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Old 05-27-2005, 12:34 AM   #11
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good idea KK!
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Old 05-27-2005, 12:49 AM   #12
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Oh, for sure, circs for sure. I have read the raves about Denise's, but I haven't made the leap to interchangeables. I do really like the Addi Turbos I have. The cable is plyable and doesn't get kinked up like the first Boye I got.
I am going out of town this weekend to see my little baby nephew so I have 3 days of knitting, playing and googling... oh yeah, and I'll see my brother and sister in law too LOL
Guess I'll be making a yarn stop on the way out of Dodge...
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Old 05-27-2005, 07:17 AM   #13
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you know, Knitty Gritty had a tip that if your circ cables are winding up on you or stiff, you can dip them into some boiling or hot water and soften them up.. supposedly, it straightens them out and they stop trying to roll back up. 8-)
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Old 05-27-2005, 09:39 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Aby
you know, Knitty Gritty had a tip that if your circ cables are winding up on you or stiff, you can dip them into some boiling or hot water and soften them up.. supposedly, it straightens them out and they stop trying to roll back up. 8-)
It really does work. I tried it with my first Boye circ's (before ordering my set of Denise's). I was going nuts wrestling with that cable which wanted to curl every which way, but the hot water smoothed it right out.
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Old 05-27-2005, 12:47 PM   #15
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My MIL gave me a classic pattern that knits up quick and looks adorable:

Get a pair of the largest & longest needles you can find and a pair of the smallest at that same length. Start with the small needles, cast on 100 stitches, knit 10 rows. Switch to large needles and knit 10 rows. Keep repeating until you have desired length.

I've made a couple of these for gifts when I was first starting out and if you pick nice yarn it really looks cool. I found some at Joann's that had one thread of normal baby yarn and on thread of that same color only it had a shiny/reflective-but-soft quality and it was just beautiful.

Good luck! :XX:
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Old 06-03-2005, 07:55 AM   #16
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Susie, Do you have a picture ... I can't even imagine what that looks like? How do you get the big needles into the little stitches? Or... am I making this something it is not ... like the "pool cover"
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Old 06-03-2005, 08:42 AM   #17
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Debbie - Unfortunately I don't have a picture since they were all gifts. The only picture that I have is one with my cat Samson (grey) stepping on it. It's all folded up and the yarn I used was the least pretty of all the ones I've done. It really is pretty with the right yarn:

KH Thread here

I think this is the brand of yarn that I used for the really pretty sparkly ones but I can't remember:

YARN

I'll check when I get home tonight since I just picked up some more for another blanket. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful!



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Old 06-03-2005, 10:46 AM   #18
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Ok, just a newbie questions here. :thinking:

For the baby blanket with the 2 different sized needles:

How hard is it to go from the small needles to the larger ones? I tend to knit pretty tight and can't see going from a size 10.5 to a 19 without a problem with the stitches being too tight.

What sizes do you usually use when you make this blanket?

I'm really intrigued with the pattern and would love to try for my new neice or nephew to be.

Thanks!

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Old 06-03-2005, 10:56 AM   #19
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I thought it would be difficult too since I tend to knit tight too. My MIL patiently instructed me to knit loosely thoughout the last row of the smaller needle and a little tight on the last row of the larger needle. The yarn tends to slide and shift to allow you to do this - it was very surprising to me!

I'm at work now so I'll have to check my needles when I get home. They're hand made by my FIL as a Christmas present specifically for this pattern. I think the small ones are around a 6-8 and the large ones could be a wide as a quarter (no clue) what size that would be). I think you're 10.5 and 19 needles are different enough that they'd work. Since they're big you should be able to whip right through that beautiful yarn! I found that this pattern knits very quickly - I usually stick to about 10 rows with each set of needles but as long as you start and end with the smaller needles you can really knit as much or as little as you want!
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Old 06-03-2005, 11:26 AM   #20
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Thanks so much for the tips & info. Sounds really interesting.

Have to finish my other little projects first though before I start something new. :D I can at least look at what type of yarn to use.

Thanks again & have a great weekend!
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