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July 5th, 2005

hizKNITS's picture

three months later...

my home-buying excuse for not knitting is wearing thin. I'm all moved in, the house is functional and the yarn's been stashed. it was high time that I start up again. and, yes, I was even dreaming about it.

I was antsy to buy a new book for inspiration (Teva Durham or Debbie New?), but I forced myself to consult one I already owned. I hadn't spent much time with it, so I decided to crack open Anna Zilboorg's Knitting for Anarachists.

I wasn't ready to start swatching out new designs, so I decided start sleeve2 of my aran sweater. there's so much to be learned from the classics. besides, inspiration always comes quickly when bored by tedium.

July 2nd

SW Michigan

Anybody in the Kalamazoo area? I would like to start a knitting group in this area just for guys. I will be gone until July 11. I will be in So. Cakifornia on vacation.

June 30th

atravelingknitter's picture

cheap yet good yarn

Thought I would give you guys my latest tip! just got a recent shipment from www.Knitpicks.com great sock yarn also thought I would see what there peruvian wool was like at $1.79 a skein, colors are great it is a great yarn to use for felting.  I have been making felted saddle bags as gifts they are large enough to hold magazine or book wallet cell phone small knitting project and they look cool not girly. I use a bone button and icord loop as closure. however right now Knitpicks is offering no shipping if you type socks in their promtional code box.  P. S. their sock yarn is $3.75 a skien thats just over $7.00 for a skien of yarn!!!! happy knitting . Just incase your wondering I have no afliation with this company just a obbsessive knitting who likes to share.  Oh yeah should tell you if anyone ever gets to Seattle there are two shops I just discovered that are really cool.  The first is called Hilltop yarns it is in a charming craftsmen bungalow!!The other is on Bainbridge Island chruch mouse yarn and teas.  This one is a knitters wet dream great yarns teas. Needles, if you love exotic needles look out! Just a 30 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle walking distance to the ferry dock !!!! anyway have fun

June 28th

venneman's picture

Madison Get Together

Are there enough people in the Madison, Wisconsin area to merit a get-together? I'd love to get to know other knitters in the area. Since anywhere in Southern Wisconsin is accessible, let's talk.

June 27th

venneman's picture

A vacation of knitting

Well, I'm back from vacation, and boy are my knitting needles tired! While gone, I did 1/2 of my hemp scarf for my soon-to-be-deployed friend, ripped up my alpaca scarf for my MIL, started and finished a scarf for my mom, and got my niece hooked on knitting. I also received an order from elann.com yarn, bought from a knit shop near my mom's place in Eugene, and learned to think about more than just "I want natural fibers" when picking out yarn. But to top it all off, I now have orders from people for scarves, Christmas present projects, and a lot of work ahead of me. How fun!

June 21st

malckwan's picture

Rage against the machine...

Does anyone know how to translate a knitting machine pattern for hand-knitting?
I recently acquired some old knitting magazines from friends who are moving out of the country. In one of them, there is a lovely lace pattern I'd like to adapt to some shawls I'm planning.
Unfortunately, the pattern is written for a knitting machine. I just cannot fathom using a machine for such a hands-on craft as knitting... What next? Horseless carriages? Correspondances without the need for pen, ink and paper?

June 19th

You want to do what??

Time to get out my dusty old Nostradamus book and do some research. Yes I'm sure I just saw another sign of "The End". Yes, my wife has laid aside her quilting, sewing machine, and all in favor of getting hooked on the needles. With her wanting to get on a project that wasn't too basic, I gave her a pattern for a Super Chunky rib knit scarf. At the rate she's plowing through it today, all of the family, even the people we don't like, will have warm necks this year.

I still doubt I'll be able to get back to my beloved Aran's. Most likely we will both now be working on her stack of patterns from my last post, but getting everyting completed twice as fast. A small price to pay to get her involved in knitting. I knew something was up when she quit looking at me like I was speaking a foreign language when discussing what I was doing on a pair of socks.

June 18th

My Knitting Projects

My first project was big one. I needed a blanket for the sleeper in my truck. So I knitted one in intarsia. It has a wolf howling at the moon. My CV handle is greywolf, so I figured why not knit a howling wolf in the middle. It took 4 months to do it. I ripped it all ougt and started over 3 times. My next projects were sweaters. I have been knitting for 2 years. I hope to start a men's knitting group here in the Kalamazoo, MI area.

June 10th

JPaul's picture

Knitting for a cause...

I've always "planned" on doing this...I've been meaning to join the Red Sweaters project, but it's hard to find Red Heart yarn in the city.  The helmet liners look like a good project and appeal to me as a veteran.  I like the idea of knitting for a cause, filling a need, and I've actually done it sort of by accident.

I recently finished a Baby Bobbi Bear that I knitted just because I liked the pattern (it's from Blue Sky Alpacas and it's great fun to knit and ever so cute).  I didn't knit it with a recipient in mind.  Well, AIDS Walk San Francisco is fast approaching and I'm raising money ($3000 if I meet my goal), so I'm constantly trying to think of fundraising ideas.  That's where the bear comes in.  I took it work, set it up next to my desk with a "Silent Auction" sign and gave folks a week to submit bids.  The auction ended this morning and the bear sold for $104, all of which will be donated to AIDS Walk San Francisco!  Here's the key lesson learned:  Make sure people know that YOU did the knitting!  Once I added that important bit of information, people were much more willing to bid.

June 9th

venneman's picture

Third scarf & a question for experienced knitters

I'm now working on my third scarf. I've been getting smaller with my needles and yarn, but I think I may have bit off more than I can chew, at least comfortably. While I'm waiting to go to Oregon and buy the black yarn for my military friend (I'm thinking hemp... comments?), I'm doing a 100% alpaca yarn, sport weight, using size 5 needles & doing a "pill stitch," k1p1. This is a challenge! But I'm enjoying it. Right now, I'm about three or four rows in, and it looks gorgeous.

I do have a stupid question for people, tho. As I knit, the yarn coming off the skein gets twisted. Is this normal, and is it okay if I spin the scarf to untangle that yarn? Also, should I be concerned with the frayed appearance of the yarn? It's not nice & smooth. (Of course this is alpaca, so I think I just answered that last question.)