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January 9th, 2005

My First Sock

I completed my first sock.  It was a lot of fun, and I'm pleased with the results, but not enough to finish the pair.  I have enough yarn to make another pair so I'm going to start again with smaller needles.  I did the first one with size 5 and am going to try 3's instead.  There seemed to be a lot of open space in the stitches.

I also need to practice closing the toe so it looks a little neater, and I'm not happy with the instep.  When I picked up the stitches on the side that shows in the picture, they were very loose.  I've received some suggestions on how to correct that and will try them on my next sock.

malckwan's picture

a stitch in time

While working on my very first knitting project, a simple scarf with a straight knit row after row after row... with the occasional yarn change for stripes... I felt the need to try something else, something different.

I learned to purl continental and learned a really easy but impressive looking waffle stitch pattern to start another scarf...

And then I started a simple hat, knitting in the round. All the other kids were doing it so I decided to give it a go.

I decided to make the hat ribbed with a basic 1x1 rib (knit1 purl1)... I fould myself modifying my finger configuration and knitting process to work with the knit one, purl one pattern.

January 1st

malckwan's picture

Ode to opposible thumbs...

I've only been knitting for about 3 weeks now; my friend Stephen taught me after he caught the knitting bug ("the only man who could ever teach me, was the son of a preacher man...").

As an artist who's been laying fallow for way too long, it was a great joy to be making things with my hands again... the low bar for entry was a big plus (though my yarn habit is beginning to get out of control, pretty soon I'll need a sponsor, an intervention or sheep).

It was frustrating the first couple hours trying to get the points of my needles under the tight stitches... I was pinching the yarn loose at every stitch and there was none of the grace of more seasoned knitters around me...

December 29th, 2004

Knit Ties

I picked up some sock yarn a couple weeks ago, looking forward to making my first pair of socks.  I've been lusting after some Schoeller + Stahl Fortissima Colori, but decided to go with Lion Brand Magic Stripes for my first attempt.  It took awhile to get started (my first time on 3 needles), but once I got going I really liked the colors and the pattern of the stripes.  I decided it would make a great looking tie and ripped out my sock.  Interweave had a couple good looking ties in their winter issue, but I also found a very simple pattern on (where else) the Lion website.  I've been working on it for 2 nights now, and I've got about 5 inches of tie done....51 to go.   I'm hoping to get it done before knit ties make a comeback and everybody is wearing one.

December 17th

Knipper's picture

Craft Show experience

My first craft show experience has taken place - not a great deal of craft purchaser traffic, but I did sell some of my hats.  The first ones to go were any hats made with yarn either spun or dyed by a friend of mine.  Which was great to have happen.

Busy trying to reduce stash, using plenty of left over yarns to make hats - which I sometimes sell as I am wearing them and walking down the street.  Good way to get pin $ (as Dame Maggie refers to film making).  Working on some expamples for an improvisational hat class I am going to teach at my local yarn shoppe in early 2005. 

If I can get through some of my older stash, I can then tackle the yarn I purchased from Art Fibers in SF last January.  Bought enough alpaca/wool blend to make a sweater.  What a fun place to visit.  Every east coast knitter had emphasized to me not to miss it.  Also enjoyed meeting Helen at Urban Knitter; and came across Imagiknits one night while stalking the wild aspargus.  Picked up plenty of Lorna Laces sock yarn.  Had to have the dyelot Mineshaft in homage to all the years I had lived in NYC.

December 14th

Darrel's picture

color knitting without floats

I just read this article and there's a section that reads "And these are knit at 18-20 stitches per inch, with up to four colors per row. *Every* stitch is twisted so there are no floats, and they are worked without charts. Amazing."

My vocabulary is still weak, but what is meant by twisting each stitch? I thought a twisted stitch was like a knit stitch where you insert the needle from the back, rather than the front... regardless, how can you knit four colors in a row with no floats? does this involve live roosters or chicken bones?

hizKNITS's picture

string theory

Last night my world was rocked. Everything I knew about knitting changed. It's scary. I have real power.

Sure, one can knit and purl and change color, create paterns and stitch in different ways, but as my knitting guru Betsy taught me, you can travel through time.

I've made mistakes (in knitting, not just my life). We all have...

December 12th

Darrel's picture

Mosaic Knitting

Does anyone know anything about mosaic knitting? In particular, I'm curious as to what the WS looks like.

December 8th

Knipper's picture

First Craft show

Getting excited about being in my first craft show this Monday, December 13th from 6pm to 9pm at Mugshots Coffee House.  Planning on selling hats and scarves, so I have been knitting feverishly the past two weeks.  Madame de Farge would be proud of me.

Haven't done this before, so I am working on my detachment skills so I can just accept whatever the end result is.

December 7th

JPaul's picture

Berroco Softwist

I'm using this yarn in a scarf.....I'll try to post a picture when it actually looks more like a scarf than a hotpad.  Anyway....

49% Wool, 59% Rayon...Acts a lot like cotton when you're knitting it.  Not a lot of stretch in the yarn itself, although the pattern stitch I'm using (a waffle stitch) makes a really elastic fabric.  My scarf is 6" wide and I got about 7.5" in length from one skein (50g, 100 yards), so the waffle stitch uses a lot of yarn!  I had to go back and buy more.

I'm using size 7 needles, but I should probably be knitting the scarf on 9's so it would have a little more drape...7's would be about right for straight stockinette, I think.