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
hey boys -
check out www.theanticraft.com
it's a riot! :)
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.
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.
(good with needles, not so good with digital cameras)
So - I decided to try my hand at dyeing my own yarn. This is what I came up with (it's hanging to dry. I JUST finished). Not bad for my first attempt. Amazing what you can do with a little wool, some frosting dye and a turkey baster! More info on how I did it on my blog - sirknitsalot.typepad.com
The uinverse moves in strange ways.
I've been thinking about buying a spinning wheel, and I had my eyes on a castle wheel by Ashford. It is a cute model, and it seems versatile enough to meet my knitting needs. So, yesterday, I placed an order for that wheel.
Today, I saved that same (but an older and discontinued model) wheel from a neglected and uncertain fate. A co-worker brought in her wheel ~ all covered in cobwebs with dead bugs and bits of dried leaves. I gave her $75 for the wheel, brought it home, washed the muck off, oiled the moving parts (and other parts that were rusted), fixed the maidens and the flyer, grabbed some merino fleece and gave it go! The fleece spun beautifully into a fine and soft thread! The wheel works like a charm and there is nothing wrong with it except for issues caused by neglect. I am going to name this wheel "Orla", which means "golden woman".
Tomorrow, I am going to stop at the hardware store to get a can of Watco Danish Oil in the hope that it will help Orla since she is so dry.
8 March 2007
Watched "Goodnight and goodluck" last night for the first time (DVD). Set new knitting speed record as I knit two heavy-worsted hats 4.5st/in during the movie and the director commentary. (That film feels very short to me, anyone else think so?). I blame George Clooney for the speed of my knitting. Amazingly, no dropped stitches or errors.
I fudge around with patterns quite a bit - for a number of reasons.
Recently I wanted a simple lacey pattern for a mohair variagated yarn (need to get picture - promise soon) and came up with Fibonacci Eyelet Triangle.
If I do say so myself - it is working up beautifully. And usually when I do something like this it does.
Then I read various peoples blogs about how they swatch and calculate and rip and re-swatch and select a different yarn, etc,etc,etc. I think the most false starts I've ever made on a project was three, and two of them were less then 15 stitches.
So why is this? I put it sown to sheer dumb luck. Though I will admit normally it may be that subconsciously I put a lot more "thinking" time into a project then I am aware of - I know I like to have yarn marinate in stash a while when it hasn't been purchased with a specific project in mind - and it is rare that I don't have a pattern idea that mulls around for a few months in the back of my mind before I actually start it.
Whatever - I'm grateful so many of my projects come out in a manner I'm satisfied with. For example - the circular version of 'Progressive' I did earlier this year - - a whim; but it worked!
It's been a while since I've posted. The combination of full-time work, part-time school for PhD, and my spinning and knitting doesn't allow me to really post and converse. Trust me, I do read the sight everyday. I enjoy hearing the stories and sharing information.
I finished my first sweater yesterday. It was from a merino blend I hand spun. So I'm ready for some new yarn. You can get tired of working with one color. Suffice it to say, I had to start a scarf project and a sock project that can be finished now that the sweater is done. They provided appropriate distractions.
I find some new (i guess it is old sock directory)sock pattern online..lot of patterns youguys can try!
It is old directory so some of pattern are not showing up...but it has great easy pattern and toe up sock you can try!
HERE is the website:
Check this out!!!