Thirty-two members of the glbt-knit listserv made squares for a love blanket for one of our own who was diagnosed with lung cancer. I haven't really kept up any posts on the project on here, but the blanket was delivered today and was a much-appreciated surprise. One of our members started a blog so that we could keep a record of the project. I'm so glad to have been a part of something so wonderful.
In other news, what I've started calling my "Knitting Unlympics" project - the mittens - has been progressing along. I'm currently working on the cuff for the outer (and final) layer of mitten #2. I didn't sign up for the Knitting Olympics, but I'm hoping to finish this project by the time the flame goes out. After that, I'm not certain. The Malabrigo hat has been fulled but needs some remediation so that I don't look like this:
Next question: WHY?!
I made her several pairs of hand-knitted Socka Fortissima socks, and she put one of the pair I made for her (FOR CHRISTMAS) in the washer AND DRYER when I told her not to. Nooooo, hubby is dumb, she knows more than he does. She can't knit, but she knows more about hand-knitted socks than I do. And she spins our fleeces and she also felts projects so she knows what kind of disaster she is wreaking on my hard work. So she tosses them into the washer AND THE DRYER and what happens? Besides getting all pilled and fuzzed (and pretty nasty-looking) there's a friggin' HOLE in one of them from getting snagged by something else she washed them with. The hole isn't in the bottom of the foot or the leg, where it would be easy to fix, but noooo, in the GUSSET. She didn't even bother to put them into a garment bag to keep them from getting BLUDGEONED by the the washer and dryer, just tossed them in like they were store-bought. And they're RUINED!! Dammit, all my hard work -- you wouldn't believe how AWFUL hand-knitted socks look after going through the washer AND THE DRYER just one time!!
Thinking about making a hood or hat in the Patagonian style. (Sorry, best words for what I have in mind.) Just a close-fitting hood with long strings that tie under the chin. Anyone have a pattern? I haven't been able to find one on the net and not sure where to start with the design. Any ideas? Anyone?
Do you get advice/help mostly from books, online sites, local yarn store or friends?
Hey men! Well I've become addicted to knitting babysocks. They're so damn cute I can't stop! (check out the first pair at kilgoretrout.wordpress.com/test) My problem comes in when I turn the heel. Like many sock knitters, I end up with a series of holes going up the gusset as I "turn" the heel. I've tried knitting this tighter in that area, and asked many knitters, but they answer I get is the same: "I have that problem too, not sure what to do, just sew up the holes at the end". Yes yes, sew up the holes, that's what I'm doing. It only takes a few minutes and the finished product looks presentable, but theres GOT to be a way to knit a heel without these holes! any ideas?
Well, here I am learning to blog. LOL. I always find myself learning, sometimes over and over. Some people use the expression "live and learn", well somtimes it is just "live and live and live and live" It takes a bit to sink in.
I am in the middle of an afghan that I am in love with. It is 3 panels, two with cables, and the center one with the trinity stitch. I am over half way done with the center panel and laid it out next to the other one so I could start comparing length, etc. Well I found twoo mistakes in the first panel, but they are going to stay there I just can't frog out the whole thing.
I just joined the group and am so excited to know that there are so many of us out there! The projects that have been posted are really inspiring.
I have only been knitting for about a year now but am totally hooked! I am working on a henley style sweater now and will, hopefully soon, have pictures to post.
Just wanted to drop a quick hello. Not even sure if I have posted this correctly.
Charge up the printer ink and get the paper in the tray...For those of you looking for the Scandanavian Drop patterns these are now available free on-line. I ordered the Drop 85 pattern book and the company very kindly retuned my PayPal payment explaining that in due course the Drop patterns are to be available free online. At the moment they are gradually uploading them (and translating them into English). Not only have I saved £9 but am furiously printing off loads of fantastic patterns! Take note! you have to click on the national flag for the knitting instructions. If you click on the picture you only get an enlarged photo.
Here's a question about decreasing while working with stripes.
I'm decreasing at the top of a hat, knit in the round, entirely in stocking stitch. The hat is striped--4 rounds of each color. The pattern calls for decreasing every-other row, sometimes SSK, and sometimes K2tog.
My question: would it be better to decrease on rounds 1 and 3 of each stripe, or rounds 2 and 4? Or does it matter? I haven't tried it yet, but my guess it that decreasing on round 1 might look funky. Whereas decreasing on round 4 might be okay. Does anyone have experience with this?