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January 15th, 2006

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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

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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:

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miss-taken identity

I was finally able to view MenKnit, the second issue. For whatever reason, my Mac at home doesn't see some of the fonts. That's why I'm thankful for my office and this here computer...

12.26.05

One thing was surprising... the photo of Mark (of MarQ1) looks a lot like me (of hizknits.com).

Mark, I'm so sorry they put that photo there. While, I often shave my head, currently, I'm much hair-ier.

January 8th

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MenKnit Mag #2

At long last, MenKnit's second issue is out. I know a handful of you guys here have a pattern in there, myself included!

my Messenger Bag in action
So this is what it feels like to be published! I encourage everyone to consider submitting to future issues. We need more patterns by men out there. Thank you, Tricky and Dan!

January 4th

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"Knit Bits"

My PA (that's personal assistant and not Prince Albert) gave me as a New Year's gift a daily calendar called "Knit Bits".  It has a little piece about knitting for each day of the year.  I thought it might be fun to share them here throughout the year.

Enjoy!

Dec 31 - Jan 1  Knitting can be solace, inspiration, adventure.  It is manual and mental therapy.  It keeps us warm as well as those we like and love.  It has existed almost as long as the soft sheep, and in giving us wool they are deprived ony of an uncomfortably warm fur coat in the heat of the summer.  From Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann  (On this date there is a picture of a woman knitting with the balloon which says "I'm knitalicious!")

December 31st, 2005

Knitting in a design such as letters

If anybody reads this that knows how to knit in a design, such as letters, numbers, and other such stuff, please PM me or use any of the contact methods in my profile. I am working on a scarf for my daughter and would love to put her name on it.

 

 

December 30th

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Search for Wooden Cable Needles

I want to replace my plastic cable needles with a set of wooden needles in the 3 sizes.  I've searched all over but I can't seem to find them.  I saw a set of Brittany wooden cable needles on ebay once but I can't find them anywhere else.  Can anyone help me with this, thanks?

December 29th

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New year

I've been a lurker for a while and thought I should post something... I've been knitting for over 20 years, taught myself in college from a book. 

I'm currently working on a cable sweater in alpaca/silk/wool from Knitpicks.  I already made one sweater with this yarn and just had to have more!!

I just finished a sweater in hemp/wool for a book due out sometime next year. 
I also have a t-shirt sweater in cotton and a long sock scarf going in the sidelines. 

If any of you guys in the Atlanta area are looking for a group to knit with, check out the Atlanta Stitch-n-bitch group in Yahoo groups.  We meet several places around town and there are 4 of us (men) who regularly attend.  We are trying to get more men to join us.

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Foreign Language Knitting

 

For those who like to knit bi-lingually, here is a great page for translations of knitting terms.  The languages are English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.

http://members.fortunecity.com/pattyna/companion/5lingue.html

 

December 28th

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Since I will be out of town and south of Darrel starting Friday I wanted to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year for 2006!!  Costa Rica here we come!!