Archive - 2007

February 2nd

RainCityRick's picture

Brokeback Yarn?

I've been a big fan of yarn.com (aka Webs). They have great deals and even discount regularly priced yarns if you buy a certain amount. Check them out at yarn.com (pretty easy URL - bet it's worth a fortune!)

I got an email this morning talking about The Vickie Howell Collection. Okay, I'll bite. I follow the link. One of the selections that they have is a yarn called "Love." It's 70% Bamboo and 30% Silk. Sounds interesting. The description also mentioned that the colors are all named after famous couples. How cute.

So, I start scanning the list. The first one is Lloyd and Diane (from the movie Say Anything.) There are a bunch I don't recognize and then I see a beautiful pink yarn. The name - none other than Shelby and Jackson (from the movie Steel Magnolias) Perfect. The next one down the list is kind of purple. Guess who? Ennis and Jack (from the movie Brokeback Mountain.) Nice touch!

They've got some other fun combinations too:

- Mulder and Sculley (X-files)
- Harold and Maude (Movie of the same name)
- June and Johnny (Walk the Line)

I may have to knit something that combines characters from two of my favorite movies - maybe a scarf that alternates Shelby and Jackson with Ennis and Jack!

Kerry's picture

WIP

I'm working on too many pieces to show a finished photo of anything, so here is a pic of a lace scarf on the go. The yarn is Zephyr merino/silk laceweight, and the design is 'Staggered Fern' from Sharon Miller's Heirloom Knitting. I've added a garter stitch border to the design.

February 1st

Researching knitting for my thesis

Hello! I confess, I am not a man, but I *am* an avid knitter, and so when it came time to choose my anthropology thesis topic, knitting seemed like the obvious choice. :) I'm interested in changes or continuities in knitting over the past century or so, and among other things, I'm trying to talk to as many knitters as possible about what they do, how they learned, what knitting means to them, and so on. I was wondering whether anybody here at menwhoknit would be interested in completing an online survey that I put up at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=772833217495

The survey takes only about 20 minutes and does not ask for personal/identifying information (responses are also encrypted).

I'd also love to get recommendations on books or articles that you guys think are important. I'm finding loads of pattern books out there, but sources about knitting as a cultural activity seem to be more elusive, although I've heard there's stuff out there.
Thanks in advance-
Knitcricket/Gwen

wackowally's picture

Not knitting related - yet

From left to right, Camel Down, Grey Cashmere, White Cashmere

I've been slowly but surely spinning these up into fingering weight yarn on a supported spindle with the intent to make a hat out of them. I might save the grey cashmere for another project since it's spinning up alot softer than the other two.

Does anyone know of any good sites for fair isle charts?

Also:

Does anyone know what's up with Knitting-And?
It's not loading up right for me, gives me a download box when I go to the site.

Firefly | Jayne Hat

Hey there, Guys!

First post.

My decision to take up knitting was borne out of my love for Joss Whedon's TV series "Firefly"...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefly_(TV_series)
...and a particular knit artifact from one of the episodes...
http://still-flying.net/images/themessage/index.php?image=themessage088.jpg

I posted this topic to the FireflyFans Forum a few days ago...

FireflyFans.net Forum | Men Who Knit?
http://fireflyfans.net/thread.asp?b=2&t=26613

Am I the first Browncoat here?

Cheers!
Chris

January 31st

davidUK's picture

Any Ideas for Kidsilk Haze?

I've started knitting with rowan kidsilk Haze and it's a bit of a nightmare - I wanted to make a hat for a friend and it looks a bit of a dishcloth. the wool also seems really 'sticky' on metal needles and is generally not very enjoyable. Will I be beaten? Any ideas?

emhinsch's picture

Afghan..errr...Lapghan complete!

I finally finished my mom’s afghan, although due to time contraints it ended up being a lapghan. It turned out very well for my first try at something that big and complicated. I’m working on my daughter-in-law’s Philosopher’s Cap in Lion Wool Autumn Sunset right now. I have several other projects I want to add to In My Stash, but I have to get them organized first.

http://www.hasgothslair.com

Knit-Out 2007 & Crochet

On February 17 and 18 at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN there will be a monstrous knitting and crochet extravaganza. Lessons, Fashion shows, doggie sweaters, yarn "Doctors" and Vicki Howell from Knitty Gritty and Lily Chin--the worlds fastest crocheter. See the MOA website for more.
http://www.mallofamerica.com/about_moa_event_detail_objectname_knit_out.aspx

gregory's picture

New bag and Magic Loop Knitting

Well, I finally just broke down and bought the most expensive bag I could find. :-)

http://jordanapaige.com/messengerbag.html

I got that bag in the brown. Should be here in two weeks (ordered it from the LYS). I will let you all know how I like it when it arrives.

Also, I finished up my 3 session knitting class at my LYS. The last lesson we learned magic loop knitting:

http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/mloop.html

I like the idea of not having to buy all different sizes of circular needles (especially after I bought that bag above!). However, I started my first real project using it (on 40" circulars) and am having trouble. I think I got one half of the knitting twisted and I don't know if there is a way to fix that outside of just ripping it all out. I also have a problem with how stiff the wire is between the needles, it really seems to bend and twist my work, and I don't need any help there. Any experienced magic-loop knitters here that might have a suggestion?

BTW, here is the hat I am doing, it's Ann Norling's Head Huggers:

http://store.valueweb.com/servlet/jeangood/Detail?no=288

the2ndline's picture

Help???

I'm having trouble with my first sweater... here it is:

http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/kyle/kyle.html

and here is where i'm stuck... or just confused:

Finishing:
Right Placket and Collar: With smaller needles, cast on 14 sts.

Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, (p1, k1) 6 times, p1.

Row 2: * K1, p1, rep from * across. Rep these 2 rows until piece measures 4” from beg, end on WS. Mark end of last row for beg of collar.

Inc Row (RS): Work to last st, M1p, k1 – 15 sts. Inc 1 st 1 st in from same edge EVERY row 15 times more, working incs into ribbing – 30 sts. Inc 1 st 1 st in from same edge every RS row 13 times – 43 sts. Inc 1 st 1 st in from same edge every other RS row 5 times – 48 sts. Work even in ribbing as established until collar, when slightly stretched, measures 9(9 1/2-10-10 1/2-11)” above marker, end on WS. Mark beg and end of last row. Work even for 4 rows.

Note: Short rows are worked to give shaping to the collar. When working these rows you will work part way across a row, turn, sl 1, then work back to the beginning.

Short Rows: Row 1 (RS): Work 42 sts in ribbing, turn, sl 1, then work to end. Work 4 rows even.

Row 2 (RS): Work 38 sts in ribbing, turn, sl 1, then work to end. Work 4 rows even. Continue in this manner to alternate short rows and even rows, working 4 less sts each short row until short side of collar measures 5 1/2” above markers, end on WS. Sl 48 sts onto holder. Mark placement of 2 buttons on placket, one 1” up from cast-on edge and the other just below beg of collar.