Susan asked (about my Brittany birch 5″ dpns):
Does Lucy chew on the points? I got smart and started buying two sets at a time, as my fur balls like to chomp on those little pointy ends.
I too bought two sets of them, and it’s a good thing I did. I refer you to the tale of woe in this blog entry.
Have you tried the “Magic Loop” You can knit your sock pattern on 1 longer circular needle.
I experimented with it once. I don’t like it. I also don’t like the idea of manipulating the cable on my circular needle like that. I live in fear that my circs will separate at the cable (and some have done so, just through the wear and tear of normal use) and this seems like something that would add further stress to the needle cable.
And I can knit faster on dpns than this way, or on two circs, so it’s dpns for me.
Where do you buy your wooden circs? I’ve looked all over and I’m never
able to find any.
I buy mine at my LYS, Knit Happens. They carry my favorite brand of bamboo circs: Addi Natura.
About Row Gauge
No you aren’t alone I am in that boat of tighter row gauge, but my
question to the knitting goddess is this:
Obviously this will mean that you need more yarn for your project non??
therefore how do you determine how much more you might want to get, if
you are say trying to buy all your yarn at once?
Actually, I said that I have looser row gauge — I knit fewer rows than required. But that would lead one to the opposite question: Shouldn’t I need less yarn for a project?
Someone who is knitting at a looser row gauge than stated for the pattern is using more yarn per stitch. The person knitting at a tighter row gauge is using less yarn per stitch. I’m thinking the differences in amounts of yarn needed are negligible, unless your row gauge is way off.
But that would be an interesting experiment: have two people who have the same stitch gauge but differing row gauges knit swatches that measure the same, rip ‘em out, and see how much yarn each used.
About the Rebecca Cardi
What do you normally do about shoulder seaming? I notice on the Rebecca cardigan you are keeping the stitches live until the making-up stage . Do you usually use a three-needle bind off or grafting technique?
I do a three-needle bind-off whenever possible, and will do so on this cardi.
Speaking of which, I finished the right side front.
And I’m working on a sleeve.
I love how your Kinsale turned out! Did you alter the pattern at all? It is more fitted than the model (or are the models just anorexic?) I’m tired of knitting big, boxy sweaters and really like the fit on you.
The model was wearing a larger size and she, no doubt, weighs about 80 pounds. I made the smallest size and knitted it at a slightly tighter gauge than recommended. I also made it about an inch shorter. It looks really long on the model in the book, so she must be a really tiny person!
She’s the cutest thing. I thought she was a Siamese seal-point at first, but was surprised to hear she’s a Ragdoll. I know this is unrelated to knitting, but how hard is to groom? I used to have a Himalayan (seal-point) and she matted so easily. I’ve been wanting to get a Ragdoll – I hear they are the sweetiest kitties!
I can’t speak for all Ragdolls, but Lucy has an extremely sweet personality. She is very dog-like — always wants to be with me, comes when I call her, and loves to play fetch. She is extremely affectionate and seems to love everyone she meets.
Ragdoll fur is characterized as being like bunny fur. I have only once ever seen a mat in Lucy’s fur, and that was when I first got her. She had one mat in her “mane,” which I carefully snipped out. We brush her 3 or 4 times a week and she hasn’t had a mat since. Surprisingly low-maintenance for a long haired kitty.