kiwiknitter's blog

Addi cables

I can't locate Addi Turbo needles in NZ. I have a complete set of all sizes and lengths from the US. But, they all have the stiff cable. I see that the Clicks have a soft cable. Are the new Addi turbos sold with the soft or stiff cable? The internet sites which sell them don't say. I appreciate any help.

Looking for these stitch markers

A number of years back, I purchased these stitch markers. I think they came in a pack with different sizes in it. The markers on the left are soft and rubbery; the ones on the right are hard plastic. I like these the very best because they are thin enough not to create any gaps in the work and they don't hang down and get caught in the strands. I would like to get some more but I can't find a source. I think I very well may have purchased them at Patternworks originally but they are no longer available there. I would appreciate it if anyone can direct me to a source for them.

Knitting with Two Colors - New Book by Meg Swanson

How lucky we stranded knitters are lately! Three new technique books in about as many months. The latest is “Knitting with Two Colors: Techniques for Stranded Knitting and Designing Color-Patterned Garments” by Meg Swanson & Amy Detjen, published by Schoolhouse Press. For those of you who might not know, Meg Swanson is the daughter of the late great Elizabeth Zimmermann and is a knitting giant in her own right.

Men learing to knit video

Here is another men knitting YouTube video I think you can all relate to. This video certainly brought back lots of memories when I was beginning to learn to knit. I can remember being as awkward and clueless in the early days; it just doesn't show the many times I threw the bloody knitting mess across the room! I think I could have named this “I laughed. I cried.” The funny thing is that I still look this way when I'm learning some new knitting technique – fumbling, hesitant, not really comprehending the instructions and then, throwing it across the room.

Enjoy!

Warren MacNeil - Man Knitter

This evening I came to the place of knitting the heel flap on the socks I'm knitting. I decided I was too tired to start it so I passed some time looking through Google. I came across this YouTube video about a man knitter in the US. I enjoyed it a lot and wanted to share it with others. I think that Warren is a great representative for us guy knitters. Have a look and enjoy!

Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting - Great News!

Great news for Fair Isle enthusiasts! I just discovered that the old Starmore book has been reprinted and is now available. I'm happy about this but there is a certain sting remembering how much I paid for my then out-of-print copy!

I think this is the very best book on stranded colour work technique ever.

You can find it on amazon.com for only US$19.77!

200 Fair Isle Motifs - New Book

This week I finally received the newly released book "200 Fair Isle Motifs - A Knitter's Directory" by Mary Jane Mucklestone, a well-known knitter and designer. The book, published by Interweave Press, has 208 pages and is printed on glossy paper with page after page of colour photographs. It is divided into three sections: the first is "Essential Skills" which covers areas from yarn selection to finishing and blocking. Designing your own garment is also included here. The largest section is "Motif Directory" with its 200 designs.

Chic-a Double Yarn Holder - Great for Socks!

I've been internet shopping lately (the only way to get good knitting supplies for us in NZ) and I came across this wonderful yarn holder; it's great for those who knit both socks at the same time (which I do). The promo advertisement says it can also be used for fair isle knitting but that would be useful only if there were only two colours used in the project. The ad say it is good for Intarsia but I don't see how that would work very well. I think it should have been marketed to the sock knitting community. I love the colour and pattern I selected.