I've added two new features to the site.
The first is the ability to rate content. Registered members now have the option to rate content on the site. Content with the highest rating will appear in the "Best of MWK" block on the left sidebar. You'll now see "rate this" links on the front summary page and a new dropdown menu and Vote button on each individual page of content.
I've also updated the Tracker module. The voting results are now integrated and all columns are sortable.
For those of you who haven't used it, the tracker is a tool used to keep track of any content you've created or discussions you've participated in. Just click the My Account link on the left sidebar, then click Track. Everything you see in a listing is something you've either written or commented upon. With this, you can stay involved in a particular discussion even after it's moved off the home page.
Today's mail brought a very speedily delivered copy of Cat Bordhi's 'A Treasury of Magical Knitting'. Mr. McFeeley couldn't have done better himself.
I probably could have just looked for it at a yarn shop and read it for the pertinent information, but a) I didn't feel like driving around to find a yarn shop which has it in stock, and b) it's just good to support designers, since they give us great ideas to knit with. Mostly I bought it so I could sort out making Witt's Cha-Ching moebius scarf from the latest MenKnit 'zine. Now I just have to wait for my 60" Addi Turbo circ to arrive from Herrschner's. Being patient is hard work.
This is the image that goes with my posting in the Weekly Forum Topic #6. This is a raglan top-down one-piece sweater for a 6.25" doll. It is knitted on 1.5mm (US#000) needles with a lace weight merino wool.
I assume someone will read this, but even if not I suppose I've got to start somewhere. For lack of anything more current, I posted a pic to the galleries of most of my Xmas output - hats for all my adult loved ones. Well, all but David. I'm not entirely certain that we're past the boyfriend sweater curse stage, though I suppose now that we're living together the risk is somewhat lessened.
Currently I have about 6 projects on the needles. The bigger ones go slowly because I have to put them down and go work on an instant gratification piece to keep from getting bored, but they move along here and there.
I seem to be worst about finishing anything for myself, as is typical, but I hope to have a sweater or two ready by winter's end - or at least by next winter. :-)
This is the bulk of my Xmas output. Everyone got warm heads except the kids, who got felted alpaca slippers. They're all Reynolds Lopi except the white one, which is Alpaca With a Twist's Big Baby. I had to sleep with the designer to get that yarn. :-D
I didn't set out to make a baby hat, but was just playing around and it sort of fell off the needles.
This ia a free, Java-based, 2-color charting utility. You select the number of rows and columns, then click in a square to turn it black or white. Below the editing area, you can preview how your design will repeat. You can save or print your designs and since it's Java, it will run on any computer with Java installed.
I made this scarf from brown sheep wool which I bought at a thrift store. I don't work with wool much, though I love it, so I wanted to do something a bit out of the ordinary. The stitch down the center is called "lacy entrelac" by this old stitch dictionary that I have. I added the moss borders and edgings. I'm sorry for the poor contrast in the pic, but I was in a hurry and didn't have time for do-overs. I really don't think the design turned out all that well, but I did learn a great deal by doing it.
I made these socks for my hubby to wear to bed (gave them to him for Yule). I got the yarn at a thrift store and, get this, the wrapper had a price of $0.44 on each of the skeins! Ugly though they are, they do keep his feet warm. This is my first pair of socks and the most surprising thing to me was that they relaxed so much after washing. I should have made them two inches smaller!
I made this sweater for my gargantuan brother for his birthday in December. It took six months to make due to his/its enormous size (the sweater has a 56" chest). I adapted a basic sweater pattern and knitted it in the round and created a front opening with a zipped collar. It has underarm gussets and sleeves knitted from the shoulders down, so basically it is in one piece. I'm afraid it is in a very boring brown colour but then again, it was cheap! - it needed to be!
Actually, the wool is slightly flecked but this hasn't cpme out in the photograph. I'm afraid he won't be getting another one for a while as I can't afford the time!