Addi Express

Addi Express:  Amazon.de have just notified me about the Addi Express Knitting machine that they're selling.  More of a small gadget really.  Knocks out both tubular and straight knitting.   Amazon are selling it for Euro8.95 (about £5) whereas an American site is selling them for $199.95! Has anyone tried this gadget; what have they made and what do they think about it? 

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Machine Knitting

Hi Guys,

I moved house last August and I had not unpacked my knitting machine until last week and I needed a quick and easy sweater to wear at work. The usually mild winters here in this part of Oz have been a bit too cool for me this year. It is fishermans rib, done in genuine acrylic (ugh). I would use wool but it has to be washed frequently as I work in a DIY store 3 days a week. Note the difference in the dye lots on the front and right sleeve but what would one expect for $2 a 100 gram ball?? It took just over an hpur to knit the whole thing but about 6 hours to do the neck and sew up!!

New Project

Now that the Sampler Sweater is completed, along with a couple of smaller W.I.P.s that needed to be finished up, I decided I needed another new project to work on.  Something I could use up some stash for since my stash is reaching a sizeable amount.

I picked up a number of old pattern books at the guild auction this year.  I love the chiche-factor of many old pattern books.  Yet if you look past the bad hair/bad colors/ bad yarn selections there are some great looking patterns.

This pattern book is from 1975 and this sweater in particular really caught my eye.  It is a twisted stockinette stitch done on a chunky weight yarn, and I knew I had some chunky weight in the stash from last year's auction purchase.

The pattern did not have a size bg enough for me, so I knit up a swatch and went to Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns.  I decided to go with a vest rather than a sweater and I changed te rib from a 2/2 ribbing to a 2/1 ribbing, as well as knitting it in the round rather than flat.

 Attached are pictures of the pattern book, the yarn, swatch and W.I.P.  I've made a good deal of progress on it since taking the pictures.  It is twice as long as shown in the picture.

Danger!

look out! 

I feel that I've been doing too much freestyling lately; knitting "by the seat of my pants", so to speak.  While the results have been good, I know that I can't learn new techniques by watching Knitty Gritty alone, I have to follow a pattern.  Unfortunately, every time I try to follow one, my project turns into a horrible mess. 

I decided to sit down, turn the artsy-fartsy right-brain off and follow a pattern; this time a chart.  So I chose one of the thousands of free charts from the internet and hunkered down, determined to make this one come out right. 

I need a change from socks.

I'm almost done with the second of the Fibonnaci socks. (Pictures tomorrow, I'm having technical difficulties!) I'm also about to turn the heel of the second blue/multi sock. That will leave me with lots of leftovers for a pair of random striped socks.

One of my friend's best friends has just had a baby girl. He summoned me to rescue this poor, but well-loved, little girl from being smothered in pink. So I have a skein of hand-dyed green/yellow cotton rayon yarn and am planning to make EZ's Baby Surprise Jacket.

After all it's never too late for a Fashion Intervention. Just call me Queer Eye for the Cute Baby!  I will post pictures of the mutant alien dishcloth jacket when it's done. I'll have a working camera by then I hope -- I've just ordered a new one.

Dinner with Debbie Bliss

I just wanted to let you all know that I had dinner with Debbie Bliss tonight. Stitch Therapy, a fine yarn store in Brooklyn arranged it. I was lucky enough to sit next to Debbie a fellow Brit!

She really was delightful answering questions throughout the dinner that about 15 folk attended. I wish that I had had my photo taken with her but it seemed a bit weird at the time. She will be at Seaport Yarn tomorrow morning. It was really interesting hearing her talk about her designs, stitches, yarn choices etc. A very special person & not at all a super star.

I'll meet next time I'm in London & get that photo taken. 

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Stripes

colors

Stripes were easy to learn, once I got the tension right at the yarn switch.  I must've forgotten something very basic, as I somehow lost a stitch at the end of a row twice.

howdy

Hi guys nice to find a site of other men who knit. I learned to knit about a dozen years ago. I put down my needles for a few years but started to knit again last year when my daughter was pregnant. The pics are of one of my recent projects - it is an all seed-stich sweater I made for my granddaughter Sadie Mae.

 Its made from a debbie bliss pattern. I made it out of a really funky novelty yarn I found at a Joann's craft store. The yarn has a metalic thread that runs through it so it is all sparkly. This jacket is my homage to the one Judy Garland wore at her ' 61 Carnegie Hall concert (I figure what fun is it having a gay grandpa if you don't flaunt it a bit).