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Seaters From Camp - Book

"Sweaters From Camp - 38 Color-Patterend Designs from Meg Swanson's Knitting Campers", 2002.

As you know, Meg Swanson is the daughter of famous knitting guru Elizabeth Zimmermann who founded the Wisconsin Knitting Camp in 1974. This book showcases the winners of a contest offered to all former and current campers to design on all-over patterned garment in Shetland wool.

Here are my opinions of this book:

1. I liked the techniques chapter. Some of the items were new to me so I learned from reading it. It was the first time I was able to get my head around the mathmatical formula for increasing stitches evenly in a row. I found some interesting new cast-on techniques and the purl-when-you-can technique is very intriguing. The book was worth the money just for this reference chapter.

2. I definitely want to try knitting in Shetland wool very, very soon! The colours are beautiful and I like the idea of the steeks felting themselves without sewn reinforcements.

3. Thankfully, there were no chapters on the history of Shetland knitting or the basic how-to of knitting!

4. I was most gratified to see in print some of the seamless/circular techniques (such as armhole reductions with a steek) that I'd laid awake at night trying to suss out. I'm happy to know that I'm connected to the greater pool of knitting wisdom!

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Knitting With A Smile - Book

"Knitting With A Smile - The Compact Book with Over 39 Original Swedish Knitting Patterns" by Inger Fredholm, 2005. This is a fun knitting book by the lady who owns Gunga Din, a knitting shop in Stockholm, Sweden; maybe some of our Scandanavian members know of this lady? There are patterns for some rather plain but practical garments in addition to lace patterns (such as the "Tango Dress") and colourful multi-coloured garments. I bought this book for the mutli-coloured patterns and I was not disappointed. The garments have a very Scandanavian look, both in style, pattern and colours. She includes some Fair Isle patterns, too. My favourite is the "Stella Polaris" pattern which I am keen to try. All patterns are done in the round and cut. The sleeves are done separately and then knitting to the body by the 3-needle bind-off!

A fun aside to this book is that a gentleman knitter proof-read, corrected the English and also knitted many of the patterns.

I like this book as a part of my knitting reference library and I think others would enjoy owning a copy, too. It is not a book for someone just beginning to do stranded knitting as the instructions are sparse. But, it's wo

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Knitting Belt

I'm just finishing up my first stranded jumper and I've been thinking about trying the Shetland style knitting belt and long DPN's. I'm wondering if any members here have tried it in the past or use it and what the comments about it might be.

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Book Mini-reviews

I've been buying a lot of knitting books recently in an effort to improve my knowledge and skills. Some have been good, while others have been disappointing. I figured I'd write up a few opinions on my most recent acquisitions.

The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe

Overall impression: Very limited audience

This books claims to have "Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face" and "Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask." These are big claims, and unsurprisingly the book fails to deliver.

There is good information in the book, but most of it is very basic stuff. Even with only a couple months knitting experience, there is not much I can learn from it. The book in written in a question and answer format which is very readable, but makes it less useful as a reference.

All in all, it strikes me as this book is useful for three kinds of knitters: First, those that are just learning and don't know much beyond the basic knit and purl. Second, knitters that only do a project once in awhile, and need something to prod their memory about how things work. Finally, it strikes me as being useful for knitters that are going to teach a class, to remind themselves about some of the basics that are so second nature to them that they don't even think to explain them.

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I'm Visiting The Continent

Yes folks started knitting continental yesterday. So far the trip has been lovely so I thought I'd write.

Wish you were here, Really I do!

Chris

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looking for a pattern

I am looking for a pattern to make myself a jacket. I saw it at a show and wish I took a picture of it. It was almost like the oriental jackets you see except it zipped and did not have the small collar and it only went to the waist. Please help I have searched high and low and figured someone here would know where I can find it

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Going to Orlando Gay Days 2007...

or as I like to call it, "The Annual Pilgrimage to pay homage to Tinkerbell...if you believe in fairies, clap your hands". I've reserved 4 nights at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort (HEY, it was a bargain at the Florida resident rate) for me and boyfriend. Anybody else going?

Anybody?
Anybody?
Buehler?

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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?

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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.

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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.)

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