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Archive for August, 2007

How do you prevent ladders?

Posted by Andi on August 30, 2007

That pretty much sums this post up.

I started Tim’s gloves.  They are knit with 4 DPNs.  I’m supposed to knit K1P1 rib for 5 inches.  And, as often happens to people, I’m getting some ladders between the stitches going from one needle to the next.  The biggest ladder is at the join at the beginning of the round.  Going to the next needle it isn’t as bad, barely noticeable.  Between the second and third needles it’s a little bigger.

I’ve looked in books, online articles, and some message boards looking for ways to prevent ladders.  Examples include pulling the second stitch on each needle more tightly, generally knitting loosely, twisting the first stitch on each needle, practice, and changing which stitches are on which needle so the looseness is scattered instead of always being between the same two stitches.  All of these sound like good ideas, and I’ll probably try one after the other until I find something that works.

Here’s where you come in.  Since I don’t know which technique to start with, I’m going to go with the one I find works for most people first.  So, how do you prevent ladders when you knit with DPNs?  Do you use one of the aforementioned techniques, or do you do something else?  Have you tried several techniques and found one to be better than the others?

Oh, and please don’t tell me to switch to two circular needles.  Yes, I’m sure at some point I will learn that technique as well.  But I want to stick with DPNs for two reasons.  Firstly, I just want to be able to master it.  Secondly, I actually enjoy using DPNs.  I’ve not had a problem with ladders when knitting in stockinette on DPNs, so I’m sure I can master ribbing without ladders.

Thanks in advance!


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Casting on: He’s driving me wild gloves

Posted by Andi on August 29, 2007

It was so hot yesterday. Disgustingly hot. I did my best to work on Cobblestone during the day. I finished up the first ball of yarn. But when it came time for Tim to come home there was no way I could switch to Lys and have all of that yarn on my lap in that heat. So I decided to start swatching for the “He’s Driving Me Wild Gloves” from Never Knit Your Man a Sweater (Unless You Have the Ring) by Judith Durant. I figured the swatch would be little, and so would the gloves, so they would be the perfect project for the hot weather. Of course yesterday was the hottest day this week, but I am still glad I got started. This is my first pair of gloves, and I’m not sure how difficult they will be for me. I want them done before it gets cold and he needs them.

I’m using Dream In Color Classy (worsted weight) yarn in the Deep Seaflower colorway.

Dream In Color Yarn

Tim picked it out himself. I find that swatching is so much more exciting when using an interesting yarn. I loved seeing the blues and purples mix. It looks great knitted up.

We went out to dinner, and then went to one of my LYSs to pick up some DPNs for the gloves. Since I’m an idiot I decided to browse and look at yarn while I was there. Bad. Bad. Bad. I was good and didn’t buy any yarn, but I saw one yarn I wanted to badly. It was another Dream In Color yarn. It was the Smooshy sock yarn in a peach colorway. I purposely didn’t look at the name of the colorway, but looking at the Dream In Color website I deduce it must be Giant Peach. I thought it would make a great pair of socks for me or for my mom. Maybe I’ll go back there tonight and pick it up since it looked like it was the only one left. Hmm.

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FO: Coachella

Posted by Andi on August 26, 2007

It wasn’t ready for Lollapalooza, but Coachella is finally finished.


Pattern: Coachella from the Summer 2007 issue of Knitty
Yarn: Berroco Zodiac in Arcadia, just over 4 balls.
Needles: size 7 and 9 circular.

I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. I don’t like the picture but it was the best one. Pardon the scabby, still healing tattoo and the hideous “holy crap I’m getting my picture taken” look on my face. My favorite thing about this project was the yarn. I’m so disappointed that Zodiac has been discontinued. I have just under 2 balls left, and I think I will make a drop stitch scarf out of it.

Close-up of yarn

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Progress: Cobblestone

Posted by Andi on August 25, 2007

I cast on Cobblestone last week, and so far had two evenings and part of one afternoon to work on it.


I think I picked a good yarn. I chose Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Blue Heather. Tim likes Wool-Ease because he can throw it in the washer and the dryer and it’s fine. I’m glad I chose the heather because I think it adds a little more depth to the fabric. I really hope he likes it. I am going to spend the rest of the afternoon on it before I have to pick Tim up from work. Then it will go back into its hiding place until I have time alone again.

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Storm Pics

Posted by Andi on August 24, 2007

Here are some pics of the aftermath of yesterday’s storm. All of these were taken within two blocks of my home.

Tow Zone

Split Tree


This used to be a garage


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Indieana Handicraft Exchange

Posted by Andi on August 24, 2007

I have been asked to spread the word about the Indieana Handicraft Exchange:

Indieana Handicraft Exchange – October 27: vendor info

Indy is trying to create a DIY fair in the variety of depart-ment or Renegade Craft Fair and it has the potential to be awesome. But it needs your help. I am reposting this, but please pass along information if you know anyone who might be interested in participating. Especially those of you in Chicago. Indy is really not that far for people to drive to sell their goods.

Indieana Handicraft Exchange, presented by Indy Bitchcraft

Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Irving Theatre
5505 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219
venue phone: 317-359-3186

fair email:

If you are interested in being a vendor at Indieana Handicraft Exchange this October, please email the following information to

-your full name
-your company name
-your website, etsy site or myspace site
-your email address (other than your myspace account)
-your telephone number (preferably a cell, if you have one)
-your mailing address
-a short bio of yourself (2-5 sentences, to be used for promo materials)
-a short description of your products (2-3 sentences, to be used for promo materials)
-2-3 jpeg images of your wares (possibly to be used for promo materials, to be posted on this myspace page to show potential attendees our vendor products)

Booth space will be rented for $25 a spot, and that will get you an 8′ table and one chair. Any display racks, table covering, signage or additional seating you will need to provide. The cost will be reduced to $20 if you donate a small item of your own crafting for a customer raffle.

Deadline to receive payment is Saturday, August 25.

Once we have received your email indicating your interest and containing the items listed above, we will respond to let you know you have been accepted, and to give you the address to mail payment to.

Just about a month to the deadline folks, and spots are filling quickly. Contact us ASAP if you intend to participate.

Take care.
-amanda & the crews of Indieana Handicraft Exchange & Indy Bitchcraft

p.s. if you haven’t subscribed to our myspace blog yet, please do so, to make receiving vendor information and fair updates more efficient and effective. thanks again.

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Stormy Weather

Posted by Andi on August 23, 2007

We had pretty severe storms in the Chicago area today.  I saw many trees down, some on top of cars, and one that took out a garage.

I was lucky and my car and my home and myself are all unscathed.  However, some of my yarn wasn’t so lucky.  My boyfriend left the bedroom window open when he went to work.  I have a box of yarn  that doesn’t fit in the armoire underneath the window.  The end of one skein of acrylic yarn got wet (along with a bunch of other stuff in my bedroom).

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Upcoming craft events in Chicago

Posted by Andi on August 21, 2007

There are two events coming up that knitters and crafters in Chicago may want to check out.

The first is the Renegade Craft Fair on September 15 & 16 on Division Street.

The second is Yarncon, which is being held on October 13 at Pulaski Park Fieldhouse.

I’ll probably be going to both. Anyone else going?

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Starting over

Posted by Andi on August 20, 2007

I didn’t do any knitting on Friday or Saturday.  Friday I got my new tattoo.  On Saturday it was still sore.  Since it’s on the bicep of my dominant arm, every time I moved my arm it smarted a bit.  Plus, I had to keep ointment on it, and it was still oozing on it’s own.  That was gross enough, but there was also ink in it.  The last things I wanted were yarn fibers stuck to that or ooze ending up in an knitted object.

I managed to pick up the needles again yesterday.  I continued working on Coachella.  I got quite a bit done on it.  I’m well past the area where I was supposed to try it on to see if the bust fits okay.  Now, I know this may be a stupid decision, but I decided to just finish the top and then try it on.  On my first attempt I put all of the stitches on waste yarn to try it on, but I lost my stitch markers in the process.  I couldn’t figure out where they were supposed to go.  I didn’t want to go through that again.  I could finish it tonight and try it on, which would mean only one day of work in the crapper if it doesn’t fit well.

Ravelry has really inspired me.  I keep seeing all of these patterns I want to make, all of these beautiful yarns, all of these cool groups.  If I’m not careful it will take over my life!

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Moving along

Posted by Andi on August 18, 2007

I cast on the Cobblestone sweater on Thursday. So far I am hiding everything related to this sweater in my closet so my boyfriend can’t find it. He works all day today, so I’m hoping to get some work done on it, but I’m not sure I will be able to. I may have a setback, and it’s my own fault. I got a new tattoo yesterday, on my bicep. It’s still a little sore, and I’m not sure how knitting will work, especially since I don’t want it rubbing on anything when I move my arms. I may give it a go. We’ll see. Otherwise I will have to wait a day or two.

Oh, this is the Chicago flag.

New tattoo

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