Out of necessity and lack of money, when I got interested in knitting back in 2001 I started making my own knitting equipment. Also because I'm a cheap bastard and don't believe in investing a lot into something I might not like. If I can do it, so can you.
First I started with coat hangers, the kind that always seems to collect at the bottom of the closet. Cut to length with pliers and the ends filed to shape, most turn out to be nice US#1 DPN's. The larger diameter plastic ones seem to have a lot of air bubbles inside, so they can be a little frustrating if you want the point exactly in the center like "store-bought" needles.
Since I will be out of town and south of Darrel starting Friday I wanted to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year for 2006!! Costa Rica here we come!!
Hope everyone is having a great holiday season. My best Christmas gift aside from 9 (yes, 9) knitting books were two skeins of buffalo. Has anyone used this fiber yet??? From what I have seen it is amazing...you knit the garment and then felt it much like wool. However when it is felted it is even softer than cashmere! It is produced here in Oklahoma and the stuff is expensive...$52 per skein! I haven't decided what I will be making but I will post it when I do. So let me know if any have used it?!
OK be honest, how busy were you for the Holidays?
How many gifts did you knit & what were they?
My circular needles are getting out of hand. I have the Boye's interchangables, (awesome things) but I still have Addis and Susan Bates, and keeping them bound together with a twist tie in a box with other knitting paraphernalia is neither charming nor neat. How does everyone store their circulars?
I have not written much, but my scarf is coming along . It just takes me a long time to knit, unless is a cable sweater, which I love. I am looking forward to the new year and have in my goals make some socks, which Ihave never done before. I may even try ti knit a cap with the foru needles first before I do the socks. I got mysel a nice holiday present, a set of Boye's circular needle set with interchangeable needles. What can I say I am a good bad boy.
I am in need of some guidance with socks. I've been an avid sock knitter for two years and am tired of having to patch the holes where the heel meets the instep. I have this problem whether doing a short row or heel flap-type heel. Any suggestions?
I'm knitting the sleeves to my sweater. Frankly they have been driving me a bit crazy since this is the 1st sweater I'm knitting that is not in the round. I've ripped more times than I care to admit.
The pattern calls for a M1 increase at each edge starting on the RS then every following 7th row. The "Following 7th row" instruction is a bit vague to me. Which option is correct?
Row 0 (RS): Increase
* row 1 (WS): P
row 2 (RS): K
row 3 (WS): P
row 4 (RS): K
row 5 (WS): P
row 6 (RS): K
row 7 (WS): Increase *
Row 1 (RS): Increase
* row 2 (WS): P
row 3 (RS): K
Technique should be secondary to the final product. What is your conception? What do you, as knitter, want to produce? If I am working on a school sweater for a young, athletic child -- lots of running, playing, and moving involved -- I use durable yarn, lots of acrylic, machine washable and machine dryable, and a design that allows for movement. Usually a knit-in-the-round design, maybe using cut armholes or cut front for a cardigan. For a young woman's formal wear, I might use a tailored design, done flat on two needles and with seams to retain the shape of the sweater. The yarn is usually a fine yarn in luxurious fiber, perhaps cashmere, alpaca, or mohair. It all depends on the use intended for the end product.