For an anniversary present this year, my wife bought me a terrific book entitled The Principles of Knitting. It is full of really basic things in knitting and it take you through many, many neat techniques to enhance your knitting. It's really huge, weighs a ton, and it a great deal to digest. It will make a really good reference book, once I get through it.
It took me all bloody day and a poorly written pattern I found on Ravelry, but I did my first bit of 3D entrelac knitting!
I am making a cardigan for my wife and it's a standard raglan design. The pattern says I should just pick up the stitches along the right and left front panels and do a garter stitch for about 6 - 10 rows or so...about an inch to an 1.5 inches. I was wondering if there are any slick ways of knitting a border with a bit more interest and just join the border to the panel as I knit it?
Here is one of the reasons why the Olympic Committee members so fiercely protect their logo and other branding. The execs can't afford not to protect it; it's BIG business.
After the success of the first raglan sweater I made for my mother, I thought I'd try a much heavier one for me to wear while hiking in the sub-zero temps here in the Chicago area in the winter. I found the following Web site that uses a percentage method of making a raglan. It's not exact and you may have to fudge a few stitches here and there, but I can at least understand it and once I wrapped my head around it, it became very easy to knit. I'm using the Lion Brand Wool-Ease chunky yarn (Willow) that is 20% wool and 80% acrylic.
Happy Father's Day goes out to all the happy knitters who have kids for whom they have so feverishly knitting everything from hats down to socks. Our kids are so wonderful to accept...and even wear...all our "creative" garments. As fathers, we have broken the mold of what standard dads do with and for our kids. We've added the art of knitting. It is a rare thing in our respective cultures and teaches our kids so much about being individuals and accepting of others who may enjoy doing things a bit differently in their lives.
Thank you to all who replied here and so many via email! It really helps to hear from all of you guys. My son and I are the only two in the family who live here in IL, so it's great to have this site as an extended family.
Please keep my wife in your prayers. She joins me in the world of replacing body parts. She undergoes double-knee replacement surgery on Monday, June 4. She supported me during my hip replacement back in November, now it's my turn to be the caregiver. She'll be in hospital and rehab for about 3 weeks. If you are in the Chicago area drop me a line, I would love the company and the diversion. As some of you know, being the sole caregiver with only one relative nearby makes for a curiously lonely state of mind.
I have exchanged emails with Kristin Spurkland, author of The Knitting Man(ual), regarding help with patterns as well as to get her advice on knitting projects. She's a neat lady. Here's a link to a new book that is coming out that is all about top-down sweater knitters. She is recommending it.