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"Knit Bits"

My PA (that's personal assistant and not Prince Albert) gave me as a New Year's gift a daily calendar called "Knit Bits".  It has a little piece about knitting for each day of the year.  I thought it might be fun to share them here throughout the year.

Enjoy!

Dec 31 - Jan 1  Knitting can be solace, inspiration, adventure.  It is manual and mental therapy.  It keeps us warm as well as those we like and love.  It has existed almost as long as the soft sheep, and in giving us wool they are deprived ony of an uncomfortably warm fur coat in the heat of the summer.  From Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann  (On this date there is a picture of a woman knitting with the balloon which says "I'm knitalicious!")

Knitting in a design such as letters

If anybody reads this that knows how to knit in a design, such as letters, numbers, and other such stuff, please PM me or use any of the contact methods in my profile. I am working on a scarf for my daughter and would love to put her name on it.

 

 

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Search for Wooden Cable Needles

I want to replace my plastic cable needles with a set of wooden needles in the 3 sizes.  I've searched all over but I can't seem to find them.  I saw a set of Brittany wooden cable needles on ebay once but I can't find them anywhere else.  Can anyone help me with this, thanks?

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New year

I've been a lurker for a while and thought I should post something... I've been knitting for over 20 years, taught myself in college from a book. 

I'm currently working on a cable sweater in alpaca/silk/wool from Knitpicks.  I already made one sweater with this yarn and just had to have more!!

I just finished a sweater in hemp/wool for a book due out sometime next year. 
I also have a t-shirt sweater in cotton and a long sock scarf going in the sidelines. 

If any of you guys in the Atlanta area are looking for a group to knit with, check out the Atlanta Stitch-n-bitch group in Yahoo groups.  We meet several places around town and there are 4 of us (men) who regularly attend.  We are trying to get more men to join us.

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Foreign Language Knitting

 

For those who like to knit bi-lingually, here is a great page for translations of knitting terms.  The languages are English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.

http://members.fortunecity.com/pattyna/companion/5lingue.html

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Since I will be out of town and south of Darrel starting Friday I wanted to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year for 2006!!  Costa Rica here we come!!

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two questions

Does anyone have a pattern they like for a yarmulke?  I am a decent dpns knitter, and would like something fairly simple (who wants a cable knit yarmukle?!) Thanks for any advice.

Second Question: Who has the bulkiest yarn?  I like Rowan's Big yarn, and have on some projects doubled or tripled it, but does anyone know or like an even larger gauge?

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Holidays are here

I have not written much, but my scarf is coming along .  It just takes me a long time to knit, unless is a cable sweater, which I love.  I am looking forward to the new year and have in my goals make  some socks, which Ihave never done before.  I may even try ti knit a cap with the foru needles first before I do the socks.  I got mysel a nice holiday present, a set of Boye's circular needle set with interchangeable  needles.  What can I say I am a good bad boy.

 

 

The final design

Technique should be secondary to the final product. What is your conception? What do you, as knitter, want to produce? If I am working on a school sweater for a young, athletic child -- lots of running, playing, and moving involved -- I use durable yarn, lots of acrylic, machine washable and machine dryable, and a design that allows for movement. Usually a knit-in-the-round design, maybe using cut armholes or cut front for a cardigan. For a young woman's formal wear, I might use a tailored design, done flat on two needles and with seams to retain the shape of the sweater. The yarn is usually a fine yarn in luxurious fiber, perhaps cashmere, alpaca, or mohair. It all depends on the use intended for the end product.

Theory of design

Been reading the entries on inspiration vs imitation and thinking that most of us seem to agree that it's OK to draw from a pool of common knitting knowledge for basic designs, ideas on decoration, and techniques for accomplishing our knitting. But just when does a design become uniquely one's own? Sometimes hard to say.

While looking at Ulf's Scandinavian sweater, I had the thought that his work was a unique production, indeed. Each of the components of his design had been used before. But the final combination was something that had not been seen before. And a very impressive sweater!

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