I'm attempting my first sock. It's been an interesting challenge as it's my first attempt to use double points. After a very awkward start it's coming along ok. I'm following Silver's Sock Class.
To make it a little easier for a first attempt I'm using worsted weight yarn on size 6 DPNs. I'm saving the sport weight cotton yarn for a "good" pair of socks once I get the technique down. Right now I have a roughly 2.5 inch long ribbed tube which will eventually be the 5 inch top of the sock. If nothing else this heavier wool should make a decent house sock.
Today I placed an order for Knit Picks Options circular needles kit as well as the pumpkin orange Eagle knitting tote. With the express shipping they should be here Monday or Tuesday. I'm looking forward to trying out the Options.
Ah well, back to the sock. If it doesn't come out too horribly I'll post a pic once it's finished.
To repeat the comments of Tom H. . . thanks to the guys who showed up last night for the chat open house. Several newer guys were there, along with a few of us who have been around for the past year or so. We had a great time. And, we missed several of you that have been reqular chatters in the past.
Hopefully, another chat open house will be set up in the near future.
Ok, I did not join this group for this, just wanted to state that first. So here goes.
I work for AIDS Delaware and it is very cold where we are right now. Many of our clients come into the office dressed improperly for the weather. This is not becasue they do not care but becasue they are usually indegent and cannot afford to get some things that they need. We actually have a food closted and a personal products closet set up for them. For many of our clients who are just out of jail/prison or very poor financially and educationally, we are what keeps them going and we barely do that.
Thanks to all the guys who showed up in chat last night for the group chat. It was fun. Nice to hear about what you're up to - and the projects you're currently knitting.
Missed all you guys who live anywhere near Eastern Standard Time. Would have loved to meet you in chat. Maybe next time.
Thanks, Parrot, for organizing the chat last night.
So far, I am on line with my "hat a day" programme: Thus far, I have made 15 hats, so I am a couple days ahead. I have gotten all my "Early Valentine's gifts: (aka Late Christmas gifts) out sans the sweaters I am making for my folks. I have paid my Chiropractor for 3 sessions on my back with a hat per each session (who needs Canadian Nationalized Health care...I just pay in manipulated yarn) and my Masseur with a scarf. So, here's the rub: I have a valentine's scarf to send, and I want a fabulous pattern that I can knit in a couple days (I knit very fast). So, I need suggestions. Please note, FABULOUS.....I keep doing the same very nice but hardly mind blowing double seed stitch variations in my chasse method. What are y'all's favorite patterns~ something that you'd like to get as a valentine. Thanks much
Ok I think I need to start over on a sweater. I was using the hoodies pattern from out of the Stitch and Bitch but the sleeves are ugly. They are not angled into the body of the sweater at all and look ridiculously short. So two months later and 8 skeins of Malabrigo and I think it is going to be deconstructed.
Ok, I know I've been MIA lately and have a lot of email from you guys being concerned about my welfare, thank y'all, and thought I would touch base and let you know what is going on.
Jeff and I have been looking at buying a house here in Dallas, yes ladies and germs we are moving in together, and I think we have found the one we want. Right now I'm awaiting a call from the realtor to see if our offer has been accepted. Yep, we're gonna own our own little piece of the Lone Star State. If that happens y'all are invited to come vist, Yankees included. We'll show you what southern hospitality is all about. A land where the old folks sit on the porch and strum their bayous and the chitlin's bloom in the front yard. (that last sentence was for the Yankees)
I've finally admitted to Jeff that I am a P.O.W. (prisoner of wool) and revealed (some) of my stash to him. He must really like me.. he still wants to move in together. That says a lot about a man!
Hope y'all are doing well and thanks as always,
I've been on a bit of a forced break from knitting lately because of hand & wrist pain, and this has forced my energies into other areas. One of those other areas was setting up the QueerKnits group on Flickr for lgbt & friendly folks with Flickr accounts to share photos of their work. I certainly don't see it as a substitute for this site - it's not specific to men, and it's not the same sort of forum - just another venue. Anyone who might be interested is welcome to visit the group page here.
I've been lurking around for a few weeks, and I suppose now is as good a time as any to start contributing to the interesting community here.
My first knitting project was the wallet from Michael del Vecchio's "Knitting with Balls." I learned a lot from working through it, but about halfway through, I came to a realization: even if I did everything completely perfectly, I would never actually use the wallet I was working on.
The problem was simple. The wallet design was too basic. There are features that I like to have in a wallet that the del Vecchio pattern just didn't have. I like to have tiered credit card pockets, so I can see what I'm reaching for. The del Vecchio wallet seemed too tall and too narrow for my tastes. Finally, I figured that if I were going to go through the trouble to knit up something like this, I'd want to show it
off a bit, and so I wanted an id-card window to force the wallet into shopkeepers' hands when they ask to see identification.
After considering it for a bit, I decided to bite the bullet and jump into the world of design. I know that most people don't design anything until after they actually know what they are doing, but I try not to let
Here is a pic of my second scarf-- if the photo will upload properly. It's a simple seeded rib design and the yarn is a buttery-soft merino wool. My wooden needles have become very smooth from working with this yarn.
Scarf #3 is already completed. Last night I learned how to make fringe and finished it off. Pic may be coming soon. Thanks to all of you for your help and encouragement.