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Craftsy.com

Hello All. Not long ago I discovered the Craftsy website. Maybe this is well-known to many of you, but I had never heard of it before. If you haven't seen it, I recommend you have a look. They have a fair number of knitting classes with a wide range of topics. I've purchased about 10 of them in areas which I wanted to improve, such as seaming, button bands and a general programme of different ways to knit. I found that each course has an experienced knitting instructor who knows what they are talking about. And, best of all, some of the instructors are blokes!

Recommendations for Needles

When I began knitting, I used solely Addi Turbo circulars. It didn't take long until I grew annoyed with the horrible stiff cable (the company actually recommended holding them in the steam over boiling water to soften and straighten them) and I looked around for an alternative. I bought the Addi Clicks but the needle sizes are too large as I often knit with a 3.25 mm size. On the recommendation of Bill on this site, I switched to Hiya-Hiya interchangeable. I really appreciate the swivel at the join. I've been happy with these until just recently.

Can I Soften Scratchy Wool?

Awhile ago, I bought some Irish wool that I got for a sweater from an online store. When I got the wool, I realized that it was too scratchy so I set it aside. Recently, I decided that I would use it to make an afghan, but I'd like to soften it up a bit once I am finished. I am in my third of ten skeins, so it'll be awhile before I am done.

I have read that hair conditioner helps, but most are highly perfumed. I have also read that glycerin works, as well as vinegar.

Been years!

Hey, all, it's been years since I've been on this site. What a lot of things have changed! I am still knitting, weaving, etc., etc. And I just had twin granddaughters. So, of course I had to knit the baby blankets for them. Here's a couple of photos - out ot the 100s I have. My wife crocheted the turban in the one photo...I'm not much of a crocheter - only do blanket borders.

Setesdal style sweater

Hey, guys! Been nearly 8 years since I've been on, and a lot has changed! But I have a serious question:

I'm finished with the body and one sleeve of a traditional Norwegian style sweater for my son. 100% baby alpaca, and it's turning out awesome... But I've hit a stumbling block. I want to do the traditional neckline with embroidery and a pewter frog, but I can't find a pattern for the cloth/embroidered portion.

I've seen a blog entry

Lace knitting

My first real post.
Kia ora
I've started this Estonian scarf. The provisional cast on was interesting. I love utube to learn how to do these things left handed. So good.
Well this and the blue wool I'm Spining for a baby shawl should shut me up for a while. I'll try to put up pics as I go.

Sock Yarn Shawl

Hi guys,
I have never made a shawl before, so I thought I'd give it a try. I decided to go with sock yarn because my 90-year-old mom is small in stature and I thought that the smaller stitching would look good on her. I did use size US8 needles, so the stitching isn't as tight, obviously, as it would be on a sock. I'll save that for another day or year! The yarn I am using is Stroll Fingering from Knit Picks, 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% nylon. The pattern calls for 435 yards, so I bough 2 balls of 50g/231yds.

Leg Amputation Sock

Hello MLK,
I have a friend who, because of serious infections resulting from heart bypass surgery in January that never healed, underwent leg amputation above the knee yesterday. He's 81 years old and he's a wonderful person. I thought I'd make him what is called a stump sock...yes it sounds crass, but he's okay with it. He won't ever have a prosthesis because of his age, overall health, and his f*cked up insurance company who dropped him, so now he is a ward of the State of Florida as a Medicaid patient.