Well, I finally just broke down and bought the most expensive bag I could find. :-)
I got that bag in the brown. Should be here in two weeks (ordered it from the LYS). I will let you all know how I like it when it arrives.
Also, I finished up my 3 session knitting class at my LYS. The last lesson we learned magic loop knitting:
I like the idea of not having to buy all different sizes of circular needles (especially after I bought that bag above!). However, I started my first real project using it (on 40" circulars) and am having trouble. I think I got one half of the knitting twisted and I don't know if there is a way to fix that outside of just ripping it all out. I also have a problem with how stiff the wire is between the needles, it really seems to bend and twist my work, and I don't need any help there. Any experienced magic-loop knitters here that might have a suggestion?
BTW, here is the hat I am doing, it's Ann Norling's Head Huggers:
Anyone seen or talked to Chris lately? I've sent him a few IM's, no reply. I haven't seen him online in about a week. Chris, if you read this, give me a holler! Someone in Dallas go check on him!
Robert in OKC
I hate to count! So, having finished this scarf where there's plenty of counting to do on the middle diamonds have given me a great sense of accomplishment. This is not a scarf to do when you can be easily distracted. The pattern is:
Diamond Modular Scarf
Designed by: Iris Schreier
This one is knit using Plymouth yarns 'Boku' on size 11US needles.
Well, I stuck with it and actually caston, knitted and finished the second sock. I did switch to addi turbos rather than trying to knit the second one on addi naturals. Turning the heel is about the time the sigh of relief came. The next pair I've started is going from the toe up. I haven't quite gotten the hang of the two socks on two circs yet. So, I started them one at a time.. I think I will transfer them to a Magic Loop, once I get past the heel. I'll call this the 'Multi-method'
Cheers! (I have to say that, I'm in Australia this week)
I've started "Helga" the second in a four part series of shawls I'm designing with Harry Potter/Hogwarts as inspiration. The first shawl "Godric" and what I've written up on "Helga" are over here
This one is simple, Faroese in style, and mainly designed to be nearly mindless knitting to give me a change from other knitting I am doing. Just enough design in it to keep it from being totally boring. I'm looking forward to the titillating anticipation as the rows go from almost 400 stitches down to 23 stitches.
By that time I may have figured out how to finish the neck band....
I continental knit. Its okay for big stuff and for felting etc, but I have always had trouble with my tension when doing little stuff. My recent ventures on doing socks have not been pretty. I am a very very loose knitter and they just weren't turning out well at all. I almost always drop a few needle sizes anyway, but you can't get much smaller and a 0 or a 1. Well, anyway, I always wrapped my yarn around my pinkie finger of my left hand. I found that I tended to hold my pinkie out in space a bit, kinda like when you hold a tea cup, so I wan't keeping the yarn tight enough. I began wrapping my yarn around my ring finger and its a million times better. My current sock actually is tight and looks like a sock! If any of you other continental knitters have tension problems, give that a try!
Last year, more like last summer, i came across this here comunity of knitters and I posted a cry out for help as I was working on this Karabella Leaf Lace shawl that I knew had errors in it.
Minutes after that post, MMario and others volunteered to help me. After an quick exchange of emails MMario solved the mystery and pointed out the missing/erroneous stitches to complete the pattern.
To make a long story short, I got caught up with other projects and then Holiday knitting. It is now January and I have managed to complete it! Hurray!
So a big shout out to MMario - Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! For the help you extended this knitter:)
Pictures attached of my lovely shawl. Oh and I got a whole bunch of complements while at the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat this weekend:)
Ok, ok - I've been enjoying all your handiworks and thought I'd post a few of my recently completed stuff.
This scarf was a holiday gift for my piano teacher. It doubles as a 'get out of recital free' pass!
I used up some cool bits of my stash - some Manos, a little cashmere, some vintage satin ribbon that faded in the shop window, and some cheap novelty yarn I stumbled across at Tuesday morning.
Cast on longways using 36" size 17 circs, knit flat, plain stockinette stitch.
The only thing I don't really like about this method is that the bindoff side tends to curve a little, even with great care to bindoff loosely.
The above pic is without flash, and shows the colors more truly. The attached one shows more of the detail.
I started the felted messenger bag from knitty.com:
and I'm nearly through with the body of it - I just realized last night (in a sweat and panic) that I was supposed to use TWO strands of yarn together - I used only ONE - (the gauge swatch that I didn't do said that gauge was determined using size 13 needles, and two strands of yarn held together) - but the directions just said "cast on 52 stitches" (or something like that) - boo - I was wondering what you guys thought - do you think it'll still turn out like a messenger bag or not? Opinions?
I am going to finish it either way (using just single strand like I have been) - and I'll let you know what it looks like. I'll probably use 2 strands together for the strap to make it more stable...
I'm curious, and frustrated at the same time - I plan to modify this pattern some and make more of these, so it's not a total loss...
Here is a pic of my first project. Not the greatest, but I learned quite a bit and I am anxious to keep going.