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Old 01-27-2010, 09:43 AM   #11
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Neat...

I never minded the Provisional cast on, but that is really cool! I will give it a try next time I am needing to do one!!
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:36 PM   #12
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The easiest provisional cast on for me is to knit the first three or four rows with scrap yarn and then begin knitting with the yarn for your project. When you need to pick up the stitches, undo or cut the waste yarn. This method was in the Victorian Lace today book and I used it for the Melon Shawl.
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I agree with you, Jeremy
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Long Tail with Waist Yarn
You can still use the LTCO you rely upon, just join waist yarn for your long tail by tying a slip knot with both yarns together. Do not count the slip knot as a stitch in your CO.

I found this short video that gives a brief demonstration.

This method has one small short coming for me, you have to pick out each stitch of the waste yarn as you pickup the stitches to work. Perhaps not the thing for a 2 AM cast on.

Perhaps it was just time of night that was the real issue?
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:12 AM   #15
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I really like the simplicity of the crochet provisional cast on.
The website that Ingrid shared made it so simple!

Hey, if a diagram alone can get it through my thick head, it's definitely DO-ABLE!
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Originally Posted by laikabear View Post
...I'll try the crochet cast on then...
I think you will really like this type of provisional cast on. So E-Z!
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:58 AM   #17
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I did the crochet provisional cast on for my 2nd sleeve! You guys are right, it was so easy. I actually saw and bypassed that video the first time, thinking it wasn't what I was looking for. I guess I was thinking it was a way to start a crochet project.

I was going to try the knitting 4 rows with waste yarn for the body, but I really liked the crochet chain so I think I'll stick with that. Lucy Neatby has such a cute accent. I don't know what she means about potato sacks though. Either they are different in England or I've never bought a whole sack of potatoes before.

Now to unpick the caston from the 1st sleeve. I have to rip it back to the turning row anyway as my gauge in stockinette is so much looser that the hem won't fit nicely inside the cuff. Time to decrease a few sts and a needle size! At least it is stockinette and should unravel once I get the caston picked out. I was trying to unravel some ribbing in CeCe last week and I'd forgotten that ribbing doesn't unravel. Whoops!
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Potatoes used to come in mesh or burlap bags before plastic ones were used.
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Before Plastic
Before the heat-sealed plastic and resealable zip lock style closure, any large quantity dry goods (like potatoes or dog food) were sold in a sack or bag that was sewn closed across the top.

Like any sewn thread that was left unsecured, if you pulled on the correct end it would "unzip." Trying from the wrong end only tightened the sewn thread into a knot.

Oh, I found this sample image at ( http://www.ritewaypackaging.com/products-bags.php )
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Before the heat-sealed plastic and resealable zip lock style closure, any large quantity dry goods (like potatoes or dog food) were sold in a sack or bag that was sewn closed across the top.
This is the method that my livestock feed and my field seed come in.
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