Archive - Mar 2007

March 27th

kiwiknitter's picture

First Stranded Knitting Jumper

I’ve spent the first part of this year knitting scarves and beanies (dog forbid I should ever again find myself doing these again), all the while thinking about doing some multi-colour knitting. After reading, reading, & reading about it, I finally got up the courage to give it a go. I first experimented on a smaller version (see pics of the 16” doll and jumpers), figuring that if it all went pear-shaped there was a minimal loss of time and materials. Bloody hell, things seemed to go pretty well and I took the plunge and made a jumper pattern I’d been admiring for some time. It is called “Fonn” (that’s with an umlaut!), whatever that name means; maybe Lars can translate?, from the “Reynolds Lopi” Volume 25. Although seamless/circular sans steeks, I was keen to try this recipe because the yoke is done with the decreases spread around rather than done as a raglan decreases (is there a name for this method?) Let me say here that stranded knitting was like learning to knit all over again! I fumbled with the needles, fabric and 2 strands of yarn. And what about tension/gauge? I did the stranding with both hands and discovered that I have difficulty keeping the left hand strand looser than the right. Actually, this wasn’t much of a discovery since I knit faster with the left and I knew that when I knit rapidly, I knit more tightly. So, there was a significant amount of tinking and even so, I do have some puckers that didn’t come out in the washing and drying (blocking) process. I was actually grateful that I didn’t have smocked yoke at the end! Now, to confess just in case some of you have this pattern book and notice my big screw-up: I did the pattern opposite so that it is a photographic negative image – in other words, the stars should have been white and there shouldn’t have been white bands. I’d like to say that it was done purposefully and with artistic license but it was really just a screw-up – aren’t the white boxes on the graph supposed to be white wool? Guess not.

MMario's picture

Daylight Knitting Time

One thing I like about Days getting longer -- with better weather and light later into the evenings I will soon be able to start taking my daylight knitting time - approx half an hour I spend parked in ascenic overview on the way home - knitting.

Because by the time I go home and do the chores etc; often I am too brain dead to knit. So this is a little "me" time - and it helps things get knit faster.

For example - I've been struggling to meet my (self-imposed) goal of 20 rows a day on a scarf I've been working on. struggling. the shame of it all is that I did get some undisturbed knitting time a while ago and found out it actually takes me less then a minute a row when undisturbed.

Pitiful.

March 26th

vettechadam's picture

one more try

I have attached a jacket that is lose to what I am looking for if any of you can tell me where to get the pattern that would be helpful. I have seen a jacket close to this that is a bit longer and does not have all the work around the edges. I have spent hours looking for o\it any help would be appreciated

grandcarriage's picture

John Wayne

Just got back from Orange County, CA; where PGMC (in which I sing) was performing with Men Alive or OC. Of course when I fly, I have knitting, although the flights wer at such times that I was more prone to snoozing than stitching. Anyhoo....those who have been there know that there is a huge bronze statue of "cowboy" John Wayne in the entry foyer. I sat at the base of that statue and knit. A local passerby took a photo of me doing it, and hopefully she will keep her promise and e-mail it to me. Just thought I would share.

PS: Laguna Beach, where I stayed, was GORGEOUS. AND I met this really nice guy who was also a knitter (professionally) in LA. Pretty damn cool.

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Book Recommendations

OK. I know this is a knitting sight, but I'm hoping someone out there has some suggestions on good books for dyeing. Any recommendations?

March 25th

My blog...

My actual blog is at http://fluxsparkleknit.blogspot.com. Knitting ROCKS! I'm just so stoked that other guys are out there knitting. The more the better. Enjoy the revolution!

MMario's picture

FO!

Believe me, I celebrate finishing objects - usually because I have so many on the needles that it takes *forever* to finish one. This is "Goober" - at least in my mind - though the actual title of the pattern is, I beleive, 'Ocean Tide' - from on of the online "mystery" knit alongs.

BronxKnit's picture

Vest Patern

Hello All.

I just turned the heal on one sock and am already looking forward to my next project. (cause I don’t have enough yarn in my stash as it is) I was in Seaport Yarns with my girlf and her mother and saw a very nice vest pattern that I may get at some point.

My question is this: who amongst us has knit a vest; was it "fun", satisfying or boring; what pattern did you use/not use and would you recommend the project?

Thanks for your help in advance

Bronx Knits.

BTW: Seaport Yarns is an astounding place, if you get the chance to go I can only recommend it. Just remember to bring cash or check, they do not accept credit cards. BK

March 24th

kiwiknitter's picture

Seaters From Camp - Book

"Sweaters From Camp - 38 Color-Patterend Designs from Meg Swanson's Knitting Campers", 2002.

As you know, Meg Swanson is the daughter of famous knitting guru Elizabeth Zimmermann who founded the Wisconsin Knitting Camp in 1974. This book showcases the winners of a contest offered to all former and current campers to design on all-over patterned garment in Shetland wool.

Here are my opinions of this book:

1. I liked the techniques chapter. Some of the items were new to me so I learned from reading it. It was the first time I was able to get my head around the mathmatical formula for increasing stitches evenly in a row. I found some interesting new cast-on techniques and the purl-when-you-can technique is very intriguing. The book was worth the money just for this reference chapter.

2. I definitely want to try knitting in Shetland wool very, very soon! The colours are beautiful and I like the idea of the steeks felting themselves without sewn reinforcements.

3. Thankfully, there were no chapters on the history of Shetland knitting or the basic how-to of knitting!

4. I was most gratified to see in print some of the seamless/circular techniques (such as armhole reductions with a steek) that I'd laid awake at night trying to suss out. I'm happy to know that I'm connected to the greater pool of knitting wisdom!

kiwiknitter's picture

Knitting With A Smile - Book

"Knitting With A Smile - The Compact Book with Over 39 Original Swedish Knitting Patterns" by Inger Fredholm, 2005. This is a fun knitting book by the lady who owns Gunga Din, a knitting shop in Stockholm, Sweden; maybe some of our Scandanavian members know of this lady? There are patterns for some rather plain but practical garments in addition to lace patterns (such as the "Tango Dress") and colourful multi-coloured garments. I bought this book for the mutli-coloured patterns and I was not disappointed. The garments have a very Scandanavian look, both in style, pattern and colours. She includes some Fair Isle patterns, too. My favourite is the "Stella Polaris" pattern which I am keen to try. All patterns are done in the round and cut. The sleeves are done separately and then knitting to the body by the 3-needle bind-off!

A fun aside to this book is that a gentleman knitter proof-read, corrected the English and also knitted many of the patterns.

I like this book as a part of my knitting reference library and I think others would enjoy owning a copy, too. It is not a book for someone just beginning to do stranded knitting as the instructions are sparse. But, it's wo