I've been a lurker for a while and thought I should post something... I've been knitting for over 20 years, taught myself in college from a book.
I'm currently working on a cable sweater in alpaca/silk/wool from Knitpicks. I already made one sweater with this yarn and just had to have more!!
I just finished a sweater in hemp/wool for a book due out sometime next year.
I also have a t-shirt sweater in cotton and a long sock scarf going in the sidelines.
If any of you guys in the Atlanta area are looking for a group to knit with, check out the Atlanta Stitch-n-bitch group in Yahoo groups. We meet several places around town and there are 4 of us (men) who regularly attend. We are trying to get more men to join us.
For those who like to knit bi-lingually, here is a great page for translations of knitting terms. The languages are English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.
Out of necessity and lack of money, when I got interested in knitting back in 2001 I started making my own knitting equipment. Also because I'm a cheap bastard and don't believe in investing a lot into something I might not like. If I can do it, so can you.
First I started with coat hangers, the kind that always seems to collect at the bottom of the closet. Cut to length with pliers and the ends filed to shape, most turn out to be nice US#1 DPN's. The larger diameter plastic ones seem to have a lot of air bubbles inside, so they can be a little frustrating if you want the point exactly in the center like "store-bought" needles.
Since I will be out of town and south of Darrel starting Friday I wanted to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year for 2006!! Costa Rica here we come!!
Hope everyone is having a great holiday season. My best Christmas gift aside from 9 (yes, 9) knitting books were two skeins of buffalo. Has anyone used this fiber yet??? From what I have seen it is amazing...you knit the garment and then felt it much like wool. However when it is felted it is even softer than cashmere! It is produced here in Oklahoma and the stuff is expensive...$52 per skein! I haven't decided what I will be making but I will post it when I do. So let me know if any have used it?!
OK be honest, how busy were you for the Holidays?
How many gifts did you knit & what were they?
My circular needles are getting out of hand. I have the Boye's interchangables, (awesome things) but I still have Addis and Susan Bates, and keeping them bound together with a twist tie in a box with other knitting paraphernalia is neither charming nor neat. How does everyone store their circulars?
I have not written much, but my scarf is coming along . It just takes me a long time to knit, unless is a cable sweater, which I love. I am looking forward to the new year and have in my goals make some socks, which Ihave never done before. I may even try ti knit a cap with the foru needles first before I do the socks. I got mysel a nice holiday present, a set of Boye's circular needle set with interchangeable needles. What can I say I am a good bad boy.
I am in need of some guidance with socks. I've been an avid sock knitter for two years and am tired of having to patch the holes where the heel meets the instep. I have this problem whether doing a short row or heel flap-type heel. Any suggestions?