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December 11th

First time

Ok so its my first time and somethings are good tight- but not when you cast on!! arrrgghhhh!!!

December 8th

Billbear's picture

Test of Patience, Rite of Passage

So I sat down with my supplies to attempt my first hat.  Nice alpaca yarn, two skeins, not wound into a ball or in a workable roll, just skeins.  I had hand wound some yarn I spun myself so i thought no problem, I will just make a ball by hand.  It seemed like in seconds I had a mess of yarn.  Fighting the urge to pull hard I worked the length I had into a ball, worked it through the maze, wound some more, worked the maze, shook it, wound some more.  As I type this I still have a mess but this is me taking a break so as not to get even more frustrated. I will be taking the second one back to the store and having them wind it on that thingamajig that does it in seconds versus the hour or so it will take me. Sigh.

Gabriel's picture

Weekly Topic #1 "FIBER SNOBERY"

Gentlemen, (and lady lurkers)

Martin put me up to this, so here goes!

Here is a question to ponder....Is there something about  fine, high-end natrual yarns and fibers that does, in fact, enhance the knitting experience....or is it just as pleasurable to knit with man-made fibers? The real question...are you a fiber snob and why????

Talk amongst yourselves....and then let us know

December 7th

Knipper's picture

How do you keep your notes when designing something from scratch

Whenever I am working on a project that I am just creating out of my mind, I will scribble down a few notations.  Like a pattern motif, bound off so many stitches here and there, picked up this number etc.  Then someone asks me for the pattern.  Then I try and write it out.  I should take better notes.  Instead I get so involved in the creative aspect that I forget about the diligence of good, detailed note taking.

Any suggestions from my fellow comrades out there?

Not to good at this, but I will try and post the sweater I recently completed.  I used the concept of decreasing from Ann Budd's handy book of sweater patterns for the set-in sleeve; otherwise the design is mine, experimenting and ripping (when it did not look right to me).  I used wool from cottagecraft (in Canada).  But I must learn the tricks of sucking in the stomach muscles etc when being photographed.

Billbear's picture

Drum roll.........

As I type this it says 2 users and ........106 guests online!!!  WOW

November 29th

Darrel's picture

Knitting Masochism

I decided to teach myself how to knit continental-style today. I've got the knits down, but I think I'm twisting my purl stitches. Maybe I'm wrapping the yarn the wrong way... I'm using the videos at KnittingHelp.com to guide me along.

 
Let's focus on the good! The strangest thing is getting my left hand to get used to performing fine motor-functions. This can only be a good thing, I'm sure. I notice my little finger doesn't get much exercise when typing, so perhaps knitting while allow it to join the ranks of useful fingers. I'm hoping that getting this figured out will lead the way to some fair isle work. I don't think I'll get the "reindeer in a tutu" sweater done this year, though.
 
The weather in Juárez has suddently turned very cold. While fumbling through the box of winter clothes, I realized that I have no scarves for myself; I gave them all away. No one ever told me it occasionally snows in the Chihuahuan Desert.
 
Moss StitchI've been going through my stitch dictionary to find something with an interested texture. I have been eyeing the staggard brioche rib, but I do love a moss stitch scarf (pictured left).
 
I've never knitted the staggared brioche rib before, but it certainly looks nice in pictures. When I knit up a swatch, I'll post a picture because I can't find one online to share.
 
In addition to something nice looking and warm, this scarf will also be the project I force myself to knit entirely continental style. I hope I speed up soon or I'm going to be a cold boy for awhile.  I also want an ear hat with flaps, something like this one, but I'm still searching through patterns to hack up.  I'm thinking of throwing in a motif or mosaic pattern to spice it up.
 
What I'd really like is for my knitting fairy to appear and make this all by morning... Brr!

Crafty Andy's picture

Scarf coming along

I think that one of the things that I like about kniting is the time it takes me to do certain things.  Patience is required to come up with the design and colors for such a simple item as a scarf.  Here is the progress so far.  I like long scarfs and this one looks like it may be one of those.

Step Two Xmas Scarf 

November 26th

Darrel's picture

Members List

I've changed the way the members list is displayed.  It's now done in a columned, tabular format allowing you to sort by several criteria.  While certainly more attractive, I thought it might help folks find other nearby knitters via the sorting ability.  Enjoy!

Darrel's picture

Adding Images

In an effort to make it easier for you to add images to your posts as well as share other images you might have, but not necessarily want to write a lot about, I've added a new feature to the site.

If you look under the Create Content menu, you'll see a new option labeled "image" which you can use to add an image to the new image gallery, which is linked from the main menu.  I've created a few categories to get us started, but if an image you have doesn't fit, simply put it in the uncategorized section and I'll create a good place for it and move it there.

Once you've uploaded an image, you can also add it in to one of your posts.  To do this, simply browse the image gallery to find your image.  Once located, right-click on it and copy the link to that particular image.  When writing your post using the WYSIWYG editor, there's a little icon in the toolbar with a tree.  Clicking that will pop-up a box for you to paste the image link in to.

Darrel's picture

Supporting Men Who Knit

A number of you have written me in the last couple of months expressing your gratitude and asking about how you can help support the site.

 
Firstly, the best way to support the site is to keep coming back and interacting with us. Without an active user base, this site would lose its purpose.  In the last year, we've grown significantly both in numbers and talent and I hope you've all made as many new friends through the site as I have. What we've created here together is unique and very special.
 
While I do have a few ideas up my sleeve that are coming soon, in the meantime you can help out with the costs by shopping through the affiliate links on the sidebar or on this page.  If you shop regularly at a particular site and they have an affiliate program, let me know and I'll try to join.  I've been waiting weeks for applications to the programs of several yarn stores, but haven't yet received a response.