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Kellye8498
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 8:32 pm    Post subject: Forest Canopy Shawl KAL? Reply with quote

I'd like to find at least one other person to knit this with so I will keep on track and not just put it down. I really like it and want to get it done.

Anyone want to knit this with me? Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No takers? I hope someone is thinking of making this or wants to re-make it because I think turning it into a KAL is what I need to actually DO it, lol.

I also need to get my yarn wound into a ball but no one around here does it...OR sells ball winders so I could do it myself...so I believe that I'm going to have to put it around my feet and wind it tonight when my son goes to sleep Sad

Wish me luck!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do a search on Google for skein or ball winders and you'll find plenty of stores that sell them. They aren't too expensive and are wonderful.

My husband made me a swift to hold the yarn while I'm winding it into a a ball because I used to fight so with the umbrella type I originally had. You should put one of each of these on your 'have to have' someday list.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's BEEN on my have to have list, haha. I'm just too poor. I'm a stay at home mom and have no income and do it alone so...Can't afford it at all. Maybe someday! LOL.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay.....next best thing....a door knob or the back of a ladder back chair. Just be sure to wind loosely. Once you stretch your yarn it seldoms relaxes back to it's original state.

And....I hear you about no money.....I used a door knob for many, many years!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a good idea Holly. I actually have a closet door knob right beside my chair that I can sit and watch tv in while I do it, lol.

How do you recommend starting the ball? This will be the first yarn I've had to make up myself and I have about 3-4 more hanks that I'll have to do as well.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just started by wrapping the yarn around two fingers and then just keep rotating the 'ball' every few yards to try and roll it evenly.

There's a way to do this so you can pull it from the center.....I think you use a toilet paper center to do it somehow. Perhaps someone knows this trick and can jump in with the technique.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hrm, that would be neat also.

I don't think too many will jump in Holly, I'm kind of behind on this pattern...most have already knitted it MANY times over and I'm just buying it for the first time, LOL

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kelly....I meant jump in with how to roll the yarn so you can pull it from the center.

Someone may join you....you never know. We have several people who check in every day but there are others who just drop by now and again and may not have even read your invitation yet.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope someone will see this and want to knit along with me. I need someone else to keep me disciplined, HAHA.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know that there are a few people on here who have knitted this.

I haven't knit it yet, and I bought the pattern earlier on today. I don't know when I'm going to start it though, as I'm hoping to finish some of my WIPs first.

Paula set up a general shawl knitalong. Have you looked at that?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes but I really want to find someone that is knitting this one incase I get stuck, LOL

I'm going to start one once I'm done with the baby sweater that I've knitted. I just have to do the border on the bottoms and figure out how to seam the sleeves to the darn thing then I'm done, lol.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have made two so far, so if you get stuck give me a nudge! You can see them both on my blog. I don't particularly want to make another one just at this very minute, but I wouldn't rule it out in the future.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do the pointy edges on it emerge as you are knitting the shawl or is it something that happens after the bind off? I've seen some before blocking and it seems as though they aren't pointy around the edges and people said something about the edges and binding off. I'm not sure how that works and that's the part I'm kind of confused on.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is what it looks like pre blocking



And this is what it looks like when you block it. Can you see the pins? You need to leave it like this until it's completely dry. I use the picnic blanket because it has lines to guide you and also because it has a waterproof backing





And you might find this article about blocking helpful.

hth

Sorry about the big picture, I'll try to resize it in the morning.
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