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Forum: How-to Questions 04-30-2012, 08:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,265
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
Oh! As usual, I was overthinking (and not...

Oh! As usual, I was overthinking (and not counting)... Thanks!
Forum: How-to Questions 04-30-2012, 06:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 566
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
I've always used the standard size dpn's (I think...

I've always used the standard size dpn's (I think they're 7 inches long? I never measured them..) to make hats. When starting at the brim sometimes I have to squish the stitches together so they...
Forum: How-to Questions 04-30-2012, 06:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,265
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
What does O mean in old patterns?

I'm knitting a doily from an old pattern, and I'm flummoxed by something called O. There's no indication on the pattern as to what it means.

I've just started, so I have 6 stitches on each dpn. The...
Forum: How-to Questions 01-27-2008, 05:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,356
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
http://brooklyntweed.blogspot.com/2007/04/noro-sca...

http://brooklyntweed.blogspot.com/2007/04/noro-scarf.html

But Noro yarn (at least around here) is dreadfully expensive...

Anyway, the trick to that scarf is that it's NOT stockinette. It takes...
Forum: How-to Questions 01-26-2008, 03:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,356
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
You could always try knitting the whole thing in...

You could always try knitting the whole thing in the round, in stockinette (Just cast on twice the number of stitches you'll need for your desired width, join it on a circular or dpns, and knit...
Forum: How-to Questions 01-26-2008, 03:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,558
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
My edge stitches were still ending up loose and...

My edge stitches were still ending up loose and messy this way, and someone somewhere suggested knitting that last stitch in the back loop instead of just knitting it. This seems to work a lot better...
Forum: How-to Questions 01-26-2008, 03:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,725
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
Sure, you can use 2 balls (I think that's...

Sure, you can use 2 balls (I think that's easiest), or you could use one strand from the inside and one from the outside of the same ball, but every time I've tried that, they get all tangled.

But...
Forum: How-to Questions 01-26-2008, 02:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,725
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
A size 15 needle is quite a bit bigger than a...

A size 15 needle is quite a bit bigger than a 10.5. What this means is that the 10.5 will produce a tighter and smaller fabric than a 15 would if you knit both using the same yarn.

The best way to...
Forum: Crochet! 01-26-2008, 01:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,162
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
Heh, my grandmother crocheted for DECADES and...

Heh, my grandmother crocheted for DECADES and always told me she couldn't make heads or tails of printed patterns. She either made up her own stitches or learned new ones from her friends.

This is...
Forum: How-to Questions 01-26-2008, 01:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,381
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
My preference is just to wash it first (whether...

My preference is just to wash it first (whether it is a hat or scarf or sweater or what-have-you). Then while it is still wet, roll it up in a towel and stand on it (if it's feltable, you don't want...
Forum: How-to Questions 01-22-2008, 08:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 991
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
I always wet-block. That means just wash it...

I always wet-block. That means just wash it however you plan on washing it from now on, but don't put it in the dryer (I never machine dry hand knits anyway). Roll it up in a towel and stand on it...
Forum: How-to Questions 01-22-2008, 08:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,204
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
I couldn't get all of the stain out, so I did end...

I couldn't get all of the stain out, so I did end up cutting off the bottom of the sweater and reknitting it. Looks good as new! Or better, seeing as my bindoff edges always look better than my...
Forum: How-to Questions 01-17-2008, 12:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,204
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
Thanks! I'll try that tonight... If that doesn't...

Thanks! I'll try that tonight...

If that doesn't work I don't know what I'll do...
Forum: How-to Questions 01-16-2008, 11:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,204
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
Unhappy When Bad Things Happen to Good Sweaters

See, I have this sweater I made for myself about a year ago. It's made of organic undyed wool and I love it to pieces.

Then yesterday it met a cup of coffee. :noway:

The good news is, only the...
Forum: Knit-Alongs 12-27-2007, 01:02 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,936
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
Talking I found a scarf pattern (homebrew from the LYS in...

I found a scarf pattern (homebrew from the LYS in the area where my dad lives) and 2 balls of Reynolds Paloma in a lovely blue to make it with... in my Christmas stocking!

I have to say it's a good...
Forum: How-to Questions 05-03-2006, 10:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,756
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
I'm a lefty, and it seems to me you knit with...

I'm a lefty, and it seems to me you knit with both hands, no matter which style you're using. You might want to try both Continental and English to see which works better for you.

Technically...
Forum: How-to Questions 05-02-2006, 11:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,532
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
I've only ever done the long tail cast-on, and...

I've only ever done the long tail cast-on, and while it doesn't seem too loose or too tight, the edge just isn't all neat like my bind-off. I suppose if I'm going to be picky about that, a...
Forum: How-to Questions 05-02-2006, 10:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,532
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
Sloppy cast-on :(

I'm planning to start a pullover vest for my dad (my first real garment, yay!), but I'm a little concerned about something...

So far my cast-on edges are a little sloppy. Not too loose, not too...
Forum: How-to Questions 03-25-2006, 09:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 976
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
Camo yarn

My dad wants a wool vest he can wear hunting. He wants it to be 100% wool, and a mottled brown, and obviously in a yarn that will wear well with a minimum of pilling (though it won't be washed often,...
Forum: How-to Questions 03-23-2006, 03:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 965
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
hmm.... Yeah, that's a little better. I think...

hmm.... Yeah, that's a little better. I think this is one stitch I'll try to avoid in the future. It's too frustrating.
Forum: How-to Questions 03-23-2006, 02:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 965
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
purling in back loops - is there some trick to it?

Theoretically, I do know how to purl in back loops, it's the execution I'm having trouble with. I can't seem to manage to get the loop that's wrapped around the needle back through without dropping...
Forum: General Knitting 03-15-2006, 10:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,062
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
My dad grew up in Wheeler (yes, where the...

My dad grew up in Wheeler (yes, where the wildfires are, yes, all our family out there are okay), now my parents have a place near Lodi... I have a grandmother in Daingerfield, an aunt in Mount...
Forum: How-to Questions 03-12-2006, 05:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 935
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
A more foolproof way of un-knitting is to hold...

A more foolproof way of un-knitting is to hold the yarn the same way you did when you made the stitch (in back for knit, in front for purl), stick the left needle in the loop below the stitch on the...
Forum: How-to Questions 03-12-2006, 04:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,044
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
You don't fold the one strand you're working...

You don't fold the one strand you're working with, you use 2. Just hold them together and knit them like they're one.
Forum: What'cha Knittin'? 03-12-2006, 04:27 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,991
Posted By Vermilion Sparrow
I got the book for Christmas but it's available...

I got the book for Christmas but it's available on amazon.com. This link (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0942018133/sr=8-1/qid=1142195160/ref=sr_1_1/103-2989743-7032667?%5Fencoding=UTF8) should...
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