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NVR: For the knitters out there...

So, since becoming vegan, I've become felting-deprived. I used to make bags, hats, bowls, etc. out of felted wool yarn; however, I have yet to find vegan alternatives suitable for felting--are there any, or do I need to find a new knitting outlet?

Aweee, i love it! I want to try something with 2 colors!

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VS, I loove that sweater! Especially  in a bold color like that! What color(s) did you knit yours with?

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Wow, you guys are doing a great job on everything!

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VS's super complicated sweater inspired me to try a simpler one.  I'm starting with this baby sweater.  I looked at the pattern and I've already practiced all of the stitching styles.  It's all done on straight needles and then you sew up the seams, so it looks pretty straight forward.  The only thing I definitely don't know how to do yet is make the button holes.

If my friend's baby is due in the next couple of weeks, do I make a 12 month sweater?  It's something the baby would wear next fall/winter.  I know that babies don't match the sizes in the beginning (like most newborns fit 3 month stuff soon after birth).  I wasn't sure so I bought extra yarn since Sugar 'N Cream cotton yarn is on sale this week at Joann's.

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I bought my first thing of non crappy yarn todayy  :)>>>
And some bamboo double points so i can give that a shot.
After i make a hat with this awesome yarn on regulars though.

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Have you started with your dpns?

I've finally started my baby sweater.  All I can say is WOW!  Knitting with non-crappy yarn is fabulous.  My seed stitches actually look like seed stitches instead of blobs.  I'm trying to figure out why I shouldn't go back to the store and buy 10 more balls to make something else.  It'd only be $20, but do I need to spend $40 on yarn in a single week?

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the baby yanked on the throw I was kniitting this past week and undid LOTS of stitches...whole ROWS!!...shall we just say that I need to start over  :'(
arrghhhhhh......

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I havent done anything since my last post. i started too but my mom got mad that my yarn was out here and threw it in this bag saying she didnt want to see it out of my room again blah blah blah (i always knit while on the computer or in the living room)

DPNs confuse me though! I dont get how to start! I guess i'll have to to youtube it and see.

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I think you can cast on to an equivalent-sized regular needle and then equally transfer the stitches between the three dpns.

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ohh. casting on was the main thing that confused me. hah. i think i get the basic idea of it.
I'll give it a shot sometime this week!

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Now that my sewing is finished (for now) I should knit more.  I have such a simple hat pattern that I feel bad mentioning it here.  Its done on a circular needle #10 I believe with a 6oz (thick) yarn.  Cast on 52, place a marker, knit for about 3 inches, then you simply decrease (k2tg) in a mathematical manner.  So the first decrease row you knit two together every 4th stitch, then the next row you knit all, then decrease every third stitch.  Then knit another round. Then decrease every second stitch. And keep going until you are using double pointed needles and have barely any stitches left.

Of course that is all from memory without a hat in front of me!  So let me check my notes before you try it. hahah

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I just spent (gasp!) $90 at JoAnn's.  I got a LOT more Sugar 'N Cream cotton yarn, ladybug and assorted buttons, a book with classic yet trendy baby clothes to knit, and a couple of non-knitting things.  I just got paid today.  I think I'll be okay as long as knitting needles don't go on sale on this month.  There's a slew of dpn sizes I want.

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I haven't been able to knit alot in the last two yrs because of L, but it seems like you guys are learning at lightening speed.  Sweaters! with cables! Wow.  I am going to do the second (to a pair) sock probably this week.

Casting on dpn is just like striaght, but when you move them over to the other needles you have to be careful you don't twist them.

Have you looked at this site? http://www.knittinghelp.com/  I used to visit it regularly when I was working on a project.

Here's a site that sells hemp yarn http://www.ab-bee.com/FabHempYarn.htm.  I've never tried it, but it looks interesting

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Thanks for the hemp yarn link.  The top ones are the first non-blend I've seen.  What I've seen are like the bottom one, a hemp-wool blend.  I read on Ravelry (I think) that it smells a bit and might benefit from being washed first.  I'm not sure how to wash yarn.

Status Report:  For as many times as I have torn out a row of stitches, I could have been done with the blasted sweater.  I kept thinking I was making a mistake, but it turns out I wrote out the cable pattern wrong.  I have to knit 10.5 inches of cable for the back and I'm finally half way there.  My goal is to finish the back (a rectangle) by mid-day Monday.  I hope the baby isn't born and grown out of it before I finish.

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How did I miss this thread? I haven't read it all but I do like the pictures of your projects. Now I am inspired to get out my knitting needles & create something. I've been knitting since I was 11 & have learned a few tricks. Dropped stitches used to be such a pain in the butt for me but I found a video that shows how to easily pick it up again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti5TV5UNXYc
I've even used this method on finished things (store bought too) that have for whatever reason dropped a stitch. Once it drops, that stitch will continue to unravel all the way down....& that looks icky.  ;)

When HH mentioned ripping out rows, I thought of another hint too. There is a way to thread your needle through a row of stitches that will let you pull on the yarn & undo mistakes....hopefully I can find something that will show how to do it.

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This thread explains what I meant about ripping. I use my needle to guide through the last good row, instead of a piece of yarn...it's much easier.
You can just pull the needle out & yank on the thread & then try to feed the needle back through all the stitches but honestly, that takes forever! And you have to worry about split or dropped stitches.

https://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=87916

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Thanks, jm!  I was at JoAnn today and knitting books were still 40% off.  I gave myself a spending limit and put back a book on how to correct mistakes in favor of a knitting encyclopedia that explains how to do all of the pattern directions. 

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I cannot for the life of me figure out double pointed needles, i think i need some one to actually show me instead of a video. I'll try again later when i have more time to concentrate on it.

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I cannot for the life of me figure out double pointed needles, i think i need some one to actually show me instead of a video. I'll try again later when i have more time to concentrate on it.

Use double pointed needles for making seamless things...like socks or mitten, sweaters too. You just evenly space your stitches onto 3 of the needles & use the fourth to knit with. You go round & round without any seams.

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I had a hard time with them, too.  I tried dpns once and got the yarn twisted and knitted from the inside rather than the outside.  I'm going to try it again, but with larger needles.  My first time was with 1s.  Hopefully that will help.

Baby sweater update - this is how far I've gotten:

That's supposed to be the back of the sweater, but I'm not up for doing it all over again.  Plus, I did something weird at the beginning of the pattern that I don't know how to duplicate.  The front and the back are the same, except for at the neck, so I'm going to make this the front and do something simpler for the back, keeping the seed stitch border.

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