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Old 01-05-2013, 07:29 AM   #10
Ribbing the Cuff
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
Socks? I love socks! DPNs? Only if I must. I do socks on magic loop. The last pair I made I used dpns for the very top ribbing on the cuff. I used U.S. sz 000 dpns and the vampires that draw blood would have been jealous of how easy it was for me! LOL I'll be more careful if I use those skewers in the future.
I tried that once. I watched how on a video and I couldn't coordinate myself, so I just resigned myself to the skewers. Maybe if I get inspired to learn it again I'll try the magic loop someday. I bought some teenie tiny circulars for just that purpose but haven't tried them yet.

Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
I'm actually considering cotton worsted and trying a pair of tights, maybe they'd make PJs. I figure if I start at the bottom and work up, then increase as needed I can figure out from reading a pattern how to shape the top part; I have some thoughts that include short rows; maybe stirrups at the feet too. We'll have to see how bored I get maybe. The thought of wool tights for me is not pleasant. My GD was wanting me to knit her shorts for ballet to keep her hips warm but I've not done it yet. There are patterns for shorts, if you started with one of them you could just make the legs a lot longer and work decreases. You could make a 'seam' in the back even. I think you've helped create a monster here, now I'll probably have to do a pair just to get them out of my head!
I know what you mean. I have about 486 projects in my head. I do have a pattern for shorts... and the tights do have short rows in the back to make it longer for the buns. pj's would be a great idea. You're very creative!

I'm sorry about your etsy experience. That's pretty crappy. I've never bought at etsy but hear enough stories like yours to make me leery of lots of sites.

As for finding patterns at ravelry, some days I think it's a crap shoot and it will work for anyone but me. The same goes for googling;

Any excuse will do for buying new yarn. You actually have a legitimate one.
You sound like me. The knitting warehouse people know me by name. I bet they wonder if a month goes by without me buying something.

Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
Ok, I gotta get rid of this obsession! Here's a vintage pattern I found called Leotards | Style No. 137 now I want to forget tights for a while! They lie, that is not a pattern for a leotard.
You know what's funny about that? I remember they called leotards tights and tights leotards in the fifties. I took Ballet back then and that's how it was... then somebody decided to change it. So I was actually thinking about trying to find them under the word, 'leotard' but figured, naw... and here they are! Did you see the materials? "Non-inflammable knitting needles"... makes me wonder (musta been mostly wooden ones back then?)...

Yeah, it really sucked about Etsy because I was there nearly all day nearly every day before, just looking at things. I bought a lot of great stuff and got to know some wonderful sellers. But I take it as a sign that that part of my life is over now. But, I really wanted some of those elf earrings.

I like the idea of the wool for the tights myself. I know they'll be scratchy but I'll just look at it as gratuitous exfoliating. The cold will probably numb my legs so it won't bother me. I'll let you know. lol

I'm wondering if you use cotton... I've never used it in any gauge but the thin thread type except once. I'm not as experienced as you are, I can see that. You know a lot more about knitting (and googling!) than I do. I found that cotton hurts my hands to knit in worsted weight. It knits up way bigger than other yarns of the same gauge in worsted so I wonder if that's because it knows it's going to shrink or what. I don't really like working with it except for things like tablecloths in really thin string for like size 2 to 4 hook.

I think I've created a good monster though. Just think if you get a great pattern for them worked out you can sell it online... for downloads. I am terrible at making my own patterns. I've done it just once and it nearly killed me. I'm not the sharpest bulb in the drawer I mess up enough with a pattern. Although to my credit I did figure out a mistake in a pattern once... years ago. My brain was more accepting of new things back then.

Can't wait to see how it goes with you. I ordered some yarn for the tights/leotards so... and hey, thanks for the new pattern. Great job!
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