Archive - Mar 2007

March 18th

Toronto LYS

I'm planning a trip to Toronto and can you recommend a guy-friendly LYS.

Thanks.

March 17th

wackowally's picture

The dreaded "factory made" compliment

So, about a week ago, some friends came up to visit. I've kept in touch, but haven't seen them in person for about two years, they know I've taken up knitting but have yet to see anything I made.

So, one of them goes into the hobby room and asks to see what I've been spinning/knitting, I don't have much here right now but I show her some yarn I've made, my fiber, spindles and wheel, and gave a quick demonstration with the spindle. I showed her a few things I've knitted and she picked up a grey ribbed watchcap with black striping and showed it to my other friend. He's the type of guy that if he was out of deodorant he'd rather use none than use his girlfriend's, the type of guy that cannot step foot into a women's clothing store, that will only buy certain products like shampoo if they're somehow advertised as being "manly", so he took a look at it, and said that it looked just like it came from a store.

I know what he meant, that the tension was even, that there were no visible mistakes (there actually was one purl that was supposed to be a knit but only I notice it), that it looked professional, and I know that coming from him, since he's one of those "why not buy the swea

kiwiknitter's picture

1,000 Great Knitting Motifs - Book

This book by Luise Roberts (2004) is loaded with nothing but great charted patterns (in colour) for stranded knitting. There are no garment recipes but there is a short chapter on Intarsia and Fair Isle techniques as well as a section on choosing, and positioning motifs

The best way to give an idea of the wide range of content is to list the sections and chapters:

1. Traditional knitting motifs
- Fair Isle, Scandinavian, Lapland, Western Europe,
Eastern Europe, Around the Mediterranean Sea, Asia
South America

2. Traditional pictorial motifs
- Native American, Homestead America, Aztec & Inca,
Celts, Africa, India & Tibet

3. Modern pictorial motifs
- Alphabet, Zodiac, The world around us, Animals,
birds & insects, Floral, Toys & Nursery

This book has something for everyone. The fact that the charts are in colour makes it easier for me to visualise the design - I want to use them all!

MasonM's picture

Drugs And Knitting Don't Mix

I injured my back at work about 10 days ago and have been laid up. I'm in a hotel about 1,000 miles from home unable to drive and barely able to walk. I'm also on percocet and valium in an effort to get things under control.

Last night I foolishly tried knitting on a sock I've been working on. The ribbed top was finished so I thought I'd start the heel flap. Big mistake. I totally messed it up and, not having been smart enough to put in a lifeline I was unable to pick up the stitches again after frogging the mess of a flap.

I wound up having to frog the whole thing and starting over. I've cast on the 48 stitches and just left it be for now.

I'm pretty ticked off at myself at the moment. All that work for nothing.

March 16th

SKHolt's picture

Spinning for peace

I was sent this link that is a fabulous story about the making of khadi. Watch the spinners spin and the weavers weave. No wonder Ghandi thought khadi was a way to freedom for India. It really is about spinning for peace.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5PJrzLdAbk

kiwiknitter's picture

The Art of Fair Isle Knitting - Book

"The Art of Fair Isle Knitting: History, Technique, Color and Patterns" by Ann Feitelson, 1996, has quickly become an essential part of my knitting library. Included is the history of Shetland/Fair Isle knitting up until the present day. The chapter on FI techniques is great and she makes a great case for using the long needles with the knitting belt. A variety of different ways of throwing the yarn are shown along with a fantastic page demonstrating and explaining why one colour is carried consistently over the other and how the decision which yarn to carry where makes a huge difference in how the pattern looks when completed. She gives such a good lesson on changing colours, finishing ends and of all things, increases and decreases in a FI patterning (I was surprised). The chapter on colour in FI knitting is extensive and very helpful for me who is rather colour-challenged. The garment recipes are lovely and for the first time I've found FI jumpers that I'm keen to make for myself.

I highly recommend this book for someone who is interested in stranded knitting. Be warned: it's rather addictive!

kiwiknitter's picture

Fair Isle Knitting Handbook by Starmore - Book

This now out-of-print book by Alice Starmore is a great reference for Fair Isle knitting. Of course, there is the mandatory chapters on the history of Shetland knitting which I enjoyed reading. There are also chapters on FI patterns with charts and colour photos as well as a chapter with traditional garment recipes. All this is good but the part I am the most appreciative of is the detailed explanation of Shetland/FI technique which includes cut tubular knitting. Coupled with this is the chapter on designing your own garments using FI patterns and technique. The section on "planning a gansey" has been of great assistance to me on multiple occasions. This section gives instructions on sizing, gussets, necklines and sleeves.

My mate, Simon (MWK member in the UK) sent a copy of this book to me and I refer to it when I'm planning a new jumper. Now that I'm beginning to do stranded knitting, I'm appreciating it even more.

I know that this book is hard to find and then very dear once found (ebay prices hover around US$150.00! But, if you can get a copy, I highly recommend it.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Ok Guys!

I've had a lot of response by email and PM's concerning my post yesterday regarding another knit-along this year. I love the suggestions and I'm personally up to knitting anything we agree on.

This time however, I think we should take all suggestions and then take a poll on the project. My only criteria is that it be a project that is interesting but is capable of all levels of knitting, is fairly inexpensive, and is either utilitarian or giftable and can be completed in less than a century.

PM me or email me at cjvandenburg@yahoo.com and I will post a poll with suggested project say.......... by the end of April????

Keep in mind Mr. Justin Huston is in charge of this one! That'll teach him!

Love ya boys!

Chris

March 15th

Bill's picture

Poor books

as long as we're discussing books...don't be tempted with "Knitty Gritty Knits" by Vickie Howell...jumbled layout, simplistic projects...

and "Knitprovisation" by Cilla Ramnek...full of the ugliest re-worked knit/crochet projects I've ever seen!!!!!

kiwiknitter's picture

Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified - Book

This book is written by Ann and Eugene Bourgeois, founders and owners of Philosopher's Wool Company in Canada. It can be purchased with an accompanying DVD.

I have both the book and the DVD and in spite of the blatant marketing ploy, there is a lot of good help for the beginning stranded colour knitter (me). I don' care much for their patterns but I do like their teaching on tubular knitting. I learned the stranded colour technique from the DVD and was given encouragement for cutting my knitting from the book and DVD.

I understand they sell kits for jumpers and other garments as well as sell knitting wool and finished garments. I like their philosophy of sustainable and fair business practices. I am considering purchasing some of their knitting wools. Has anyone had any experience with their products?

If you learn from seeing better than from reading (as I do) then I recommend at least the DVD.