I'm sure this topic has been covered to death, but can we humor a newbie? I have to fly to Phoenix this weekend to attend a funeral. I'd like to take along the scarf I'm working on, and I've already checked the TSA site to note that knitting needles and crochet hooks are acceptable carry-ons. I note, too, that pointy scissors with blades of less than 4 inches are apparently allowable.
So I should be in the clear, right? I'll have to check my tapestry needles and long scissors, but I'm assuming I won't have a problem carrying a few balls of yarn, a couple of circular needles, a yarn gauge, some short scissors and a crochet hook in my knitting bag.
I must be doing someting wrong. Felted purses seem to do ok. When I felted my first pair of clogs, they were wrinkly, didnt' felt up nice and smooth at all like the pictures you guys have on here. I have a front loader. I'm just not happy with how it felts. I'm gonna have to find a top loader, take things out often, stretch, etc. I usually felt with jeans and tennis shoes. Any other tips on how to felt the clogs? I'm a very loose knitter. I know that's kinda strange for a newbie, but I'm very loose. I dont' know if thats good or bad. I am also a continental knitter. I think that's one reason I'm so loose. Any tips or pointers would be appreciated.
Most of the site has been upgraded. I'm aware of some issues, but I encourage y'all to use the site normally and report back any problems by replying to this post.
Thanks for being patient while I work the kinks out!
Well, here I sit trying to think of what to write about in my blog.
I have been knitting for a few years now. It all started as a young boy when my mother first showed me how to cast on to a needle and how to knit and purl. Well, I was thrilled. I created a holy mess of a something, but boy was I proud. After that I put down my needles for a number of years; only to have a very good friend suggest I take up knitting while I was going through my divorce. She gave me a project of knitting a toddler cardigan for my grandson. Now folks, remember I hadn't knitted for years. Well believe it or not I finished this cardigan with buttons and pockets. It was beautiful. Now I was really hooked and started knitting my next sweater.
This is a piece of lace I'm working on. It is a design by Sharon Miller in 'Heirloom Knitting' and the yarn is handpainted merino laceweight by Margaret Stove, the New Zealand lace guru.
I just finished this seamless jumper this morning. It's made from the E. Zimmermann formula as found in "The Sweater Workshop" but I chose the pattern and "designed" the collar myself. The colour is a beautiful aquamarine and tweed which may or may not show well on your screen. The wool is 8 ply and I used a 4 mm needle. I was very gratified to discover at the end of it all that my gauge and the measurements were spot-on. I did a simple "horizontal dash" pattern which I thought went well with the colour. I wanted to do something different with the collar; I thought that it should somehow be horizontal rather than vertical. I made the boat neck and then knitted a few rows of garter stitch. Then, I finished it off with a 2 stitch I-cord. I'd never done that before and if you've not yet tried binding-off with an I-cord, do give it a go as the finished result is absolutely stunning. It took me 3 weeks to knit this which proves that circular knitting is so much faster than flat work.
So it's taken me some time, but my first knitting project is finally complete! Here are some pictures.
The scarf is pretty long - I prefer long scarves to the ones that refuse to stay wrapped around your neck. Its final dimensions are: 65.5" x 8.5". That should definitely keep me warm this winter!
ok. feeling pretty dumb, now. been swatching a pattern that calls for p2tog tbl to be done and somehow it just isn't coming out right. this is the aspect of knitting that makes me feel stupid when things just don't seem to work and i can't see what it is i'm doing wrong. off now, trying to find how-to video clips on google.
Liz Lovick will be offering some online courses on Ganseys
The first workshops starts on 7th October on the Traditional Knitting Yahoo list
Then in January it will be repeated on the EZasPi list
she says regarding the classes:
"will be looking at the patterns used on some of the fishermen's sweaters round the UK, along with some of the the history and fables associated with ganseys. ... there will be patterns posted, and ideas for making them your own. ... the patterns will start small, and work up to a gansey itself, both in the traditional 5 ply and the aran weight often used here in Orkney."
Many people think that the internet is cold and impersonal. While it's true that it can be, this is not one of those places. It has turned out, in the last few days, to be an even more warmer and inviting place to be than I ever could have imagined.
I am overwhelmed with the love and support I have recieved from all of you. Enough so, that I might have to cover the keyboard in plastic to keep out the salt water. Believe it or not, I have actually 'felt' each and every one of the cyber-hugs I have recieved from y'all and your wonderful words are eternally etched in my heart.