I'm trying something new (to me). I've cast on enough stitches to make a scarf, but lengthwise, with scrap yarn. I'm knitting half of the width and casting off. Then I'm knitting up the cast on stitches and going in the other direction. It's a shell-like lace pattern so the pull of the different angles is creating an interesting effect. See pictures of my progress so far here.
It's taken me about 4 months and I'm finally done with the sweater sampler!. For those of you who havn't read earlier postings about this, it's from a book called "The Sweater Workshop" 2nd Edition, by Jacqueline Fee. Her whole thing is knitting sweaters in the round from the bottom up, doing the sleeves from the bottom up, joining them to the body in progress, then finishing the neck. Voilà, no seams to sew.
I picked up a number of new skills, including understanding increases and decreases much better, knitting with two colors at the same time, creating I-cords and knitted belts, creating pockets (she even shows you how to add a pocket AFTER you're done with the garment), creating a placket, short rows, and multiple ways to finish a sweater (lace, I-cord, ribbing, hem). I highly recommend this book to any other newbie out there as well as to any of you experts that are knitting your sweaters in pieces and then sewing them together and would like to try something different.
I can't believe how long it has been since I have been on this sight. I am so sorry I have neglected you all. Here I was loking for other guys to talk with and have not been on here to check out whats been going on. Jus t to bring you up to date, have two new socks on needles and ready to close the toes, and have started another pair of socks with self striping yarn. Have takn a break from knitting for just a little while, I am trying to buy a salon in my area, and that has been taking up more time than I thought it would. Glad to see lots of new faces and the same familiar faces also. Drop me a line and I promise I will get back to you this time.
AND WE'RE OFF! (if we are lucky)
For those of you who are tired of seeing my ugly mug up here every morning.....I am too. But just think..... I have to live with it every day!
I want to thank you all for getting behind this progect. Happily, next monday we are going to be having our first men's knitting group getting together here in Dallas. What I would like to accomplish here is to give those who have no such opportunity, to have a sense of commoradarie and union, develope friends and live, love and promote what we all do.... in short... a sense of home.
My boyfriend's mother is awesome. One late, drunken night, shortly after I just started knitting, I was telling her that I was having trouble with purling. She wanted so desperately to help me with it (my own mother crochets but knows nothing about knitting - besides, she's not nearly as cool) that, lacking any knitting supplies whatsoever, she grabbed a pair of chopsticks and some of my boyfriend's crochet thread and cast on.
Somehow through the Jagermeister haze, she succeeded in teaching me to purl and every time I see her, she asks me about my knitting. She was so amazed when I started knitting in the round on DPNs and she loves my tube scarf. She oooed and aaahed over the coasters I made for my boyfriend.
Hi all you clogsters!
Even though the pattern explains the M1, W&T and the SSK should you need a visual on these techniques, Knittinghelp offers short video tutorials on how to accomplish these. Merely click on 'abreviations explained' tab at the top of the page.
The video icons in blue are for English style and the pink are for Continental. A pink AND blue video icon are for both.
Just remember when you slip a stitch (with the exception of SSK) always slip it as if to PURL and all will be well with the universe!
I guess I should start by introducing myself. My name is Wil, I'm a 20 year old student in Portland Oregon. I attend Reed College and am a Psychology Major.
I started knitting almost three years ago. The woman who was doing the costume design for the High School musical put the first needles in my hands. I progressed slowly (as most do) and quickly gave it up when I came to college. There, my HA (Housing Advisor, similar to RA) taught me how to crochet. I found it easy and fun to get into, but it quickly got boring (there is only so much you can do). So I came back to knitting, and with my experience crocheting, I was able to knit continental, thank god.
I have been playing around with the "russian join" since I ran across it on Kennys (KC78) blog a few weeks ago. I really like the results.
So last night there came an opportunity to use it again. I made the loops, wove in the needle, pulled the loops through, clipped the excess. Great looking join.
NOW IF ANY OF YOU GUYS KNOWS HOW TO KNIT WITH THE YARN TAIL... CONTACT ME!!
P.S. We have over 20 guys in the clog-along. Thanks for y'all getting behind this.
I just got my Options needles from Knit Picks and really like them. If you want to read a summary/ review/ pictorial of them you can head over to my other blog:
And yes Chris, I will join you in the Clog-along. Though I didn't know you were organizing anything like that, I did get the size 13 needles just for the clogs, so why not join in!
tiscali have put a link to a video called 'men who knit' on their front page which is really exciting. The more it is downloaded the more attention men knitting in the UK will get.
I'm hopeing to start a boys knitting club in the near future, this community has inspired me.