Hey Guys, I need some help. I finished my clogs and started the felting process yesterday. I don't have my own washing machine and use the coin-op one in the basement of my building. It's a VERY BASIC machine. There is no way to alter its routine one iota. I tried to fake it out by taking out water after it had filled, so I'd meet the low-water requirement. The knitting gods and goddesses had to be laughing because after spending 20 minutes scooping out water, I closed the lid and the machine filled up again. LOL. I stuffed the d**n thing with jeans. This was after 3 cycles. The wash cycle lasts about 15 minutes tops and the rinse cycle, no choice, is cold. After 5 cycles, I've got a nice felt going on, but they are way too big. Except for the last, I took the clogs out for the spin and rinse cycles. My last effort was to throw them in the dryer on high for about 15 minutes.
I'm a copy editor and page designer for a daily newspaper. On the days I work nights (yeah, I'm aware that sounds odd), I bring my knitting bag to work with me so I can knit on my lunch and then again after deadline, when I'm waiting for the presses to start. The other day, I was alone in the lunch room, trying to remember how many stitches I'd just purled, when one of the press guys came in to use the vending machines.
"Hey," he said, "you knitting?"
"Yeah ..." I said.
John, I'm still clogging-along, or at least I should be. I put these down in July and only got them out to photograph today. All that remains is to attach the sole to the second one, close the centers and tack away. When I did a pair a few years ago, there was no problem with the felting, sole or bumper.
Hopefully I can get these finished and felted for the boyfriend before Halloween!
Hey, is anyone still working on their clogs? I think I'm actually going to finish my first pair tomorrow!!! I'm pretty excited, but a bit nervous and I've got two questions:
1. For those who did the bumper sole, did you do anything to the cast-off edge to tack it in place or does the felting take care of it? Mine sort of rolls down and sits next to the sole. It looks fine, but I'm wondering if the felting locks it into place?
2. The pattern says to tack the two layers of the sole together as the last step before felting and gives a warning about stitch length (if the stitch is too long is can distort the sole?) Did anyone have any issues with that? Any advice?
I've started a third scarf as a gift; one of the many I hope to churn out by December. It's Sept now, so I hope it's okay to bring up the holidays amongst the guys here. See my blog for a pix.
Mike, thanks for your lace tutorial, I am relatively new to lace knitting but my partner, Clive, has been knitting Shetland cobweb lace shawls for years. If the garment design and colour is appropriate, I don't see why men shouldn't wear it.
This winter I have knitted myself a lacy design scarf which was very comforting around my neck on cold, windy days, and one of my many WIP is a lace design by Sharon Miller from Heirloom Knitting in a wool yarn by Margaret Stove, the New Zealand lace guru.
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So here it is guys. My first sweater using circular needles.
I'm realy happy with the results. I used a chunky wool using 4mm needles for the ribbing and 5 mm for the body and sleeves. I used the fitted sleeves and the raglan seamline A.
If there is anyone out there who hasn't yet got the Jaquelin Fee book "Sweater Workshop" its a must for everyones collection. I found the instructions very user friendly and easy to understand, even the maths!
The best thing about it is actually fits. None of this reading pages and pages of difficult to decipher pattern, then to discover the neck is the wrong shape, or the sleeves feel to tight. Just a few simple sums and hey presto.
I started a hat. And I got bored with it. And I decided I wasn't going to make it the way I originally thought, and for the person I originally intended. But I figured I *had* to finish it, and since I was more or less making up my own pattern (gulp!), I had no idea it would be so hard to decrease a ribbed hat. This was my first project knitting in the round, and I used both circular needles and double-pointed needles.
Last night my partner and I went to the Sydney Opera House to see the US singer Dianne Reeves in a tribute to Sarah Vaughan. As well as her own trio of musicians, she was accompanied by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. What a fabulous night. She sang in the film "Good Night, and Good Luck" which I didn't see.