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September 23rd, 2006

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Hi all-

I am having trouble uploading pictures from my computer to this site. Don't know what I am doing wrong, but nothing appears. Should anyone know what I am doing wrong, please help.

If anyone is interested in seeing what I have been knitting, please visit my blog at:

http://wwwknit1prall2.blogspot.com/

Well it is the end of the week, and I have finished one of my projects previously mentioned. My one daughter was looking through some of my pattern books and saw a shawl that she really liked. So, I put down her project, after working on it for 3 days. Oh well, let's see what she has picked out.

The Shawl.

I have finished my other daughter, "T's" shawl. This can be seen on my blog. The project went quicker than I thought. The only problem with this pattern is that the ends of the knitting needles got caught in the stiches. I had to be careful not to knit the shawl to itself. Which I did once and didn't understand why I the shawl looked as it did. I got so fustrated that I pulled the whole thing apart and re-started it and didn't put it down until I completed it. I should have used circular needles. T says that she really likes it.

The Sweater

September 22nd

YarnGuy716's picture

I Met Sally Melville & Lucy Neatby

It's been nearly 2 weeks and I figured I should get off my "best intentions" and put a post up on this. On September 9th I traveled up to Kitchener, Ontario for the Waterloo County Knitter's Fair 2006, put on by the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter's Guild. It is the largest all knitting show in Canada, there were more than 50 different vendors there with everything you could possibly want for knitting.

Both Sally and Lucy are members of the KW Guild, so they were naturally a part of the day's event. Sally gave a presentation of "Sally's Top 10 Pet Peeve Questions." All about the questions that knitters are asked, the ones we wish people wouldn't ask, and how she handles them. It was entertaining, informative and she gave some personal insights on the knitting industry, where she thinks it's going and where she thinks some are dropping the ball for the future.

Lucy was there with her new DVD sets, which look outstanding. She was very approachable and really enjoyed talking with other knitters. I told her about the Men Who Knit website, which she thought was very exciting. She loves her male knitters and thinks that the best lace knitters she has ever met are men. That of course led me to brag about the outstanding knitters we have here. So if anyone's ears were ringing that day, I'm to blame for it.

How fantastic!!!

I have to tell you all, im so excited!!!
Steve and I threw a bit of a party tonight and after a few drinks etc I showed our guests what I've been working on. I've recently finished the Jacky Fee sweater, a fantastic long stocking hat and some felted clogs all of them are in awe!!!!

After weeks of ridicule from my so called "friends" I now have orders for several items, including lots of baby clothes, hats and cardgans etc. The best and most exciting thing is that one of the guys who ridiculed me the most is now asking, no sorry telling me that I MUST teach him how to knit!

So watch this space guys, we may have another member very soon

Love you all

Darren

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Let's get down to the real Knitty Gritty

Hey guys,

One of our new users, sedelman, happens to be a producer on Knitty Gritty which airs on the DIY Network.

They're seeking to improve their representation of the knitting community by featuring some guys on their show! If you're interested, I encourage you to get an touch with her.

Below is a message from her including her contact information:

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Hey You Hunky Knitters!

DIY's top-rated show, "Knitty Gritty" is looking for fun gentlemen to come into the studio with us and have a blast shooting their very own episode!

We will be taping December 1st through the 12th but we will only be booking for two more weeks.

You don't need to be a fabulous knitter, we just want America to see that MEN DO KNIT and they're good at it, damnit!

Give Sonya a call at 818.781.5600 ex 105 to discuss specifics!

Come on down guys! Help spread the word that ALL KINDS of people knit, not just little old grannies!

Contact sedelman@sdetv.com to discuss specifics.

Darrel's picture

New Yarn! Yay!

I just received an order from Knitpicks containing 4 balls of super-soft Suri Dream yarn. It's 74% Suri Alpaca, 22% wool, and 4% nylon and I love it!

It's so soft and fuzzy and the colors I chose are great. The best part, though, is the price – 143 yards for $5 and they have a non-hand-dyed version for only $4 a ball.

Sewing Rib Edge to Rib Edge

I'm finishing up a project that calls for me to sew a separate 1x1 rib piece to another piece that was started in a 1x1 rib. So I basically need to sew a 1x1 rib edge to another 1x1 rib edge.

I am in essence adding 2 shoulder straps to make a high-waisted (basically sitting at the top of the chest) "overalls". The garment is for a baby so I want to use the smoothest finishing technique. I've never sewn a rib to a rib. I searched the web and read some of my technique books but can't find any explanations on the best way to sew the pieces together.

Any help and/or links to illustration how tos would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks...Keith

September 21st

Weeks almost Over

Well this week is almost over and I am gald... It has been a crappy week... I feel that I work with stupid people. Any way I do not need to be bitching about work to you guys so I will stop.
So I did not have as much of a product time weekend as I planned.. I ended up doing things with my wife... But I did get a total of around 3 hours knitting in the whole weekend. Which is more then I have done all week. I have been to tired to knit most nights.

However I have a feeling things will be getting better which is a good thing. I really miss knitting.

later

kiwiknitter's picture

Steek Question

I am currently working on a jumper for which I intend to steek the arm holes. I would appreciate hearing from any members of MWK who have done armhole steeks. My question is: how many stitches did you allow for the sleeve hole? The reference sources I can find give a range from 1 to 6 stitches.

Any assistance will be appreciated.

GrammarCop's picture

Knit one, fly too

I'm sure this topic has been covered to death, but can we humor a newbie? I have to fly to Phoenix this weekend to attend a funeral. I'd like to take along the scarf I'm working on, and I've already checked the TSA site to note that knitting needles and crochet hooks are acceptable carry-ons. I note, too, that pointy scissors with blades of less than 4 inches are apparently allowable.

So I should be in the clear, right? I'll have to check my tapestry needles and long scissors, but I'm assuming I won't have a problem carrying a few balls of yarn, a couple of circular needles, a yarn gauge, some short scissors and a crochet hook in my knitting bag.

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need tips on felting

I must be doing someting wrong. Felted purses seem to do ok. When I felted my first pair of clogs, they were wrinkly, didnt' felt up nice and smooth at all like the pictures you guys have on here. I have a front loader. I'm just not happy with how it felts. I'm gonna have to find a top loader, take things out often, stretch, etc. I usually felt with jeans and tennis shoes. Any other tips on how to felt the clogs? I'm a very loose knitter. I know that's kinda strange for a newbie, but I'm very loose. I dont' know if thats good or bad. I am also a continental knitter. I think that's one reason I'm so loose. Any tips or pointers would be appreciated.