Archive - Dec 27, 2006

MasonM's picture

Sore Hands?

Has anyone else had a problem with cramping and/or general soreness in their hands when first starting out? I know I have a touch of arthritis, but not serious. After knitting for a while I have to stop and take a break as my hands hurt like crazy. Am I doing something wrong or does it just take a while to get the muscles used to the new activity?

On an unrelated side note, I wish I had discovered knitting last year when I was laid up from a car wreck. I was down for 14 months from a fractured pelvis and knitting sure would have been a great way to pass the time. Kicking myself for not having thought of it then. I blame the narcotics.

MasonM's picture

Female Hostility?

Ok, is it just me or are the women on other knitting related sites a bit hostile towards male knitters?

Do they feel that we are somehow encroaching on their turf? What gives?

MMario's picture


you've been warned.

okay - this isn't a full head of steam screaming rant - more of an "I don't understand the world I'm living in and think I may be crazy" rant.

Let me say first that I'm no expert; I am also aware I am much more "fly by the seat of my pants" in style then many people; and I try to take the advice of my acting coach (Dare to Suck!) to heart in life as well as on-stage;

But just how detailed do people expect directions to be ??? ! ???

For example - There is a circular shawl pattern out there that starts with:

Cast on 8 stitches; knit one round; double the number of stitches on the next round (16 stitches).

I can think of several ways to accomplish the above - most of which would not make much difference at all in the final product. We are talking a total of 32 stitches in an item with many thousands of stitches. The three most miniscule rows in a shawl with almost 200 rounds.

Would you believe over ***THREE WEEKS*** of discussion on how to cast on and what method to double the stitches? and wether or not they should join the stitches into a round at the caston, on the first round, or after doubling.

Am I the crazy one or is the above taking obsessive to an extreme? Good God, if you can't decide which way - an hour or so of experimenting could give you multiple examples to choose from and you could then proceed!

grandcarriage's picture

Sing Hallelujah!

The effing samoyed dog fur afghan is finished, photoed, and delivered. The new owner will have to wash, stretch and block it. I will post pictures soon. I am VASTLY relieved to see that thing gone, as nice as it was....

potterdc's picture

The Not-So-Fun Fun Fur Project

When I found out Granny would be coming with the in laws for the holidays, I decided it was time to knit her something. This would be Christmas #2 without Granddad, and the Best Beloved and I wanted it to be special. Granny is a bit of a hoot - not the traditional grandma, she was always more comfortable dealing cards than baking cookies. Upon getting her first hearing aids, she remarked, loudly and in a crowd, that she had no idea it made so much noise when she pee-ed.

I decided that Fun Fur stole would be just the thing (the "Chinchilla Stole" on the Lion Yarn website). This was before I had ever knitted with Fun Fur.

Now, I have been knitting for 20 years or so. I spin most of my own yarn. I long ago memorized Elizabeth Zimmerman's percentage system and have given up on patterns. I am as comfortable knitting with the right hand as with the left hand. I am not a great knitter, but I am as comfortable with yarn and needles as I ever expect to get - but I met my match with Fun Fur!!!

The first challenge was dropping a stitch. Generally, not much of a challenge, but between the lashes of this eye lash yarn and the slipperyness of the polyester - I ended up having to rip the whole thing out and start over 1/3 of the way through.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Oh Christmas Tree

Can a Christmas tree be any more Texan than this? It's 7'x6'x5' and did I have a blast this holiday!