Archive - 2006 - Forum topic

April 7th

garykfc's picture

Moebius Cast-on

I know that The Treasure of magical knitting explains Moebius cast-on (mbo) but I was wondering if anyone knows any other places on the web that explain it as well?

April 3rd

Gabriel's picture

Fiber of choice??

Lets talk fibers and projects! Answer us this one....Do you prefer to work with firbers that are chunky and bulky, thus creating a "faster to complete" project, or do you like thinner more fine fiber that creates a "longer to complete" project? I know we all ,kind of, like both....but which do you find yourself buying more of? I find I choose thinner fibers mainly because of the finished look....it seems so much more elegant too me.....now that being said....I can't imagine working with lace or anything....I would pull my hair out (if I had any)!!!! Let us know.....and on a personal note....Thank you, too the lurkers who stepped up and said "Hi" after our #13 question.

Aaronknits's picture

Wanted: Naturally Tussock 10 Ply #165

The swap/trade forum seems pretty underused, so I figured I'd give it a bump. 

I'm looking for up to ten skeins of Naturally Tussock 10 ply in color #165.  It's a navy blue with the plyester wrap thread.   I bought five at one of my LYS on a 50% clearance sale, and I'm going to need more of it, I just can't find it in any of the other stores in my area, and the few places I've found online that have than specific color in stock are charging way more than I want to pay unless I absolutely have to.  Same goes for having one of the stores order it for me.  But I figured if anyone finds this (in that color) at their LYS, especially if it's at a clearance price (I paid $3.50 a skein!), please let me know and I can send you money (Paypal, check. MO, whatever) to cover the cost of the yarn and some postage. 

April 2nd

knitting a hat

Well I am just starting on knitting a london beanie from a pattern I found online.  I was all excited with the needlemaster circ set I got until i realized if I knit on the circs I need to switch to dpns to finish the hat off...my question since ive never used circs, just learning now, and def not used dpns, is there a way to avoid the dpns? or no. and if not,can someone point me to a good guide for how to knit with dpns.?

March 31st

kiwiknitter's picture

Blocking

I am looking for information about what MWK members do when finishing a knitted garment  Do people block with pins and steam or only steam the loose pieces?  Which garments would be blocked/steamed and which would not?  How does one make the determination?  Do people block to straighten the pieces so they match or to plump-up the stitches to even out the surface of the fabric and even-out the stitches?  The literature gives differing opinions on the need for blocking so I'm curious to know the experiences and opinions of others in our little knitting communit

March 30th

Casting On

I learned to cast on using the long tail method (needle through loop on left thumb, wrap yarn, lift loop over needle), however I've never cared for the edge it creates on a ribbed piece such as a hat, sock or cuff.  I've spent some time trying to learn other methods of casting on but haven't found any good discussion of when to choose which one, and none of my swatches seems clearly superior to the others.  Which method do you prefer for a visible ribbed edge that is stretchy but not too loose and has a nice appearance and feel.  Or is the secret not in the method of casting on but rather in using a different size needle or in working the first round a certain way?

March 26th

Stitchcraft

Hi guys,

Did any of you catch the knitting program on Oxygen? The first one was March 5th @ 3pm. It does not seem to be airing any more. Lily Chin was the host & part of it was shot @ The Point in Greenwich Village. It was featuring Knit:1 magazine, Vogue............. Can it have folded already? 

March 24th

Weekly topic #14

Out of all the combinations; what is your favourite stitch and why?

March 20th

Help!

Hi!  I'm a new(ish) knitter working on my first big project.  I've done a lot of toques, scarves, and mittens and am now starting my first sweater.  And by starting I mean I bought all the wool and everything and now I can't start.

 The pattern says to cast on 35 sts using the long-tail cast-on method (which I think is how I was taught anyway, so that's fine)  but then it says to work triple yarn-over cast-on for 40 more stitches.  And then later to drop certain yarn-overs. 

 I am confused!  How do I do a triple yarn-over and then how do I drop the yos?

Can anyone help me?

March 19th

Jordan's picture

Illumination

Yesterday I was sitting in the sun, knitting away at a sock, and it occured to me just how much I loved the colors in the wool.  I usually knit in the evening, so had never seen the colors so clearly.  Since enjoying the wool is so much of the joy in knitting, I realized I have to get better lighting for my evening knitting.  Any suggestions for good light sources?  A lot of little task lights that I see are halogen--I love the quality of the light, but it's too hot.   What do you all use to see your knitting after the sun has set?