.... I need some opinions from those that have come before me.
I am finishing up a pair of clogs for Jim and the size if pretty straightforward, size 11. I am about to start a pair for his mom who is a size 8.5. The pattern is written for a womens size 6, 8, and 10.
My question is, do I knit a size 8 and felt it less producing a softer fabric or do I go for a 10 and felt it more for a stiffer one. (and I have already thought of the "go for the stiffer one" joke). I'm using Classic Elites' "Inca Alpaca" (100% alpaca) So I assume that if I knit the larger I can get it down to size.
I thought I remembered that not too long ago people were looking for NeedleMaster sets. Knitpicks.com is selling their remaining sets at 50% off--$39.99. I suppose now that they have their Options line of needles, they're looking to unload their stock of NeedleMaster. It's a pretty good deal for anyone in the market for a set.
..........you have to check these out. Needles that illuminate your knitting. So now you can go to the movies and purl your way through the popcorn! I am tempted to buy a pair. Knitparisienne
I'm doing a pair of clogs and they are going along great. Finished the first and was down to the outer sole of the second, got through the "hell" 2, 4, and 6 rows only to discover that I had picked up and used a size 11 instead of 13!
I said somthing a bit like "darn" only I think it was stronger.
I was so encouraged my my recent success at following a pattern that I decided to revisit a pattern that had previously eluded me and I'm proud to show you the project, the Double Eyelet Heart Dishcloth:
Again, I can't say that I didn't make any mistakes, but I didn't leave any behind and I only had to unravel 3 rows.
My mom once told me about seeing a very fine lace shawl, so lightweight that the sales lady was able to draw it through one of her rings. Has anyone made something like this? Do you know of any good patterns? I was thinking it would make a nice birthday gift.
My fabulous boyfriend woke up at 3am last week & bid on some tortoise shell needles for me. They arrived today & I love them so much. I love the texture, look & feel of them. The sleeve I was knitting needed slightly larger needles & I instantly transferred to the new needles. He got 37 of them, yeah an odd #. Whatever,They are the best! Have any of you tried these needles? They came from Australia.
Saturday I accompanied a friend to the Estes Park Wool Market, an annual event in Estes Park, Colorado. She mostly went to pet the animals, but I was excited to see what yarn they would have on offer. (With apologies to those of you who raise them, I think sheep are disgusting, goats slightly more tolerable and alpacas adorable, though I still don't want to touch them.)
At a stall operated by Interlacements of Colorado Springs my friend spotted a knitted-up sample of the Squirrel Monkey Sweater:
Knitting is freaking HARD! I mean, yeah, I just started learning but it's driving me nuts! I wish I didn't suck so bad at it...
No, I'm not selling anything. I am, however, a compulsive shopper where knitting is concerned (and shoes, and clothes, and cds . . . ). I came across a couple of new things that I thought might be of interest, if you didn't already know about them.
I was looking for dog sweater pattern books on Amazon.com and ran into "Men Who Knit & The Dogs Who Love Them : 30 Great-Looking Designs for Man & His Best Friend" by Annie Modesitt and Drew Emborsky (Hardcover - Jan 28, 2007). No, it's not yet available, but it looks like something you might want to keep an eye out for if you have dogs for whom you like to knit. I have 3 schnauzers, so I'm anxious to see what this book has to offer.