I just received these wonderful bamboo marker pins from Knitty-noddy:
I use pins for marking-out sections for knitting-up the stitches of collars and sleeves. I've been using metal pins which I didn't care for, especially when I would continuously prick myself on their sharp ends. These pins are not sharp enough to injure but are just lovely to handle and use. Naturally, they will work great when sewing up flat pieces of knitting fabric. If you're looking for a nice inexpensive gift to yourself, I suggest a package of these!
BTW: Evelyn is a very nice person to deal with! I bought my Filati Mens 5 pattern book from her and am happy with both transactions.
Well, here it is in all it's 150+ hour glory. It was supposed to have a crocheted border (although I think garter stitch would be or horizontal stripe of K and P rows would be better). He HAD to have it on the 26th, and I didn't have the time or inclination to spin anymore yarn, or knit more for him. Not worth the effort to complain...but I think it turned out gorgeous. It measures 4x4 as is, and is samoyed blended or plied with silk, wool, alpaca, or mohair (or chenille). All in all, there were 12 different yarns designed for it. I will get more sammy fur from a dog breeder and will knit the next one more open (but not for this guy...It will be for charity). That is the only change I would make to the design. This one is drapey, but more of a sweater weight in the end. Samoyed yarn has a surprising amount of memory. Enjoy.
hehe. as you gentlemen may have noticed i'm rather new here. when i clicked on the "my blog" button, i figured it would post in some sort of personal blog, not the main page. so i wanted to make a post re-directing to my other blog. however, apparently it posts to the front page. go me and following directions.
well, aside from these ramblings, i updated with a new irish hiking scarf. check it out if you've got the inclination.
I bought my first digital camera with my christmas booty and here is some lovely stuff I've been spinning. It's from a company called Three Bags Full. Color is Lapis Lazuli. Fiber is Merino, rambouillet, with some tussah silk and white tencel.
I'm hoping this works and is the right size and not one of those big pictures. We'll see.
So yesterday I met up with the 2 ladies that work at my LYS (and the 88 year old woman who owns the place) around 10am - we had her permission to move everything around to create a more comfortable atmosphere - moving the clearance yarn away from the front window, moving the "knittting table" closer to the front window, rearranging bookcases, etc. She has owned the shop (in this location) for around 28 years... and she'll be the first to tell you all the other locations along with the years she was there, and what was in the spot before and after. I love her; she's a quirky cranky spunky lady - and she's the reason I love the store.
Anyway, I just wanted to share with you guys that we spent 10 hours resetting the store - (I'm going to post photos on my blog; www.kyleknits.blogspot.com) to keep from taking up space here - if you want to see some before and after photos.
I haven't painted yet, and there's LOTS still to do, but we did succeed in getting rid of a GROSS clearance rack that was hand made and half done, with its back showing out the front window.... and we also moved the notions/needles/etc. to the back of the store, cleaned up the register area, and put hanks on a long (10-12') wall - and arranged them by color -
I've set aside the scarf I've been working on. It's slow going with medium worsted weight yarn and size 10 needles. I will finish it while on the road, but in the meantime I wanted to do something a little faster.
I bought some super bulky Red Heart Light & Lofty yarn and size 15 needles so I can work through a bit quicker project. I started it with size 17 needles but didn't like the way it was looking so unraveled it and restarted on the 15s.
It's definitely coming along much quicker, but I'm finding this extra fuzzy yarn a bit more difficult to work with as it doesn't slide as easily.
Ah well, that's why they call it practice.
For those of you familiar with Tolstoy's book (and the movie), you'll know about Anna Makarovna's double socks. I was just given the pattern and I'm considering giving it a go. Before I make a start, I'm wondering if anyone here has tried knitting socks like this. I'm looking for advice before starting out.
Frequently I see people complaining about garter stitch lace; especially when they are knitting lace shawls in the round. The very thought of purling entire rows seems to make a lot of people blanch. Likewise many people complain about the long purl back rows when doing stockinette knit back and forth.
Now I don't mind purling that much; well, not unless I'm doing a 1 x 1 rib and then more because I can't count. But I've also learned to knit backwards (or purl backwards - depending on how one looks at it)- which means a number of things:
a) when knitting flat I don't turn my work, I just purl back/knit back backwards. It's faster and more convenient then turning and purling, partially because when I "purl" backwards I'm scooping yarn rather then throwing.
b) in the round, I can TURN my work and knit backwards/purl backwards for garter stitch - again faster.
C) when knitting on edges - I don't have to turn the work after each of thsose short rows.
d) it confuses the heck out of people watching my knitting! (added bonus)
After 25 odd years of knitting sweaters, piece by piece, I've finally tried knitting a top-down raglan in the round. I've got to say I may never go back to the old way again. It's fast (finished in two weeks), relatively simple, and the results were great, plus no seaming...gotta love that.
Anyhow, do any of you have a formula, or trick for converting regular stitch patterns to patterns that can be knit in the round...if so I'd love to know what they are. I don't want to knit every sweater in just straight stocking stitch if I can avoid it.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Hope you're having great holidays.