Archive - Aug 2006

August 6th

kiwiknitter's picture

The Sweater Workshop

I don't care much for groups and MWK is the only group I belong to now, but today I joined The Sweater Workshop Yahoo group.  For those of you who are working from this book, you might want to join.  Jackie Fee is the moderator and offers advice and assistance.

I might add that I've had a couple of very pleasant emails with Ms. Fee and she is great!

So, if circular seamless knitting is for you, come right along and join up!

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sweaterworkshop

Jesse

back seam

I am currently working on a teddy bear and it says to sew in the back seam but I have no idea what this means. so if anyone knows what it means please comment back or leave me a message.  

charmingbilly's picture

just an update--nothing special.

after Warren's glowing recommendation i ordered the Jacqueline Fee book and i just got it......excited about the process of working through it.  i've been working on a hooded pullover sweater and decided to rip everything out.  holding the back panel up....i was overcome by a tremendous dissatisfaction......the work so far was just sub par and only excuse i can lob is work has been a madhouse with 3 people off schedule for awhile so i've been providing coverage at the hospital above and far beyond my normal 80 hrs/week.  when my feet hurt, i can't knit worth crap.  i am finishing up one project almost on time.  a dear friend has redecorated her bedroom and bath and wanted washcloths in a brilliant blaze orange colour but in a pattern that would satisfy her "Goth" and "DeathMetal" bent.  so, 6 were done using the skull and crossbones pattern Jeff Shafer has posted here and 6 were more traditional.  i thought of doing the remaining six using logos for bands like Suicidal Tendencies, Biohazard, and Christian Death but have been too tired/lazy/unmotivataed to fight with Excel to chart 'em.  working the skull and crossbones was fun the first two times, but i contemplated falling on my size 35 bamboo needles for the last 4 times.  no pattern is THAT fun, y'knowhutimean?

August 5th

norfolk n good's picture

Circular needles

To all you guys who said I would love circular needles, Thank you!!

Well, just to give you all a small update. I've been using circular needles for my latest project the Jaqueleen Fee sweater and after a couple of false starts can I just say I love using them. In fact I love using them so much I've just orderd a set of Denise interchangable needles. Ive read a couple of reviews and people sem to like them.

Any of you guys out there used them? Would be interested on your views.

The sweater is coming on a treat by the way, Ive done maybe a third of it already and I am really please with the results. Will post a pic when Ive got a bit more to show you all.

Have any of you used recycled Sari silk?

I have some & am knitting up swatches & it does not feel as smooth as I anticipated. I like the slubbiness of it.

Thanks for your input as always.

Martin 

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Lars, Lars, Lars

Hey Bud!

Born again are ya??  Well let me tell you that I have been born again so many times my soul has stretch marks!

I'm going to finish up my clogs on the drive home to Texas.  And no, not 'while' I'm driving!.... hey, I just might miss Arizona if I do that!  not bad.

Keep up the good work.

RainCityRick's picture

Victory is Mine!

Well, I've finished the second (or rather third) clog.  All in all, I'm pretty happy with the outcome!

I made the clogs out of Rowan Magpie (a discontinued yarn which I purchased on eBay.)

I've had so much fun with this project that I bought yarn, needles and another copy of the pattern.  I'm giving them to my partner's ex-wife as a birthday present today.

Felting is amazing (especially for us perfectionists - felting covers a multitude of mistakes!)

I've actually created 3 clogs.  The first clog I made was the version with the bumper.  I messed up on the second clog and didn't knit the bumper.  This gave me an opportunity to try both styles.  I decided that I didn't like the feel of the bumper version because I supinate (my foot actually rolls out when I walk.)  As a result, the bumpers started to roll out as well.  So, when I knit the third clog I knit it without the bumper.

August 4th

Patterns for mature men

Hi guys,

I'm just wondering where do you fellow mature guys go for patterns for yourselves? So many of the popular magazines tend to cater to the younger guys. All well & good but...........

Do you adapt patterns?

Look for vintage designs?

Create your own?

I'm at the stage where I'm about ready to knit for myself & not thrilled at the choice out there. Yes I did the course at F.I.T. but I am interested to hear what you guys have to say.

A lot of us knit for other folk. Family, friends or charity, not that many of us seem to knit for ourselves. Is there a reason for that? 

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Enough is Enough

Ok,  I am really fed up with this bullshit spam business.  Mr. pitch and whatever as well as Miss tinywoofuckingwho.  They need to be trashed big time, sent packing and kicked in the ass until their nose bleeds! 

I think it upsets me!

skogknits's picture

woolwash

do any of you have a preference between kookaburra woolwash and eucalan woolwash? i am looking to give submersion blocking a try and was wondering if one product yielded better results over the other.