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April 25th, 2006

charmingbilly's picture

it's darn hot!

i don't know if'n it is the heat and humidity but i'm on a hat rampage.  just a basic hat pattern i think from Sally Melville.....unfortunately, my co-workers steal 'em when they are finished.  *sigh*  i like this pattern because it is soooooo basic but forgiving so i can try some really stupid things but i now know a lot more things NOT to do, eh?  anyways,  y'all be good and stuff.  i'm tempted to offer some thoughts on knitting as a lay service at church.......something 'bout how it's good for the soul since in one small part of the universe one gets to impose a little order.  also, knitting in the round has to be a great metaphor for life don' it?  just round and round sometimes not remembering exactly where you are or why? 

April 24th

My first creation.

As promised guys. A pic of my first sweater. Its not all that I know, but Im chuffed with it. Learned a lot by making it and know how to do things differently next time. Haven't blocked it yet but will get around to it.

Steve liked it. I think he was just being kind though. Smile

Am working on another similar although this one is ribbed and in a different colour. Will post as soon as its finished.

A big thanks to all you guys who made me feel so welcome.

April 22nd

Aaronknits's picture

Collar Crazy

These are a selection of some of the collars I've done and donated to Italian Greyhound Rescue to sell. They made their debut at the Italian Greyhound Rescue table, part of the All About Pets Fair at the Empire State Plaza this weekend.  I had to work fast at that table to keep up with replacing collars that sold! I know there are so many people that hate the fun-fur and eyelash yarns for human wear, but it makes for some mighty attractive pooch accessories.  Since so much of what I used for these was either given to me or was on sale for ridiculously low prices, it kept the costs down.  I have to do up more for our monthly adoption awareness table at one of the local pet supply stores. 

April 21st

Darrel's picture

Women Who Knit

After months of prodding, we're proud to announce the launch of Women Who Knit, our new sister site!

It offers the same features and functionality that have enabled MWK users to share their craft so effectively.

Spread the word to your knitting sisters!

01:51 21/04/06

Just sitting here looking on tinternet wondering if im the only one who loves to knit and hey presto I stumble on this fantastic website where I can meet and chat to other members of the male knitting club! fantastic!

Am just taking a little break between sipping wine and starting another sweater while harry potter is getting almost burned by a big horney dragon. (lucky Harry!)

As you may have gathered I am new to this website and really very glad I stumbled across it. I have looked at some of the pix of the things you guys have made and have to say that I am really impressed! I myself have just finished making my first sweater, a gift for my partner that he hasn't seen yet. Im sure that he'll love it. As I said im just starting another sweater and really loving knitting it. Its one of the ones where you sit and knit for an hour or so and before you know it you have knitted almost the first side. The wool I'm using is denim ultra by Sirdar and its fantastic! Knits up really quickley. Will post pictures soon if anyone is interested.

Jeff1201PA's picture

Fixing Mistakes

Help! How do you go back to fix mistakes or pick up dropped stitches?

 

Jeff1201PA's picture

My first entry

This is where I will keep the details of my knitting projects and photos as well.

A little background for all who will read this, I started knitting about 2 months ago, after I lost my job.  I wanted to learn something that would keep me busy and occupy both sides of my brain.  One day, I saw a Learn to Knit kit that teaches how to knit cat toys at Target.  It came with a video and everything you need to make a few cat toys.  I have enjoyed knitting a lot so far, and I'm glad to have found a community of other men who are into it as well.

So far, I can only knit and purl in the English-style.  I can do simple increases & decreases, although I'm having trouble making the "invisible" increase (mine are plainly visible).  I have made all 3 of the cat toys the kit taught me (the fish, the mouse & the ball) and I started knitting dishrags. 

April 19th

The Hat from Hell

Bobble Hat

This is not the sort of project that would normally appeal to me, but it was a special request by a friend who positively assured me that she would actually wear such a hat.  More than once.  In public.

In a what-was-I-thinking-in-the-middle-of-the-night moment, I started knitting with worsted weight yarn on US 2 needles, producing a fabric which stands on its own and could possibly be substituted for Kevlar.  To make things worse, I used dpn's because I didn't have any  circular needles in that size.  Very soon I had to move one quarter of the stitches to a holder because they were falling off the needles, and I became rather adept at substituting needle for holder on every round.

Felted Hats

I just finished felting my second hat, and wanted to post some photos.  The first is a tiny little brimmed hat.  I made it small to start so as not to use too much wool if it didn't work out.  I was very pleased with the results and am going to do a full sized one just like it.  The second was the Garden Hat from the book "Felted Crochet."  It was huge before felting.  My daughter Kate tried it on for the before picture.  I was pleased with the results, but I don't think I'll use the same yarn again.  It was crocheted from Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted.  It's 30% mohair, so the final product is extremely fuzzy.  My older daughter, Erin, loves the fuzz, and the hat is for her, so it all turned out for the best.  I'm going to add a band of embroidered ribbon to finish it off.

April 18th

Knitting Belt and Wires

Finally found my knitting belt (in a box on top of the wardrobe...one of many!).  This is a shetland belt made in leather and stuffed with horse hair.  The rows of holes are to insert the needle in a suitable position.  I have seen a video of a shetland knitter using such a belt.  She averaged an incredible 300 stitches a minute!T while maintaining her pattern and talking to the interviewer all the while. She also managed to use only three needles to work a round - I'm not sure how as four seem to be the usual minimum. 

The 'wires' are from Guernsey (so from one of the northern-most of the isles to the southern-most).  These 'wires's, there are 8) are 18" (46cms) long and an old UK size 13 but they don't vary much across the UK.  These are steel and extremely uncomfortable to work with.  Often they bent themselves in to a curve. Thank goodness for Addi Turbo.