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For those who knit in the round in circular needles (NOT for Magic Loop), do you prefer to use a cable length that is just shorter than the circumference of your work or a lot shorter? I know it's a matter of personal preference, what makes me ask is that a test designer is requiring that we be able to create a needle that is 180" long for an adult dress, suggesting that testers purchase additional cables and connectors. While I could do that, I have absolutely no intention to. I prefer to use the shortest cable that will accommodate the stitches without forcing them off the tips so that the fabric pretty much pushes itself across the cable.
So what's your preference? As long as possible or as short as practical?
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And that would work and still enable you to do the pattern as it is written.
But it seems to me that if you are doing a test knit you need to be prepared to have your knitting controlled. You can't just change something in the pattern if you want to and so you are being controlled. You can't adjust to in the round or flat because you prefer it that way so you are being controlled.
So unless like using markers to mark needles rather than using DPNs (which is what I would do as well as it is effectively using DPNs as you can still have needles numbered and I don't like DPNs either) you need to follow the pattern exactly as written. And cable length would fit this category, using a smaller length as long as can still follow the pattern exactly it won't matter. And indeed it would be one of the points you would make to the designer that the cable length seems to be far too long.

Of course if you are following a pattern rather than doing a test knit then how closely you stick to the pattern is totally up to you.
I'm doing the same test knit as J-J. I decided to not only because I love the pattern but the general idea seems to be to follow the pattern and use the tools and methods you want. It starts with a provisional cast of choice and no requirement of a specific one. I agreed to follow the pattern when I took on the test knitting, totally my decision and choice, so ithere are no designer control freaking issues to contend with. I knew I'd be following the pattern. I soon realized I can do the cables thus far without a cable needle so again, my choice. After a huge amount of frustration because sometimes I just miss something it's been enjoyable so far. I'm not sure I can meet the deadline but I'll do my utmost to finish on time.
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I'm doing the same test knit as J-J. I decided to not only because I love the pattern but the general idea seems to be to follow the pattern and use the tools and methods you want. It starts with a provisional cast of choice and no requirement of a specific one. I agreed to follow the pattern when I took on the test knitting, totally my decision and choice, so ithere are no designer control freaking issues to contend with. I knew I'd be following the pattern. I soon realized I can do the cables thus far without a cable needle so again, my choice. After a huge amount of frustration because sometimes I just miss something it's been enjoyable so far. I'm not sure I can meet the deadline but I'll do my utmost to finish on time.
I was tempted as well but managed to be smart and not sign up for it. Too many other things started that I want to finish that need concentration so would have been daft.
I was tempted as well but managed to be smart and not sign up for it. Too many other things started that I want to finish that need concentration so would have been daft.
鈥滵aft鈥 describes me perfectly!
鈥滵aft鈥 describes me perfectly!
No, you just are able to switch projects and leave as wip more easily than some others!
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鈥滵aft鈥 describes me perfectly!
Well it鈥檚 not often I am smart enough to say no.
however I had the opportunity to get some free yarn yesterday and I was daft enough to grab over a kilogram, having been thinking I鈥檝e started the year well and not added to my stash.
Well it鈥檚 not often I am smart enough to say no.
however I had the opportunity to get some free yarn yesterday and I was daft enough to grab over a kilogram, having been thinking I鈥檝e started the year well and not added to my stash.
Free yarn, in my thinking, doesn鈥檛 count as adding to stash. I certainly don鈥檛 count what I inherited from a deceased knitting buddy. It鈥檚 there, and it does take up space, but I don鈥檛 consider it the same as yarn I actually paid for - secondhand or new.
Free yarn, in my thinking, doesn鈥檛 count as adding to stash. I certainly don鈥檛 count what I inherited from a deceased knitting buddy. It鈥檚 there, and it does take up space, but I don鈥檛 consider it the same as yarn I actually paid for - secondhand or new.
Whereas I see any yarn I have as stash. Just two different ways of looking at stash.
Free yarn, in my thinking, doesn鈥檛 count as adding to stash. I certainly don鈥檛 count what I inherited from a deceased knitting buddy. It鈥檚 there, and it does take up space, but I don鈥檛 consider it the same as yarn I actually paid for - secondhand or new.
The only time I can remember getting free yarn is when my MIL gave me some yarn and fabrics about 20+ years ago.
I know that I use more than I acquire because every time I put my leftovers away and redo my colors I'm able to consolidate bins.
The only time I can remember getting free yarn is when my MIL gave me some yarn and fabrics about 20+ years ago.
I know that I use more than I acquire because every time I put my leftovers away and redo my colors I'm able to consolidate bins.
Once, I mentioned to a coworker that I was using leftover Phentex (extruded olefin fibre) to make a rug for my children鈥檚 room. I was inundated with everyone鈥檚 leftovers! Result: Ravelry: JessicaJean's Super Scrappy Rug ca. 1978

Another time, another mother was watching me knit/crochet while our children were taking swimming lessons. She asked me if I would be interested in some unwanted yarn she had. I was, and drove to her house. I hadn鈥檛 been expecting her 鈥榖ox鈥 to be the box her washing machine had come in!!! I was fixed for yarn for many months, after spending a full month sorting the tangled mass into individual balls.

Most recently, the daughter of a deceased knitting buddy asked if I would like to take any of her mother鈥檚 considerable stash, before she trashed it. I called another knitting buddy, and we loaded both our cars and a guy - friend of the daughter - loaded the rest into his van to bring to my house. I gave away a lot if it, but there鈥檚 a ton still to use.

I doubt I鈥檒l ever run out of knittable fibres!
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Once, I mentioned to a coworker that I was using leftover Phentex (extruded olefin fibre) to make a rug for my children鈥檚 room. I was inundated with everyone鈥檚 leftovers! Result: Ravelry: JessicaJean's Super Scrappy Rug ca. 1978

Another time, another mother was watching me knit/crochet while our children were taking swimming lessons. She asked me if I would be interested in some unwanted yarn she had. I was, and drove to her house. I hadn鈥檛 been expecting her 鈥榖ox鈥 to be the box her washing machine had come in!!! I was fixed for yarn for many months, after spending a full month sorting the tangled mass into individual balls.

Most recently, the daughter of a deceased knitting buddy asked if I would like to take any of her mother鈥檚 considerable stash, before she trashed it. I called another knitting buddy, and we loaded both our cars and a guy - friend of the daughter - loaded the rest into his van to bring to my house. I gave away a lot if it, but there鈥檚 a ton still to use.

I doubt I鈥檒l ever run out of knittable fibres!
Oh my! Color me green with envy.
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Hello, my first post. I鈥檓 on my 9 th repeat and enjoying the pattern, although, I鈥檝e learned that I can鈥檛 be doing anything else while knitting this - no talking and especially no television. I鈥檓 using sizes 6 and 4 and my sections are measuring 5.5 in. My suggestions on the patterns have already been mentioned in previous posts.
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