Busting booty trying to finish a hat in 3 hours, and realize as the decreases aren't working out that I cast on the wrong number of stitches and didn't realize it! That's what I get for being cocky about a pattern I've done a million times. I frogged it back to before the decreases, and through some creative decreases, got it back to a number that was divisible by 4 and the needles all had even numbers of stitches on them. Phooey! I'm joing to just play with the design and do something out of my head for the decreases... should be fun. See, I'm human too.
I found out that I have been making my purl stitches incorrectly. My knit stitches are correct, but it seems I have been wrapping my yarn around the needle clockwise instead of counterclockwise when purling. I guess this is call the "Combined Purl" and results in a twisted knit stitch. Don't know how or why I came about doing my purl stitches this way. I swear that was how the instructions I learned from showed how a purl stitch is done. It seemed very logical and very natural for my hands and fingers to work the yarn this way (I am an English knitter).
Not a HUGE deal though since I really haven't done any flat knitting in AGES!!! Any purl sitches I do in the round are for ribbing and the knit stitch is never seen and I see no noticable difference in the purl bump on the right side of the work. Nor have I noticed any differences in my right or left slanting decreases when working in the round.
I do have several pieces of an unfinished ribbed sweater stashed in the closet, waiting for me to complete the second sleeve and seam everything together. I haven't touched it in at least six months. THese were all done as flat pieces and I guess every other row of knit stitches on the right side of the fabric are twisted. Still, no huge deal since I really do like the look of the sweater and it's such a fine guage I don't think anyone except the pros will notice, and only if they're looking VERY closely at the work. I will have to remember that when I do finish the second sleeve that I continue to do the "Combined purl" so that it matches the rest of the work.
Ok... I've got a question about SSK (slip slip knit) stitches that I've been thinking about lately while doing a lace project.
I know there are various ways to do a SSK. Some people slip both stitches purlwise, some slip them both knitwise, some slip the first one knitwise and the second purlwise. Some patterns actually mention which one to use, but most of the time it's not specified. And I've seen all the above mentioned in different books and web sites.
So which one do you prefer to use if the pattern doesn't specify? Does it depend on the project? the yarn? the pattern?
And on a related note, is there any difference between doing slipping both stitches purlwise to do a SSK and doing a K2tog thru the back loops? I admit I can't really see a difference.
Does anyone have a source for Garn Studio Baby Ull? I've got a sweater nearly done, but need one additional skein. Unfortunately I threw out the label, and the color card on Garn Studio's website is wrong. I can say it's a deep red (not burgundy, definitely red). Don't care what dye lot it is as long as I can get the color. Any help anyone can provide would be most appreciated.
About a year ago, during a monthly meeting of the Outer Banks Fiber Guild, we were planning the workshops for the next 12 months. I was wanting to learn how to spin using a drop spindle, so made the suggestion of the workshop and offered to make a drop spindle for each of the participants as my contribution to the workshop.
The workshop is this Saturday. We have an excellent instructor lined up, and as promised, each person will get their very own drop spindle to use and take home. The pic shows 10 of the 20 being made. In retrospect, it turned out to be a bigger project than I at first thought. One of the bigger decisions was to make eithera top whorl or low whorl spindle. I finally chose to make the low whorl. I'll let you know how the workshop turns out. Either we will have some nicely spun yarn . . . or a nice bonfire and weener roast!
Just curious here...this will definitely draw attention to you....!!!
Ok I know I am exagerating in reality I've worked on it since the beginning of december and haven't touched it since christmas. I need to do the sleeves. This is my first sweater and I altered the pattern from the Stitch and Bitch hoodie but wish the arms were more shaped. My man is a rather big fellow so its 50 inches aroundand 28 inches high. The hood has a cute pick up split a few inches before the shoulder seams that I like. For future refence while I love malabrigo Merino I'm upset that the patterning changed when I stepped out of the round to split for the arm holes.
My birthday was last month, and I got two books, Knitting w/Balls, which a number of guys have mentioned already, and (the recently released, just arrived in the mail today) "Men Who Knit and the Dogs that Love Them." I haven't had much of a chance to look through the new book yet, but from what I've seen it's going to be a good one. It's nearly 100% sweaters for man and beast alike. Now I love my dogs as much as the next guy loves his dog, but a hand knitted sweater for a dog? For me that would be a little over the top, but different strokes I guess. In the meantime, regarding the patterns for men's sweaters, it would appear there's a wide variety of sweaters covering a whole range of ability levels, which for me means there may be one easy enough for me to knit!
I am not sure what happened with those images, I thought they would be attached to a blog entry. But, they are scary huh? I got them from here:
If anyone on here is going to be in or around the Oklahoma City area this weekend a bunch of us guys are driving up from Dallas to ruin the Habana Inn Saturday and would like you to join us.
I'm already looking forward to meeting the guys on here who have said they will be there. Although it will not be all knitting it would be fun to meet y'all.