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Knitting: Project 5 Started [Oct. 6th, 2011|10:53 pm]
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Project 5 is another scarf for a friend, but in a completely different yarn...I'm having fun experimenting with yarns.  This is Berocca's "Link", a super-chunky wool/acrylic blend in variegated color combinations.  I'm using what I call (they don't) "Rainclouds"--a series of blues and slightly grayed lighter blues that looks like rain clouds we hope to see again.   It was the rationale for my buying the huge size 35 needles. 

Yes, they do look like you could stake vampires with them, don't they?
I had a lot of trouble getting started because I had never done yarn-overs before, and this pattern called for them in both knit and purl rows.  So there was a lot of casting on, messing up, ripping out, but at least the work went fast once I got going.  Here's how the first few rows looked:

And here it is beginning to look like it might be a scarf someday.


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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-07 01:53 pm (UTC)
I wish I could find the old wooden needles I first learned on, but I have a vague memory (perhaps confabulated) that someone (not me) sat or stepped on one and broke it. They weren't anywhere near as fat as the 35s. Perhaps 10s or 11s or something. Very old, though--family needles from my mother's childhood or earlier.
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[User Picture]From: fluidsparkles
2011-10-07 06:26 am (UTC)
Very Pretty. I do love my knitting needles and how they are not sen as weapons :)

Those however i am not sure that i could get away with.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-07 01:56 pm (UTC)
Yes--this pair would not be a good choice for the world traveler in today's political climate. If you should meet a troll in the school toilets, though, sticking one of these up its nostril would definitely get its attention just as well as a wizard's wand. A bit clumsy for wand use, though, besides not being magical. (Yes, I'm a Harry Potter fan.)

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[User Picture]From: fluidsparkles
2011-10-08 02:48 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: tattercoats
2011-10-07 09:00 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing - it's always lovely to see the pleasure you're taking in your new craft, and the myriad materials and techniques associated with it. That yarn looks almost as if it's been pre-knitted on a dolly bobbin - is that simply me misreading the picture? It's certainly a lovely colour.

I shall grin broadly when you start your first pair of socks... :-)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-07 01:57 pm (UTC)
The yarn looks knitted-in-the-round (a dolly bobbin? Hadn't heard of that, but wouldn't be surprised.)

I shall grin broadly when I FINISH my first pair of socks. I expect quite a bit of grimacing and possibly even crying between start and finish.
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[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2011-10-07 11:27 am (UTC)
What gorgeous yarn! "Rainclouds" is a wonderful name for it.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-07 02:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The pictures were taken with flash and then "doctored" a little in my photo software because initially they were too dark and contrasty. Not enough ambient light in that room even with all the lights on. So the color isn't exact, but pretty close, I think. If anything still darker than reality. I'll get some shots in daylight another time.
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[User Picture]From: deliasherman
2011-10-07 03:16 pm (UTC)
I love variegated yarn, and that's particularly lovely. Most of what I've been knitting recently has been for babies, so I'm working at the other end of the needle spectrum--2s and 3s. I really should buy a clue--and some bigger needles.

You going to WFC? I haven't seen you for AGES.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-07 04:42 pm (UTC)
I know--it's been ages and ages and I miss that. No, I'm not going to WFC (I usually don't--only if it's in driving distance) but will be at WorldCon in Chicago next year, God willin' and the crick don't rise (though I wish it WOULD rise!!! This drought!!!) I might make it to Balticon (hope so, but it will depend on year-end finances after all the medical bills from spouse's surgeries etc are finally done with.
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[User Picture]From: seitherin
2011-10-07 03:37 pm (UTC)
I, too, have to thank you for sharing. I live in yarn deprived Edinburg right now so I have no knitting to do which means I have to get my yarn fix by drooling over other people's projects. However, I'm planning a trip to the Austin area at the beginning of November and I understand there are a couple of yarn shops there. I can't wait to get my hands on some yarn.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-07 04:36 pm (UTC)
Don't tell "my" yarn & supplies shop, but I'm getting most of my yarn mail-order, off the internet.

I've been happy with shipments from http://www.yarn.com/index.cfm although they don't carry my favorite needles or some sizes of brands they do carry. It's true you can't fondle the yarns and see them in daylight, but still...I've now bought several yarns in several brands and they were all (with the exception of one color that hit me wrong when I was depressed about something else) great. The link just for yarns is: http://www.yarn.com/webs-knitting-crochet-yarns-brand/

Here's are links for the yarns I've bought from them:

Berocco "Comfort": http://www.yarn.com/webs-knitting-crochet-yarns-berroco/webs-knitting-yarns-berroco-comfort/ (Projects 1, 2, 3, 4: 3 colors)

Berocco "Jasper": http://www.yarn.com/webs-knitting-crochet-yarns-berroco/webs-knitting-yarns-berroco-jasper/ (in planning, 2 colors)

Berocco "Link": http://www.yarn.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/product.detail/categoryID/02AC21B4-AE19-4896-9562-69EC40F72FC5/productID/B3947197-3A49-4432-909C-CAD37B68E1C0/ (Project 5 and prob. 6, 1 color)

Valley Yarns "Cold Spring": http://www.yarn.com/webs-knitting-crochet-yarns-valley-yarns/valley-yarns-cold-spring/ (in planning, 3 colors)

The knitting shop Gauge in Austin has many lovely yarns, including some of the same brands as WEBS, but it's smaller, less inventory. Does include other brands (including other brands of needles and hooks, also good notions) and some locally produced hand-dyed yarns that are gorgeous. Pricey, but gorgeous. Its website is: http://www.gaugeknit.com/ There's another knit shop in south Austin, but I prefer not to cross the river (extra time and distance) when I don't have to. Don't know anything about that one. I see that on the current page they have been participating in a Yarn Crawl through a lot of shops I didn't know existed--look at the San Antonio ones. Hmmm....
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[User Picture]From: seitherin
2011-10-09 03:08 pm (UTC)
OMG! Thank you so much for posting the links to Webs. I'm in needle heaven. Wooden double points for socks and straight needles for everything else. I know what my Christmas gift to myself will be. And the yarn . . . I'm drooling all over myself.

Unfortunately, with school, I can't make the Yarn Crawl, but I have saved the names of the shops to look up later. I might be able to talk my best friend into doing a mini-crawl when we go up to Austin.
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[User Picture]From: teriegarrison
2011-10-07 05:04 pm (UTC)
seitherin said: 'I live in yarn deprived Edinburg....'

Did the little yarn shop on the road down to Grassmarket (from whatever the name is of the main road above) close?

Also, I've bought yarn from http://www.blacksheepwools.com/ (in Warrington). They even went to the trouble of trying (and succeeding!) to match dye lots when I changed my mind what I was going to make and needed to buy a few more balls of something I'd bought from them a few month previously.

e_moon60 said: 'And here it is beginning to look like it might be a scarf someday.'

I daresay it'll be someday soon! That looks like the kind of knitting that will go realfastnow.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-07 05:35 pm (UTC)
Terie, seitherin is talking about Edinburg, Texas...county seat of Hidalgo County, the town with the hospital where I was born, and only 10 miles from the town in which I grew up.

Not Edinburgh, Scotland (for which it was named, I believe.)

Yarn variety when I lived down there was pretty much limited to Red Heart wools (worsted weight) and Red Heart cotton (rug yarn); synthetics were coming in about the time we moved up here. I think when I was really young there were some dry goods stores that carried more yarn, and a specialty store showed up in McAllen when I was in high school or college. Still, my mother ordered many yarns by mail, which was a lot harder before the internet. She'd see something in a needlework catalog, order a sample, then decide. Our favorite for ordinary sweaters back in the '60s and '70s was Bernat's "Sesame", a lovely worsted-weight yarn, 100% wool, soft and beautifully spun. I must have had eight or nine sweaters of that, pullovers and cardigans both. But she ordered wool from Iceland and Ireland as well as other places.
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[User Picture]From: seitherin
2011-10-09 03:20 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the confusion. Only one letter and several thousand miles separate Edinburg from Edinburgh. If I had my druthers, I'd be in Edinburgh instead.
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[User Picture]From: 90sbondgirl
2011-10-07 04:48 pm (UTC)
Almost I am tempted to take up knitting - that is _gorgeous_.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-07 05:45 pm (UTC)
Like any other hobby, if you get interested it grows on you--and into your storage space--and into your budget. If, however, you're ever in a situation where you need to occupy your hands while waiting a lot...knitting is wonderful therapy.

I'm having great fun now doing things my mother never did--with yarns she never saw and needles she didn't have. I think one problem in the "in between" was trying to go back and finish projects she left unfinished, matching her work style and choices, and using her tools. I had been intimidated by her knowledge and the perfection of her products (I should pull out some of the sweaters and photograph them.) I feel a lot freer now to "do it my way," make my mistakes in privacy and go on. (And the videos of technique online are--some of them at least--wonderful. Yesterday I was able to find good ones on yarn-over for both knit and purl rows. Last spring I used them to relearn knit and purl and the long-tail cast-on.)

I'm not sure I'd recommend starting with the really-really fat needles--they are awkward to hold. Somewhere in the size 8 to size 10.5 is a good starter for most people--big enough to see the yarn easily (and thus figure out what to do) but not awkward. Some of that depends on hand size, too, and whether you have arthritis. Needles should be comfortable in the hand. Would also recommend something with rows long enough to build rhythm (20 stitches to maybe 30) but not so long that you get bored and lose interest. But if you really-really wanted to start with fat yarn and needles--go for it. Motivation carries people through (says the relatively novice sewer who made a dress from a Vogue pattern once.)
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[User Picture]From: reading_angel
2011-10-08 03:18 am (UTC)
If we're making recommendations for beginners, I recommend shelling out for wooden or bamboo needles. They're slightly more expensive, but I find the aluminum needles to be really slippy - which works for some things, but was really frustrating when I was learning. The yarn grips the wooden needles better.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-08 03:42 am (UTC)
Oh, I agree. I learned on the old family wooden needles in the first place. For one thing, you learn not to yank your stitches too tight, because the grippier surface then makes it difficult. If you learn on wood (never tried bamboo--guessing it's similar) you learn to relax and that promotes a more even tension. Later on, the slippy metal needles are fine for some projects (but I personally like the feel and the sound of wood. Though I've come to like the acrylic needles KnitPicks makes, too.)
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