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May 12th, 2006

Log Cabin Socks

Hey Guys!

Here's a pair of socks I recently completed.  Its the Log Cabin Sock pattern from Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick.  I knit it using 2.5 balls of Rowan Cork.  Was a great project and I'm happy with the result:

 

Log Cabin Socks 1

 

as always, theres more info and photos at: brooklyntweed.blogspot.com.  Have a great weekend and bring your knitting!

2 strand of worsted weight =1 strand of bulky?

I have a cabled poncho pattern I am going to start after I finish the Shepherds Jacket.  It calls for 2 strands of worsted weight.  I found a great chunky weight in a colour I really like.  So huys...does a double strand of worsted - a single starand of chunky?

May 11th

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Skein in the ass

Ya'll warned me that novelty yarn was difficult to work with.  But, hell, I bought 5 balls of it and I didn't do so to look pretty sitting in my closet. So I thought I'd try a quick project to get the feel of the yarn. 

I started out digging around in the guts of the ball, looking for the end, big mistake.  It took me about an hour to unravel and rewind the ensuing mess and I ended up with 2 smaller center-pull balls - mistake number two.  I guess this stuff is to be worked from the outside in; at least that's how I'm going to do it from now on unless one of you shows me a better way.

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Mother's Day

I'm sure many of you have the same problem I do when it comes to gifting for mother.  What do you give to someone who never wants anything?  I never know, but I'm glad that I took up knitting because now I can give her something that I made myself.  Moms are such saps for that kind of shit.

Introducing mother's coaster set.  It's a set of 8 coasters with a matching holster pocket.  The coasters are really just small dishrags starched and pressed flat. The pocket is a long flat rectangle decreased to a point at one end with some elastic sewn into it to make a button catch.  It probably would be nicer if I had knitted it in the round, but I'm still getting the hang of that, so I stitched it together on the side.  Not all of the coasters are 100% perfect, although 3 of them are, the other 5 are between 90%-98%.

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3x3 Basket Weave

This is for the guys who asked about my k3, p3 dishcloth.  I think the knit pattern would show up better if I had used a solid color yarn.  I didn't post it when I completed it because I'm not thrilled with the way it turned out, but since you asked, here it is, shown with the 5x5 for contrast.  The finished product is about 6"x 6", while the bigger one is 7"x 8 1/2". 

LOOKIE HERE!

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I gues it was my excitement. Here they areEmbarassed

My first pair!

Well here they are guys just finished my first pair.

Took me just over a week to do and I am really chuffed. In answer to you question JPaul, yeah the yarn I used was opal and I used 2.5mm dpn's. Cant wait to start me next pair.

Thanks for all you guys for your encouraging comments I've recieved. Nice to chat to other men who share the same passion  for knitting.

Laughing

May 10th

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Cat Ball version 2.0

For those of you who expressed interest in my balls, I present to you the latest incarnation of my cat ball toy!

The pattern that came with my 'learn to knit' kit resulted in a ball toy that is more appropriately called a kitten ball.  Sure, they were popular among my 12 lbs. and 17 lbs. neutered males, but my cats aren't kitties, they're CATS, and big, butch ones at that, so some alteration to the pattern was clearly in order.

I started out adding an additional row of knit 1, invisible increase, repeat and a resulting additional row of knit 2 together, repeat later in the pattern.  The end product was a significantly larger ball, approximately the size of an egg and was very popular with my boys. 

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A big welcome to Parrot

Guys,

You need to check out Parrot's profile and go to his web page and look at his hand made needles... they are great.

Chris

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It's official

OK, I admit it.  I've caught knitting fever.  Yesterday I stopped by Michael's for some more yarn for my Mother's Day project, which is nearing completion.  While I was there, I saw that they had some really cute and soft novelty yarn (Wild! by Moda Dea) for $1 per ball.  I've been wanting to try knitting with novelty yarns for awhile, so I picked up a ball, thinking I'd whip out a few cat toys to give this yarn a try.

When I got home, I noticed that Michael's regular selling price for this yarn is $8.99 per ball. Well, this was more than the cheapskate Pennsylvania Dutch in me could handle so I had to go back today to clean them out.  While I was at it, I picked up a few balls of Moda Dea's Ticker Tape as well since it was also on clearance $8.99 down to $1.