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April 3rd, 2006

just a sew and sew's picture

KNITTING PRACTICES

BUYING YARN - Purchase all yarn from the same dye lot. Check yarn label for washing instructions. Stay within two sizes of the recommended needle size. When substituting yarns, select a yarn close to the original in weight and type.

KNITTING WITH COTTON - Cotton keeps us cool in summer and warm in winter. It is soft and comfortable. Cotton comes as crepe, boucle, slubbed, ribbon, and chenille to name some of the varieties. Cotton does not have the same elasticity as other yarns, nor does the yarn slide as easily on the needles. Always knit ribbing on smaller needles. Sew seams firmly. Generally, it is best to hand wash cotton knits. Do not dry in the sun, since sunlight discolours and weakens the fibres.

April 2nd

Problems with pattern - the size seems wonky!

I recently completed this childrens sweater for my nephew Jaxon.  It worked great.  I'm not sure if his mother will ever put it on him but I'm certain the sizing was good - if not a little big for him right now.

So, I thought, now that I've tackled a small sweater in this lopi pattern then I'll do a nice big one for me.  The cardigan in this picture.  

I did the cuff at the bottom and the pattern, it worked great, except it's made for a munchkin. 

I wonder if anyone else has had this problem.  I've made two sweaters now and both turned out well - this one I really want for me, as I've knit the others for my partner and my nephew.  How frustrating!  Ommmm...

April 1st

Craig's picture

What the best dressed Italian's are wearing.

This is a pic Of a sweater that I made for my little Italian.

March 31st

Bear's picture

My sock yarn

The sock yarn i bought today is called  Sockotta,  its from plymouth their italian collection.  its 45%cotton, 40% superwash wool and 15% nylon.  It looks like colored kite string not yarn.  Ive hear comments of socks knitting up quickly.  Right,  its going to take weeks to make a pair of socks.  I hope there is enough. I got 414 yards.  looks to be enough.  the swatch looks great, the colors are wonderful.  I hope the socks look as good.

March 30th

Bear's picture

socks oh boy

My addi turbos arrived today, so i started my make socks on two circular needles.  It is very interesting working on the leg now.  cant wait to try them on and show them.   I sure like these addis,  the pliable cable for sure.  very slick, i drop alot of stitches,  they will take some getting use too.  ive been using bamboo for so long.  although i did like the bamboo i didnt like the cable, it was all coiled up even with steam they didnt relax that much.  Any way im using caron simply soft for the socks,  Is this the right type of yarn fo

March 28th

charmingbilly's picture

howdy

well, it took me long enough to get about posting something.  this is just a brief intro and "howdy".  i found the website after a google search and thought i'd sign up.  i'm an intermittant knitter that started about 5 months ago to stop smoking.  it's helped a little but i can't knit and drive at the same time so........

i get most of my knitting done at work while i'm waiting on a reaction to incubate or while i'm on my lunch/dinner break. 

current WIP: one of those Doctor-Who style scarves.   i had some ambitions for this thing but the yarn is this acrylicy stuff (*first time i've used a 100% synthetic) that i've developed a love-hate relationship with.  it is squeaky and seems to bite the needles.....and it is soooo slow.  i ditched the idea of doing the scarf in a honeycomb pattern and went with a simple garter stitch.  the yarn is pretty, tho.  and cheap (*$1.87/skein).   at the rate i'm going, it'll be finished by mid summer (*gawd, i hope i'm just kidding!*)

March 26th

YarnGuy716's picture

The New "Guy"

I just found this site from the MenKnit.Net web site and knew I had to join. I have been knitting, on and off, for nearly 20 years.

I love the camaraderie of knitters. The knitting circles of my LYS was always one of the things I liked best about being a knitter. I am a member of the Buffalo Knitters Guild, the only man of course, so all the ladies love having me in the group. But it is nice to be with a grou of guys who are knitters.

My latest knitting obssesion are the scarves from the Harry Potter movies. I've made them all and they are my mindless-while-I-watch-television-knitting projects.

March 25th

Aaronknits's picture

Hats off!!!

These are most of the hats that I've been churning out in the past few weeks.  Most use the Reynolds Lopi.   The small ones are going to be gifts for my newest grand neice who is due next month.  The purple and green striped one is the "umbilical cord" hat from the Stitch N Bitch book, and the furry blue one was just my own "let's see what happens when I do this" design.  A couple will be just for me, and I will send a couple of them for the Dulaan project.  I think the green one in the back might be what Mel used for his Dulaan hat and I agree, it does look like ass on it's own.  I like the way the blue one on top almost looks like faded denim.

March 23rd

garykfc's picture

Round Loom Knitting

Just curious if there is anyone else that has done or who is doing round loom knitting?  I'm working on a 3 panel blanket and have been enjoying it.  I want to work on a sweater but don't understand regular patterns, let alone the patterns for the round loom.  I found a website that shows a lot of styles of knitting that you can do with the loom, such as cable, stocking, etc.  The greatest thing about round loom knitting is you get very fast results in a short period of time.  Great for beginners that may want to move on to needles and hooks!

March 22nd

Craig's picture

Another piece in progress