I must be doing someting wrong. Felted purses seem to do ok. When I felted my first pair of clogs, they were wrinkly, didnt' felt up nice and smooth at all like the pictures you guys have on here. I have a front loader. I'm just not happy with how it felts. I'm gonna have to find a top loader, take things out often, stretch, etc. I usually felt with jeans and tennis shoes. Any other tips on how to felt the clogs? I'm a very loose knitter. I know that's kinda strange for a newbie, but I'm very loose. I dont' know if thats good or bad. I am also a continental knitter. I think that's one reason I'm so loose. Any tips or pointers would be appreciated.
It's just the beginning
Well, here I sit trying to think of what to write about in my blog.
I have been knitting for a few years now. It all started as a young boy when my mother first showed me how to cast on to a needle and how to knit and purl. Well, I was thrilled. I created a holy mess of a something, but boy was I proud. After that I put down my needles for a number of years; only to have a very good friend suggest I take up knitting while I was going through my divorce. She gave me a project of knitting a toddler cardigan for my grandson. Now folks, remember I hadn't knitted for years. Well believe it or not I finished this cardigan with buttons and pockets. It was beautiful. Now I was really hooked and started knitting my next sweater.
This is a piece of lace I'm working on. It is a design by Sharon Miller in 'Heirloom Knitting' and the yarn is handpainted merino laceweight by Margaret Stove, the New Zealand lace guru.
So it's taken me some time, but my first knitting project is finally complete! Here are some pictures.
The scarf is pretty long - I prefer long scarves to the ones that refuse to stay wrapped around your neck. Its final dimensions are: 65.5" x 8.5". That should definitely keep me warm this winter!
ok. feeling pretty dumb, now. been swatching a pattern that calls for p2tog tbl to be done and somehow it just isn't coming out right. this is the aspect of knitting that makes me feel stupid when things just don't seem to work and i can't see what it is i'm doing wrong. off now, trying to find how-to video clips on google.
Many people think that the internet is cold and impersonal. While it's true that it can be, this is not one of those places. It has turned out, in the last few days, to be an even more warmer and inviting place to be than I ever could have imagined.
I am overwhelmed with the love and support I have recieved from all of you. Enough so, that I might have to cover the keyboard in plastic to keep out the salt water. Believe it or not, I have actually 'felt' each and every one of the cyber-hugs I have recieved from y'all and your wonderful words are eternally etched in my heart.
Hello out there!! Finally got the dpns I needed for my delicious Koigu yarn courtesy of the new I Knit London shop, where I had the pleasure of meeting Craig and Gerard, two lovely chaps! Looking forward to seeing them again soon! My socks are taking shape, although I must admit I'm freaking a bit at what's taking shape!! I didn't realise the increase in needle and yarn size would produce SO much of an increase in sock size!! I'm so used to the 'slim' results from the fingering weight, but I suppose that's the adventure!! Anyway, photos of a new pair soon hopefully!! Ciao for now! Ivan
Does anyone know anything about Nicky Epstein? She has published a few books, her latest is called Knitted Flowers but I only discovered her recently and still have not see any of her books.
Well, the sweater is going a lot easier than I thought. I have become a man possessed. I am knitting whenever I get free second.Coffee shops, work, home, etc. In 3-4 days I finished the front and I am about 3/4 done with the back. I am by nature, not a fast knitter, but I am methodical.
I will post some pics later. Now I must knit!
Also, some of you showed interest in the "knitting culture" of Japan. Long story short.... Japan is even more chauvenistic than you could possibly guess. I think the woman at the yarn store almost had a heart attack when I walked in. Men do men things and women do women things here (for the most part) and I guess they think knitting is a woman's thing.
Or shoud I say men's night! We've been open 2 weeks and we've only had 1 man so far but I don't care we are committed to having a male knitting group in our great capital. Well, women are welcome but men are the centre of attention for fridays. I think if we persevere we might just make it work.
I wish we could see Chris Vandenberg aand Stckywarp and JPaul and all the rest of you but maybe we might see Ivan The Terrible, with a name like that I really hope so , Ivan I think you might need some DPN.
So, for Fridays, pray for men, London needs them.