Archive - Oct 2006

October 3rd

charmingbilly's picture

chatbox icky-ness.

for the larger part, my experiences with the chatbox has been very helpful...especially Mmario! the guy knows so much stuff! anyways, it's kinda sad that a few fellows mistake someone simply being nice with "romantic intentions" when i get time, i'm taking that crack about "i knit to sublimate romantic frustration" out of my profile. i thought i was only being humourous but too many seem to think it is some kind of an invitation. i'd like to think most folks are here for the knitting and the camraderie.

October 2nd

To knot or not to knot

Hi,
I'm currently working on a four panelled throw,(when finished will be 160cm/63" square) which has a stockinette main section with 6cm/2.5" garter stitch borders.
Although it's not really reversible, I don't want to see knots on the back whenever I join in another ball of yarn.

How do others 'join' yarn together seamlessly?
The pattern is from the book simple knits for everyday living by erika knight page 80.
I'll post a photo after I've completed each section.

Rory.

Picot Bind Off & Counting

I'm working on a project that calls for a Picot bind off and have an elementary question regarding counting. The Picot bind off directions are:

Bind off 5 stitches, [slip st on right needle back to left needle; CO 1 st using Cable Cast On method, BO 6 sts] ...

My elementary question is this, as I begin to bind off I knit the first stitch, knit the second stitch and then pass the 1st stitch over the 2nd stitch. How many stitches did I just bind off, 1 or 2?

The pattern is a 4x1 rib so I'm assuming that the answer to my question is 2 so that the Picot ends up on the Purl stitch in the rib pattern. Otherwise the Picot ends up 1 stitch past the Purl which just doesn't seem right.

I figure it would be good to know this basic answer since it'll come in handy when making necklines.

Thanks...Keith
(feeling very stupid since I've been knitting for a few years).

OKknitguy's picture

new tattoo

Getting my second tattoo hopefully this afternoon. Gonna have to think about how I can incorporate the MWK symbol into my next one! :-) Is the design copyrighted? Do I need permission to get it tattooed somewhere on my body? :-)

I'll let you know how it goes this evening!

Robert

grandcarriage's picture

Fighting the flying et al.

Too work at the estate or not to work. I've strained my trapesius muscle and lifting stone doesn't sound like such a good idea. Maybe I'll finish those designs and KNIT. Yeah, that's the ticket.
(And flirt with guys on BMB.com)

I have a very important class for my Apparel design degree on WEDNESDAY! My usual knit night. I'll miss gossiping with LARS! And the beer, and the naughty conversations with the girls over the needles. It TOTALLY SUCKS. (But the class: marketing for the apparel industry, is surprisingly good: The teacher is fast paced and really sharp. He totally ROCKS!)

Fighting the flying: The bane of all woolen knitters and especially us spinners as well who live in the county is wool-moths. But the smell of Mothballs is almost as bad. The best solution that is bearable, I find, is to make sure that woolen sweaters/ handspuns are stored clean. It was recommended to me that you put sachets of dried lavender or whole bars of "Irish Spring" soap (still in the box) in with your knitwear and yarns. My flat smells like a freshly washed rugby team. (I don't mind). And the sweaters have that fresh outdoorsy masculine scent that makes me think of rugged, burly, ginger-bearded men showering nekkid in the bushes.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

"Mary" Has A Little Lamb

Well boys, I was cleaning out the spare bedroom yesterday and I opened this piece of Halston luggage that I had not used for years and an entire sheep fell out!

I hid that yarn well!!

OKknitguy's picture

me with tote

picture of me with tote is cuz my knitting store had a contest and I won. Not a bad tote. I need something to keep all the tons of little scraps together.. My problem is that I am not organized enough to know what the little tiny remnant is. So if its not cascade, it wouldn't felt, and stuff and so I'm not quite sure what I"ll do with all my little remnant balls and stuff. Any ideas? Thanks

Robert

OKknitguy's picture

felting weekend

Since OU had an off weekend, I spent the weekend felting. Had 2 purses and a pair of felt clogs to do. purse on the left is one from "Pursanalaties" I'm not sure if that's the right spelling. Its a combo of Cascade 220 and Noro Silk Garden, and the purse on the right is from Blacksheepbags and is called a "Boogie" Bag or something like that. It is just done in Plymouth Outback. The felted clogs are the fiber trends ones just done in cascade. The felting seemed to do much better in a top loader. I think that's how I'm going to felt from now on. I have a machine at my office. So I did continuing education and felted at the same time! Killed two birds at same time! Anyway, I'm happy with how they came out.