It has been soooooo long since I have posted anything. Sorry for the absence! Life has just been crazy and between work and an anniversary vacation to Santa Fe and Taos....there has been little time for hopping on here and saying hi!
Welcome to all the newbies!
And the not-so-newbies will probably remember I was working on that "killer" (not all in a good way) sweater for Allan. The irregular rib raglan.....ugh! IT IS FINISHED!!!!!! YEAH!!!! It soooo should not have been my first sweater. I will get some photos of it and post them soon...I have started a new cardigan/vest for my mother for Christmas and it is so easy! My first time with intarsia and I think I love it.
Anyhoo, just wanted to let you all know I'm still here...I'm sure you have been chomping at your nails with worry....LOL
Until later, hugs, gabriel
Ok this is actually the blanket. My poor neice kira is festooned with pink so I decided she needed a few other colors around her befre she is brainwashed into liking Barbie. It is on 8's and about 200 stitches across. I am using a great yarn from Kim that is 100 percent cotton and crocheted as opposed to spun. I love the contrasting colors. Can we post more than one image per post? I feel somewhat bad about multiple postings in a day but always have half a dozen things on my needles.
Saturday, my partner,Clive, and I walked down to the harbour's edge on a beautiful sunny 27C spring day. We bought coffees and sat in the park and watched yachts and ferries on the harbour. In the distance you can see the Sydney Opera House and the Bridge.
does anyone use addi circular needle? I have just started as I've heard so many great things. I an knitting a tea cozy and I quite like using dpn but for this project I thought I'd experiment. I have only done a few rounds but already my thumb is very sore.
Is this just because I am new to addi or are my suspicians correct about the needle being too small.
any help would be appreciated.
After the sash for the kilt was knitted, I remembered that my apparel construction teacher had asked if she could commission something just like it. I took it to class and she tried it on....acually with the clothes she would wear it with. It looked WONDERFUL with her coloring. Now, How to price it? It is about 2 1/2 feet wide by 9 feet. I estimate that if I knit full time, it would take about 24 hours (3 x 8hrs/day) plus the price of the yarns. 27+45= $72. If I figured $15/hr knitting/designing cost: 15 x24= 360 + $72= $432.00 Does that seem reasonable for a handknit shawl of such fiber and dimension? Hmmm. It is a puzzlement.
It is lightly raining today. I want it to POUR so I can stay inside and design and knit without guilt. FOO!
Cheers to all.
These socks were knitted with two strands of laceweight 2ply merino Marta's Yarns www.martasyarns.com.au/ , she dyes her own yarns. The turquoise I bought by mistake (keying error) so I knitted it with the purple to tone down the colour a bit. The pattern is Nancy Bush's generic sock.
Work has been keeping me so busy that I have not even got a chance to come here and blog or even just come here and look around... It has gotten to the point where I am so tried after work that I do not even feel like knitting.. I know scary.... However they have hired someone else to help take some pressure off.. Which means soon I will be able to knit again... Yeah...
I have some fun yarn, bigger gauge than I normally work, but because it is sort of a felted wool and nylon ribbon, it shouldn't be too warm or heavy. Before I go to the trouble of designing my own pattern, does anyone have a link or pattern for a top down cardigan that is sized for a real man (50" chest +4" for room+ 54" chest)?
Ugh. Not enough time for knitting. I'm taking a class in Marketing and production of apparel, and it is really interesting, but VERY macro.... I just want to do the designing and perhaps manufacturing of the models....Not become Columbia sportswear or a supplier thereof. Sigh.
Best wishes and happy knitting.
I'm making a 2x2 ribbed hat. I'm about 2 inches away from starting my decreases. But I don't want swirly, right-leaning decreases. I want the ribs to travel straight up. Please help. Any suggestions?
some excerpts from a document on historical knitting:
In England, knitting expanded rapidly in the 15th century, and at the beginning of the 16th, a number of strong Knitters Guilds were formed. A long and difficult apprenticeship was rigorously regulated: it took three years, after which the apprentice, now called a Companion or Journeyman, was to spend another three years working and studying elsewhere. After this six-year period he was admitted to the rank of master artisan upon the completion of:
A rug measuring eight by twelve feet
A shirt or jacket of wool
A pair of wool slippers
All this work had to be executed within thirteen weeks.
The rug had to be of a complex pattern composed of leaves, flowers, and birds, stylized in a conventional fashion and using twenty or thirty colors. This would not be the floor rug we know today, but a tapestry to adorn a wall
It is a curious fact that knitting, in the Middle Ages and even earlier, was a masculine craft, while women spun the yarn