It's been noticed that whenever I get to the site, and see several other members online, that there is no one in the chatroom! Why is that? Don't you know it's there? Do you not like meeting some of the guys here? Can you get the program to work? Is it me??
We had set up a regular chat schedule at one time and had loads of guys show up! It was fun to meet everyone; I miss those guys! I learned a lot too.
Since no one has taken the time to organize this again (not going to mention anyone's name here, will I Parrot?), I am going to suggest that certain times are going to be more likely when you will find someone else here. Perhaps Sunday afternoons, from noon to 6 pm EST -- that should catch most people around the world. I know it will be awkward for those of you in Asia and Australia -- is there any times that work better for you? Saturday? And perhaps during the week, evenings, from 6 pm to midnight EST? If anyone has other times that work for you, please suggest those too. We are going to be discussing some other options to chatting other than the program here.
When you come to the site, and see a list of several guys online, check into the chatroom. See the buttons at the top of the page? Just click on the "chat" button! At the bottom of the window that opens is "Monitor Activity" -- when it is checked, the window will pop up whenever anyone comes into the room. Meanwhile, you can go about your reading and surfing without sitting and waiting for someone else to come into the room.
I have been working on a scarf for my wife using Red Heart worsted weight yarn. I've put many hours into it and have produced about 27" worth of scarf that looks, to be honest, pretty darned good. It has been tedious because my knitting is tight (probably beginner death grip) and the yarn is light. It's 30 stitches wide (7") of garter stitch.
So, feeling a bit cocky about my growing skill, I picked up some Lion Brand Thick&Quick Chenille to knit a scarf for my MIL's birthday. I figured that it would be a no-brainer - 14 stitches across of stockinette. WRONG!!! I've had more problems with this yarn than I'd imagined. My knitting is ending up super-tight and incredibly uneven. I actually only got about 3" done before I ripped it all out and started again. This time, things went better (although I resorted to garter stitch) although it was still uneven and difficult to deal with. When I counted up stitches on my last row, I realized that I'd picked up a stitch somewhere. I tried to un-knit it a bit, but ended up just unraveling it all.
So, I am going to take a break from it today and may start again tomorrow with stockinette again (which the pattern calls for).
Last night was the first time I've been able to spend any time knitting in a few days. It was nice to finally be able to sit back, relax, and knit a few rows on the still unfinished scarf.
It is coming along though. Before going to bed last night I took a quick measurement and it's at 44" now. I'm guessing that there is enough yarn left on the skein for maybe another 8 - 10". When the skein runs out the scarf will be finished.
I'll be getting home from the road some time on Monday. I'll be home for a week and so will have some knitting time.
I hit a sale at Hobby Lobby and picked up a circ, some DPNS in sizes 6 and 8, and a few skeins of sport weight yarn. I'm going to tackle socks and a hat while I am home.
Just wanted to drop an FYI to those who fly with sticks. Although it is acceptable to fly into Australia with knitting needles, you will want to pack them into your checked luggage when you fly out. At least on Quantas. Knitting Needles are 'perceived weapons' Options were AddiTurbo decapitation or my small defenseless knitting bag thown into the hold with the rest of the baggage. Luckily my needles (and projects on them) arrived into LAX unscathed and unharmed. 14 consecutive hours without knitting!! UGH!!!
PS. This is by no means anything against our Australian brothers, I love going down under!