photo help....

I know.....I know..this is a knitting blog. But I need help taking photos of my projects to post here.

I have the digital camera, and card reader and software for my computer...what I need to know is this: what settings should I use to take pics to post here?

Obviously I don't want pic files so large they take forever to load...but I just don't know what to do.

(good with needles, not so good with digital cameras)


So - I decided to try my hand at dyeing my own yarn. This is what I came up with (it's hanging to dry. I JUST finished). Not bad for my first attempt. Amazing what you can do with a little wool, some frosting dye and a turkey baster! More info on how I did it on my blog -

A Spinning Wheel

The uinverse moves in strange ways.
I've been thinking about buying a spinning wheel, and I had my eyes on a castle wheel by Ashford. It is a cute model, and it seems versatile enough to meet my knitting needs. So, yesterday, I placed an order for that wheel.
Today, I saved that same (but an older and discontinued model) wheel from a neglected and uncertain fate. A co-worker brought in her wheel ~ all covered in cobwebs with dead bugs and bits of dried leaves. I gave her $75 for the wheel, brought it home, washed the muck off, oiled the moving parts (and other parts that were rusted), fixed the maidens and the flyer, grabbed some merino fleece and gave it go! The fleece spun beautifully into a fine and soft thread! The wheel works like a charm and there is nothing wrong with it except for issues caused by neglect. I am going to name this wheel "Orla", which means "golden woman".
Tomorrow, I am going to stop at the hardware store to get a can of Watco Danish Oil in the hope that it will help Orla since she is so dry.

8 March 2007

george george george

Watched "Goodnight and goodluck" last night for the first time (DVD). Set new knitting speed record as I knit two heavy-worsted hats 4.5st/in during the movie and the director commentary. (That film feels very short to me, anyone else think so?). I blame George Clooney for the speed of my knitting. Amazingly, no dropped stitches or errors.

Design? or dumb luck?

I fudge around with patterns quite a bit - for a number of reasons.

Recently I wanted a simple lacey pattern for a mohair variagated yarn (need to get picture - promise soon) and came up with Fibonacci Eyelet Triangle.

If I do say so myself - it is working up beautifully. And usually when I do something like this it does.

Then I read various peoples blogs about how they swatch and calculate and rip and re-swatch and select a different yarn, etc,etc,etc. I think the most false starts I've ever made on a project was three, and two of them were less then 15 stitches.

So why is this? I put it sown to sheer dumb luck. Though I will admit normally it may be that subconsciously I put a lot more "thinking" time into a project then I am aware of - I know I like to have yarn marinate in stash a while when it hasn't been purchased with a specific project in mind - and it is rare that I don't have a pattern idea that mulls around for a few months in the back of my mind before I actually start it.

Whatever - I'm grateful so many of my projects come out in a manner I'm satisfied with. For example - the circular version of 'Progressive' I did earlier this year - - a whim; but it worked!

FIrst Sweater

Hi guys,

It's been a while since I've posted. The combination of full-time work, part-time school for PhD, and my spinning and knitting doesn't allow me to really post and converse. Trust me, I do read the sight everyday. I enjoy hearing the stories and sharing information.

I finished my first sweater yesterday. It was from a merino blend I hand spun. So I'm ready for some new yarn. You can get tired of working with one color. Suffice it to say, I had to start a scarf project and a sock project that can be finished now that the sweater is done. They provided appropriate distractions.


Hey guys~~

I find some new (i guess it is old sock directory)sock pattern online..lot of patterns youguys can try!

It is old directory so some of pattern are not showing up...but it has great easy pattern and toe up sock you can try!

HERE is the website:

Check this out!!!


messenger bag questions

I fly frequently and have not been able to find a carryon that fit TSA guidelines and carried what I needed so I decided to make my own. I have the front bottom, back and flap done in one five foot piece but I am starting the sides which will also act as the strap.
What is going to be my best way to connect it.
1. sew them together
2. is there a way to knit it to the other piece as I go?

has anyone else came across this and how well does the seam hold together once it is felted?

love to hear your advise