Has anyone used Anna Zilboorg's "Magnificent Mittens"? There is a step in her process which is thoroughly trouncing me. It is the method of increases used in shaping the fingertip, namely, "pick up and knit x stitches". It's not a technique limited to her designs, I'm sure, so if anyone has any ideas... help. I'm stuck.
I am making this sweater, I think already have the answer to my question, but I'll ask you guys just to be sure.
My directions I am following are obviously for an experienced knitter and as this is my first real knitting project so I got lost a few times. I finally finished the body and I am now up to the arms...which the directions convieniently say, "knit untill you reach the desired legnth." So, unless someone invents a device where I can reach inside the mothers womb then I have a bit of a problem. What is a correct proportion, if such a proportion exists, for an arm length in relation to the body?
Hello All ...
So, I should have known that the hat would continue causing me drama even after it's done ... :)
I think (really hope is more accurate) that the following links will bring you to the picture that I posted on my blogger blog ...
Always remember the Wizzards First Rule and you will never go wrong!
I noticed last night it took several attempt to get files attched to my posts; that may have been due to the fact I was working on a dial-up workstation. Anyone else having problems?
The other wierd thing is the new image (without a title so impossible to get to) shown as being posted by me at a time I know I didn't even attempt it.
Did I ever mention I am severely afflicted with startitis? though I do usually, eventually finish most projects. [except for that birth-gift quilt I started for the nephew that turned 29 last month...]
anyway - this is from the 2nd book of Modern Lace Knitting; since I am using my usual laceweight on way bigger then normal needles (In this case US #6) I'll get away with doing the smallest variation and still have it come out a good sized shawl.
the baby picture of little ROE are out at my picture page.
There 5 sections to this pattern - the picture was taken 3 rows into the second section.
AMAZON has this to say about the book:
Collected from knitting designers all over the world, the patterns in this guide will be a joy to create for any knitter. The lavish full-color illustrations and easy-to-follow instruction charts will make these traditional patterns an exciting addition to a lace knitter's repertoire. From beginner to advanced, the 34 projects contained include designs for sweaters, vests, shawls, scarves, gloves, and socks. With beautiful photographs of these unique patterns, this knitting book is perfect for those who love to knit lace and those who would love to learn.
I'd quibble with their phrasing; and have some issues with the layout and indexing of the book. I feel it is more a "coffee table" book then anything else - though it *does* have some nice patterns in it. For me, though, the most intrugueing stuff in the book cannot be made without puchasing other books and/or patterns or don't include the patterns. However there were a number of things in it that made me willing to shell out for the book.
A pretty good dscussion on traditional Orenburg technique of shawl construction; ditto on Shetland. A 'filet mesh' technique; the "formulae" for Pi shawls; plus a few motifs and edges I'm pefectly willing to use - even if I will never actually knit the project they are included in. however, much of the same info is now available on the web - (I purchased this some time ago)
So, here are two pictures of the hat that I made for my soon to be nephew. It really was the hat from hell considering it is so small...
Really ... It was rough at times ... :)
Ok Gang, let's hear about your favorite ways to block...all techniques...all types. Let's hear from the lace knitters and the sweater dudes.
Personally, (and yeah, I think I'm man enough to admit this in public) blocking has always been something I should do and should know how to do, but probably don't do as well or know as much as I should. Up till now, I've been one to haul out the steamer and steam the living crap out of something, stretching this way and that until I think it's right...only to find out about 40% (OK...70%) of the time I've got to redo it.
My OCD Mother (god love her) bought me a quilter's press pad, and I think I'm in love. More grid lines than you can shake what ever it is you have to shake at. And I've also recently invested in blocking wires and WOO HOO if that's not better than sliced bread.
And pairing the two together almost make for a steam powered, t-pinned, perfect edge love affair of something I really hate to do.
Come on...let's hear about what you do.
No worries! rturko has not disappeared. He hasn't hung up his needles (is that what one does when they give up the craft?)
We're in the process of moving to a new ISP and I've gotten carried away with registering domain names. Rain City (Seattle) Rick (my first name) is the latest.
Anyway, I'm still around knitting (and knitting in the round.)
just finished a sweater for my 18 month old grandson.
...it's knitted with two strands of a navy twist wool and cotton blend...machine washable... the yarn was a bit over $100. !!!!
I adapted a Debbie Bliss pattern so I could do it on circular needles... using steeks for the neckline and sleeves...
the hood is added by picking up the stitches all around...
it's a really beautiful shade of navy... a bright navy twisted with a deep navy...