OK so I kind of only pretend to know how to knit - it's OK though because I find that the majority of people are easy to fool - I make up blankets using lots of different yarns, and just knitting (no patterns!) and quit when I think it's long enough - I'm learning SLOWLY - and most recently (after starting to hang out at a cute local yarn shop owned by an 88 year old lady) began my first sweater.
It's fun and I look forward to being more creative (after learning how to read patterns!
This blanket was for my partner - I made it about a year ago... he loves PURPLE!
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
for the larger part, my experiences with the chatbox has been very helpful...especially Mmario! the guy knows so much stuff! anyways, it's kinda sad that a few fellows mistake someone simply being nice with "romantic intentions" when i get time, i'm taking that crack about "i knit to sublimate romantic frustration" out of my profile. i thought i was only being humourous but too many seem to think it is some kind of an invitation. i'd like to think most folks are here for the knitting and the camraderie.
I'm currently working on a four panelled throw,(when finished will be 160cm/63" square) which has a stockinette main section with 6cm/2.5" garter stitch borders.
Although it's not really reversible, I don't want to see knots on the back whenever I join in another ball of yarn.
How do others 'join' yarn together seamlessly?
The pattern is from the book simple knits for everyday living by erika knight page 80.
I'll post a photo after I've completed each section.
I'm working on a project that calls for a Picot bind off and have an elementary question regarding counting. The Picot bind off directions are:
Bind off 5 stitches, [slip st on right needle back to left needle; CO 1 st using Cable Cast On method, BO 6 sts] ...
My elementary question is this, as I begin to bind off I knit the first stitch, knit the second stitch and then pass the 1st stitch over the 2nd stitch. How many stitches did I just bind off, 1 or 2?
The pattern is a 4x1 rib so I'm assuming that the answer to my question is 2 so that the Picot ends up on the Purl stitch in the rib pattern. Otherwise the Picot ends up 1 stitch past the Purl which just doesn't seem right.
I figure it would be good to know this basic answer since it'll come in handy when making necklines.
(feeling very stupid since I've been knitting for a few years).
Getting my second tattoo hopefully this afternoon. Gonna have to think about how I can incorporate the MWK symbol into my next one! :-) Is the design copyrighted? Do I need permission to get it tattooed somewhere on my body? :-)
I'll let you know how it goes this evening!
Too work at the estate or not to work. I've strained my trapesius muscle and lifting stone doesn't sound like such a good idea. Maybe I'll finish those designs and KNIT. Yeah, that's the ticket.
(And flirt with guys on BMB.com)
I have a very important class for my Apparel design degree on WEDNESDAY! My usual knit night. I'll miss gossiping with LARS! And the beer, and the naughty conversations with the girls over the needles. It TOTALLY SUCKS. (But the class: marketing for the apparel industry, is surprisingly good: The teacher is fast paced and really sharp. He totally ROCKS!)
Fighting the flying: The bane of all woolen knitters and especially us spinners as well who live in the county is wool-moths. But the smell of Mothballs is almost as bad. The best solution that is bearable, I find, is to make sure that woolen sweaters/ handspuns are stored clean. It was recommended to me that you put sachets of dried lavender or whole bars of "Irish Spring" soap (still in the box) in with your knitwear and yarns. My flat smells like a freshly washed rugby team. (I don't mind). And the sweaters have that fresh outdoorsy masculine scent that makes me think of rugged, burly, ginger-bearded men showering nekkid in the bushes.