I posted yesterday about the handspun wool I purchased yesterday and which I began to knit upon arriving at home. I bought 2 colours, white and acquamarine, each spun by a different person. The white is soft but the other is a bit course (but such a beautiful shade of blue!). Both look identical to my eye. But, when I knit with the blue, the strand of wool from the knitting to the ball continuously keeps turning in on itself (twisting) and driving me mad. I sometimes have to hold the ball and drop the knitting to let it twist itself right. A elderly friend who was a life-time spinner and knitter said that the wool was incorrectly spun (she guesses that the spinner sat at an angle and not straight on the wheel) and that it will not knit up well and most likely will "pill" when washed.
I'm absolutely ignorant on fibers so I'm soliciting opinions from our MWK spinners on this. As this wool was quite dear, I have a substantial investment in it.
I liked the suggestion for MWK members to participate in the Red Scarf Project. I found a link to a great website that gives more information about the project. Both Lilly Chin and Interweave press are participating in this project. I am going to send a scarf and it would be great to see other MWK members do so as well.
Links about the project:
speaking of knitting curling...the new Vogue Knitting magazine has a beautiful scarf on it's cover...(with instructions inside)
...because of the curling strips...I thought they were tubes, but they're six strips...started as a single section of garter stitch, then divided and knitted in individual strips ninety inches long, braided then joined again.
Just finished a sweater with a saxon braid running up the front. It was knit in a worsted weight - Briggs and Little wool from New Brunswick - and seemed to fly off the needles.
Howdy I just joined this site. Started knitting about two weeks ago. Taking a project knitting class or two at the LYS. The people are fantastic. Finished my first scarf. Basic knit stitch. Now I am working on a second scarf in the stockinette stitch and its curling. I have about 13 inches on it so far and am thinking that I can crochet a border around it when I am finished........any advice would be greatly appreciated. I would like to start a big warm wool blanket and of course, a sweater and also a Jeep cover(joke)...........Thanks!
I know it's on Tuesday, but parties are starting this weekend. If you're partying, please get home safely.
The is me at my co-worker's annual soiree. (I'm not the one dressed as Jesus!)
I spent the past week working on teddy bears. But, no matter how much I tried, I just could not find any enthusiasm and I certainly disliked the novelty yarns. I ripped out every project I started except for the last one and that one I biffed into the skip! As I pondered this situation, I came to the realisation that I am not interested in knitting anything that I don't consider to be useful. If I'd had a child to give the teddy bear to, it would have been different. I love to make something that is needed, a hat or scarf or a jumper but I don't want to knit just to knit -yuch!
Today, we went downtown to spend some time in our artsy-fartsy centre and I discovered a shop that is a co-op store for hand knitters, weavers, spinners, felters, etc. It was filled with wonderful woolen items and I couldn't believe me luck. I finally found a place for hand-done wools that are not over-processed. It seemed like such good fortune to come into my life just when I needed it the most.
I bought this scrumptious hand-spun and dyed wool (about an 8 ply) which was spun by a man (!) and happily came home to start a new jumper -one can never have too many of those :-). I hope the colours show up well on your monitors; the wool is a gorgeous shade of light aquamarine.
So i have been quite in love with a new project that seems to be an ongoing lifetime work. I began a freeform scarf and then made it larger and it will probably end up to be a wall hanging of sorts for an art opening. Its fun to match the colors and fibers, mixing the size of needles and....yes i dare say...crochet hooks. yikes. its scary to venture back into the horror that is crocheting. Althoouuugh i do enjoy it more when i dont have a pattern and i can do whatever i want. maybe i will post a photo of it soon.....we shall see. until then i will remain figuring out the randomness that looks like a landscape relief map and make mad my time and energy....
Anyone have any experiences with freeform????
I was wondering if any of you have ever knitted for, or know anything about the Red Scarf Project conducted through the Orphan Foundation of America (www.orphan.org). They solicit hand-knitted scarves (in the month of January) in shades of red to give to 18-23 year olds who were formerly in foster care, and now are trying to go to college without the benefit of a family for support. Interweave Knits is one of the co-sponsors, and the foundation is listed with the Better Business Bureau, so I assume they are a fine organization. I thought, perhaps, some of you might have personal experience with this project and could share more information with me.
Iam finlly having new knit exchange in this winter..just wanna share with youguys!!!! "Warm Winter Exchange"
I made a all the info about the "Warm Winter Exchange"
Visit my blog: http://charleslifeknitting.blogspot.com/
It will be really fun!!! Please sign up!!!