Register a SA Forums Account here!
JOINING THE SA FORUMS WILL REMOVE THIS BIG AD, THE ANNOYING UNDERLINED ADS, AND STUPID INTERSTITIAL ADS!!!

You can: log in, read the tech support FAQ, or request your lost password. This dumb message (and those ads) will appear on every screen until you register! Get rid of this crap by registering your own SA Forums Account and joining roughly 150,000 Goons, for the one-time price of $9.95! We charge money because it costs us money per month for bills, and since we don't believe in showing ads to our users, we try to make the money back through forum registrations.
 
  • Post
  • Reply
Moms Stuffing
Jun 2, 2005

the little green one

Can we talk about knitting and crocheting too? It's still DIY and you can make all kinds of crap with yarn and I love both even though I'm too lazy to make anything bigger than lace scarves or hats. :shobon:

Adbot
ADBOT LOVES YOU

Moms Stuffing
Jun 2, 2005

the little green one

Spatula! That hat! So gorgeous! I'm a novice crocheter, but crochet is so easy to pick up if you knit already. I'll have to post some of my past projects when I get home. Right now I have about 5 half finished things laying around because I seriously despise sewing up seams and weaving in ends.

Oh I found one I had lying around the internet. This is my winter scarf and the first thing I actually made for myself because I tend to make things for other people.



It's really simple to make, believe it or not. It's a basic fan and feather stitch, it just looks fancy.

Right now I'm working on this:


This one isn't mine, but isn't pretty? Lace is the most fun thing to knit ever!

Ok I'm going to copy squirrellypoo and post some knitting tutorials and great places to get patterns. I have more at home that I'll add, but here's some that I remember off the top of my head.

The Basics aka Learn to Knit!

http://www.knittinghelp.com/ - This is the most awesome site. You honestly don't even need any others until you start doing some fancier stuff and even then she has most of that stuff covered. Simple instructions with videos that actually work!

Patterns Galore!

http://www.knitty.com - Online knitting magazine, everyone's favorite because it's not just old lady stuff!

http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/ - Tons of links to patterns!

http://www.lionbrand.com/content-knittingPatternIndex.html - You have to register to access these patterns, but they're still free.

http://knitting.about.com/ - The patterns here are more old lady, but there's a lot of help on here too. I personally love old lady patterns because I'm a bitter crone at heart so it doesn't bother me.

http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/baby.html#BABYsweaters - All kinds of baby poo poo. Some of it is really, really ugly. Knit and crochet patterns.

http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/completelist.htm - This is really cool! It's a bunch of antique knitting and crochet patterns. ALL THAT LACE :swoon:

Knitting Communities

http://www.stitchnbitch.org/snb_groups.htm - List of knitting groups that meet IRL around the globe! There's also a fun series of books about knitting (and even one about crochet!) under the same name. P.S. we should start goon SnB meetings.

http://community.livejournal.com/punk_knitters/ - LJ knitting community, very inspiring because everyone always makes fun stuff and reminds me not to be a lazy rear end.

http://community.livejournal.com/20sknitters/ - Another fun LJ knitting community.

http://apps.facebook.com/stitchbook/ - A decent Facebook community, mostly links to knitty stuff it seems. It's not just about knit, there's a large database of crochet patterns too.

Like I said, I'll add more later!

Moms Stuffing fucked around with this message at 12:22 on Dec 5, 2007

Moms Stuffing
Jun 2, 2005

the little green one

squirrellypoo posted:

I'd say go for it as there seem to be a lot of people who do both (even though I personally don't give a poo poo about yarn) but if it gets to be a bit too string-happy we might need to split the thread.

Cool! I actually do want to learn to sew too and have been meaning to. I even have a sewing machine somewhere. Pants never fit me right because of my ham hocks so it would be nice to be able to make some that fit.

EDIT: Holy crap squirrellypoo you have made some loving adorable clothes!!!

Moms Stuffing fucked around with this message at 19:31 on Dec 4, 2007

Moms Stuffing
Jun 2, 2005

the little green one

squirrellypoo posted:

I finished my yellow satin dress this morning before work. I just need to press the hem before I slip it on on Friday night. :)

Pics plz

Moms Stuffing
Jun 2, 2005

the little green one

....I really want to see everyone's projects. It's my favorite part of all the knitting communities I'm a member of! It's really inspiring to me and makes me get off my butt and make something.

Speaking of making something, I am knitting this hat for myself in black, even though I would prefer another color. I already made one for a friend for X-mas and once she takes a picture of herself in it, I'll post it here. It's a stupid simple two needle hat.


Here's the pattern!

The pattern says to use size 8 needles, but I had to use a size 7 because I was unhappy with how loose the hat was looking. It fit perfectly and I have a big rear end head.

Moms Stuffing
Jun 2, 2005

the little green one

squirrellypoo posted:

ooh, I love that! I'm always drawn to close-fitting cloche-esqe hats in stores but I can never quite get them to work with my hair.

Ha yeah I have really long hair right now, but I'm going to get it cut so that I look better in cute hats!

Moms Stuffing
Jun 2, 2005

the little green one

Z Is Overrated posted:

I'm glad this thread came up, because I've been interested in learning how to sew, even if I am too lazy to go out and get a machine.

In the meantime, though, I've been knitting this scarf to give to my father. It's my first cabling project, and I'm pretty excited about how well it's coming out. (That picture's not so great, here's the one that's used in the pdf.)

By the way, is anyone else here on Ravelry? It's kinda like a pattern/yarn manager, but you can also see what everyone else is doing with their yarn and projects. I didn't think it'd be that interesting when I first joined, but now it's taking up a pretty big chunk of my day.

That's a beautiful scarf! I have a question about cable needles actually that I've never quite understood. I get the concept of cabling fine, but do you have to match a cable needle to the size of your straight needles? I've never seen cable needles come in a variety different sizes, is it something you don't have to worry about?

Moms Stuffing
Jun 2, 2005

the little green one

Z Is Overrated posted:

Apparently they do come in different sizes, but to be honest I've never seen them either. I just picked up whatever they had from the store and it works fine, even though it is quite a bit smaller than the straight needles I'm using.

Awesome, that means cables are in my near future!

Moms Stuffing
Jun 2, 2005

the little green one

I have a question for knitters. What do any of you know about knitting something that's supposed to be on dpns like socks on two circular needles instead? I got the SnB day calendar for Christmas and today's useful tip mentions something about it. I HATE dpns and would love to do away with them forever if possible! Has anyone tried this method?

Moms Stuffing
Jun 2, 2005

the little green one

awapplesauce posted:

Oh that's awful, I'm sorry! :( Screen-printing paint would probably be at an art supplies store, but you might be able to find it at a Michael's or something.


I used to hate DPNs but they really aren't as scary as they seem! You just but the stitching on all but one needle, and use that needle for knitting. The knitting gets rotated around the needles. There is a method called "magic loop knitting" that's done with circular needles, but I've found that it ends up messy with big gaps. http://www.knittinghelp.com/ is a great resource with videos and everything.

Oh I know how to use dpns I just hate them. They're really annoying! This was something I kind of read about on this day calendar so I was curious. You're supposed to be able to knit small things like socks with 2 sets of circulars instead of dpns and I was just trying to think about how that would work according to the paragraph I read.

Here I typed up the blurb:

quote:

Socks are one of those things that are always knit in the round. It's just a fact. For many of us, using dpns can be daunting: The tiny stitches fall off of the ends, there can be a "laddering" effect when you move from one needle to the next, and we get confused trying to figure out which needle is needle 1. Knitting socks on two circulars addresses all of these issues. Dropped stitches are infrequent because the live stitches hang on the connecting wire. Laddering is minimized and we always know which needle we are on because there are only two to keep track of.

Moms Stuffing fucked around with this message at 16:13 on Jan 8, 2008

Moms Stuffing
Jun 2, 2005

the little green one

Strelnikov posted:

The two circular needle method is basically the same as dpns -- when you use dpns, you work with 1/4 of the stitches at a time on two needles while the rest sit on the other three needles, and with the two-circ method you work with half the stitches on both ends of one circ while the rest of the stitches sit on the cable of the other circular needle. I like the two-circ method for socks and mittens, just because it's impossible to lose a needle. I do think it's more difficult to tighten up the ladders that want to appear when you change needles, though, than it is with dpns. And for me, it seems like I can go a lot faster on dpns than I can with two circs, probably because I can just go around and around instead of moving stitches from the needle to the cable all the time. The method I prefer really depends on what I'm doing -- something like a flat toe for a sock is easier on two circs, but for a spiral decrease for the top of a hat I'd use dpns.

That's what I was thinking but I wanted confirmation. I really especially dpns because I find it almost impossible to take my knitting with me anywhere since they're so awkward. I have a really long commute and knitting makes the time go by MUCH faster.

Moms Stuffing
Jun 2, 2005

the little green one

Kalista posted:

The only problem is finding circular needles in the right size that are long enough! For some reason, I've never had trouble with holes, or ladders where the needle change happens, and my wrist pain went away. Bye bye dpns!

I have one of those sweet Boye needle sets with different sized cables for circulars. :love:

Adbot
ADBOT LOVES YOU

Moms Stuffing
Jun 2, 2005

the little green one

Micomicona posted:

Ok, now I'm totally in love with blackwork. Thanks for all the hints, I ought to pick up some cheap pillowcases and go to town on them.

Plus:


(from subversive crosstitch folk) I want to hang it above the fireplace mantel! THAT IS WHERE IT BELONGS.

I want to hang this in my cube at work.

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • Post
  • Reply