Archive - 2007 - Blog entry

January 23rd

Elemmaciltur's picture

The first of the two....

I don't know why I didn't post the first My So-Called Scarf that I'd made prior to the one that I posted here....but now that I've thought about it, I think it's a good idea to share it here, too. So, here goes:

My So Called Scarf

Started: 23rd November 2006
Finished: 14th December 2006
Yarn: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Worsted Merino-Lambwool in the colourway "Koralle im Meer" ("Corals in the sea")
Needles: 6 mm/US #10 Inox circs
Pattern: My So Called Scarf from Sheep in the City
Modifications: Instead of a 30-stitch pattern, I reduced it to 28 stitches and add the chain edge (4 stitches in total, so that adds up to 32 stitchs), because I have only one hank of the wool and the scarf's going to be short anyway.

January 22nd

kiwiknitter's picture

Never Knit Your Man a Sweater - Book

I just received my copy of this book by Judith Durant today and I'm very pleased with it. I know that someone on MWK mentioned it already but I can't find the posting.

Judith has done a great job with this book. The subtitle says, "22 Handsome Projects for Every Level of Commitment", and the projects in this book range from easy (coasters)to an Aran jumper. The directions are clear and easy to follow. And, the best part is that all of these projects are guy-friendly and I would think be accepted by just about any bloke. I think the adjective "handsome" fits perfectly.

I like her sense of humour and the clever way she equates the difficulty and cost of the project to the phase of the relationship. Her philosophy: "Only when you're very sure your man is 'the One' should you begin knitting body-sized garments." I remember a discussion here on MWK about the relationship between knitting a gift for the guy and then losing him.

This book is sure to please anyone looking for some good projects for the man in their life.

Elemmaciltur's picture

Another FO....

My So-Called Scarf #2

Started: 23rd December 2006
Finished: 20th January 2007
Yarn: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Worsted Merino-Lambwool in the colourway "Rhabarber" ("Rhubarb")
Needles: 6 mm/US #10 Inox circs
Pattern: My So Called Scarf from Sheep in the City
Modifications: Instead of a 30-stitch pattern, I reduced it to 28 stitches and add the chain edge (4 stitches in total, so that adds up to 32 stitchs), because I have only one hank of the wool and the scarf's going to be short anyway.

Yup, that's the second My So-Called Scarf I'd made. I'm not so comfortable wearing it though...the colours aren't really me. Although I still have to admit that I love looking at the thing....and that I can't imagine just parting with it. Alhough if I don't wear it, I think I know to whom I could give it. ;-) (More to read --> Click on "Read More" below)

kylewilliam's picture

Progress at the yarn shop

I did some painting this weekend at my LYS - there are notes and a few pics on my blog

www.kyleknits.blogspot.com

check it out if you have been following along. She has had a major increase in sales since we did the remodel. the knitting table seems to be filling up also!

it's not done by FAR - but it's looking good - any suggestions you have would be appreciated - feel free to comment on the site.

The owner (Florence) is doing much better - we took her to the hospital and she has recovered fully - kidney infection and bladder infection - she's OK now - lost 15 pounds - she's more docile right now - I think she's thankful that we're paying attention to her! :) I love her - she's grumpy and honest and one of the best people I have met in CA.

Hooray.

Happy Monday!

stardust412's picture

Well here goes

My fiancée finally got me into knitting. She has tried twice before but this time she put some huge effort into and bought me a crap load of stuff for my birthday. Once I started it wasn't so bad. Figured I might as well spread my wings and visit the sites suggested in my book i got, knitting with balls. This should be fun, I hope my first scarf doesn't come out looking like crap.

I never noticed how much work it actually is though. Before I wouldn't think twice when she would mention knitting 200 rows and now I'm just like, damn thats rough.

January 21st

grandcarriage's picture

hatshatshatshatshat

Ok....Weekend is over and I've done 3 hats each day: two bulky (4 st/in) and one worsted (5st/in) each day. I am almost caught up with X-mas gifts. Someone say amen.

Bob

MMario's picture

Progressive as a square:

Cynthia @ Baxterknits gave me permission to adapt her 'Progressive' shawl as a square -- and here is the results. (see attached photos) - the colour is more true in the one you can't really see the patterning, and it is much more square then it appears in the photo where you CAN see the pattern - between the angle, the camera, my eyesight -- quality photos 'R' not us.

Red Heart 'Soft Baby' in a pale yellow - so pale as to be almost cream. Done on a size 10.5 (US) needle. It took about 12 ounces -- the soft baby comes in 7 0z skeins, so less then two skeins.

addendum - started the circular version over the weekend - it's currently 224 stitches around - 58 rows.

January 20th

For Zarrion

Hi zarrion,
I like to make patchwork blankets too. Here is what I do:
I usually make mine with sportweight yarns and knit them on #5 US needles. I usually cast-on about 20 - 25 stitches and then knit about 35-40 rows for each patch.

There is an easy trick to make sure your patches end up as perfect squares -- fold each patch and turn it into two triangles. When they are the same size you know you have a perfect square.

Try this while you are knitting: With the patch in front of you and your knitting needle on top - take the bottom left corner of the patch and bring it up to the top right corner. When the triangle on top is the same size as the one on the bottom then you know you have a perfect square. If you can't get the bottom left corner to touch the top right corner then you know you need to keep adding more rows.

Then I sew all the patches together and finish them off with three or four rows of single crochet. I attached a pic of one of my finished blankets.

Hope this helps

ben

stch's picture

Knit-Out & Crochet 17-18 February 2007

The weekend of 17-18 February 2007 at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, the Craft Yarn Council is sponsoring a Knit-Out and Crochet event. Information can be found at the following websites: www.craftyarncouncil.com and at www.Knit-Out.com. I've posted on my blog other tidbits of information/links if your interested in attending.

I'll be there...being so close how could I miss it?

(sorry I didn't put this into the "upcoming events" area...I just couldn't quite figure out how to post it.)

Hope to see ya there!

January 19th

kylewilliam's picture

Ribbed Hat

Help guys - there was someone in my work the other day and he had this hat on - I told him I needed to look at it for just a second.. then threw it on the ground and snapped a photo of it and told him I wanted to make one.

"you could make one?" he asked.

"sure" I said (quietly thinking to myself: I usually do hats in the round, and I see that the decreases are in the "purls" of the hat if it was in the round, but changing colors like that in the round would put mean starting the color over every row... damn I hope I can do it!) I THINK there was a seam on the inside of the hat... SO I was wondering if anyone had a "ribbed" hat pattern that I could modify to do blocks of color like this hat - it will have to be sewn up, I'm sure.

anyone have any ideas? I'm going to also show it to my LYS tomorrow when I paint - maybe they can just make up a pattern for me - but I HAVE to ask my men!

thanks for the help!

hugs

Kyle