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grandcarriage's picture

Spinners, HELP!

Someone on this site works for a mill that spins some gorgeous and reasonably priced yarns, but I can't remember who it is or find the link... Does this ring a bell to anyone? I'm thinking it is in NC or some other southern state...

Thanks!

December 30th

grandcarriage's picture

I can't decide

I've decided, that after the afghan fiasco, I need something more fabulous and substantial than socks. I need to do a sweater FOR ME!

SO, I'm trying to pick between making a cardigan out of merino frappe (kind of light and floaty, with a bit of fuzzyiness, like a short hair mohair). (kind of a cranberry-rust heather)

Another side to side pullover in this shockingly murky bronze-merlot to emerald and sapphire space dyed mohair (the fastest to knit, to be sure).

Or, the ultimate, a Carhardt inspired zippered cardigan of 20+ year old orange toned lumpy handspun Donegal tweed combined with a green-copper-cranberry manos del uruguay, and a frosted pumpkin orange worsted mohair...
(This last one should stop traffic with it's beauty and truly be a stunner, but take the longest to do....

What say you guys?

Aaronknits's picture

Never Knit Your Man A Sweater...

(unless you've got the ring first)

I picked this book up this morning at Border's. Though not necessarily geared towards the male knitter, the projects are certainly created with the male recipient in mind. What appealed to me most (aside from being a book full of stuff for us guys) is that the prerequisite knitting instructions which seem to take up the first 25% of most books is absent. This one apparently assumes you've got all that stuff down already and jumps right into the patterns. There is a very brief section at the end explaining some of the special techniques used in some of the patterns throughout the book.

The patterns are presented in stages apparently to correspond with the stages of a new relationship with appropriate introductory paragraphs. There are some really great looking simple and quick items as well as more challenging and time consuming projects. The last of which are some really great looking vests and sweaters.

This book also has another great laptop cover pattern. (I saw a few of these while browsing books this morning) So now I need to decide which one to make for the hubby. I really like the one in Knitting With Balls, but it's

MasonM's picture

This Is Too Cool!

After several botched and frogged attempts my 2x2 ribbed scarf is starting to come together for me. Admittedly I've only done a few rows so far, but they're rows without added/dropped stitches and are looking reasonably even.

Now that I have a few rows done I can see the pattern starting to reveal itself and it's just very cool to see. It's actually starting to look like something.

Maybe I can do this after all.

dvl2sum's picture

please help

Is anyone familiar with Entralac-ing? I found this pattern in Vogue Knitting, which is probably way beyond my abilities, and I'm having a hard deciphering what it's telling me to do once I get to a certain point in the patern.

MasonM's picture

Frogged It Again

I gave up on that super bulky extra fuzzy yarn for now. The stuff it just so fuzzy it's hard for me to see what I am doing and tough to work with and I'm not experienced enough for that yet.

I have started another scarf but instead of a straight garter stitch I am trying doing 2x2 ribbing for it. The K2,P2,K2,P2... is forcing me to slow down, count stitches, and make sure I'm not adding any extra stitches in the rows. So far so good.

I might eventually actually finish one.

December 29th

calboy2's picture

Howdy!

Well I'm new to this site and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Marty and I live in Noe Valley in the beautiful city of San Francisco. I was taught how to knit a few months ago in a men's therapy group as a way as a therapeutic technique! I have really enjoyed it and find it really helps me to relax. Anyway, I just completed my 2nd scarf and attached a picture of it. This is a pic of my friend who I knit the scarf for. K3P3 over and over. But I loved it. Anyway, hope to chat with ya'll sometime.
Peace
Marty

kiwiknitter's picture

Bamboo Marker Pins

I just received these wonderful bamboo marker pins from Knitty-noddy:

http://www.knitty-noddy.com/component/page,shop.flypage/product_id,1966/category_id,ef9c6c07bb0a62826f0280ac28a68a42/option,com_phpshop/

I use pins for marking-out sections for knitting-up the stitches of collars and sleeves. I've been using metal pins which I didn't care for, especially when I would continuously prick myself on their sharp ends. These pins are not sharp enough to injure but are just lovely to handle and use. Naturally, they will work great when sewing up flat pieces of knitting fabric. If you're looking for a nice inexpensive gift to yourself, I suggest a package of these!

BTW: Evelyn is a very nice person to deal with! I bought my Filati Mens 5 pattern book from her and am happy with both transactions.

grandcarriage's picture

The afghan he didn't like.

Well, here it is in all it's 150+ hour glory. It was supposed to have a crocheted border (although I think garter stitch would be or horizontal stripe of K and P rows would be better). He HAD to have it on the 26th, and I didn't have the time or inclination to spin anymore yarn, or knit more for him. Not worth the effort to complain...but I think it turned out gorgeous. It measures 4x4 as is, and is samoyed blended or plied with silk, wool, alpaca, or mohair (or chenille). All in all, there were 12 different yarns designed for it. I will get more sammy fur from a dog breeder and will knit the next one more open (but not for this guy...It will be for charity). That is the only change I would make to the design. This one is drapey, but more of a sweater weight in the end. Samoyed yarn has a surprising amount of memory. Enjoy.

MasonM's picture

Oh Good Grief! How Did I Do this?

I am a little puzzled. I've been knitting on this scarf. I cast on 14 stitches. I've been knitting along and noticed that the scarf has gotten wider.

I started with 14 stitches and now I somehow have 22. How did I manage to do this?

Geez, and I thought I was doing so much better. This stuff is harder than I thought, or I am dumber than I thought.