Please don't laugh at his little thumb-tack eyes, he's very sensitive about them. Besides, I haven't decided what I want to use for the eyes yet and the push pin is purely temporary.
I feel pretty groovy because knitty.com labeled the pattern 'piquant', "A little something for the seasoned knitter." Yee Haw!
The pattern is "Nicholas's Fingerless Gloves" that I found on Knitting pattern Central. It's "no-cable-needle" cable was really quite fun to work, and both gloves came together pretty quickly. This was my first attempt at working glove fingers (I had previously made fingerless "mittens" and regular mittens with just a thumb). I ended up buying a pair of shorter DPN's in the same size to work the fingers on the second glove and that made things a little easier to handle. I could just leave the un-needed stitches on their own needles rather than put them on a holder or onto waste yarn while each finger was worked. I found closing the gap between the fingers a bit tricky (picking up 2 stitches to close gap, and working the ends of the yarn as each new finger was started) but I think I managed it okay.
i'd like to learn how to make a sock. i don't know how yet and have been looking over patterns and everything seems to be tailored for men with dinky little feets. definitely am feeling a little left out since i've got honking huge big feet. anyone have any suggestions?? i almost started Jacquiline Fee's spiral socks then my friend M. took one look at the picture of 'em and said "OOOOOHH!!! how clever!!!! a dildo-cozy!!!"
I'm working on Fetching, from the latest Knitty, and it gives me this set of directions for the thumb:
"[...] there will be 7 sts below the opening and 6 sts above. Attach yarn and k the 7 sts on lower needle; using a second needle, pick up and k 2 sts in space between upper and lower needle, k first 3 sts from upper needle; using a third needle, k remaining 3 sts from upper needle and pick up and k 2 sts in space between this needle and lower needle. [...] "
Can anyone make sense of that "knit in space business"? It has halted my forward momentum.
The socks I've been slowly working on are finally done! They are 100% alpaca and very cozy. I'm pretty happy with them, they look nice and fit well. The only thing I've noticed is that the second one is just slightly bigger than the first. I think my guage was a little looser on the second. Does anyone know if there is a way to safely shrink the left sock to match the right one? Again, it's pretty minor, but if it's anyone has any tips, I might try to rememdy it. Thanks everyone and take care! -Ken
2 out of 5 scarves for the Christmas list are now done. This one was fun because of the combinations of odds and ends from my until-now-untouched 10 year old stash.
Hey guys, for a look at my projects go to my blog www,knittingtrucker.blogspot.com. 2 afghans and sweater are posted there. Martin, the thong only has the back strap completed so I didn't take a pic of it yet. Been too busy to work on it right now.
I just found the best description of doing the jogless join (with very clear pictures and everything):
BTW - this fellow Seattlelite's blog is wonderful (both hilarious and helpful!)
I felted my clogs last Sunday and finally got around to taking some pictures, well getting the pictures off of my digital camera that is. The sneaker shows the size difference of before and after felting.
The felting process was a breeze! Each slipper in a zippered pillowcase, threw in a couple of bath towels, a total of 16 minutes and they felted perfectly. I used Paton's Classic Wool and was very pleased with the results. They are very comfy and will be great to wear this winter during the Western New York cold weather.
This spring I finished a shawl in a cotton/silk blend; in a design based on my own 'Queen Anne's Lace' shawl. (okay - it was a "mistake" that became a "feature" - if Microsoft can do it, why not moi?)
Golden Angelica is to be raffled off on the Last day of Whitby Folk week in the UK. I just heard that it was on it's way there from London.
The raffle is a private group thing by the Friends of Mudcat Cafe- though I'm sure they will be willing to sell tickets to anyone who asks...(uk only though) Funds derived from the raffle will go to support the MudCat Cafe website.