We're going to be updating our poll on the front page of the knitting community once a month. I've been nominated to be poll master, so if you have any ideas for polls you'd like to see, send 'em my way.
The new poll, "Why do you knit", presented a particular challege for me because there are sooooooooo many reasons that people knit that it was tough narrowing it down to just 5 (and 5 is the max the magical poll making machine can handle). Everyone I quizzed here in the office had a… Continue
Added by Angela on April 1, 2008 at 5:00pm —
Angela just created a new poll on your reasons for knitting. Cast your vote at the bottom of the page!
Added by Knit Picks Admin on April 1, 2008 at 3:51pm —
I've always wanted to learn this craft, and have thus far been very much enjoying myself. I'm awaiting my new lace yarn, to try the Pi Shawl. Having never ventured into lace knitting before, I'm just a wee bit nervous, but am always ready to try anything! I chose the Shimmer in Turquoise Splendor. I'll later post pictures of my progress.
Added by Deanie on April 1, 2008 at 11:26am —
I took my gift card to my LYS
today, and got some Alpaca Silk
in the ruby colorway. I am going to make my first lace shawl! After much searching and changing of mind, I settled on the Luna Moth Shawl
. I can't wait to get started! I still have a few rows to finish up the newest baby blanket, and socks to… Continue
Added by 8kids4me on April 1, 2008 at 11:01am —
More books from the library. Anticraft Knitting Beading and Stitching For the Slightly Sinister
by Renee Rigdon and Zabet Stewart, and New Ideas for Today's Knitting
by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss.
Firstly, I have crossed off the Anticraft book. After a quick scan, I found only a few knitting projects, those of which I would *never* in a *million* years even *think* about making. Don't waste your time on this book. There is not enough usable content for… Continue
Added by MrDarcyisGreat on April 1, 2008 at 10:38am —
Right now I'm working on a sweater for a little friend of mine who will be 3 in May and a baby sweater to donate. The Ladies of Charity at my church take donations of layette items every Christmas and distribute them to local hospitals for new moms who won't go home with much for their babies. My project this year is to make as many baby sweaters, and possibly bonnets and booties, as I can finish by then to donate to the cause. I finished two sweater/bootie sets last month as gifts - two of… Continue
Added by knitgi on April 1, 2008 at 9:32am —
I worked on Stocking#2 last night while watching New Amsterdam. It is looking better than the first one, trying very hard not to get my floats too tight when I switch sides.
We didn't accomplish much last night as it was raining and couldn't bring the wall board up from the truck, but we did hammer out some cabinet details. Bless my hubby, he is spending a lot of time doing the research for the cabinets. I'm not too picky, I just want more space,… Continue
Added by PurlGirl on April 1, 2008 at 7:42am —
I went to the hand specialist today and he says I'm healed. I still need to be careful and not overdo it things with my hand, but I have permission to knit and sew and swim! I can't wait to get back to my Aran sweater and to the February baby shawl that are both on my needles.
On Wednesday my daughter is having surgery, so I plan to take my knitting with me to work on at the hospital in spurts. It's outpatient gall bladder surgery, so I expect there will be quite a bit of waiting for… Continue
Added by burrisll on March 31, 2008 at 8:24pm —
The bad thing about sweater knitting is that you tend to get carried away. Espesially with a mind like mine. I wouldn't say that I have a dramatic mind, but I have a mind that wanders toward drama. If you were to ask me what my favorite movie is, it's LOTR (hey, my icon is Nenya, Galadriels ring!). Favorite scene in the trilogy... toss up between Theodins exorsism recovery scene (beutiful graphics!) or Haldirs death scene (I realise that Legolas was the only elf at Helms Deep, but that is a… Continue
Added by metalheadknitter on March 31, 2008 at 7:00pm —
I have way too many UFOs. No, not nearly as many as I know many of you have, but too many for me. They are starting to stress me out and take up way too much room in my teeny-tiny living room. I've decided on a new system. I am only going to have 3 (or 4 depending on how you count them) projects going at once: two socks, one lace project, and one other project. My goal is to whittle down my UFOs to this level by the end of April. Right now I have three socks (one will be done tonight, but I… Continue
Added by DolyDimple on March 31, 2008 at 11:53am —
I'm gonna go stay with Mommy Lora while Kelley and Bob are in Europe. Europe is so overrated. I'd much rather play with Lora's new puppy, Pluto, and nap in my punk rock leopard print bed.
See you in a couple of weeks! I'll miss you!!… Continue
Added by Xena on March 31, 2008 at 11:00am —
Yippee! It is the last day of March! I love April as I know winter will soon be over (it's always long in Massachusetts.) We had a somewhat productive weekend. DH got 3 pieces of wall board up in the kitchen. I helped a little with the shop-vac and by staying out of the way, mostly. Still cleaning up from emptying my cabinets! Between that and the AWANA Grand Prix workshop on Saturday, my hubby was a working machine! I'm tired, so I can't imagine how… Continue
Added by PurlGirl on March 31, 2008 at 10:19am —
Well, I got another book from the library to look over. It's called Ethnic Knitting Discovery The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and The Andes
by Donna Druchanas. Quite the long name, for such a slim book.
Anyway, it seems to be a very basic instructional book on how to knit sweaters in the styles of the countries listed. I like the styles of the sweaters, but they are way too boxy (no shaping) for my tastes. I suppose I could incorporate the design techniques into a shaped… Continue
Added by MrDarcyisGreat on March 31, 2008 at 7:08am —
You know how sometimes you think you have all your ducks in a row. You make plans, get excited for a certain weekend or planned event? Well that's what I did all last week. I'd sit at my desk at work and day dream about the coming weekend when I knew I would have the house to myself to clean out my closet, quilt a bit on my mothers day gift for Mom, and of course rent a book or movie from the library and watch and knit in the evenings. You see, my husband had planned a little weekend trip of… Continue
Added by Debbi NW Ohio on March 31, 2008 at 6:52am —
I've been taking pictures of some of my work. My cat loves to sit right in the middle of my work making it a little difficult. I love looking through other people's projects for inspiration. I hope people enjoy looking at mine.
Added by Amy knits on March 30, 2008 at 7:26pm —
Well, it's been five weeks since I broke my left hand. I've tried to knit, but until recently it was painful. Now I can knit three or four rows on a dishcloth before I start to feel it. (It's not much, but it's better than nothing.) One reason it's so uncomfortable is that I am a continental knitter. I can knit by throwing, but it's much slower for me, and before I know it, I've put my yarn back on my left hand. Apparently, I am completely a creature of habit.
On a brighter note,… Continue
Added by burrisll on March 30, 2008 at 6:57pm —
After the heavy snow we got a few days ago, spring is coming back. The sun and the foehn melted a lot of the snow away. I really hope this winter thing to be over now ... I spent this afternoon sitting outside in the sun, watching our cats catching snowballs I made for them, reading and knitting and listening to my favourite music. It was so peaceful!
My sweater "Sweetheart" keeps growing; I finished the body part (front and back)… Continue
Added by AnirataK on March 30, 2008 at 5:03pm —
I'm obsessed with knitting mitered squares at the moment. My daughter loves to see the new color combinations each time I finish another square. I really think this kid will be quite the knitter! She loves yarn, and LOVES color! I like to knit in the evening to unwind, and if I finish any squares, I show them to her in the morning. So far, she likes the ones that have purple the best!
I've found a pattern for a really interesting sleeveless top for summer. I'd really like to knit one… Continue
Added by Teish on March 30, 2008 at 2:38pm —
I just got this great book from the Library. Its The Knitter's Book of Yarn
by Clara Parkes. I think I'm going to actually have to buy this book. I know Knitpicks has it in softcover. I don't know if I'd actually prefer the hardcover version, which is the one I got from the library.
Anyway, the projects in it (and there are 40
of them) are so lovely and diverse. The designers are actually people I've heard of, instead of all by the same designer, or by a bunch of people… Continue
Added by MrDarcyisGreat on March 30, 2008 at 7:54am —
I just finished making a pair of socks from corn, Cornucopia Kottage. Can't say I really like them, the texture and the color just aren't happening for me. Its more of a matte color which is rather dull. As for texture its not as soft as I normally use. I thought I'd give it a try but unfortuneately its not something I would buy again. I also used a pattern which isn't too bad but the heel is designed differently and I had trouble with holes in the sides of the heel. You YO on the first stitch… Continue
Added by mommacatz on March 30, 2008 at 5:36am —