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Gauntlet mitts
The owner of the craft store on the main street is planning a mittens Christmas tree. She would like people to donate a pair of mittens in any size to decorate the tree. Then as Christmas gets close she will donate them all. I tried my hand at gauntlet mitts in child size. I will show them to her. They may not be the quality she is looking for. I am better at regular mittens. I will include a picture of the book where I found the pattern. I have had the book for years. I used Martha Stewart yarn. It has 35% wool. Sue would like everyone to include a note with the mitts if the yarn includes wool, as some people are sensitive to wool. I think that is a good plan.




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other uses for color-fast crochet cotton
Every once in a while, I am gifted with a bag of colorful "balls" of crochet cotton. Being tired of the ugly color that the usual cotton yarn for wash/dish cloths turns after use, I decided to try the crochet cotton. It's color-fast & mercerized. I combine 4 or 5 strands and knit a dish cloth on sz 9 or 10 needles. So far I have been very pleased with the results; the old dish cloths have been relegated to the rag bag and the new ones are working quite well. Time will tell, but so far, so good.
Any thoughts? Thanks! pj stitches!
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Variation on C C beanie copycat hat
I too saw the C C Beanie (on my granddaughter) and wanted to copy it. I couldn't decide whether it was machine or hand knitted. It was seamed, so it was knitted flat. I wanted to machine knit it, but don't have a ribber attachment and reworking all the stitches just wasn't worth the effort. When I saw the Clementine copycat beanie, I had to give it a go. The hat does not have plain 1x1 ribbing in the body, it is brioche. Here is my take on the hat.

Using a provisional cast on, size 8 needles and a bulky yarn:

Cast on 72 stitches and work one knit row and one plain 1x1 rib row, join in the round. (The plain knit row keeps the later join from being too bulky.)

Knit ribbing one twisted knit stitch, one plain purl stitch for 3 ¾ to 4 inches

Join the stitches from the cast on with the stitches on the needles by knitting one from the needles with one from the cast on around. This is easier if the cast on stitches are picked up onto a stitch holder a few at a time.

Knit one row.

Repeat the following 3 times:

Purl 6 rows
Knit 2 rows
Change to smaller needles (size 3 or 4)
Knit 4 rows one color brioche (total of 8 times around)
Change back to larger needles
Knit 2 rows

After the last repeat, knit 3 more rows
Knit 2 tog around
Knit 3 rows
Knit 2tog around
Cut yarn and thread through stitches and tie off.


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Swatching
Something I rarely do, I know...I should. Well this time I did. Pattern calls for US 5 needle, with 24 stitches per 4 inches. I did a swatch with US 5 and got 26 stitches in 4 inches. Then did a swatch with US 6 and got 22 stitches in 4 inches.
Now What??? Brain is not in full gear... not nearly enough sleep last night.
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Human Spaceships
Explanation: You are a spaceship soaring through the universe. So is your dog. We all carry with us trillions of microorganisms as we go through life. These multitudes of bacteria, fungi, and archaea have different DNA than you. Collectively called your microbiome, your shipmates outnumber your own cells. Your crew members form communities, help digest food, engage in battles against intruders, and sometimes commute on a liquid superhighway from one end of your body to the other. Much of what your microbiome does, however, remains unknown. You are the captain, but being nice to your crew may allow you to explore more of your local cosmos.
Space Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, and J. Maiz- Apellániz (IAA); Acknowledgement: D. De Martin; Human Image Copyright: Charis Tsevis; Composition: R. J. NemiroffSent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab®4


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Mary Maxim Patterns
On sale for 99 cents....today
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knitting
WHAT DOES "'KNIT BACK'" ON PATTERN MEAN.?
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Extra Warm Socks
I would want to knit extra warm socks. What kind of stitches would you recommend for this task? I want something warmer than stockinette, but it still need to feel nice against the foot.
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Help
I am starting Marianna Mel’s all in one top. The first set of directions say to knit rib for 6 rows and to make a buttonhole in the 3rd row. For those that have made this top where did you make the button hole?


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Paradise Yarns??
Hi all - I’ve been a member of this group for quite some time and really enjoy seeing all the very talented knitters and crocheters. I love to crochet and have been doing so for 40 years now. Had a quick question... I see everyone talking about Paradise Yarns and checked it out - just curious if everyone from the US is paying $50’ish for shipping?? That’s what came up when I selected very basic shipping for not a lot of bargain yarn. Maybe I’m doing something wrong? I realize the company is in Turkey... but for that kind of shipping, it’s not much of a bargain, huh? What are your experiences?
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