Yarn sale

For those of you that like certain Lion Brand or Paton's yarns, there is a place in Manhattan that is having their semi-annual sale, and have started it online too. Smileys Yarns offers premium quality knitting yarns and crochet yarns starting at the unbelievable price of just $1.00.

http://www.smileysyarns.com/

I have never ordered from them, since they don't ship to Canada! But I sure do like the Bernat Handicrafter cotton for dishcloths and for practice pieces -- and at a $1!! It's quite a bit more expensive here, you understand. No affiliation, just heard about their sale, and I know how some of you like good bargains!

Change to dbl pointed needles!

I decided to change to double pointed needles and will try to do something next week as I am crocheting a Teddy Bear for an exchange and that has priority.

WEll I will keep youinformed as I attack the project, I may eventually breakdown and do the hat flat like the pattern calls for if I don't like it. ANyway, thanks for stopping by.

Finally Finished!!

Hello to all at Men Who Knit.

Firstly I'll just tell you that this is my first blog so I'll apologise now if I begin to waffle. Then I would like to congratulate my fellow men who knit for being part of such a fab website and enstilling a sense of community to those that thought they were alone!

Anyway, I have finally finished both my major projects; these being a jumper and jacket for myself! I used patterns from the Jaegar Handknits book. The jumper is titled Bowie as is made in Jaegar Merino DK (shade = Granite) and the jacket is titled Jethro and is made in Jaegar Extra Fine Merino DK (shade = Tweed). I am really pleased with the outcome of both projects even though they look good, they feel even better and are extremely warm. The yarn costs alot (in excess of £200 for both items) but I feel was worth this cost this time. It took several months to make them both and only a few hours to put together (by my partner Jason - as I dont do sewing!). I hope you like them and I have more photos of them but not sure how to upload them onto the site, any help would be gratefully received.

Thanks
Jimbo aka James

Hello World

Well, I finally decided to maintain a blog here and since this is the first post, I'll introduce myself: My name's Walter, I live in northern California, I'm a recluse with way too much time on my hands, I've been crocheting for about 1.5 years, knitting for about 1.3 years, spinning for nine months, and think that clapotis sounds like some type of nasty STD. My live in girlfriend helped me get into the fiber arts by teaching me how to crochet, and I didn't do much with that knowledge until we moved up here where there's actually a winter. After I got crocheting down, I taught myself how to knit, and later to spin, which my girlfriend just loves; I'm trying to start selling handspun yarn online to help fund my yarn/fiber addiction but so far it's all getting claimed before I can post it.

Introduction aside, I do have a question:

I've noticed that sometimes when i'm doing stockinette on straight needles, one side, the left side when the knit side's facing, is always looser than the other and finally figured out why, when I'm going in to knit, I'm pulling the stitches so that there's tons of slack being carried over to the end but don't do this when purling. I must add that I knit continental.

"End" Stiches

I'm having problems with "end" stiches...the first, or last, stitch on a needle. They always end up looking like slip knots, and a far too loose and wide. I'm working on a basket weave scarf (cachmere blend, cream) and the pattern is turning out OK but the edges look scalloped. Any suggestions or advice?