Lars, Lars, Lars

Hey Bud!

Born again are ya??  Well let me tell you that I have been born again so many times my soul has stretch marks!

I'm going to finish up my clogs on the drive home to Texas.  And no, not 'while' I'm driving!.... hey, I just might miss Arizona if I do that!  not bad.

Keep up the good work.

Victory is Mine!

Well, I've finished the second (or rather third) clog.  All in all, I'm pretty happy with the outcome!

I made the clogs out of Rowan Magpie (a discontinued yarn which I purchased on eBay.)

I've had so much fun with this project that I bought yarn, needles and another copy of the pattern.  I'm giving them to my partner's ex-wife as a birthday present today.

Felting is amazing (especially for us perfectionists - felting covers a multitude of mistakes!)

I've actually created 3 clogs.  The first clog I made was the version with the bumper.  I messed up on the second clog and didn't knit the bumper.  This gave me an opportunity to try both styles.  I decided that I didn't like the feel of the bumper version because I supinate (my foot actually rolls out when I walk.)  As a result, the bumpers started to roll out as well.  So, when I knit the third clog I knit it without the bumper.

Patterns for mature men

Hi guys,

I'm just wondering where do you fellow mature guys go for patterns for yourselves? So many of the popular magazines tend to cater to the younger guys. All well & good but...........

Do you adapt patterns?

Look for vintage designs?

Create your own?

I'm at the stage where I'm about ready to knit for myself & not thrilled at the choice out there. Yes I did the course at F.I.T. but I am interested to hear what you guys have to say.

A lot of us knit for other folk. Family, friends or charity, not that many of us seem to knit for ourselves. Is there a reason for that? 

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woolwash

do any of you have a preference between kookaburra woolwash and eucalan woolwash? i am looking to give submersion blocking a try and was wondering if one product yielded better results over the other.

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Provisional cast on

I'm putting together a scarf for myself (based on a Saxon Braid design I found in a book) and I'm thinking about putting tapered ends on it. However, I don't really feel like figuring out the numbers for the tapered bits at present, so I thought of doing a provisional crochet cast on and coming back to it later, once I have the body of the scarf done, so I can figure out excatly what I need. I'm wondering if that would be odd though, picking up a provisional cast on and knitting back in the reverse direction. Are there any difficulties, does it give some odd looking join or anything?

Cotton socks and Entrelac

I've decided to fight through the cotton/wool yarn I described earlier.  The problems I encountered were that the ribs were very loose, and the leg was very tight.  I've decided on a small needle for the rib, and a larger one for the rest of the sock.  Wish me luck, men!

 In the mean time, while pondering my next move with the yarn from hell, I set out to practice entrelac, since I never was able to master it before.  Well, I found a pattern at  my LYS, set to work, and finally was able to get it!  I actually got it! 

Now, if i could just figure out how to use it in something more than a small handbag!