ManMadeKnits's blog

Quabling Query

Er, all morphological humor aside, I've got a question about cabling.

I'm working on the computer case from del Vecchio's Knitting With Balls and the wild oak cabling pattern looks a little crazy. I'm on the 20th row, I've been UTTERLY anal about making sure I'm reading and knitting the pattern right, but it just looks messy. Any tips regarding how to make cabling look more like the legendary "like it does in the picture"?

Its a birthday present, so any chance I have to fix things from here on in will be fantastic. Thanks!


I had no idea editing my posts would repost them to the main thread so many times! Is there any way that can be fixed? I apologize for the repetitions, I was trying to see if multiple pictures could be posted to one blog entry!

What a first impression to make, eh? Hehe. Be well all! Lesson learned!


This was easy to knit, but hard to felt. It needed one more felting than I thought before I sewed the parts together, so I tried felting it one more time and some of the edges got a little wonky. Its still incredibly functional, even if the lines aren't perfect!

Some of my projects.

These are, respectively, the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th things I've knitted ever.

The first are a pair of felted hats knitted with the same basic design, but shaped differently, the next is a satchel from, and last is the entrelac scarf I'm currently making to practice my backwards knitting. Slowly.


A lifelong passion

Salutations, everyone!

As you might read in my profile, I started knitting in Japan. After I sold all of my video games, I went to the 100 yen store and bought some needles and yarn. After seeing me struggling to learn from some diagrams on the internet, my host mother kindly called up another mother from the neighborhood--the mother of a boy who had started going to school again once he heard an American (myself) would be teaching English there. She kindly came over and taught me how to cast on, knit, purl, and make ribbing. It was so that my first scarf, a grey and black ribbed masterpiece, was born and a new passion discovered. Since getting back to school, my friend has been eagerly providing me with new things to try and this semester has produced 4 different hats and a felted satchel. Future endeavors include gloves, more scarves, and surely a sweater or two. I'm always looking for a challenge, so weird patterns are always exciting.

I don't know who will end up reading this, but I'm excited to meet other knitters, male or otherwise, in my future travels.