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1. Kolenyas #9 & #10, 2. Kolenyas in progress (#9 & #10), 3. Kolenyas in progress (#9 & #10), 4. Kolenyas in progress (#9 & #10)

Started: 07th January 2007
Finished: These are WIPs! - Half way @ 20th March 2007
Yarn: Noro Kureyon, 100% Wool, colour #124 and #180
Needle: 3.5 mm INOX dpns
Pattern: Kolenya from Sheep and No City
Technique: Knitting two Kolenyas at once on one set of dpns using Kory Stamper's 2 Socks in 1 method from Knitty Fall 2006

To tell you the truth, I'm a bit overwhelmed right now and don't exactly know where to start blogging with all the knitting related stuff I have to tell you. So, I'm just stabbing my finger blindly at a point an pick that one as the starting point.

Let's kick off with the above....Can you still remember my extreme knitting phase? Well, I left the project to marinate in the UFO-box for so long...knitting two things at once takes quite a while and it tired me out. Apart from that I made the mistake - even with much care - of crossing the yarn once...so that when I finished each side of the Kolenyas and was pulling them apart from each other...well, you know the scenario: The darn things wouldn't separate.

I ended up having to cut the stitch *inserts desperate scream here* and then fudge it together afterwards. And because of this experience, I'll be knitting the other side of each pair separately.

*Lesson learned*

Repost about QueerKnits Flickr Group

I posted about this a while back, but it kind of got caught up in a flurry of posts and didn't stay up on the home page long. I started a QueerKnits Flickr group for folks who have Flickr accounts to be able to share their knitting photos more easily. Come join us if you're interested.

Also, I notice that Darrel's added an rss reader in the sidebar which receives rss feed of images that have been posted to the group. So even if you don't have a Flickr account, have a look at what we're posting.

FO's and WIP's

I guess it's been a while since I posted anything. Things have been busy on the knitting front, though. I recently finished this beanie for my cousin who shipped out to Afghanistan last weekend.

030707Hat

The pattern is my own and easy enough that most of you should be able to figure it out. If you don't want to do the figuring, though...

TKGA...???

Hey i have a question about the Knitters Guild Association. Does anyone know much about this? I went to the site and was very interested in joining...I saw a masters knitting thing and thought it might be fun. is anyone a part of this guild? i think it would be fabulous for more men to get involved....thanks for the comments and advice in advance....
tim

First Stranded Knitting Jumper

I’ve spent the first part of this year knitting scarves and beanies (dog forbid I should ever again find myself doing these again), all the while thinking about doing some multi-colour knitting. After reading, reading, & reading about it, I finally got up the courage to give it a go. I first experimented on a smaller version (see pics of the 16” doll and jumpers), figuring that if it all went pear-shaped there was a minimal loss of time and materials. Bloody hell, things seemed to go pretty well and I took the plunge and made a jumper pattern I’d been admiring for some time. It is called “Fonn” (that’s with an umlaut!), whatever that name means; maybe Lars can translate?, from the “Reynolds Lopi” Volume 25. Although seamless/circular sans steeks, I was keen to try this recipe because the yoke is done with the decreases spread around rather than done as a raglan decreases (is there a name for this method?) Let me say here that stranded knitting was like learning to knit all over again! I fumbled with the needles, fabric and 2 strands of yarn. And what about tension/gauge? I did the stranding with both hands and discovered that I have difficulty keeping the left hand strand looser than the right. Actually, this wasn’t much of a discovery since I knit faster with the left and I knew that when I knit rapidly, I knit more tightly. So, there was a significant amount of tinking and even so, I do have some puckers that didn’t come out in the washing and drying (blocking) process. I was actually grateful that I didn’t have smocked yoke at the end! Now, to confess just in case some of you have this pattern book and notice my big screw-up: I did the pattern opposite so that it is a photographic negative image – in other words, the stars should have been white and there shouldn’t have been white bands. I’d like to say that it was done purposefully and with artistic license but it was really just a screw-up – aren’t the white boxes on the graph supposed to be white wool? Guess not.

Daylight Knitting Time

One thing I like about Days getting longer -- with better weather and light later into the evenings I will soon be able to start taking my daylight knitting time - approx half an hour I spend parked in ascenic overview on the way home - knitting.

Because by the time I go home and do the chores etc; often I am too brain dead to knit. So this is a little "me" time - and it helps things get knit faster.

For example - I've been struggling to meet my (self-imposed) goal of 20 rows a day on a scarf I've been working on. struggling. the shame of it all is that I did get some undisturbed knitting time a while ago and found out it actually takes me less then a minute a row when undisturbed.

Pitiful.

one more try

I have attached a jacket that is lose to what I am looking for if any of you can tell me where to get the pattern that would be helpful. I have seen a jacket close to this that is a bit longer and does not have all the work around the edges. I have spent hours looking for o\it any help would be appreciated