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January 17th, 2006

Darrel's picture

New Features

I've added two new features to the site.

The first is the ability to rate content. Registered members now have the option to rate content on the site. Content with the highest rating will appear in the "Best of MWK" block on the left sidebar. You'll now see "rate this" links on the front summary page and a new dropdown menu and Vote button on each individual page of content.

I've also updated the Tracker module. The voting results are now integrated and all columns are sortable.

For those of you who haven't used it, the tracker is a tool used to keep track of any content you've created or discussions you've participated in. Just click the My Account link on the left sidebar, then click Track. Everything you see in a listing is something you've either written or commented upon. With this, you can stay involved in a particular discussion even after it's moved off the home page.

drmel94's picture

Magical

Today's mail brought a very speedily delivered copy of Cat Bordhi's 'A Treasury of Magical Knitting'. Mr. McFeeley couldn't have done better himself.

Cat Bordhi book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I probably could have just looked for it at a yarn shop and read it for the pertinent information, but a) I didn't feel like driving around to find a yarn shop which has it in stock, and b) it's just good to support designers, since they give us great ideas to knit with. Mostly I bought it so I could sort out making Witt's Cha-Ching moebius scarf from the latest MenKnit 'zine. Now I just have to wait for my 60" Addi Turbo circ to arrive from Herrschner's. Being patient is hard work.

January 15th

drmel94's picture

hello, or should I say, hello?

I assume someone will read this, but even if not I suppose I've got to start somewhere. For lack of anything more current, I posted a pic to the galleries of most of my Xmas output - hats for all my adult loved ones. Well, all but David. I'm not entirely certain that we're past the boyfriend sweater curse stage, though I suppose now that we're living together the risk is somewhat lessened.

 Currently I have about 6 projects on the needles. The bigger ones go slowly because I have to put them down and go work on an instant gratification piece to keep from getting bored, but they move along here and there.
 I seem to be worst about finishing anything for myself, as is typical, but I hope to have a sweater or two ready by winter's end - or at least by next winter. :-)

potterdc's picture

Adventures in Machine Knitting

Never, ever have I been as frustrated as trying to learn how to operate my new Bond Ultimate Knitting machine that I got at Christmas.

I learned to knit in college.  A guy I knew, a fiddler in a local bluegrass band, made his own socks.  He told me his mother taught him.  He introduced us,  and within weeks, she and I had made a trip to the yarn store to buy some Lopi, a pair of 10 1/2 circular needles, and a sweater pattern.

That was in 1982 - I still remember how difficult it was to learn to hold the yarn correctly, to be knitting smoothly along and then have a gap and suddenly forget the basics: does the needle go in the back or the front of the stitch?  Is that a knit or a purl?  24 years later I just pick up yarn and flail about for a pair of needles and just start.  No pattern, nuthin'.  Pretty cool.

January 14th

Gabriel's picture

Weeklish Topic #6

What was the hardest project you've completed? Why was it so hard and would you create one again? In other words was it great enough after you completed it to warrant another?

January 12th

turkish socks

Has anyone got a pattern for turkish socks on two needles.

I am interested in how to do the heel

Thanks

Renny

Darrel's picture

Knitting Mats

Knitting with old VCR and cassette tape was not enough. Now, I want to knit with rope or twine and make a floor mat. I was thinking about using some sort of thick-ish woodsy twine from the hardware store, but realized the texture might seriously injure my fingers while knitting.

All the mat patterns I've seen are for bathrooms and use cotton. Jute and other natural fiber floor mats are my inspiration, though. I'd like something with a little stiffness to it, which is why a thin rope made of small individual fibers would be good — flexible, but without compressing too much.

Would a pair of sleek, black Isotoner gloves keep my fingers from turning to bloody nubs? Should I just learn to weave?

January 10th

kiwiknitter's picture

Theme Settings

Maybe I have just a little too much time on my hands... Today, I was messing around the MWK site, familiarizing myself with it when I decided to change the theme settings from the default that came up when I first signed-on.  I changed to the bluemarine setting and what a difference in the feel of this site!  It is more compact now with less use of the mouse going back and forth across the page.  When a member posts, his photo is attached automatically.  This particular option really has increased my enjoyment of the site.

If you're like me and are always getting lost on any internet site of more than one page, here are the directions:

hizKNITS's picture

miss-taken identity

I was finally able to view MenKnit, the second issue. For whatever reason, my Mac at home doesn't see some of the fonts. That's why I'm thankful for my office and this here computer...

12.26.05

One thing was surprising... the photo of Mark (of MarQ1) looks a lot like me (of hizknits.com).

Mark, I'm so sorry they put that photo there. While, I often shave my head, currently, I'm much hair-ier.

January 9th

ChrisN15720's picture

traveling with knitting supplies

hi everyone!

i'll be flying back to college soon and i was wondering if any of you had a negative experience trying to get though airport security with knitting needles. i've flown with wooden needles before, but i'm working on a project with addi turbos and i'm not sure if i could get through security with them....i don't want them to be taken away! i know a few friends of mine have had their needles taken away. i'm afraid that if security does find them they won't believe that i knit and will assume that i plan on poking someone to death.....i dunno. am i just being paranoid?<