Archive - Dec 2005

December 28th

Gabriel's picture

Buffalo!!

Hey guys,

Hope everyone is having a great holiday season. My best Christmas gift aside from 9 (yes, 9) knitting books were two skeins of buffalo. Has anyone used this fiber yet??? From what I have seen it is amazing...you knit the garment and then felt it much like wool. However when it is felted it is even softer than cashmere! It is produced here in Oklahoma and the stuff is expensive...$52 per skein! I haven't decided what I will be making but I will post it when I do. So let me know if any have used it?!

Warm thoughts,

 

December 26th

knittingboychick's picture

two questions

Does anyone have a pattern they like for a yarmulke?  I am a decent dpns knitter, and would like something fairly simple (who wants a cable knit yarmukle?!) Thanks for any advice.

Second Question: Who has the bulkiest yarn?  I like Rowan's Big yarn, and have on some projects doubled or tripled it, but does anyone know or like an even larger gauge?

December 24th

Weekly topic #3

OK be honest, how busy were you for the Holidays?
How many gifts did you knit & what were they?

December 23rd

Storing Circulars

My circular needles are getting out of hand. I have the Boye's interchangables, (awesome things) but I still have Addis and Susan Bates, and keeping them bound together with a twist tie in a box with other knitting paraphernalia is neither charming nor neat. How does everyone store their circulars?

Danny

Crafty Andy's picture

Holidays are here

I have not written much, but my scarf is coming along .  It just takes me a long time to knit, unless is a cable sweater, which I love.  I am looking forward to the new year and have in my goals make  some socks, which Ihave never done before.  I may even try ti knit a cap with the foru needles first before I do the socks.  I got mysel a nice holiday present, a set of Boye's circular needle set with interchangeable  needles.  What can I say I am a good bad boy.

 

 

December 21st

socks

Hi,

I am in need of some guidance with socks.  I've been an avid sock knitter for two years and am tired of having to patch the holes where the heel meets the instep.  I have this problem whether doing a short row or heel flap-type heel.  Any suggestions?

thanks

December 19th

Increases - Stupid Mathematical Question

I'm knitting the sleeves to my sweater. Frankly they have been driving me a bit crazy since this is the 1st sweater I'm knitting that is not in the round. I've ripped more times than I care to admit.

The pattern calls for a M1 increase at each edge starting on the RS then every following 7th row. The "Following 7th row" instruction is a bit vague to me. Which option is correct?

Option 1
Row 0 (RS): Increase
* row 1 (WS): P
row 2 (RS): K
row 3 (WS): P
row 4 (RS): K
row 5 (WS): P
row 6 (RS): K
row 7 (WS): Increase *

or

Option 2
Row 1 (RS): Increase
* row 2 (WS): P
row 3 (RS): K

The final design

Technique should be secondary to the final product. What is your conception? What do you, as knitter, want to produce? If I am working on a school sweater for a young, athletic child -- lots of running, playing, and moving involved -- I use durable yarn, lots of acrylic, machine washable and machine dryable, and a design that allows for movement. Usually a knit-in-the-round design, maybe using cut armholes or cut front for a cardigan. For a young woman's formal wear, I might use a tailored design, done flat on two needles and with seams to retain the shape of the sweater. The yarn is usually a fine yarn in luxurious fiber, perhaps cashmere, alpaca, or mohair. It all depends on the use intended for the end product.

December 18th

Patterns

 Hi Guys & ladylurkers

Can anyone tell me why sweaters are designed in 2 pieces? Why are they not made in a circle? My daughter saw the Knit:1 magazine & was amused by the centrefold but spied the sweater with the mega, removable cowl collar of pages 58 & 59. It calls for the front and back to be knit in 2 pieces but the same pattern. Will it make any difference if I make it in one piece? I'm not a designer so not sure if it will affect the look. I do realise that I will have to careful about the armholes but that's what stitch markers arre for surely.
Thank you

December 17th

Theory of design

Been reading the entries on inspiration vs imitation and thinking that most of us seem to agree that it's OK to draw from a pool of common knitting knowledge for basic designs, ideas on decoration, and techniques for accomplishing our knitting. But just when does a design become uniquely one's own? Sometimes hard to say.

While looking at Ulf's Scandinavian sweater, I had the thought that his work was a unique production, indeed. Each of the components of his design had been used before. But the final combination was something that had not been seen before. And a very impressive sweater!