Forum: General Knitting 04-16-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,213
Posted By Becky Morgan
However it feels best! Some people try...

However it feels best!

Some people try different methods just for fun and some learn a couple of the many different ways to knit so they even out the strain on their hands during big projects...
Forum: How-to Questions 04-15-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 782
Posted By Becky Morgan
Oh, my. No wonder you're stressed out! Do...

Oh, my. No wonder you're stressed out!

Do yourself a favor. Make your new yarn light-colored (so you can see your stitches), fairly smooth and sturdy enough that it won't fall apart if you need to...
Forum: General Knitting 04-15-2014, 11:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,444
Posted By Becky Morgan
I couldn't believe this works, because the...

I couldn't believe this works, because the technique was part of a TV commercial for microfiber towels when they were new, but it does...
Wash just as you describe, then roll up in a microfiber towel...
Forum: Crochet! 04-14-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 377
Posted By Becky Morgan
Count your increases and decreases. There should...

Count your increases and decreases. There should be the same number of each. It's not a complicated pattern once you get it going and it's obvious where the increases and decreases go, but it's hard...
Forum: How-to Questions 04-14-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 782
Posted By Becky Morgan
If you're wrapping the yarn around your finger/s...

If you're wrapping the yarn around your finger/s to control tension, try not doing that. I don't, and I knit continental. Some people need to, some don't. If I do, it gets everything way too...
Forum: The Lounge 04-04-2014, 01:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 528
Posted By Becky Morgan
This is one of my favorite things to do with...

This is one of my favorite things to do with those neat buttons where you only have one or two left on a card. I use the shank ones, but you *can* use the ones with holes.
Pick out about 25 of them....
Forum: Pattern Central 03-18-2014, 12:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 509
Posted By Becky Morgan
That's incredible (and your patterns are...

That's incredible (and your patterns are beautiful.) Thank you and congratulations!
Forum: How-to Questions 03-15-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 254
Posted By Becky Morgan
It's the second. Knit to end (or whatever pattern...

It's the second. Knit to end (or whatever pattern to the end of the row or round) is one row. When you turn, or pass the marker if you're working in the round, you're working another row/round.

It...
Forum: Pattern Central 03-14-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 530
Posted By Becky Morgan
I have no suggestions because Charlotte had good...

I have no suggestions because Charlotte had good ones, but what a cool project! (Yes, I'm a Civil War buff.)
Forum: The Lounge 03-01-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,006
Posted By Becky Morgan
Remember, cats hide illness. You didn't know...

Remember, cats hide illness. You didn't know because he made sure you didn't. Vets are pretty good at judging when an animal has had enough, and you know you did the right thing. This way, he didn't...
Forum: The Lounge 02-27-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,006
Posted By Becky Morgan
Don't feel guilty. If he's not moving around and...

Don't feel guilty. If he's not moving around and enjoying himself, it's probably time. Having the vet check him out first is a good idea, because there's always the chance that he's sick from...
Forum: How-to Questions 02-18-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 314
Posted By Becky Morgan
Mainly just make sure you don't increase too much...

Mainly just make sure you don't increase too much in any one spot.

Divide the stitches you have (80) by the stitches you need to increase (25) and you'll get 3.2. The easiest way to manage is to...
Forum: Pattern Central 02-05-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 684
Posted By Becky Morgan
My favorite pattern gets as far as the bottom of...

My favorite pattern gets as far as the bottom of the ribbing around the ankle, then uses a few short rows to make the top of the foot. If you learn those now, on a tiny project, you'll be glad when...
Forum: General Knitting 01-17-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 663
Posted By Becky Morgan
Just increase 12 stitches instead of 14, and...

Just increase 12 stitches instead of 14, and you'll be good to go. They don't have to be perfectly spaced if there's no pattern to deal with. 9x12=108, so if you increase in every ninth stitch and...
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