I've decided, that after the afghan fiasco, I need something more fabulous and substantial than socks. I need to do a sweater FOR ME!
SO, I'm trying to pick between making a cardigan out of merino frappe (kind of light and floaty, with a bit of fuzzyiness, like a short hair mohair). (kind of a cranberry-rust heather)
Another side to side pullover in this shockingly murky bronze-merlot to emerald and sapphire space dyed mohair (the fastest to knit, to be sure).
Or, the ultimate, a Carhardt inspired zippered cardigan of 20+ year old orange toned lumpy handspun Donegal tweed combined with a green-copper-cranberry manos del uruguay, and a frosted pumpkin orange worsted mohair...
(This last one should stop traffic with it's beauty and truly be a stunner, but take the longest to do....
What say you guys?
After several botched and frogged attempts my 2x2 ribbed scarf is starting to come together for me. Admittedly I've only done a few rows so far, but they're rows without added/dropped stitches and are looking reasonably even.
Now that I have a few rows done I can see the pattern starting to reveal itself and it's just very cool to see. It's actually starting to look like something.
Maybe I can do this after all.
I gave up on that super bulky extra fuzzy yarn for now. The stuff it just so fuzzy it's hard for me to see what I am doing and tough to work with and I'm not experienced enough for that yet.
I have started another scarf but instead of a straight garter stitch I am trying doing 2x2 ribbing for it. The K2,P2,K2,P2... is forcing me to slow down, count stitches, and make sure I'm not adding any extra stitches in the rows. So far so good.
I might eventually actually finish one.
Well I'm new to this site and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Marty and I live in Noe Valley in the beautiful city of San Francisco. I was taught how to knit a few months ago in a men's therapy group as a way as a therapeutic technique! I have really enjoyed it and find it really helps me to relax. Anyway, I just completed my 2nd scarf and attached a picture of it. This is a pic of my friend who I knit the scarf for. K3P3 over and over. But I loved it. Anyway, hope to chat with ya'll sometime.
I just received these wonderful bamboo marker pins from Knitty-noddy:
I use pins for marking-out sections for knitting-up the stitches of collars and sleeves. I've been using metal pins which I didn't care for, especially when I would continuously prick myself on their sharp ends. These pins are not sharp enough to injure but are just lovely to handle and use. Naturally, they will work great when sewing up flat pieces of knitting fabric. If you're looking for a nice inexpensive gift to yourself, I suggest a package of these!
BTW: Evelyn is a very nice person to deal with! I bought my Filati Mens 5 pattern book from her and am happy with both transactions.
Well, here it is in all it's 150+ hour glory. It was supposed to have a crocheted border (although I think garter stitch would be or horizontal stripe of K and P rows would be better). He HAD to have it on the 26th, and I didn't have the time or inclination to spin anymore yarn, or knit more for him. Not worth the effort to complain...but I think it turned out gorgeous. It measures 4x4 as is, and is samoyed blended or plied with silk, wool, alpaca, or mohair (or chenille). All in all, there were 12 different yarns designed for it. I will get more sammy fur from a dog breeder and will knit the next one more open (but not for this guy...It will be for charity). That is the only change I would make to the design. This one is drapey, but more of a sweater weight in the end. Samoyed yarn has a surprising amount of memory. Enjoy.
hehe. as you gentlemen may have noticed i'm rather new here. when i clicked on the "my blog" button, i figured it would post in some sort of personal blog, not the main page. so i wanted to make a post re-directing to my other blog. however, apparently it posts to the front page. go me and following directions.
well, aside from these ramblings, i updated with a new irish hiking scarf. check it out if you've got the inclination.
I bought my first digital camera with my christmas booty and here is some lovely stuff I've been spinning. It's from a company called Three Bags Full. Color is Lapis Lazuli. Fiber is Merino, rambouillet, with some tussah silk and white tencel.
I'm hoping this works and is the right size and not one of those big pictures. We'll see.
So yesterday I met up with the 2 ladies that work at my LYS (and the 88 year old woman who owns the place) around 10am - we had her permission to move everything around to create a more comfortable atmosphere - moving the clearance yarn away from the front window, moving the "knittting table" closer to the front window, rearranging bookcases, etc. She has owned the shop (in this location) for around 28 years... and she'll be the first to tell you all the other locations along with the years she was there, and what was in the spot before and after. I love her; she's a quirky cranky spunky lady - and she's the reason I love the store.
Anyway, I just wanted to share with you guys that we spent 10 hours resetting the store - (I'm going to post photos on my blog; www.kyleknits.blogspot.com) to keep from taking up space here - if you want to see some before and after photos.
I haven't painted yet, and there's LOTS still to do, but we did succeed in getting rid of a GROSS clearance rack that was hand made and half done, with its back showing out the front window.... and we also moved the notions/needles/etc. to the back of the store, cleaned up the register area, and put hanks on a long (10-12') wall - and arranged them by color -
I've set aside the scarf I've been working on. It's slow going with medium worsted weight yarn and size 10 needles. I will finish it while on the road, but in the meantime I wanted to do something a little faster.
I bought some super bulky Red Heart Light & Lofty yarn and size 15 needles so I can work through a bit quicker project. I started it with size 17 needles but didn't like the way it was looking so unraveled it and restarted on the 15s.
It's definitely coming along much quicker, but I'm finding this extra fuzzy yarn a bit more difficult to work with as it doesn't slide as easily.
Ah well, that's why they call it practice.