well, it took me long enough to get about posting something. this is just a brief intro and "howdy". i found the website after a google search and thought i'd sign up. i'm an intermittant knitter that started about 5 months ago to stop smoking. it's helped a little but i can't knit and drive at the same time so........
i get most of my knitting done at work while i'm waiting on a reaction to incubate or while i'm on my lunch/dinner break.
current WIP: one of those Doctor-Who style scarves. i had some ambitions for this thing but the yarn is this acrylicy stuff (*first time i've used a 100% synthetic) that i've developed a love-hate relationship with. it is squeaky and seems to bite the needles.....and it is soooo slow. i ditched the idea of doing the scarf in a honeycomb pattern and went with a simple garter stitch. the yarn is pretty, tho. and cheap (*$1.87/skein). at the rate i'm going, it'll be finished by mid summer (*gawd, i hope i'm just kidding!*)
I just found this site from the MenKnit.Net web site and knew I had to join. I have been knitting, on and off, for nearly 20 years.
I love the camaraderie of knitters. The knitting circles of my LYS was always one of the things I liked best about being a knitter. I am a member of the Buffalo Knitters Guild, the only man of course, so all the ladies love having me in the group. But it is nice to be with a grou of guys who are knitters.
My latest knitting obssesion are the scarves from the Harry Potter movies. I've made them all and they are my mindless-while-I-watch-television-knitting projects.
This was made by 18 faculty & staff at the school where I work. It was auctioned at the Benefit to raise $ for the scholarship fund. It went for $1000.
Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino
pattern used from Vogue 'Knitting on the Go' series.
It was my idea to do this & I'm now thinking of what to do for next year.
Did any of you catch the knitting program on Oxygen? The first one was March 5th @ 3pm. It does not seem to be airing any more. Lily Chin was the host & part of it was shot @ The Point in Greenwich Village. It was featuring Knit:1 magazine, Vogue............. Can it have folded already?
These are most of the hats that I've been churning out in the past few weeks. Most use the Reynolds Lopi. The small ones are going to be gifts for my newest grand neice who is due next month. The purple and green striped one is the "umbilical cord" hat from the Stitch N Bitch book, and the furry blue one was just my own "let's see what happens when I do this" design. A couple will be just for me, and I will send a couple of them for the Dulaan project. I think the green one in the back might be what Mel used for his Dulaan hat and I agree, it does look like ass on it's own. I like the way the blue one on top almost looks like faded denim.
Out of all the combinations; what is your favourite stitch and why?
My Better Half rarely asks me to knit something for him but when he saw this hooded jumper, he had to have it. It is made with “rare earth” (Aussie) brand dye-free alpaca and superfine merino boucle wool. The pattern is from “Tasman Designer Yarns Homegrown Collection”. It took me 8 weeks to knit this up which is a long time considering the simplicity of the pattern. I think my best friend kept distracting me ;-) I decided to knit this in a garter stitch instead of the stocking stitch for several reasons. First, my partner likes his garments loose and large and garter stitch will stretch both length- and width-wise. Second, garter stitch is warmer than stocking stitch. Third, garter stitch provides a more flexible fabric. The only problem was that garter stitch uses more wool than stocking stitch and this garment sucked up the skeins of wool. It took 23 skeins at $8.95 each – you do the math: this is one expensive hoody! The pattern is easy-peasy and would be great for a beginner. The only shaping is at the front collar and a few rows at the top of each sleeve; none at the arms on front and back. The pattern for the hood itself was completely incorrect. I’d never knitted a hood before but I was suspicious from the first reading of the pattern. I made the hood anyway and the pattern for the adult man’s size just barely fit our 11 year old son. In addition, it was the oddest shape and was very obviously incorrect. I had no idea how to make a hood. My computer had just slipped into a coma so I couldn't ask for assistance on MWK so I figured it was time to heed JPaul's advice and just design something by myself. I decided to just pick up stitches all around the neck line and just knit a hood. I like the way this made for an invisible seam at the place where the hood meets the collar line.
Just curious if there is anyone else that has done or who is doing round loom knitting? I'm working on a 3 panel blanket and have been enjoying it. I want to work on a sweater but don't understand regular patterns, let alone the patterns for the round loom. I found a website that shows a lot of styles of knitting that you can do with the loom, such as cable, stocking, etc. The greatest thing about round loom knitting is you get very fast results in a short period of time. Great for beginners that may want to move on to needles and hooks!