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Old 07-19-2008, 08:25 AM   #11
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Momwolf-ROFLOL about the DPns and Limey ; and I use a fishing tackle box too.

And the crochet hook is a great idea-I need to do that! I try to, but I often find myself without one anyway.

Alyce, great idea writing the date on the bag! I have a feeling that might motivate me a bit lol!

I'm glad my two cents is a help to you Ruthie!
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:04 AM   #12
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[quote=momwolf;1131291]1-NEVER be any where near Limey when she is knitting with DPNs

Cheeky Hound!!!, Momwolf

You keep your knitting tackle in a fishing basket? - what did ya catch? Moby Dick?

I've seen trawlers with fishing baskets smaller than yours!!! - in fact, I think the entire UK fishing fleet would have trouble finding enough space to stash your stash!

I think this is a brilliant thread and everyone's coming up with some great ideas.

I should get something decent to house my projects, Hilary, keep on using carrier bags, which is ok for small stuff but anything knitted for an adult keeps spilling out.

I find it handy too, to have a crochet hook at the ready and where I can, have a duplicate set of needles to the ones I'm using, for when my hands get clammy in warm weather (fat chance!) - I just keep the duplicate set in the fridge, so that they're lovely and cool.
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:11 AM   #13
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My tip is I use a three ring binder for my dpn's and odd size circulars. I put them in a sleeve and now I can put it on my shelf next to my sofa. I also keep my crochet hooks in a old plastic spice container. It is just the right size for them. I keep the shaker top on it and the different sizes fit just right.
So this is my two cents worth. I also did cover the three ring binder the way we used to cover our books for school.
I don't think the kids do that anymore. My mom could use just about anything around the house. So of course I just did learn do it also. I don't sew but boy give me paper and I could cover anything.
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I used paper and glue to cover the binder. Tape is just to tacky.

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Old 07-19-2008, 11:12 AM   #14
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Hi, Teri! Great idea about the 3-ring binder with sleeves! I've GOT to get out to Staples or Office Depot soon!

You all are a hoot, and the ideas you're writing up are super! Here's a new one from me.

TIP: Easy pattern reading

When I first started knitting again, I was back to square one. Of course, the patterns that appealed to me most were pretty complex with stuff like 8 row pattern repeats, etc., but I was game and I'd found KH!

I was making afgans and baby blankets for the family. I was afraid I'd go blind trying to read and follow those tiny little lines of type in the pattern books, to say nothing of the confusion! So the first thing I did with a pattern was to re-write each row on an individual 5x7 index card.

I used symbols for the stitches such as a box for knit stitches and an x for purls, trying to make it more visual.

If I had several knit stitches I'd draw the box and write the appropriate type and amount of stitches (example: K 6 inside a box or X-6 written like that). I broke the pattern for that row down into what looked like logical sequences and wrote each on a different line of the card, using every other line. (I used a gel pen so the ink was darker and easier to read.)

Then I'd stack my index cards on the sofa next to me and just move the current card to the back when I was finished the row.

I always knew where I was in the pattern (once I got in the habit of turning the card as soon as I was finished the row!) Also, as I wrote the pattern out on the cards I was getting familiar with it. Once it was written out with the symbols I could lay the cards out and actually see how the pattern was formed.

It's been well worth the time so far to write up my little "cheat sheets"!
And an added plus is that I can file the cards in a file box to use if I want to do the pattern again, or to repair one I've done if it's damaged.

Hope this helps!

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Old 07-19-2008, 12:44 PM   #15
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Wow, great tips everyone! I have a few comments/ideas..

I hate stitch and row counters. It's too easy for someone (old or young) to come up and say 'what's this?' and then fiddle with the dial. I keep pencil and notepad next to me while knitting patterns I need to keep track on. If the pattern has a 4 row repeat I make hashmarks for each row then move down a line for the next repeat. I also circle the row that has the lifeline on it so if I have to frog I know exactly where I was in the pattern.

I second the crochet hook, too. Very handy for those dropped stitches!

adding to my previous list -

3. Keep coilless safety pins in your bag. They are great if you have to mark something below the row you're one or whatever. You can get them in the beading section of stores.
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
I also circle the row that has the lifeline on it so if I have to frog I know exactly where I was in the pattern.

I am still new to some of this stuff. Can someone please explain to me what a "lifeline" is?

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Old 07-19-2008, 01:05 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by kellybigeyes View Post
I am still new to some of this stuff. Can someone please explain to me what a "lifeline" is?

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A 'lifeline' is a piece of thin yarn or something like dental floss that you put through the stitches on your needle to mark a row that is error free. You can use a yarn needle to go through the stitches or if you use circular needles some of them have a hole at the base where you can tie something like the floss and then knit normally. However you do it when it is in the while row you pull it through so you have two ends. I tie them in a knot then knit normally. Now if you have to frog/rip back you don't have to go all the way to the beginning of the project. Move them up or add more as you go up the project. For things like lace especially they are indispensable. I am using one on my sweater though, too.
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Thanks Jan. That is a great idea!! I'll have to remember that!
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Hiya Folks

I've found out that it pays to be careful which way you point a stitch holder if you're using it to hold stitches at the back of a cardigan.

It's all well and good the pattern saying place so many stitches on a holder - what it doesn't tell you is to watch which end of the holder you place them on.

I've recently picked up some stitches on the right front and neck of a child's cardigan and had my stitch holder with the point going to the right as well - that means that I've gone up the side of the cardigan and now the stitch holder is facing the wrong way - have to put the held stitches on something else so that I can transfer them to the working needle.

In other words, if you usually start picking up stitches on a right front or neckline, make sure that the pointed end of the stitch holder is facing left (from inside the garment) when you place the stitches on the holder.

If you don't, you'll have the wrong end of the holder facing you and if you used a knitting needle as a holder, you'll end up with the blunt end at the wrong end for you to pick up.

Hope this makes sense.

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