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Fair Isle vs Mosaic

As Arron (rooboy) said in his posting about his fantastic beanie, the Transtasman Knitting Circle is working on learning how to do Fair Isle. Arron is light years ahead of me; I'm just slogging along.

I'm wondering what members think of the Fair Isle vs. Mosaic knitting. Do you find much difference in the final product? Is one easier than the other? Are there advantages to one over the other? What comments do you have, please?

I've tried both and I find the Mosaic slightly tighter than the other. I can't figure out if it's me or just the way it works. It seems that Mosaic may be easier but that being said, I have no difficulties knitting with both hands at the same time.

Thanks for your input.

INOX Line Marker

I'm trying to source the INOX line marker but have had no success yet; it may be no longer available. This brand is not available here in NZ and I can't find this item on-line. For reference, this item is shown on page 11 of "The Big Book of Knitting" by Katharina Buss.

Any assistance will be appreciated.



Never Knit Your Man a Sweater - Book

I just received my copy of this book by Judith Durant today and I'm very pleased with it. I know that someone on MWK mentioned it already but I can't find the posting.

Judith has done a great job with this book. The subtitle says, "22 Handsome Projects for Every Level of Commitment", and the projects in this book range from easy (coasters)to an Aran jumper. The directions are clear and easy to follow. And, the best part is that all of these projects are guy-friendly and I would think be accepted by just about any bloke. I think the adjective "handsome" fits perfectly.

I like her sense of humour and the clever way she equates the difficulty and cost of the project to the phase of the relationship. Her philosophy: "Only when you're very sure your man is 'the One' should you begin knitting body-sized garments." I remember a discussion here on MWK about the relationship between knitting a gift for the guy and then losing him.

This book is sure to please anyone looking for some good projects for the man in their life.

Lantern Moon "Destiny" Circular Needles

My arthritic fingers often finds metal knitting needles to be hard and painful to use. I always loved the warmth of wooden needles but I much prefer how the stitches fly off the Addi Turbos. I have a huge monetary investment in Addi Turbos.

I was looking at the Lantern Moon "Destiny" wooden needles on-line and wondering about them. The joins look very good but I don't know. Anyway, do any of you in MWK-land have any experience with these particular circulars?


Bamboo Marker Pins

I just received these wonderful bamboo marker pins from Knitty-noddy:,shop.flypage/product_id,1966/category_id,ef9c6c07bb0a62826f0280ac28a68a42/option,com_phpshop/

I use pins for marking-out sections for knitting-up the stitches of collars and sleeves. I've been using metal pins which I didn't care for, especially when I would continuously prick myself on their sharp ends. These pins are not sharp enough to injure but are just lovely to handle and use. Naturally, they will work great when sewing up flat pieces of knitting fabric. If you're looking for a nice inexpensive gift to yourself, I suggest a package of these!

BTW: Evelyn is a very nice person to deal with! I bought my Filati Mens 5 pattern book from her and am happy with both transactions.

War & Peace (and knitting)

For those of you familiar with Tolstoy's book (and the movie), you'll know about Anna Makarovna's double socks. I was just given the pattern and I'm considering giving it a go. Before I make a start, I'm wondering if anyone here has tried knitting socks like this. I'm looking for advice before starting out.

Cheers, Jesse


I just inadvertantly noticed that it was one year ago today that I joined MWK as member #296. Now, we're up to 688 members with thousands upon thousands of postings. I especially have enjoyed the comraderie of this community and have learned lots of new ideas and techniques to improve my knitting. In particular, I've been frequently awed by the fantastic knitted projects which have been displayed here. Being probably the only male knitter in Middle Earth (I can't seem to discover any others), I'm grateful for the new knitting friends I've made on this site. It really does make a difference to share our craft with other men.

Great holiday wishes for everyone, especially those in the northern hemisphere! Somehow, celebrating the summer solstice isn't quite the same thing...


Finishing Techniques - Book

My copy of "Finishing Techniques For Hand Knitting: Give Your Knitting that Professional Look" by Sharon Brant arrived today from

I think I was hooked by the title, thinking that this would be a book of "cold, hard knitting facts" (as my knitting buddy Azza says) but it's just another knitting book. It is filled with the basics and some patterns; end of the story. There is nothing new or exciting in this book. I wouldn't even recommend it as a learner's book as I've seen much better on the market.

The title is so misleading that I thought the cover must have been accidentally put over the wrong contents. If you are considering purchasing this book, save your money and don't! In my opinion, it is a complete disappointment. I won't even waste my time taking a photo of it and up-loading it here.