I think I've finally figured out this posting pics thing - so here's a pic of the FunFur project that I've dupped The Nightmare Before Christmas on Granny, who told me that her smile was for all "your knitting men friends." There's a blog entry earlier on about the horrors of knitting with FunFur if you want details.
In May, both my niece and my nephew's wife are expecting babies, so I thought this fine warm winter that we're having here on the East Coast would be perfect baby blanket knitting weather for babies being gestated in the icey, snowy Midwest (all of my family members in Oklahoma report having power today, but they're all stuck at home because of the ice).
I got out my Elizabeth Zimmerman book, The Knitter's Almanac, took up the BEAUTIFUL needles kindly sent to me by my thoughtful MWK Secret Santa (thank you Weeniezoom!), took up some cheap acrylic yarn that I had laying around, and began to work on the Double Knitting Blanket, simply to remind myself how to do this (this blanket is knitted back and forth on straight needles, but when you're done, you've actually formed two pieces of fabric, joined at the bottom and sides, that you can slip a baby into). I've made a couple of these in the past, but it's been a while. I cast on and began working, and realized, right after I'd formed the bottom garter ribbing, that I had a swatch that was the exact size to slide my new MacBook into! I love functional swatches!
So now my laptop can slip into this handknit cover before being placed into my briefcase, and I'm very pleased with it. I will try my best to upload a pic of it, but I have not had much success with that in the past - we'll see. Now to get started on those baby blankets!
This was fun...
I wasn't expecting this, but it's pretty damned accurate!
You are Mercerized Cotton.
You are always very crisp and neat. You are very playful and are happiest while outdoors in the sunshine. You are sometimes accused of splitting hairs, but in the end people find you pretty easy to live with.
I keep hearing about people tackling sweaters by knitting them on circular needles. I was wondering if anyone has come across any websites that offer guidance on how the technique works? Any sites with pictures to accompany the written technique would be great as this is a knitter that needs a LOT of help before it eventually sinks in!!!!
Thanks in advance
I recently had the pleasure of joining this group of EXTREMELY talented fiber artists. I learned about the group from our very own Parrot (Doug) who is also the only other male knitter I have ever met. Since he is the only other male in the group, he is affectionatly known as the guild pimp!
After the business of the meeting was finishd, we were treated to a workshop on spinning on a drop spindle...WOW...what fun. Doug actually handcrafted a spindle for everyone in the group to keep. One of the most talented weavers in the group even commented that these were the best spindles she had ever used, and this lady knows her spindles...GO DOUG!
The best part of the day, however, was enjoying lunch waterside with Doug and talking for hours. I could have (and did actually) stayed all day.
If you ever find yourself in Manteo, North Carolina, be sure to stop by Fine Yarns at Kimbeeba, Sybil Ross's yarn shop. The shop really caters to all things fiber, not just knit and crochet. You must first contact Parrot, however, and let him know you coming. He is the most AWESOME host ever and soooo talented!
Luke - (Who is now spinning out of control)
haven't posted in awhile, been hella-busy! nothing to major in the works, atm. just a hoodie, some socks, and this luridly ugly log-cabin afghan thingie to use up some stash (*must make room to buy more yarn!*). also, started another blog to go with the romantic frustration one, the theological one, and the fiction one where i play a 15 yr. old crack whore named Bubba Anne living in a trailer park in the bottoms of Mobile, AL. busy busy busy.
also, teaching biology on the fly at a local college as well as the regular job.
gotten addicted to silk ribbon yarns.....tho' anything made with 'em are far too glam for me.
y'all be good.
Since I'm working on my first top-down sweater, I'm going to be binding off at the ribbing at the waist. What technigue would you use to bind off here? I confess that when I make a sweater, I usually just double the length of the collar, use a simple chain bind off, then turn the collar under and sew it in place, so the bind off is never seen. Thanks.
Just wanted to introduce myself. I've been knitting for about 20 years, mostly sweaters, and getting rather bored. I mean, how many sweaters can one have? This site inspired me to get creative. This fall, I made scarves for eight friends, each with different patterns and yarns, and another sweater. A picture of the sweater is attached. It was made with Classic Elite Egyptian Cotton. The color is parchment. The pattern is from an old Phildar book. I'm now working on my first top-down, seamless sweater. It's going well.
My arthritic fingers often finds metal knitting needles to be hard and painful to use. I always loved the warmth of wooden needles but I much prefer how the stitches fly off the Addi Turbos. I have a huge monetary investment in Addi Turbos.
I was looking at the Lantern Moon "Destiny" wooden needles on-line and wondering about them. The joins look very good but I don't know. Anyway, do any of you in MWK-land have any experience with these particular circulars?
I'm spending my day off sewing together the pieces of a cardigan. I have no buttons for it yet, so before I make a trip to JoAnne's Fabrics, I thought I'd ask if anyone knows of a good sources for buttons online?
Although JoAnne's selection is adequate, it isn't great, and it certainly can't top the convinence of shopping online.