An old and unwelcome "friend" has come to visit - tendonitis. Not fun, as it means needing to stop hand knitting for a while. I do have knitting machines to work with for some projects, but they're not nearly as enjoyable - and they can't go to work with me. Guess it'll be time to catch up on my reading.
I'm getting ready to use one of my needles to open a vein!!! Does anybody else have issues with sweaters. I am doing my first one and it is driving me crazy. I hold it up to Allan every 5 minutes and say...Can you wear this yet? It is an irregular rib with a raglan open collar (Loop-D-Loop) I am shaping the armholes and all I can say is, Thank God for my knit shop girls...they are saving me. I have always thought of myself as a pretty good little knitter but I am losing confidence as this sweater progresses. I will probably be purchasing future sweaters off the rack!
i have a project in mind for chunky yarn, though i'd like to try some new fibers. where i am now doesn't have that great of a selection of chunky yarn, so i've been looking online for a few brands i havn't tried before... the only thing i don't like about it is that pictures can be deceiving. no matter how amazing the picture is, it's hard to tell what the actual fiber will be like. i was wondering if any of you had any experience (good or bad) with these yarns?
Debbie Bliss Merino Chunky
Gjestal Naturgarn No. 1
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Today's mail brought a very speedily delivered copy of Cat Bordhi's 'A Treasury of Magical Knitting'. Mr. McFeeley couldn't have done better himself.
I probably could have just looked for it at a yarn shop and read it for the pertinent information, but a) I didn't feel like driving around to find a yarn shop which has it in stock, and b) it's just good to support designers, since they give us great ideas to knit with. Mostly I bought it so I could sort out making Witt's Cha-Ching moebius scarf from the latest MenKnit 'zine. Now I just have to wait for my 60" Addi Turbo circ to arrive from Herrschner's. Being patient is hard work.
I assume someone will read this, but even if not I suppose I've got to start somewhere. For lack of anything more current, I posted a pic to the galleries of most of my Xmas output - hats for all my adult loved ones. Well, all but David. I'm not entirely certain that we're past the boyfriend sweater curse stage, though I suppose now that we're living together the risk is somewhat lessened.
Currently I have about 6 projects on the needles. The bigger ones go slowly because I have to put them down and go work on an instant gratification piece to keep from getting bored, but they move along here and there.
I seem to be worst about finishing anything for myself, as is typical, but I hope to have a sweater or two ready by winter's end - or at least by next winter. :-)
Never, ever have I been as frustrated as trying to learn how to operate my new Bond Ultimate Knitting machine that I got at Christmas.
I learned to knit in college. A guy I knew, a fiddler in a local bluegrass band, made his own socks. He told me his mother taught him. He introduced us, and within weeks, she and I had made a trip to the yarn store to buy some Lopi, a pair of 10 1/2 circular needles, and a sweater pattern.
That was in 1982 - I still remember how difficult it was to learn to hold the yarn correctly, to be knitting smoothly along and then have a gap and suddenly forget the basics: does the needle go in the back or the front of the stitch? Is that a knit or a purl? 24 years later I just pick up yarn and flail about for a pair of needles and just start. No pattern, nuthin'. Pretty cool.
What was the hardest project you've completed? Why was it so hard and would you create one again? In other words was it great enough after you completed it to warrant another?
Has anyone got a pattern for turkish socks on two needles.
I am interested in how to do the heel
Knitting with old VCR and cassette tape was not enough. Now, I want to knit with rope or twine and make a floor mat. I was thinking about using some sort of thick-ish woodsy twine from the hardware store, but realized the texture might seriously injure my fingers while knitting.
All the mat patterns I've seen are for bathrooms and use cotton. Jute and other natural fiber floor mats are my inspiration, though. I'd like something with a little stiffness to it, which is why a thin rope made of small individual fibers would be good — flexible, but without compressing too much.
Would a pair of sleek, black Isotoner gloves keep my fingers from turning to bloody nubs? Should I just learn to weave?