Dear Problem Ladies, I knit like a fiend in the '80s, the golden era of Cosby sweaters and boxy shapes. My party signature was black jeans and a handknit sweater. Now I find myself completely baffled. Since childbirth, my body has - ahem - changed, and fashions are more body conscious. I have always had a problem choosing clothes because I have a long torso and short legs. I don't know how to alter patterns so that they flatter me. The final straw was the chenille and fun fur number I whipped up for the holidays. It looked great on the model, but let's just say I don't need any more thickness on my upper arms. Can you help me choose figure-forgiving sweaters? Or can you just bring back the '80s? Naked and Clueless READ MORE
Dear Problem Ladies, I have several vintage knitting patterns I would like to knit. They specify the type and brand of yarn and how many ounces and/or skeins are required. The yarn no longer exists and I have no idea of how many yards were in the specified weight. Here is an example: A "40" vest calls for five 4 oz skeins of 2 ply Sheepswool at 5 stitches to the inch. Is there a way, without making my head hurt, to calculate the yardage needed for a current yarn? This has been vexing me for weeks, so I hope you have an un-vex for me. Thank you! Vexed READ MORE
Dear Problem Ladies, I'm a fairly tight knitter. I'm also a sock knitter, and I am having a really hard time finding a bind off that is stretchy enough for toe up socks. I've tried several, but so far none are stretchy enough. Help! READ MORE
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