Does anyone have a good resource for information about blocking? I know that blocking only works on natural fiber. I understand the principal, but would love detailed information before I start soaking and stretching something I've invested hours in creating. With my luck, my 7" x 60" basket-weave scarf will turn out 2" x 300"!
I'm planning to make a scarf for my wife (once my current project is finished... no, I don't have an attention span ;), but I'm having a heck of a time finding decent patterns online. I've come across a few here and there (in particular, this simple cabled scarf), but not that many, otherwise. So, any suggestions? Any online pattern repositories that people recommend (preferably with pictures of the final product :)?
Forgive the text-only entry, I will post images of my new scarf. It was finished last Tuesday night as I watched the election returns. I try to comfort myself by thinking that as I was weaving in the ends (it's a striped scarf), that I was weaving hope for the future. The thing looks great, and will keep my neck and soul plenty warm for the next four years.
On my way to work, I found a new use for red traffic lights. [Kids, don't try this at home. What follows is completely reckless and should not be condoned.] I've started my first sweater and after casting on 189 freaking stitches, not to mention hours spent gaining only an inch in rows, I realize this thing is gonna take a L O N G time. In order to avoid freeway traffic to cross over the Bay Bridge, I wind my way through San Francisco to get on on 8th Street.
I'm going on a fast, starting tomorrow. If past experiences are any indicator, about halfway during the week I'll have excessive energy and little need for sleep. This seems like a great opportunity to do more knitting!
Fasting is a great experience, but the first few days can be a bit rough. I anticipate knitting being particularly centering this week. I also look forward to the sense of accomplishment I'll feel when my scarf is completed this week, an event which will be chronicled both here and in my fasting blog.
darn it, I just lost my first entry. chock-full of witticism, it was. here's the truncated synopsis:
I'm a new knitter, just started a scant month ago. my dear friend Betsy taught me.
I'm three hats and one scarf (that needs its ends woven in) down. I've just started swatches for a sweater.
I hosted a very enjoyable evening of food, wine, and knitting last night. Good company, good conversation, and educational; I learned I was purling incorrectly! The result, however, is interesting... the forthcoming photos of the back-side of the camo scarf will illustrate.
It was nice to share stories about our history with needlework and the responses we get when people see us knitting in public. I hope this becomes a regular thing... what a great way to spend an evening!
So here I finally have a couple of pics of my current project. The yarn is really nice because of the color variations. I too have been purling incorrectly, so I am VERY curious as to what this bastardized mystery stich is! It's been a lot of fun to see this project grow. I'm almost done with the ball of yarn, and it's just been over 48 hours!
My thanks to whomever began this - I'm new to SF and have been looking for just such a group. If anyone is interested in starting regular get-togethers, let me know. I'm near Upper Market/Castro.
Yeah,I know really lame. Just wanted to talk about the fact that I cast on for a scarf myself this morning and it's based on the Dr. Who scarf,so...
Also have a few caps on the needles,planning some other scarves for family Christmas presents,and braining on some sox made of cashmere yarn. Any thoughts?
Ever since I began knitting a few weeks ago, the most rewarding aspect that I have experienced has been the meditative state that I enter once knitting. I have found that I knit at a faster pace when I have something on my mind and end up knitting for a longer period of time as well. After a while, (and many, many rows) I can look at my work and feel that I have worked through something mentally and I actually have a physical representation of it! I find it very rewarding and extremely calming. I find myself not caring what it is that I'm making, but just that I am going through the process. Does anyone else have a similar experience?