Hello to all at Men Who Knit.
Firstly I'll just tell you that this is my first blog so I'll apologise now if I begin to waffle. Then I would like to congratulate my fellow men who knit for being part of such a fab website and enstilling a sense of community to those that thought they were alone!
Anyway, I have finally finished both my major projects; these being a jumper and jacket for myself! I used patterns from the Jaegar Handknits book. The jumper is titled Bowie as is made in Jaegar Merino DK (shade = Granite) and the jacket is titled Jethro and is made in Jaegar Extra Fine Merino DK (shade = Tweed). I am really pleased with the outcome of both projects even though they look good, they feel even better and are extremely warm. The yarn costs alot (in excess of £200 for both items) but I feel was worth this cost this time. It took several months to make them both and only a few hours to put together (by my partner Jason - as I dont do sewing!). I hope you like them and I have more photos of them but not sure how to upload them onto the site, any help would be gratefully received.
Jimbo aka James
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.
I'm having problems with "end" stiches...the first, or last, stitch on a needle. They always end up looking like slip knots, and a far too loose and wide. I'm working on a basket weave scarf (cachmere blend, cream) and the pattern is turning out OK but the edges look scalloped. Any suggestions or advice?
still getting the hang of posting!
I've just completed the first square of a four square throw.
This one is 80cm by 80cm (32"by 32") in grey 45% wool 45% acrylic and 10% mohair.
I've just started the second square in chocolate brown 100% wool.
The socks I made on my knitting machine, first pair I've been happy with. They are made from 75% wool and 25% nylon.
The pattern calls for straight needles, but I want it to be made on circular needles. I finished the hat and did not like the way it looked at all, so I frogged the hat to about 4 inches and I am redoing the hat in a different way.
I have changed my perspective on the needles and have a very long cable for the needles and I will see how this turns out. I will dedicate some time to it today as I have a Teddy bear to Crochet during the weekend for a Teddy Bear Exchange.
I ordered a men who knit CD, hopefully I will see how to knit properly. LOL I taught myself and I know that the problems that I have encountered are due to not having the knowledge, but I don't shy away fro it, I will continue.
We shall see you later.
Just joined the site this week. Excited to be here. I'm actually a spinner. Sorry. That's my first love, but found after doing that for the last two years that I needed to learn how to knit the fabulous fiber I've been spinning. Been knitting mostly socks. The largest project I've done is a vest for myself. However, I find that socks allow me to feel that sense of accomplishment faster. Anyhow. Hello. More to come.
So when I was leaving DC all the boys here were knitting Moebius scarves and I was quite disturbed by the strange twisted knitting going on. Here in Minnesotta though I was bored enough to figure it out and have made a narrow moebius scarf; too narrow in fact. I may have to do the dreaded crocheted add on thing but at leeast the texture will be interesting. I need to work on my Fair Isle mittens today though.
Doing a new felted slipper I found, cable guy felted slipper I think off KNitty. Anyway, I've never done a sock before. But I think I turned the heel and stuff all ok. It was really pretty exciting! I didn't even have to go into the yarn store for help! Now I have to cable the front and think I'll be done! I'll post pictures of this along with my kinda free handing the half dome cap on the magic loop when I get em done. I couldn't watch the OU-Texas A/M game on satuareday, so I felted 5 purses during the game! They all came out ok. Talk to you guys next week.
OK, these were made from two balls of sale wool ($3 a pop)...one of those "Why did I buy that?" purchases...Probably because it is wool and it was cheap. I knit these waiting for and on the plane to and from San Francisco. Very warm, comfy and delightfully obnoxious.
Felt an old sweater, or the use the one accidentally felted by your "sweetheart". This is a very good use for those wool sweaters that have moth-holes you don't or can't fix. Top stitch over any holes with sewing machine to stabilize fabric before felting. You will fold felted fabric, and the fold will become the thumb side of the mitten. Mark and cut a mitten shape sans bottom cuff, DO NOT CUT FOLD: The mitten will be more comfortable if there is no seam on this side. Same theory, cut a thumb shape with the fold on the inside of thumb, not forgetting to have a little extra ease, especially at the bottom. In the folded side of the mitten, slash an opening where the thumb will attach. A slit about 2-2 1/2 inches should suffice. Pin and stitch the thumb to the mitten using a short straight stitch. (If the felt isn't terribly firm, do two rows, close together: You want a small seam allowance. Wrong side out, stitch down outside edge of thumb using same technique as above. Straight stitch and zigzag, or serge across bottom of mitten to secure fabric structure. (Do not stitch the bottom of mitten closed.)
Wrong side out, Str Stch and zigzag (or serge) the top and side of outside of mitten closed.