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September 6th, 2006

Monoped's picture

Go vest young man.

Now that winter is over (in the southern hemisphere) I think my run of beanies is also at an end. So now I'm looking at knitting my first item of clothing that's not a hat or a scarf & I'm thinking VESTS!

So, do any of you wondeful fellas have/know of a good vest pattern? I'm after something that's fairly plain & easy to knit (I can always jazz it up with my yarn choice) preferably using a worsted/heavy-worsted weight yarn. Any help/links would be greatly appreciated.

Monoped

Billbear's picture

SE Animal Fiber Fair

For those in the area, this is a great event.

 http://www.saffsite.org/page.php?page=home.htm

 

 

October 27, 28, 29

WNC Ag Center just outside Asheville NC.

Lots of fun! 

September 5th

JPaul's picture

Clogs - a perfect pattern

They're clogs!!!  I just pulled them out of the washer and I'm SO HAPPY!!!

They're still damp but I'm wearing them around the house.  I don't want to take them off!  Once they're dry and I can give them a shave, I'll post a photo.  But here's my thoughts at the moment:

 I think this is very nearly the perfect pattern.   They knit up quickly.  They're easy, but challenging enough to keep things interesting.  They're well designed (the double thick bumper sole is genius).  They afford some opportunities for creativity and customization.  They'll make a great gift.  They're kind of magical!

Warren's picture

Felting Gurus Needed

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.

September 4th

GrammarCop's picture

Knitting in public

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.

hizKNITS's picture

Clogging standstill

clogsJohn, 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!

September 3rd

JPaul's picture

Is anyone still Clogging?

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?

What are you making for holiday gifts?

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. Laughing See my blog for a pix.

Kerry's picture

Lace

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. 

September 2nd

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