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Rage against the machine...

Does anyone know how to translate a knitting machine pattern for hand-knitting?
I recently acquired some old knitting magazines from friends who are moving out of the country. In one of them, there is a lovely lace pattern I'd like to adapt to some shawls I'm planning.
Unfortunately, the pattern is written for a knitting machine. I just cannot fathom using a machine for such a hands-on craft as knitting... What next? Horseless carriages? Correspondances without the need for pen, ink and paper?

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Mind the HTML

Please don't use HTML tags if you don't know how to implement them properly or fix quirks that arise from using apps like M$ f'ing Word to generate sub-standard code.

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My first Pattern... a HAT!

After getting the hang of knitting in the round and doing simple decreases, I thought I'd experiment with making my own hat pattern.

I saw the basket weave/checkerboard pattern on a scarf at Article Pract and decided to adapt it to a hat.

Hope the directions make sense... feel free to email me for clarification.

Cast on an even multiple of 10 sts (eg. 80) on a set of round needles.

Start knitting in the round with a 2 x 2 rib (K2, P2, repeat).

Once you have about 2" of rib, work one round of knits.

Pattern:

R1: * K5, P5. Repeat from * till end of row. Make sure you mark the beginning of the row with a stitch marker.

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yin and yang

Also thought I'd show off my His & His / Hers & Hers / His & Hers (HnH3 for short) caps... merino wool and a 1 x 1 rib stitch... Knitted on No. 10 rounds.

Want to try some different knit patterns on the caps and maybe double strand in some Crystal Palace FIZZ to mix things up and add some funk.

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dare to be fuzzy

Finally got around to taking some photos of the scarves I've been working on... tripple stranding in stockingnet stitch with the wonderfully irredescent EROS ribbon yarn and EYELASH from Trendsetters (it's the same as GGH's FANCY). Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino round things off with a soft light warmth. All three yarns are made in Italy, land of beautiful things.

I call my combos Burnished Autumn, Electric Cherry-Blossom Wine, Sapphire Dusk and Emerald Verge.

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Can't swing a cat…

Well, I survived my first foray to the Stitches West convention in Santa Clara this weekend. Went down there on Amtrak's Capitol Corridor since I thought CalTrain was still upgrading rails on weekends. A nice ride down with plenty of knitting time.

I don't think I've ever been around so many women in one place before... Stitches was just crawling with the fairer sex... spotted the odd long suffering husband or boyfriend carrying bags of yarn trailing behind their gals or waiting in line at the cash registers while their significant other foraged for yarn.

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Now taking requests...

Well gents, I finally got around to laying out some promo cards for MEN WHO KNIT.com. Today at work, I'll be seeing about minting some buttons too.

For those of you interested in starting or publicizing your own local chapters and meetings, send me a private message on here with the details and I'll make up a layout for you and send it to you as a PDF you can print and distribute.

Once I have the buttons done, I'll put up some photos and get you guys a price on covering the production costs so you too can proudly declare to the world that you are a man who knits!

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Yarn Search, pleas for help...

I've been trying to track down some GGH Fancy eyelash yarn in the bronze/deep copper hue and seem to be coming up short.

Anyone anywhere know of a good yarn store that ships and carries GGH Fancy?

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Knit and the whole world has an opinion...

I knit on the BART train, I knit standing in line, I knit at sidewalk cafes... and it seems that folks are more than happy to strike up a conversation with you... either they're knitters themselves or they're admiring the piece you're making...

Knitting seems to help bring down social barriers to talking to strangers and I think it's cool. A nice smile or compliment is a little thing but has such a great impact on one's disposition. It can really make your day.

It's also nice to share one's experience with knitting... not to sound too New Agey and hippy-dippy, but it is very gratifying to be reknitting the social fabric in our community through a simple and satisfying craft.

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Small World

I ran into a friend from art school yesterday... this makes the third ex-CCACer I've run into this week. I went to the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA from 1990 to 1994.

Sandy, who I ran into, turns out to also knit... in fact, his sister, Christina owns Article Pract the yarn store near my house!

I also received an envelope from Article Pract the other day when I got home from work. I was puzzled as I hadn't signed up for any mailing list there. Turns out, my friend Karul in NY had gotten me a gift certificate for my birthday (turned 37 on the 10th, very binary). This might provide the impetus to try knitting with cashmere... I love my enablers.

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