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December 18th

kylewilliam's picture

Mom's Sweater

I finally found someone to pose in my Mom's sweater - I finished this a week or so ago and was trying to find someone who would hold still that I could get it wrapped around! (I am learning quickly that it's hard to find people to play model; many folks don't want their faces photographed) - this one was a bear for two reasons - problem number one was I ended up needing 3 more balls of yarn to finish the sweater, but there was none left in this dye lot - Luckily, Bishops had a color almost EXACTLY the same - it's not noticeable at all. The second problem was when I was attaching the pieces together - part A: - I sewed one of the sides totally wrong - so it has the seam on the outside - very fashionable but not the look I wanted - so it had to be ripped out and redone - (luckily, I know the trick of using a "different" yarn to sew up my pieces - so it's easier to see the yarn you use to attach the pieces!) - part B: - I sewed my last arm on inside out! (I did this on the other sweater I made for Sheila also!) -

I mailed this out to my mom in her Holiday package today - she will get it in time for Christmas! I hope she'll wear it, and with any luck, I might get a photo of her in it - I didn't do it, but I was thinking of sending out a gift certificate for a photo package at walmart or something in the hopes that she'd model it for me also!

kylewilliam's picture

intarsia tangles

Hello guys - I am trying to do a scarf now that has circles in intarsia built into it - I understand using differnt colors of yarn for each part of the pattern, and I get that you're supposed to have two different "skeins" of yarn for a "right" and "left" side of a pattern when there's a second color in the middle of the row - but here's where I got confused last night (and ended up ripping the project out) -

what do you do when your contrasting colors don't line up from row to row? (like in a curve) - the "back" of the piece is not hidden so it's not like I can just carry yarn like in fair isle... the only thing I could think might be the answer would be to cut and re-start each row for the different colors -

anyone have any ideas on where I can go to figure this out? I want to get knitting on this before I will be able to get to my LYS... so I'm askin my yarn boys!

help help help!

hugs

Kyle

December 17th

kiwiknitter's picture

Finishing Techniques - Book

My copy of "Finishing Techniques For Hand Knitting: Give Your Knitting that Professional Look" by Sharon Brant arrived today from amazon.com.

I think I was hooked by the title, thinking that this would be a book of "cold, hard knitting facts" (as my knitting buddy Azza says) but it's just another knitting book. It is filled with the basics and some patterns; end of the story. There is nothing new or exciting in this book. I wouldn't even recommend it as a learner's book as I've seen much better on the market.

The title is so misleading that I thought the cover must have been accidentally put over the wrong contents. If you are considering purchasing this book, save your money and don't! In my opinion, it is a complete disappointment. I won't even waste my time taking a photo of it and up-loading it here.

Crafty Andy's picture

Another Santa Hat 06

I am actually knitting a scarf on the round and I finished the Santa Hat that is in the picture. Have a Happy Holidat Season everyone, No matter what you celebrate!

December 15th

2 Gift scarves

Here are two scarves finished for Christmas gifts. I'm disappointed with the picture of the cable scarf. It is Malabrigo and such wonderful colors which worked so well with the cables. Red one is a soft wool from China. Red scarf took a long weekend start-to-finish--cable took what seemed an eternity. Happy holidays!
Matthew

SKHolt's picture

First xmas delivery today

Morning out there,

Our work has taken on a service project this year and we are working with the local senior center. Two employees each adopted a senior and we are going to visit today. I, of course, couldn't resist digging into my scarf stash and finding the right one to give a way.

So many options for charitable knitting.

Stan

BrentCLW's picture

Dog loves Santa

Okay, that wasn't quite enough text. So, here goes.....

My dog knows who Santa Claus is. He's quite enamoured of the old guy, in fact. Starting about two weeks ago, whenever he hears "Santa's coming" said by the partner or I, he tears into the living room, slides to a halt in front of the fire place and sits under his stocking and stares up at it longingly.

When the stocking is taken down and presented to him, he shoves his head in looking for the goodies that he knows Santa has brought. When he finally realizes that Santa has not yet come, he gets his head out, sighs heavily and goes and pouts. It's hysterical.

Ironically, I do much the same thing in anticipation of Christmas, except I can't get my head down into my stocking....

I know there's no knitting content here, but again just trying to help with the picture moving thing.

BrentCLW's picture

Working on the Slipper Socks

Six years ago, my partner introduced me to his friends from Burlington,Ontario while we were on vacation in Flori-dah. Upon learning that I knit, they went nuts, telling me all about these "slipper socks" that grandma used to make for everyone in the whole family every year for Christmas and how she never wrote down the pattern and alzheimer's had caused her to forget how to make them.

Well, a year later they brought me a sad looking little slipper sock, hole in the heels and all, but still one of the last remaining survivors of grandma's handiwork and asked if I thought I could figure out how they were made. About a week later, I had worked it all out and ever since, the Canadians have to have their slipper socks every Christmas. So, that is what I have been working on for the past couple of weeks. Prior to that work kept me far too busy to knit anything for over a month.

I'm on my fourth of six pair. I also have to knit a skull cap for my niece's husband- out of camoflage yarn cause he's in the army. I'm working on the ones from the prior issue of knitty also in camoflage yarn. Might even make one for myself cause I think they are cool.

To make this post a little longer in and effort to help with the moving the huge pictures on down, Scott and I are leaving on a much deserved vacation on Monday. We're taking a cruise out of Tampa to Grand Caymen and Cozumel and returning on the 23rd. We've been to Cozumel before, but not to Grand Caymen so at least we get to go somewhere new. We're going with two friends who've never been on a cruise before.

December 14th

Gerard Allt's picture

Christmas is for ME!

I've been awful and selfish this year. I have only bought 2 gifts up to now.
I am learning to crochet and for the past week I have gone treble crazy. I have been crocheting a blanket for myself and I haven't knitted a single thing for a single person!
Although almost everything I have ever knitted has been for someone else I am still feeling the Catholic guilt. will I ever shake it off??? To get over this guilt I am going to carry on with the blanket!

grandcarriage's picture

Big thankyous

OK, the afghan guy didn't snap out of it, and realize he's behaving badly, but I just finished doing the finishing on an UFO (unfinished fiber object, in this case a Donnegal tweed drop shoulder pullover in autumn gold tweed wool) for a lady who is going through cancer treatments... She not only paid me my going rate, she was hugely thankful that this sweater, a source of guilt (It needed a collar, and the pieces sewn together) is finally put together and wearable.

I'm doing the same thing for a gal who has some...well how to say. She's slow... a couple of the connections upstairs aren't working quite properly, but she's REALLY REALLY sweet. Her sweater is based on a wrap cardigan and basically at this point, it is 5 missmatched shapes of a novelty yarn. (She has a little trouble with patterns). I am going to check for any dropped stitches, fix any holes, and then use the mass as fabric, and design a fabulous wrapped sweater out of the fabric, using the sewing machine and serger to shape it. She is so thankful, you'd think I just offered her husband one of my kidneys to save his life... Funny how it goes. She insists on paying me for it and I'm (very) OK with that.

Sigh. The golden rule I learned from business is that there are those who will never be satisfied, and you should cut your loses and just put your energy out for those who appreciate you.