Archive - Feb 2007 - Blog entry

February 7th

Celowin's picture

Wallet

I've been lurking around for a few weeks, and I suppose now is as good a time as any to start contributing to the interesting community here.

My first knitting project was the wallet from Michael del Vecchio's "Knitting with Balls." I learned a lot from working through it, but about halfway through, I came to a realization: even if I did everything completely perfectly, I would never actually use the wallet I was working on.

The problem was simple. The wallet design was too basic. There are features that I like to have in a wallet that the del Vecchio pattern just didn't have. I like to have tiered credit card pockets, so I can see what I'm reaching for. The del Vecchio wallet seemed too tall and too narrow for my tastes. Finally, I figured that if I were going to go through the trouble to knit up something like this, I'd want to show it
off a bit, and so I wanted an id-card window to force the wallet into shopkeepers' hands when they ask to see identification.

After considering it for a bit, I decided to bite the bullet and jump into the world of design. I know that most people don't design anything until after they actually know what they are doing, but I try not to let

Stephen450's picture

Scarf #2

Here is a pic of my second scarf-- if the photo will upload properly. It's a simple seeded rib design and the yarn is a buttery-soft merino wool. My wooden needles have become very smooth from working with this yarn.

Scarf #3 is already completed. Last night I learned how to make fringe and finished it off. Pic may be coming soon. Thanks to all of you for your help and encouragement.

February 6th

Joe E's picture

Introduction

Just joined the group a few days ago. I'm a beginner. I've knitted several scarves, dishcloths, and a couple of pairs of socks. What I really want to do is knit a sweater, but I panic when I try to decipher the patterns--even the ones that say they're easy.

Joe

P.S. Forgive the scary picture. That's me at my 40th birthday party. Obviously I'm way past the cute stage...

Stephen450's picture

Pics

I don't understand why my pics won't upload. I'm not doing anything different than I have done in the past. Sorry I'm wasting so much space on this site.

brghtbear's picture

Ok, chomping at the bit.

Hello!

I am new here and to the word of knitting. I have been using a loom (round ones and square made by knifty knitter) for about a month and a half. I have made a 3 hats, a double knit scarf and an iPod bag. This has been fun but while doing the last project, I started to consider using needles. I had tried to do this when I was a kid and was very frustrated because I just could not get the hang of it.

February 5th

Bill's picture

Chenille scarf

Here is a chenille scarf knitted with two strands of rayon chenille...on US#8 needles.
The cables are very hard to see...
It is a cone yarn bought on eBay.

Parrot's picture

Chat Room Open House

OK, Tallguy . . and to everyone else here. We did this once before with great success, so will try it again. I have been having problems chatting in the chatroom lately . . . it eats my texts before posting . . and have been extremely busy with a variety of things. However, I'm setting a date and time to try to get guys in the chatroom at the same time. Thursday, February 8, 2007, 10 PM, EST. I know this isn't the perfect time for alot of people, but it's a time when many of you will know that someone is sitting around the chatbox and available to chat. Topic = OPEN; no certain topic; just show up and say HI or whatever. It's a great opportunity to chat with old MWK friends (not meaning old by years, but long time online friends), meet new guys, or learn new knitting things, or share ideas.

Hope to see you there!!!

Doug
(Parrot)

February 4th

Elemmaciltur's picture

FO: Shedir

Shedir

Shedir

Started: 26th January 2007
Finished: 03rd February 2007
Yarn: Wolle Rödel Soft Merino, 100% superwash merino, colour #359
Needle: Two 4.5 mm Addi Turbo circs (using 2 circs method)
Pattern: Shedir from Knitty's Breast-Cancer Awareness Mini-Issue
Modification: Since I'm using bigger yarn and needles than called for, I did only 3 repeats of the cable pattern before decreasing

Yes, I finished off Shedir on Saturday night...and I'd been wearing it since. I can't exactly say that the pattern is fun to knit. It was quite a fair bit of work to knit all these cables...thank goodness I know how to cable without a cable needle, otherwise I'd have gone bonkers dealing with the extra needle (although I used 2 circs instead of dpns to knit this).

Shedir

One of the nicest features that I find on Shedir is the crown decrease. It makes quite a nice pattern.

I might knit another Shedir some time in the future, but I think I'll go for a smaller gauge and better yarn. As for now, I'm satisfied with this one. :-)

And FYI, I had the yarn in my stash already and I'm not yet cheating on the Knit from your Stash 2007!

Tallguy's picture

Anyone chatting?

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.

jrrenola's picture

@#!$!@#$ Chenille!!!

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.

*SIGH*

So, I am going to take a break from it today and may start again tomorrow with stockinette again (which the pattern calls for).