Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to the poll about a scheduled chat session. 55 people voted . . double what I had expected . . and 51% indicated that they either want a scheduled chat or often check the chatroom when they log on to MWK.
So, the first scheduled GENERAL CHAT will be scheduled for this Thursday, August 3rd, 10PM EASTERN- until whenever. This way, hopefully, you will know that if you log into the chatroom then, someone should be here to chat with you. Chat about whatever you like. It will just be a way for everyone to meet, especially the new members.
I know I have been pretty quiet for the last few days, got my reasons, but going to do the clog chat tonight at 10pm eastern, which means 7pm pacific and who's on first???..... Lars will let me know.
And welcome to all the new guys out there!!! You'll love it here. Write me... I can tell you who to avoid! hmm
Hello everyone! Just a little bit more about myself: I am completely new to knitting - I just started teaching myself today, haha. I have been crocheting since I was about 8 years old, but as I grew older I began to form an interest in knitting as well. So I began researching it and here I am. I guess I'm off to a decent start. I guess having some history in crocheting helped out a little.
I am exicted to be a part of this new community! I was happy to have stumbled across this website. I look forward to getting to know many of you.
hey guys, i stumbled across this webpage while i was surfing around tonite. i have no idea who created this art, or what the parent site is for, but i thought the knitted items were great from an artistic standpoint. please be aware that the subject matter may not be suitable for children....
Here is what I did over the weekend.
I painted on a skein of yarn, a combination of a silk lace, merino wool and mohair. Could not wait to knit a sample. Look for yourself.
I am here to say, that I am a yarnaholic. I admit that I am powerless to yarn. Yarn has interrupted my life, deleted my savings, driven away suitors... My life is controlled by yarn. I hear the siren call of silk, wool, alpaca, linen, mohair... I am weak and unable to resist.
That being said , I just picked up some lovely yarn at a sale yesterday , and only went 3'x over what I planned to spend. SO, my goal for next month is to have a rummage sale, and whatever I don't absolutely love out of my QUICKLY GROWING STASH (I love that word...it sounds like you could hide it in a drawer... I couldn't hide my stash in a UHAUL!) I will sell. Unfortunately, what I will sell probably won't interest male knitters: mostly badly advertised mohairs and some novelty sold on e-bay. Not very butch stuff.
I decided to try something new (for me) and to knit-in the ends of the wool when I start a new ball. I find the method very simple to do but I don't like the way it looks on the right side (a little uneven, lumpy, just wrong). First, I knitted-in both strands (old and new) but that was absolutely unsatisfactory so I took it out. Then, I tried knitting-in just on strand and that was better but still not acceptable. I'm not knitting tightly and am trying to accomodate the strand(s) on the back side.
Does anyone have experience doing this and can you give me some suggestions so that it looks fine on the right side of the work? It would be nice to have one less step to do when finishing a project.
I'm on my second Knit a River square and I decided it would be a great time to learn the Continental style of knitting. I watched the videos on knittinghelp.com and had my yarn and sticks while doing it so I could practice. It's been a struggle, but after 12 rows, I am just beginning to get the hang of it.
My biggest problems are finding a yarn hold that will work for me, getting used to using my middle finger to manipulate the stitches and left needle instead of my index finger and keeping that index finger away from the needle. No matter what hold I use, it seems like the yarn ends up falling off my finger. Believe it or not, I've acutally found the purl stitch to be easier to execute than the knit stitch. I'm knitting fairly tightly and my left hand is a bit sore because I'm so tense. I'm hoping I'll relax into it soon!
I finished knitting these last weekend, and ran them trough one cycle in the washer. Then it died. I had been expecting it from the sounds I'd been hearing from it, and the dampness on my basement floor in front of it. My neighbor let me run them through a cycle in her machine, and that helped, but they still needed more so I just decided to wait until I replaced my machine.
We bought our new washer Friday night and had our plumber come this morning to replace the water faucets for the washer because we discovered that they were in need of replacing (they wouldn't shut off!). So, after finishing laundry today, I threw these in for one more cycle just to finish them off.
It is good to hear that there are others out there that understand what I feel.
I will say this I do not worry what people say about what people think about my knitting. It is just that I wish they could see the benifits of knitting. Besides homemade gifts, I also find that knitting helps with my hands. When I am not knitting I Chef/cook at a university. Before I started knitting I found that I got hand cramps from all the chopping and food prep I had to do. After I started Knitting the cramps are pretty much all gone. Those are just tow of the benifits I find in knitting.
well I could go on for ever but that is all I need to say for now.