In May, both my niece and my nephew's wife are expecting babies, so I thought this fine warm winter that we're having here on the East Coast would be perfect baby blanket knitting weather for babies being gestated in the icey, snowy Midwest (all of my family members in Oklahoma report having power today, but they're all stuck at home because of the ice).
I got out my Elizabeth Zimmerman book, The Knitter's Almanac, took up the BEAUTIFUL needles kindly sent to me by my thoughtful MWK Secret Santa (thank you Weeniezoom!), took up some cheap acrylic yarn that I had laying around, and began to work on the Double Knitting Blanket, simply to remind myself how to do this (this blanket is knitted back and forth on straight needles, but when you're done, you've actually formed two pieces of fabric, joined at the bottom and sides, that you can slip a baby into). I've made a couple of these in the past, but it's been a while. I cast on and began working, and realized, right after I'd formed the bottom garter ribbing, that I had a swatch that was the exact size to slide my new MacBook into! I love functional swatches!
So now my laptop can slip into this handknit cover before being placed into my briefcase, and I'm very pleased with it. I will try my best to upload a pic of it, but I have not had much success with that in the past - we'll see. Now to get started on those baby blankets!
This was fun...
I wasn't expecting this, but it's pretty damned accurate!
You are Mercerized Cotton.
You are always very crisp and neat. You are very playful and are happiest while outdoors in the sunshine. You are sometimes accused of splitting hairs, but in the end people find you pretty easy to live with.
haven't posted in awhile, been hella-busy! nothing to major in the works, atm. just a hoodie, some socks, and this luridly ugly log-cabin afghan thingie to use up some stash (*must make room to buy more yarn!*). also, started another blog to go with the romantic frustration one, the theological one, and the fiction one where i play a 15 yr. old crack whore named Bubba Anne living in a trailer park in the bottoms of Mobile, AL. busy busy busy.
also, teaching biology on the fly at a local college as well as the regular job.
gotten addicted to silk ribbon yarns.....tho' anything made with 'em are far too glam for me.
y'all be good.
Just wanted to introduce myself. I've been knitting for about 20 years, mostly sweaters, and getting rather bored. I mean, how many sweaters can one have? This site inspired me to get creative. This fall, I made scarves for eight friends, each with different patterns and yarns, and another sweater. A picture of the sweater is attached. It was made with Classic Elite Egyptian Cotton. The color is parchment. The pattern is from an old Phildar book. I'm now working on my first top-down, seamless sweater. It's going well.
My arthritic fingers often finds metal knitting needles to be hard and painful to use. I always loved the warmth of wooden needles but I much prefer how the stitches fly off the Addi Turbos. I have a huge monetary investment in Addi Turbos.
I was looking at the Lantern Moon "Destiny" wooden needles on-line and wondering about them. The joins look very good but I don't know. Anyway, do any of you in MWK-land have any experience with these particular circulars?
Busting booty trying to finish a hat in 3 hours, and realize as the decreases aren't working out that I cast on the wrong number of stitches and didn't realize it! That's what I get for being cocky about a pattern I've done a million times. I frogged it back to before the decreases, and through some creative decreases, got it back to a number that was divisible by 4 and the needles all had even numbers of stitches on them. Phooey! I'm joing to just play with the design and do something out of my head for the decreases... should be fun. See, I'm human too.
I found out that I have been making my purl stitches incorrectly. My knit stitches are correct, but it seems I have been wrapping my yarn around the needle clockwise instead of counterclockwise when purling. I guess this is call the "Combined Purl" and results in a twisted knit stitch. Don't know how or why I came about doing my purl stitches this way. I swear that was how the instructions I learned from showed how a purl stitch is done. It seemed very logical and very natural for my hands and fingers to work the yarn this way (I am an English knitter).
Not a HUGE deal though since I really haven't done any flat knitting in AGES!!! Any purl sitches I do in the round are for ribbing and the knit stitch is never seen and I see no noticable difference in the purl bump on the right side of the work. Nor have I noticed any differences in my right or left slanting decreases when working in the round.
I do have several pieces of an unfinished ribbed sweater stashed in the closet, waiting for me to complete the second sleeve and seam everything together. I haven't touched it in at least six months. THese were all done as flat pieces and I guess every other row of knit stitches on the right side of the fabric are twisted. Still, no huge deal since I really do like the look of the sweater and it's such a fine guage I don't think anyone except the pros will notice, and only if they're looking VERY closely at the work. I will have to remember that when I do finish the second sleeve that I continue to do the "Combined purl" so that it matches the rest of the work.
Does anyone have a source for Garn Studio Baby Ull? I've got a sweater nearly done, but need one additional skein. Unfortunately I threw out the label, and the color card on Garn Studio's website is wrong. I can say it's a deep red (not burgundy, definitely red). Don't care what dye lot it is as long as I can get the color. Any help anyone can provide would be most appreciated.
About a year ago, during a monthly meeting of the Outer Banks Fiber Guild, we were planning the workshops for the next 12 months. I was wanting to learn how to spin using a drop spindle, so made the suggestion of the workshop and offered to make a drop spindle for each of the participants as my contribution to the workshop.
The workshop is this Saturday. We have an excellent instructor lined up, and as promised, each person will get their very own drop spindle to use and take home. The pic shows 10 of the 20 being made. In retrospect, it turned out to be a bigger project than I at first thought. One of the bigger decisions was to make eithera top whorl or low whorl spindle. I finally chose to make the low whorl. I'll let you know how the workshop turns out. Either we will have some nicely spun yarn . . . or a nice bonfire and weener roast!
Just curious here...this will definitely draw attention to you....!!!