My birthday was last month, and I got two books, Knitting w/Balls, which a number of guys have mentioned already, and (the recently released, just arrived in the mail today) "Men Who Knit and the Dogs that Love Them." I haven't had much of a chance to look through the new book yet, but from what I've seen it's going to be a good one. It's nearly 100% sweaters for man and beast alike. Now I love my dogs as much as the next guy loves his dog, but a hand knitted sweater for a dog? For me that would be a little over the top, but different strokes I guess. In the meantime, regarding the patterns for men's sweaters, it would appear there's a wide variety of sweaters covering a whole range of ability levels, which for me means there may be one easy enough for me to knit!
I am not sure what happened with those images, I thought they would be attached to a blog entry. But, they are scary huh? I got them from here:
If anyone on here is going to be in or around the Oklahoma City area this weekend a bunch of us guys are driving up from Dallas to ruin the Habana Inn Saturday and would like you to join us.
I'm already looking forward to meeting the guys on here who have said they will be there. Although it will not be all knitting it would be fun to meet y'all.
while most of my friends are already quite willing to tell you I am insane - I'm afraid this project will prove them right.
I've cast on for Eunny Jang's Bayerische Socks - done toe-up as kilt hose.
Wish me luck! I have a feeling I'm going to need it.
In addition to the twisted rib, cables, etc, I'm converting the pattern to toe-up, converting it to kilt hose, and changing the size.
AND - (and this may be the worst part) if I am successful - the intent is to wear the hose with a kilt. I scored enough black watch tartan in an auction last fall to make a great kilt.
I don't know what happened to the picture that was with my last post, but here it is again.
I figured I better post a picture of something I knit to show that I actually can knit. This is a baby hat I made for a friends son. It is an acrylic yarn so it is easy for my friend to wash. I'm generally not a yarn snob. I like different yarns for different reasons.
I have a bad case of the black sweater blues. Shortly after Christmas I cast on for another top down, in the round, raglan. I'd just completed my first top down sweater and was anxious to get started on another and since I didn't own a simple black sweater, it seemed like the ideal project. UGH!
I'm soooooo tired of knitting black..black...black and nothing but black I could scream. I'll pick it up knit 5 or six rounds and then I have to put it down, it's utter boredom. You really can't see the stitches, it's just this massive black blob in your lap...and it seems like it's taking forever to knit the body of the sweater. I measure the damn thing 3 or 4 times a day and it never seems to get any longer. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! It's the knitters nightmare, a project that won't end.
I know after it's finished I'll be happy that I did it, but in the meantime, I feel like I've created a monster that won't die.
That's my whine for the day. Sorry.
First, thanks to everyone for their great suggestions for my next project and knitting bags. My next project is on hold for now because I just started my knitting class (3 Wed night sessions). So, I want to just keep practicing what my instructor wants to teach. He has shown me continental style. I really like it and want to get good at it but I am having some problems. First, my tension is a lot harder to control then with throwing (English?) style. I put the yarn between my pinky and ring finger and then wrap it twice around my index finger. I can control the yarn well that way but I can not seem to get new yarn to come up, so it is always very tight. My next problem is that I can't purl at all this way yet. I just can't seem to get the knack of getting the needle back out with the thread still on it. :) I think once I fix my tension problems that will go away though.
I also learned how to do the long tail cast on. I really like that. I like the look of it; the edge.
Just for fun I got a super huge pair of plastic needles, like #17 I think. I took two different yarns, a black soft one and colorful one, and am knitting them together at the same time. It looks really nice. Kind of like a nifty-knitter if you know those. Big holes. I love it because I can make so much progress on those big needles with thick thread. :)
Is it just my computer, or is there a problem with the chatroom? I have logged on several times lately; my name shows up on ths "online list", but I also see others that have joined in. When I type anything, the text doesn't show up, nor do I see others chatting. HHHhhhhhhmmmmm . . any others with the same problem?
My scarf is coming along nicely and my knitting is really improving. It was all of a sudden a night and day difference. My stitches are nice and even, and I'm having to tink a stitch very rarely now.
As I can only work on it for a couple of hours in the evening, it's naturally taking a while, but my knitting is getting a bit faster too. Right now the scarf is just a tad over 18" long and progressing.
While the first several inches show a lot of mistakes and uneven stitches, it suddenly changes from that to a nice even ribbing and even the edges are nice and even.
I think I'm starting to get the hang of it finally. I'm looking forward to learning other techniques now. I may try to cable on the next scarf. I have some nice light blue yarn and may try to make myself a matching hat and scarf with it. I'm thinking maybe something like a sailor's scarf.
Ah well, that's for later, right now I need to finish this one.