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Qiviut Question

Hello, Men!

Have any of you used Qiviut yarn? This is the soft undercoat of the Arctic Musk ox. I'm knittig it up now, and I'm not happy with it.

Teach Knitting in Long Beach?

Hello, men. I've been asked to post this message here in the hopes that one of you might be able to help.

Long Beach, CA Men's Group

It's almost here, men! Our first meeting is schduled for Friday, October 12, 2007, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company.

Men's Knitting Group, Long Beach CA

Thanks to the kindness of the women at my local yarn shop, I've been selected (drafted?) to organize a men's knitting group.

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.

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)

Perfect Lace?

Does perfect lace exist? I finally found the nerve, purchased a really fine mohair/silk blend yarn, and cast on to knit a simple pattern of diagonal 'holes' across a narrow scarf.

I'm doing well overall, but there have been problems, which I've been able to 'fix' by picking up yarn for missed yarn overs, by adding stitches when necessary, or decreasing when I mysteriously had too many stitches.

Even though the fixed spots stand out like a sore thumb to me, overall the lacey effect is pleasing, and the piece does look very nice.

I am trying my best, but errors to happen. Should I set lace aside forever, men? Or continue to fix as necessary, and just enjoy the knitting? Does it ever get easier to follow those patterns?

Does perfect lace exist?

Thanks for any input!

Gene

Great sock yarn!

It's called On-line Supersocke 100, (www.online-garne.de), with a 45% cotton, 40% virgin wool, and 15% polyamid content, the yarn feels really great when knitted into socks.  I used a size 2 bamboo needle for the stocking stitch portion of the sock, and a size 1 bamboo needle for the ribs.

The sock is soft, cool, and feels great...very different from the feel of the superwash wool I usually use for socks, and even feels better than the acrylic yarns I've used for socks.

On the size 2 needles it knits at 7 1/2 st/1".

I hated this yarn at first, and have found that the rib really needs to be knitted on smaller needles over the stocking stitch (something I don't usually do with socks), and once I made this minor adjustment, I've come to love this yarn.

Inspiration Found

On Wednesday I spent the afternoon at the Ventura County Fair, about an hour north of Los Angeles, and boy, was I pleasntly surprised by what I found in the Home Arts building!

Tons of knit goods from finely knit lace shawls to bulky knit afghans, from baby christening gowns to beautiful Fair Isle sweaters.  

I have to say, I've already started a mental list of all the things I want to knit, and I might just start with a new sweater for myself.

 So, if you find yourself in need of inspiration, look to your local county fair.

Gene 

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