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February 11th, 2006

Felting

This afternoon, I have been experimenting with felting - maybe fulling.  Not intentionally you understand but on account of forgetting I had a sweater in the drum of the washing machine before putting on a hot wash.  Adding injury to insult I also washed several paper tissues with it as well.  The Cardigan I bought in Austria at Christmas is now several sizes too small, rather hard and has little bits of papier mache worked into the fabric.

Ulf - this is an old-english technique called not paying attention when doing the laundry.

February 10th

Weekly topic #9

As men who knit, that are disatisfied with the availability of patterns available to us; how can we go about changing that?

The magazines & online sites have 90% of content devoted to women.

Where are the designers for men? 

February 9th

technocowboy's picture

Because I'm dumb.

I gave my partner two skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn in the Pinstripe colorway for Xmas, because he's been wanting some fingerless gloves so he can still type when his hands get cold.  I, being the loving man I am, offered to learn how to knit said fingerless gloves.  Here's where the 'because I'm dumb' part comes in:  I don't have a pattern.  I thought about doing the Broadstreet Mitten from Knitty for him, since they're made with a sock yarn, but he wants the thumb to be cut off, like the fingers.  Is that something I can do?  Just bind off where I want them to stop?  Also, the instructions for the other hand say 'just reverse the instructions'.  Vague much, then?

<#$$#@&@!$#@$> Eyelash yarn

Just took something like 45 minutes to knit my 1st 3 rows useing eyelash yarn.... does this stuff get any easier or is it the evil creation it seems to be? I am makeing something for my wife, and wondering if it may be better to use something else, or if I just need to get use to this stuff...

 

 

 

Randy Bear's picture

Has anyone used dog hair as a fiber?

My partner and I raise and show Shetland Sheepdogs.  They generate a LOT of shed hair, generally the soft, downy undercoat.

I saved the (cleaner) combout hair with the intent to spin and knit with the hair.  The resources I found recommended carding in some wool to allow for a slightly looser twist upon spinning (wool has scales that interlock and allow the fibers to hold together under looser tention, apparently).

Well, I could never figure out the damn spinning wheel and gave up.  If anyone knows where I can send a big bag of clean dog hair for spinning, please let me know.

drmel94's picture

Back on the needles

mitten 1After a bit of a hiatus and since winter has finally returned, I started back up again on the mittens I'd started for myself. This is a two layer mitten, with an inner layer of baby alpaca and an outer layer in a border leicester cross handspun that I picked up at Rhinebeck in October. I did the inner layer first using a provisional cast on, then went back and picked up the stitches for the outer layer. The basic idea came from Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, with short-row shaping for the end of the mitten, and I took the palm gusset from an issue of Interweave Knits. The decision to do it as two layers was mine, as I figured the baby alpaca yarn would be more comfortable and the double layer would make it a lot warmer. I got through all the gusset increases last night and hope to get through the rest of the hand (or at least to where I separate the stitches for the short rows) tonight. Then I'll have to make another one of these so I can actually use them.

February 7th

WMarksII's picture

Is machine knitting cheating?

(No) E=mc2...No way, it's all good.
56% (82 votes)
(Yes) How could you call all that racket relaxing?
39% (58 votes)
(Maybe) I'm in the closet...Please don't tell my knitting club I own a machine.
5% (7 votes)
Total votes: 147

February 6th

WMarksII's picture

So...here we are.

This is bad... It's like when I got my first computer; I stayed up late every night surfing the internet, only to realize a couple of hours before I had to leave for work that I had to sleep. This time it's an Artisan 70D.

OH MAN, am I a knitting fool. Just for a test drive, I made a scarf for a friend at work. She thought it was way cool. My inbox is now an order taking center. Eight down, 5 to go. Not to mention the 4 my partner wants for people at work, the five my mother asked for and the ones my cousin wants to "sell" for me.

Pass the Starbucks...this is going to be a long week.

February 5th

drmel94's picture

Mmmmalabrigo!

On my way to my grandmother's yesterday, I stopped off at Shirley's Yarn & Gifts (Rte. 1 in Hancock, Maine, if you ever find yourself in the neighborhood) to see what they had on hand. They've got some really nice yarns and the staff are all very friendly, so I always enjoy visiting there. Anyway, just before I could ask, one of the staff pointed out to me that they had just gotten in some Malabrigo yarn, which I've been dreaming about for a while now and really obsessing on recently. If you haven't seen/touched it before, it's a wonderfully soft merino singles yarn, all handpainted. It's kind of like a yarn version of heroin - one touch and you're addicted. It's the kind of yarn that makes you want to strip down and jump naked into a giant vat of it...really! It's...well, you get the picture.

JPaul's picture

Knitting Groups-Suggestions, Opinions, Experiences, etc.

Location, location, location...one of our knitting groups folded after a few month, the other is still going strong.  I think there were several factors involved, but location was the biggest.

One was held in a well-lit cafe (there are extra lights that get turned on when the knitters are there) with two comfy couches and plenty of room to pull up additional chairs (different kinds of seating is a plus).  The cafe has a good menu with lots of choices (food and beverages, sandwiches, salads, coffee, wine, beer, etc).  Music, but not so loud that it makes conversation difficult.