Archive - Jan 15, 2007

kylewilliam's picture

Qiviut Yarn

has anyone worked in Qiviut before? I have been reading about it and I'm thinking of getting some and trying it out - maybe a hat for my bald skull! - anyone who has any ideas for yarn sources that they have tried please let me know - I don't mind ordering online, but with the guidance of the experts on this site, maybe I'll get a yarn and pattern together that is manageable!

I know it's expensive - so I don't have a problem with spending - I prefer, however, to talk with you about it first if I can't see the yarn firsthand.

Thanks for any help you can offer!

Kyle

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Granny's Fun Fur Stole

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.

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The Unexpected Laptop Cover

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!