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December 15th

Welcome, fellow knitters

Wow! What a wonderful way to get together! Haven't had too many opportunities to get together with others to discuss knitting. And, most knitters still tend to be women, so haven't listened to the male slant on knitting at all. But I really love the way MEN WHO KNIT is set up. Plan on exchanging a lot of opinion, information, and chat with the group.

 I started knitting about twenty-six years ago when I couldn't find a decent sweater for my little girl. My daughter is now in her late twenties and still loves Daddy's sweaters more than any other. In addition to sweaters, i have designed -- and knitted -- hats, caps, gloves, scarves, and socks. SOCKS! How much fun is that? Love the whole process of making socks. And love wearing my hand-knit socks. Love flooring people with the idea of an old coot like me working with dainty laces and needles.

December 14th

Billbear's picture

Started my first Cap

Finally started on my first cap.  Using #2s and now thinking for my first one I should have gone for something using bigger needles.  I can tell the stitch is going to look great but as you seasoned people know, it's gonna take me a while to feel like I am getting anywhere. Oh well.

Gabriel's picture

Ooops, I did it again....

Brittney would be so proud! UGH!!!

Anyway....I goofed it was Bill not Billbear that posted the site.. www.knotjustknitting.com Sorry Bill.....and thanks Billbear for bringing it to my attention! It is still an amazing site and especially the "Galleries by Prudence" section.....Wow, cool stuff!

Have a great day guys!!!!

 

December 11th

First time

Ok so its my first time and somethings are good tight- but not when you cast on!! arrrgghhhh!!!

December 8th

Billbear's picture

Test of Patience, Rite of Passage

So I sat down with my supplies to attempt my first hat.  Nice alpaca yarn, two skeins, not wound into a ball or in a workable roll, just skeins.  I had hand wound some yarn I spun myself so i thought no problem, I will just make a ball by hand.  It seemed like in seconds I had a mess of yarn.  Fighting the urge to pull hard I worked the length I had into a ball, worked it through the maze, wound some more, worked the maze, shook it, wound some more.  As I type this I still have a mess but this is me taking a break so as not to get even more frustrated. I will be taking the second one back to the store and having them wind it on that thingamajig that does it in seconds versus the hour or so it will take me. Sigh.

December 7th

Knipper's picture

How do you keep your notes when designing something from scratch

Whenever I am working on a project that I am just creating out of my mind, I will scribble down a few notations.  Like a pattern motif, bound off so many stitches here and there, picked up this number etc.  Then someone asks me for the pattern.  Then I try and write it out.  I should take better notes.  Instead I get so involved in the creative aspect that I forget about the diligence of good, detailed note taking.

Any suggestions from my fellow comrades out there?

Not to good at this, but I will try and post the sweater I recently completed.  I used the concept of decreasing from Ann Budd's handy book of sweater patterns for the set-in sleeve; otherwise the design is mine, experimenting and ripping (when it did not look right to me).  I used wool from cottagecraft (in Canada).  But I must learn the tricks of sucking in the stomach muscles etc when being photographed.

Billbear's picture

Drum roll.........

As I type this it says 2 users and ........106 guests online!!!  WOW

November 29th

Darrel's picture

Knitting Masochism

I decided to teach myself how to knit continental-style today. I've got the knits down, but I think I'm twisting my purl stitches. Maybe I'm wrapping the yarn the wrong way... I'm using the videos at KnittingHelp.com to guide me along.

 
Let's focus on the good! The strangest thing is getting my left hand to get used to performing fine motor-functions. This can only be a good thing, I'm sure. I notice my little finger doesn't get much exercise when typing, so perhaps knitting while allow it to join the ranks of useful fingers. I'm hoping that getting this figured out will lead the way to some fair isle work. I don't think I'll get the "reindeer in a tutu" sweater done this year, though.
 
The weather in Juárez has suddently turned very cold. While fumbling through the box of winter clothes, I realized that I have no scarves for myself; I gave them all away. No one ever told me it occasionally snows in the Chihuahuan Desert.
 
Moss StitchI've been going through my stitch dictionary to find something with an interested texture. I have been eyeing the staggard brioche rib, but I do love a moss stitch scarf (pictured left).
 
I've never knitted the staggared brioche rib before, but it certainly looks nice in pictures. When I knit up a swatch, I'll post a picture because I can't find one online to share.
 
In addition to something nice looking and warm, this scarf will also be the project I force myself to knit entirely continental style. I hope I speed up soon or I'm going to be a cold boy for awhile.  I also want an ear hat with flaps, something like this one, but I'm still searching through patterns to hack up.  I'm thinking of throwing in a motif or mosaic pattern to spice it up.
 
What I'd really like is for my knitting fairy to appear and make this all by morning... Brr!

Crafty Andy's picture

Scarf coming along

I think that one of the things that I like about kniting is the time it takes me to do certain things.  Patience is required to come up with the design and colors for such a simple item as a scarf.  Here is the progress so far.  I like long scarfs and this one looks like it may be one of those.

Step Two Xmas Scarf 

November 25th

Billbear's picture

Flying with Needles

Just wanted to know what experiences people have had getting onto a plane with their knitting.  I have heard that wooden needles are okay but the metal ones are not.  I would hate to get to a gate and have them say I can't take it on.  Thanks!