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August 13th, 2006

victor's picture

Two Pairs of Clogs

Hi Boys,

Here is my latest project. These were felted last Saturday and took until today (Monday here in Oz) to dry. The brown ones have turned out the better pair and the grey ones will have to have another turn at the felting process. They were inadvertently left in the washer for a full cycle including cold rinses and fast spin as we had some visitors drop in and I promptly forgot them. The full cycle seems to have no adverse effects. Anyone else done this????

They are very comfy and are great to walk in but just a bit slippery on our polished floors.

Mohair & needles

Now I know that needles are a very personal preference but I'd be interested to hear which needles you prefer when working with Mohair.

I'm making this scarf/stole for my daughter & using my tortoiseshell needles but it's tough going. I'm wondering if I should spluge on some Addi Turbo's. I think bamboo will be too rough & not allow the yarn to slide on & off the needles. 

Lion Brand Ruffled Stole, it was on their latest email. 

 

As always thank you for your advice guys.

Best men on earth.

Martin 

"Cycling Aran"?

First, I'm new so HI!!!

 Second I'm thinking of making the Hello-Yarn "cycling aran" pattern. It doesn't look too hard (except for putting in the zipper but I've got a sewing machine if it gets bad!)

 Has anyone seen it, done it, or thought about it enough to recommend yarns? I'm thinking of checking out Bartlett Yarns "Fishermans Chunky" (or Bulky...whatever they call it!) Looks nice and "Manly" but cheap!

 Any thoughts?

August 12th

Parrot's picture

And Yet Another Scheduled Chat . . .

 Hey, everyone!  The scheduled chat last Thursday was a big success.  There will be another scheduled chat Monday night, 10PM  Eastern time, August 14th.

This will be a time that you can log on and (hopefully) there will definitely be someone in teh chatroom to chat wiith.  No special topic . .  just anything you want to talk about . . . you knitting projects, questions, share ideas, . . . or whatever  you want, with other folks that share common interests.

 I hope to see y'all there.

Doug (Parrot)

 

Aaronknits's picture

Felted Clogs - Pair #2

I made these with some super bulky Reynolds Lopi that I bought a while ago (at half price) and hadn't found a use for.  Because of it's weight I used it single stranded.  I've felted the regular bulky Reynolds Lopi many times with great results and I thought I would get the same percent of shrinkage with this, but it looks like I was incorrect.  They took about ten passes through the wash and one pass through the dryer to get them about as shrunken down as they're going to get and although made for a men's size 11 are more likely to fit a size 13 to 15.  I didn't put much effort into shaping them while wet because I was disappointed about the size, but I think I still like the way they turned out, and they will make a nice present for my brother who's feet should fit in them perfectly.  I just need to make another pair for his wife!

August 11th

Inspiration Found

On Wednesday I spent the afternoon at the Ventura County Fair, about an hour north of Los Angeles, and boy, was I pleasntly surprised by what I found in the Home Arts building!

Tons of knit goods from finely knit lace shawls to bulky knit afghans, from baby christening gowns to beautiful Fair Isle sweaters.  

I have to say, I've already started a mental list of all the things I want to knit, and I might just start with a new sweater for myself.

 So, if you find yourself in need of inspiration, look to your local county fair.

Gene 

Been Awhile

Wow it has been sometime since I have written something.

So here we go.

I am so happy with the response that has come from my forum topic about dish clothes. It has produced some interesting conversation and some links to great sites that have many patterns on them..

The only down fall to this is that my wife feels that now I am spending as much time with her as I should, but hey I can't help it I love to knit and it is hard to set the needles down once I start knitting. 

Well I am off to go for a bike ride with my wife, we both finally each have a bike to ride.

Marisol's picture

Thanks MMario

for helping me out --it looks like that extra K2tog stitch worked!

 Progress pictures soon... I left my camera at work and wont be able to take pics until Monday.

August 10th

potterdc's picture

Pillows?

Hello,

Has anyone here ever knit covers for throw pillows?  I'm thinking the silk yarn created from the recycled saris would look really wonderful covering a pillow form (or three or four) and thrown nonchallantly onto my sofa.

I would imagine it would be easy enough to come up with a pattern, but it would be helpful to hear if any Menwhoknit have done it...

Thanks,

Jonathan 

zip up vest

Hi guys I want to make a zip up vest for myself. I have found a few patterns around but nothing that I really like.

Two of them have called for a gauge that is about 2 stitches to the inch. I don't really want something made with bulky yarn. 

I was wondering if any of the guys on this site have made any vests with zippers and if so if they could share pictures or pattern sources.

Thanks

bendbarr