Hi. My name is Eric, nice to meet everybody! It doesn't look like there have been any new posts in quite a while, I hope this forum is still active.

I've been into fiber arts for quite a while, but I only recently decided to take up knitting. I also crochet, naalbind, knook, weave, and spin my own yarn.

I look forward to meeting fellow men knitters, all of the knitting groups in my area are womens groups so its either sit in a henhouse or just knit at home with my girl. It would be nice to get together with other guys who knit.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Hi, Eric. Welcome to a great community of knitters. The traffic varies and does seem a bit slow right now. Most likely because of the Holiday season moving in on us. I've done most fiber related arts but am not familiar with "Knook." What does it entail? Enjoy our group and good to meet you.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Darrel's picture

Welcome to the site, Eric!

jessemkahn's picture

Welcome to the site, Eric! It's a great group of guys. We hang out here, but we also hang out on facebook, too.

Meanwhile, Joe, look up the knook online. It's a long crochet hook with a hole on one end and allows for one needle knitting. I'm almost intrigued enough to try it!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks, Jesse. I figured it had to be involved with crochet somehow.

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pandagravy's picture

I guess it did go through and let me post here, lol. Nice to meet everyone.
Yes, knooking is knitting with a long crochet hook. I like knooking because you can do most of the same stitches as knitting, but since it also has a hook on it you can do some pretty interesting stuff. It would be like switching from a knitting needle to a crochet hook halfway through a stitch and then switching back, so you can make some really funky designs. I came up with one design that is like a double-sided garter stitch that zig-zags, and leaves a pocket in the middle. Its fun too cause I can switch from tunisian crochet to knitting and back again, making for a really cool texture pattern. When I was researching knooking to see where it came from, I was able to trace it back to a company in china that makes the amazing needle, but the woman who started those was part of a research group of ancient norse fiber arts, so I think it probably has a norse origin and was lost and then when it was re-discovered they marketed it as something new. I'm not 100% sure on that, but its my guess.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Most interesting...I'll have to research it further once I get all the current projects caught up.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.