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May 10th, 2006

Jeff1201PA's picture

It's official

OK, I admit it.  I've caught knitting fever.  Yesterday I stopped by Michael's for some more yarn for my Mother's Day project, which is nearing completion.  While I was there, I saw that they had some really cute and soft novelty yarn (Wild! by Moda Dea) for $1 per ball.  I've been wanting to try knitting with novelty yarns for awhile, so I picked up a ball, thinking I'd whip out a few cat toys to give this yarn a try.

When I got home, I noticed that Michael's regular selling price for this yarn is $8.99 per ball. Well, this was more than the cheapskate Pennsylvania Dutch in me could handle so I had to go back today to clean them out.  While I was at it, I picked up a few balls of Moda Dea's Ticker Tape as well since it was also on clearance $8.99 down to $1.

May 9th

So....What's In Your Knitting Bag?

 

I just had a night out with my friends who knit.  We were talking about our different knitting bags, and what we carry in them.  There was some pretty funky stuff there!  So....What does your knitting bag look like....and what do you carry in it?

 I currently use 2.  One is black microfibre with a blue "J" embroidered on it.  I use that for travel. My favorite right now is just a lined blue straw totle bag I use in the summer.

Inside I have

  • my current project
  • a small green flowered zip case which contains my tools...scissors, stitch markers, stitch holders..crochet hooks needle sizer etc.
  • Assorted knitting needles
  • hand cream
  • chapstick (who wants chapped lips whilst knitting?
  • Breath Mints (who knows who you're gonna meet?)

Wooden Knitting Needles

Has anyone used birch knitting needles? Or any other type of wood?  I have seen glass ones too.  Has anyone ever seen or used them?

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Trying to Organize a Dallas Mens Knitting Group

Should there be any DFW metroplex men kitters... or if you guys know any that you can send my way.. I'm trying to get one together.  And you know what?  Contacting guy knitters in your area is DARN difficult.  I've already gone through the members list but so far to no avail.

So, I know you are out there and I'm a gonna find ya!

Thanks,

Chris

May 8th

kiwiknitter's picture

No gender biases here, thanks!

As I continued to read the book "At Knit's End", I found an entry that I have to share with everyone here at MWK:

 My theory is that men are no more liberated than women.                              -Indira Ghandhi

I was teaching a children's knitting class in the rear of a toy shop.  Halfway through class a little boy shopping with his mother wandered over and approached an 11-year-old boy happily and expertly knitting a potholder.  "Hey!" he laughed, "boys don't knit!"  "Clearly," said the manly young knitter, "they do."

kiwiknitter's picture

Why's it called "frogging"?

I've been curious lately to know why the term "frogging" is used for the painful process of ripping back hours - if not days - of work.  No one I asked knew the answer and then last evening when I was reading "At Knit's End" I came across the following.

Frogging: the act of taking the knitting off the needles and pulling the working yarn to undo the stitches.  This is done to unravel knitting completely or to pull the work out to a point before an error, when the knitting is replaced on needles.  It is called "frogging" because you "rip-it, rip-it."

oops!

sorry about the faulty link in the entry below.

to see more pictures of the shawl - go here:

brooklyntweed.blogspot.com.

Hope you enjoy! 

Ene's Scarf

Hey Guys! Wanted to show you some photos of my most recent project.  Its a lace shawl based off of traditional Estonian Lace patterns by Nancy Bush.

I used a laceweight silk/wool blend, and i couldn't be happier with the end product. 

 

Ene's Scarf

  for the full update, check out my blog.  more pictures and an in-depth breakdown can be found there.

May 7th

Chunk's picture

My First Jumper

I have been looking for something a little more challenging to try other than scarves and thought a kids jumper would be ideal.  My nephews are at the age where unless it has a designer name plastered across the front of everything they won't wear it, so I was looking for a more welcoming recipient.  I came across a website for charity called Feed the Children.  They explained that they are looking for donations of hand knitted jumpers, blankets etc that they can send to orphaned and abandoned children in the third world and developing countries.  The stories of the te

Joining yarn

I have been knitting for a little over a year now and am working my second sweater and have ventured into mittens, socks, and a few other projects.  I never feel comfortable joining yarn.  I currently use the Russian join method of adding yarn found on 'Knittinghelp.com" but have never felt totally comfortable.  What is the best method of adding on?

 Thanks for any advice.

Luke