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October 19th, 2006

MMario's picture

OT:the other side of life...

yes - there is life outside of knitting. I know, it was a surprise to me as well, *grin*

But I've discovered it is much less boring burning my CD's while knitting then not. I'm restocking for a trip this weekend - will probably spend tonight getting covers and inserts printed and assembling the things - worse then finishing off knitting! And wondering if it is kosher to mention my Christmas album....makes a great stocking gift....

October 18th

Perfect Lace?

Does perfect lace exist? I finally found the nerve, purchased a really fine mohair/silk blend yarn, and cast on to knit a simple pattern of diagonal 'holes' across a narrow scarf.

I'm doing well overall, but there have been problems, which I've been able to 'fix' by picking up yarn for missed yarn overs, by adding stitches when necessary, or decreasing when I mysteriously had too many stitches.

Even though the fixed spots stand out like a sore thumb to me, overall the lacey effect is pleasing, and the piece does look very nice.

I am trying my best, but errors to happen. Should I set lace aside forever, men? Or continue to fix as necessary, and just enjoy the knitting? Does it ever get easier to follow those patterns?

Does perfect lace exist?

Thanks for any input!

Gene

Debbie Stoller Requests Submissions

I received an email from the Stitch 'n Bitch mailing list that Debbie Stoller is in the process of writing a Stitch 'n Bitch of Men's and Boy's Patterns. She is looking for pattern submissions. Here is the content of the email for those who are interested.

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Hey everyone-

I'm working on another book, and this one's going to be full of knit and crochet projects for men (and boys). I've already got a bunch of fab stuff together, but I still need a few more submissions. I'm looking for socks, gloves, hats, scarves, sweaters, bags, and anything else you can think of. If you've got something you'd like to contribute, please send an email to stitchnbitch@bust.com by November 3rd (or before) You may send photos of completed items, or sketches of items you're proposing along with a photo of a (large) swatch knit or crocheted in the manner that you'd like to do the project. YOu don't have to try and get an entire sweater done by November 3rd, so don't sweat it. If I am able to include your project, you will be paid for your pattern and provided with all the yarn you need to work up a sample for the book.

I'm looking for stuff that men will actually wear or use, so if you're female and you've got an idea, run it past a person of the male persuasion and get their input before sending it off. I want to put an end to the curse of the boyfriend sweater, with a book full of boy-tested, boy-approved projects. Male stitchers are particuarly invited to contribute!

October 17th

Eikon's picture

Toasty socks

Lamb's Pride on 7's sing the Knitting pure and simple base pattern.
They should keep feet nice and warm.

~Jason

Old Sock Knitting Machine

I have acquired an early 20th century 'Golden Fleece' sock knitting machine. It's an English make but most, I understand, are American. It would appear to be complete but utterly baffling. Such web sites that exist about them give details of their history but not much information about how to use them.
I'd love to get it working and grind away the winter evenings turning out more socks than I could ever wear but I need to collect information about these machines to get some understanding about how to get started. If young girls in WWl managed to make comforts for the troops using these, then I ought to be able to manage it somehow...
Does anyone have any experience of these machines?

OKknitguy's picture

2 new purses

Here are the two purses I finished. Used Cascade and Noro Silk Garden and one with Plymouth Outback.

OKknitguy's picture

2 new purses

OK, got the tattoo last Wednesday. I love it. Still sore. Took 3 1/2 hours, but I love the results. Will post a pic once it heals. Got after my knitting on Sunday. Finished two purses. I've never poked a hole thru the purse after felting before. It was kinda scary! But I like the end result. Also finished my first double reverse cable scarf. Been workin on that thing for like a month! Decided I had too many projects 1/2 way done and needed to get the majority finished up.

ronhuber's picture

Baby Surprise Jacket

Just finished an Elizabeth Zimmermann Baby Surprise Jacket from left over Briggs and Little wool. It was fun to do and is almost instant gratification. Still have to put buttons on it.

October 16th

grandcarriage's picture

the joy of socks

Well I just got back from SF Stompede dance convention with the ever wonderful Steve, aka Bug or "BUG-WUG" {dodgingwindshields.com) my friend who was one of the ASL interpreters. Did I hand off my Sockwars socks to my victim who lived there? Of course not! I brought them back up to Portland with me and just stuck them in the mail. When I got home, I found out that I had been "Killed" by my NY assasin, and that her socks looked NOTHING like mine. Of course, I have to look at the pattern and figure out if I did something wrong. Although the socks I received have some obvious "BURPS" in the pattern, I love them. Very cool. I knit some obnoxiously colorful socks using the same pattern but taller and in a K3 P3 rib. Got one full sock done on the trip down and back (1 1/2hrs each way=3 hours total) much to the amazement of the flight crew and fellow passengers... I used to HATE FLYING, and now it is, OH BOY! Guilt free knitting time! "Look at me... I am so much more productive than you...playing solitaire on your laptop!"

Pictures to follow,
Bob

MMario's picture

Purl 3 together versus SSPP

okay - I've been having problems with purl 3 together - small needles, fuzzy teensy yarn.

on the other hand I can slip 2 stitches purlwise (with yarn in front) purl one and pass slipped stitches over with barely a thought. As far as I can see they look identical when finished.

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