Liz Lovick will be offering some online courses on Ganseys
The first workshops starts on 7th October on the Traditional Knitting Yahoo list
Then in January it will be repeated on the EZasPi list
she says regarding the classes:
"will be looking at the patterns used on some of the fishermen's sweaters round the UK, along with some of the the history and fables associated with ganseys. ... there will be patterns posted, and ideas for making them your own. ... the patterns will start small, and work up to a gansey itself, both in the traditional 5 ply and the aran weight often used here in Orkney."
How "Butch" is this??? ...a forged steel hook for carrying a ball of yarn while you knit... http://www.cjpatterns.com/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=CJP&Product_Code=KW
I have recently started to try llusion knitting, but i still don't understand how it works so if anyone here knows how it works could you please explain it to me.
Just last night, I received my copies of the new DVDs from Lucy Neatby (http://www.tradewindknits.com/) These are the first two: Knitting Essentials 1 and 2. She covers everything a new knitter needs to know, with a lot of tips and techniques for more experienced knitters. She discusses gauge, cast-ons, cast-offs, seams, cutting into knitting, and much more! These are very well done in Lucy's clear, concise simple style. It is very well produced, with clear views of the techniques from the knitter's viewpoint (so necessary to understand what to do) which I particularly liked.
( this was sent to me... I have nothing to do with it) ...a great opportunity for anyone who designs knitting/crochet patterns. Accord Publishing is gathering designs for their Knitting Pattern-a-Day and Crochet Pattern-a-Day calendars. Bella Web Design, Inc. and Accord Publishing are looking for new and creative designers to contribute to the 2008 Knitting Pattern-a-Day and Crochet Calendar-a-Day publications. We are looking for 320 submissions by January 1, 2007. If you are interested, please go to and submit your design and at least one image (If you can't take a picture of it, you can send it to Accord Publishing and they will take one for you).
I am looking for a pattern for a hunter hat: The kind that hunters wear, with the fold up or down ear flaps. Has anyone ever seen one?
I don't see any recent posts about this, but I may have overlooked it/them. Just in case....today (09/08) is the close of signups for the Sock Wars!
The main site has been updated since the post above, that is here at Yarn Monkey's Hurry! Go sign up! They've already announced prizes! (Did someone say prizes?!)
They're clogs!!! I just pulled them out of the washer and I'm SO HAPPY!!!
They're still damp but I'm wearing them around the house. I don't want to take them off! Once they're dry and I can give them a shave, I'll post a photo. But here's my thoughts at the moment:
I think this is very nearly the perfect pattern. They knit up quickly. They're easy, but challenging enough to keep things interesting. They're well designed (the double thick bumper sole is genius). They afford some opportunities for creativity and customization. They'll make a great gift. They're kind of magical!
Hey Guys, I need some help. I finished my clogs and started the felting process yesterday. I don't have my own washing machine and use the coin-op one in the basement of my building. It's a VERY BASIC machine. There is no way to alter its routine one iota. I tried to fake it out by taking out water after it had filled, so I'd meet the low-water requirement. The knitting gods and goddesses had to be laughing because after spending 20 minutes scooping out water, I closed the lid and the machine filled up again. LOL. I stuffed the d**n thing with jeans. This was after 3 cycles. The wash cycle lasts about 15 minutes tops and the rinse cycle, no choice, is cold. After 5 cycles, I've got a nice felt going on, but they are way too big. Except for the last, I took the clogs out for the spin and rinse cycles. My last effort was to throw them in the dryer on high for about 15 minutes.
Hey, is anyone still working on their clogs? I think I'm actually going to finish my first pair tomorrow!!! I'm pretty excited, but a bit nervous and I've got two questions:
1. For those who did the bumper sole, did you do anything to the cast-off edge to tack it in place or does the felting take care of it? Mine sort of rolls down and sits next to the sole. It looks fine, but I'm wondering if the felting locks it into place?
2. The pattern says to tack the two layers of the sole together as the last step before felting and gives a warning about stitch length (if the stitch is too long is can distort the sole?) Did anyone have any issues with that? Any advice?