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rodezzy2's picture

I just had to start knitting with the new circular needles I purchased recently, and with Katina's encouragement, I started just knitting last night before dosing off.  It was wonderful.  I knitted a whole 1.75 oz ball in 1-1/2 hrs.  Is that a good time.  Well, I wasn't really going for a timed knitting session, I just had to use the new needles.  They have a wonderful smoothness and the yarn glided over them effortlessly.  I was a happy knitter.  I've included a picture.  Those are size 10 circulars and the yarn is Patons Glittallic, Rose Glow.  Another $1.00 per skein find at the Dollar Tree store.  I've had it since last fall, and now that the holidays are over, I'm getting back to crafting, knitting, sewing....whatever. 


I don't know what it will turn out to be when finished, you know me, it's a work in progress and it won't tell until it "tells me" to stop....giggle.


Next week I will be buying a yarn specifically for a project for my DGD.  I'll send up pics as soon as I get started. 


Hello Gloriasews, I miss you.  And many others I've come to know here.  Hey everyone, whats cooking?  I know I have a whole list of projects that need to get done and/or started....  giggle  "nothing to it, but to do it"!

KharminJ's picture

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Good Morning Rodezzy!

What beautiful yarn, and sexy needles! Isn't it lovely when good looking tools are a joy to work with, too! Can't wait to see what this turns into - in the photo, it *feels* like a chair cushion, but that's probably not very practical.

Happy snowy Saturday - be careful, DH says it's very *heavy* snow!

Bright Blessings!

Kharmin

rodezzy2's picture

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A very good morning to you and DH.  I burst out in laughter when you said "chair cushion", you slay me.  ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.  It's too pretty a yarn to sit on.  ha ha ha ha ha.  Maybe in a house, but my little apartment doesn't have any chairs on display.  A yarn this delicious must be proudly worn dear lady.  Thanks for your input though!  Always good to hear from you.


Yes, it snowed overnight, and is snowing again now.  It's a beautiful feathery snow, reminds me of Michigan when I was a child.  Lovely.  I'm going out to a line dancing class in a bit.......oops...just looked out of the window....its stopped again. 

damascusannie's picture

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Dontcha love those Knitpicks Harmony needles. I'm in the middle of a two month love fest with my set of sock needles!

Annie in Wisconsin, USA
~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns
~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine.
See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie

Annie in Wisconsin, USA ~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns ~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine. See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damas...
rodezzy2's picture

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Yes they are wonderful.

rodezzy2's picture

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I am finding them very wonderful.  Makes me want to knit knit knit.  giggle.  Send a pic of your socks, please.  I need your encouragement.  Maybe I'll finally make a full pair.  Only made one, and are you making them on your circulars.  I do have the cord ends to make them singles.  Have you tried that and how does that work? Oh, and I've seen that book that makes two socks at once, and they are on circulars, right?

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Edited 2/22/2009 11:59 am ET by rodezzy2

damascusannie's picture

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I can knit socks on circulars (either two circs or using the Magic Loop method) but I like double-pointed needles best for socks, so I got the Harmony sock set: six sizes of needles from U.S. 0-3 (includes half-sizes) in a single set. I just love them and am on my third pair of socks since Christmas!

Annie in Wisconsin, USA
~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns
~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine.
See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie

Annie in Wisconsin, USA ~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns ~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine. See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damas...
starzoe's picture

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Circular needles are wonderful. I see though that you are knitting flat with your circs. It's nearly Spring but circular knitting can make a lovely cowl for cold weather for next Winter.

Circular knitting will open a whole new world to you, particularly as you are inventive and like to try new things.....a top-down or bottom-up sweater with no seams and no sewing required, a ditto cardigan using steeks, hats-without-a-pattern, socks on two circs, sleeves knitted top down on circs, leggings, collars, double scarves, wristlets, mittens, the list goes on and on. You may end up like me with a collection of about a hundred circulars, every length and every size available (collected over fifty years of circular knitting, not all at one time!).

I enjoy looking at your projects, I particularly commend you because of your innovations and "inventions". You might be interested in a knitter called Debbie New, she's a whirlwind of invention regarding knitting besides being the mother of eight, a woman with many degrees and accomplishments to her name. She has written a book "Unexpected Knitting" I think you would enjoy.

Katina's picture

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That's such a fabulous book!  I too have a huge collection of circulars and must confess to sneaking my knitting on 'planes when we were banned from knitting after the Twin Towers horror.  I tied my colourful reading glasses on the ends with a few bits of ribbon, added some wooden beads and hung it around my neck.  It was never noticed.  Nor did any flight attendants ever say anything, even though some would comment on my knitting.  Several European countries still don't permit knitting needles, so if anyone reading wants to try this, make sure you use wooden needles as the metal ones will trigger the scanner.  Ask me how I know...


Katina

rodezzy2's picture

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You little scammer you, that was ingenious!  giggle.  Where theres a will, theres a way, I've always heard. 


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Katina's picture

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I cannot imagine sitting all those hours on a plane again (when they took my needles in Zurich) without my knitting.


Katina

rodezzy2's picture

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Working on a project does make time melt away into a pleasant experience.

rodezzy2's picture

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Oh, yes, I'm very anxious to do a garment.  I've selected a summer top for my DGD.  I am knitting the present project while I wait for next weekend when I can buy the yarn.  (I put myself on a new budget) I will be using Bernats Organic Cotton in a cream.  I'm very excited about it.  And another reason I purchased these knitting needles is to finally make Meg Swansen's Shawl Collared Vest of which I have the DVD for.  It's knitted in one piece on circulars. 


I purchased the tape fall of 2007 and while at my cousins house on my Thanksgiving vacation, I knitted half of it.  But I was using an unfavorable yarn and it didn't give the quality look that the piece deserved and I didn't like the needles I was working with.  So, I'm working up to that vest.  I've watched the tape many, many times and finally last fall purchased the DVD when the tape failed me.  I know that this is an advanced project, and she uses some very advanced techniques like cabling with and without cable needles, the kangaroo pouches, knitting backwards, steeks, I-cord cast off, 3-needle I-cord cast off, shaping the collar, reversible phoney seams and I-cord tab buttonholes.  whew.....the main body is actually easy after I mastered cables.  They were wayyyy easier than I ever imagined.  I made one cabled piece that I unraveled, but I did it.  I will make this vest.  I will, I will, I will.  But I am building my knitting confidence right now, and will accomplish my first garment for my DGD.  It is simple knitting and shaping.  In the meantime, this project is so satisfying, with no details but plain stockinette st.  The yarn is so beautiful to me, and I am loving the results. 


Shawl collared vest DVD Meg Swansen knit wool FREE SHIP

rodezzy2's picture

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I checked out Debbie New's site and she is awesome.  Such a prolific artist.  Just awesome.  Eye candy!!!

ThreadKoe's picture

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Your knit whatever is sure turning into something pretty! How wide is it? I knit a shawl that was triangular, starting with 3 stitches, and just adding a stitch at the beginning of each row, all in garter stitch with a really fuzzy, fun fur yarn. I love it. I think it takes 5 balls on 6mm needles. Maybe the next fun yarn the dollar tree has would be a good quick to make gift project for you. Cathy

rodezzy2's picture

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Hi Cathy, I just finished putting on the last ball of yarn.  I left the last ball to do some finishing with, whatever that will be.  I'm not sure yet.  I cast on 60 stitches.  It's 18 inches in width and 56 inches in length. 


Now what?  Don't ask, cause I don't know.  giggle I just love the fabric at this point.  Need to think on what my next move is.  Beads? Crochet edging? Add another yarn on the edges?  Going to do some searching through my stash and my mind.  he he


This yarn was from the Dollar Tree store, where everything is $1.00.  I looked it up online, and with Mary Maxim it was $5.49 per ball.  That means it must have originally sold for $6.99 per ball.  They only had these seven balls at the time.

ThreadKoe's picture

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Whatever it is, it is shaping up absolutely scrumptious. I know for myself, I love to wrap myself in lovely warm things! Must be the nasty cold winter up here....... My little kitty is staring at me from on top of the warm spot she has found on top of the computer back up battery/surge protector as if the cold is all my fault, tee hee! I think she wants to sit in my lap while I crochet in front of the tv. Got to find where I misplaced my camera so I can post a pic of my shawl for ya. You got a really good deal on that wool! DD1's BF's mom just gave me a box of phentex slipper yarn! Have to work that up for my friends and family when they come to visit, my floors are soooo cold! Any good thoughts on easy and quick patterns? Cathy

rodezzy2's picture

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Kitty's got the right idea.  She wants human comfort.  I'm not mad at her...hehehe!  Yes that would be great to see a pic of your shawl.  Actually, there's no wool in this product.  95% Polyester and 5% Lurex.  On Crochet Pattern Central there are several slipper patterns.  I just looked at one that said "One Piece Slippers", they looked easy and fast.  Check it out!


http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory.php

ThreadKoe's picture

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OOOh, I loved those! They are half slippers, half socks! Thanks. My shawl is all synthetic also, but feels out of this world! I wash it in the washing machine by putting it in a lingerie bag! I lay it out to dry tho. Give it a good shake after, and brush it out with my hands and it is good to go and all fluffed up again. Spent way more than you did on your balls tho, tee hee. Cathy

rodezzy2's picture

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Glad you liked the pattern.  My machine died this week, I've got to buy a new one ASAP.  I've had to haul stuff to the laundra mat and I hate that.  giggle. 


I had better get busy, I have stuff to do.  Good luck with your crocheting.  Looking forward to seeing those pictures you promised.  he he

Gloriasews's picture

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Is that the old-fashioned Phentex that you have?  The kind that feels coarse & is made of many fine fibers?  I use that kind doubled with the cheap supermarket yarn for slippers - especially for the soles - as they don't wear out as quickly.  I have a moccasin-style pattern with a separate sole that you attach to the crocheted upper.  When the sole eventually wears out, I just remove it & crochet new soles.  These slippers last for years.  That old Phentex wears really well, but was never soft, yet when it first came out, everyone was making ponchos with it (neither warm nor soft against the skin - quite scratchy), but it works really well for slipper soles mixed with another yarn (makes the soles thicker, too).  Just a thought.


Gloria

ThreadKoe's picture

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Yes, this is the old slipper Phentex yarn, perfect for slipper soles! That is why I was looking for the pattern ideas. I have a couple if patterns for slippers that I have either knit or crochet for years, but was looking to see if there were any other old favorites out there. There are long, long lists to go through on the free pattern lists! Sometimes if someone has made something themselves, they have the insider report on what they are like. Cathy

Gloriasews's picture

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I printed out a couple of them, but haven't tried them yet.  I've been sticking with the pattern I have for years, as my guys have huge & wide feet & I know that my pattern will fit (after much trial, error & alterations).  I'll be trying a couple of the free patterns for women's slippers, though, & hope they fit.  If not, I'll just unravel them & try another pattern.  Most are quick to make, so it's not a huge waste of time.


Gloria

ThreadKoe's picture

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I have printed out a couple possible new ones also, but have added them to my Round TUIT list to try them out one day, tee hee. Love to add the phentex to the soles, so they will wear a while. Doubling it up with a regular yarn was an idea I had never thought or heard of tho. Smart! Cathy

rodezzy2's picture

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No, its 95% Polyester and 5% Lurex.  Patons Glittallic.  I don't even think I've seen the yarn you're talking about.  This is pretty soft.

Gloriasews's picture

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You wouldn't like this Phentex yarn, Rodezzy, as you can't wear it close to the skin unless its knit/crocheted with something softer.  It's best for slippers, as it wears for ages.  Your yarn is fabulous for clothing.  It's amazing what can be found at the dollar stores, eh?  Ours has some nice yarns, too, but, like you found, there aren't enough for a sweater, but I've been collecting them anyway & waiting for inspiration to strike.  Happy knitting!


Gloria

rodezzy2's picture

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I finished the black shawl.  Its a rectangle folded in half, seamed at the long edge leaving a hole for your head, fringed on the short edges.  You like?


Still investigating possibilities for the pink knitted piece, its at an odd length 56 long and 18 wide. 


Going to try it on again, at another angle.


By George.....I've got it!  Give me a couple more days, I have a great idea!


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MaryinColorado's picture

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Sweet! 

rodezzy2's picture

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Thank you my dear ladies Mary and Cathy, you are so wonderful to me.

MaryinColorado's picture

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You're welcome!  Keep up the great surprises!  We love the mystery and suspense you bring to our lives!  As well as your kindness to others!  Mary

ThreadKoe's picture

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Well, someone has to keep egging us slow creative sorts on towards the finish line, my fine friend! tee hee hee! Cathy