Stretchy Bind Off Suggestions Needed

I have finished the torso of my sweater and now need to do a stretchy bind off 1x1 rib. I have used Jenny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind off on socks and it gives a bit of a ruffled edge, small but still there. I am wondering if there is another stretch bind off that doesn't give that effect. I don't think I need it to be that stretchy either. What have you all used?

Two Projects At Once

While knitting the torso of my sweater, I needed something to break up the monotony of that, so I decided to make some slippers. They are Saturday Morning Slippers by Kristin Spurkland from her book the Knitting Man(ual). I'll get one slipper done tonight, just five more rows of twisted garter stitch for the ankle cuff. I'm having fun with both projects but I will tell you, working with twisted garter stitches (knitting through the back loop) with double strands of wool and bamboo DPNs is rough on the finger muscles.



Paton Patterns

Earlier Peter Mark asked if anyone had the pattern for the Warm Thoughts Throw he wanted to finish. I emailed the good folks at Patons, now and inquired about it. It's an old pattern book from 1997, which is now out of print. They no longer carry it, but they were lovely and sent me the entire book of patterns. They also sent the photos under separate cover, so I merged the two files together and the book is now intact.

Looking For Neon Orange Wool Yarn

Hello guys! My son has requested a pair of slippers from The Knitting Man(ual). He wants neon orange, or at the least very bright orange. I want to make them for him in 100% wool, without spending an arm and a leg. I can find plenty of acrylic neon orange yarn. I found some yarn that is close to 100%, but not in the neon/bright colors. We want to keep the cost down to about $20 and I will need two balls of worsted weight yarn with at least 130 yds.

Any suggestions?



Housebound Knitting

My school district canceled school today, so I busied myself getting a project done for a friend of mine. Initially, I was just planning on doing the socks, but had enough yarn left over to do a hat as well. So, he gets both. I tried something different with the socks. I used the heavy worsted wool, but instead of using the recommended US7 or US8 needles, I used US5. Since the socks were being done by following a math proportion pattern, I just had to focus on inches instead of number of stitches. My goal was to make very thick feeling socks. It worked.

Snow Snow Snow

No Knitting to share this time, just photos of what NW burbs of Chicago look like with 13" of snow in two days and there is more falling. Why do we live in this climate!?
Now where did I put that ticket to the tropics?


Simple 2x2 Scarf

I was giving this yarn by a dear friend of mine on this site, Lou Chicquette. It is a beautiful, supple blend of 42% wool, 35% acrylic, and 23% Viscose. The yarn is by Berroco and is buttery soft that makes it a very pleasant yarn to knit. I simply began each row with a slip stitch to make for a nice salvage edge, then continued with k2, p2 on RS, with knitting the knits and purling the purls on the WS. Easy! I didn't want a complicated design to interfere with the yarn colors. It has so many different colors with lots of metallic influences that react very nicely to light.

Catnip Advice and Follow Up

Howdy Gentlemen!
I am making a new snake-like tube that I want to fill with either catnip, or something else that has been soaked in catnip. Have any of you made something like this? If so, what did you use to stuff it and how did you integrate the catnip into it? I tried some dried catnip last year and the toy was not as well liked as those bought at the pet store. Any suggestions?