Submitted by kiwiknitter on Tue, 2007-02-20 03:21
As Arron (rooboy) said in his posting about his fantastic beanie, the Transtasman Knitting Circle is working on learning how to do Fair Isle. Arron is light years ahead of me; I'm just slogging along.
I'm wondering what members think of the Fair Isle vs. Mosaic knitting. Do you find much difference in the final product? Is one easier than the other? Are there advantages to one over the other? What comments do you have, please?
I've tried both and I find the Mosaic slightly tighter than the other. I can't figure out if it's me or just the way it works. It seems that Mosaic may be easier but that being said, I have no difficulties knitting with both hands at the same time.
Thanks for your input.
Submitted by Gerard Allt on Mon, 2007-02-19 05:18
I'm in NYC in a couple of weeks and I would love it if any of you guys could give me some tips about yarns stores and where in Manhattan there are knitting groups. I know a few but any extra help is welcome.
Submitted by rooboy2000 on Mon, 2007-02-19 03:39
Hi guys have been enjoying reading all the happenings at "MEN WHO KNIT" Since my last post i have been busy travelling with work and recently got to meet with Gerard at I Knit LONDON it was great to meet a member who has used his passion to open a store and assist water aid with knit a river. But by far the best thing to come from this site has been my friendship with Jesse KIWIKNITTER who emails me most days and has become a valuable and wonderful friend. Together we are learning to become the best knitters we can be. We are both working on Fair isle... This is my first attempt which took me almost 3 weeks to complete and was ripped out 4 times I am very happy with the result and think that now that i have got the basic figured i really want to perfect this technique. Thanks to all of you out thee who inspire me through your craft, especially Jesse !! Arron
Sorry about the photo its not that clear but i hope that you get the idea.
Submitted by kiwiknitter on Mon, 2007-02-19 01:26
Everyone has been helpful and I appreciate the response. I decided to put a photo of the item I'm looking for. The book calls this a "line marker" but I see on the item it's called a "pattern marker". I'm still looking!
Submitted by MasonM on Sun, 2007-02-18 18:32
I finally finished my first pair of socks. House socks out of cheap Wal Mart worsted weight yarn. Not fancy or anything but as their only my second project, I'm kind of proud of them.
They actually fit and amazingly enough they actually came out the same size. I was convinced I'd wind up with two different sized socks somehow.
Now I have to decide what I am going to try next. Another pair of socks, an Irish Hiking Scarf to learn cabling, or a hat. Decisions, decisions.
Submitted by Kerry on Sun, 2007-02-18 15:59
Does anyone know if centre pull balls of yarn must be started from the centre rather than the outside? The yarn I'm using at present is a centre pull but I started from the easy to find outside end, and the yarn is untwisting as I knit. I have to let go of the yarn after two stitches so it can retwist, makes for slow knitting.
Submitted by Serge664 on Sun, 2007-02-18 14:13
This is the “Heart-Felt Wishes” bowl from www.fiberfemmes.com. Bad puns aside, I think it turned very well.
I used two stands of Patons Classic Wool and size 13 needles, just like the pattern called for.
It went surprisingly fast, and I almost had it on time to give away on valentines day.
I blame Physics homework for the delay.
Sadly, I have just discovered that my fancy new W/D is not that great when it comes to felting projects. I had to finish this one off by hand. Considering I already have the yarn for at least three more felted projects, I am gonna have to start doing laundry at friend’s houses. That’ll be fun.
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Submitted by kiwiknitter on Sat, 2007-02-17 16:32
I'm trying to source the INOX line marker but have had no success yet; it may be no longer available. This brand is not available here in NZ and I can't find this item on-line. For reference, this item is shown on page 11 of "The Big Book of Knitting" by Katharina Buss.
Any assistance will be appreciated.
EDIT UPDATE 19 FEB: I HAVE ATTACHED A PHOTO SHOWING EXACTLY WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR.
Submitted by zZigzZag on Fri, 2007-02-16 15:41
I'm currently working on a sweater that will eventually require some buttons, and I'd like to use something a little more special than the plastic ones you buy on a card at the fabric store. Can anyone suggest an online source that has a good inventory of interesting buttons? I'm looking for understated quality rather than flashy. Glass, maybe? Metal? Bone?