Hey all! I just joined this site, and tonight I am going to be embarking on my knitting adventure! My Aunt tought me the basics this weekend and I must say that I am obssesed! The only problem is that I don't know where to start...I have purchased a book and am reading up but am totally in the dark as to what to get when I go to the knit shop this evening! Might anyone have some advice as to good tools/materials for the sealous beginner? Any advice would be creatly appreciated! THanks!
well, the theft of my current wip's and attendant sticks and string is best considered an opportunity. tho' the hat was (i'm quoting Madame Fonz, a venerable drag queen) "fab'lus". the baby will get a blanket done in a foamy minty green chenille with crocheted flowers randomly distributed on it. and i'm thinking i'll do a matching hat. hats are always good. i feel sorry for the junky that stole my tackle 'cause there's no way he'll get any money at the hock shop for that stuff. anyways, thanks for the commisseration and stuff. be good.
sometimes i think people are just awful. night before last i was tired beyond belief......the emergency room was jumpin' all night long. well, i carry my knitting bag with me to the time keeping station to clock out. of course i had to set it down to free up a hand to juggle my id badge and book bag. apparently, i didn't pick it up when i clocked out and left. security tape has a civilian/non-hospital employee picking up the bag and heading out through the atrium and loses sight of the culprit as he (*yep, it was a male*) passes by the outpatient and clinic pavillions. so, there goes my latest hat-creation (done in lionbrand desert flowers) that i had just finished and the first third of a baby afghan for my best friend's impending delivery. *sigh* just had a sick feeling 'cause i just realized that the afghan was on an interchangeable needle set. *ugh* of course, those will be the size needles i must have to get anything done. more sighing ensues.
I'm just curious how everyone manages their tension whilst knitting, I hear everyone has their own method.
Myself, I knit 'English' style and weave the yarn under my index finger, over my second and third fingers and under my pinky. What about you?
I have become a real fan of the "Russian join" since I ran across it on Kenny's website.
I have used it four times now on the two pair of clogs I'm knitting up and the join really is virtualy undetectable.
It seems like there have been a lot of anti-purl sentiments made recently, so I thought these might be helpful:
The sweater I'm currently working on doesn't have ribbing at the waist or cuffs, but rather garter stitch bands that are picked up and worked after the body panels and sleeves are finished. The pattern calls for knitting the bands on each piece before sewing them together, but I'm tempted to wait until I've assembled the sweater and then pick up the stitches and knit them in the round, thus avoiding seams in the waist band and cuffs. I've never made a sweater this way, but it seems that it would be quite easy to add the bands at the very end. Does anyone know of any reason wh