Well I had a lot of fun learning from Nicky Epstien @ The Point, NYC this evening. She showed us several ways to make knitted flowers from her current book. Yeah, I was the only guy there! Hey ho I'm used to that. She inspired me to use some of her techniques in my knitting.
Here is the picture of the afghan I've started for my sister. It is from the Holiday 2003 issue of Family Circle Easy Knitting.
This is the finished arm of my latest project, 'Hendrix' by Jaeger. It's in a fine 4-ply merino wool - very soft. I have had to alter the pattern as the original cables were 'bound' with an extra stitch made by a yarn over and slipped over the whole cable every couple of rows. Easy enough and ok on knit rows but unbelievably confusing on the purl. Their absence is barely noticable visually but a hell of a lot easier to knit.
Being fine, this is not a project I'll finish quickly and the detail makes it rather slow anyway. Still, plenty of time before winter!
Well, until two days ago I had nothing on the needles. Scandal! Nothing on the needles! You've got to be joking! So, I started thinking. I've got a grand nephew coming in August and a sister who asked me to make an afghan for her months ago and which I had started having knit two strips in a leafy lace pattern that I found in an old knitting pattern book.
I have time and know that I'm going to knit up a teddy bear from a Debbie Bliss book that I have which won't take me long. So, for now, I've decided to get back to sis' afghan, but I'm just not liking the way the lace strips are looking. Not happy with them at all. So, I decided to scrap those and rethink her whole afghan. She wants sagey greens was all she said and I have a light an dark one already purchased. Ye Olde Red Heart cause she's very allergic to all animal fibers it seems.
Hey guys....I have a quick question that I don't know if there is a quick answer for...
I was just given a ton of yarn from my uncle that he is getting rid of. There are some gorgeous colors and I am really excited to start playing around with them. But none of them have labels...I know that some of them are hand spun and dyed....
Is there a way to tell what materials they are made of...i.e. wool, alpaka, etc....? Or is this something you learn over time with feeling them all before and just knowing?
So, I thought for Steves birthday I would make him a something really special. I was gonna knit him a cuddly little monkey to help him sleep while im on a night shift. So I did a practice run and it worked fine. I found some really nice yarn, Sirday wow. It feels just like velvet and is really nice, looks nice, feels nice so decided to buy 4 balls. Then I started to use it and all I can say is I wish I never bought it. Its really difficult to knit with, it gets stuck on the needles, the stitches are really hard to work and the fibres keep falling out.
I saw that Jeff had used something that looks similar to make those fantastic phone caddies and scarves and thought I would give it a go, but I think Im gonna give up on this yarn after only working six or seven rows. Im a bit disappointed cos it does feel really nice, just really difficult to work with. Does anyone have any tips on working with it?? Would love some feedback
Hey fellas....a couple of you wanted to see what I was working on so here it is....I just finished it up last night and I am pretty proud of it...being one of the first projects that I have done. It is a scarf for my mother and I think she is really going to like it! It took me about 4 weeks to finish it off (I don't know how you guys finish your projects so fast....it seems to take me forever) Oh well....
Well I hope you like...
By the way....I made my boyfriend model it for a picture last night...hence the sleepy eyes and hair...hahaha
Some asked that I post pictures of my recently completed projects. My niece's sweater/shrug set is in the mail to her and I have no pictures of it, but I do have pictures of the two hats I've made.
That's me in the pics BTW.
Check out these great new containers from Knit Foundry. Nancy, from Knit Foundry, was quick to respond to e-mail inquiries and was a pleasure to deal with.
I bought one in each size and I love them. I got the yellow and the raspberry. I was hoping the yellow would actually be brighter than it looks on my monitor and it is. The cap really does stay put, but comes off easily when you want it to, and the container is rigid and tough so I can toss it into my backback and not worry about it.
They'll make great stocking stuffers this year, too!
I recently bought a set of Lantern Moon double-pointed needles (size 1, ebony) and posted about them here. I had recently broken one of the needles and wanted to give another update.
After I broke the needle, I e-mailed Lantern Moon via their website to see if they offered replacements. I'm not sure what happened to my e-mail, because I never got a reply. BUT, I finally called them last week and they were fantastic! Not only are they sending me a replacement for the broken needle AND the needle with a cracked tip, they are throwing in an extra needle so I have a spare! Three needles, no questions asked. That's fantastic! Actually, they did ask a few questions: What was I knitting? What yarn was I using? Pleasant conversational questions. Great service.