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  • Where’s the like button! Skein as measurement. Love!

  • Ditto, Midj!
    Thanks for tbe grest odes, Kay!
    LoveDiane

  • uhh, that was supposed to read. great idea. ( these. phones put words and punctuation and letters in my mouth that were never intended to be).
    Diane

  • No way, an adorable fabric store on the UES?? Totally not on my radar, but will be now. As someone told me 30 years ago in Amsterdam, “You must always look up”.

  • I use my kitchen scale to figure out when to start finishing up. I weigh my ball of yarn before I start knitting, cast on and knit those three rows of stockinette, then weigh the ball again. The difference is how much yarn I need to have left when I start binding off, and I can always fudge on the side of extra yarn if I think I’ll need it. Last time I finished with 8 inches to spare!

  • That is so funny! I recently applied the method outlined in #2 to know exactly when to stop knitting the pattern on a blanket and start knitting the border. I’m a genius! haha

  • Thanks for the heads-up on Pins & Needles – we need the small, fun stuff in NYC. I’ll go there. I miss Old Purl, too. . . the light, the cute street, and the intense pressure, er um, desire to splurge.

  • I’m thinking that if you’re using 2 skeins, you should probably weigh them to make sure they are actually the same — sometimes they aren’t. But otherwise, this is such a great idea! Also, I think Diane’s “grest odes” should be MDK-speak for “great idea” from now on.

  • Great idea! I’m currently working on the Honey Cowl. Thanks for the tip!

  • I use a similar method for deciding when to finish my first sock to make sure I have enough yarn for the second one. Not that I mind leftovers per se, but it is nice to not need them.

  • Algebra!

  • !!!
    I’m knitting a Honey Cowl, about halfway done, and I just now consulted my copy of the pattern and discovered yes, I WAS supposed to knit four rows of stockinette before I started the slip-stitch pattern. I didn’t do that. I was so excited about HoneyCowling that I roared straight into the slip stitch. (That is a sentence that will never appear anywhere else on earth.)
    Oh well! No rolled edge for me! I’ll call it a “personal variation.”

  • Assisted in the comments! Mentioned in a post! Instigator of clever yarn-based solutionizing! I’m going to be super-cocky all day! This is all really helpful because my current Honey Cowl is a loooong one, and things can get really ugly with 220 stitches.

  • I could have used this post a week ago when I had to frog a row or so to finish but thanks to this post I’ll never have that problem again. Is it an indication that I may have a small honey cowl “problem” when I thought the second part of this post might read something like, “How to figure out when you need to stop knitting the Honey Comb stitch because you might have a slight honey cowl dependency”? I have been honey cowl free for a week but do have a couple of skeins on hand for emergencies.
    Thanks for posting about the various shops you discover in New York. If I ever make it back up to the big city, I hope to visit all the places you’ve mentioned over the years.

  • Curriculum night! Knitting! The only thing that makes curriculum night bearable . . .

  • match the second sleeve and call it gorgeous!

  • “well curated selection of fabrics”! Well put, that is exactly how I felt when I got tricked into entering Stash Quilt Shop. I do not quilt, but the sandwich board (again, a sandwich board) said “YARN” and suckered me in. On my most recent visit I was informed that I now qualify for the frequent buyer discount. How did that happen? I do not quilt.

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