Each month our local fiber guild meets, and includes a workshop to learn a new skill. Last Saturday we had a workshop on dyeing, using acid dyes. The picture shows the results of my very first attempt at dyeing wool. I had so much fun, and now think that I am hooked on another aspect of knitting. The blue/green/purple skeins came out as I pretty much expected. The darker skeins started out as navy and orange blocks, but the colors ran together while steaming and this is what resulted. I am actually very pleased with the outcome. I plan to knit up a guy's scarf with those skeins . . blue, black, gray,burnt orange, rust, orange, and other colors that I don't have a name for. I will post pics of the finished knit project.
I just joined this group a week ago. In just a short week, I have met many great guys here that are much more skilled in the fiber crafts than I am, especially knitting. The greatest thing has been the willingness for everyone to share ideas, pass along tips to improve my knitting ability, and offer encouragement to continue the craft. THANKS! I look forward to learning a great deal about knitting and other fiber arts here.
I decided that I wanted my cellphone caddies to be seamless so I picked up a set of double-pointed needles and taught myself to knit in the round. I have to say I'm pretty impressed with myself.
Yes, they told me on Knitty Gritty that knitting in the round is far easier than it looks, but I had my doubts and cautiously started with a little 4-stitch I-cord. When that came out well, I decided to throw caution to the wind and knit a small tube.
Big Big Thank-you's to all of you who responded to Bennett's post. WOW. He was so happy!
And Jesse...I will get him his own ID here!
Hi everyone. My name is Bennett. I am 8 and just starting to knit. I think it's going pretty good. My mom attached a picture of my knitting and of me. I had some holes in it and I started again. I want to make a potholder when I can get my stitches to go real good. I am glad there are other guys who knit.
Well, it's actually the NH Sheep and Wool Festival, but with all the rain we've been having, I think my friend's daughter's renaming of it was most appropriate.
It was great fun, despite the weather. The vendors were there because that's what they do. The serious I-will-see-vendor-X-and-buy-stuff festival goers were there. What's a little (or even a lot of) rain when there's raw fleece to be purchased? I swear these people are descended from Vikings and fleece acquisistion is the 21st century equivalent of looting and pillaging for them. When we dropped off our 4 fleeces, the Zeilinger's trailer was already half full and it was only halfway through the first day.
Just a quick post here. I wanted to let you all know that I've finished the tutorial on How to knit 2 socks at the same time on 1 long circular needle. I've created a separate blog for this and other techniques that I might learn as I continue my knitting journey - The Boy Who Knits - Techniques.
There are 6 parts to this sock installment:
These instructions can also be found on the sidebar of my main blog, under "Techniques".
The cell phone caddy I made for my boyfriend was met with such an exclamation of delight that I just had to make him another one, so that he can coordinate with his outfits, ya know. This time I used the other novelty yarn that I bought, Ticker Tape, and added an outer pocket for his iPod Nano.
This is my first sweater which is for the charity Feed the Children