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January 27th, 2006

drmel94's picture

Madelyn

Madelyn The big news for me this week was that I finally got Madelyn moved closer to me. I hadn't seen her for 8 months, since I moved back to Maine. I went to see her yesterday (she's boarding on a farm in NH), and she's completely unperturbed about the move or being in a new place. She's a fairly calm 'paca, anyway, so I didn't expect any problems.

 I bought Maddy one week before my ex, Scott, dumped me. If I'd known what was coming, I might not have made such a big investment commitment, but in the end things have worked out very well. I have my first 'paca, I found myself someone who shares my love of the animals, and I have lots of soft fiber and yarn to play with. Plus, I did at least get a spinning wheel out of Scott before he dumped me - best thing to come of that relationship.

January 25th

madhatter7zero's picture

I Got This Briotch!

My first briotch stitch attempt.

I just had to show this off because I've been wanting to learn how to do this stitch for awhile now.  Well tonight I finally made myself sit down and figure it out.  This is the briotch stitch.  I call it the bitch stitch because that's just what it was to learn... a bitch!  lol.....  I think the hardest thing for me to figure out was how to do the yarn over but once I figured that out I was knitting this stitch almost as fast as I can knit a 2x2 rib. 

January 24th

TrinidadCA's picture

Men Who Knit

Here is a cool article to read

January 23rd

Jordan's picture

Two toys

Hello everyone.  I'm new here.  I live near Boston, MA and have been knitting for almost a year.  I'm very excited to have stumbled across this site.  It's great (and humbling!) to see what everyone's working on.

I wanted to share two little projects I've just finished.  First, a snake.  It's from "Unusual Toys for You to Knit and Enjoy" by Jess Hutchinson. This is my first project on DPNs!

 

January 22nd

drmel94's picture

Tendonitis be damned!

My hands & wrists continue to limp along (get it? limp-wristed?), so the other day I stopped by Michael's and bought a Knifty Knitter round loom set (all 4 sizes on sale for $10). Basic stuff, but I figured out how to knit & purl. The day my hands went verkacht, I had bought some Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick to make scarves for the Bundle Up New Orleans project. Since my hands weren't cooperating, I tried it on the knitting machine, but the yarn is just too bulky, even on every third needle. So the looms seemed to be the logical choice and are working okay, though I'm not trying to be fast, in order to spare my hands.

January 18th

drmel94's picture

Bugger!

An old and unwelcome "friend" has come to visit - tendonitis. Not fun, as it means needing to stop hand knitting for a while. I do have knitting machines to work with for some projects, but they're not nearly as enjoyable - and they can't go to work with me. Guess it'll be time to catch up on my reading.

January 17th

drmel94's picture

Magical

Today's mail brought a very speedily delivered copy of Cat Bordhi's 'A Treasury of Magical Knitting'. Mr. McFeeley couldn't have done better himself.

Cat Bordhi book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I probably could have just looked for it at a yarn shop and read it for the pertinent information, but a) I didn't feel like driving around to find a yarn shop which has it in stock, and b) it's just good to support designers, since they give us great ideas to knit with. Mostly I bought it so I could sort out making Witt's Cha-Ching moebius scarf from the latest MenKnit 'zine. Now I just have to wait for my 60" Addi Turbo circ to arrive from Herrschner's. Being patient is hard work.

January 15th

drmel94's picture

hello, or should I say, hello?

I assume someone will read this, but even if not I suppose I've got to start somewhere. For lack of anything more current, I posted a pic to the galleries of most of my Xmas output - hats for all my adult loved ones. Well, all but David. I'm not entirely certain that we're past the boyfriend sweater curse stage, though I suppose now that we're living together the risk is somewhat lessened.

 Currently I have about 6 projects on the needles. The bigger ones go slowly because I have to put them down and go work on an instant gratification piece to keep from getting bored, but they move along here and there.
 I seem to be worst about finishing anything for myself, as is typical, but I hope to have a sweater or two ready by winter's end - or at least by next winter. :-)

potterdc's picture

Adventures in Machine Knitting

Never, ever have I been as frustrated as trying to learn how to operate my new Bond Ultimate Knitting machine that I got at Christmas.

I learned to knit in college.  A guy I knew, a fiddler in a local bluegrass band, made his own socks.  He told me his mother taught him.  He introduced us,  and within weeks, she and I had made a trip to the yarn store to buy some Lopi, a pair of 10 1/2 circular needles, and a sweater pattern.

That was in 1982 - I still remember how difficult it was to learn to hold the yarn correctly, to be knitting smoothly along and then have a gap and suddenly forget the basics: does the needle go in the back or the front of the stitch?  Is that a knit or a purl?  24 years later I just pick up yarn and flail about for a pair of needles and just start.  No pattern, nuthin'.  Pretty cool.

January 10th

kiwiknitter's picture

Theme Settings

Maybe I have just a little too much time on my hands... Today, I was messing around the MWK site, familiarizing myself with it when I decided to change the theme settings from the default that came up when I first signed-on.  I changed to the bluemarine setting and what a difference in the feel of this site!  It is more compact now with less use of the mouse going back and forth across the page.  When a member posts, his photo is attached automatically.  This particular option really has increased my enjoyment of the site.

If you're like me and are always getting lost on any internet site of more than one page, here are the directions: