So Christmas and Hanukkah and the rest of everything is upon us and i thought i would share some thoughts.
1. My fingers are continually bleeding from knitting and erasing patterns for presents. However i have managed to create at least 50% of my presents.....im glad.
2. Joanns and Michaels does sometimes have some nice yarn. Try it out. Pretty good prices for merino, blends etc. Holiday times it might be picked over....so i found the other day (that'll teach me to go yarn shopping so close to Christmas)
3. I am so sick of hearing the John lennon and Yoko Ono Christmas song. War is unfortuantely, not over. Its just a hopeful song i guess....hear that Mr bush...?
4. I will ALWAYS keep receipts and labels from yarn. AlWAYS!!!
5. Knitting a dreidle is interesting.
6. I made the cable stocking from Vogue Knitting International Holiday mag and the toe is short. and I didnt take it out cuz i dont care at this point. myabe i will next season.
Im done. Thanks for allowing this vent. *off the soapbox*
thanks guys for your input - here's the intarsia thing so far -- circles are a nightmare - I think there's going to be 19 pieces of yarn I'll be working with at one point - when I get in the middle... I know it's not impressive yet - I'll show you when it gets closer to being done...
I am also interested in finding out how people think it should be finished - the back of intarsia isn't really pretty (despite my attempt!) - so I think I'll end up making 2 of these scarves (or another scarf in stripes or a different pattrn) and attaching them together - anyone have other ideas?
Hey, I had a blast doing the secret santa. I hope eveyone did. It was fun thinking of what to do, wrapping it up, braving the crowd at the mail store. Then every day I waited with anticipation, wondering, will my package come today! It was great. I had a blast and I think we should do it every year. Thanks again Rick.
hi guys! haven't posted anything lately as i've been busy knitting a sweater with Jesse "KIWIKNITTER" he has been supporting me and lending advice!! Will post a picture when finished. I'm just in the research stage of starting up an online wool store servicing the Australian market and was wondering if anyone has any advice Jesse thought that there were a couple of MWK members who had done just that!! Would love to hear from You!! Regards Arron
Wherever I go I try never to miss an opportuninty to locate other knitters to join our group here in Dallas.
Over the weekend I went to this great huge Christmas party and met a guy who had knitted in the past and was thinking of taking it up again and we hit it off pretty good. Trust me, I'll force him to take it up again.
Later in the evening myself and half a dozen members of the Turtle Creek Chorale, fantastic mens chorus, were at the piano singing Christmas carols and I was feeling pretty good, me singing with these great voices.
Between songs this guy walks up to me and says, "Chris when you sing it gives me goosebumps." Impressed with the compliment I replied, "Really?". and he says, "Yes, everytime you open your mouth my skin crawls!"
I like him.
I've just launched a person website dedicated to my knitting. It's basically a log of my projects, with personal comments coming in the near future. Check it out at
I saw a book in Yarn Garden (they started advertising in the local G/L rag, so I'm supporting them a little more, now) that really impressed my "Knitting for 30 years, jaded self when it comes to books." and that is "The Big Book Of Knitting" by Katharina Buss. It seemed VERY COMPLETE, VERY CLEAR, WELL ILLUSTRATED AND WELL EXPLANED. (and I like the fact that the displays WEREN'T done in 1970 yellow, pink, or green synthethic...yuk) Check it out for yourself.
I finally found someone to pose in my Mom's sweater - I finished this a week or so ago and was trying to find someone who would hold still that I could get it wrapped around! (I am learning quickly that it's hard to find people to play model; many folks don't want their faces photographed) - this one was a bear for two reasons - problem number one was I ended up needing 3 more balls of yarn to finish the sweater, but there was none left in this dye lot - Luckily, Bishops had a color almost EXACTLY the same - it's not noticeable at all. The second problem was when I was attaching the pieces together - part A: - I sewed one of the sides totally wrong - so it has the seam on the outside - very fashionable but not the look I wanted - so it had to be ripped out and redone - (luckily, I know the trick of using a "different" yarn to sew up my pieces - so it's easier to see the yarn you use to attach the pieces!) - part B: - I sewed my last arm on inside out! (I did this on the other sweater I made for Sheila also!) -
I mailed this out to my mom in her Holiday package today - she will get it in time for Christmas! I hope she'll wear it, and with any luck, I might get a photo of her in it - I didn't do it, but I was thinking of sending out a gift certificate for a photo package at walmart or something in the hopes that she'd model it for me also!
Hello guys - I am trying to do a scarf now that has circles in intarsia built into it - I understand using differnt colors of yarn for each part of the pattern, and I get that you're supposed to have two different "skeins" of yarn for a "right" and "left" side of a pattern when there's a second color in the middle of the row - but here's where I got confused last night (and ended up ripping the project out) -
what do you do when your contrasting colors don't line up from row to row? (like in a curve) - the "back" of the piece is not hidden so it's not like I can just carry yarn like in fair isle... the only thing I could think might be the answer would be to cut and re-start each row for the different colors -
anyone have any ideas on where I can go to figure this out? I want to get knitting on this before I will be able to get to my LYS... so I'm askin my yarn boys!
help help help!
My copy of "Finishing Techniques For Hand Knitting: Give Your Knitting that Professional Look" by Sharon Brant arrived today from amazon.com.
I think I was hooked by the title, thinking that this would be a book of "cold, hard knitting facts" (as my knitting buddy Azza says) but it's just another knitting book. It is filled with the basics and some patterns; end of the story. There is nothing new or exciting in this book. I wouldn't even recommend it as a learner's book as I've seen much better on the market.
The title is so misleading that I thought the cover must have been accidentally put over the wrong contents. If you are considering purchasing this book, save your money and don't! In my opinion, it is a complete disappointment. I won't even waste my time taking a photo of it and up-loading it here.