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Adventures in Machine Knitting

Never, ever have I been as frustrated as trying to learn how to operate my new Bond Ultimate Knitting machine that I got at Christmas.

I learned to knit in college.  A guy I knew, a fiddler in a local bluegrass band, made his own socks.  He told me his mother taught him.  He introduced us,  and within weeks, she and I had made a trip to the yarn store to buy some Lopi, a pair of 10 1/2 circular needles, and a sweater pattern.

That was in 1982 - I still remember how difficult it was to learn to hold the yarn correctly, to be knitting smoothly along and then have a gap and suddenly forget the basics: does the needle go in the back or the front of the stitch?  Is that a knit or a purl?  24 years later I just pick up yarn and flail about for a pair of needles and just start.  No pattern, nuthin'.  Pretty cool.

Part finished Sanquhar Glove

I've had a similar problem to Lars.  I copied this Sanquhar glove from a tiny photograph using a magnifying glass believe or not (I must get out more...).  Everything was fine until division for the fingers.  Inorder to make the pattern run up the fingers and not to twist around one has to add more stitches than would ordinarily be needed.  Think about it:  the index and little fingers form triangles whereas the middle and ring ringers form squares.  Hence the abandoned glove 'cos you end up with two tight fingers and two baggy ones.

I have since found two useful sites - http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/sanquhar/e-howtoknit.html

Cosmo's picture

Overnight

I made this hat overnight (clever, huh?) after searching for a week for the first hat I made (and my favorite).  I fear the first hat is forever gone.  :(

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Weeklish Topic #6

What was the hardest project you've completed? Why was it so hard and would you create one again? In other words was it great enough after you completed it to warrant another?

kiwiknitter's picture

Soft Wool Holder

I just won this yarn holder on ebay (this photo is from the listing) for my son who loves cats and is just learning to knit.  I bought another in a different pattern for my partner's birthday (he crochets) and I'm using it until I can find some for me.  I like these so much better than the hard plastic and cardboard types.  This sort I can squish up and stuff into my knitting bag when I'm out and about with a project.  The holder is about 6" tall and 4" in diameter with a zippered top and a hole for the wool.

For those who've not used a wool holder, they are nice because they keep the ball under control.  When the ball is almost used up and is lightweight, the holder keeps it weighted down so the wool isn't bouncing around.  I think they're very practical.

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My Very Own Scarf

When winter set in, I realized I'd given away nearly everything I'd ever knit before. I was going out of town for a wedding and decided I'd knit myself a scarf on the plane. Long and thin, it makes for a nice double-wrap and keeps me very warm. I was too excited to sleep the night before the fight, so I kept the pattern simple...

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Boys Don't Knit!

This is a cute story about a young boy and a man knitter who comes to his rescue and saves the day!  I bought it for our 11 year old son who is learning to knit.  The book, last printed in 1990, is a simple story but has a nice way of demolishing the myth that men can't and don't knit.

If you don't have a younster who might benefit from this story, may I suggest that you purchase a copy and donate it to your local primary school library?  Every effort, no matter how small, that we make to bring men back to knitting will be beneficial.

turkish socks

Has anyone got a pattern for turkish socks on two needles.

I am interested in how to do the heel

Thanks

Renny

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Knitting Mats

Knitting with old VCR and cassette tape was not enough. Now, I want to knit with rope or twine and make a floor mat. I was thinking about using some sort of thick-ish woodsy twine from the hardware store, but realized the texture might seriously injure my fingers while knitting.

All the mat patterns I've seen are for bathrooms and use cotton. Jute and other natural fiber floor mats are my inspiration, though. I'd like something with a little stiffness to it, which is why a thin rope made of small individual fibers would be good — flexible, but without compressing too much.

Would a pair of sleek, black Isotoner gloves keep my fingers from turning to bloody nubs? Should I just learn to weave?

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Theme Settings

Maybe I have just a little too much time on my hands... Today, I was messing around the MWK site, familiarizing myself with it when I decided to change the theme settings from the default that came up when I first signed-on.  I changed to the bluemarine setting and what a difference in the feel of this site!  It is more compact now with less use of the mouse going back and forth across the page.  When a member posts, his photo is attached automatically.  This particular option really has increased my enjoyment of the site.

If you're like me and are always getting lost on any internet site of more than one page, here are the directions:

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