I first learned to knit from my sainted grandmother about 40 years ago. She knit mostly blankets, gloves and socks in simple stockinette with the occasional cable. I knit a bit as a boy but let it go as I was looked upon rather oddly back in the early sixties. I got back to it 25 years later when I moved out to the countryside and began raising sheep as a hobby. I taught myself to shear (badly), spin and dye the wool. That era is now also in the past, and I was away from the wool again for some years. Now living in the city I found myself craving to spin and knit again, so finally I gave in and dragged out my old equipment a couple of months ago. I had to relearn things I had forgotten. The spinning came back quickly. I spun up a bunch of yarn ( rather unevenly, but that's ok for relearning ) bu then mad the mistake of dying it up with RIT dye. I spent weeks knitting a cardigan ( my first ) which came out like something produced by Omar the tentmaker as I skipped knitting a gauage swatch. But that was ok as it was a practice exercise. The big disappointment was when I washed it and the color faded and left it looking like something that had been well worn for twenty years! Presently I am spinning up some more yarn from wool which I have dyed with a good quality acid dye, and will then knit another cardigan in stripes of deep purple, slate blue with a black trim. I am blending together wool, silk and mohair on my drum carder for this yarn.
I have made the decision to jump straight into seamless knitting as soon as I've finished the jumper I'm currently knitting. All Simon's explanations notwithstanding, I still can't figure out the method from the arm gusset upwards. Can anyone on MWK recommend to me books and on-line assistance? In addition, I'm looking for patterns, especially for a baby jersey in-the-round; I find it psychologically kinder to knit something small before attempting a full-size garment in this completely foreign method.
Also, for those of you who've already successfully knitted in this fashion, can you advise me on the length of the needles for both the arms and the body? And, do you start the sleeves with DPN's and then switch to circ's or do you use a very short circ?
I just wanted to share what I've been working on lately. The first is my 17-years-or-so-in-the-making cable sweater. After having knit only simple garter stitch, with a yarn-over and two knit stitch border dishrags as a boy, this sweater was the very first thing I started on as an adult. That was when I was about 25 or so. I've got the back, one sleeve, and now a lot of the front completed. My goal is to have it completed by this fall. Check out the 80s hair!
My boyfriend recently noticed my grocery bag dispenser, which I bought at the 'everythings $1' store years ago. It's a simple square of cloth, sewn together like a tube with elastic on the bottom. You put those plastic grocery bags in the top and fish one out with your finger from the bottom. It's a handy little place to store grocery bags, which I prefer to recycle rather than throw them away. It really is a pretty cool cheap-ass gadget. He marveled at it and said, "you could knit this".
"Of course I can," I told him.
So I chose the cheapest, gawdiest yarn I could find (Red Heart Super Saver, in Bikini) and cast on a tube. Admittedly, I should have started with a few rounds of garter stitch, but I wasn't thinking at the time. I fixed the resulting curl by putting in a drawstring at the top (it's Ticker Tape, in case you're wondering), from which it hangs.
My parnter, Keith, of 26 years is feeling a little left of MWK as I neglected to mention him in my bio and the fact that he is a knitter of many years too. So to save our relationship I have attached some pics of his work. Both sweaters were done several years ago but have served very well. The natural cream sweater had a polo neck which Keith found a bit too warm for our mid Aussie winters. Keith is left handed but knits right handed and consquently his tension tends to be tight but his stitchs are very even, more so than mine. We both like nothing better in the cooler months than to put on a DVD and toast our feet by the fire with our respective knitting projects.
Just wanted to say a quick hello. I just joined the site and am already enjoying it. I've learned to knit when I was probably 8 or 9, but have been knitting regularly for the last 10 years or so.
My partner and I live in Clearwater, Florida. Don't currently have anything on the needles (GASP!) but just finished two of the cadet caps from the current issue of knitty and a sweater/shrug set for my neice who is graduating this month.
Thanks for the interest that several of you have shown in my first dyed scarf project. Several have requested a pic of the scarf, albeit in progress, to show the colors and how the orange is playing into the colors. So . . . attached is a pic of what has been done so far (only about 12 inches thus far; the total length will be 60 inches). There is no special pattern; just simple 5 X 7 rib; 100% Brown Sheep wool, worsted weight, knit on #8 needles. I hope the colors show
Here is a glimpse of the sweater I am working at present. Have just finished the back of this sweater and started on the front. It is a wedge shaped garment and hopefully won't be too small at the waist for me!!! This will be the first garment I have knitted for me for many years. Usually I have too many orders from friends etc. It is 8ply and knitted on 4mm needles, the yarn is from a small outlet in Victoria where I have been buying yarn for many years.
i got this scarlet chenille yarn a week ago and am hammering out a matching scarf and hat set for my mom. this is the first time i've ever used this stuff and i think it is addictive.....having odd thoughts of doing a series of afghans then grafting them together to make one huge bed cover.......tho' so far i've found picking up stitches with this yarn is something of a pain tho' that's probably more a function of my habit of keeping everything too tight than a function of the character of the yarn.