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Ashford Spinning Wheels

I've noticed the recent postings which express an interest in spinning.  Last month I was in Ashford and visited the Ashford spinning wheel store to check on wools.  While there I visited their museum and took some photos.  If anyone would like to see the photos, please send me a pm and I'll do my best to email them to you.

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In-the-Round Knitting Queries

I have made the decision to jump straight into seamless knitting as soon as I've finished the jumper I'm currently knitting.  All Simon's explanations notwithstanding, I still can't figure out the method from the arm gusset upwards.  Can anyone on MWK recommend to me books and on-line assistance?  In addition, I'm looking for patterns, especially for a baby jersey in-the-round; I find it psychologically kinder to knit something small before attempting a full-size garment in this completely foreign method.

Also, for those of you who've already successfully knitted in this fashion, can you advise me on the length of the needles for both the arms and the body?  And, do you start the sleeves with DPN's and then switch to circ's or do you use a very short circ?

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No gender biases here, thanks!

As I continued to read the book "At Knit's End", I found an entry that I have to share with everyone here at MWK:

 My theory is that men are no more liberated than women.                              -Indira Ghandhi

I was teaching a children's knitting class in the rear of a toy shop.  Halfway through class a little boy shopping with his mother wandered over and approached an 11-year-old boy happily and expertly knitting a potholder.  "Hey!" he laughed, "boys don't knit!"  "Clearly," said the manly young knitter, "they do."

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Why's it called "frogging"?

I've been curious lately to know why the term "frogging" is used for the painful process of ripping back hours - if not days - of work.  No one I asked knew the answer and then last evening when I was reading "At Knit's End" I came across the following.

Frogging: the act of taking the knitting off the needles and pulling the working yarn to undo the stitches.  This is done to unravel knitting completely or to pull the work out to a point before an error, when the knitting is replaced on needles.  It is called "frogging" because you "rip-it, rip-it."

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Knitting Poem

When my new book arrived from Canada, the owner of the shop included this old poem which I wanted to share.

The Prayse of the Needle

To all dispersed sorts of Arts and Trades,

I write the Needles praise (that never fades)

So long as children shall be got or borne,

So long as garments shall be made, or worne,

So long as Hemp or Flax, or Sheep shal bear

Their linnen wollen fleeces yeare by yeare;

So long as Silk-worms, with exhausted spoyle

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Another Funny Site

Here is an hilarious site about vintage knitting designs.  I laughed out loud!

yarnpants.blogspot.com/2004/11/museum-of-kitschy-stitches-vol-iii.html

Enjoy!

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Advice on Interrupted Knitting Mid-Row

I like to use every spare minute knitting but I'm hesitant to pick it up when I have a few free moments if I'm not certain I can finish the row in the time available.  I've been told by several seasoned knitters that one never leaves off in the middle of a row for various reasons such as: it will leave a hole, the stitch will be misshapen or there will be a line in the knitting.  I have never read anything about this in any knitting book.  It's not like I'll leave it this way for long; I knit every day.  This fear of creating an additional problem prevents me from utilizing all those odd spare moments of the day.

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Magic Loop Mittens/Gloves Patterns

Does anyone have a pattern for Magic Loop mittens and/or gloves?  I make all my socks with a ML pattern and love it.  I've heard that there are ML glove and mitten patterns but I've not found any.  Can anyone assist me in this search, thanks?

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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:

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"Knit Bits"

My PA (that's personal assistant and not Prince Albert) gave me as a New Year's gift a daily calendar called "Knit Bits".  It has a little piece about knitting for each day of the year.  I thought it might be fun to share them here throughout the year.

Enjoy!

Dec 31 - Jan 1  Knitting can be solace, inspiration, adventure.  It is manual and mental therapy.  It keeps us warm as well as those we like and love.  It has existed almost as long as the soft sheep, and in giving us wool they are deprived ony of an uncomfortably warm fur coat in the heat of the summer.  From Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann  (On this date there is a picture of a woman knitting with the balloon which says "I'm knitalicious!")

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