This afternoon, I have been experimenting with felting - maybe fulling. Not intentionally you understand but on account of forgetting I had a sweater in the drum of the washing machine before putting on a hot wash. Adding injury to insult I also washed several paper tissues with it as well. The Cardigan I bought in Austria at Christmas is now several sizes too small, rather hard and has little bits of papier mache worked into the fabric.
Ulf - this is an old-english technique called not paying attention when doing the laundry.
As men who knit, that are disatisfied with the availability of patterns available to us; how can we go about changing that?
The magazines & online sites have 90% of content devoted to women.
Where are the designers for men?
I gave my partner two skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn in the Pinstripe colorway for Xmas, because he's been wanting some fingerless gloves so he can still type when his hands get cold. I, being the loving man I am, offered to learn how to knit said fingerless gloves. Here's where the 'because I'm dumb' part comes in: I don't have a pattern. I thought about doing the Broadstreet Mitten from Knitty for him, since they're made with a sock yarn, but he wants the thumb to be cut off, like the fingers. Is that something I can do? Just bind off where I want them to stop? Also, the instructions for the other hand say 'just reverse the instructions'. Vague much, then?
Just took something like 45 minutes to knit my 1st 3 rows useing eyelash yarn.... does this stuff get any easier or is it the evil creation it seems to be? I am makeing something for my wife, and wondering if it may be better to use something else, or if I just need to get use to this stuff...
I knit this dog sweater for my aunt's little dog. Apparently the dog hasn't taken too kindly to the cold weather in the Northwest. They recently moved from Sacremento, CA. I don't own a dog, but I have the next best thing, my partner Eddy's Pound Puppy, Buster, who was more than happy to be my model. He wants to know where HIS sweater is!!! It is a mock cable pattern that I got from Fiber Trends. I highly recommend their patterns. Look for their website www.fibertrends.com. I am now working on a cable scarf for myself (for a change !) I'm almost done with it. Thanks for all the great feedback and inspiration.
My partner and I raise and show Shetland Sheepdogs. They generate a LOT of shed hair, generally the soft, downy undercoat.
I saved the (cleaner) combout hair with the intent to spin and knit with the hair. The resources I found recommended carding in some wool to allow for a slightly looser twist upon spinning (wool has scales that interlock and allow the fibers to hold together under looser tention, apparently).
Well, I could never figure out the damn spinning wheel and gave up. If anyone knows where I can send a big bag of clean dog hair for spinning, please let me know.
After a bit of a hiatus and since winter has finally returned, I started back up again on the mittens I'd started for myself. This is a two layer mitten, with an inner layer of baby alpaca and an outer layer in a border leicester cross handspun that I picked up at Rhinebeck in October. I did the inner layer first using a provisional cast on, then went back and picked up the stitches for the outer layer. The basic idea came from Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, with short-row shaping for the end of the mitten, and I took the palm gusset from an issue of Interweave Knits. The decision to do it as two layers was mine, as I figured the baby alpaca yarn would be more comfortable and the double layer would make it a lot warmer. I got through all the gusset increases last night and hope to get through the rest of the hand (or at least to where I separate the stitches for the short rows) tonight. Then I'll have to make another one of these so I can actually use them.
I just received this wonderful wee hardcover book called "Knitticisms...and Other Purls of Wisdom". From the inside dust jacket: "As anyone who's ever picked up yarn and needles with the intent of learning to knit will tell you, the most important attributes that all new knitters should have in their knitting basket is a sense of humor. Knitticisms is a fun, light look at the world of knitting featuring purls of knit wit and wisdom. Along with brilliant color photographs, historical black-and-white images, artwork, vintage pattern booklets and advertising, these words of wisdom make this an amusing presentation of the craft that promises a little something for every knitting enthusiast."
Pattern: from Better Homes & Gardens "Knit It!" magazine from April 2005 (on the cover) "In A Jiffy Poncho"
Needles: Addi Turbo circs size 17 [12mm]
Yarn: Katia "Nepal" 400yds (4 skeins)
Time: About 6 hours