Just a quick note to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of you on this site. I've been on here for eight months now and have developed some great friendships and I'm eternally grateful for each and everyone of them. Some we will have to consumate sometime. YES!
May your holiday be one of comfort and love.
I finished a hat tonight for one nephew and a sock for another nephew for Christmas. Since the sock is the first of a pair, I'm considering it a semi-FO. I discovered a bit late that I had made the foot an inch too long. As it's a toe-up sock, I ended up having to pick up stitches in the foot and rip from the toe up to the stitches, then reknit the toe. Took a bit of doing, but it turned out okay. The only problem is that I'm too anal-retentive (yes, it is hyphenated) not to do an identical mate for it, which means premeasuring yarn for the toe, then provisional cast on at the foot.
Here's the sock before I grafted the toe:
and here's the hat:
The hat is brioche stitch to make it toasty for the Maine winter, and because it's for
This is the famous hat after so many redoing it is done.
There are two views. The attachment is different. I added the pompom later.
I am searching for this pattern book from Lana Grossa wool company. None of their products are available in the southern hemisphere; I rang my contacts in the US but those stores do not have this book in stock.
I have the other Filati Men's editions and I like the patterns a lot. I wish I could order the wools locally.
I'm wondering if you guys would be on the look-out for this pattern book and let me know the details of the LYS which carries it so I can order it by phone. I would really appreciate any assistance here.
Here is a picture of the scarf in its current state.
Hey guys -
just finished my kitty's first sweater - I took a dog pattern and improvised it (annoying my cat along the way) to get her a new warm coat for the winter! I made quite a few mistakes while making it, but I learned a lot and I am ready to try another one! (lots of other projects in the works though so not sure how quickly I will be able to do it, although a friend wants one for her doggy!)
This piece of lace has been on the needles for what seems like forever. It is being given to a friend who is retiring and moving interstate to a sub-tropical climate where she wont need a heavy scarf. Lace seemed a better alternative.
The yarn is merino hand-painted by Margaret Stove from New Zealand, and the design is by Sharon Miller from her book Heirloom Knitting.
Finished this belt a little over a week ago. I had these balls of hemp beading twine sitting around forever and just decided one day to knit them into a belt, so I grabbed some number ones and knitted a few inches in stockinette for the buckle then did a basic six stitch cable with two stitches on the side and yes, I actually wanted them to curl up. I should have used three balls, one yellow, and two green, one for each side but for the sake of laziness, I carried the green behind. For the part that goes through the belt, I decreased by two and did it stockinette with a double garter stitch (sl 1 kwise, k 1, k2 on end) selvage to hopefully keep it from curling but it didn't work: the selvage was tighter than the stockinette which I didn't think about because it never mattered before but in this case, I have to pull it tight since its a belt and that winds up curling it up after just a few pulls. The twist from the cable also doesn't make things any better.
Its not perfect, far from it, but its the first thing, aside from scarves, I've knitted up without a pattern, so for that, I'm proud of it.
I'm definitely going to have to make a second one: this time maybe with a real hemp yarn so it'll look less twiney, using three balls, putting a purl row right after the end of the cable to help neutralize the twist, and with a stitch that won't curl when pulled hard.
Just got back from our local indie bookstore where Michael Di Vecchio was speaking and signing his new book, Knitting With Balls. He was a lot of fun to listen to - I was a bit amazed that it was mostly woman attending, but there was a fair sprinkling of us guys there too, including one hip gentleman in a utili-kilt. If you have a chance to go hear him speak (Michael, not the gentleman in the kilt), by all means, go. His blog is at http://trickytricot.typepad.com/. Quite fine.
Ok, time for pizza and tv in front of the fire. It's the first night of a week of vacation for me. I'm so looking forward to a week of knitting and eating and, ok catching up on paperwork.
Jonathan in DC
So, I finally got this cashmere blend, basket-weave scarf looking right...and I came to the end of my ball. A trip to the store I bought it from proved fruitless...they were out. So is the manufacturer. "Out of stock" on their website. I sent an email asking for an ETA on more, but no answer so far. My mom may end up with a differnt color scarf...