kiwiknitter's blog

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?

Cheers!

Bamboo Marker Pins

I just received these wonderful bamboo marker pins from Knitty-noddy:

http://www.knitty-noddy.com/component/page,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

Anniversary

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...

Jesse

Finishing Techniques - Book

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

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.

Sticks & String - Podcast

There is a great podcast called "Sticks & String" by David Reidy, an Aussie knitting bloke. This can be found at http://sticksandstring.wordpress.com/

Dave has done only 6 shows to date and all are pleasant to listen you. He has a definite male energy about his programming which I enjoy. In addition, he is doing a great job raising the profile of men knitters.

To be honest, I'd never heard a podcast before but now I'm very keen to hear more. He has links to other podcasts about knitting, a couple of which are by guys.

Filati Men Special 5 Pattern Book

I am searching for this pattern book from Lana Grossa wool company. None of their products are available in the southern hemisphere; I rang my contacts in the US but those stores do not have this book in stock.

I have the other Filati Men's editions and I like the patterns a lot. I wish I could order the wools locally.

I'm wondering if you guys would be on the look-out for this pattern book and let me know the details of the LYS which carries it so I can order it by phone. I would really appreciate any assistance here.

Swatches

This month I read in two knitting technique books that one should let a knitted gauge/tension swatch "rest" for 24 hours before measuring.

I'm wondering: does anyone do this? I'm always so keen to start working with the new wool that I just jump right in.

I'd fancy knowing your thoughts on this.

Jesse

Question for Spinners

I posted yesterday about the handspun wool I purchased yesterday and which I began to knit upon arriving at home. I bought 2 colours, white and acquamarine, each spun by a different person. The white is soft but the other is a bit course (but such a beautiful shade of blue!). Both look identical to my eye. But, when I knit with the blue, the strand of wool from the knitting to the ball continuously keeps turning in on itself (twisting) and driving me mad. I sometimes have to hold the ball and drop the knitting to let it twist itself right. A elderly friend who was a life-time spinner and knitter said that the wool was incorrectly spun (she guesses that the spinner sat at an angle and not straight on the wheel) and that it will not knit up well and most likely will "pill" when washed.

I'm absolutely ignorant on fibers so I'm soliciting opinions from our MWK spinners on this. As this wool was quite dear, I have a substantial investment in it.

Cheers!

~Jesse