Archive - Oct 29, 2006

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Question for Spinners

I posted yesterday about the handspun wool I purchased yesterday and which I began to knit upon arriving at home. I bought 2 colours, white and acquamarine, each spun by a different person. The white is soft but the other is a bit course (but such a beautiful shade of blue!). Both look identical to my eye. But, when I knit with the blue, the strand of wool from the knitting to the ball continuously keeps turning in on itself (twisting) and driving me mad. I sometimes have to hold the ball and drop the knitting to let it twist itself right. A elderly friend who was a life-time spinner and knitter said that the wool was incorrectly spun (she guesses that the spinner sat at an angle and not straight on the wheel) and that it will not knit up well and most likely will "pill" when washed.

I'm absolutely ignorant on fibers so I'm soliciting opinions from our MWK spinners on this. As this wool was quite dear, I have a substantial investment in it.

Cheers!

~Jesse

red scarf project

I liked the suggestion for MWK members to participate in the Red Scarf Project. I found a link to a great website that gives more information about the project. Both Lilly Chin and Interweave press are participating in this project. I am going to send a scarf and it would be great to see other MWK members do so as well.
Ben

Links about the project:

http://nownormaknits2.typepad.com/red_scarf_project_2007/

http://www.interweave.com/knit/events/redscarf.asp

http://www.lilychinsignaturecollection.com/whats_new.php?article=7

Bill's picture

Curling & Braids

speaking of knitting curling...the new Vogue Knitting magazine has a beautiful scarf on it's cover...(with instructions inside)
...because of the curling strips...I thought they were tubes, but they're six strips...started as a single section of garter stitch, then divided and knitted in individual strips ninety inches long, braided then joined again.

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saxon braid

Just finished a sweater with a saxon braid running up the front. It was knit in a worsted weight - Briggs and Little wool from New Brunswick - and seemed to fly off the needles.

Hi!

Howdy I just joined this site. Started knitting about two weeks ago. Taking a project knitting class or two at the LYS. The people are fantastic. Finished my first scarf. Basic knit stitch. Now I am working on a second scarf in the stockinette stitch and its curling. I have about 13 inches on it so far and am thinking that I can crochet a border around it when I am finished........any advice would be greatly appreciated. I would like to start a big warm wool blanket and of course, a sweater and also a Jeep cover(joke)...........Thanks!