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May 9th, 2006

Wooden Knitting Needles

Has anyone used birch knitting needles? Or any other type of wood?  I have seen glass ones too.  Has anyone ever seen or used them?

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Trying to Organize a Dallas Mens Knitting Group

Should there be any DFW metroplex men kitters... or if you guys know any that you can send my way.. I'm trying to get one together.  And you know what?  Contacting guy knitters in your area is DARN difficult.  I've already gone through the members list but so far to no avail.

So, I know you are out there and I'm a gonna find ya!

Thanks,

Chris

May 8th

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No gender biases here, thanks!

As I continued to read the book "At Knit's End", I found an entry that I have to share with everyone here at MWK:

 My theory is that men are no more liberated than women.                              -Indira Ghandhi

I was teaching a children's knitting class in the rear of a toy shop.  Halfway through class a little boy shopping with his mother wandered over and approached an 11-year-old boy happily and expertly knitting a potholder.  "Hey!" he laughed, "boys don't knit!"  "Clearly," said the manly young knitter, "they do."

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Why's it called "frogging"?

I've been curious lately to know why the term "frogging" is used for the painful process of ripping back hours - if not days - of work.  No one I asked knew the answer and then last evening when I was reading "At Knit's End" I came across the following.

Frogging: the act of taking the knitting off the needles and pulling the working yarn to undo the stitches.  This is done to unravel knitting completely or to pull the work out to a point before an error, when the knitting is replaced on needles.  It is called "frogging" because you "rip-it, rip-it."

oops!

sorry about the faulty link in the entry below.

to see more pictures of the shawl - go here:

brooklyntweed.blogspot.com.

Hope you enjoy! 

Ene's Scarf

Hey Guys! Wanted to show you some photos of my most recent project.  Its a lace shawl based off of traditional Estonian Lace patterns by Nancy Bush.

I used a laceweight silk/wool blend, and i couldn't be happier with the end product. 

 

Ene's Scarf

  for the full update, check out my blog.  more pictures and an in-depth breakdown can be found there.

May 7th

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My First Jumper

I have been looking for something a little more challenging to try other than scarves and thought a kids jumper would be ideal.  My nephews are at the age where unless it has a designer name plastered across the front of everything they won't wear it, so I was looking for a more welcoming recipient.  I came across a website for charity called Feed the Children.  They explained that they are looking for donations of hand knitted jumpers, blankets etc that they can send to orphaned and abandoned children in the third world and developing countries.  The stories of the te

Addicted to String

This is my first post here.

I'm a long time knitter who took up spinning about 6 or 7 years ago. 

I currently am working on two sweaters and a pair of socks. I always have a pair of socks on the needles, they are my take along project -- I don't need a pattern and handknit socks are always nice to have. The current pair are multicolored, hand-dyed merino tencel blend. They look gorgeous and feel nice, but I won't be knitting any more socks with this yarn as it just doesn't have enough give. It's very inelastic and I like my socks to be a bit more stretchy and cushy than this.

May 6th

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All Clogged Up!

Damn, that sounds awful!

Hey y'all,

After the next, oh, I don't know how many, projects that I have in the back of my head.  (simple.....isn't it?)  I'd like to do a pair of clogs.  (before that freezing weather moves into Texas. ) I had joined a Yahoo group that was, for the most part, totally useless and would like to hear suggestions from people who have done them as well as those who have done felting.  (it's good to be able to say again that this is my "first time")

Any thoughts or ideas are More than welcome.

Best,

Chris

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Hello y'all

Guys,

Good to be here and to all of you who have given me a warm welcome, thank you.

 I'm looking for help and inspiration and just looking for some good hang out time with everyone.

I'm currently trying to get together a group of guys in the Dallas area who want to get together as a knitting group.  So if you are interested email me at cjvandenburg@yahoo.com.

 Thanks again, and I hope we shall all become good friends.

 Chris