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  • Location
    East TN, USA
  • Hobbies
    Crocheting, Knitting, Cross Stitching, Reading
  • Occupation
    Director of Accounting
  • Favorite hook type
  • Favorite projects
    Prayer shawls, baby blankets, ripple afghans
  • Crocheting since...
    My grandmother taught me the basics when I was 7, but I picked it back up again in November 2005.
  1. itsgeetee

    Scarf KAL

    Lis, I really like that color also. Great for fall. I finished my Magic Scarf and then tried to start the pattern that I posted earlier, but I was watching TV and kept losing track of what row I was on so I stopped. I'm making it in a silk/wool yarn that isn't going to handle a lot of frogging very well, so I decided to set that aside until I could concentrate on it a little better, and started a Basketweave scarf by Ann Bud. The pattern is free if you register here - http://www.knittingdaily.com/freepatterns/scarves_belts/Basketweave_Scarf_by_Ann_Budd30-1.html I really like this pattern. I'm making it in Bernat Satin, the color Banana, a nice soft yellow. The card is full on my digital camera, but I'll try to download some off and then take pictures of my finished scarf and the current status of this one. I also started the Palindrome scarf last night! I guess I have knitting ADD in addition to crochet ADD. Anyway, I had a hard time with the cables, but I think it is because the only cable needle I have is tiny (thin) and I'm using Patons SWS and size 9 needles. When I went to knit from the cable needle the stitches had "shrunk" up and I couldn't get my needle in the stitch. It was so tight, I was afraid I was going to break the yarn. I couldn't even get them to transfer back on to the left needle they were so tiny. So I frogged. Today at lunch I went to Joann's to get a larger cable needle and ended up getting a set of size 9 bamboo DPNs by Clover. (All the Clover things are 30% off this week, btw). I think it will work out well. I am knitting with size 9 Clover bamboo straight needles and I love them with this yarn! I had tried some bamboo needles with the Red Heart Essentials for the magic scarf and didn't like them at all - no slide. But since this yarn has silk in it, it seems to work well. The yarn moves easily but doesn't fly off the end of the needle like it does on the metal. I guess that's all part of the learning process. It's fun to see how the different yarns work with different needles. I still haven't found a needle - or hook for that matter - that I like with 100% non-mercerized cotton (i.e. Sugar n Cream). That stuff just seems to stick to everything and my stitches come out all uneven. Anyone else have that problem with the cotton? I am finding that I'm getting addicted to not just knitting, but to knitting scarves! It's fun to try the different patterns and it doesn't take forever to finish one. Nearly instant gratification, I guess that's the draw. Happy knitting everyone!
  2. I am doing my squares for the Bears. Is it okay if we round the TOP? They had the ball for 22:57 so I had rounded that to 23 minutes and planned on making 5 squares this week. But it would only be 2 more squares if I use the actual TOP without rounding it, so I might end up doing 7 anyway! I'll just have to see how it goes time wise... I've gotten a tiny, little, bit addicted to knitting since I learned last month, so a few of my squares over the course of the season may be knitted. I have the 200 Knit Blocks book, which is by the same author as the 200 Crochet Blocks book, which I also have, and I think I'm going to do all of my squares out of those. Just have to pick a color scheme for the first one. I think I may go with the Bears' colors - blue, orange and white. Hopefully the Bears will do better next week! Go Bears!
  3. itsgeetee

    Scarf KAL

    Lis, that is beautiful! I am still working on my Magic scarf - it's now about 45" long! I have just a small ball of yarn left from the skien I started with, and I think I'll finish today or tomorrow. I am very happy with the way it is turning out. I haven't started the pocket scarf yet. I didn't get around to it before I went on vacation last week, so I just took my Magic scarf and worked on it. Then I found this pattern: http://brookenelson.com/leafscarfpattern.html and now I'm in love with it and have to start it next! But I will get the pocket scarf done in time for my mom's christmas present...hopefully...
  4. So cute! I'm going to have to find that pattern.
  5. Wow Lisa, that is very nice! And just in time for fall!
  6. Wow! This is a great idea! I would like to join too, but I not be able to "play" every week. I'll do my best. I am a pretty slow crochetier, so I may have to go every other week to be able to keep up. I guess it depends on how well my team does. I'd like to play for "da Bears" - I grew up in the NW 'burbs and they are pretty much a religion there. Win or lose, they're my team! They did pretty good last year, so it will probably be another, what, 20 years? before they go that far again.
  7. Oh, Denise, I love your member name! Now I suddenly have a craving for a cup of hot coffee...
  8. Very pretty! Both the pattern and the color. I would love to know where the pattern can be found also. Your stitches look great, very even and pretty. I'm a new knitter myself, only a few weeks now, and to me your knitting looks like you would fall into the experienced category!
  9. Nadia, I am so jealous that you have both! But that option had not occurred to me until I read your blog. Hmmm....anyway, you may have pushed over to the Knit Picks set a little more. I may have to get that one - first anyway!
  10. Thanks for the info and the other thread/forum info. I like my needles smooth and pointy too...but Denise has a pink set! I love anything pink and I like to support businesses that donate to cancer research. Of course I could get the Knit Picks set and donate the $5 bucks myself...I guess the pointy part is more important than the pink part. This is not going to be an easy decision! At least so far noone really seems to care for the Boye set, and I'm not a Boye crochet hooker (Bates girl here), so I guess I can rule that set out.
  11. As a new knitter, I've been looking at different patterns and the needle sizes they require and I'm beginning to see the advantage to the interchangeable sets. I've looked at several online but I thought I would ask some of the experienced knitters what you've used and what you like/don't like about interchangeables in general, and/or about specific brands. Is there an overall favorite? I have not been able to find any in the local stores we have, so if I purchased a set, I would have to do it without being able to look at them and check them out in person. This might be something that goes on my Christmas wish list! Thanks in advance for your help.
  12. itsgeetee


    I'm glad I am not the only one that is feeling addicted since learning to knit! I have several unfinished crochet afghans, but since I finally learned to knit, it's all I want to do!
  13. itsgeetee

    Scarf KAL

    Lis, What are you not liking about your cables??? I think they look great! And that yarn is a gorgeous color. I think you are being too hard on yourself, and I'm not just trying to be nice. That is going to be very pretty.
  14. itsgeetee

    Scarf KAL

    Beth that looks great! I love that color. I didn't start mine this weekend. I helped my mom string, break, wash and can some (almost 2 bushels!) green beans. This is only my second year helping her do that. (She's 70 now and can't get the canner on and off of the stove by herself). Man, it's A LOT of work, but the results are well worth it!
  15. itsgeetee

    Scarf KAL

    I worked on my scarf some more last night, I'm up to 80 rows, or 8 sections of the basket weave pattern, but I'm getting that itch to start something else. Karla, your scarf turned out great and it's so cute! It will be perfect for my mom for Christmas, so I printed out the pattern and I'm going to start it tonight. I have some Caron Simply Soft in red, Mom's favorite color. I will accomplish two things at once - a Christmas present, and learning to increase and decrease. Plus the pocket thing. I hope I can do it! I have several crochet projects in progress, but I can't seem to break away from the knitting now that I have the hang of it. Maybe it is because it is so new. Yesterday when I was knitting while waiting in the drive through at Chik-fil-A, I was getting irritated because I had to keep taking my right hand out of the yarn to steer the car as I pulled forward. I couldn't help but think that if I could learn to knit continental, I wouldn't have to take my hand out of the yarn and then get it wrapped back around my pinky, etc. to start knitting again, because my right hand would be free! I tried and tried to learn continental but it was just too weird to have the yarn and the needled in my left hand, even though I crochet, and I was impatient to get going and the right-hand wrap was just more comfortable. But now I'm on a mission to learn it so that it will be easier to knit while doing other things...Hmmm, knitting might be a little more addictive for me than crochet was....
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