It's always a bitch when it comes to visit, but with the tendonitis I can't sit up and knit anything right now. Fortunately, we did a bit of cleaning this weekend, so I've been able to get to my spinning wheel for the first time in over a month. I've had the wheel for a year now, but I'm still essentially a beginner. I haven't had huge amounts of instruction, though David's been very helpful, and more importantly, I haven't gotten a lot of practice.
What I do have, though, is a whole lotta roving from Madelyn's 2005 fleece. So I'm slowly chipping away at it, even though I have no idea what I'll make with it. I expect I may try dyeing some of it, but even that's not a certainty at the moment. The funny thing is that most spinners will look at you like you're crazy if you tell them you're learning on alpaca, but I've found it a good bit easier to "get" than the sheep's wool I've played with. I think it's mostly because I tend to overtwist the sheep's wool, while the alpaca needs a good bit more twist to hold it together.
Does anyone have a pattern for Magic Loop mittens and/or gloves? I make all my socks with a ML pattern and love it. I've heard that there are ML glove and mitten patterns but I've not found any. Can anyone assist me in this search, thanks?
Here's a link (to a forum entry on knittinghelp.com) that talks about making gauge swatches for projects knit in-the-round.
The method described involves knitting a row, sliding the work to the other end of a circular needle, then knitting the next row from the same side (leaving a long loop of yarn across the back). Advantage: you end up with a measurable rectangle instead of a loop.
Has anyone tried this method? Are there other methods to recommend?
The big news for me this week was that I finally got Madelyn moved closer to me. I hadn't seen her for 8 months, since I moved back to Maine. I went to see her yesterday (she's boarding on a farm in NH), and she's completely unperturbed about the move or being in a new place. She's a fairly calm 'paca, anyway, so I didn't expect any problems.
I bought Maddy one week before my ex, Scott, dumped me. If I'd known what was coming, I might not have made such a big investment commitment, but in the end things have worked out very well. I have my first 'paca, I found myself someone who shares my love of the animals, and I have lots of soft fiber and yarn to play with. Plus, I did at least get a spinning wheel out of Scott before he dumped me - best thing to come of that relationship.
I got a kitty and want to spin kitty hair yarn. Her coat is super soft and about an inch in length, which I've read seems to be the minimum for spinning it without needing to blend it with wool.
I found a company that will spin the yarn for you, but that's no fun. Anyone ever spun pet hair?
Twisted, humorous commentary is also encouraged! :)
Who do knit for the most; yourself or others?
My only complaint since the site changes is that when I come to the site (HOME) it always says PAGE NOT FOUND instead of having all the latest posts. It's been like that for a week or so. It has all the sidebar stuff such as polls and log on window.
When I went home and Christmas my sister told me that she and her partner are going to be mommies in March. I'm thrilled to finally become an uncle. So I came home and started to knit. I made these booties using three plies of recycled lace-weight cashmere that I bought on ebay. I used size 2 double points and a pattern I found online called "Christine's Baby Booties." The color is a bright lilac. The picture looks too blue and too dark on my monitor. I also made a baby blanket in the same color using Mission Falls 1824 superwash. I used a cables and lace pattern that was fun to work.
I just had to show this off because I've been wanting to learn how to do this stitch for awhile now. Well tonight I finally made myself sit down and figure it out. This is the briotch stitch. I call it the bitch stitch because that's just what it was to learn... a bitch! lol..... I think the hardest thing for me to figure out was how to do the yarn over but once I figured that out I was knitting this stitch almost as fast as I can knit a 2x2 rib.
These are the finished felted clogs (men's size 9 u.s.) I am not a very experienced knitter and found these were relatively easy to make and taught me a lot about knitting in the round, picking up stitches, increasing and decreasing and sewing simple seams. Any inconsistencies or mistakes virtually disappear because they shrink so tightly in the washing machine during the felting process. They do take a long time to dry completely (several days). They are knit on circular needles with two strands together. They are very thick and durable and made with a double sole for extra padding and wear. Seude soles can be purchased separately and sewn on after if you want something even sturdier.