I've been a big fan of yarn.com (aka Webs). They have great deals and even discount regularly priced yarns if you buy a certain amount. Check them out at yarn.com (pretty easy URL - bet it's worth a fortune!)
I got an email this morning talking about The Vickie Howell Collection. Okay, I'll bite. I follow the link. One of the selections that they have is a yarn called "Love." It's 70% Bamboo and 30% Silk. Sounds interesting. The description also mentioned that the colors are all named after famous couples. How cute.
So, I start scanning the list. The first one is Lloyd and Diane (from the movie Say Anything.) There are a bunch I don't recognize and then I see a beautiful pink yarn. The name - none other than Shelby and Jackson (from the movie Steel Magnolias) Perfect. The next one down the list is kind of purple. Guess who? Ennis and Jack (from the movie Brokeback Mountain.) Nice touch!
They've got some other fun combinations too:
- Mulder and Sculley (X-files)
- Harold and Maude (Movie of the same name)
- June and Johnny (Walk the Line)
I may have to knit something that combines characters from two of my favorite movies - maybe a scarf that alternates Shelby and Jackson with Ennis and Jack!
I'm working on too many pieces to show a finished photo of anything, so here is a pic of a lace scarf on the go. The yarn is Zephyr merino/silk laceweight, and the design is 'Staggered Fern' from Sharon Miller's Heirloom Knitting. I've added a garter stitch border to the design.
From left to right, Camel Down, Grey Cashmere, White Cashmere
I've been slowly but surely spinning these up into fingering weight yarn on a supported spindle with the intent to make a hat out of them. I might save the grey cashmere for another project since it's spinning up alot softer than the other two.
Does anyone know of any good sites for fair isle charts?
Does anyone know what's up with Knitting-And?
It's not loading up right for me, gives me a download box when I go to the site.
I finally finished my mom’s afghan, although due to time contraints it ended up being a lapghan. It turned out very well for my first try at something that big and complicated. I’m working on my daughter-in-law’s Philosopher’s Cap in Lion Wool Autumn Sunset right now. I have several other projects I want to add to In My Stash, but I have to get them organized first.
Well, I finally just broke down and bought the most expensive bag I could find. :-)
I got that bag in the brown. Should be here in two weeks (ordered it from the LYS). I will let you all know how I like it when it arrives.
Also, I finished up my 3 session knitting class at my LYS. The last lesson we learned magic loop knitting:
I like the idea of not having to buy all different sizes of circular needles (especially after I bought that bag above!). However, I started my first real project using it (on 40" circulars) and am having trouble. I think I got one half of the knitting twisted and I don't know if there is a way to fix that outside of just ripping it all out. I also have a problem with how stiff the wire is between the needles, it really seems to bend and twist my work, and I don't need any help there. Any experienced magic-loop knitters here that might have a suggestion?
BTW, here is the hat I am doing, it's Ann Norling's Head Huggers:
Anyone seen or talked to Chris lately? I've sent him a few IM's, no reply. I haven't seen him online in about a week. Chris, if you read this, give me a holler! Someone in Dallas go check on him!
Robert in OKC
I hate to count! So, having finished this scarf where there's plenty of counting to do on the middle diamonds have given me a great sense of accomplishment. This is not a scarf to do when you can be easily distracted. The pattern is:
Diamond Modular Scarf
Designed by: Iris Schreier
This one is knit using Plymouth yarns 'Boku' on size 11US needles.
Well, I stuck with it and actually caston, knitted and finished the second sock. I did switch to addi turbos rather than trying to knit the second one on addi naturals. Turning the heel is about the time the sigh of relief came. The next pair I've started is going from the toe up. I haven't quite gotten the hang of the two socks on two circs yet. So, I started them one at a time.. I think I will transfer them to a Magic Loop, once I get past the heel. I'll call this the 'Multi-method'
Cheers! (I have to say that, I'm in Australia this week)
I've started "Helga" the second in a four part series of shawls I'm designing with Harry Potter/Hogwarts as inspiration. The first shawl "Godric" and what I've written up on "Helga" are over here
This one is simple, Faroese in style, and mainly designed to be nearly mindless knitting to give me a change from other knitting I am doing. Just enough design in it to keep it from being totally boring. I'm looking forward to the titillating anticipation as the rows go from almost 400 stitches down to 23 stitches.
By that time I may have figured out how to finish the neck band....
I continental knit. Its okay for big stuff and for felting etc, but I have always had trouble with my tension when doing little stuff. My recent ventures on doing socks have not been pretty. I am a very very loose knitter and they just weren't turning out well at all. I almost always drop a few needle sizes anyway, but you can't get much smaller and a 0 or a 1. Well, anyway, I always wrapped my yarn around my pinkie finger of my left hand. I found that I tended to hold my pinkie out in space a bit, kinda like when you hold a tea cup, so I wan't keeping the yarn tight enough. I began wrapping my yarn around my ring finger and its a million times better. My current sock actually is tight and looks like a sock! If any of you other continental knitters have tension problems, give that a try!