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November 16th, 2006

kylewilliam's picture

making yarn go the extra mile

I finished a sleeve of my mom's sweater - have the right front and one more sleeve to go (finished the back and left front and one arm)and 5 balls of yarn left - (they had 15 and it called for 15) - I'm praying hard that I have enough of this color - there is no more of this dye lot; I bought all they had and it's the PERFECT "mom" color - I know that I can knit a row with the exact color, change yarn and purl back with the same color (different dye lot) when doing SS - has anyone done this before? I'm worried that it might show up - I am thinking that even though I might have enough yarn I may do this with the other sleeve - just to try as a little insurance policy - I'll do the right front first (all with good yarn) and then I'll do the last arm in this technique and pray a lot that it works -

does anyone have any suggestions on how to make yarn go further if you think you might be running out? (besides making sure there's extra yarn?) haha

thanks for everyone's input and comments - it definately helps!

November 15th

Eikon's picture

The mittens are Done!

So I finally finished these damned mittens. And a Sock out of malbrigo oh and a hat. I had a busy knitting day. I've gotten it to the point where my professors let me knit in class.

~Jason

rooboy2000's picture

Greetings from Australia.

Hello gentlemen, wow i'm so excited to have stumbled across your site what a wonderful resource. I'm addicted to knitting and now your website as i read as much as i can to catch up on all the news and projects . I was wondering if there are any other fellow aussies out there? Looking forward to chatting and sharing with all of you out there!! Arron,
aussie, aussie, aussie, oi, oi, oi,

Crafty Andy's picture

The hat that was and is no more!

So I don't know if people use the term frog to express the fact that they have undone an item. Well this hat is frogged and has been recasted on bigger gauge and more stitches, poor me , my head is very big LOL. I may have more pictures by Monday. I will actually know if it is the correct gauge for my size in the next two or three hours. Thanks for stopping by.

MMario's picture

One knitter + boredom = ???

Notice I said "boredom" not "too much time" - there is a difference...

anyway mix the knitting, boredom, 'Harry Potter' and stir well - the story is over here

I still have to weave in some ends...

November 14th

kiwiknitter's picture

Swatches

This month I read in two knitting technique books that one should let a knitted gauge/tension swatch "rest" for 24 hours before measuring.

I'm wondering: does anyone do this? I'm always so keen to start working with the new wool that I just jump right in.

I'd fancy knowing your thoughts on this.

Jesse

Crafty Andy's picture

Hats for Christmas 2006

I am getting ahead in my double pointed needles, and I am half way done with another hat in reds and greens in a circular needles. The pattern is very funky and the material is very nice. 100% merino wool Aurora 8 from Karabella.

I also got some new yarn for socks today from Smiley yarns, lots of great colors and nice textures with different kinds of wool blends. I am attemping to do some knited socks later on, here is a picture of my crochet socks.

I am very excited because I think I got back my kniting groove again. Woohoo! I am working on many projects, but it keeps my neuropathy away of I take turns between crocheting and kniting.

Will keep you posted.

grandcarriage's picture

the return of the Christmas stocking

I was so worried that the client might not like my renditon of the family christmas stocking...(I had made it wider, done more Swiss darning, embroidery, changed the intarsia a little). Well, she gave me an order for two more, so suffice it to say, she was pleased. So, I can honestly say that I paid this month's rent with christmas stockings. Actually, yesterday was a very good day: I delivered all my knit/crochet repair work to clients, (along with the stockings) and everyone was delighted. I think I will try to put together a repair & finishing business to see me through the winter months. I'll let you all know how it goes.

kylewilliam's picture

Crafters Choice

OK I'm sure lots of you don't like books (haha!) - or you already have them - but I found a deal at crafters choice - it's a website -- 4 books for $1 each - and you only have to buy I think 2 more books within the next two years - it's a deal where you can say "no thanks" to the selection online too -- which is cool -

I bought an extra book and I ended up spending $32.68 for 5 knitting books - on edging, socks, merino wool (from Morehouse farm which is beautiful), etc...

a good deal if you like getting books - it's true, however, that we can get lots of information and ideas straight from the internet, but I have already found a few patterns/ideas that are cool in just my 30 second scanning of these new arrivals!

www.crafterschoice.com

Just in case you want to check it out :)

November 13th

Stepping toward knitting

Friday, a friend and I hanging out at the local bookstore, and he came across this zine called CRAFT. It had alot cool stuff, but the thing that intrest me the most was the knit robot on the cover. I instantly thought I want to make one. But I also was thinking I would have no real time for it now. Saturday, those robots where bouncing around in my head while I was studing. I really want to learn how to make a knit-bot. Luckly, some other friends and I went back to the bookstore. I was going to but that zine, but it was 15 dollars, and it didn't teach you how to knit. So I just scratched the idea. However, Sunday, those bots were just pounding my head all day and night while I was studying—I had a test today, thus all the studying. So went on line and tried to some research. And tell you the truth, I was redundant. Itn't his a chic thing? I was glad to see that it was not. So I joined this group.

TODAY, after I took my exam, I went the bookstore looked at the books mentioned on Menknit.com and another called "Knitting With Balls: A Hands-On Guide to Knitting for the Modern Man". They were expensive for me right now. I have to be really tight with working less hours and Christmas coming. However, my friend, who was also interested in knitting, showed up. We glanced at the books and went to Hobby Lobby and he bought some needles and yarn, plus a cheap $5 booklet called something like "My First Knitting Teacher". [He kind of embrassed me when he asked a worker helping us if there were many straight men that knited (She said she knew no male kniter that was gay). I guessed he felt it was necessary to claim his machismo.] We later went to a friends house and the first thing we tried to do was make a ball of yarn. That took us an hour. Yeah, sad. We were not able to really understand the book. So we were getting frustrated and gave up for the day.