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December 18th

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Christmas Cheer?

Wherever I go I try never to miss an opportuninty to locate other knitters to join our group here in Dallas.

Over the weekend I went to this great huge Christmas party and met a guy who had knitted in the past and was thinking of taking it up again and we hit it off pretty good. Trust me, I'll force him to take it up again.

Later in the evening myself and half a dozen members of the Turtle Creek Chorale, fantastic mens chorus, were at the piano singing Christmas carols and I was feeling pretty good, me singing with these great voices.

Between songs this guy walks up to me and says, "Chris when you sing it gives me goosebumps." Impressed with the compliment I replied, "Really?". and he says, "Yes, everytime you open your mouth my skin crawls!"

I like him.

emhinsch's picture

Knitting Log Site

I've just launched a person website dedicated to my knitting. It's basically a log of my projects, with personal comments coming in the near future. Check it out at
http://www.hasgothslair.com.

grandcarriage's picture

Book recommendation

I saw a book in Yarn Garden (they started advertising in the local G/L rag, so I'm supporting them a little more, now) that really impressed my "Knitting for 30 years, jaded self when it comes to books." and that is "The Big Book Of Knitting" by Katharina Buss. It seemed VERY COMPLETE, VERY CLEAR, WELL ILLUSTRATED AND WELL EXPLANED. (and I like the fact that the displays WEREN'T done in 1970 yellow, pink, or green synthethic...yuk) Check it out for yourself.

kylewilliam's picture

Mom's Sweater

I finally found someone to pose in my Mom's sweater - I finished this a week or so ago and was trying to find someone who would hold still that I could get it wrapped around! (I am learning quickly that it's hard to find people to play model; many folks don't want their faces photographed) - this one was a bear for two reasons - problem number one was I ended up needing 3 more balls of yarn to finish the sweater, but there was none left in this dye lot - Luckily, Bishops had a color almost EXACTLY the same - it's not noticeable at all. The second problem was when I was attaching the pieces together - part A: - I sewed one of the sides totally wrong - so it has the seam on the outside - very fashionable but not the look I wanted - so it had to be ripped out and redone - (luckily, I know the trick of using a "different" yarn to sew up my pieces - so it's easier to see the yarn you use to attach the pieces!) - part B: - I sewed my last arm on inside out! (I did this on the other sweater I made for Sheila also!) -

I mailed this out to my mom in her Holiday package today - she will get it in time for Christmas! I hope she'll wear it, and with any luck, I might get a photo of her in it - I didn't do it, but I was thinking of sending out a gift certificate for a photo package at walmart or something in the hopes that she'd model it for me also!

kylewilliam's picture

intarsia tangles

Hello guys - I am trying to do a scarf now that has circles in intarsia built into it - I understand using differnt colors of yarn for each part of the pattern, and I get that you're supposed to have two different "skeins" of yarn for a "right" and "left" side of a pattern when there's a second color in the middle of the row - but here's where I got confused last night (and ended up ripping the project out) -

what do you do when your contrasting colors don't line up from row to row? (like in a curve) - the "back" of the piece is not hidden so it's not like I can just carry yarn like in fair isle... the only thing I could think might be the answer would be to cut and re-start each row for the different colors -

anyone have any ideas on where I can go to figure this out? I want to get knitting on this before I will be able to get to my LYS... so I'm askin my yarn boys!

help help help!

hugs

Kyle

December 17th

kiwiknitter's picture

Finishing Techniques - Book

My copy of "Finishing Techniques For Hand Knitting: Give Your Knitting that Professional Look" by Sharon Brant arrived today from amazon.com.

I think I was hooked by the title, thinking that this would be a book of "cold, hard knitting facts" (as my knitting buddy Azza says) but it's just another knitting book. It is filled with the basics and some patterns; end of the story. There is nothing new or exciting in this book. I wouldn't even recommend it as a learner's book as I've seen much better on the market.

The title is so misleading that I thought the cover must have been accidentally put over the wrong contents. If you are considering purchasing this book, save your money and don't! In my opinion, it is a complete disappointment. I won't even waste my time taking a photo of it and up-loading it here.

Crafty Andy's picture

Another Santa Hat 06

I am actually knitting a scarf on the round and I finished the Santa Hat that is in the picture. Have a Happy Holidat Season everyone, No matter what you celebrate!

December 15th

2 Gift scarves

Here are two scarves finished for Christmas gifts. I'm disappointed with the picture of the cable scarf. It is Malabrigo and such wonderful colors which worked so well with the cables. Red one is a soft wool from China. Red scarf took a long weekend start-to-finish--cable took what seemed an eternity. Happy holidays!
Matthew

SKHolt's picture

First xmas delivery today

Morning out there,

Our work has taken on a service project this year and we are working with the local senior center. Two employees each adopted a senior and we are going to visit today. I, of course, couldn't resist digging into my scarf stash and finding the right one to give a way.

So many options for charitable knitting.

Stan

BrentCLW's picture

Dog loves Santa

Okay, that wasn't quite enough text. So, here goes.....

My dog knows who Santa Claus is. He's quite enamoured of the old guy, in fact. Starting about two weeks ago, whenever he hears "Santa's coming" said by the partner or I, he tears into the living room, slides to a halt in front of the fire place and sits under his stocking and stares up at it longingly.

When the stocking is taken down and presented to him, he shoves his head in looking for the goodies that he knows Santa has brought. When he finally realizes that Santa has not yet come, he gets his head out, sighs heavily and goes and pouts. It's hysterical.

Ironically, I do much the same thing in anticipation of Christmas, except I can't get my head down into my stocking....

I know there's no knitting content here, but again just trying to help with the picture moving thing.