Blogs

Rowan's picture

Beltane ~ here I come!!!!!!

My clan is hosting a Beltane celebration in Northern Michigan to raise funds for a local Woman's shelter. All clan members are required to wear red so that they don't mix in with the general population. Well, I decided to knit a red sweater, but had some requirements. Since I will be entertaining the crowd with handstands, somersaults, leg splits, etc, the sweater can't be so loose or boxy that it would slip over my head. I didn't want anything plain or girly either. Heck, I wanted a flattering design. I found a design that I like, but had to make some changes to it - I had to elimate a lot of stiches to make the sweater hug my torso, and to make the sleeves narrower. I also redid the collor for comfort. And I used cotton yarn for next the skin comfort. I finally finished the sweater Sunday ~ so, what do you guys think?

Chris Vandenburg's picture

I'm Now A Home Depot Whore

We got the keys to the house yesterday.... actually Jeff has them and hasn't given me a set yet. Come to think of it, he still has my credit card too. Maybe he's trying to tell me something......

Anyway going to pack the "sheep" this afternoonand herd them to thier new home.

I hope you all are doing well; I am.

Celowin's picture

One-week Sweater

Last week was spring break for the college where I teach, so I decided that it was time to tackle a more ambitious project than any I had done so far. I looked around for the simplest sweater pattern that I could find, and settled on "Skully" from Debbie Stoller's "Stitch 'n Bitch."

I had to learn a few new techniques I had never used before. The three needle bindoff was trivial, picking up stitches was easy (though I had trouble doing it evenly), and intarsia was a huge pain even for the limited amount in the sweater. I ended up "cheating" the intarsia a lot, especially on the second sleeve.

It took almost exactly a week to finish it. I started late on a Friday evening, and finished up the following Friday in the afternoon.

Now that I'm done, I kind of regret being so cautious and sticking to the pattern almost exactly. There are certainly things that I think I could have improved if I had been courageous enough. Still, it turned out well, and it is something that I will actually wear, especially when I'm giving exams. (Not until next winter, though. The thing is incredibly warm, and now that temperatures are going above 80F, I just don't see using it any time soon.)

krooks's picture

Light Weight Sweatr

I’m thinking of knitting a lightweight sweater. Something for cool spring evening, windy day at beach, etc. Any suggestions for pattern, yarn type, etc. Thanks guys.

kylewilliam's picture

oh no! open to suggestions

I am still working on this raglan cardigan and I was finishing it up this weekend - as I was sewing down the collar I realized in a fit of horror that I had accidentally picked up stitches along the collar for the zipper cover thingy - (this is the "Avast" sweater from knitty.com) -

I don't know what to do, because after you pick up and knit the right and left zipper cover things, you pick up around the bottom of the sweater and knit around that - so I can't just take out that zipper cover and re-do it, and I'm terrified of cutting it - I'm open to suggestions.

I think I'll just pick up along the other side of the collar, and knit it - doing this might make the collar a little bulky on the side I haven't turned down (the "oops" side) - so I don't know if it's the best idea - I am turning to all the fabulous knitters who know so much better than I to see what they come up with

help?

:)

Kyle

Toronto LYS

I'm planning a trip to Toronto and can you recommend a guy-friendly LYS.

Thanks.

wackowally's picture

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

kiwiknitter's picture

1,000 Great Knitting Motifs - Book

This book by Luise Roberts (2004) is loaded with nothing but great charted patterns (in colour) for stranded knitting. There are no garment recipes but there is a short chapter on Intarsia and Fair Isle techniques as well as a section on choosing, and positioning motifs

The best way to give an idea of the wide range of content is to list the sections and chapters:

1. Traditional knitting motifs
- Fair Isle, Scandinavian, Lapland, Western Europe,
Eastern Europe, Around the Mediterranean Sea, Asia
South America

2. Traditional pictorial motifs
- Native American, Homestead America, Aztec & Inca,
Celts, Africa, India & Tibet

3. Modern pictorial motifs
- Alphabet, Zodiac, The world around us, Animals,
birds & insects, Floral, Toys & Nursery

This book has something for everyone. The fact that the charts are in colour makes it easier for me to visualise the design - I want to use them all!

MasonM's picture

Drugs And Knitting Don't Mix

I injured my back at work about 10 days ago and have been laid up. I'm in a hotel about 1,000 miles from home unable to drive and barely able to walk. I'm also on percocet and valium in an effort to get things under control.

Last night I foolishly tried knitting on a sock I've been working on. The ribbed top was finished so I thought I'd start the heel flap. Big mistake. I totally messed it up and, not having been smart enough to put in a lifeline I was unable to pick up the stitches again after frogging the mess of a flap.

I wound up having to frog the whole thing and starting over. I've cast on the 48 stitches and just left it be for now.

I'm pretty ticked off at myself at the moment. All that work for nothing.

SKHolt's picture

Spinning for peace

I was sent this link that is a fabulous story about the making of khadi. Watch the spinners spin and the weavers weave. No wonder Ghandi thought khadi was a way to freedom for India. It really is about spinning for peace.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5PJrzLdAbk

Syndicate content