Submitted by Newknitter on Wed, 2006-08-16 12:19
Does anyone ever use the chat feature? Just wondering...
Submitted by Stephen on Wed, 2006-08-16 06:00
...always has bubbles, as my friend's Russian colleague Yelena points out every time there are teething problems.
So after a week and a half with some kind of foul chest infection (why can't I get ill in the winter like everyone else?) I've finally finished the upper of the first clog. And it's enormous, around 30% bigger than my foot. Maybe I can get it to shrink that much; if not I need to find a friend with very large feet and thick ankles. Of course, it's a basic translation error which if I hadn't been so enthusiastic and read the pattern properly, I could have avoided: US size 9 definitely does not equal 9mm.
Submitted by SocKnitter on Wed, 2006-08-16 02:39
It's called On-line Supersocke 100, (www.online-garne.de), with a 45% cotton, 40% virgin wool, and 15% polyamid content, the yarn feels really great when knitted into socks. I used a size 2 bamboo needle for the stocking stitch portion of the sock, and a size 1 bamboo needle for the ribs.
The sock is soft, cool, and feels great...very different from the feel of the superwash wool I usually use for socks, and even feels better than the acrylic yarns I've used for socks.
On the size 2 needles it knits at 7 1/2 st/1".
I hated this yarn at first, and have found that the rib really needs to be knitted on smaller needles over the stocking stitch (something I don't usually do with socks), and once I made this minor adjustment, I've come to love this yarn.
Submitted by Newknitter on Tue, 2006-08-15 12:41
So I have been wanting to make this really cute ear flap hat...I get it, perhaps a little to ambitious for my firstknitting in the round project! But I have now trashed two tries for coming out twisted...and the third is twisted yet again. I would hate to have to abort this attempt as well! I decided (perhaps later that I should have) to come to the source of all wisdom and see if there was anything that could be done...? Can I salvage this twisted hat?
...at least I have a half finished scarf to dejectedly work on.
Submitted by GrammarCop on Tue, 2006-08-15 04:50
Since this is my first post on this knitting blog, I figured I'd post the last project I actually completed: a baby blanket.
One of my co-workers and his wife recently welcomed a newborn boy to the world. While I wanted to create a fitting gift for the occasion, I'm a relative novice at knitting -- perhaps six months or so -- and it was a challenge to find a baby blanket pattern that (a) I could actually accomplish and (b) would be attractive and interesting enough to present as a gift.
The blanket shown above wasn't my first attempt. I'd first tried a "windowpane" blanket, which required me to knit five vertical panels that could be stitched together. The outer and center panels were a solid color, while the other two panels alternated colors. When the blanket was stitched together, I was sort of OK with the color effect, but I was unhappy with the workmanship. Add to that an unfortunate snag -- one of the panels started to unravel, and I had no idea how to fix it -- and I knew I had to try again.
The biggest challenge for this baby blanket pattern had always been how to come up with a finished project that was clearly for an infant, yet didn't scream pastels. The parents are sort of hipster-y, skateboard-riding rockers who wouldn't be caught dead in anything sherbet-colored, so why consign their kid to that fate? I had to think long and hard about colors that were clearly male, yet that didn't come across as too cutesy.