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Knitting Masochism

I decided to teach myself how to knit continental-style today. I've got the knits down, but I think I'm twisting my purl stitches. Maybe I'm wrapping the yarn the wrong way... I'm using the videos at KnittingHelp.com to guide me along.

 
Let's focus on the good! The strangest thing is getting my left hand to get used to performing fine motor-functions. This can only be a good thing, I'm sure. I notice my little finger doesn't get much exercise when typing, so perhaps knitting while allow it to join the ranks of useful fingers. I'm hoping that getting this figured out will lead the way to some fair isle work. I don't think I'll get the "reindeer in a tutu" sweater done this year, though.
 
The weather in Juárez has suddently turned very cold. While fumbling through the box of winter clothes, I realized that I have no scarves for myself; I gave them all away. No one ever told me it occasionally snows in the Chihuahuan Desert.
 
Moss StitchI've been going through my stitch dictionary to find something with an interested texture. I have been eyeing the staggard brioche rib, but I do love a moss stitch scarf (pictured left).
 
I've never knitted the staggared brioche rib before, but it certainly looks nice in pictures. When I knit up a swatch, I'll post a picture because I can't find one online to share.
 
In addition to something nice looking and warm, this scarf will also be the project I force myself to knit entirely continental style. I hope I speed up soon or I'm going to be a cold boy for awhile.  I also want an ear hat with flaps, something like this one, but I'm still searching through patterns to hack up.  I'm thinking of throwing in a motif or mosaic pattern to spice it up.
 
What I'd really like is for my knitting fairy to appear and make this all by morning... Brr!

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Scarf coming along

I think that one of the things that I like about kniting is the time it takes me to do certain things.  Patience is required to come up with the design and colors for such a simple item as a scarf.  Here is the progress so far.  I like long scarfs and this one looks like it may be one of those.

Step Two Xmas Scarf 

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Flying with Needles

Just wanted to know what experiences people have had getting onto a plane with their knitting.  I have heard that wooden needles are okay but the metal ones are not.  I would hate to get to a gate and have them say I can't take it on.  Thanks!

Inspiration!

Greetings from the land of NASCAR and barbecue wars.  I'm a librarian in North Carolina who's trying to start a knitting group for teens.  The girls are responding but the guys are slow to buy in.  I'm posting a flyer with "Man Enough To Knit Strong Enough To Purl" and photos of men of various ages knitting, but I could use some suggestions.  I'm over 50.  Any ideas on what might appeal to the younger crowd?  Thanks in advance for your insights.

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Does this happen to everyone?

Um, well I have started a new project which really is just a scarf but working with a different textured yarn which is the new part.  I also just bought more needles, a pattern and yarn for another project and i have some other yarn for another project that I am thinking about.  Starting to get piles of knitting things.  Is this a disease I have caught??

Hi

     Joined last week and thought I would say hello. I am NOT a man, but I hope you guys don't hold it against me! I am a designer who is VERY interested in designing men's knits and hope to learn from all of your experiences. I think the current availability of designs is pretty slim, and would like to work on changing that.

    It is refreshing to be in the company of other knitters who enjoy and respect their chosen art, and I have really been happy with everything I have seen here so far. I am not here to sell myself or anything, just to see what you guys are doing and learn if I can.

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Stitch at the LGBT Center

I was planning to go to the center today and work on my scarf.  I decided to wait until next year.  I have been very busy with a new crochet group on MSN   http://groups.msn.com/crochetdepot .  This is part of what I do.  I am still knitting my scarf and got some nice yarn from a store in Daly City call Beverly's Crafts?  Anyway it is a big store with lots of yarns, I will remember that for next time.

 

 

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Of craftiness and sadness

Some of you knew Grannyguy, from Crochetdepot.org.  He was my friend and the friend of a lot of you.   He wanted to learn how to knit, I did webcam training with him, but I was not a good teacher, we laughed he could not cast on as I taught.  Today I am a bit sad, Scott and I developed a fast friendship, we liked each other a LOT.  Nevertheless we were flirting friends.  His health has not been very good, I called him every day to cheer him up.  I was not able to talk to him since Tuesday, last nite he came to visit in a dream to tell me he died. I was disturbed by the dream and woke up, and he was sitting by the side of the bed, then he vanished.  I loved him very much I wanted him to join this site.  He will be missed, but will be present in our memories for all times.  Thanks for the opportunity to express my emotions.  Andrito ama a Tito.

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Holiday Scarf

 Xmas Scarf

HI Everyone:

 

I was inspired by a friend of mine on the net,  http://colamanknits.blogspot.com  , his sweater gave me the inspiration for this scarf which I may bring to the Community center to continue my work with the inspiration of the other peple as well.  Anyway it is on of the projects I have for the holidays along with my hats.

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