Archive - May 2007

MMario's picture

stupid question of the week.

I've been wondering about the "buddylist" since I signed up.

What function (if any) does it serve?

krooks's picture

LYS Closing

The LYS (Quilted Hearts) in Gainesville, GA is closing. It's not too far from Atlanta - about 50 miles. Starting tomorrow all stock is 25% off. I need more stash - lol.

May 30th

BronxKnit's picture

Clogs be damned

above please find an action shot of my first pair of socks in action, sans clogs. They fit well enough, but the next pair should be better.

Thank you all for your support, I like having a "to-go" project that gives such nice results.

Knitting in the Bronx

Edit to say: it looks like I am wearing said socks, wild!!

rjcb3's picture

...and away we go...

I've joined the 21st century and have begun the whole blogging thing...and later on I'll end up just like everyone else...writing what I will, posting another picture here and there, etc. etc. etc.

I miss my little internet hermitage already!!!

)O(
robert

May 29th

BronxKnit's picture

Sock One Sock Two

So, I finally finished my first pair of socks tonight. It has been a long slog, but I am happy to say they are done, they fit and it seems they are warm; because warm is what I want in this 80 degree New York weather.

I know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that, but I can only say this is a pair of socks only their knitter could love; and love them I do.

Anyway, I got much much better from the start of sock one to the toe of sock two so in interest of having a good to-go project I am rolling into another pair of socks using a "Trekking pro natura" 75% wool 25% bamboo mix in the 1600 color lot. I hope they come out well because it seems that "MotherKnit" will be getting a pair of socks for her birthday or Christmas. The last time I was home she kept touching and admiring a certain sock yarn of mine. Really folks, I CAN take a hint, it just takes a while and some artful work with an anvil.

Going on a field trip tomorrow so I should have plenty of time to work on my bamboo and wool socks.

Have a good day

Knitting in the Bronx.

Kerry's picture

Wires

I was interested to read gryphon00's entry about his new frame and wires. Does anyone know if it is possible to make blocking wires? I'm thinking some sort of steel or stainless steel wire cut to appropriate lengths and the ends would need to be smoothed. I read about a man who made his own steel needles, so I suppose finding the suitable wire would be the way to start. Any ideas?

Elemmaciltur's picture

Knitters Uncensored!!!

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Looking forward to seeing all of you there!

May 28th

Blocking and stuff

Okay... let me preface by saying that I hate blocking. Knitting I like. But the thought of dealing with all those little pins makes me cringe. Invariably some of them will find their way to the carpet in an attempt to attack my unsuspecting feet like a very pissed off rattlesnake but without the warning.

So... because of this, I decided to get a little more crafty and made a blocking frame using the instructions from KnitPicks. The thing is huge. It's a 6' square with 1' legs... so 6'x7' total. You can make a smaller one of course with very little math effort, but I wanted the full size deal since I'll be blocking shawls and such. Pictures are attached if you wanna take a look.

I plan on doing is getting a set of blocking wires to use with it. That should help in keeping the tension even along the straight edges. I haven't had a chance to string anything up on it yet, but I'm looking forward to it. From what I hear, when you get used to doing it, blocking goes much faster. That's what I'm hoping.

So do any of you guys have experience using a blocking frame and have any tips?

Increase Pattern Help

I've been knittig for a few years but never encountered a pattern that had steps like the ones I have questions on. I am making a simple dog sweater and here is where I have questions.

The pattern states:
CO 7 sts. Working in k1, p1 rib, inc 1 st each edge every other row 0 (0, 0, 3) times, then every third row 7 (9, 13, 14) times 21, (25, 33, 41) sts on needle.

Q1: I am making the 3rd size. Am I correct that I begin my first increase on the 3rd row? I know intuitively that this I understand the pattern correctly but just want to be sure there isn't a typo in the pattern.
Q2: Do I do the increase 1 st in from the edge like most patterns call for?
Q3: How do I maintain the rib pattern after the increase?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Keith

May 27th

wil's picture

Yarn to replace Pashmina

So it's been a long time since I've updated this, oh how busy the school year gets.

My sister is pregnant, and I of course am so excited to start knitting her things. I have a great pattern for a blanket, but it calls for Pashmina, which at (minimum) $15 a skien just isn't in my price range. What would be a good worsted weight substitute? I was thinking Debbie Bliss Baby cashmerino, but I'm not entirely sure what the weight on that is. Any other suggestions?

I hope to be more active in the community during the summer.

-w