This ia a free, Java-based, 2-color charting utility. You select the number of rows and columns, then click in a square to turn it black or white. Below the editing area, you can preview how your design will repeat. You can save or print your designs and since it's Java, it will run on any computer with Java installed.
I made this scarf from brown sheep wool which I bought at a thrift store. I don't work with wool much, though I love it, so I wanted to do something a bit out of the ordinary. The stitch down the center is called "lacy entrelac" by this old stitch dictionary that I have. I added the moss borders and edgings. I'm sorry for the poor contrast in the pic, but I was in a hurry and didn't have time for do-overs. I really don't think the design turned out all that well, but I did learn a great deal by doing it.
I made these socks for my hubby to wear to bed (gave them to him for Yule). I got the yarn at a thrift store and, get this, the wrapper had a price of $0.44 on each of the skeins! Ugly though they are, they do keep his feet warm. This is my first pair of socks and the most surprising thing to me was that they relaxed so much after washing. I should have made them two inches smaller!
I made this sweater for my gargantuan brother for his birthday in December. It took six months to make due to his/its enormous size (the sweater has a 56" chest). I adapted a basic sweater pattern and knitted it in the round and created a front opening with a zipped collar. It has underarm gussets and sleeves knitted from the shoulders down, so basically it is in one piece. I'm afraid it is in a very boring brown colour but then again, it was cheap! - it needed to be!
Actually, the wool is slightly flecked but this hasn't cpme out in the photograph. I'm afraid he won't be getting another one for a while as I can't afford the time!
Meet at Just Knit It at Gull and Sprinkle Rds. Kalamazoo, MI. We sit and talk while we knit.
Just Knit It
Never, ever have I been as frustrated as trying to learn how to operate my new Bond Ultimate Knitting machine that I got at Christmas.
I learned to knit in college. A guy I knew, a fiddler in a local bluegrass band, made his own socks. He told me his mother taught him. He introduced us, and within weeks, she and I had made a trip to the yarn store to buy some Lopi, a pair of 10 1/2 circular needles, and a sweater pattern.
That was in 1982 - I still remember how difficult it was to learn to hold the yarn correctly, to be knitting smoothly along and then have a gap and suddenly forget the basics: does the needle go in the back or the front of the stitch? Is that a knit or a purl? 24 years later I just pick up yarn and flail about for a pair of needles and just start. No pattern, nuthin'. Pretty cool.
I've had a similar problem to Lars. I copied this Sanquhar glove from a tiny photograph using a magnifying glass believe or not (I must get out more...). Everything was fine until division for the fingers. Inorder to make the pattern run up the fingers and not to twist around one has to add more stitches than would ordinarily be needed. Think about it: the index and little fingers form triangles whereas the middle and ring ringers form squares. Hence the abandoned glove 'cos you end up with two tight fingers and two baggy ones.
I have since found two useful sites - http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/sanquhar/e-howtoknit.html
I made this hat overnight (clever, huh?) after searching for a week for the first hat I made (and my favorite). I fear the first hat is forever gone. :(
What was the hardest project you've completed? Why was it so hard and would you create one again? In other words was it great enough after you completed it to warrant another?
I just won this yarn holder on ebay (this photo is from the listing) for my son who loves cats and is just learning to knit. I bought another in a different pattern for my partner's birthday (he crochets) and I'm using it until I can find some for me. I like these so much better than the hard plastic and cardboard types. This sort I can squish up and stuff into my knitting bag when I'm out and about with a project. The holder is about 6" tall and 4" in diameter with a zippered top and a hole for the wool.
For those who've not used a wool holder, they are nice because they keep the ball under control. When the ball is almost used up and is lightweight, the holder keeps it weighted down so the wool isn't bouncing around. I think they're very practical.