I am a new knitter, finnally got my wife to teach me last week. I am knitting a scarf out of some organic cotton yarn called "Inca Cotton" It's really nice, kind of a beige color which is the natural plant color. I've been knitting it for a few days and have only got about 18", then I grabbed some other yarn to see if I still remember how to cast on and I couldn't remember how. I was great at casting on a few days ago! Oh well my wife will refresh me. Anyway thats my introduction.
Anybody in SW Michigan want to join a men's knitting group? let me know and I will give you details on when and where.
A friend just called and told me he was crocheting!! He is coming to visit for Thanksgiving and wants me to show him how to knit. This is very exciting as I am hoping it will be something he grows to like and it will keep his hands busy instead of holding cigarettes!! When I talked to him he was excited that he was actually able to create something. I told him that is part of what draws me to knitting is that I MADE IT!! I doubt I will ever become the knitter some of you other posters are but the fact that I am able to make something that is not only attractive but useful is hugely satisying.
I have recently felted a wool bag. As it is drying, I am wondering if I can shave it using the electric clippers I use to shave my head. Has anyone tried this? If so, how did it turn out?
The monthly meeting for the male knitter to get together, hang out and share the creative process. We have had good attendance for the first two. Bring your holiday projects to show.
Joe's Coffeehouse, 1100 Walnut (11th & Walnut Sts), Philadelphia, PA
I am making plans to attend the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival in Feb this coming year, in Tacoma, WA. Has anyone ever been??? A friend of mine lives in Gig Habor, WA and invited me to attend with her. I am sooooo excited, but would love to hear from anyone who has heard of it and/or attended. From what I have read and heard they have fiber vendors and classes on everything from spinning to knitting and BEYOND! So...let me hear from you.
Always knit for fun!!!!
I am going to knit my first adult-sized sweater and not one that is in the round and have a couple of questions on the pattern. It's the Jesse's Flame pattern from Stitch 'n Bitch Nation. I'm actually not going to do the flame pattern.
The first question is what do I do when the pattern says, "Work 1 row even."?
The second question is when it comes to the neckline directions. It says, "Joining a new ball of MC to left front, work both sides of neck at once and cont to dec on st at each should edge EOR and, at the same time, BO 1 st from each neck edge EOR until there is 1 st on each side." I don't understand the portion of the instructions in bold. I don't get how to "work both sides of neck at once" especially since there are going to be 2 working yarns. The pattern doesn't say to break yarn from the original working yarn.
Who knew submission could feel so good?
This past summer, when the men's issue of Knitty was announced, I considered throwing my hat in the ring. Procrastination and other knitted distractions never got the sketches and swatches made into a completed item. However, my jaw droppd when I saw a very similar pattern that did get published. I still believed in my pattern, specifically, one innovative element.
Then, the good fellows at MenKnit were getting ready to publish their inaugural issue. Some hasty knitting, a flurry of emails, and a fast-approaching deadline saw the birth of my dream, save some felting. The next thing I knew, I was in Poland and Eastern Europe for three weeks, and there was no way I could felt across the ocean.
Last weekend I went, for the first time, to the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair near Asheville, NC. As I am a new knitter I did not think I would be there long, maybe a couple hours max partly due to the fact my partner was coming with and he is not a knitter. Long story short we were there about 4 hours the first day and 3 hours the next day. There were fiber vendors from all over and there were a number of classes that were offered too. First off there was an amazing array of ready to knit fiber as well as unspun fiber. They had alpaca, llama, sheep, and angora rabbits there as well, the animals as well as their fiber. Probably the coolest part was watching the animal to loom demonstration. They should all the steps on how the fiber makes it to the loom. I had been interested in spinning myself and while there learned the basics of using a drop spindle. Surprisingly, my partner showed quite an interest in weaving! I think because it involves machinery and is more technical at least in set up (IMO) he was more interested. Check out the site saffsite.org , did not know how to make a link. I have already spun my first 4oz of wool and will be working toward making it knittable. Yesterday I bought a pound of wool to spin once I get my spindle clear. Will be working to finish my 3rd scarf by Thanksgiving as it is for a friend who is coming to visit....cashemere, so soft!!
Here's a little sweater that I just finished. It's knitted up in a sport weight yarn from Brown Sheep. It's actually a bit smaller than the it's supposed to be, as I forgot to switch to the larger needles when I finished the collar ribbing. I ended up knitting the whole thing on size 1 needles and added a couple of rows to each sleeve and three rows to the overall length to compensate. The sleeves look a bit wierd to me...I'm thinking they might be better without the bit of ribbing at the cuffs.