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November 16th, 2005

Billbear's picture

Happy Knitaversary to Me!

It was around this time last year that my neighbor and her 90+ year old mother taught me the knit stitch.  I just finished my third scarf for a friend who will be visiting next week ( I am slow).  Tonight I sat down with some yarn and a book and taught myself the purl stitch.  Yes, I only knew the knit stitch but it was enough for me at the time. Like learning the knit stitch my arms are sore from new learning but I know this will pass.  While I was able to figure the stitch out I am not sure how I should be holding the yarn so that it flows.  Think I will call on my neighbor again for some advice.  Afterall, she is 70ish and has been knitting a long time. 

November 15th

Crafty Andy's picture

Scarferrific scarf

Knitted Scarf

This is a scarf I made in 1997, I also knitted a sweater with the matching colors.  It was a very beautiful sweater. Very Heavy. It had all kinds of yarn, from Icelandic Wool, to some mohair to acrycic.  I may get motivated and make some sweaters, I want to buy those  detachable circular needles.  Does anyone has them, the ones you change the tips, How will you rate them.

Where does everyone get their patterns?

I’m glad to see more men knitting. Eventually this will lead to an increase in the availability of men’s patterns as various publications begin to realize that more and more men are defying stereotypes and picking up the needles and demanding something interesting to knit for ourselves. I was looking through the January 2006 issue of Creative Knitting last night, and they only featured two patterns for men. The hat was okay. I might knit it this summer when I’m wondering what to do with all my odds and ends of cascade 220. The sweater, however, was another sweater designed by a woman for a woman to knit for her man. It wasn’t exactly something I’d knit for myself or even wear if some woman did knit it for me. These sentiments are typical for almost every knitting publication or pattern book I look through. I realize these publications won’t change until their marketing departments can begin to measure in dollars the amount of men looking for good patterns. But in the meantime, where does everyone get his patterns?

November 14th

vt_shua's picture

The Importance of Gauge

So much for the Oscar Wilde allusion. Imagine my excitement when I discovered a sideways garter stitch glove pattern in an old Spin-Off (using short row shaping). Ok, so many you can't imagine my excitement if you don't know my tenuous history with thumb gussets on mittens - but needless to say, I was excited! The pattern called for size 4 needles, the pattern fitting a "women's medium" hand. I have pretty small hands and thought if the glove fit, I'd wear it - if not, surely some lucky gal in my life had daintier hands and would love some gloves. I used size 6 needles, and a thicker yarn, to make for a larger gauge. Just finished mitten #1 - it's a beaut - and it was easy as pie - but ARGH! Not only did it not fit me, it didn't fit any women living in a three mile radius of me. I think I may felt it for a keychain.

November 13th

Billbear's picture

Guests

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venneman's picture

Four months later...

It's been several months since I've posted anything. Here's a quick update: Doing a toque for my daughter, boxed up the scarf for my deployed friend, finished a dressy scarf for my MIL, and a fun scarf for a good friend. I've got a bin full of yarn, and I'm packing it all up to move to Savannah, Georgia. Yeah, I'll really fit in there! well, it'll be fun. Are there any knitters here in Savannah? Let me know... I'll be there mid-December.

Elad Fox's picture

Need help finishing these scarfs

Well, my wife taught me to knit and then went on a trip with her sisters for a couple of weeks.Anyway I stayed home and have knit us each a scarf. I was able to bind off and finish the end of the scarfs but I am not sure what to do with the tail of yarn left at the beginning of the scarf. It looks like I better not just cut it off or it will unravel. Thanks for any help!

Elad 

November 12th

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Crafty Andy's picture

Works in progress

Knitted Hats

Hi Everyone:

My name is Andy, I live in San Francisco, I work with knitting and crochet. I have been Knitting since 1988.  Right now for the holidays I am working on some Knitted hats, nothing fancy like David's cabled skull cabs, but cool enough to say nice hat.  Have a nice weekend.   Here is one of my hats, half acrylic, havlf chunky wooll ease.

November 11th

Bill's picture

Kilt socks

I'm knitting kilt socks for my son...the first sock was a reject because it was too tight at the top when I tried it on...so I started over and added two more cables and it's fine.....

I've adapted a basic sock pattern... and it took a while to determine how many extra stitches were needed to accomodate the cables.
...now I can do variations in the cable designs and have fun!
 
I'm using a double strand of yarn on #5 needles ...and will switch to single strand and smaller needles for the foot... just as soon as I finish turning the heel...(I hope)