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 :)?
My thanks to whomever began this - I'm new to SF and have been looking for just such a group. If anyone is interested in starting regular get-togethers, let me know. I'm near Upper Market/Castro.
Ever since I began knitting a few weeks ago, the most rewarding aspect that I have experienced has been the meditative state that I enter once knitting. I have found that I knit at a faster pace when I have something on my mind and end up knitting for a longer period of time as well. After a while, (and many, many rows) I can look at my work and feel that I have worked through something mentally and I actually have a physical representation of it! I find it very rewarding and extremely calming. I find myself not caring what it is that I'm making, but just that I am going through the process. Does anyone else have a similar experience?