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August 16th, 2006

Big news

Hi fella's,

My daughter told me a couple of weeks that I'm going to be a grandpa! I waited until today to spread the news because she'd not had a scan. Well the scan informs us that the baby is due February 12th. So I'm asking you guys for tips on any baby items that you may have knitted up that were interesting & well received.

Thanks,

Gramps Martin 

Some advice please....

Ok, so I've just finished the sleeves for the Jaqueline Fee sweater and am about to start putting all the pieces together. But While I was working on the sleeves I though I was going to run out of space before I added all the necassary increases, so what I did was to add more increases more often to get all the stitches before I finished the upper arm.

I have now finished both sleeves but as I have inceased more stitches in the last few rows I seem to have a little bingo wing thing happening. Im considering frogging back to where I started increasing more and spacing them more evenly to stop the bingo wings, but its gonna take me at least another couple of days. I guess I really should cos Im not really that happy with them so I supposed Ive answered my question really. In which case, thanks for listening to my rant guys. Smile

Good online source for Addi Turbos

I've gotten it in my head that I need to buy a couple pair of Addi Turbos for some things I'm working on. The LYS here that I've been to doesn't carry them and the other one in town is way overpriced. The bamboo circs I bought, unfortunately, are just too grabby and I spend more time adjusting the yarn around the damn things than knitting. I've got circulars that go down to a 17" length, but frankly that's 2 inches too long (insert bawdy comment here).

So I'm wondering if any of you have a found a good online source (meaning a decent price) for Addi Turbo circulars.

Suggestions? 

Chitter Chatter

Does anyone ever use the chat feature?  Just wondering...

August 15th

Stephen's picture

The first pancake...

...always has bubbles, as my friend's Russian colleague Yelena points out every time there are teething problems.

So after a week and a half with some kind of foul chest infection (why can't I get ill in the winter like everyone else?) I've finally finished the upper of the first clog.  And it's enormous, around 30% bigger than my foot.  Maybe I can get it to shrink that much; if not I need to find a friend with very large feet and thick ankles.  Of course, it's a basic translation error which if I hadn't been so enthusiastic and read the pattern properly, I could have avoided: US size 9 definitely does not equal 9mm. 

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Lets bbe real, people

So i figured out why i spend so much money on yarn.

Beacuse i love th egood stuff. i know this may not be a huge surprise to some people but i have discovered Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk. I am hooked. And not with a crochet hook.

It all started when i purchased a few skeins for my best knitting lady, Mary, or as all of Long Island knows her, Maeh. It was deep berry purple and soft as anything that i had ever felt. 66yards though? Come on Debbie, help a brother out.

Instead o got more skeins. I figured she could whip it into a fabulous capelet or something. That she did. She bought more to finish it but when i look at it, i want to cry. The drape of the fabric is out of control and the lace stitch she created was flawless. Closures? Yes there little hooye eye type victorian clasps. i know you all want to see this. So maybe a photo can come soon. But serisouly, i am now addicted to Debnie's alpaca silk.

Great sock yarn!

It's called On-line Supersocke 100, (www.online-garne.de), with a 45% cotton, 40% virgin wool, and 15% polyamid content, the yarn feels really great when knitted into socks.  I used a size 2 bamboo needle for the stocking stitch portion of the sock, and a size 1 bamboo needle for the ribs.

The sock is soft, cool, and feels great...very different from the feel of the superwash wool I usually use for socks, and even feels better than the acrylic yarns I've used for socks.

On the size 2 needles it knits at 7 1/2 st/1".

I hated this yarn at first, and have found that the rib really needs to be knitted on smaller needles over the stocking stitch (something I don't usually do with socks), and once I made this minor adjustment, I've come to love this yarn.

rbthntschl's picture

Anyone ever done the Sock Wars?

Has anyone here ever participated in the Sock Wars? 

I'm tempted as I've done socks before but I'm nervous about getting a pattern that could get me "killed".  I have good reason to fear this.  The last pair of socks I made involved a pattern where it took me six (6) attempts to start the first one (the 6th attempt being one of my knitting teachers).  I started the second successfully by myself.  I can see myself getting something with 3 or 4 colors or a toe-up construction, which I've never done.

Any thoughts?

Luv 'n' Stuff,  Bob in Fort Lauderdale, where the boys are...but they don't knit...poor things

Trauma!

So I have been wanting to make this really cute ear flap hat...I get it, perhaps a little to ambitious for my firstknitting in the round project!  But I have now trashed two tries for coming out twisted...and the third is twisted yet again.  I would hate to have to abort this attempt as well!  I decided (perhaps later that I should have) to come to the source of all wisdom and see if there was anything that could be done...?  Can I salvage this twisted hat?

 ...at least I have a half finished scarf to dejectedly work on.

August 14th

GrammarCop's picture

The baby blanket project

Since this is my first post on this knitting blog, I figured I'd post the last project I actually completed: a baby blanket.

One of my co-workers and his wife recently welcomed a newborn boy to the world. While I wanted to create a fitting gift for the occasion, I'm a relative novice at knitting -- perhaps six months or so -- and it was a challenge to find a baby blanket pattern that (a) I could actually accomplish and (b) would be attractive and interesting enough to present as a gift.

The blanket shown above wasn't my first attempt. I'd first tried a "windowpane" blanket, which required me to knit five vertical panels that could be stitched together. The outer and center panels were a solid color, while the other two panels alternated colors. When the blanket was stitched together, I was sort of OK with the color effect, but I was unhappy with the workmanship. Add to that an unfortunate snag -- one of the panels started to unravel, and I had no idea how to fix it -- and I knew I had to try again.

The biggest challenge for this baby blanket pattern had always been how to come up with a finished project that was clearly for an infant, yet didn't scream pastels. The parents are sort of hipster-y, skateboard-riding rockers who wouldn't be caught dead in anything sherbet-colored, so why consign their kid to that fate? I had to think long and hard about colors that were clearly male, yet that didn't come across as too cutesy.