You might enjoy looking at this on line exhibit of Hats and Handbags by friends and students of Prudence Mapstone.
Wonderful colourful work!
I mentioned at the "Men Who Knit" gathering tonight ... that the book "Knitting on the Edge" by Nicky Epstein....is available from Hamilton Books at the discounted price of $19.95...plus shipping...
KNITTING ON THE EDGE: Ribs, Ruffles, Lace, Fringes, Flora, Points & Picots.
By Nicky Epstein.
Comprehensive and indispensable reference guide to 350 types of edgings and decorative borders. Features styles that will work for any yarn and any size needle that will allow knitters to customize their designs into one-of-a-kind creations. Fully illustrated in color. 168 pages. Size 11 x 81⁄2 inches. Published by Sixth&Spring.
Ok . . . I'm sitting here in St. Louis, Missouri and I'm jealous! I read messages about groups getting together in SF and NY and I wonder how I might get something going here. There are a number of 'stitch 'n bitch' groups that meet in various parts of the city, but they're all women. I'd love to get a group going for men. I know there are men who knit here--I've seen them in yarn shops! If anyone has any ideas of how I might go about getting something started, I'd be grateful for your thoughts.
I just read this article and there's a section that reads "And these are knit at 18-20 stitches per inch, with up to four colors per row. *Every* stitch is twisted so there are no floats, and they are worked without charts. Amazing."
My vocabulary is still weak, but what is meant by twisting each stitch? I thought a twisted stitch was like a knit stitch where you insert the needle from the back, rather than the front... regardless, how can you knit four colors in a row with no floats? does this involve live roosters or chicken bones?
Does anyone know anything about mosaic knitting? In particular, I'm curious as to what the WS looks like.
I'm using this yarn in a scarf.....I'll try to post a picture when it actually looks more like a scarf than a hotpad. Anyway....
49% Wool, 59% Rayon...Acts a lot like cotton when you're knitting it. Not a lot of stretch in the yarn itself, although the pattern stitch I'm using (a waffle stitch) makes a really elastic fabric. My scarf is 6" wide and I got about 7.5" in length from one skein (50g, 100 yards), so the waffle stitch uses a lot of yarn! I had to go back and buy more.
I'm using size 7 needles, but I should probably be knitting the scarf on 9's so it would have a little more drape...7's would be about right for straight stockinette, I think.
Your roomie just came over (we were having our Men Who Don't Knit meeting, as you know), and he was wearing a dope-ass hat that you just made! I'm so glad that you not only made his stupid ass put a hat on his head before he left the house, but that it was such a fashionable and fun one such as your new hat! I thought to myself, what a great hat...and then it dawned on me that I had seen those colors in a big ball of yarn.
You like became a badass knitter like overnight. Keep on rockin it!
One of the best knitting tips I ever got...
Circular needles aren't just for knitting in the round! They're also GREAT for flat knitting (back and forth) because you don't have the long straight needles sticking out past your elbows! It's like working with smaller, more manueverable needles, much more comfortable.
And you can choose a length that's appropriate for your project. I'm working a scarf on 16" circular needles right now. If you're doing something bigger, like a sweater front or back, you can use a longer set that will accomodate all of your stiches and the needle itself still fits in your hands.
Does anyone have a good resource for information about blocking? I know that blocking only works on natural fiber. I understand the principal, but would love detailed information before I start soaking and stretching something I've invested hours in creating. With my luck, my 7" x 60" basket-weave scarf will turn out 2" x 300"!
I'm planning to make a scarf for my wife (once my current project is finished... no, I don't have an attention span ;), but I'm having a heck of a time finding decent patterns online. I've come across a few here and there (in particular, this simple cabled scarf), but not that many, otherwise. So, any suggestions? Any online pattern repositories that people recommend (preferably with pictures of the final product :)?