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The dreaded "factory made" compliment

So, about a week ago, some friends came up to visit. I've kept in touch, but haven't seen them in person for about two years, they know I've taken up knitting but have yet to see anything I made.

So, one of them goes into the hobby room and asks to see what I've been spinning/knitting, I don't have much here right now but I show her some yarn I've made, my fiber, spindles and wheel, and gave a quick demonstration with the spindle. I showed her a few things I've knitted and she picked up a grey ribbed watchcap with black striping and showed it to my other friend. He's the type of guy that if he was out of deodorant he'd rather use none than use his girlfriend's, the type of guy that cannot step foot into a women's clothing store, that will only buy certain products like shampoo if they're somehow advertised as being "manly", so he took a look at it, and said that it looked just like it came from a store.

I know what he meant, that the tension was even, that there were no visible mistakes (there actually was one purl that was supposed to be a knit but only I notice it), that it looked professional, and I know that coming from him, since he's one of those "why not buy the swea

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Not knitting related - yet

From left to right, Camel Down, Grey Cashmere, White Cashmere

I've been slowly but surely spinning these up into fingering weight yarn on a supported spindle with the intent to make a hat out of them. I might save the grey cashmere for another project since it's spinning up alot softer than the other two.

Does anyone know of any good sites for fair isle charts?

Also:

Does anyone know what's up with Knitting-And?
It's not loading up right for me, gives me a download box when I go to the site.

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Cable Belt

Finished this belt a little over a week ago. I had these balls of hemp beading twine sitting around forever and just decided one day to knit them into a belt, so I grabbed some number ones and knitted a few inches in stockinette for the buckle then did a basic six stitch cable with two stitches on the side and yes, I actually wanted them to curl up. I should have used three balls, one yellow, and two green, one for each side but for the sake of laziness, I carried the green behind. For the part that goes through the belt, I decreased by two and did it stockinette with a double garter stitch (sl 1 kwise, k 1, k2 on end) selvage to hopefully keep it from curling but it didn't work: the selvage was tighter than the stockinette which I didn't think about because it never mattered before but in this case, I have to pull it tight since its a belt and that winds up curling it up after just a few pulls. The twist from the cable also doesn't make things any better.

Its not perfect, far from it, but its the first thing, aside from scarves, I've knitted up without a pattern, so for that, I'm proud of it.

I'm definitely going to have to make a second one: this time maybe with a real hemp yarn so it'll look less twiney, using three balls, putting a purl row right after the end of the cable to help neutralize the twist, and with a stitch that won't curl when pulled hard.

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Hello World

Well, I finally decided to maintain a blog here and since this is the first post, I'll introduce myself: My name's Walter, I live in northern California, I'm a recluse with way too much time on my hands, I've been crocheting for about 1.5 years, knitting for about 1.3 years, spinning for nine months, and think that clapotis sounds like some type of nasty STD. My live in girlfriend helped me get into the fiber arts by teaching me how to crochet, and I didn't do much with that knowledge until we moved up here where there's actually a winter. After I got crocheting down, I taught myself how to knit, and later to spin, which my girlfriend just loves; I'm trying to start selling handspun yarn online to help fund my yarn/fiber addiction but so far it's all getting claimed before I can post it.

Introduction aside, I do have a question:

I've noticed that sometimes when i'm doing stockinette on straight needles, one side, the left side when the knit side's facing, is always looser than the other and finally figured out why, when I'm going in to knit, I'm pulling the stitches so that there's tons of slack being carried over to the end but don't do this when purling. I must add that I knit continental.

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