Just thought I'd quit lurking and say hello. I've recently taken up knitting (again!) but still haven't done anything more complicated than a baby blanket or two, and a few hats. I dream of the day I will have enough skill to do a sweater and enough stamina to do an afghan, but for now I'm working on my first sock. I'm glad to have found the group and look forward to learning what I can from the various interactions.
The idea of a knitting buddy got me thinking (a very dangerous thing!)
Here's an idea. What if we exchanged names and everyone sent another person a $15.00 (USD appropriately converted of course) knitting item (yarn, needles, notions, etc.) as sort of a holiday gift exchange?
I'd be willing to coordinate. Just send me an email with the following information with your name and address. Also, let me know if you'd be willing to send your parcel out of the country.
I'll match folks up (staying within the country when possible) and send you the address of your Secret Santa. You decide what your gift will be, bundle it up and ship it off to your happy recipient.
I am looking for individuals who would like to be "knittng partners". This idea comes from a blog I read , a person who met others online, to send patterns, yarn samples, there favorite knit-knacks to. Penpalls of a sort with passion for knitting. I would love to start this with all sorts of members all over the world, so lets see were this goes. Any takers?
I am finishing a priject with a fabulous yarn i spun from Rhinebeck. However, i ran out. a knitters nightmare. i know. im sad. but i want to purchase more fiber. I remember seeing someone on here with a picture of something they bought at Rhinebeck. It was the exact same fiber i bought. 1 lb of 50/50 mohair/wool purple and green mixture for 34$. Does this sound familiar to anyone? If so do you have the info on who it was??? Im still trying to find the name, tag, bag, recepit anything. I even went as far to check my bank statment. Nothing. I am so sad. please help if you can....thanks:)
NEVER EAT UNDERCOOKED TURKEY! I am here to testify. I have lost any weight I might have gained at Thanksgiving, to be sure. YUK! That being said, it was nasty wet and rainy in the Rose City. I walked outside and though, "Why don't I have a fun and funky hat?" I went to the Sippery at the Yarn Garden and dug out my "should be knitting" project, but my heart just wasn't in it. I wanted cheery, I wanted GREEN! Lambs Pride worsted Kiwi Green and a Fibertrends pattern ("Everyone's favorite hat and scarf"). Easy peasy and I cranked away on it, knitting up the the decrease in about 2 hours. The the coffee shop closed and I went to Powell's city of books to finish it in "the world cup". It's done, it's warm and lovely, but I have to pick out the edge and knit it just a trifle bit longer. I like hats that the edge flips up on, and this is just a TRIFLE short for that. (where the instructions say knit the side to 5 1/2, I recommend knitting it to 6 or 6 1/2, then start the decreasing. VERY fast knit, and a super cool hat, the pattern comes with directions for worsted through v. bulky (which must take half and hour to knit). Pix to follow. I think my family will be each be gettin
I checked out the book "Knitting with Balls" and it's better than I expected, although perhaps a little too heavy on the accessories. (What happens when a knitted wallet gets wet? Or a knitted laptop cover?) Still, it is clearly written and there is a sweater pattern or two that I think are quite good. More power to the author. He beat me to the punch. Now mind you, I didn't buy it... but it does seem to be selling well. Portland is very hot in the knitting department right now. Powell's book store has an entire aisle of books on knitting and patterns. Who'd have thunk it?
Wow, it feels like it's been forever since I've been on the site. What little spare time I've had, I've spent knitting. If I don't get to knit at least some each day, I get very grumpy! The flip side is that I've missed you guys and staying on top of what everyone's doing.
I finally finished David's clogs - he got them a month late. I've also finished my first sweater and pair of socks. No pictures of them yet, but I will post them once I get some taken.
I now have going my first sweater done in the round -- no seams, yeah! For the sleeves, I'm using the magic loop method for the first time instead of DPNs. I think I like DPNs better, but with the Knit Pick options needles and cables, it just made sense to try magic loop first and it's going well. I also have my second pair of socks going and I'm about to finish a baby cuddle toy for my niece. For Christmas, I'm going to try really hard to restart and finish the Orangutan to give my nephew and get a stocking cap knit for my brother.
.... I never said what I was doing for Thanksgiving!
I have to work here at the bar until 1pm. The bar hosts a Thanksgiving buffet for our customers but Jeff, (the new guy I'm seeing, yeee hawww!) and I are off to a friends house for a drink or two before their buffet and then heading home to do a Thanksgiving for two. heh heh.
Mixed Baby Greens Salas with Roasted Pears and Bleu Cheese
Roasted Cornish Hens stuffed with Wild Rice Pilaf and Orange Sauce
Panna Cotta with Cranberry Cabernet Sauce
And you know... I attach a pic of the little devil so y'all can take a gander at him.. warning.. he's cute!
Best to you all!
Yesterday, I had to rip out 54 rows of a shawl I am knitting!! Somehow I had managed to reverse the back to the front at about row 54 and only realised at row 108. Not happy.
I haven't used a lifeline with this shawl because the yarn is heavier (laceweight wool) than my last cobweb scarf, and the stitches don't fall off the needles as the cobweb did.
We've just had two days of 35C and 38C temperatures, so nothing else to do but sit inside and knit or read.
Happy Thanksgiving to all the American MWK.
Just a quick note to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of you on this site. I've been on here for eight months now and have developed some great friendships and I'm eternally grateful for each and everyone of them. Some we will have to consumate sometime. YES!
May your holiday be one of comfort and love.