Submitted by CLABBERS on Sun, 2013-01-20 00:36
I was one row away from finishing a stocking hat that was being done with stocking thin (1) and #2 and #3 circular needles. I have never worked with#1 yarn and never such small needles. I'm glad that the folks at Addi had some that I bought most of for the reward money we got when wife purchased my addi click set. Anyway, I was watching a particularly exciting scene when I put the needles in my lap to watch. Then when I picked them up again, half of the live loops were just sitting their waiting for me to go rescue them.
Submitted by CLABBERS on Sat, 2012-12-29 23:20
After all the yarn breaks and frays that I moan about in an earlier posting, I finally finished my son's Christmas sweater. He chose the color and the plain stitching. It's only 4 days late, so not too bad. The challenge was making sure that the 20+ breaks/frays and ends of skeins were all woven in so they can't be seen. I am happy with the results. This is my first long-sleeved garment. I was able to join the yarn breaks in the areas under the armpits, so at least there they wouldn't be as visible as they might be dead center of the front or back.
Submitted by CLABBERS on Thu, 2012-12-27 01:03
My wife and son are so giving. I am so spoiled. For Christmas, they gifted me with a beautiful set of Addi click circular needles. They also bought me some additional cords, connectors, a couple intermediate-sized needles, and a cool collection of 101 Stitches on individual cards with pics and pattern, similar to a calendar.
Submitted by CLABBERS on Mon, 2012-12-24 00:03
My wife wanted a simple, plain cardigan with no short sleeves and no buttons. She requested grey so that she can wear colorful shirts underneath to jazz it up as her mood changes.
The pattern is Tweed Cardigan by Rebecca L. Daniels of Interweave Knits.
Submitted by CLABBERS on Sun, 2012-12-16 19:47
Even with the Christmas deadline approaching, I had to take a break from the coffee-with-cream sweater for my son and knit up a simple hat for a co-worker's son with a bit of color to it. I used Plymouth Yarn's Encore Tweed, worsted weight yarn that is 75% acrylic, 22% wool, and 3% rayon. I think that should stand up to whatever a 5-year-old can use it for...and it can be washed and tumble dried. His mom will love that.
Submitted by CLABBERS on Sun, 2012-12-09 19:38
I have made it through all the trials and tribulations of the yarn I was moaning about in an earlier posting and am now at the bind off point of the sweater's torso.
Submitted by CLABBERS on Thu, 2012-11-29 23:46
Hello men. I have made some nice progress on my son's sweater now. I am at the bottom of the torso and am ready to return to the smaller needles for the 2x2 rib stitch. Then I will begin on the arms, which shouldn't take too long. Hope you like it. I looks tight on me but it will be looser and a bit baggy on him, which is what he wants.
Submitted by CLABBERS on Wed, 2012-11-28 20:52
Recently there was in interest in the lopi sweater featured in a book by handknitting.com in Lopi Book 31, #13.
I think it was Trevor who wanted to know if he could get the book/pattern mailed to his region of New Zealand. Sorry, Trevor if I have mixed you up with someone else.
Submitted by CLABBERS on Sat, 2012-11-24 23:26
I haven't finished my wife's or my son's sweaters and I certainly can't work on them while we are all in the same room. They are both Christmas presents. Since I need to do something with my hands while we were spending a lot of time together this Thanksgiving weekend, and since I have 15 skeins of beautiful yarn (55% Merino Wool, 25% Superfine Alpaca, 20% Donegal Tweed) from Knit Picks, I thought I would begin my next sweater, this one actually for me! I am using Staci Perry' pattern simply called "Learn to Knit a Men's Sweater" and found on her site VeryPink.com. See link below.
Submitted by CLABBERS on Mon, 2012-11-19 23:31
Happy Thanksgiving a few days early. Here is a free pattern I found in case anyone wants to knit a cute little tiny turkey for Thanksgiving.
I've attached the pattern if you don't want to copy and past the above URL.