This was going to be a blog about socks, and it still will be, but within a context that last week I wasn't imagining! On Saturday, the Best Beloved and I went and picked up our Best Friend and off we went to the skating rink on the National Mall. After 20 minutes of skating, a small child fell on the ice. The Best Beloved, trying to avoid the child, stopped suddenly and fell over. When I got to him, he was a sort of peculiar green color. He looked up, said "I f####d up my leg."
Sure enough - two nasty compound breaks, two inches above the ankle, requiring surgery and a rod. The worst part (for me!) was having to help the ER doctor set the leg. Gratefully, the Best Friend is a bit more butch than I and was able to hold the leg while I held the Best Beloved in an embrace. I'm convinced that no one should have to go through that much pain unless you're getting something like a baby out of it!
He comes home today. It will be a 6 month recovery, so I'm busy getting workmen in to rebuild the banister (which we took out to replace but never got around to) and hiring a housekeeper etc. etc. etc.
And in all of this, I'm very happy to report that I finished my very first pair of toe up socks during his surgery! The nurses, young women from Malaysia, were very impressed. These socks are really phenomenally easy. I'm not sure how much I like the heel done in garter stitch per the directions, but that's easy enough to change. What's really great about this is that I had only two balls of yarn, and no more - so it was easy to knit and not worry about whether or not I'd have enough yarn. As it turns out, I did have enough: one skein per sock (the socks are a Nori DK weight silk/wool blend, so I wasn't sure about the yardage).
As Arron (rooboy) said in his posting about his fantastic beanie, the Transtasman Knitting Circle is working on learning how to do Fair Isle. Arron is light years ahead of me; I'm just slogging along.
I'm wondering what members think of the Fair Isle vs. Mosaic knitting. Do you find much difference in the final product? Is one easier than the other? Are there advantages to one over the other? What comments do you have, please?
I've tried both and I find the Mosaic slightly tighter than the other. I can't figure out if it's me or just the way it works. It seems that Mosaic may be easier but that being said, I have no difficulties knitting with both hands at the same time.
Thanks for your input.
I'm in NYC in a couple of weeks and I would love it if any of you guys could give me some tips about yarns stores and where in Manhattan there are knitting groups. I know a few but any extra help is welcome.
Hi guys have been enjoying reading all the happenings at "MEN WHO KNIT" Since my last post i have been busy travelling with work and recently got to meet with Gerard at I Knit LONDON it was great to meet a member who has used his passion to open a store and assist water aid with knit a river. But by far the best thing to come from this site has been my friendship with Jesse KIWIKNITTER who emails me most days and has become a valuable and wonderful friend. Together we are learning to become the best knitters we can be. We are both working on Fair isle... This is my first attempt which took me almost 3 weeks to complete and was ripped out 4 times I am very happy with the result and think that now that i have got the basic figured i really want to perfect this technique. Thanks to all of you out thee who inspire me through your craft, especially Jesse !! Arron
Sorry about the photo its not that clear but i hope that you get the idea.
Everyone has been helpful and I appreciate the response. I decided to put a photo of the item I'm looking for. The book calls this a "line marker" but I see on the item it's called a "pattern marker". I'm still looking!
I finally finished my first pair of socks. House socks out of cheap Wal Mart worsted weight yarn. Not fancy or anything but as their only my second project, I'm kind of proud of them.
They actually fit and amazingly enough they actually came out the same size. I was convinced I'd wind up with two different sized socks somehow.
Now I have to decide what I am going to try next. Another pair of socks, an Irish Hiking Scarf to learn cabling, or a hat. Decisions, decisions.
Does anyone know if centre pull balls of yarn must be started from the centre rather than the outside? The yarn I'm using at present is a centre pull but I started from the easy to find outside end, and the yarn is untwisting as I knit. I have to let go of the yarn after two stitches so it can retwist, makes for slow knitting.
This is the “Heart-Felt Wishes” bowl from www.fiberfemmes.com. Bad puns aside, I think it turned very well.
I used two stands of Patons Classic Wool and size 13 needles, just like the pattern called for.
It went surprisingly fast, and I almost had it on time to give away on valentines day.
I blame Physics homework for the delay.
Sadly, I have just discovered that my fancy new W/D is not that great when it comes to felting projects. I had to finish this one off by hand. Considering I already have the yarn for at least three more felted projects, I am gonna have to start doing laundry at friend’s houses. That’ll be fun.
Youguys want to see my Stash? youguys dont belive this You will be so shock!
visit my blog:
Have a great sunday!!
ALSO HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
I'm trying to source the INOX line marker but have had no success yet; it may be no longer available. This brand is not available here in NZ and I can't find this item on-line. For reference, this item is shown on page 11 of "The Big Book of Knitting" by Katharina Buss.
Any assistance will be appreciated.
EDIT UPDATE 19 FEB: I HAVE ATTACHED A PHOTO SHOWING EXACTLY WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR.