Each month our local fiber guild meets, and includes a workshop to learn a new skill. Last Saturday we had a workshop on dyeing, using acid dyes. The picture shows the results of my very first attempt at dyeing wool. I had so much fun, and now think that I am hooked on another aspect of knitting. The blue/green/purple skeins came out as I pretty much expected. The darker skeins started out as navy and orange blocks, but the colors ran together while steaming and this is what resulted. I am actually very pleased with the outcome. I plan to knit up a guy's scarf with those skeins . . blue, black, gray,burnt orange, rust, orange, and other colors that I don't have a name for. I will post pics of the finished knit project.
I just joined this group a week ago. In just a short week, I have met many great guys here that are much more skilled in the fiber crafts than I am, especially knitting. The greatest thing has been the willingness for everyone to share ideas, pass along tips to improve my knitting ability, and offer encouragement to continue the craft. THANKS! I look forward to learning a great deal about knitting and other fiber arts here.
I decided that I wanted my cellphone caddies to be seamless so I picked up a set of double-pointed needles and taught myself to knit in the round. I have to say I'm pretty impressed with myself.
Yes, they told me on Knitty Gritty that knitting in the round is far easier than it looks, but I had my doubts and cautiously started with a little 4-stitch I-cord. When that came out well, I decided to throw caution to the wind and knit a small tube.
Big Big Thank-you's to all of you who responded to Bennett's post. WOW. He was so happy!
And Jesse...I will get him his own ID here!
Hi everyone. My name is Bennett. I am 8 and just starting to knit. I think it's going pretty good. My mom attached a picture of my knitting and of me. I had some holes in it and I started again. I want to make a potholder when I can get my stitches to go real good. I am glad there are other guys who knit.
Well, it's actually the NH Sheep and Wool Festival, but with all the rain we've been having, I think my friend's daughter's renaming of it was most appropriate.
It was great fun, despite the weather. The vendors were there because that's what they do. The serious I-will-see-vendor-X-and-buy-stuff festival goers were there. What's a little (or even a lot of) rain when there's raw fleece to be purchased? I swear these people are descended from Vikings and fleece acquisistion is the 21st century equivalent of looting and pillaging for them. When we dropped off our 4 fleeces, the Zeilinger's trailer was already half full and it was only halfway through the first day.
Just a quick post here. I wanted to let you all know that I've finished the tutorial on How to knit 2 socks at the same time on 1 long circular needle. I've created a separate blog for this and other techniques that I might learn as I continue my knitting journey - The Boy Who Knits - Techniques.
There are 6 parts to this sock installment:
- Part 1: Introduction
- Part 2: Casting On
- Part 3: Heel Flap
- Part 4: Heel Turn & Repositioning
- Part 5: Gusset
- Part 6: Toes
These instructions can also be found on the sidebar of my main blog, under "Techniques".
As promised, a picture of my first jumper. It's not as impressive as the beautiful socks and shawls on this site, so please forgive me, but so far it's the most adventurous thing I've tackled. I did struggle evenly picking up the neck but it will be better the next time I promise. I am hoping Feed the Children, which is the charity I have knitted it for, like it and that it brightens up the life of one of the abandoned/orphaned children they are trying to help. The colours aren't subtle but they did ask for them to be bright and cheerful so it serves them right!
Here's a pair of socks I recently completed. Its the Log Cabin Sock pattern from Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick. I knit it using 2.5 balls of Rowan Cork. Was a great project and I'm happy with the result:
as always, theres more info and photos at: brooklyntweed.blogspot.com. Have a great weekend and bring your knitting!