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Old 09-02-2008, 02:21 PM   #81
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There was a hint to store your patterns, etc, on CD and take the CD with you. This is a great idea for backing up your goody lists if your system fails. However, it may be easier to carry a flash/thumb drive in your knitting bag. Unlike a cd a flash drive can be updated on the go. Flash drive prices are going down and storage is always going up.

If you are at a friends and they have a great pattern on file that you would like a copy of (check copyright requirements) plug your flask drive in and down load it.

As stated above check copyrights and make sure your anti-virus is up to date.
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Old 09-02-2008, 02:39 PM   #82
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A lot of MP3 players will store docs and pdfs too
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Originally Posted by MAmaDawn View Post
A lot of MP3 players will store docs and pdfs too

And depending on your library systems talking book to listen to when you knit. The libraries in Maryland let you down load 4 talking books at a time for a 21 day check out. Catch up on your "reading" and knitting at the same time.
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USING CHARTS
I make an enlarged copy of the chart...and then color code the different cable sequences. Each individual cable is easier to spot, therefore fewer mistakes and mis-crossed cables...therefore...less tinking and frogging! Makes the knitting go very swiftly because your eye becomes trained to the color coding. OF COURSE, I color code the legend to match!

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MOCK SEAMING for a TRY ON
When in doubt about the length you should make the sleeves, I "mock seam" the FRONTS to the BACK...mock seam the sides a bit...and try on the garment. In this photo, you can see that the shoulders will drop off my natural shoulderline...therefore, the sleeves will be seamed there.
The designer swears that this pattern (GROVE) is not a dropped shoulder. Well it might not be a dropped shoulder technically...but it sure dropped off my shoulder. I shorted the length of the sleeves accordingly. If I hadn't, the sleeves would have hung a few inches past my middle finger!

Another tip...after I got one sleeve done, I repeated the mock seaming, and also clipped one sleeve into place...to make sure of the length of the sleeve on my arm.

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TEENSY WEENSY SEAMING CLIPS
Someone previously mentioned that she uses butterfly clips for her seaming! Great idea! That reminded me of the clips that I use. (I have the KnitKlips and find them to be somewhat clunky). Having 8 granddaughters, I saw these in their hair all the time. Baby/toddler clippies. I use them to perform mock seam/try on chores, and also to hold my seams together while I'm mattress seaming pieces together.



Right sides facing up, here is a sleeve of my purple bed jacket, ready to be mattress seamed into the body.

These little clippies are cheap, and you can get them at the grocery store most of the time! I like the fact that they bite into the yarn really well, without hurting the yarn. And they really really stay put while I'm trying on a garment for a fitting.

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Artlady, The clippies are a great idea, Thanks!
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GOT JUNK IN YOUR TRUNK?
Got junk in your trunk? No? Well I do!

I made a cardigan a while back...and I made the size to fit my bust and shoulders. However, I always clip the FRONTS to the BACK by mock seaming...and try on the garment before knitting the sleeves. Aaaargh. I discovered that this cardigan wouldn't close in the fronts in the hip region. Yeah, the junk in my trunk needed more room. So who wants to re-knit the FRONTS and the BACK! Not me! So, I knit what I call a GUSSET. I cast on about 20 stitches...and knit the pattern to match the body...tapering the stitches out til the gusset reached the same length as the FRONTS and the BACK to the beginning of the armhole shaping. That was 98 rows. I knew that I had to decrease these 20 stitches down to one stitch from Row 1 to Row 97. I just did the math. I decreased one stitch each end of every 9th row...starting with Row 7. Anyway, you get the point. Then I seamed this gusset to the the Right Front, then to the Back. (Of course, I did the same for the Left Front-to-Back too) Here is a photo of how well it worked, and how invisible it is! It gave my cardigan the look of a swing jacket...and I like it very much! At least it now fits.





Here it is, pattern called GRETA:
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AN ALTERNATIVE to the FROG POND
I was on vacation last August. I was knitting a 2 skein MALABRIGO Irish Hiking Scarf for my DSIL. I got one full skein knitted, and was maybe 10 rows into the 2nd skein....when LO! and BEHOLD!....it was very obvious that the 2 skeins were very different 'dyelots'. Yeah, I know MALABRIGO is kettle dyed...but I swear, the two skeins looked identical, even in daylight. My Irish Hiking Scarf, as is, would have had an unsightly 50-yard line...half one coloration, half the other. It was a gift for a young man who is not only an artist, but a GQ dresser as well. This scarf, as is, would not do! So, rather than FROG the whole first skein...then re-knit it alternating with SKEIN #2...I just rolled up the half scarf, and pulled yardage from it as I needed it! I knit rows 1 & 2 with the Scarf Skein #1; rows 3 & 4 with Skein #2...and so forth. BTW, I made the transition from Skein #1 to Skein #2 and vice versa on the 3rd stitch in from the edge, since the edge of the scarf had to stay neat and clean.

This way of re-knitting (rather than frogging, re-winding and re-knitting) saves time, and saves wear and tear on your yarn. Especially yarns like Malabrigo, or mohair...that suffer with too much handling. As you may or may not know...the fluffy finish on Malabrigo that makes it so soft will also tangle when you frog.

Anyway, here are a couple of photos that I took in our trailer. We were on vacation in the mountains for a week, so I had all the time in the world!

On the left side is the first half of the scarf that used Skein #1. In the middle is the first few rows of the re-knit. On the right side is Skein #2.


Here is the first half of the scarf that is being re-knit, alternating rows with Skein #2.


And lastly, here is the re-knitted Irish Hiking Scarf!
Still needs washing and blocking, but lookin' good so far!
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I personally want to thank ALL OF YOU for the great tips I've read! I hafta go back through again and copy/paste a bunch of them to a WORD doc for future reference! I was truly amazed at some of the great tips from our new knitters, too! Wowser! Thanks!! I'll keep my thinking cap on, and see if I can dredge up any more tips from my archives.

Oh, and thanks again to Laikabear for giving my 're-knitting tip' special mention in her post #54 in this thread! Thanks Laikabear! You make me feel great!
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