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Centre pull balls

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.

Heart Felt VD Present

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.

INOX Line Marker

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.

Cheers!

EDIT UPDATE 19 FEB: I HAVE ATTACHED A PHOTO SHOWING EXACTLY WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR.

Source for buttons

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?

yarn, the new crack

Last night I was at a local knit night at another LYS. I used to avoid this one as pretentious and stuffy, too precious and expensive, and then in a stroke of marketing genious, this upber-white, waspy store hired the only black woman working in a PDX LYS. Thank DOG for Terrisa (that is the correct spelling....it's a Quaker spelling, I am told). Now the store rings with laughter and humour, and a bit more champagne during the knit nights. HOWEVER....damn yarn sale. After last weekend's unexpected yarn adventure, I promised myself that I would buy NO MORE. That vow lasted a whopping 5 days: Tahki Donegal tweed at 30% off. How could I possibly resist? I was good boy, though....I only bought $40 worth. (IT'S A MIRACLE!) 2/16/07....15 hats knit thus far... I wish I had thought to photograph them all before I sent them away. Love to you all from misty Portland.

LACE!

Grrrrr...the lace yarn I've been waiting on arrived. It's beautiful 50/50 wool and silk. I've cast on now 3 times and have gotten about six rows into the pattern...then poof..I somehow, added six stiches into the pattern (well not exactly somehow), I got too big for my britches and stopped paying attention. I'm determined to conquer this but right now I just need to vent. Damn Lace!

Bored

I got bored with the sweater I was making because it is all knit stitches, so I decided to make a sweater for my husband's favorite aunt. Since she's Greek, and very proud of it, I decided to incorporate a Greek key pattern. I'm doing it in a double knit so that it will be pretty on both sides. It's being knit with Cascade 220 on size 10 needles, to keep it soft. Here's a picture of the work in progress.

I was under the weather on Superbowl Sunday. Did anyone make it to their LYS for the Superbowl sales? Pick up anything interesting?

Fingerless gloves

Well I liked the Knucks on knitty but did not like the thickness of the fabric. So I made a bulky pair out of Malabrigo on 6's. They turned out pretty well though next time I'll make the pinkies smaller. I keep accumulating small balls of malabrigo as my sock pattern and mitten patterns leave about 10 ercent of the skein. I'll have to do a scrap project.

A book

Dear Men,

I was wondering if some of you would like to help me out. I have been mulling over the notion that writing a book might be a good idea. I was first thinking about a romance novel with two people madly in love romping in fields...but I am without experience in this category. Then I thought, "What about a book about skiing?" No, too many and that is a VERY small audience.

Then I arrived at my conclusion, "I'll write a book about knitting." Not such a bad idea, right? Well, I can manage the words fairly well, but I do have about as much experience with patterning as G.W. Bush has in facing Mecca for evening prayer (read: none). So, will you help?

Here's my time line - I would like to have three chapters completed by the middle of May. I will then begin with my effort to find a literary agent, and with any luck sell the idea to a publishing house. Any of your help will be sincerely appreciated, and you will receive full credit for your work.

I would like to print anything that will be interesting to a man with respect to both creating and receiving. That's the challenge. Up for it?

J