Archive - Jun 2007

June 30th

VillageKnittiot's picture

Yarn Heaven, Arlington, TX

I found a very nice place of worship today. Yarn Heaven in Arlington, TX. The staff was friendly and helpful and the selection was HUGE. Size does matter! They have many different brands and fibers. I ended up with South West Trading Company's "Melody" and a skein of their Bamboo, and a set of rosewood DPNs. I found the prices comparable to other LYSs I've visited. They do have a great big 'bargain bin' to peruse. It may not be the prettiest storefront, but it's what that's inside that matters. If you're ever in the Dallas Metro area, I suggest you take a peek. I wish I would've had more time to shop... but I was supposed to be working.

Website: http://www.yarnheaven.com/

Darrel's picture

Drupal Upgrade Complete!

MWK has finally been upgraded to Drupal 5.1! Hooray!

Please check things out and send me a message with any comments, questions, complaints, bug reports, or anything else you'd like to say.

I also verified that uploading images via the little icon under the text entry areas works! It also creates thumbails, preview images, and stores the original image properly. Yay!

Thanks for continuing to build and participate in one of the Internet's most meaningful community of knitters. I'm so happy we're all here!

More to come, but I wanted to get the site up as soon as I verified all the basic functionality is present. I'm still moving images over, but you should be able to read and write blog posts, forum topics, and what not just fine.

Darrel

p.s. be sure to check out the new advanced search!

Darrel's picture

Site Maintenance

Greetings MWK!

I'm going to be taking the site down for a few hours, beginning at 3PM PST. Things shouldn't be down for long, but please send me some good energy in the meantime!

Thanks for your patience!

Darrel

kiwiknitter's picture

Crochet Hooks

I must confess to being very spastic when I try to use a crochet hook. I can inflict far more damage with the bloody hook than I could ever do with a pointy needle. It's no wonder that I took up knitting instead of crochet.

At the NZ Knitters' Weekend, I met Jenny King who is an Aussie crochet designer. She is a lovely person and a fantastic crocheter. She has commissioned her own line of bamboo crochet hooks which are beautiful, and if you must use one, lovely to hold. I ordered and just received mine and I'm so pleased that I thought I'd alert others here about them. The hooks are bamboo with very nice hooks ends. I only use crochet hooks for repairs and have not, until now, found any that I could use easily. Somehow, the hooks are cut just right for me.

So, I biffed the metal and plastic hooks I had in my knitting tool kit and added these lovely wooden hooks. I think it's a bloke thing but I love quality tools!

Have a look at her site; you won't be disappointed:

www.jennykingdesigns.com

She is such a great person and talented fiber artist! If you order from her, tell her "Hi!" from me!

June 29th

YugiDean's picture

Interchangeable Knitting Needle Kit???

I'm about to buy my first circular needles, and perusing the shop nearby, I was a bit intimidated by the sheer number of different LENGTHS on top of the different sizes! I approached the lady that runs/owns the shop and she recommended Addi over other brands, but suggested that if I haven't bought any circulars yet, I should really consider buying this Interchangeable Knitting Needle Kit. I thought it was an Addi thing, but in my web searching, I found the exact kit, and it says it's Denise (never heard of it).

Anyway, I was just curious if anyone else has tried this interchangeable circular needle kit. If so, is it sufficient, or should I just get the Addi needles? Any other recommendations/suggestions???

Thanx, guys!

Wonartist66's picture

Knitting Video CAST #4 "The Summer" Episode!

Hey everybody~~

"Knitting Video CAST #4" up! This week's Video Cast is all about the SUMMER Knitting "LACE"

This week iam going to talking about:

-Thank you: Guido at "It's a Purl Men" and New PodCast "Damknit" for sweet shout out!

-This Week's Online Yarn Shipping:
"Cavyshop" at "Cavyshops.etsy.com" Great hand dye yarn from Jocelyn. Free Shipping All the Order!

-Knitting Blog Review:
Robbie at "KnitXcoreE" Guy Knitter http://knitxcore.blogspot.com/

-Talking about Summer Knitting Book:
1. Lace Style by Pam allen and Ann budd
2. "Shawls and Scarves" the Beast of KNITTER'S Magazine by Nancy Thomas
3. Lavish Lace by owner of Cherry Tree Hill Cheryl Potter

YarnPorn this week: Katina "Matinica" color #7703 Summer yarn(Remind me of Caribben Cruis)

Music of the Week:
"Only you" by Makana
Makana is native Hawaiian Tradinal slack key Artist. Visit his web at Makanalive.com download the song!

PLEASE visit my blog SEE my VIDEO CAST(copy and past the link) at http://charleslifeknitting.blogspot.com/

Thank you!

Darrel's picture

Knit Wits

I believe I posted this once before awhile ago, but since we're featuring it again at work, I thought I'd give it some love here, as well.

Enjoy!

June 28th

ManMadeKnits's picture

Entrelac Scarf

Here's a belated photo of the completed scarf I was working on, wrapped around my sister, its new proprietress...

kylewilliam's picture

Ravelry Hooray

I got in last night! - I wonder how many others are in already - it is like being let into Disneyland and there's no lines - I'm clicking all over the place and while I don't quite understand the site yet, I think it's the place I have been trying to find that will organize my knitting projects - it's THE thing I have been wanting...

as long as you have good internet connections (sorry, Mario - I understand your plight) and a decent computer, you should have LOTS of fun on the site -

if you haven't signed up, do so - get in line so you can get your invite (it took weeks and weeks to get invited) and you'll be able to check it out yourself! :)

MMario's picture

Ravelry

*sigh* I must say I am disappointed. So much hoopla and people so excited. But I doubt I will spend much time there.

first and foremost the site is so slow to load (noticable at work over a T3 line - excruciateingly painful at home over dial-up)

I have no access to Flickr (not by choice) so have no way to load photos at Ravelry.

The site is very counter-intuitive to my mind. This is most likely my fault, I know that features I hate on some sites are the reason others like the site.

To me the place reeks of clique-ishness and MySpace/YouTube mentality"

So many up-to-the=second bells and whistles are in use and included that people without access to such (for example: those of us rural dwellers who have no choice but to use 24k* connections because there is nothing else available) are handicapped severely. aut0omaticly creating a "second class" citizenship

So I guess the not so fancy mainly text forums will remain my mainstay.

* on a good day - connection is often slower.