OK - I have created and destroyed (less dramatically, just plain unravelled) a couple attempts at hats because I cannot get it thru my thick skull how to work with dpns. The magic loop is not up for discussion, as I do not get it at all....so, the dpns are where I need to focus. Suggestions? I'm feeling less and less sure of my knitting skills and feeling like an idiot!! Thanks-
Last Friday we had a trip to the New York Hall of Science in Queens. I, fearing traffic and a dull museum, brought my knitting. (still working on the blue socks, but they are coming along nicely, on the toe decreases) I was so engrossed by the museum, and my student’s questions that I did not get a chance to knit until lunch. We sat in a park, the kids played ball I knit. I got some questions from the kids who did not know me, but on the whole it was just me being me (that is to say, out of the ordinary). I knit later on the trip while we were in a park in the Bronx and I realized: except for Staten Island, I have now knit in all the boroughs of New York City. I may have to take the SI ferry just to make it a five by five. Any NYC knitters got all the boroughs?
Today I was sailing again and had my coffee cozy with me. It got some nice compliments; it always seems to.
Have a good rest of the week.
Well after a few days of work I have my site back online. I moved it to a new server and because the site contains 2GB of images it took a while to move them back up to the new site.
I have a pretty extensive gallery of mens sweaters with over 10,000 pictures. So I think it's a pretty good site for reference if you want to get some ideas for new sweaters to knit.
Calling all Kiwi and Aussie knitting blokes! I just heard on David Reidy's "Sticks & String" podcast about the New Zealand Knitters' Weekend on 15-17 June in Wellington on the North Island. It is sponsored by KnitWorld (a chain of yarn shops) and it sounds like a lot of fun. There will be celebrity speakers, workshops, competitions, stash-trading, charity knitting, Stitch 'n' Bitch along with a special 3 hour session just for blokes called "Knitting With Testosterone", led by James Herbison of the FiberAlive blog fame. The costs are very reasonable and I, for one, intend to be there. Here is the link:
Since it's so inexpensive for Aussies to fly to New Zealand, maybe some of you guys from Oz will come over and join us? I'm keen to meet other men who knit and wouldn't it be cool to actually meet some of the MWK regulars!
If I can ever possibly figure out how to post an event for June on MWK, I'll do that. I can't suss how to move forward in the calendar. Anyone know how?
I don't know if I should be posting about this, but on the podcast from www.stashandburn.com, they talked about www.ravelry.com - which is an awesome online program/community that will (when it's launched) allow us to track WIP's, and FO's, our stashes, keep track of needles, books, find patterns, and others who are knitting the same pattern (maybe same type of project) - I haven't been given access to it quite yet - you have to sign up with your email and blog address - but I'm very excited to see what it's all about. check it out and get in line if you wanna be part of it from the start :)
Here are two handy little tools for those knitters who want to do their own knitting garment recipes. They’re called the “Sweater Wheel” and I got these on ebay recently. One wheel is for raglan sleeve jumpers, the other for inset sleeves.
The original packaging for the raglan sleeve jumpers gives the following:
“Knitting instructions for 360 raglan sweaters – just turn the dial and select your size. When dial is set instructions for entire sweater are shown. 3 styles: cardigan, round neck pullover, V-neck pullover. 3 wool weights: fingering yarn, sport yarn, worsted. Sweaters for the entire family (sizes range from baby to men’s 48.“
It is by Bea Freeman Enterprises of Bryn Mawr, PA. The wheel is a good size, 11.5” across and is 2-sided. Each wheel is divided into three parts: Back, Front, Sleeves. The instructions are clear and easy to understand. One just dials-in the size for whichever sort of person (man, woman or child) the jumper is for and presto – all the directions are there! Although these are for flat knitting, I still can use them as a reference when I’m trying to decide the decreases for a set-in sleeve or a neckline.
I enjoy vintage knitting items, especially those I can use. There are certainly many ways to create a knitting garment recipe but this is a fun item – just wanted to share it. BTW: some nice MWK member told us about knittingfool.com and that's where I first learned about these. Thank you!
Margaret at Gourmet Yarn Co, my LYS, took this picture of me with my last pair of socks. Don't look at my stomach. I look pregnant! Anyway, I love the socks. I think they were made out of Shaefer Yarn, color Lola I believe. Anyway, they are my best pair yet. I learned how to do the tubular bind off and it defnitely works the best.
How's everybody doing. I'm a manic sock knitter, and have recently, after having knitted about 80 pairs of socks on 4 DPNS have discovered the "Majick Loop" method using a 100cm long 2.5mm circular needle.
After I'd knitted a couple of pairs on this loop I thought why not knit them both at the same time, just like sleeves, they'll be the same length, without having to bother to count. At the end of the process I'll have a pair of socks rather than being half way through the task. It's just brilliant, firstly Addi Turbo needles are indeed fast to knit on, plus sts. don't come off the needles in my bag.
The second sock has to be cast on DPNS THEN TRANSFERRED TO CIRC NEEDLE at the middle of the 1st round.
In this picture of cabled, re-inforced heel & toe socks, a pattern I'm designing for sale at the shop Loop, where I work in London, I used Colinette, Superwash Merino, 4 ply sock yarn, Colours Lapiz & Lagoon.
Happy knitting Men
I've been so busy, I haven't logged in forever. I apologize to all you guys. Winter is just killer for me at work. I'm still knitting though. I am doing socks this year. I've finished about 5 pair so far. I have learned the joys of doing toe up with the magic cast on for magic loop. Its wonderful. I also do garter heels and all the girls at the store think that its silly, but I like them better. They are easier to do in short row I think. Anyway, I keep knitting away when I can. Hey, I was wondering, can you or can you not take knitting on planes. People tell me that you can, but then I see sites on the airways site that say they get confiscataed etc... What is the general rule nowadays on knitting on planes? I have a trip to Hawaii in about 6 weeks and I could probably get several socks done while in the air. Let me know. Anyway, its good to be back.
I finished my first "halfdome" hat last night - I ended up with too many stitches somehow (I don't know how unless I counted my decrease rows wrong) - but it turned out pretty good! I used Grignasco Top Print 100% alpaca for this one - it's very cozy - if it wasn't already warm and on its way to well over 100 degrees today I might have put it on!
I'm sure I'll be making many more of these -
as most of you probably know, this is from Jesse's pattern (www.yarnboy.com) that was published in Knitty...