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

Kniting my Santa's hat continues

The pattern calls for straight needles, but I want it to be made on circular needles. I finished the hat and did not like the way it looked at all, so I frogged the hat to about 4 inches and I am redoing the hat in a different way.

I have changed my perspective on the needles and have a very long cable for the needles and I will see how this turns out. I will dedicate some time to it today as I have a Teddy bear to Crochet during the weekend for a Teddy Bear Exchange.

I ordered a men who knit CD, hopefully I will see how to knit properly. LOL I taught myself and I know that the problems that I have encountered are due to not having the knowledge, but I don't shy away fro it, I will continue.

We shall see you later.

Hi Guys. New to the site.

Hi guys,

Just joined the site this week. Excited to be here. I'm actually a spinner. Sorry. That's my first love, but found after doing that for the last two years that I needed to learn how to knit the fabulous fiber I've been spinning. Been knitting mostly socks. The largest project I've done is a vest for myself. However, I find that socks allow me to feel that sense of accomplishment faster. Anyhow. Hello. More to come.

Stan

Moebius Scarf

So when I was leaving DC all the boys here were knitting Moebius scarves and I was quite disturbed by the strange twisted knitting going on. Here in Minnesotta though I was bored enough to figure it out and have made a narrow moebius scarf; too narrow in fact. I may have to do the dreaded crocheted add on thing but at leeast the texture will be interesting. I need to work on my Fair Isle mittens today though.

~Jason