Archive - Mar 2007 - Blog entry

March 12th

My own socks

After knitting socks for mom all through the fall, I finally set out to knit a pair for myself. These large socks are from 'Folk Socks' by Nancy Bush.

These are the Welsh Country Socks, made with Brown Sheep 3-ply sport, as called for in the pattern. I used US size 2 bamboo needles to get the gauge, and to my surprise the socks felt remarkably soft, despite being knit so tightly (I would normally knit sport weight yarns on US size 3, at about 6.5 st per inch)

My next step is to try color stranded yarns, maybe the Norwegian Stockings from the same book?

My latest socks

These great socks were knit with Opal Rainforest, 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon. This was my first attempt with Opal, but it won't be the last! It's a soft yarn and feels good when knitted. I knited this yarn slightly tigher than they recommend; I like to knit fingering yarns at 8 st per inch; they recommend 7 st. Even so, the sock was soft and comfortable on the foot. This is a woman's size sock, but the 100g ball should easily make a pair of man size with no problem.

March 11th

TomH's picture

Sock software for Mac

My partner, Paul, just found Mac software to help you create sock patterns. In the web page's words ... "Use your choice of yarn, your gauge, and take your knitting to new heights of perfection." The software is called Sock Wizard Mac and costs $34.95 US. I'm not a sock knitter (yet!) but thought some of you might be interested in the software.

See:
Sock Wizard Software

Organic cotton yarns

Infiknit is a needlework kit and pattern distributor with an inventory of over 1000 patterns created by more than 40 designers from 3 countries: Canada, the United States and Britain.

One cool product they have is EcoKnit Yarn - 100% organic coloured cotton yarn. It’s apparently great for knitting (I haven't tried it myself yet) and great for the environment - the cultivation of cotton is said to account for 24% of world pesticide use.

Here are the yarny details in yarny-speak: 100% certified organic cotton grown in colors, 20 to 22st to 4in on 3.5 to 4.5mm needles. Deliciously soft lustrous yarn in 50g, 100yd skeins. Bagged 10 to a bag for stores. : Here's the link

frito's picture

Hello Everyone!

Hi there, My name is David, I am new to the site and fairly new to knitting. I learned as a child and just now picked it up again in the last year and a half. I am interested in Intarsia and am wondering if anyone had any tips! I also wanted to say hi to everyone!

Great find on the Wheel Rowen!

David

March 10th

madhatter7zero's picture

11 New Skull Caps Finished

Hey guys!!!! Been awhile since I posted. Hope you are all doing well. I've been knitting up a storm here lately. I have finished 3 scarfs this month and working on my fourth. I also just posted 11 new skull caps on my website. I thought you might all like to see them. They are somewhat a little unusual so take a look and let me know what you think of them. You can see them on this page...... http://www.sleepyroot.com/skullcapsbrandnew.php

There are several pictures with different views of each cap. You'll have to click on the little photo buttons to see the different pictures.

March 9th

vettechadam's picture

funny story

Well thank you all for your response on my unfortunate yarn shop fiasco and on my messenger bag help.
I do have to admit that when I joined here I thought that I was going to be disappointed and that no one would really talk about knitting. I have to admit that now I think reading all of the blogs that are posted is almost as big of an addiction for me as knitting.
I have a funny story for you all and I am sure you all can relate. A couple weeks I was knitting up a storm and on sunday I realized that I was going to finish the project at hand and fear struck me. Oh my GOD what am I going to knit now. At that time I did not have a yarn drawer with odds and ends (which now I have in case of emergency) I then went to joann fabrics (the only store open on sunday) and bought some yarn that I normally wouldnt use and went home and life was good once again. So I guess that this was my admission that I AM NOW ADDICTED TO KNITTING.

One question for you guys ---- have any of you in the US flown domesticaly with knitting in your carry on if so any problems

kylewilliam's picture

neat website

hey boys -

check out www.theanticraft.com

it's a riot! :)

hugs

Kyle

Chunk's picture

Instant Gratification

Just finished this scarf in time for a good friend who is leaving where I work. It is in Rowan Big Wool Tuft. Really hope she likes it. It knits up incredibly fast on 20mm needles - great for a quick fix if you knit slowly like I do.

March 8th

photo help....

I know.....I know..this is a knitting blog. But I need help taking photos of my projects to post here.

I have the digital camera, and card reader and software for my computer...what I need to know is this: what settings should I use to take pics to post here?

Obviously I don't want pic files so large they take forever to load...but I just don't know what to do.

Thanks!
Gene
(good with needles, not so good with digital cameras)