Even though my wrists are still bothering me a bit, I cast on today and started working on a panel for "love blanket" members of the glb-knit listserv are making for a (now former) list member who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
I decided to use some of the yarn I had bought at Rhinebeck last October that I'd originally planned to use in a hat. One ball is a really deep, solid purple and the other is space-dyed in complementary shades of red, purple & blue. I don't know if the intent was to make them so that they'd go together so well, but I suspect it was at least partly so, as I also got a ball of a rich chocolate brown with a complementary ball space-dyed in compatible warm earth tones from the same vendor.
I debated about what to do for pattern, but I finally settled on a courthouse steps design derived from the Mason-Dixon Knitting book. It's simple but very homey, and it ties into my love of quilts nicely. I can also complete short strips and set it aside if my wrists need a rest. For the center square, I made an intarsia heart in the variegated yarn on purple background. It's my first intarsia, but it's small and simple and turned out quite nicely. I'll post photos when the block is done.
This is the first time I've actually made a sweater for myself. I'm so stoked! The pattern says that it's good for beginners with basic skills so I'm not anticipating any problems.
The yarn is Lorna's Laces hand dyed Shepherd Worsted in the color Aslan. It looks like dark and milk chocolate swirled together and is very soft.
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The last stitch on my knitting is always extremely loose. How can I help rectify the situation? It's extremely annoying.
I have been knittin for over 10 years, I first started out with wool socks and mittens on double pointed needles. This year I told myself that I would knit a sweater. So I when to Mass. Ave. Knit Shop here in Indianapolis, which by the way is the "BEST PLACE for YARN". The owner Susan is a wonderful person and a Knitting BRAIN. Well back to m sweater it is a Karabella Yarns pattern KK196 MEN'S RIBBED TURTLENECK. The patter called for 13 50g ball of a soft wool. So I got the 13 balls on SALE for $6.30 = $81.90. I started knitting the sweater on December 26 and to my amazement I was finished whit the body of the sweater by the 11th of Jan.
It's always a bitch when it comes to visit, but with the tendonitis I can't sit up and knit anything right now. Fortunately, we did a bit of cleaning this weekend, so I've been able to get to my spinning wheel for the first time in over a month. I've had the wheel for a year now, but I'm still essentially a beginner. I haven't had huge amounts of instruction, though David's been very helpful, and more importantly, I haven't gotten a lot of practice.
What I do have, though, is a whole lotta roving from Madelyn's 2005 fleece. So I'm slowly chipping away at it, even though I have no idea what I'll make with it. I expect I may try dyeing some of it, but even that's not a certainty at the moment. The funny thing is that most spinners will look at you like you're crazy if you tell them you're learning on alpaca, but I've found it a good bit easier to "get" than the sheep's wool I've played with. I think it's mostly because I tend to overtwist the sheep's wool, while the alpaca needs a good bit more twist to hold it together.
Does anyone have a pattern for Magic Loop mittens and/or gloves? I make all my socks with a ML pattern and love it. I've heard that there are ML glove and mitten patterns but I've not found any. Can anyone assist me in this search, thanks?
Here's a link (to a forum entry on knittinghelp.com) that talks about making gauge swatches for projects knit in-the-round.
The method described involves knitting a row, sliding the work to the other end of a circular needle, then knitting the next row from the same side (leaving a long loop of yarn across the back). Advantage: you end up with a measurable rectangle instead of a loop.
Has anyone tried this method? Are there other methods to recommend?
The big news for me this week was that I finally got Madelyn moved closer to me. I hadn't seen her for 8 months, since I moved back to Maine. I went to see her yesterday (she's boarding on a farm in NH), and she's completely unperturbed about the move or being in a new place. She's a fairly calm 'paca, anyway, so I didn't expect any problems.
I bought Maddy one week before my ex, Scott, dumped me. If I'd known what was coming, I might not have made such a big investment commitment, but in the end things have worked out very well. I have my first 'paca, I found myself someone who shares my love of the animals, and I have lots of soft fiber and yarn to play with. Plus, I did at least get a spinning wheel out of Scott before he dumped me - best thing to come of that relationship.