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Oct. 26th, 2010



Fun way to help out with knitting or crochet

In the spirit of WWII era knitting for soldiers, the National World War II Museum has a program where you can knit or crochet scarves for veterans. All the pertinent information can be found here:

It's an ongoing program, and a neat way to use your craft to give back to the community.

Oct. 12th, 2010

The Librarian


Something useful for those considering (or reconsidering) knitting socks

I came across this a couple of weeks ago while doing some online sock yarn research: a post called Guide to Picking a Sock Gauge in the blog section of the Suzi's Knits site. While I'd already figured out on my own that the standard 8 stitches per inch listed in most sock patterns is downright wrong for many sockweight yarns (which is why I now habitually knit a larger size on smaller needles at a tighter gauge ... loose, floppy fabric = socks that fall down/wear out fast), this Guide is the information I really wish I'd had back when I first ventured into sock knitting. The post is from 2007 so it doesn't include newer yarns, but there's more than enough information to help you figure out where the skein in your hand fits in.

Also, if you scroll up to the top of the screen, there's another post where Suzi lists the qualities she looks for in a sock yarn.

P.S. I can contribute info on one of my favourite post-2007 sock yarns ... Crazy Zauberball should be knitted at at least 9-9.5 stitches to the inch to produce decent sock fabric.

Oct. 11th, 2010

The Librarian


Finished socks!

The Pattern: Wendy Johnson's Fingering Weight Toe-up Socks With Gusset Heel. Made large size at 9 stitches per inch to result in "medium" size. Knitted both socks at once on two 2mm Addi Turbo circular needles. Used Judi's Magic Cast-on and Jeny's Super Stretchy Bind-off.

The Yarn: One skein of Colinette Jitterbug.

The Needles: Knitted both socks at once on two 2mm Addi Turbo circular needles.

The Construction: Followed numbers for large size, knitting at 9 stitches per inch to result in "medium" socks. Used Judy's Magic Cast-on and Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off. Up until now I've knitted my socks top down because I'm very good at casting on loosely and none of the usually recommended stretchy bind-offs have ever worked for me ... Jeny has certainly changed that! And I must say that, much as I love the fit of the heel I use for my top-down socks (another Wendy Johnson design), this one is even better! ... like a second skin. And, bonus features for ease of turning: no short rows, no picking up stitches.

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Ravelry Project Page

Oct. 8th, 2010



Yarn bomb a-go-go

Check out this extreme yarnbombing


Photographed by my friend, who is a robot princess :)
Spiritual Martian


Acrylic_Sheep Blogroll! Intro post for everyone :)

It is so wonderful to see we've got so many members in the first week. Now we're all getting settled in, I think it's a good time for some introuductions.

In a comment to this post, write a little bit about yourself, let us know if you have a knit/crochet/craft blog and/or a ravelry ID. You can show off some of your handiwork too if you like :)

I'm really looking forward to reading the responses. Happy friday everyone!
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Oct. 5th, 2010




as a yarnbomber, i have found acrylics to be the best for large scale outdoor work.  they are plentiful, inexpensive, come in an amazing pow of colours and most importantly, weather extraordinarily well.  living and working in montreal, we are famed for our ridiculous winters and those tags that do survive time and space remain as bright and cheerful as ever!

here are some summer bombs from montreal and new york <3

laurier and clark

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cotton candy kitty



I love knitting with lovely wools and alpaca, but i also crochet and i do that in almost exclusively acrylic . i do a lot of amigurumi stuff and acrylic just tends to offer a more affordable range of colors to work with, plus when you're making tiny little cutsey things that would be better off being durable and washable (someitmes i do toys for friends kids and stuff) , it just holds up better.
i've been crocheting for 15 years and knitting for about 3. i prefer knitting , it's a nicer tactile sensation but i'll always have a warm snuggly spot for crochet. i'm excited about the community (thanks for making it bee!) i'm almost always down for new lj friends, so if it tickles anyone's fancy add away. looking forward to seeing cool knitty crochet-ey times from everyone :O)

Oct. 4th, 2010



Here is the news

UK knitting news (or just the stuff I've heard about today...)

Knitters in Exeter or nearby - there's a Knit In on Thursday at Exeter Phoenix


Knitters within reach of London it's the Knitting and Stitching show from Thursday to Sunday


The Knitting and Stitching show is literally wonderful. I went a couple of years ago and it's ENORMOUS, full of exhibitions and bargainous yarn stalls and wonderful things you can't get elsewhere. I got Kauni rainbow yarn there, lovely wendy freedom yarn for £1.50 a ball, some other super, super yarn and they sell just about everything you can think of. Worth spending a whole day and well worth the entry fee.

Lidl have cheap yarn again this week. It's 50/50 wool and polyacrylic, it looks between DK and Aran (so worsted) weight. It's 6 balls (300g) for £5.99 and comes with a free circular needle (5mm x 80 cm by the look.) It comes in 4 or 5 nice colours.

Lidl keep things in for a week and it sells out quick (came in today). Find a Lidl store here http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg/lidl_uk/hs.xsl/index.htm

That's the news for today from the UK. Members from other locations feel free to do your own news posts!

Oct. 3rd, 2010



So yes, hi hi hi.  I'm so glad to have found this community.  Lately, all kinds of crafting communities have been popping up and it makes me a happy girl.  I joined this community because I only use acrylic yarns.  My main reason for this is because my only yarn supply is found at Walmart...and I'm pretty sure that's all they have.  So sad.  Sometimes I hate living in a small town that doesn't have too much around.  It suuucks.  Oh wells, I still wouldn't trade it for any other place.  All my family and friends are here.  

I currently have a project going on that's going slowly because I'm lazy sometimes.  It's a light gray and light pink striped scarf.  Two rows of each color for the stripes.  Gonna have a loooot of yarn to sew into the scarf once it's done.  So not looking forward to that!  Once I get unlazy (maybe tomorrow), I'll take a picture of the progress and post it in this post.  There's not too much of it done yet because I haven't really been working on it for too long.

I have other projects that I need to start on.  A few hats for my boyfriend.  Was thinking about making stockings for my friend's kids and then making a hat for them both and putting in the stockings.  Not sure if that'll happen or not though.  Need to start on the scarf for my cousin.  I promised it to him last Christmas but never got around to doing it.  Ugh, I suck with starting/finishing projects.  Haha.  Might make a scarf for my mom as well.  So many projects to do and I really should have started them in the summer.  I was just so busy though. -falls over-  I suppose now is as good as any time to start.

Oh, by the way, I don't knit with needles.  I knit with what's called Knifty Knitter looms.  They're great and I love them.  I have a pair of needles and can do basic things on them but I'm much quicker when it comes to using the looms.  So they're my weapons of choices.  Huuuurr.  Kind of hoping to find other people that use the looms as well.  I have crochet hooks as well, but I never use them.  Can do a simple stitch on them but nothing too fancy.
Hammer of Doom



I don't use acrylic much anymore, but I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Red Heart so here I am. Besides, I'm all about using whatever fiber makes you happy...so whatever you like to use, more power to us!

Unfortunately, I don't have any WIPs or recent FOs that are acrylic that I can share here. But if the posting of non-acrylic WIP/FOs is OK, then I'll be happy to share some of mine :)

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