Swatches

This month I read in two knitting technique books that one should let a knitted gauge/tension swatch "rest" for 24 hours before measuring.

I'm wondering: does anyone do this? I'm always so keen to start working with the new wool that I just jump right in.

I'd fancy knowing your thoughts on this.

Jesse

cozy?

Finally stepped into the late 90's and bought an iPod, although it is really just an excuse to knit more cozys.

This one is based on the Harry Potter scarf, but for Ravenclaw not Gryffindor. (Yup, i really am that nerdy).

It is made out of a wool/alpaca blend leftover from the clog-along. It features a button closure made with short rows, hole at the bottom for docking and chain-stitched symbols over the click wheel so I can push the buttons without taking it out.

Now that I have made it, I an worried that the yarn may scratch the surface. Have any of you found this to be a problem? What other yarns (if any) might be a better choice?

I may just get a silicone skin to go over it inside the cozy. That should avoid any worries.

Addendum: I hadn't really planned to bust out the big-boy camera for this one, but Kiwiknitter asked nicely, so I figured I'd add a couple attachments in case any one else wanted to see.

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Hats for Christmas 2006

I am getting ahead in my double pointed needles, and I am half way done with another hat in reds and greens in a circular needles. The pattern is very funky and the material is very nice. 100% merino wool Aurora 8 from Karabella.

I also got some new yarn for socks today from Smiley yarns, lots of great colors and nice textures with different kinds of wool blends. I am attemping to do some knited socks later on, here is a picture of my crochet socks.

I am very excited because I think I got back my kniting groove again. Woohoo! I am working on many projects, but it keeps my neuropathy away of I take turns between crocheting and kniting.

Will keep you posted.

the return of the Christmas stocking

I was so worried that the client might not like my renditon of the family christmas stocking...(I had made it wider, done more Swiss darning, embroidery, changed the intarsia a little). Well, she gave me an order for two more, so suffice it to say, she was pleased. So, I can honestly say that I paid this month's rent with christmas stockings. Actually, yesterday was a very good day: I delivered all my knit/crochet repair work to clients, (along with the stockings) and everyone was delighted. I think I will try to put together a repair & finishing business to see me through the winter months. I'll let you all know how it goes.

Crafters Choice

OK I'm sure lots of you don't like books (haha!) - or you already have them - but I found a deal at crafters choice - it's a website -- 4 books for $1 each - and you only have to buy I think 2 more books within the next two years - it's a deal where you can say "no thanks" to the selection online too -- which is cool -

I bought an extra book and I ended up spending $32.68 for 5 knitting books - on edging, socks, merino wool (from Morehouse farm which is beautiful), etc...

a good deal if you like getting books - it's true, however, that we can get lots of information and ideas straight from the internet, but I have already found a few patterns/ideas that are cool in just my 30 second scanning of these new arrivals!

www.crafterschoice.com

Just in case you want to check it out :)

Stepping toward knitting

Friday, a friend and I hanging out at the local bookstore, and he came across this zine called CRAFT. It had alot cool stuff, but the thing that intrest me the most was the knit robot on the cover. I instantly thought I want to make one. But I also was thinking I would have no real time for it now. Saturday, those robots where bouncing around in my head while I was studing. I really want to learn how to make a knit-bot. Luckly, some other friends and I went back to the bookstore. I was going to but that zine, but it was 15 dollars, and it didn't teach you how to knit. So I just scratched the idea. However, Sunday, those bots were just pounding my head all day and night while I was studying—I had a test today, thus all the studying. So went on line and tried to some research. And tell you the truth, I was redundant. Itn't his a chic thing? I was glad to see that it was not. So I joined this group.

TODAY, after I took my exam, I went the bookstore looked at the books mentioned on Menknit.com and another called "Knitting With Balls: A Hands-On Guide to Knitting for the Modern Man". They were expensive for me right now. I have to be really tight with working less hours and Christmas coming. However, my friend, who was also interested in knitting, showed up. We glanced at the books and went to Hobby Lobby and he bought some needles and yarn, plus a cheap $5 booklet called something like "My First Knitting Teacher". [He kind of embrassed me when he asked a worker helping us if there were many straight men that knited (She said she knew no male kniter that was gay). I guessed he felt it was necessary to claim his machismo.] We later went to a friends house and the first thing we tried to do was make a ball of yarn. That took us an hour. Yeah, sad. We were not able to really understand the book. So we were getting frustrated and gave up for the day.

Scrap Blanket center panel

I have been working on a center panel (about 3' x 3') for a scrap blanket - and just finished that part of the piece - it's just plain knit straight across, with a small border, but in the center field of the work I have mixed in hundreds of different scraps - with no plan or scheme, really, other than to try not to get the same color next to itsself. Now that this part is complete, the next step (I think) will be to pick up one side of the piece (probably a right or left side) and go out from there - then do the opposite side, then top and bottom - or maybe like a log cabin.... I'm not sure.

I have plenty of the green "base" yarn left - do any of you have creative suggestions as to what I should do to build on this idea?

:)

Kyle

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