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My First Project

After having not knitted since I was a kid, a more than a 30 years hiatus, I decided to pick up the needles again. I've just completed my first project, a beanie in a beautiful deep purple "Silkroad Aran Tweed" yarn from Jo Sharp (a wool/silk/cashmere mix). Not the hardest project in the world, a simple beanie with a single rib edge and 5 spiral decreases, but I'm inordinately pleased and proud of it. First project down, many to go hopefully!

"Selbuvotter" - The book

Yesterday in the post I received my latest knitting book. It's called "Selbuvotter - Biolgraphy of a Knitting Tradition" by Terri Shea in Seattle, WA. The book is a result of her work at the Seattle Nordic Heritage Museum, cataloging Nordic knitted garments. In that project, she charted the designs of the mittens and gloves she was cataloging. The book has 30 patterns for the Norwegian black and white stranded knitting patterns for mittens and gloves. There is a nice section on the history of this style of knitting as well as some practical how-to advice. The graphs are large and easy to read and there are photos of each style knitted up. I ordered the book directly from the author and she is lovely to deal with. Check out the website:

http://www.selbuvotter.com/

My thanks to JPaul for telling me about this book!

Apology

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!

Satchel

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!

my first jumper

Okay, it's not the one I started first, but I was bored after I knit the front and back of my 'real' first. I needed some instant gratification and I've also never joined pieces together before and didn't want to ruin the pieces I'd spent months (off and on) making.

A co-worker suggested I knit something up using size 50 needles, those big red plastic 'speed stix' - my gauge using them is 5 st = 4", so things go quickly. Making this also gave me the chance to use up yarn that I've had for over a year - New Zealand wool, the name's Bulky Lopi I think, I balled it all up and threw out the labels. It's got a nice rustic look, but it's a bit furry and too scratchy for tighter stitches. It took me the weekend (mostly putting it together) plus some finishing Monday night crocheting a neck band. Now I have a few questions, and any advice would be helpful.

1) The shoulder seams are gigantic. While it's nice to look broad-shouldered for once, is there a good way to attach pieces 'end to side' and not create a big seam?

2) How do you weave ends in without it being visible from the right side? This is something I can't find any info on in my (very small) knitting library.

3) Patterns! I need more, for things like men's jumpers, scarfs and hats, that aren't hideous.

Greetings

Cruising into my 12th hour as a member, I will start this blog, see where it goes and assess a bit later. As my intro stated, I've been knitting uhh, maybe 2 months. I have mastered dishrags, using them to figure out gauge and textures. Love doing seed stitch and ribbing, but, face it, it's early days and much yet to learn. My first real product was a stocking cap made from some Jamison wool, worsted, I believe. All went swimmingly until I hit the part where my circulars were too big and there was no way to continue. My instructor (aka Jan, my good friend) probably did tell me about transferring to dpns, but, well, I didn't retain that. So, I made an executive decision to end it where it was, and, fortunately, I can wear it and it looks great, though somewhat truncated... A decent first project. The learning curve is steep, as it should be. I downloaded a free pattern from a blog on Menknit.net for a London Beanie ( like David Beckham wears - woo-Hoo!) and that will be the next project. comments welcome. I am just relieved to find that there are so many men who knit. Go figure. I never suspected....