Learn To Knit Afghan is an excellent book to learn how to knit with. You learn various techniques by knitting 63 afghan squares. Barbara Walker takes you through knit and purl, mosaic, slip-stitch, twist-stitch patterns, cables, increase/decrease, and lace techniques. I am not a brand new knitter, but there are things in the book that I am anxious to try. And squares are less intimidating and require less time. I work on them in between projects when I want a quick fix. I am currently working on square 10, Diagonal Chain, which is a mosaic pattern. Fun and easy way to do color knitting.
I know it has been some time since I have written here. The man reason is that I am on vaction in northern Ontario Canada with my wife visiting her family. It has been great, I have 6 more days here then it is back to Waterloo.
The good thing about being on vaction is that I have had a lot of time to knit. Which I have done a lot of. In the 9 days I have been here I have knitted 12 dish clothes for friends and family. This has been done while visiting people and a concert. It has been a blast since most friends and family that I visited did not know I knitted and they thought it was great that I did.
Can anyone direct me to an internet site that shows how to correct cable errors in situ without frogging the entire piece back to the error? Thanks!
I bought two bundles of yarn for my stash this week:
1) From a seller on Craig's List I bought about 30 skeins of Red Heart yarn. Assorted colors. All of it is the usual acyrlic or acrylic/nylon blend. Not a bad deal. I don't usually use this kind of
crap stuff (I'm a wool or cotton man) but it can't hurt to have it around for the next Knit a River project or something.
2) Yarn.com is having an incredible sale. I'm really digging Araucania Nature Wool. It was a recommended substitute for my all time favorite, Rowan Magpie (which was sadly discontinued last year.) Nature Wool is a 100% wool yarn from Chile. It is kettle-dyed by a women's cooperative. There are subtle (and some not so subtle) changes in the color throughout the hank. Very cool. I haven't had a chance to felt any yet but I've heard it's fantastic felted (oh boy, more clogs!)
Hey guys, I sometimes forget that I'm not all alone and you all have VERY GOOD suggestions. I thought I'd see what you all had to say before I made a trip to my LYS.
knitting trying to make an orangutan for one of my nephews. It's done on US #3's, and a DK-weight mohair yarn. I already altered the pattern instructions slightly to be able to knit in the round on DPNs. It's just plain and simple stockinette stitch. I've already ripped out 60 rows I had done back & forth because I was dropping so many stitches and creating YO's on the purl rows. Doing it in the round has been a bit better, but I've dropped stitches again and I'm really not having any fun and it's not calming to me as knitting usually is. I keep splitting the yarn, can't see it, etc. ARGH!
So, my present collection of projects in progress is about to dissapear. As I am going to be spening Labor Day at a secluded lake house I can't think of anything better to do than gather supplies to start a new project! For some reason I have this voice in my head telling me to make a Cable Scarf...and it is a forcefull voice!
Is this a dumb idea for a new knitter? How hard (honestly) is this endevor going to be? I really have the burning desire to try it! Does anyone have any cool basic Cable-Scarf patterns? Resources?
This is my first post to a knitting blog, so I am excited to kick it off with a photo of a recently completed project. I have a hard time finishing what I start (a common condition among the knitters I know), so it was especially satisfying to bind off after finishing this one. There were a lot of false starts with this project, as it's a pattern of my own design and I had to start over a couple of times to figure out what I wanted to do. If anyone has some suggestions on how to better photograph knitting, please let me know. Thanks!
Please don't laugh at his little thumb-tack eyes, he's very sensitive about them. Besides, I haven't decided what I want to use for the eyes yet and the push pin is purely temporary.
I feel pretty groovy because knitty.com labeled the pattern 'piquant', "A little something for the seasoned knitter." Yee Haw!
i'd like to learn how to make a sock. i don't know how yet and have been looking over patterns and everything seems to be tailored for men with dinky little feets. definitely am feeling a little left out since i've got honking huge big feet. anyone have any suggestions?? i almost started Jacquiline Fee's spiral socks then my friend M. took one look at the picture of 'em and said "OOOOOHH!!! how clever!!!! a dildo-cozy!!!"
I'm working on Fetching, from the latest Knitty, and it gives me this set of directions for the thumb:
"[...] there will be 7 sts below the opening and 6 sts above. Attach yarn and k the 7 sts on lower needle; using a second needle, pick up and k 2 sts in space between upper and lower needle, k first 3 sts from upper needle; using a third needle, k remaining 3 sts from upper needle and pick up and k 2 sts in space between this needle and lower needle. [...] "
Can anyone make sense of that "knit in space business"? It has halted my forward momentum.