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Looking for Super Chunky Yarn

I am going to make a heavy sweater jacket for hiking in the cold weather months. The yarn it calls for is Morehouse Merino Bulky (100% Merino wool) that knits at 10 sts and 18 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch. That particular yarn is $17.50 or so. I need 8 or 9 skeins of it! Ouch. I know I'm worth it...aren't we all...but if I could get a good quality yarn that is a bit less expensive, that would be great. I know that Lion Brand has skeins that are about $10 and I have used that, but I was wondering if you guys had any experience with heavy yarns that you would recommend.

Sweater coming along

I am at a turning point in the short-sleeved sweater that I am making for my mom. I thought my fingers were going to cramp last night as I did the last few rows. There is an 8-stitch increase per right side row and the last row had 302 stitches. I had to stop and do some flexing exercises every now and then. I thought I'd post this photo before I joined the front panels and the back panel. I'll do the armholes after adding another 7" to the bottom, which will include a couple inches of ribbed stitch like the neck. The arms will have the same rib stitch.

Easy Rip

I found this video online. It shows how to use circular needles and their cables to create a stopping point when you need to rip back a few rows. It helps you avoid picking up the live stitches and perhaps missing some, or dropping them. Enjoy.

http://youtu.be/DSQpSftNEoI

Mark

Looking for a shrug

Hi guys...I am in search of a nice shrug to make for my 85-yo mom. She lives in Florida and complains that her shoulders and arms get cold because of the extreme air-conditioning, especially during the summer. I have downloaded a few from some of the more popular sites, but find them a bit confusing to figure out, even when I email the designer. Has anyone made one that they might suggest. I am also looking to find one that made all in one piece on circular needles and in the round. I know that any flat knitting can be converted, but I'm still researching and reading about that.

Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair

The Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair is being held this year June 22-24. I have never been to it but I have heard that it is very well done. It is in Grayslake, IL, a far northwest suburb of Chicago, IL, USA. I don't normally promote things like this, but they sent me a flyer in search of people who would like to exhibit their work...no jury fee. I know some of you market your skills and thought that you may be interested in somehow using this venue to do so. Attached is a primitive cut-and-paste copy of the email I got looking for artists.

Wine Bottle Cozy

Here's a simple wine bottle cozy that I worked up to give to a new friend of mine. I am so glad I have learned to knit and can add my personal touch to a gift now. It was fun! I used Sensations Lustrous Lamb Soft Wool Blend (80% acrylic and 20% wool). The skein lists the gauge as 18STS/24R, 4x4. Adding the cables was interesting because I used size 4 needles. It was fun because I have never used needles that small. I am slowly but surely working my way down the needle scale and aiming at working with sock yarn this summer.
Mark

Finished Vest

I actually finished something I can wear other than a scarf or hat! I like the way it turned out. I need to block it now that it is all done. I had already blocked it before I joined the front and the back. I really enjoyed the experience. The next project, I think, is going to be a knitted jacket made with super chunky wool that I can wear late fall and early spring. I found a nice pattern to use. I am visiting with one of my new friends from Men Who Knit in Milwaukee next weekend and we will visit a yarn shop while we are there.

To Block or Not To Block

I finished the front and back of the vest. It was not nearly as difficult as I first imagined. I certainly did learn a lot though. I tried out the mattress stitch as several of you recommended and it works like a charm. Even my wife was impressed with how slick it works when you pull on the ends and she has been an embroiderer and cross-stitch guru for 40 years.

Breaks in yarn

I am now on my third skein of Lionbrand Fishermen's Wool, Oak Tweed yarn. The first skein had three breaks in the yarn that were deep inside the skein. Two of them were tied with really big and sloppy knots. The third was simply a break, no effort was made to tie it. The second skein was a bit better, only two knots. I am about 3/4 of the way on the front of the vest and the third skein also has a knot that is tied in a large loop, so I will need to splice it.