It took forever, but I got a zipper band that I am very happy with for the sweater: I picked up stitches through the inside edge of the cardigan, and knit 8 rows in stockinette stitch on the outside and 3 row's +cast off on the inside (same pick up stitches) to form a "V" in which the zipper sits. The outer band rolls back on itself just shy of the actual zip, and looks like a double I cord band down the center of the cardigan. Looks great, won't catch, and is finished on both inside and outside. Hooray.
I am thinking about going to the dark side and learning how to spin. Any input and/or advice you might have would be most appreciated.
Rhinebeck (aka New York Sheep & Wool Festival) starts tomorrow! David drove down yesterday evening to get our booth set up, and I rode down with a friend this evening. We're going to be headquarters for Rhinebeck Blogger Bingo and Ms. Stitchy McYarnpants herself will be signing books at our booth both days. If you're going to be here, please stop by and say hello. We're in booth D in Barn 39. There's a map of the fairgrounds here.
Going to tour the condo this afternoon at 5pm. I feel good about it. Plus!!!!! My 'date' of Friday the 13th called last night and we talked about an hour. WooHoo!
Going to have to hire a shepard to get all the wool to the new place if I buy it.
Happy knitting to all!
or how to knit a "Picture Afghan"
Something I enjoyed in crochet - and which frustrated me with knitting was the ability in crochet to easily create filet mesh "pictures". done in a heavier yarn they make nice afghans. Or filet mesh geometric patterns made complex looking but mindless-to-work patterns.
Which was a reason I purchased 'A Gathering of Lace'. In that book there is a technique for filet knitting - they use it in the round to work a graphed picture of a unicorn.
To use the technique in back and forth knitting (such as for a blanket or afghan or laprobe or wall hanging or door screen or window shade) is a little more complicated - but I worked it out last year to knit a dragon stole for my niece's Mother-in-law.
The technique uses 2 stiches x 3 rows for each square in a graphed pattern. The meshes are either "filled" or "empty". You're aiming for a stockinette fabric - so in addition to the 2 stitches per square you also want to allow for some edge stitches to prevent curling and you also have to add 1 stitch per row to make things balance out. or subtract one edge stitch.
(each square worked "loans" a stitch to an adjacent square to complete it)
But since it takes 3 rows of knitting to work a row of graphed squares, you are working every other row of squares in opposing directions. (confused yet? believe me - I was!) So odd rows are worked one way and even rows another...sorta
I almost stroked yesterday thinking the sits was down. I'm so so glad to see it back up. I was thinkin, I have no way to get in touch with any of you guys. Well, I hopefully did some of my part this am by ordering a MWK mug and T-shirt. How bout gettin some baseball caps with the logo? I'd wear it proudly! Thanks so much for being back up!
Hardly knew how much I relied on this site until yesterday! I am greatly relieved and very thankful that it's back up and running - thanks, Mike, Darrel, and whatever knitting gods and goddesses lent a hand....
A grateful member of MWK,
Jonathan in DC
I agree with Mike (Sticywarp); I too will do anything to keep this site up. (and some of you are aware of exactly what I 'might' do!) The rest of you will have to speculate.
I suggested to Mike that I would be willing to chip in to pay for the domain name on a long-term basis.
In short, I would hate to lose touch with y'all in what is a great forum.
Best to you all.
yes - there is life outside of knitting. I know, it was a surprise to me as well, *grin*
But I've discovered it is much less boring burning my CD's while knitting then not. I'm restocking for a trip this weekend - will probably spend tonight getting covers and inserts printed and assembling the things - worse then finishing off knitting! And wondering if it is kosher to mention my Christmas album....makes a great stocking gift....
Does perfect lace exist? I finally found the nerve, purchased a really fine mohair/silk blend yarn, and cast on to knit a simple pattern of diagonal 'holes' across a narrow scarf.
I'm doing well overall, but there have been problems, which I've been able to 'fix' by picking up yarn for missed yarn overs, by adding stitches when necessary, or decreasing when I mysteriously had too many stitches.
Even though the fixed spots stand out like a sore thumb to me, overall the lacey effect is pleasing, and the piece does look very nice.
I am trying my best, but errors to happen. Should I set lace aside forever, men? Or continue to fix as necessary, and just enjoy the knitting? Does it ever get easier to follow those patterns?
Does perfect lace exist?
Thanks for any input!