Archive - Mar 2007

March 11th

Organic cotton yarns

Infiknit is a needlework kit and pattern distributor with an inventory of over 1000 patterns created by more than 40 designers from 3 countries: Canada, the United States and Britain.

One cool product they have is EcoKnit Yarn - 100% organic coloured cotton yarn. It’s apparently great for knitting (I haven't tried it myself yet) and great for the environment - the cultivation of cotton is said to account for 24% of world pesticide use.

Here are the yarny details in yarny-speak: 100% certified organic cotton grown in colors, 20 to 22st to 4in on 3.5 to 4.5mm needles. Deliciously soft lustrous yarn in 50g, 100yd skeins. Bagged 10 to a bag for stores. : Here's the link

Swifts?

I'm contemplating getting a swift and maybe a ball winder since I've got quite a bit of yarn that is in hanks and it's becomming a pain in the butt to try and hold the hank and wind by hand. Especially with a small dog that apparently has enough cat in him to want to play with the yarn.

Yes, I've seen everything from tinkertoys to lampshades being used as substitute swifts, but I'm wondering how many of you guys have swifts and if you find it easier to work with the umbrella types or the tabletop ones?

Opinions?

frito's picture

Hello Everyone!

Hi there, My name is David, I am new to the site and fairly new to knitting. I learned as a child and just now picked it up again in the last year and a half. I am interested in Intarsia and am wondering if anyone had any tips! I also wanted to say hi to everyone!

Great find on the Wheel Rowen!

David

March 10th

madhatter7zero's picture

11 New Skull Caps Finished

Hey guys!!!! Been awhile since I posted. Hope you are all doing well. I've been knitting up a storm here lately. I have finished 3 scarfs this month and working on my fourth. I also just posted 11 new skull caps on my website. I thought you might all like to see them. They are somewhat a little unusual so take a look and let me know what you think of them. You can see them on this page...... http://www.sleepyroot.com/skullcapsbrandnew.php

There are several pictures with different views of each cap. You'll have to click on the little photo buttons to see the different pictures.

March 9th

vettechadam's picture

funny story

Well thank you all for your response on my unfortunate yarn shop fiasco and on my messenger bag help.
I do have to admit that when I joined here I thought that I was going to be disappointed and that no one would really talk about knitting. I have to admit that now I think reading all of the blogs that are posted is almost as big of an addiction for me as knitting.
I have a funny story for you all and I am sure you all can relate. A couple weeks I was knitting up a storm and on sunday I realized that I was going to finish the project at hand and fear struck me. Oh my GOD what am I going to knit now. At that time I did not have a yarn drawer with odds and ends (which now I have in case of emergency) I then went to joann fabrics (the only store open on sunday) and bought some yarn that I normally wouldnt use and went home and life was good once again. So I guess that this was my admission that I AM NOW ADDICTED TO KNITTING.

One question for you guys ---- have any of you in the US flown domesticaly with knitting in your carry on if so any problems

kylewilliam's picture

neat website

hey boys -

check out www.theanticraft.com

it's a riot! :)

hugs

Kyle

Chunk's picture

Instant Gratification

Just finished this scarf in time for a good friend who is leaving where I work. It is in Rowan Big Wool Tuft. Really hope she likes it. It knits up incredibly fast on 20mm needles - great for a quick fix if you knit slowly like I do.

March 8th

photo help....

I know.....I know..this is a knitting blog. But I need help taking photos of my projects to post here.

I have the digital camera, and card reader and software for my computer...what I need to know is this: what settings should I use to take pics to post here?

Obviously I don't want pic files so large they take forever to load...but I just don't know what to do.

Thanks!
Gene
(good with needles, not so good with digital cameras)

sirknitsalot's picture

Dyeing

So - I decided to try my hand at dyeing my own yarn. This is what I came up with (it's hanging to dry. I JUST finished). Not bad for my first attempt. Amazing what you can do with a little wool, some frosting dye and a turkey baster! More info on how I did it on my blog - sirknitsalot.typepad.com

Rowan's picture

A Spinning Wheel

The uinverse moves in strange ways.
I've been thinking about buying a spinning wheel, and I had my eyes on a castle wheel by Ashford. It is a cute model, and it seems versatile enough to meet my knitting needs. So, yesterday, I placed an order for that wheel.
Today, I saved that same (but an older and discontinued model) wheel from a neglected and uncertain fate. A co-worker brought in her wheel ~ all covered in cobwebs with dead bugs and bits of dried leaves. I gave her $75 for the wheel, brought it home, washed the muck off, oiled the moving parts (and other parts that were rusted), fixed the maidens and the flyer, grabbed some merino fleece and gave it go! The fleece spun beautifully into a fine and soft thread! The wheel works like a charm and there is nothing wrong with it except for issues caused by neglect. I am going to name this wheel "Orla", which means "golden woman".
Tomorrow, I am going to stop at the hardware store to get a can of Watco Danish Oil in the hope that it will help Orla since she is so dry.

8 March 2007