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?

New Yarn Basket

Today I found this vintage wicker basket at the local Sunday flea market. It is 14" tall, 16" wide and 8" deep. It will be perfect to hold all the knitting wool skeins for each project in the works. I have
been looking for something like this; right now I just shove the bag of wool into the secretary which really isn't all that practical. Considering it is in excellent condition and was only $5.00, I just couldn't pass it up (even if I'd not had the perfect use for it!).

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Recent work

Hi,
still getting the hang of posting!
I've just completed the first square of a four square throw.
This one is 80cm by 80cm (32"by 32") in grey 45% wool 45% acrylic and 10% mohair.
I've just started the second square in chocolate brown 100% wool.

The socks I made on my knitting machine, first pair I've been happy with. They are made from 75% wool and 25% nylon.

Rory