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February 11th, 2006

Other new thing

Casting on with two colors separately

Recently I wanted to knit something using two colors of yarn from the cast-on row, but I didn't want to "wrap" the yarns. That is, I wanted to cast on 1 "stitch" of color A and then one stitch of color B.

So I did. I cast on 1 st of A, then 1 st of B, then 1 of A, then 1 of B and kept repeating that A/B/A/B cast-oning. (Might one call the Abba Cast-on?)

Then I PURLED the first row using ONLY color A. Then, turning, I purled right back in A on row 2.

Then for row 3, I purled using only B -- and purled back in B for row 4.

Two new things I've stumbled onto

Hey, guys.

I've "discovered" a couple of teriffic knitting "things" recently and I want to spread it around. Feel free to tell me, "Thanks, Jerry; you're the last male knitter on earth to have discovered these."

That possibility notwithstanding . . .

The "Mistake Stitch Rib"  (apparently also called Mistake Rib)

  1. # 7 using worsted for example 
  2. Cast on in multiples of 4 + 3
  3. Work a "normal" 2 x 2 rib (*k2, p2* 'til dizzyness sets in) EXCEPT MAKE THOSE FINAL 3 STS K2, P1.
  4. Turn
  5. Repeat numb 3 above EXACTLY.
    1. "Exactly" means pay absolutely no attention to the the row you just completed and you're now knitting into.
    2. I.e., k2, p2 across and working final 3 sts k2 p1.
    3. When (not if) you loose your place, either (a) review you k2p2 progress across the row and jump back in, or (b) figure out your own keep-track method relative to the row you're knitting into: your k2's are knit into a final k and a first p.
  6. That's it.  Keep repeating the pattern described in number 3 above.

This gives a beautiful and unusual sport look -- wider than regular 2 x 2 but still springy.  It's also the same on both sides (good for, say, scarfs scarves?)

potterdc's picture

The 10 Year Old Afghan

(By which I am not refering to a chlld from Jalalibad!)

In 1996 working for the American Red Cross during a hurricane, I slipt and fell down a flight of exterior stairs, ending up with four torn ligaments in my ankle.  As you can imagine, I was laid up for quite some time.  Knowing I'd be spending a lot of time in bed with the foot elevated, I had the Best Beloved (1) move the tv upstairs to the bedroom and (2) go buy me a lot of worsted weight yarn, and I started work on the afghan pictured here (I imagine, 9child, that this is where I gained profenciency in knitting and watching TV!).  In time, my ankle healed, and the unfinished afghan got stuffed into a bag.

Felting

This afternoon, I have been experimenting with felting - maybe fulling.  Not intentionally you understand but on account of forgetting I had a sweater in the drum of the washing machine before putting on a hot wash.  Adding injury to insult I also washed several paper tissues with it as well.  The Cardigan I bought in Austria at Christmas is now several sizes too small, rather hard and has little bits of papier mache worked into the fabric.

Ulf - this is an old-english technique called not paying attention when doing the laundry.

February 10th

Weekly topic #9

As men who knit, that are disatisfied with the availability of patterns available to us; how can we go about changing that?

The magazines & online sites have 90% of content devoted to women.

Where are the designers for men? 

February 9th

technocowboy's picture

Because I'm dumb.

I gave my partner two skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn in the Pinstripe colorway for Xmas, because he's been wanting some fingerless gloves so he can still type when his hands get cold.  I, being the loving man I am, offered to learn how to knit said fingerless gloves.  Here's where the 'because I'm dumb' part comes in:  I don't have a pattern.  I thought about doing the Broadstreet Mitten from Knitty for him, since they're made with a sock yarn, but he wants the thumb to be cut off, like the fingers.  Is that something I can do?  Just bind off where I want them to stop?  Also, the instructions for the other hand say 'just reverse the instructions'.  Vague much, then?

<#$$#@&@!$#@$> Eyelash yarn

Just took something like 45 minutes to knit my 1st 3 rows useing eyelash yarn.... does this stuff get any easier or is it the evil creation it seems to be? I am makeing something for my wife, and wondering if it may be better to use something else, or if I just need to get use to this stuff...

 

 

 

Randy Bear's picture

Has anyone used dog hair as a fiber?

My partner and I raise and show Shetland Sheepdogs.  They generate a LOT of shed hair, generally the soft, downy undercoat.

I saved the (cleaner) combout hair with the intent to spin and knit with the hair.  The resources I found recommended carding in some wool to allow for a slightly looser twist upon spinning (wool has scales that interlock and allow the fibers to hold together under looser tention, apparently).

Well, I could never figure out the damn spinning wheel and gave up.  If anyone knows where I can send a big bag of clean dog hair for spinning, please let me know.

drmel94's picture

Back on the needles

mitten 1After a bit of a hiatus and since winter has finally returned, I started back up again on the mittens I'd started for myself. This is a two layer mitten, with an inner layer of baby alpaca and an outer layer in a border leicester cross handspun that I picked up at Rhinebeck in October. I did the inner layer first using a provisional cast on, then went back and picked up the stitches for the outer layer. The basic idea came from Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, with short-row shaping for the end of the mitten, and I took the palm gusset from an issue of Interweave Knits. The decision to do it as two layers was mine, as I figured the baby alpaca yarn would be more comfortable and the double layer would make it a lot warmer. I got through all the gusset increases last night and hope to get through the rest of the hand (or at least to where I separate the stitches for the short rows) tonight. Then I'll have to make another one of these so I can actually use them.

February 7th

WMarksII's picture

Is machine knitting cheating?

(No) E=mc2...No way, it's all good.
56% (82 votes)
(Yes) How could you call all that racket relaxing?
39% (58 votes)
(Maybe) I'm in the closet...Please don't tell my knitting club I own a machine.
5% (7 votes)
Total votes: 147