I posted this as a W.I.P. a while back and have finally gotten a picture of the finished project. This was a part of my goal to use up some of my substantial stash. Knowing that I would likely not have enough yarn to finish the vest, I decided to knit it in the round and work until I ran out. I couldn't find a bulky wool/acrylic blend that I liked to finish it off with. I also wanted to keep the additional purchase at a very moderate price, as this was auction yarn that I got for a steal I wanted to keep it that way. I would up using Wool-Ease worsted, working double stranded. The denim color knit up darker, but I still like the effect, so I'm pleased with it. I attached a picture of the original pattern I based it on as well.
Learn To Knit Afghan is an excellent book to learn how to knit with. You learn various techniques by knitting 63 afghan squares. Barbara Walker takes you through knit and purl, mosaic, slip-stitch, twist-stitch patterns, cables, increase/decrease, and lace techniques. I am not a brand new knitter, but there are things in the book that I am anxious to try. And squares are less intimidating and require less time. I work on them in between projects when I want a quick fix. I am currently working on square 10, Diagonal Chain, which is a mosaic pattern. Fun and easy way to do color knitting.
I know it has been some time since I have written here. The man reason is that I am on vaction in northern Ontario Canada with my wife visiting her family. It has been great, I have 6 more days here then it is back to Waterloo.
The good thing about being on vaction is that I have had a lot of time to knit. Which I have done a lot of. In the 9 days I have been here I have knitted 12 dish clothes for friends and family. This has been done while visiting people and a concert. It has been a blast since most friends and family that I visited did not know I knitted and they thought it was great that I did.
Can anyone direct me to an internet site that shows how to correct cable errors in situ without frogging the entire piece back to the error? Thanks!
I bought two bundles of yarn for my stash this week:
1) From a seller on Craig's List I bought about 30 skeins of Red Heart yarn. Assorted colors. All of it is the usual acyrlic or acrylic/nylon blend. Not a bad deal. I don't usually use this kind of
crap stuff (I'm a wool or cotton man) but it can't hurt to have it around for the next Knit a River project or something.
2) Yarn.com is having an incredible sale. I'm really digging Araucania Nature Wool. It was a recommended substitute for my all time favorite, Rowan Magpie (which was sadly discontinued last year.) Nature Wool is a 100% wool yarn from Chile. It is kettle-dyed by a women's cooperative. There are subtle (and some not so subtle) changes in the color throughout the hank. Very cool. I haven't had a chance to felt any yet but I've heard it's fantastic felted (oh boy, more clogs!)
Hey guys, I sometimes forget that I'm not all alone and you all have VERY GOOD suggestions. I thought I'd see what you all had to say before I made a trip to my LYS.
knitting trying to make an orangutan for one of my nephews. It's done on US #3's, and a DK-weight mohair yarn. I already altered the pattern instructions slightly to be able to knit in the round on DPNs. It's just plain and simple stockinette stitch. I've already ripped out 60 rows I had done back & forth because I was dropping so many stitches and creating YO's on the purl rows. Doing it in the round has been a bit better, but I've dropped stitches again and I'm really not having any fun and it's not calming to me as knitting usually is. I keep splitting the yarn, can't see it, etc. ARGH!
So, my present collection of projects in progress is about to dissapear. As I am going to be spening Labor Day at a secluded lake house I can't think of anything better to do than gather supplies to start a new project! For some reason I have this voice in my head telling me to make a Cable Scarf...and it is a forcefull voice!
Is this a dumb idea for a new knitter? How hard (honestly) is this endevor going to be? I really have the burning desire to try it! Does anyone have any cool basic Cable-Scarf patterns? Resources?
This is my first post to a knitting blog, so I am excited to kick it off with a photo of a recently completed project. I have a hard time finishing what I start (a common condition among the knitters I know), so it was especially satisfying to bind off after finishing this one. There were a lot of false starts with this project, as it's a pattern of my own design and I had to start over a couple of times to figure out what I wanted to do. If anyone has some suggestions on how to better photograph knitting, please let me know. Thanks!
Please don't laugh at his little thumb-tack eyes, he's very sensitive about them. Besides, I haven't decided what I want to use for the eyes yet and the push pin is purely temporary.
I feel pretty groovy because knitty.com labeled the pattern 'piquant', "A little something for the seasoned knitter." Yee Haw!
The pattern is "Nicholas's Fingerless Gloves" that I found on Knitting pattern Central. It's "no-cable-needle" cable was really quite fun to work, and both gloves came together pretty quickly. This was my first attempt at working glove fingers (I had previously made fingerless "mittens" and regular mittens with just a thumb). I ended up buying a pair of shorter DPN's in the same size to work the fingers on the second glove and that made things a little easier to handle. I could just leave the un-needed stitches on their own needles rather than put them on a holder or onto waste yarn while each finger was worked. I found closing the gap between the fingers a bit tricky (picking up 2 stitches to close gap, and working the ends of the yarn as each new finger was started) but I think I managed it okay.