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January 29th, 2006

Bill's picture

"Boys Don't Knit"

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the book is "Boys Don't Knit" by Janice Schoop,
illustrated by Laura Beingessner 

Bill's picture

"Boys Don't Knit"

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Loose last stitch

The last stitch on my knitting is always extremely loose. How can I help rectify the situation? It's extremely annoying.

My first Sweater ( The money pit)

I have been knittin for over 10 years, I first started out with wool socks and mittens on double pointed needles. This year I told myself that I would knit a sweater. So I when to Mass. Ave. Knit Shop here in Indianapolis, which by the way is the "BEST PLACE for YARN". The owner Susan is a wonderful person and a Knitting BRAIN.  Well back to m sweater it is a Karabella Yarns pattern  KK196 MEN'S RIBBED TURTLENECK. The patter called for 13 50g ball of a soft wool. So I got the 13 balls on SALE for $6.30 = $81.90.  I started knitting the sweater on December 26 and to my amazement I was finished whit the body of the sweater by the 11th of Jan.

January 28th

drmel94's picture

Insomnia

It's always a bitch when it comes to visit, but with the tendonitis I can't sit up and knit anything right now. Fortunately, we did a bit of cleaning this weekend, so I've been able to get to my spinning wheel for the first time in over a month. I've had the wheel for a year now, but I'm still essentially a beginner. I haven't had huge amounts of instruction, though David's been very helpful, and more importantly, I haven't gotten a lot of practice.

 What I do have, though, is a whole lotta roving from Madelyn's 2005 fleece. So I'm slowly chipping away at it, even though I have no idea what I'll make with it. I expect I may try dyeing some of it, but even that's not a certainty at the moment. The funny thing is that most spinners will look at you like you're crazy if you tell them you're learning on alpaca, but I've found it a good bit easier to "get" than the sheep's wool I've played with. I think it's mostly because I tend to overtwist the sheep's wool, while the alpaca needs a good bit more twist to hold it together.

kiwiknitter's picture

Magic Loop Mittens/Gloves Patterns

Does anyone have a pattern for Magic Loop mittens and/or gloves?  I make all my socks with a ML pattern and love it.  I've heard that there are ML glove and mitten patterns but I've not found any.  Can anyone assist me in this search, thanks?

Jordan's picture

Gauge for circular knitting

Here's a link (to a forum entry on knittinghelp.com) that talks about making gauge swatches for projects knit in-the-round. 

The method described involves knitting a row, sliding the work to the other end of a circular needle, then knitting the next row from the same side (leaving a long loop of yarn across the back).  Advantage: you end up with a measurable rectangle instead of a loop. 

Has anyone tried this method?  Are there other methods to recommend?

January 27th

drmel94's picture

Madelyn

Madelyn The big news for me this week was that I finally got Madelyn moved closer to me. I hadn't seen her for 8 months, since I moved back to Maine. I went to see her yesterday (she's boarding on a farm in NH), and she's completely unperturbed about the move or being in a new place. She's a fairly calm 'paca, anyway, so I didn't expect any problems.

 I bought Maddy one week before my ex, Scott, dumped me. If I'd known what was coming, I might not have made such a big investment commitment, but in the end things have worked out very well. I have my first 'paca, I found myself someone who shares my love of the animals, and I have lots of soft fiber and yarn to play with. Plus, I did at least get a spinning wheel out of Scott before he dumped me - best thing to come of that relationship.

January 26th

Darrel's picture

Cat Hair Yarn

I got a kitty and want to spin kitty hair yarn. Her coat is super soft and about an inch in length, which I've read seems to be the minimum for spinning it without needing to blend it with wool.

I found a company that will spin the yarn for you, but that's no fun. Anyone ever spun pet hair?

Twisted, humorous commentary is also encouraged! :)

Weekly Topic #7

Who do knit for the most; yourself or others?