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June 30th, 2005

atravelingknitter's picture

cheap yet good yarn

Thought I would give you guys my latest tip! just got a recent shipment from www.Knitpicks.com great sock yarn also thought I would see what there peruvian wool was like at $1.79 a skein, colors are great it is a great yarn to use for felting.  I have been making felted saddle bags as gifts they are large enough to hold magazine or book wallet cell phone small knitting project and they look cool not girly. I use a bone button and icord loop as closure. however right now Knitpicks is offering no shipping if you type socks in their promtional code box.  P. S. their sock yarn is $3.75 a skien thats just over $7.00 for a skien of yarn!!!! happy knitting . Just incase your wondering I have no afliation with this company just a obbsessive knitting who likes to share.  Oh yeah should tell you if anyone ever gets to Seattle there are two shops I just discovered that are really cool.  The first is called Hilltop yarns it is in a charming craftsmen bungalow!!The other is on Bainbridge Island chruch mouse yarn and teas.  This one is a knitters wet dream great yarns teas. Needles, if you love exotic needles look out! Just a 30 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle walking distance to the ferry dock !!!! anyway have fun

June 28th

venneman's picture

Madison Get Together

Are there enough people in the Madison, Wisconsin area to merit a get-together? I'd love to get to know other knitters in the area. Since anywhere in Southern Wisconsin is accessible, let's talk.

June 27th

venneman's picture

A vacation of knitting

Well, I'm back from vacation, and boy are my knitting needles tired! While gone, I did 1/2 of my hemp scarf for my soon-to-be-deployed friend, ripped up my alpaca scarf for my MIL, started and finished a scarf for my mom, and got my niece hooked on knitting. I also received an order from elann.com yarn, bought from a knit shop near my mom's place in Eugene, and learned to think about more than just "I want natural fibers" when picking out yarn. But to top it all off, I now have orders from people for scarves, Christmas present projects, and a lot of work ahead of me. How fun!

June 21st

malckwan's picture

Rage against the machine...

Does anyone know how to translate a knitting machine pattern for hand-knitting?
I recently acquired some old knitting magazines from friends who are moving out of the country. In one of them, there is a lovely lace pattern I'd like to adapt to some shawls I'm planning.
Unfortunately, the pattern is written for a knitting machine. I just cannot fathom using a machine for such a hands-on craft as knitting... What next? Horseless carriages? Correspondances without the need for pen, ink and paper?

June 19th

You want to do what??

Time to get out my dusty old Nostradamus book and do some research. Yes I'm sure I just saw another sign of "The End". Yes, my wife has laid aside her quilting, sewing machine, and all in favor of getting hooked on the needles. With her wanting to get on a project that wasn't too basic, I gave her a pattern for a Super Chunky rib knit scarf. At the rate she's plowing through it today, all of the family, even the people we don't like, will have warm necks this year.

I still doubt I'll be able to get back to my beloved Aran's. Most likely we will both now be working on her stack of patterns from my last post, but getting everyting completed twice as fast. A small price to pay to get her involved in knitting. I knew something was up when she quit looking at me like I was speaking a foreign language when discussing what I was doing on a pair of socks.

June 18th

My Knitting Projects

My first project was big one. I needed a blanket for the sleeper in my truck. So I knitted one in intarsia. It has a wolf howling at the moon. My CV handle is greywolf, so I figured why not knit a howling wolf in the middle. It took 4 months to do it. I ripped it all ougt and started over 3 times. My next projects were sweaters. I have been knitting for 2 years. I hope to start a men's knitting group here in the Kalamazoo, MI area.

June 10th

JPaul's picture

Knitting for a cause...

I've always "planned" on doing this...I've been meaning to join the Red Sweaters project, but it's hard to find Red Heart yarn in the city.  The helmet liners look like a good project and appeal to me as a veteran.  I like the idea of knitting for a cause, filling a need, and I've actually done it sort of by accident.

I recently finished a Baby Bobbi Bear that I knitted just because I liked the pattern (it's from Blue Sky Alpacas and it's great fun to knit and ever so cute).  I didn't knit it with a recipient in mind.  Well, AIDS Walk San Francisco is fast approaching and I'm raising money ($3000 if I meet my goal), so I'm constantly trying to think of fundraising ideas.  That's where the bear comes in.  I took it work, set it up next to my desk with a "Silent Auction" sign and gave folks a week to submit bids.  The auction ended this morning and the bear sold for $104, all of which will be donated to AIDS Walk San Francisco!  Here's the key lesson learned:  Make sure people know that YOU did the knitting!  Once I added that important bit of information, people were much more willing to bid.

June 9th

venneman's picture

Third scarf & a question for experienced knitters

I'm now working on my third scarf. I've been getting smaller with my needles and yarn, but I think I may have bit off more than I can chew, at least comfortably. While I'm waiting to go to Oregon and buy the black yarn for my military friend (I'm thinking hemp... comments?), I'm doing a 100% alpaca yarn, sport weight, using size 5 needles & doing a "pill stitch," k1p1. This is a challenge! But I'm enjoying it. Right now, I'm about three or four rows in, and it looks gorgeous.

I do have a stupid question for people, tho. As I knit, the yarn coming off the skein gets twisted. Is this normal, and is it okay if I spin the scarf to untangle that yarn? Also, should I be concerned with the frayed appearance of the yarn? It's not nice & smooth. (Of course this is alpaca, so I think I just answered that last question.)

June 7th

venneman's picture

Making it happen

Well, I think I already have one person convinced to start making scarves for the troops overseas. Strangely, one of my daughter's TaeKwonDo instructors knits... He just started knitting, says he's on his 8th scarf so far. I told him if he wants to make one or two for the troops & get it to me, I'll send it out. This hits even closer to home as on the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal is an article saying another 1020 Wisconsin National Guard troops are being deployed. That's more Wisconsin NG soldiers on active duty than there has been since Kennedy was in office. It's getting to be such that everyone knows someone who's either been deployed or who has friends & family serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

June 6th

venneman's picture

For the troops

http://www.geocities.com/helmetliner/

Well, a couple of days ago I learned that my best friend is being deployed to Iraq. He's in the Army Reserve, meaning he's got crappy equipment. So, I've been looking for ways to send him something, and I've found several patterns & requests for helmet liners. If any of you have ever worn a Kevlar helmet, you know they can get a little drafty underneath. Riding in the back of a truck wearing one, and it can get pretty cold. Plus, there's no protection from your face. Plus, having been in Iraq myself, I know how cold it can get at night. So, I downloaded a pattern. While I am not at the level where I could do it myself, I hope maybe by posting this I can get some folks on here to chip in the way our parents & grandparents did in WW2, knitting sweaters, socks, scarves, and hats for the soldiers overseas.