Archive - Forum topic

February 19th, 2006

Weekly topic #10

Do you get advice/help mostly from books, online sites, local yarn store or friends?

KilgoreTrout's picture

holes in my socks!!

Hey men!  Well I've become addicted to knitting babysocks.  They're so damn cute I can't stop! (check out the first pair at kilgoretrout.wordpress.com/test) My problem comes in when I turn the heel.  Like many sock knitters, I end up with a series of holes going up the gusset as I "turn" the heel.  I've tried knitting this tighter in that area, and asked many knitters, but they answer I get is the same: "I have that problem too, not sure what to do, just sew up the holes at the end".   Yes yes, sew up the holes, that's what I'm doing.  It only takes a few minutes and the finished product looks presentable, but theres GOT to be a way to knit a heel without these holes!  any ideas?

February 18th

New to the Group

I just joined the group and am so excited to know that there are so many of us out there!  The projects that have been posted are really inspiring.

I have only been knitting for about a year now but am totally hooked!  I am working on a henley style sweater now and will, hopefully soon, have pictures to post.

Just wanted to drop a quick hello.  Not even sure if I have posted this correctly.

Knit on!

Luke

February 16th

Jordan's picture

Decreasing with stripes

Here's a question about decreasing while working with stripes.

I'm decreasing at the top of a hat, knit in the round, entirely in stocking stitch.  The hat is striped--4 rounds of each color.  The pattern calls for decreasing every-other row, sometimes SSK, and sometimes K2tog. 

My question: would it be better to decrease on rounds 1 and 3 of each stripe, or rounds 2 and 4?  Or does it matter?  I haven't tried it yet, but my guess it that decreasing on round 1 might look funky.  Whereas decreasing on round 4 might be okay.  Does anyone have experience with this?

Gabriel's picture

Madrona Fiber Arts

Hey guys,

I just wanted to fill you all in on a wonderful time had by all at the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival. It was held in Tacoma, Wa last weekend. My friend Lisa and I attended the festival and then guided ourselves through the Pacific Northwest knit shops....from Portland to Seattle. The artists that are all over out there are incredible. Everything from Cashmere rovings felted onto silk scarves to Mongolian Camel hair and beyond! My new favorite knit shop is Tricoter in Seattle.....if you have not been you should treat yourselves. I have more info if anyone is interested you can message me....so we won't have to bore the others not as interested. Thanks for listening!!!

February 11th

Felting

This afternoon, I have been experimenting with felting - maybe fulling.  Not intentionally you understand but on account of forgetting I had a sweater in the drum of the washing machine before putting on a hot wash.  Adding injury to insult I also washed several paper tissues with it as well.  The Cardigan I bought in Austria at Christmas is now several sizes too small, rather hard and has little bits of papier mache worked into the fabric.

Ulf - this is an old-english technique called not paying attention when doing the laundry.

February 10th

Weekly topic #9

As men who knit, that are disatisfied with the availability of patterns available to us; how can we go about changing that?

The magazines & online sites have 90% of content devoted to women.

Where are the designers for men? 

February 9th

<#$$#@&@!$#@$> Eyelash yarn

Just took something like 45 minutes to knit my 1st 3 rows useing eyelash yarn.... does this stuff get any easier or is it the evil creation it seems to be? I am makeing something for my wife, and wondering if it may be better to use something else, or if I just need to get use to this stuff...

 

 

 

Randy Bear's picture

Has anyone used dog hair as a fiber?

My partner and I raise and show Shetland Sheepdogs.  They generate a LOT of shed hair, generally the soft, downy undercoat.

I saved the (cleaner) combout hair with the intent to spin and knit with the hair.  The resources I found recommended carding in some wool to allow for a slightly looser twist upon spinning (wool has scales that interlock and allow the fibers to hold together under looser tention, apparently).

Well, I could never figure out the damn spinning wheel and gave up.  If anyone knows where I can send a big bag of clean dog hair for spinning, please let me know.

February 5th

JPaul's picture

Knitting Groups-Suggestions, Opinions, Experiences, etc.

Location, location, location...one of our knitting groups folded after a few month, the other is still going strong.  I think there were several factors involved, but location was the biggest.

One was held in a well-lit cafe (there are extra lights that get turned on when the knitters are there) with two comfy couches and plenty of room to pull up additional chairs (different kinds of seating is a plus).  The cafe has a good menu with lots of choices (food and beverages, sandwiches, salads, coffee, wine, beer, etc).  Music, but not so loud that it makes conversation difficult.