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anyone in the mood to knit?

ehBeth | Posted in Knitting and Crochet on

It’s autumn, they’re promising flurries, and I feel like knitting. Has anyone got some fun knitting projects on the go/older projects that need finishing/a favourite tv show that just NEEDS some knitting to keep it company?

I’d really love to hear about some other people’s knitting projects as I head upstairs to check the yarn bins!

If you can’t play a sport, be one.


  1. Jean | | #1

    I MUST get started on my Christmas sweaters for the grandkids.  Does anyone have a Barbie graph for the front of a sweater.  The 5 year old just loves them.  I know a dinosaur would make the  7 year old happy.  Fortunately I have a couple of knitting machines and it should go quickly once I get started.

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      ehBeth | | #2

      Hello Jean - yes, you're right - time to start (finish?) those Christmas projects. I'm still a needles-only knitter - i find it a good diet aid - can't eat when both hands are busy!

      The Needlework show was in town last weekend, difficult to leave without a suitcase full of patterns and yarns. Only the knowledge of the rubbermaid totes full of fancy yarns kept me slightly sane <grin>.

      1. Jean | | #3

        I know, I have more yarn than most yarn stores, I swear!  but never the exact color I seem to need...LOL.

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          ehBeth | | #4

          Jean, i try to time my dog walks for AFTER the nearest yarn shop is closed. Then i can gaze and drool and NOT spend.

          1. Jean | | #5

            Uh oh, I just found a new on-line store to browse..


            That was mean of me, I know. Sorrry.

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            ehBeth | | #11

            Jean - i'm beginning to understand that knitters have to share yarn hot-tips - makes us feel some tiny bit less guilty about the pounds and pounds of beautiful yarn already in our possession - yeah, but >>> she <<< has MORE!

  2. oliveoyl | | #6

    need encouragement on this one - I have some mohair/silk waiting to be knit into a sweater that has two front cables. The big problem I am having is with the edge stitch-they seem to be big and sloppy on one side as it is knit with bigger needles. I want to get this finished for Christmas!!!

    1. carolfresia | | #7

      I've gotten my knitting needles out recently, too, after a long hiatus. Lately I do only flat, rectangular objects because I'm always trying to knit while also watching TV or keeping the kids from damaging themselves or each other--too hard for me (I'm not very experienced at knitting) to follow a pattern at the same time! But I've kind of fallen in love with those novelty yarns that you can knit with size 11 needles--it's great to be able to complete a project really quickly, and end up with a cool, fuzzy/fluffy/hairy scarf or wrap or whatever at the end.

      Maybe one day when...when?!....I'll try some more involved things. Hope so...big fluffy  mohair sweaters and the like. Yum!


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        ehBeth | | #13

        CarolFresia - i'm a fan of shetlands knit in the round - if you can count to 5 without being distracted, you'll have a sweater in a week or so.  hmmmmm, i wonder if there are patterns for big fluffy sweaters knit in the round. must check. ohhhhh noooooooooo, i've found a reason to go to a yarn shop!

        1. rjf | | #18

          Shetlands in the round!! I haven't done that for a while.  I can do it all in the round but not all at once.  Each sleeve is separate and then joined in for the yoke.  Do you know the Alice Starmore patterns?  She's a great designer and "how-to" writer.  And a really involved pattern is a great excuse to buy LOTS of yarn!      rjf

    2. ElonaM | | #8

      Is the problem you're having with the very edge stitches of the selvedge itself? If so, you might be able to neaten them up by knitting the first and last stitches (1 or 2) in each row. This will give you a neat little garter stitch edge to work with there.

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        ehBeth | | #14

        nice solution, Elona. I usually knit the 1st 2 stitches in a row together and then add a stitch in the next stitch. It looks nice and smooth, but your solution sounds faster.

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      ehBeth | | #12

      Zoyia - one side is knit on big needles? or the whole project?

  3. lin327 | | #9

    Hi!  I got some yarn called Fizz, and I'm knitting some cold weather accesories with it.  It's totally hairy and fizzy looking.  I have some hand painted wool yarn by colinette, colourway venezia, and I'm making a cropped jacket with it.  After I knit the jacket I'm going to felt it down to make it warmer and to make the colours blend together a bit more!  Finally I got "Grace" cotton yarn from Paton's and I'm making a spring dress and matching coat.  That project I'm doing on the knitting machine and it will still take all winter.

    1. carolfresia | | #10

      I've never used a knitting machine, but a couple of weeks ago I saw the designer on "Changing Rooms" (the BBC predecessor to "Trading Spaces") make two knitted throws in, supposedly, 48 hours. In addition to repainting the room and all the other shenanigans, of course. Is this possible?! I felt somewhat dubious, but when I saw her do it, I thought maybe I'd better, in fact, pull out the old inherited machine in my basement and have a go. I'd love to sew with knitted yardage.


      1. lin327 | | #16

        I dunno...it would take me about forty eight hours to set up the machine, knit a few tension swatches, draw out a pattern, change my mind about everything, make new swatches, redraw pattern based on a cool dress I saw in a store, try a new stitch combination, make new swatches.... And so on and so on and...

        1. BEECHSUN | | #19

          You got it, the prep time and finishing is what take the most time in machine knitting. I would definity think of it as yardage, otherwise you will drive your self crazy trying to compare it to hand knitting. Looking forward for your picture of your project. This thread has made me want to knit something for my granddaughter. Check out this website for machine knitters if you still want to machine knit after your project. Olga


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      ehBeth | | #15

      katzRkrazee - hand-painted yarn!?!


      do post pix when you're done. 

      I'm still gasping at the thought of hand-painted, felted knitting. Wow!

      1. lin327 | | #17

        I'll snap a picture with my new digital camera and post it in the morning! After I learn how to use it, of course!

      2. lin327 | | #20

        Attempt one at transferring picture from website to here!

        Darn!  Here's a link to the picture.  (Do I leave in WYSIWYG or do I check source fro HTML links? Can anyone help on that?)


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          ehBeth | | #21

          Thanks, Kat - nice colour variations goin' on.

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