Ya'll warned me that novelty yarn was difficult to work with. But, hell, I bought 5 balls of it and I didn't do so to look pretty sitting in my closet. So I thought I'd try a quick project to get the feel of the yarn.
I started out digging around in the guts of the ball, looking for the end, big mistake. It took me about an hour to unravel and rewind the ensuing mess and I ended up with 2 smaller center-pull balls - mistake number two. I guess this stuff is to be worked from the outside in; at least that's how I'm going to do it from now on unless one of you shows me a better way.
I'm sure many of you have the same problem I do when it comes to gifting for mother. What do you give to someone who never wants anything? I never know, but I'm glad that I took up knitting because now I can give her something that I made myself. Moms are such saps for that kind of shit.
Introducing mother's coaster set. It's a set of 8 coasters with a matching holster pocket. The coasters are really just small dishrags starched and pressed flat. The pocket is a long flat rectangle decreased to a point at one end with some elastic sewn into it to make a button catch. It probably would be nicer if I had knitted it in the round, but I'm still getting the hang of that, so I stitched it together on the side. Not all of the coasters are 100% perfect, although 3 of them are, the other 5 are between 90%-98%.
This is for the guys who asked about my k3, p3 dishcloth. I think the knit pattern would show up better if I had used a solid color yarn. I didn't post it when I completed it because I'm not thrilled with the way it turned out, but since you asked, here it is, shown with the 5x5 for contrast. The finished product is about 6"x 6", while the bigger one is 7"x 8 1/2".
I gues it was my excitement. Here they are
Well here they are guys just finished my first pair.
Took me just over a week to do and I am really chuffed. In answer to you question JPaul, yeah the yarn I used was opal and I used 2.5mm dpn's. Cant wait to start me next pair.
Thanks for all you guys for your encouraging comments I've recieved. Nice to chat to other men who share the same passion for knitting.
For those of you who expressed interest in my balls, I present to you the latest incarnation of my cat ball toy!
The pattern that came with my 'learn to knit' kit resulted in a ball toy that is more appropriately called a kitten ball. Sure, they were popular among my 12 lbs. and 17 lbs. neutered males, but my cats aren't kitties, they're CATS, and big, butch ones at that, so some alteration to the pattern was clearly in order.
I started out adding an additional row of knit 1, invisible increase, repeat and a resulting additional row of knit 2 together, repeat later in the pattern. The end product was a significantly larger ball, approximately the size of an egg and was very popular with my boys.
I make handcrafted, high quality hardwood knitting needles. I am an experienced woodworker, and have combined my interest in knitting to my interest in woodworking. Pictures of many of the needles I have made can be seen at www.geocities.com/outerbanksneedles . Most of the needles pictured there now have been sold. Others are frequently made. Check the site for updates, or requests to be emailed pics of new needles, before they are put on the website. Collectors often get them before the pic makes it to the website.
You need to check out Parrot's profile and go to his web page and look at his hand made needles... they are great.
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.
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