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My first cable project.

Well, here it is, my first cable project. It is the Irish Hiking Scarf. I was suppose to start it on worsted weight yarn but I kept making mistakes because the yarn was so small.

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First project with purls..

Here is my first project that has any purling in it. Wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, speed wise.

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Finished hat and i-cord.

So, I finished my first hat. It turned out way too big. If I pull it down it goes to my chin. :-) So, since I followed the pattern for a 22" head, my gauge must be off I guess.

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New Scarf and New Hat

Here is a scarf I just finished. Also, a hat in the same colors that I am working on. My first project in the round.

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Knitting Bag Review (short)

About 2 years ago, just before I got pulled away from knitting, I bought a new knitting bag, my first. It was a Jordana Paige messenger bag.

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I'm Back!

Well, I have been gone for about 1.5 years or so, but I am back. I had just learned to knit when a family illness took me away.

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New bag and Magic Loop Knitting

Well, I finally just broke down and bought the most expensive bag I could find. :-)

http://jordanapaige.com/messengerbag.html

I got that bag in the brown. Should be here in two weeks (ordered it from the LYS). I will let you all know how I like it when it arrives.

Also, I finished up my 3 session knitting class at my LYS. The last lesson we learned magic loop knitting:

http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/mloop.html

I like the idea of not having to buy all different sizes of circular needles (especially after I bought that bag above!). However, I started my first real project using it (on 40" circulars) and am having trouble. I think I got one half of the knitting twisted and I don't know if there is a way to fix that outside of just ripping it all out. I also have a problem with how stiff the wire is between the needles, it really seems to bend and twist my work, and I don't need any help there. Any experienced magic-loop knitters here that might have a suggestion?

BTW, here is the hat I am doing, it's Ann Norling's Head Huggers:

http://store.valueweb.com/servlet/jeangood/Detail?no=288

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Scary huh....

I am not sure what happened with those images, I thought they would be attached to a blog entry. But, they are scary huh? I got them from here:

http://stitchymcyarnpants.com/moks06/

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Just an update....

First, thanks to everyone for their great suggestions for my next project and knitting bags. My next project is on hold for now because I just started my knitting class (3 Wed night sessions). So, I want to just keep practicing what my instructor wants to teach. He has shown me continental style. I really like it and want to get good at it but I am having some problems. First, my tension is a lot harder to control then with throwing (English?) style. I put the yarn between my pinky and ring finger and then wrap it twice around my index finger. I can control the yarn well that way but I can not seem to get new yarn to come up, so it is always very tight. My next problem is that I can't purl at all this way yet. I just can't seem to get the knack of getting the needle back out with the thread still on it. :) I think once I fix my tension problems that will go away though.

I also learned how to do the long tail cast on. I really like that. I like the look of it; the edge.

Just for fun I got a super huge pair of plastic needles, like #17 I think. I took two different yarns, a black soft one and colorful one, and am knitting them together at the same time. It looks really nice. Kind of like a nifty-knitter if you know those. Big holes. I love it because I can make so much progress on those big needles with thick thread. :)

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Hello

Hi everyone.

This is my first blog entry of what, I hope, will be a long list of entries detailing my experiences of learning to knit. I just bought my first set of needles (#9s) and first skein of yarn (gauge of 4.5, charcoal grey) last week and have well over 10 inches of scarf done in just over 2 days of work. :) I figure I will be done with my first skien in another day or so. I am really enjoying it and can't wait to go shopping for more yarn. I am heading out to try and find a local yarn shop tonight and maybe sign up for some classes. Right now I am reading "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting."

I will post a picture of my my scarf when I get back hom. It has ranged from an initial cast on of 24 stitches to a high of about 32 and back down again. I now know what to look for so the last few inches has been pretty consistent. Now, I just need to learn to keep better tension in it.

Anyway, great to be here.
--greg.

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