Archive - Jun 2007

June 21st

kiwiknitter's picture

YouTube Fancies

I came across these these YouTube vid's this arvo and thought MWK lads might enjoy them:

Men Knitters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfYpBqMgol4&mode=related&search=

It's good to laugh at ourselves:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDFzatwdRJY&mode=related&search=

Portugese Knitting (like knitting with 2 crochet hooks):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ31pk05CBE&mode=related&search=

Elemmaciltur's picture

Learn to love life-lines...and know that Stash is a good thing

Re-Started: 17th June 2007
Finished: WIP
Yarn: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise superwash sockyarn, colourway "Iris Sibirica"
Needle: 2.5 mm/ US #1 Addi Turbos circs
Pattern: JayWalker by Grumperina on MagKnits
Modification: I'm doing this using the toe-up version modified by Natalia Knits and I'm also using the Magic Cast-On instead of the provisional cast-on suggested

Do you remember this JayWalker? After about two months away from it, I think I'm ready tackle it again. So I cast-on for the umpteenth time. This time, however, I'm doing the smallest size. I usually do one size up but as it turned out, it's a bit loose with the Wollmeise. I don't know why. But now that I'm doing it in the smallest size, it fits perfectly...not too tight and not too loose. But because of the change of the number of stitches, the colour pools a bit...but hey, I've learned to like pooling, especially in Wollmeise. ;-)

And for the record, I've actually frogged this try once already. That's why I'm saying that lifeline is my new best friend, because this time, I'm not going to re-do the whole thing ever again. I inserted a lifeline right before I started doing the gusset increase.

I had to frog it because I did something wonky with the heel turn and it didn't turn at all....seems like I haven't yet really mastered the art of heel from toe-up. This time when I'm finished with the gusset increase, I'm going to put the lifeline in again...so that I don't have to re-do the whole gusset increase should the heel turn fail again.

YugiDean's picture

apologies

I didn't know that my pictures would post to the main page...just assumed they'd go str8 to the gallery. I'm REALLY sorry for bombarding you all with my scarves!!!

MasonM's picture

WIP - Irish Hiking Scarf

I've started the Irish Hiking Scarf. It's my first attempt at doing cables and I have to say that cables are very cool. They're much easier than I had imagined they would be.

I'm using Caron Simply Soft Shadows yarn and am liking the effect so far.

June 20th

rooboy2000's picture

Blocking boards

Greetings from down under fellas! I was wondering if you have any suggestions for Blocking boards i found a great board at www.yarn-store.com/blocking-supplies.html but when i enquired about shipping costs to Australia it came in at just below $200 USD. Do you guys know any other products that could be shipped cheaper or made here in Australia. perhaps you have a board that i can make???? look forward to hearing from you.
kind regards Arron

BronxKnit's picture

Baseball

Well sports fans it has happened:

I am now partially my mother. I am watching the Red Sox and knitting, all it would take to complete the picture would be a cup of tea, a slight accent and about 100 pounds shed; well maybe 120 and years and years of knitting experience.

So my couch project is coming along well. I am almost (within 2 inches) of shaping the neck. I am unsure whether to "go for it" and just follow the pattern to see what happens or take it into a LYS to make sure I am doing things correctly. Quandary Quandary.

Back to the first paragraph; it seems to me that baseball and knitting seem uniquely suited for each other. The pace of the game allows a novice knitter (me) to look down, read a pattern, make a note or honk at my yarn in the goose-like style without missing something REALLY important. I am beginning to see the benefits of a "Stitch and Pitch". I wonder if there are any more in the NY area.

I am posting an indifferent pic of my vest back. I was having issues with my camera and the lighting, Mea Culpa. I modified the pattern slightly in that I wanted the cables to "spin" in opposite directions. The original pattern has all the cables going in the same direction, but I knew that it was an easy fix so I went for it; it seems to make the project more personal to me.

ManMadeKnits's picture

A-HA!

Regarding the cabling on the cabled computer case pattern in Knitting With Balls:

The WS rows are symmetrical, so they can be read from either direction, but the RS rows should be read from Right to Left, with each "chunk" of cable being read as it would from L to Right, but compensating from the fact you are flipping the work.

In short: I think I just needed to learn how to correctly read a cabling pattern...

June 19th

YugiDean's picture

ha...!

Well, I finished the sweater vest, but I am too embarassed to post pictures of it. It ***almost*** fits my little girl, but I'm going to work a new one up, utilizing my row counter a bit more this time around while also making VERY GOOD USE of the knowledge you all have granted me. Plus, I'm going to make it bigger.

I wish there was a men's knitting group here in KC.

I will post some pics of some of my favorite scarf projects later when I can find my camera. Heh.

Kerry's picture

FO

Why is that I have more WIPs than FOs! Here is my latest FO, the Undulating Rib Sock from the Favorite Socks book by Interweave. The yarn, a washable merino wool from That Spinning Place website, is in shades of pale green, chocolate, lavender and violet....called Mood Swings. Have a look at the attached image.

Eikon's picture

Latvian Mittens

So I bought the Latvian Mitten Book and here is the first mitten I have made from it so far.