I saw a book in Yarn Garden (they started advertising in the local G/L rag, so I'm supporting them a little more, now) that really impressed my "Knitting for 30 years, jaded self when it comes to books." and that is "The Big Book Of Knitting" by Katharina Buss. It seemed VERY COMPLETE, VERY CLEAR, WELL ILLUSTRATED AND WELL EXPLANED. (and I like the fact that the displays WEREN'T done in 1970 yellow, pink, or green synthethic...yuk) Check it out for yourself.
I finally found someone to pose in my Mom's sweater - I finished this a week or so ago and was trying to find someone who would hold still that I could get it wrapped around! (I am learning quickly that it's hard to find people to play model; many folks don't want their faces photographed) - this one was a bear for two reasons - problem number one was I ended up needing 3 more balls of yarn to finish the sweater, but there was none left in this dye lot - Luckily, Bishops had a color almost EXACTLY the same - it's not noticeable at all. The second problem was when I was attaching the pieces together - part A: - I sewed one of the sides totally wrong - so it has the seam on the outside - very fashionable but not the look I wanted - so it had to be ripped out and redone - (luckily, I know the trick of using a "different" yarn to sew up my pieces - so it's easier to see the yarn you use to attach the pieces!) - part B: - I sewed my last arm on inside out! (I did this on the other sweater I made for Sheila also!) -
I mailed this out to my mom in her Holiday package today - she will get it in time for Christmas! I hope she'll wear it, and with any luck, I might get a photo of her in it - I didn't do it, but I was thinking of sending out a gift certificate for a photo package at walmart or something in the hopes that she'd model it for me also!
Hello guys - I am trying to do a scarf now that has circles in intarsia built into it - I understand using differnt colors of yarn for each part of the pattern, and I get that you're supposed to have two different "skeins" of yarn for a "right" and "left" side of a pattern when there's a second color in the middle of the row - but here's where I got confused last night (and ended up ripping the project out) -
what do you do when your contrasting colors don't line up from row to row? (like in a curve) - the "back" of the piece is not hidden so it's not like I can just carry yarn like in fair isle... the only thing I could think might be the answer would be to cut and re-start each row for the different colors -
anyone have any ideas on where I can go to figure this out? I want to get knitting on this before I will be able to get to my LYS... so I'm askin my yarn boys!
help help help!
My copy of "Finishing Techniques For Hand Knitting: Give Your Knitting that Professional Look" by Sharon Brant arrived today from amazon.com.
I think I was hooked by the title, thinking that this would be a book of "cold, hard knitting facts" (as my knitting buddy Azza says) but it's just another knitting book. It is filled with the basics and some patterns; end of the story. There is nothing new or exciting in this book. I wouldn't even recommend it as a learner's book as I've seen much better on the market.
The title is so misleading that I thought the cover must have been accidentally put over the wrong contents. If you are considering purchasing this book, save your money and don't! In my opinion, it is a complete disappointment. I won't even waste my time taking a photo of it and up-loading it here.
I am actually knitting a scarf on the round and I finished the Santa Hat that is in the picture. Have a Happy Holidat Season everyone, No matter what you celebrate!
Here are two scarves finished for Christmas gifts. I'm disappointed with the picture of the cable scarf. It is Malabrigo and such wonderful colors which worked so well with the cables. Red one is a soft wool from China. Red scarf took a long weekend start-to-finish--cable took what seemed an eternity. Happy holidays!
...finished my Kilt socks a week ago...and wore them last night to a big Christmas dinner. They're knitted of a double strand of merino wool...#5 & #6 needles....my own adaptation of a basic sock pattern...
...it took a while to get the stitch count so the cables wouldn't be too streched out at the calf...
..there are decreases at center back which make nice chevrons of the cables...
This is my second pair... knitted a pair for my son for last Christmas and liked them so much I did a pair for me... just started a grey alpaca pair for me, yesterday...they may not wear as well...but they feel great while knitting...
(this is copied from the new Lacis newsletter)
Now that lace knitting is coming into its own, American knitters are discovering a whole new world of lace knitting publications. Many are dismayed to find that some of the most beautiful patterns are written in German, Danish, Italian, Estonian and other non-English languages. Kaethe Kliot and her husband Jules were an important force in preserving many wonderful German patterns for kunststricken ("art knitting") and making them available to English-speaking knitters, and over the years and Lacis has become well known as a source for hard-to-find lace publications, as well as tiny needles and fine yarns and threads, so we at Lacis feel a special connection to this particular art form.
Now we are pleased to offer a wonderful resource for those who want to explore these patterns but have been impeded by the language barrier. The revised version of KNITTING LANGUAGES by Margaret Heathman is just the thing we all need. It gives bilingual lists of knitting and color terms that translate into U.S. English from Danish, British English, Estonian, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, and Swedish (as well as reverse lists that translate from U.S. English into those languages). In addition, there is a very helpful explanation of the various ways patterns are presented in various countries. Even though there's not a single pattern in it, this is the best addition to my lace knitting basket in a very long time.
Morning out there,
Our work has taken on a service project this year and we are working with the local senior center. Two employees each adopted a senior and we are going to visit today. I, of course, couldn't resist digging into my scarf stash and finding the right one to give a way.
So many options for charitable knitting.