January 23rd, 2005

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Knitting needle question

[xposted to <lj user=knitting] I'm taking a class at Stitches West this year, and it calls for the following tool: 8-11” appropriately sized circ ndl (5-5.5mm (US 8-9)) I assume this means a set of size US 8 or 9 circular needles with a length of 8 inches to 11 inches. But I just went to my Local Yarn Store and they don't have any such thing. The smallest-length circular needles I could find there or at http://www.knittinguniverse.com was 12 inches. So does any of you know where such a thing can be had, or can you think of something else that might be meant by the phrase?
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red panda eating bamboo

The Knitting YAFGE

I've been working with the book The Knitting Experience: The Knit Stitch by Sally Melville. I decided to knit the Asymmetrical Vest, but since several of my friends whom I made look at the book didn't like the asymmetry, I fiddled the pattern so it would be symmetrical. I also wanted the vest to be 33 inches long instead of 24 inches long, and the way the pattern was described made it easy to change the length by adding stitches.

I knitted it in 2 colors of Lion Brand Homespun (since I decided to add some stripes to it).

When I finished it, it came out much longer than I expected and also less wide. I know my swatch gauge was off about 1/4" in one direction, but I thought it was the direction that would add width, not length. I guess I was wrong. I wouldn't be able to wear it myself without adding a front panel to it. So I had my sweetie kyubi model it for some photos. It fit her very well, and I guess she fell in love with it, because she wore it for the rest of the night. So once I have the buttons sewn on (in the photos, the things that look like buttons are stitch markers on the buttonholes), I'll be giving it to her.

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(Despite the subject of the post, I'm delighted that the vest decided to belong to kyubi! I'm just hoping I can get the hang of making a garment to the expected size before long...)
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