Here is what I did over the weekend.
I painted on a skein of yarn, a combination of a silk lace, merino wool and mohair. Could not wait to knit a sample. Look for yourself.
So that we poor souls over in Europe don't have to get up at 0300 to join in the chat room, some of us will be there at 1900 BST/2000 CET every Sunday starting on the 6th August. Any guys wanting to chat - see you there! ;)
I am here to say, that I am a yarnaholic. I admit that I am powerless to yarn. Yarn has interrupted my life, deleted my savings, driven away suitors... My life is controlled by yarn. I hear the siren call of silk, wool, alpaca, linen, mohair... I am weak and unable to resist.
That being said , I just picked up some lovely yarn at a sale yesterday , and only went 3'x over what I planned to spend. SO, my goal for next month is to have a rummage sale, and whatever I don't absolutely love out of my QUICKLY GROWING STASH (I love that word...it sounds like you could hide it in a drawer... I couldn't hide my stash in a UHAUL!) I will sell. Unfortunately, what I will sell probably won't interest male knitters: mostly badly advertised mohairs and some novelty sold on e-bay. Not very butch stuff.
I decided to try something new (for me) and to knit-in the ends of the wool when I start a new ball. I find the method very simple to do but I don't like the way it looks on the right side (a little uneven, lumpy, just wrong). First, I knitted-in both strands (old and new) but that was absolutely unsatisfactory so I took it out. Then, I tried knitting-in just on strand and that was better but still not acceptable. I'm not knitting tightly and am trying to accomodate the strand(s) on the back side.
Does anyone have experience doing this and can you give me some suggestions so that it looks fine on the right side of the work? It would be nice to have one less step to do when finishing a project.
I'm on my second Knit a River square and I decided it would be a great time to learn the Continental style of knitting. I watched the videos on knittinghelp.com and had my yarn and sticks while doing it so I could practice. It's been a struggle, but after 12 rows, I am just beginning to get the hang of it.
My biggest problems are finding a yarn hold that will work for me, getting used to using my middle finger to manipulate the stitches and left needle instead of my index finger and keeping that index finger away from the needle. No matter what hold I use, it seems like the yarn ends up falling off my finger. Believe it or not, I've acutally found the purl stitch to be easier to execute than the knit stitch. I'm knitting fairly tightly and my left hand is a bit sore because I'm so tense. I'm hoping I'll relax into it soon!
I finished knitting these last weekend, and ran them trough one cycle in the washer. Then it died. I had been expecting it from the sounds I'd been hearing from it, and the dampness on my basement floor in front of it. My neighbor let me run them through a cycle in her machine, and that helped, but they still needed more so I just decided to wait until I replaced my machine.
We bought our new washer Friday night and had our plumber come this morning to replace the water faucets for the washer because we discovered that they were in need of replacing (they wouldn't shut off!). So, after finishing laundry today, I threw these in for one more cycle just to finish them off.
It is good to hear that there are others out there that understand what I feel.
I will say this I do not worry what people say about what people think about my knitting. It is just that I wish they could see the benifits of knitting. Besides homemade gifts, I also find that knitting helps with my hands. When I am not knitting I Chef/cook at a university. Before I started knitting I found that I got hand cramps from all the chopping and food prep I had to do. After I started Knitting the cramps are pretty much all gone. Those are just tow of the benifits I find in knitting.
well I could go on for ever but that is all I need to say for now.
Will any of you be participating in the Sock Wars over at Yarn Monkey's site? It looks pretty fun. A sock knitting game of speed, intrigue and, uh, 'death.' I think I may do it. I'm not the fastest knitter, but in the end everyone ends up with a pair of socks anyway. Check it out and see what you think!
Where I am from in Southern Ontario Canada male knitters are few and far between. which is not that bad but strange when there is no one out there that understands the passion i have for knitting.
The hardest thing is talking about it at work. For the most part because my co-workers don't really understand and have a tendence to poke fun at me.. This of cousre is until I give them something that I have made, then they are nothing but thanks and that is so cool.
But whatever I will never let it get to me. I enjoy knitting and I do not plan on stoping anything soon. Which is good since I have to start getting ready to start making Christmas gifts.
I am looking for some interesting dishcloth patterns. I normally create my own... But I am interested to see what other patterns are out there.
So if you have some great patterns lets see them...