So I sat down with my supplies to attempt my first hat. Nice alpaca yarn, two skeins, not wound into a ball or in a workable roll, just skeins. I had hand wound some yarn I spun myself so i thought no problem, I will just make a ball by hand. It seemed like in seconds I had a mess of yarn. Fighting the urge to pull hard I worked the length I had into a ball, worked it through the maze, wound some more, worked the maze, shook it, wound some more. As I type this I still have a mess but this is me taking a break so as not to get even more frustrated. I will be taking the second one back to the store and having them wind it on that thingamajig that does it in seconds versus the hour or so it will take me. Sigh.
Gentlemen, (and lady lurkers)
Martin put me up to this, so here goes!
Here is a question to ponder....Is there something about fine, high-end natrual yarns and fibers that does, in fact, enhance the knitting experience....or is it just as pleasurable to knit with man-made fibers? The real question...are you a fiber snob and why????
Talk amongst yourselves....and then let us know
Whenever I am working on a project that I am just creating out of my mind, I will scribble down a few notations. Like a pattern motif, bound off so many stitches here and there, picked up this number etc. Then someone asks me for the pattern. Then I try and write it out. I should take better notes. Instead I get so involved in the creative aspect that I forget about the diligence of good, detailed note taking.
Any suggestions from my fellow comrades out there?
Not to good at this, but I will try and post the sweater I recently completed. I used the concept of decreasing from Ann Budd's handy book of sweater patterns for the set-in sleeve; otherwise the design is mine, experimenting and ripping (when it did not look right to me). I used wool from cottagecraft (in Canada). But I must learn the tricks of sucking in the stomach muscles etc when being photographed.
As I type this it says 2 users and ........106 guests online!!! WOW
I decided to teach myself how to knit continental-style today. I've got the knits down, but I think I'm twisting my purl stitches. Maybe I'm wrapping the yarn the wrong way... I'm using the videos at KnittingHelp.com to guide me along.
I think that one of the things that I like about kniting is the time it takes me to do certain things. Patience is required to come up with the design and colors for such a simple item as a scarf. Here is the progress so far. I like long scarfs and this one looks like it may be one of those.
I've changed the way the members list is displayed. It's now done in a columned, tabular format allowing you to sort by several criteria. While certainly more attractive, I thought it might help folks find other nearby knitters via the sorting ability. Enjoy!
In an effort to make it easier for you to add images to your posts as well as share other images you might have, but not necessarily want to write a lot about, I've added a new feature to the site.
If you look under the Create Content menu, you'll see a new option labeled "image" which you can use to add an image to the new image gallery, which is linked from the main menu. I've created a few categories to get us started, but if an image you have doesn't fit, simply put it in the uncategorized section and I'll create a good place for it and move it there.
Once you've uploaded an image, you can also add it in to one of your posts. To do this, simply browse the image gallery to find your image. Once located, right-click on it and copy the link to that particular image. When writing your post using the WYSIWYG editor, there's a little icon in the toolbar with a tree. Clicking that will pop-up a box for you to paste the image link in to.
A number of you have written me in the last couple of months expressing your gratitude and asking about how you can help support the site.
Just wanted to know what experiences people have had getting onto a plane with their knitting. I have heard that wooden needles are okay but the metal ones are not. I would hate to get to a gate and have them say I can't take it on. Thanks!