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February 21st, 2006

My Wife's A Sock Murderess!

I made her several pairs of hand-knitted Socka Fortissima socks, and she put one of the pair I made for her (FOR CHRISTMAS) in the washer AND DRYER when I told her not to.  Nooooo, hubby is dumb, she knows more than he does.  She can't knit, but she knows more about hand-knitted socks than I do.  And she spins our fleeces and she also felts projects so she knows what kind of disaster she is wreaking on my hard work.   So she tosses them into the washer AND THE DRYER and what happens?  Besides getting all pilled and fuzzed (and pretty nasty-looking) there's a friggin' HOLE in one of them from getting snagged by something else she washed them with.  The hole isn't in the bottom of the foot or the leg, where it would be easy to fix, but  noooo, in the GUSSET.  She didn't even bother to put them into a garment bag to keep them from getting BLUDGEONED by the the washer and dryer, just tossed them in like they were store-bought.  And they're RUINED!!  Dammit, all my hard work -- you wouldn't believe how AWFUL hand-knitted socks look after going through the washer AND THE DRYER just one time!!

Patagonian hat pattern?

Hi, guys,

Thinking about making a hood or hat in the Patagonian style. (Sorry, best words for what I have in mind.) Just a close-fitting hood with long strings that tie under the chin. Anyone have a pattern? I haven't been able to find one on the net and not sure where to start with the design. Any ideas? Anyone?

Have fun, 

February 19th

Weekly topic #10

Do you get advice/help mostly from books, online sites, local yarn store or friends?

KilgoreTrout's picture

holes in my socks!!

Hey men!  Well I've become addicted to knitting babysocks.  They're so damn cute I can't stop! (check out the first pair at kilgoretrout.wordpress.com/test) My problem comes in when I turn the heel.  Like many sock knitters, I end up with a series of holes going up the gusset as I "turn" the heel.  I've tried knitting this tighter in that area, and asked many knitters, but they answer I get is the same: "I have that problem too, not sure what to do, just sew up the holes at the end".   Yes yes, sew up the holes, that's what I'm doing.  It only takes a few minutes and the finished product looks presentable, but theres GOT to be a way to knit a heel without these holes!  any ideas?

February 18th

Another First

Well, here I am learning to blog. LOL. I always find myself learning, sometimes over and over.  Some people use the expression "live and learn", well somtimes it is just "live and live and live and live"  It takes a bit to sink in.

I am in the middle of an afghan that I am in love with.  It is 3 panels, two with cables, and the center one with the trinity stitch.  I am over half way done with the center panel and laid it out next to the other one so I could start comparing length, etc.  Well I found twoo mistakes in the first panel, but they are going to stay there I just can't frog out the whole thing.

New to the Group

I just joined the group and am so excited to know that there are so many of us out there!  The projects that have been posted are really inspiring.

I have only been knitting for about a year now but am totally hooked!  I am working on a henley style sweater now and will, hopefully soon, have pictures to post.

Just wanted to drop a quick hello.  Not even sure if I have posted this correctly.

Knit on!

Luke

February 16th

Jordan's picture

Decreasing with stripes

Here's a question about decreasing while working with stripes.

I'm decreasing at the top of a hat, knit in the round, entirely in stocking stitch.  The hat is striped--4 rounds of each color.  The pattern calls for decreasing every-other row, sometimes SSK, and sometimes K2tog. 

My question: would it be better to decrease on rounds 1 and 3 of each stripe, or rounds 2 and 4?  Or does it matter?  I haven't tried it yet, but my guess it that decreasing on round 1 might look funky.  Whereas decreasing on round 4 might be okay.  Does anyone have experience with this?

Those who teach

Does anyone here teach knitting?

I do 2 or 3 times per week.  What I'm really struck by is the amount of people (older than I am) who don't know their right hand from the left nor do they know the names of their fingers, such as index finger, middle finger and ring finger.  This gets frustrating when you're trying to teach.  I have people say "I use this hand" and show me their right hand or "I use this finger" and show me their index finger.

Any insight?

Gabriel's picture

Madrona Fiber Arts

Hey guys,

I just wanted to fill you all in on a wonderful time had by all at the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival. It was held in Tacoma, Wa last weekend. My friend Lisa and I attended the festival and then guided ourselves through the Pacific Northwest knit shops....from Portland to Seattle. The artists that are all over out there are incredible. Everything from Cashmere rovings felted onto silk scarves to Mongolian Camel hair and beyond! My new favorite knit shop is Tricoter in Seattle.....if you have not been you should treat yourselves. I have more info if anyone is interested you can message me....so we won't have to bore the others not as interested. Thanks for listening!!!

February 15th

Photo of socks

OK, I'm not sure if you can read this or not, but I've attached a file for my sock link below.