Submitted by ScoobySnacks on Thu, 2006-06-01 09:58
Hey guys....I have a quick question that I don't know if there is a quick answer for...
I was just given a ton of yarn from my uncle that he is getting rid of. There are some gorgeous colors and I am really excited to start playing around with them. But none of them have labels...I know that some of them are hand spun and dyed....
Is there a way to tell what materials they are made of...i.e. wool, alpaka, etc....? Or is this something you learn over time with feeling them all before and just knowing?
Submitted by norfolk n good on Wed, 2006-05-31 19:11
So, I thought for Steves birthday I would make him a something really special. I was gonna knit him a cuddly little monkey to help him sleep while im on a night shift. So I did a practice run and it worked fine. I found some really nice yarn, Sirday wow. It feels just like velvet and is really nice, looks nice, feels nice so decided to buy 4 balls. Then I started to use it and all I can say is I wish I never bought it. Its really difficult to knit with, it gets stuck on the needles, the stitches are really hard to work and the fibres keep falling out.
I saw that Jeff had used something that looks similar to make those fantastic phone caddies and scarves and thought I would give it a go, but I think Im gonna give up on this yarn after only working six or seven rows. Im a bit disappointed cos it does feel really nice, just really difficult to work with. Does anyone have any tips on working with it?? Would love some feedback
Submitted by ScoobySnacks on Wed, 2006-05-31 10:03
Hey fellas....a couple of you wanted to see what I was working on so here it is....I just finished it up last night and I am pretty proud of it...being one of the first projects that I have done. It is a scarf for my mother and I think she is really going to like it! It took me about 4 weeks to finish it off (I don't know how you guys finish your projects so fast....it seems to take me forever) Oh well....
Well I hope you like...
By the way....I made my boyfriend model it for a picture last night...hence the sleepy eyes and hair...hahaha
Submitted by BrentCLW on Mon, 2006-05-29 10:58
Some asked that I post pictures of my recently completed projects. My niece's sweater/shrug set is in the mail to her and I have no pictures of it, but I do have pictures of the two hats I've made.
That's me in the pics BTW.
Submitted by Chris Vandenburg on Mon, 2006-05-29 02:19
Ok, I get it now. The wonder of the felted clogs comes from knitting the "ugly duckling" and knowing or hoping that it turns into a swan.
I'm on the first one and have gotten to the upper. It, so far, has been an interesting project. Once you decipher how the pattern reads it is fairly easy to do.
My thanks to Marty who is behind me (and I mean on this project) he has done some pairs and is a good source of help.
Submitted by albert on Sun, 2006-05-28 15:01
I first learned to knit from my sainted grandmother about 40 years ago. She knit mostly blankets, gloves and socks in simple stockinette with the occasional cable. I knit a bit as a boy but let it go as I was looked upon rather oddly back in the early sixties. I got back to it 25 years later when I moved out to the countryside and began raising sheep as a hobby. I taught myself to shear (badly), spin and dye the wool. That era is now also in the past, and I was away from the wool again for some years. Now living in the city I found myself craving to spin and knit again, so finally I gave in and dragged out my old equipment a couple of months ago. I had to relearn things I had forgotten. The spinning came back quickly. I spun up a bunch of yarn ( rather unevenly, but that's ok for relearning ) bu then mad the mistake of dying it up with RIT dye. I spent weeks knitting a cardigan ( my first ) which came out like something produced by Omar the tentmaker as I skipped knitting a gauage swatch. But that was ok as it was a practice exercise. The big disappointment was when I washed it and the color faded and left it looking like something that had been well worn for twenty years! Presently I am spinning up some more yarn from wool which I have dyed with a good quality acid dye, and will then knit another cardigan in stripes of deep purple, slate blue with a black trim. I am blending together wool, silk and mohair on my drum carder for this yarn.
Submitted by kiwiknitter on Sun, 2006-05-28 10:25
I have made the decision to jump straight into seamless knitting as soon as I've finished the jumper I'm currently knitting. All Simon's explanations notwithstanding, I still can't figure out the method from the arm gusset upwards. Can anyone on MWK recommend to me books and on-line assistance? In addition, I'm looking for patterns, especially for a baby jersey in-the-round; I find it psychologically kinder to knit something small before attempting a full-size garment in this completely foreign method.
Also, for those of you who've already successfully knitted in this fashion, can you advise me on the length of the needles for both the arms and the body? And, do you start the sleeves with DPN's and then switch to circ's or do you use a very short circ?
Submitted by Jeff1201PA on Sat, 2006-05-27 11:33
Submitted by Warren on Sat, 2006-05-27 11:33
I just wanted to share what I've been working on lately. The first is my 17-years-or-so-in-the-making cable sweater. After having knit only simple garter stitch, with a yarn-over and two knit stitch border dishrags as a boy, this sweater was the very first thing I started on as an adult. That was when I was about 25 or so. I've got the back, one sleeve, and now a lot of the front completed. My goal is to have it completed by this fall. Check out the 80s hair!
Submitted by Jeff1201PA on Sat, 2006-05-27 09:35
My boyfriend recently noticed my grocery bag dispenser, which I bought at the 'everythings $1' store years ago. It's a simple square of cloth, sewn together like a tube with elastic on the bottom. You put those plastic grocery bags in the top and fish one out with your finger from the bottom. It's a handy little place to store grocery bags, which I prefer to recycle rather than throw them away. It really is a pretty cool cheap-ass gadget. He marveled at it and said, "you could knit this".
"Of course I can," I told him.
So I chose the cheapest, gawdiest yarn I could find (Red Heart Super Saver, in Bikini) and cast on a tube. Admittedly, I should have started with a few rounds of garter stitch, but I wasn't thinking at the time. I fixed the resulting curl by putting in a drawstring at the top (it's Ticker Tape, in case you're wondering), from which it hangs.