I'm on my second Knit a River square and I decided it would be a great time to learn the Continental style of knitting. I watched the videos on knittinghelp.com and had my yarn and sticks while doing it so I could practice. It's been a struggle, but after 12 rows, I am just beginning to get the hang of it.
My biggest problems are finding a yarn hold that will work for me, getting used to using my middle finger to manipulate the stitches and left needle instead of my index finger and keeping that index finger away from the needle. No matter what hold I use, it seems like the yarn ends up falling off my finger. Believe it or not, I've acutally found the purl stitch to be easier to execute than the knit stitch. I'm knitting fairly tightly and my left hand is a bit sore because I'm so tense. I'm hoping I'll relax into it soon!
I finished knitting these last weekend, and ran them trough one cycle in the washer. Then it died. I had been expecting it from the sounds I'd been hearing from it, and the dampness on my basement floor in front of it. My neighbor let me run them through a cycle in her machine, and that helped, but they still needed more so I just decided to wait until I replaced my machine.
We bought our new washer Friday night and had our plumber come this morning to replace the water faucets for the washer because we discovered that they were in need of replacing (they wouldn't shut off!). So, after finishing laundry today, I threw these in for one more cycle just to finish them off.
It is good to hear that there are others out there that understand what I feel.
I will say this I do not worry what people say about what people think about my knitting. It is just that I wish they could see the benifits of knitting. Besides homemade gifts, I also find that knitting helps with my hands. When I am not knitting I Chef/cook at a university. Before I started knitting I found that I got hand cramps from all the chopping and food prep I had to do. After I started Knitting the cramps are pretty much all gone. Those are just tow of the benifits I find in knitting.
well I could go on for ever but that is all I need to say for now.
Will any of you be participating in the Sock Wars over at Yarn Monkey's site? It looks pretty fun. A sock knitting game of speed, intrigue and, uh, 'death.' I think I may do it. I'm not the fastest knitter, but in the end everyone ends up with a pair of socks anyway. Check it out and see what you think!
Where I am from in Southern Ontario Canada male knitters are few and far between. which is not that bad but strange when there is no one out there that understands the passion i have for knitting.
The hardest thing is talking about it at work. For the most part because my co-workers don't really understand and have a tendence to poke fun at me.. This of cousre is until I give them something that I have made, then they are nothing but thanks and that is so cool.
But whatever I will never let it get to me. I enjoy knitting and I do not plan on stoping anything soon. Which is good since I have to start getting ready to start making Christmas gifts.
I am looking for some interesting dishcloth patterns. I normally create my own... But I am interested to see what other patterns are out there.
So if you have some great patterns lets see them...
this didn't work the last time...have to see if I can get it right this time.
attached should be picture of shawl I did last summer. If successful it is 'Stor Rund Dug' - a Danish doily pattern done as a shawl in Knitpicks 'Paint Your Own' merino lacewieght.
Glad I "found" this forum/site - as I have recently been cut-off from the knitting forum I've been visiting for three plus years. The Evil Queen Bess (content filter) finally caught up with me and blocked acess not only to the main site but both mirror sites as well. I knew it would happen sooner or later, but now am suffering from the lack of up to 300 posts I was reading daily.
Good thing I've got a half-dozen or so projects on the needles to keep my mind occupied.
I have been knitting primarily lace shawls for the past three years or so, since I *finally* figured out how to purl. It only took 40-plus years of trying to learn how. They do nicely as gifts for friends and family; go well as auction items for my favourite charities and are excellent as wedding gifts. Since I have something like 7 weddings in the family and among friends in the next six months or so I plan on being quite busy!!!!!
I've noticed the past few weeks that most postings to this site seem to be in the blog form; which is nice in that it can include photos; but I marvel that the forums are so under-utilized. I guess I just prefer the forum format. The blog forms seem so dis-jointed to me; and they are definately harder to follow for any sort of "conversation"
Well, it took me a while to get it finished, but here is clog number one. I've included a before and after shot, both with the remote control (which just happened to be handy!) for perspective. I really liked making this and can't wait to start the other. Especially after the magic of the felting project. This one took about 14 minutes of agitation to get to this point. I decided to follow the instructions for a different felting project...the main differences being that I didn't put the clog in a zippered bag or anything, and I threw a pair of jeans in with it to