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[October 29, 2009 @ 12:02am]

This group's been quiet for over a year now.  I can't believe it.  Anyway, I just wanted to post that I took out TWENTY WISHES so that I could read it again and I took out the knitalong book from the library.  I'm thinking of making Baxter's Jacket for my own doggie, not that she likes clothes, but she needs a winter coat this year.

Anyone else read anything knitting related lately?

2008 Ornament Exchange [October 25, 2008 @ 10:50pm]

Are we allowed to advertise other knitting groups in here?  If so, I'm trying to organize a knit/crochet 2008 Ornament Exchange, and the group name is ornamentex2008 . If not, can the group leaders please let me know and delete this message?  Thanks so much.  

Question [September 11, 2007 @ 11:07am]

I've been considering getting one of those knitting handbooks to explain or remind me of things when I forget, like blocking or abbreviations. What do you reccomend? I know a lot of people like Stitch&Bitch, and I've seen a few people talk about Vogue Knitting (which I didn't realise was a book), but I really want some reccomendations before I go out and buy anything.

Also, can anyone explain what is so special about sock yarn? I've never seen anything labelled sock yarn in any of the shops around where I live and I don't really understand how it is different from any other ball of yarn.

Thank you. Cross posted to insanejournal.
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Mod note [August 13, 2007 @ 10:50am]

Hi guys.

Due to the recent problems with LJ (which you may or may not have heard about) I am relocating to insanejournal.com. I have created a mirror comm. over there (still under books_and_knits) but will be needing someone to take over this community. So... who wants to be a mod?


P.S. I will still probably post here until the insanejournal version gets some members.
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new here, hiya [July 26, 2007 @ 11:24am]

[ mood | happy ]

I'm currently trying to make socks. I only been knitting a year. I really haven't done anything in the round yet. I tried once but I got those ladders (?) on all the corners of the dpns. Never used circulars really either, but I'm gonna! I have lots of ufos I should be doing first, but oh well.. 
I just finished Dark to Mortal Eyes by Eric Wilson.. it was good, but I wasn't really into it. I hate that. I don't know what to read next, I bought several on a trip to Barnes & Noble (I'm so jealous of anyone who has one of those in there town), they all look good. 

& yeah, putting books and knitting together.. very good idea.

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FO and WIP [July 14, 2007 @ 8:44pm]

Yay! I finished the wrap I was making for Italy. And only two days before too. And so I give you (with many pictures) my first every attempt at lace, blocking, buttonholes, and knitting with wool:

Media: US7 circular needle, 10 buttons, 1 and 1/2 skiens of Rowanspun 100% wool and my little brother's spare bunk mattress for wet blocking.

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So yeah, I'm pretty pleased. It came out much better than I expected, although my blocking isn't great. Still, I'm only a beginner - it'll get better with practice.

My work in progress is Knitty's Tempting, which I also hope to have finished before leaving, just because I have another wrap in the works for a friend's birthday.

Media: US8 circular needle, 3 balls (so far) of Rowan cashsoft yarn in grey

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Phoenix pictures [July 04, 2007 @ 11:00am]

Hello all. My digital camera has arrived, so I present pictures of Fawkes the Phoenix. Enjoy!

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News, and a pattern recommendation [June 28, 2007 @ 3:20pm]

I just bought the latest issue of Simply Knitting (it always takes me ages to track it down) and I discovered the Pirate pattern by Alan Dart. Included was a pattern for a tiny parrot, so I dug out the fun fur I bought ages ago to make a phoenix, discarded the patten I was using before (and got wrong many, many times) and got started. Half an hour later and I have a teeny little phoenix. He's so cute! I'll provide pics when my new digital camera arrives after the postal strike *rolls eyes*.
In honour of the upcoming OotP Harry Potter film, I think I'll try modifying the pirate to create a Dumbledore for my miniturised Fawkes. Yes, I'm wierd, but I think it'll be a nice challenge.

I'm also a little over halfway through Knitty's Tempting. So easy to knit, and I'm not bored yet!

In reading, I have only one thing to say: Mercedes Lackey rocks!
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Lace Weight Yarn [June 12, 2007 @ 11:09pm]

I'm wanting to make the invisibility shawl from Charmed Knits, and it calls for roughly 1500 yards of laceweight cashmere. I had a look at the brand they suggest and can't afford it at the moment, but my LYS stocks DK acrylic, and that's about it. In fact, that's all I've ever knit in because that's all I can ever get. I've been looking round online shawls but don't really understand the differences between all the different yarns. Can someone explain the difference between 2-ply, fingering and lace please? I don't get it.
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Just stuff [May 19, 2007 @ 10:47am]

My current list of stuff:
-My Dad's sweater. I keep stopping and starting, but it's so repetative I get bored quite easily.
-My sweater. Less repetative and the sleeves aren't as long. I'm doing this in Rowan Cashsoft that I got for my birthday. It's a lovely blue/grey colour, and I love using it.

My current reading list:
-I'm reading everything by Mercedes Lackey I can get my hands on. In the last three weeks I have read the whole of the Bardic Voices series, the whole of the Arrows series, and I'm about to start the last herald mage series. Good books :-)
-I'm rereading all my English texts and my chemistry textbook cover to cover. I've also been hunting down critics for my English exam.

Other stuff:
-I just ordered 'Charmed Knits' - the book for Harry Potter knitters. I'm still waiting for it, but I think it will be good.
-I need to come up with a realatively quick-and-simple gift for my friend's birthday. She likes art, bats, Dr. Who, Nightmare before Christmas, and anything gothic. Any thoughts?
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Desperately seeking something like "Red Herring Scarf" [April 21, 2007 @ 1:10pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

First of all, I am sorry for cross-posting, but I don't know which community I saw this in.

I clicked on a link from some knitting community showing a deep red scarf (I'm 90% certain it was a scarf!) with a kind of 'v' stitch. Then Firefox had to close, so I desperately tried to memorise what I could see of the tab, and I think it said, "Red Herring Scarf: K" and that was all I could see.

Sadly, I have googled and (I think) checked Knitty.com pretty carefully, and have found nothing, so now I turn to you. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?!

Thanks in advance!

ETA: Thank you so much neatlittlelass! Here it is! Pretty, right?

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Pattern books [April 09, 2007 @ 1:38pm]

Dad just offered to take me to HobbyCraft to give me a break from the revision and I got my first ever pattern books. I couldn't decide between Rowan Classic Nature and Rowan Classic Coast, so I bought both :-) I can't wait to get started, there's so many beautiful patterns. Has anyone used either of these before? Which would you say is the best pattern to start with?

FOs and 'read' list [April 03, 2007 @ 9:37pm]

Hey everyone. It's been a while since I last posted, hasn't it?

My list of FOs this time is basically wristwarmers. I've made a pair for my mum (green with tiny cables) and a pair for myself (with no cables due to chunky wool). I used basic acrylic for Mum and Wendy Moiselle for myself. I'm making another pair in Moiselle but a different colour for a friend at school.

I am making progress with Dad's sweater. I've almost finished the front and will soon move on to the back. Hooray for progress! It is being made in blue cotton (brand unknown) from a pattern I found somewhere on the net.

I also made some stitch markers in a fit of boredom. I've never tried before so it was mostly guesswork. They have little green beads and a hand shape with handmade engraved on it. The picture didn't show up too well.

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In reading, I've now read 8 out of the 50 books I'm hoping to have read by the end of the year (through 50bookchallenge. The last was 'Voice of the Gods' - not bad, but the ending left me very unsatisfied.

So how is everyone else doing?
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[March 05, 2007 @ 9:19am]


Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories by Truman Capote (1958)


"You know those days when you get the mean reds?"

Holiday Golightly. She’s quirky, comical, and glamorous. She’s fashionable, in-the-know, and in-the-now. She’s lonely, lost, and waiting to be rescued. You couldn’t resist her charm if you tried, and you can’t help but fall in love with her.

 Well, at least in the Hollywood film version. Capote’s original novella paints a darker portrait of Miss Golightly. Unlike Audrey Hepburn’s adorable Holly, who needs a knight in slightly-rusted armor to save her, Capote’s girl is a “wild thing” who cannot be caged, trained, or rescued.

---> Jump over to my book journal for full review.

x-posted a bit
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Coraline by Neil Gaiman (2002) [February 25, 2007 @ 8:48pm]


The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring.

I really enjoyed this clever little novella, but then again, I enjoy mostly everything from Gaiman. This is a story of young Coraline (though often mistakenly, and to her despair, called Caroline) – a bored and curious girl who longs for an adventure. As is expected from Gaiman, the story contains comically eccentric characters, a talking cat, a sudden dark twist to an otherwise ordinary day, and one very stubborn main character...

---> Jump over to my book journal for full review.

Book review [February 22, 2007 @ 9:08pm]


The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King (1982)

Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.

Admittedly, the only reason I was initially interested in reading the Dark Tower series was the alleged inspiration it provided for the minds behind the television show, Lost (yes, I am a huge Lost fan). At the end of this first book in the series, I can’t say I see much of a connection with the television show – although the show is only halfway through its run at the time of my reading the book – except for some references to space and time. But that doesn’t mean this book was a waste...

---> Jump over to my book journal for full review.

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Very specific pattern needed [February 17, 2007 @ 5:11pm]

Okay, Dad's birthday is next month and he's asked for a pullover. Problem is, he's asked for a very specific pullover. This is what he wants:

+ Crew neck
+ Cotton
+ Long sleeved
+ Preferably with a simple cable pattern

+ I would rather it is in the round, since I make less mistakes that way. I'm not sure why.

I have very little money too, so I really need a free pattern so I can still afford the yarn. Does anyone have any suggestions. I could try the library if anyone can suggest one in a book, either. Thanks.

EDIT: Sorted. Dad decided he didn't need cables, so I'm just doing a basic raglan.
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New look for the community [February 11, 2007 @ 9:02pm]

I have revised the layout of the community for those who look at it on a regular basis. Thanks to Danielle Miller for the header photo and premade_ljs for the layout. Do you like it?
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Skein [February 10, 2007 @ 12:59pm]

Mum bought me 2 skiens of Rowanspun dk (100% wool) last week and asked me to make her some armwarmers. I only think I'll need the one but I'm having problems.

1) I can't find the end.
2) The thing is hopelessly tangled.
3) The wool keeps snapping when I try to untangle it.

Is there a specific way a skein is wrapped that is making it difficult for me to find the end? It's driving me crazy! I've never used a skien before, just balls. Thanks for any advise you have to offer.
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Programmes, knitting and book insanity [February 02, 2007 @ 5:00pm]

Hey there! A few things to report.

1) I finished a pair of cabled wristwarmers for my friend Katy's birthday. She loves them and has yet to take them off. I don't have photos, but Mum wanted a pair so there'll prbably be photos eventually.
2) I have decided to take part in 50bookchallenge. I am certainly finding it a challenge. I've read 4 books so far, so I need to get a move on.
3) I am looking for a programme. I know this isn't exactly a book, but thought you might be able to help. I want a copy of the programme for Michael Bogdanov's 1990 production of The Winter's Tale. I believe it was an RSC production and want it for any photographs or production notes on exit, persued by a bear. If anyone has one, or knows where I can get one, please let me know.

I will eventually sort out a new layout for the comm. Promice.
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