Archive - 2007

January 3rd

Kilted Knitter's picture

I Did It!!!

I did something today that I have resisted doing ever since I started knitting. Now some of you may think that I am being crazy, but I have resisted trying to fix a mistake or catch a dropped stich. I would usally frog the project and start over. Well today I was working on a sock on size 0 dpns self-stripping yarn. I noticed that I had droped a stich a couple of rows back. Now I really had ot resist frogging, worked my way back to the place where I dropped the stich and caught up the stich and started working again. Yeah for me!!! I had ot tell someone. Thanks for listening.
Barry

grandcarriage's picture

Ugh... yarn demons

I'm going through my shelves, organizing the yarn I have, trying to tidy an take inventory, so I don't buy something like what I already have, and I have a steadily growing mound of what I call "Demons": Yarn that I don't like, won't use, and have no idea how it came to be in my possession. (Sale I couldn't pass up? e-bay lot buys? gifts?) What are you all doing with the monsters in your collection? Should we try an online yarn exchange?

Bob

MMario's picture

Komodo - the dragon bag

I've mentioned my dragon shaped knitting bag in a couple posts - so have attached a photo of him. He has a large zippered pocket in his back (currently holding two skeins of knitpicks superwash "bare" yarn in fingering weight) and a zippered pocket in each haunch. I wish they had included another in his tail, but he can swallow an incredible amount of stuff as it is.

Also atttached is my first project of 2007 - an Irish Hiking Scarf in Jo Sharp Silk Road dk Tweed - colour 'Emerald'. It was suppossed to be nephew-by-marriage Christmas present two years ago - so about time I started it.

kylewilliam's picture

bird knitter

does anyone know of an artist that might be named "annette mensaje" - maybe from France that at some point in the late '80s or early '90s collected dead birds from the city (either NY or Paris) and knitted them all sweaters for use in an art installation? I just was talking with a client and she was telling me about it, then she left, and I'm totally intrigued about this - does anyone have a clue what this is and if so, can you provide any links or info on the artist?

Thanks! (I know it's strange; forgive me?)

xo
Kyle

JPaul's picture

Knitting in Seattle

I'll be in Seattle at the end of the month for business and I'm planning to head up a day or two early to hit the yarn stores (Weaving Works is my all-time favorite) and just hang out. I LOVE Seattle.

Do any of you have recommendations for cheap accomodations? Cool places to hang out and knit (Top Pot, maybe?). Good eats? Anyone up for a Sunday yarn crawl?

-John

January 2nd

drmel94's picture

Widdershins Sock in Generic Form

Happy New Year, all! As I've been knitting up some socks lately using the widdershins pattern in last summer's issue of knitty and sorted out how to adapt it to different foot sizes from the single size (or at least single circumference) in the pattern, some folks asked me to write out how I do my calculations to save them from math anxiety.

I've just posted my generic directions on my blog and figured I'd let y'all know in case of any of you might like that info, too. I do assume some basic understanding of sock construction so it's not really written as a tutorial, but if you're interested in the pattern but are freaked out at trying to recalculate all the stitch counts, I'm hoping it will be helpful.

gregory's picture

Mountain Goats and Knitting Bags

First, thanks for all the suggestions from everyone. I like all the ideas I have heard. I think I will start with TwistKnit's swatch idea. I just tried some purling on my current scarf (which is quickly turning into a practice swatch that is scarf length) and I am having some troubles. I can't seem to get the needle through if I mix up purls with knits, the stitches are too tight. So, I think I need more practice before my next (first) scarf.

I also went and asked about some classes, looks like I am going to take one starting later this month. While there I picked up my 2nd set of needles; a wooden set size #7. I already have a set of size #9 so #8 seemed a bit close to what I already had. In addition I picked up some "Mountain Goat" hand painted yarn, I really like it. It is 55% mohair and 45% wool, 5st/inch/ 230 yards. It has a great changing color to it (called Firestorm). It is kind of spendy but I won't use it until I am ready. I got it at my LYS but here is an online link to the same stuff:

http://yarnsandthreads.com/store/images/firestormw.jpg
http://www.fuzzymabel.com/yarn/mc/mc_mtngoat.shtml

Now, the last question, What does everyone use for a knitting bag? Everything I look at is really geared towards woman. I have been using a big zip lock bag, but that is already getting too small. Any really neat ideas for portable bags out there? I am sure this crowd has come up with some very clever options.

Kilted Knitter's picture

Happy New Year Everyone!!

Happy New Year and hope that everyone had a great Holiday! Mine was very quiet and relaxing. Now that the new year is here looking forward to a great year and prosperious one, I hope and pray! The salon that I purchased in Sept 06 is doing great and I am trying to get back to some knitting now that everything has settled down and the Holidays are over. Didn't get anything knitted for Christmas, maybe next year. Did get a couple of skein of yarn and a gift card to lys, looking forward to spending that. Anyway, hope you all are healthy and looking forward to the new year!
Barry

MasonM's picture

The Worm Has Turned

Ok, silly title.

Thanks to the help I received here and elsewhere I have come to accept the fact that I am learning a new skill and craft in knitting and as such my work is not going to be perfect. And that's ok.

I've learned how to spot most of the mistakes I am making before I make them and thus prevent them. I've learned how to calmly fix the mistakes that I do make and just consider it a part of the knitting process itself.

Suddenly knitting has become very calming. It's a great way to relax and drain away the stresses of the day.

It's like a totally different experience all of a sudden. Very enjoyable instead of very frustrating. I know my skills will improve with practice over time and until then if my knitting isn't perfect, so what? It's still enjoyable.

gregory's picture

Suggestions for my next project.

Ok all you experts out there I need some suggestions. If you read my initial blog post you will know I have been knitting about 1 week. My first project, a test scarf, is going to be done soon and I would really like to move onto something that I would feel good about giving to someone. My first scarf is a mess. It ranges from 24 to 32 stiches (not on purpose) and the tension is all over the place. I have knitted the whole thing (no purling anywhere). I know that my 2nd project will also not be perfect, but I am hoping I can do something with some character. The important thing to me is that I am able to make fairly good progress on it so I do not get discouraged. I was thinking of two things:

o Another scarf with fancier yarn. perhaps try a 2k, 2p pattern or something like that.
o A hat.

the problem with the hat is I do not know how to knit in the round yet. I would also have to go buy some new needles (which I don't mind doing). Right now I only own a set of #9 plain knitting needles, some end protectors, a crochet hook (size g) and a finishing needle.

Anyway, if any of you have any ideas please let me know. I don't want to take on a project I am not ready for.

--greg.