Who knew going to a dude ranch would lead to endless hours of knitting? I had an awesome time relaxing and knitting over the last few days, and I finally finished my tablecloth. I even brought two more people into the addictive world of knitting. My mantra has always been "there can never be too many fiber addicts in the world." It sure beats other addictions...though it can get a bit expensive. Of course, if I would ever stop buying 10 times the… Continue
To celebrate Halloween, Knit Picks (and our sister companies, Connecting Threads and Artists Club), hosted a staff Halloween costume contest. Even our warehouse in Ohio got in on the fun, we've been e-mailing photos back and forth all morning. Alison and I took tons of pictures and video of everyone who dressed up. We even had a little parade!
Of course Sheldon was all set, he had lots of costumes to choose from since we've knit all the shells in his… Continue
Added by Angela on October 31, 2008 at 1:30pm —
I want to knit a pair of socks that is sized only for a men's large foot (11-12). However, I need to size the pattern down (8 1/2 - 10). It has a 10 stitch repeating pattern in the leg. The pattern says that in order to make it smaller, you must cast on less stitches, but does not have specifics.
How do I figure the number of stitches to cast on for a smaller sock?
I'm just beginning to knit again after more years than I care to remember. I'd like to make a sweater for my daughter, but I haven't the vaguest idea of how to choose a size. I don't want the sweater to cling to her, but to hang nicely from her shoulders and fitted a little through the bust. Many of the homemade sweaters I've seen have either been very, very snug or too loose and drapey. I'm not even sure I'm asking for this information an anyway that will be understandable, but if anyone can… Continue
Before I even had the body half done, my Sheldon was claimed by my 7 yr old son, who I haven't knitted much for in my short knitting career. And he insists he stay named Sheldon, so there you have it. This was a fun knit, but I don't know if I'll be making any more. I have so many things I want to… Continue
I'm not much of a video game person. My husband lives for Final Fantasy XI and has been playing it for about 5 years. My son is at school for Video Game Design. My daughter likes a few games, but can live without them. Me, if it has more than two buttons, I'm out. I like the Wii, but in moderation. No one will bowl with me anymore, 'cause I kick butt.
I loved the "old" games...Pong, Galaga, Tempest, Tetris - all simple, no nonsense, 1-2 button games. I would play them a few times… Continue
Added by katwmn1 on October 28, 2008 at 8:04am —
Here is a (somewhat fuzzy) picture of the mini sweater ornaments that I made last week for my Curves gym's Breast Cancer silent auction Fundraiser. I used a pattern I found on the web and changed it for a couple of them. I added a little pink ribbon and also made little pink drawstring bags to put them in. The were about 2 1/2" high. They went over very well, lots of… Continue
So, I was doing well with the not-starting-too-many-projects thing... I even unravelled my horseshoe socks to make my toe-up socks because they sounded more fun, but then I went to a yarn sale >.< I got two balls of Paton's kroy sock yarn and two balls of classic merino for a "small" felted slippers/bag/sock project I invented.
I also bought 4 balls of a mystery acrylic yarn whose brand name I can't remember at another store because I'm a weak person lol. The official colourway… Continue
Added by Kiwi on October 27, 2008 at 3:27pm —
After spinning a whole lot this past weekend, I tried a new method of washing and setting the yarn. Before, I would have used a just a generic baby shampoo, but I had some Soak on hand so I decided to try that.
It was easier on my hands, but I worried that because of that, it wasn’t removing all of the dirt and grease from the fibers. And while, I did have to run it through 2 times ( I suspect my extremely hard well water), it did a nice job of… Continue
Added by terryekinch on October 27, 2008 at 12:07pm —
When you wear scrubs 75% of the time, you really don't think about whether your jeans are tight or not...
The weather has turned here in Eastern WA and it is usually about 25 degrees F when I get up in the morning. Not real conducive to scrubs, so broke out the jeans...bad idea. They were baggy on me when I put them away, now I have a stellar "muffin top". Ugh.
Bit the bullet and started Weight Watchers yesterday. Wish me luck. My problem is that I don't eat enough… Continue
Okay...I have been madly working on a gorgeous round tablecloth for my 42-inch round glass table. I used a pi shawl formula but with a worsted weight, variegated orange yarn. It has a lace pattern that will sit at the center of the table, then stockinette stitch for the majority of the piece. I'm doing a bind-off that creates an edging with the stitches oriented the opposite way as the rest of the circular work...which means that it adds two 12-stitch rows for each of the almost 600 stitches in… Continue
Added by kyletarvin on October 26, 2008 at 4:00pm —
Sometimes I like to follow charts when I knit lace. But, when there are a lot of changes in the pattern, like what happens with circular shawls, I prefer to use my tried-and-true 3x5 index card system. Marianne Kinzel is a very considerate designer. She provides charts and written instructions. And, the instructions have a space between each round. That makes it easy to copy the… Continue
I've come to the realization that drop spindles are becoming my ideal chocolate truffles. No calories and the pleasure lasts MUCH longer! And, there is the challenge of finding the "perfect" spindle truffle. I have discovered some favorites that I will always enjoy but I do like the excitement of finding a new spindle artist.
Last week I could not focus on my To Do list so I went off to Etsy and typed in "drop spindle". Just like heading off to a Godiva Chocolate shop, Moonstruck… Continue
My experience with my friend's Prayer Shawl seems to have started a shawl knitting frenzy. It was such an easy and quick knit that I couldn't resist using the same Lattice Pattern from The Prayer Shawl Companion to make the long-promised shawl for Xena's breeder.…
The leaves are turning beautiful colors outside our office, and this week we got to look at beautiful colors inside too! Believe it or not, we just had our yarn color picking meeting for next fall. Yep, we pick colors that early. I can't give away what exactly we did, but I can tell you that we… Continue
Added by Melissa on October 23, 2008 at 3:44pm —