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!
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.
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.
I've just begun to try to learn this method. Can anyone offer any comments about this type of knitting? Do you think it eliminates rowing out? I wonder if it has any benefits over combination knitting which I like.
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.
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
My first real post.
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.
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.
I would be interested in organizing a Christmas scarf exchange if we could find at least 10 guys who were interested.
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.