Archive - Jun 2007 - Blog entry

June 27th

Swapping stash

Basically we wanted to swap or trade knitting stash and didn't want to have to pay to do it. So we made this http://www.stashswap.com

It only went up last week, but we hope you like it, it'd be good to get some more chaps involved.

Cheers now, and have fun.

MMario's picture

Clerical Stole

I am almost done with a clerical stole I knit for my nephew's ordination. (11 am, saturday - he will be ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Church)

Red wool, sport weight from Black Oak Wool of Dundee NY (I think they are out of business now)
Knit on size US 3 needles.

about 4 inches x 110 inches, with eyelet lace designs for about 16 inches either end.

All I have left to do is finish sewing the backing on, then steam blocking it.

I posted pictures out in my folder at Knitted lace.

MMario's Gallery

June 26th

YugiDean's picture

Periwinkle (if you're interested)

I got a lot of compliments about my doggy, so I thought I'd share this with you all. I know it's not particularly knitting related, but apparently some of you love dogs, sooo...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/roopyfoo/sets/72157594323219079/

It's a set of photos of my Chihuahua Periwinkle...taken with a camera that's pretty stellar.

Enjoy, and thanx so much for all the compliments and praise!!!!! It means a ton!

~Joshua

MMario's picture

OT RANT!!!

goddamn sizing! I'm looking for some new garb - and I'm beginning to think that sizing charts are written for munchkins.

I know I am a-hem! as they say, "large" - but I'm sorry, an XL shirt should be more then a 40 inch chest! And when a cuff circumfrence of 6 inches (my wrist is 9 inches) is described as "generous" - I'm sorry; they are not fitting real people.

when you add in the long arms (I take a 37 inch sleeve) and the short legs (30.5 inch inseam) I **deTEST** clothes shopping.

June 23rd

Tallguy's picture

Necessary equipment

I was looking through a few things on eBay, and located this piece of equipment, which I feel is very necessary for anyone that handles a bunch of yarn -- and that's just about everyone here!

#270136440613
New Wooden (Birch) Swift Yarn Winder Umbrella Medium
los angeles, CA, United States
US $6.50

That's a very good deal for this item, but take into consideration the shipping to you as well. Don't everyone bid on this and boost the price up too high!! NAYY

June 22nd

Kiwi James's picture

New Zealand Knitter's Weekend

Hi everyone,
Just thought I'd let you know that Kiwiknitter and I had a blast last week at the Knitter's weekend. We were definitely in the minority as "Men Who Knit" but more than made up for it by being two of the most visible knitters. On the Saturday afternoon we decided to avoid the crowds and knit together upstairs at the New Dowse gallery... but gallery visitors kept lining up to talk to us about our knitting. I guess in reality we became a live, interactive exhibit at the gallery. Everyone was impressed by our knitting ability and the projects we were working on and they applauded us for knitting in public.

This photo is of me competing in a speed knitting competition during the weekend. I only planned on watching the contest but got too close to the action and had needles and yarn thrust at me and was told to sit down and cast on! I didn't win the contest... but I can honestly say I was the fastest guy in the competition. The fact that I was the only guy is quite besides the point. If you look closely you can see that I was proudly wearing my Men Who Knit badge.
Thanks go to Kiwiknitter for taking the photo.

June 21st

kiwiknitter's picture

YouTube Fancies

I came across these these YouTube vid's this arvo and thought MWK lads might enjoy them:

Men Knitters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfYpBqMgol4&mode=related&search=

It's good to laugh at ourselves:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDFzatwdRJY&mode=related&search=

Portugese Knitting (like knitting with 2 crochet hooks):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ31pk05CBE&mode=related&search=

Elemmaciltur's picture

Learn to love life-lines...and know that Stash is a good thing

Re-Started: 17th June 2007
Finished: WIP
Yarn: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise superwash sockyarn, colourway "Iris Sibirica"
Needle: 2.5 mm/ US #1 Addi Turbos circs
Pattern: JayWalker by Grumperina on MagKnits
Modification: I'm doing this using the toe-up version modified by Natalia Knits and I'm also using the Magic Cast-On instead of the provisional cast-on suggested

Do you remember this JayWalker? After about two months away from it, I think I'm ready tackle it again. So I cast-on for the umpteenth time. This time, however, I'm doing the smallest size. I usually do one size up but as it turned out, it's a bit loose with the Wollmeise. I don't know why. But now that I'm doing it in the smallest size, it fits perfectly...not too tight and not too loose. But because of the change of the number of stitches, the colour pools a bit...but hey, I've learned to like pooling, especially in Wollmeise. ;-)

And for the record, I've actually frogged this try once already. That's why I'm saying that lifeline is my new best friend, because this time, I'm not going to re-do the whole thing ever again. I inserted a lifeline right before I started doing the gusset increase.

I had to frog it because I did something wonky with the heel turn and it didn't turn at all....seems like I haven't yet really mastered the art of heel from toe-up. This time when I'm finished with the gusset increase, I'm going to put the lifeline in again...so that I don't have to re-do the whole gusset increase should the heel turn fail again.

YugiDean's picture

apologies

I didn't know that my pictures would post to the main page...just assumed they'd go str8 to the gallery. I'm REALLY sorry for bombarding you all with my scarves!!!

MasonM's picture

WIP - Irish Hiking Scarf

I've started the Irish Hiking Scarf. It's my first attempt at doing cables and I have to say that cables are very cool. They're much easier than I had imagined they would be.

I'm using Caron Simply Soft Shadows yarn and am liking the effect so far.