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Date: 2010-02-15 18:40
Subject: Knitting (with question)
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Location:Home and on my corner of the couch
Music:The People's Court (on tv)
Tags:knitting, scrapbooking
As I mentioned earlier, this was a good weekend for knitting. I brought my knitting with me to the FCB's Annual Valentine Dinner Dance, and took one of my table-mate's (and fellow knitter's) advice and tried knitting with two strands of yarn. Which is not to say two strands held together and knit as one (which I've done a ton of times before), but to pick between one of two color yarns held in my hand. I'm quite chuffed at how well the hat turned out, not to mention amazed at how easy it was.

For the hat knit with alternating rows of color, I let the yarn travel up the back rather than cut and weave in my ends with each color change. I was warned that this was not a good practice, but the hat appears to have turned out perfectly and I don't think it distort with wear. Am I wrong?

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User: lonotter
Date: 2010-02-16 15:29 (UTC)
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When you're alternating colors each row the carry is so short its pretty much just like watching your tension normally, there's no problem there at all. there are many books, etc. that suggest doing alternate rows from two skeins of the same color if you're worried about slight color variations, or to break up pooling in random multicolor yarns.

You do have to pay attention to the tension when carrying colors up a couple-three rows, but I've done it quite successfully.
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User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2010-02-16 16:06 (UTC)
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I didn't know about using two skeins of the same color to counteract color variations or to break up pooling. Awesome tip, thanks!

Icon love too. Both of the otters at the zoo on Sunday were curled up into balls, although tight ones like cats usually do, not donuts like yours. Normally they're swimming or checking the zookeeper's access hatch (probably to see if it's dinner time). I didn't get good photos of either one -- one was inside a hollow log which was cute but too dark to photograph well, and the other one was curled up next to the window and too tightly curled to get a good look at his face. I ended up with a photo of a round otter fur pillow on top of a bed of cobblestones.
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mbumby: You Like This
User: mbumby
Date: 2010-02-24 18:38 (UTC)
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Keyword:You Like This
Oooh, I like the top one with frequently-alternated colors.
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