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Ok Chris, I did it, I joined!

Hi guys,

My name's Ken and my partner Mark and I live up in Maine, just outside of Bangor.  As a bit of an introduction...I started knitting back in September of 2005 and have been enjoying doing so ever since.  My favorite thing to knit, so far anyway, is socks.  I've also done some hats, scarves, a few knitted toys and I'm currently tackling the faux bear skin rug that was featured in the men's issue of Knit1.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it when it's done, but I just felt the need to take on the challenge of making such an unusual project...so far, so good.  Well, I guess that's it for now.  Thanks Chris for oh so politely reminding me to get it together and join the site.  And thanks to all of you who took the time to visit my blog (http://alterknituniverse.blogspot.com/) today.  I wondered why I was getting so many hits...

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Recruiting Effort

Hey Boys,

I have been trying to get Ken in Maine to join the group for weeks now.  He's been thinking about it but never gets around to it.  (like me finishing that 3yo sweater).

My proposal is that those who want to, visit his blog http://alterknituniverse.blogspot.com/  leave a comment and casually invite him.  He really would be a good member to have around.

(this sounds like rush week)

 

Embarking on my Knitting Adventure- Try 2

Hey all!  I just joined this site, and tonight I am going to be embarking on my knitting adventure!  My Aunt tought me the basics this weekend and I must say that I am obssesed!  The only problem is that I don't know where to start...I have purchased a book and am reading up but am totally in the dark as to what to get when I go to the knit shop this evening!  Might anyone have some advice as to good tools/materials for the sealous beginner?  Any advice would be creatly appreciated!  THanks!

Embarking on my Knitting adventure!

charmingbilly's picture

onward and upwards....there's a whole world of chenille out there!!!

well, the theft of my current wip's and attendant sticks and string is best considered an opportunity.  tho' the hat was (i'm quoting Madame Fonz, a venerable drag queen) "fab'lus".  the baby will get a blanket done in a foamy minty green chenille with crocheted flowers randomly distributed on it.  and i'm thinking i'll do a matching hat.   hats are always good.  i feel sorry for the junky that stole my tackle 'cause there's no way he'll get any money at the hock shop for that stuff.  anyways, thanks for the commisseration and stuff.  be good.

charmingbilly's picture

suspiriorum

sometimes i think people are just awful.  night before last i was tired beyond belief......the emergency room was jumpin' all night long.  well, i carry my knitting bag with me to the time keeping station to clock out.  of course i had to set it down to free up a hand to juggle my id badge and book bag. apparently, i didn't pick it up when i clocked out and left.  security tape has a civilian/non-hospital employee picking up the bag and heading out through the atrium and loses sight of the culprit as he (*yep, it was a male*) passes by the outpatient and clinic pavillions.  so, there goes my latest hat-creation (done in lionbrand desert flowers) that i had just finished and the first third of a baby afghan for my best friend's impending delivery.  *sigh*  just had a sick feeling 'cause i just realized that the afghan was on an interchangeable needle set.   *ugh*  of course, those will be the size needles i must have to get anything done.  more sighing ensues.

technocowboy's picture

Knitty!

Gentlemen, the new knitty is up.  It's all socks, gloves and hats.  (Yes, jpaul, SOCKS.  BY THE BUCKETLOAD!)

Tension control?

I'm just curious how everyone manages their tension whilst knitting, I hear everyone has their own method.

Myself, I knit 'English' style and weave the yarn under my index finger, over my second and third fingers and under my pinky. What about you?

Chris Vandenburg's picture

I'm Convinced

I have become a real fan of the "Russian join" since I ran across it on Kenny's website. 

I have used it four times now on the two pair of clogs I'm knitting up and the join really is virtualy undetectable. 

Thanks Kenny!

Serge664's picture

Hit it, Purl!

It seems like there have been a lot of anti-purl sentiments made recently, so I thought these might be helpful:

 

For Pickers (you know who you are) learning the Norwegian purl makes things much faster. This is really good for ribbing or other patterns with lots of switching. DO keep in mind that this results in a looser purl stitch, which you can either tighten as they are made, or just learn to work with a fun new gauge.

 

If you have ever bought a Drops pattern book, there is a note in the front about the stitch gauge being looser because of their wacky purl stitch - I believe this is this is the stitch they are using.  Norwegian Purl

 

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