On book writing; If I am to write a book on knitting I think that it would be strictly patterns. I am somewhat of an enigma when it comes to knitting. I am the only person that I know that knits from the back instead of the front of a stitch and I wrap everything clockwise. In addition, I am a lefty, so to the vast majority of potential knitters my instructions would be useless! LOL I will say that I am a heck of a pattern writer though.
Hats; To address your hat issue, the way I usually knit my hats on two needles then seam them up. I find cables much easier (for me at least) to knit on two needles as I knit from the back of the work. I think that the basic same rules apply for measurement on two sticks or four. Measure the circumference of your head and from that measurement you will make the hat at least one inch smaller than that. When you knit hats because they are meant to stretch on to your head, make sure that you are using a loose knit stitch or use one needle size larger than recommended size. I almost never use generic patterns because they never seem to fit my body type (petite). I hope this will help to get you started on a basic hat then you can move forward from there.
The yarn in the little sweater is Lion Brand Cupcake. The pattern was a combination of 2 patterns and I added a hood. I made it for my niece who is nearly 1 year old. It was fun to knit, no fancy stitches and baby sweaters never have arm decreases so it was just 4 square pieces sewn together with a hood! Why don't I see any pictures of your projects?
I totally agree. When an argument is over it is over. I think that this particular argument was long over before it started! : p I work in high end retail and I am always a little concerned about the well being of an individual who has clearly misplaced outrage. I actually encounter such behavior more frequently than I would like to admit (would like to have faith in humanity and all that...) and most times I am not afraid to point out how ridiculous they are behaving. I try to do so with grace but my patience sometimes runs out!
Thank you very much for saying such nice things about my work. This is really the best KC I have ever been in. I would love to trade ideas with you. I write a lot of my own patterns and I am thinking of writing my own book. I don't know if it would ever be published, but it certainly would be fun!
As you could see by my response, I was unable to be so kind.
On a much happier note, I am also a crocheter:) My mom taught me when I was in the 5th grade. I really only did square projects in single and double crochet until I was in my 20's. It wasn't until I picked up knitting that the world of crochet opened up for me as well! I still love to crochet a big blanket because it takes much less time than knit and you don't have to seam any pieces together!
Thanks for the encouragement and the great practical info. I look forward to getting the book ("First Knits") and starting my "journey." You do a great job of expressing yourself, plus your sense of humor is a treat!
Talk to you later. I'm off to a knitting class...! Really, I am!
Thanks for the suggestion regarding "First Knits." I will definitely take a look at it. I need a systematic approach to knitting. The idea of eventually doing a KAL is intriguing, but right now it seems intimidating and a thousand years away. In my life, I always seem to gravitate toward trying to do the things that are the least intuitive, that call on the weakest, most underdeveloped parts of my self. Knitting seems to be one of those THINGS. I have plenty of tenacity, so I suppose I'll get there one of these times!
I LOVE getting knitting supplies in the mail; it really is just like Christmas. I feel your joy =D We had ice and snow over the weekend here in College Place, WA (next door to Walla Walla, WA) but it finally got above freezing and started melting today (makes driving so much nicer). I grew up in Portland, am in my early fifties, and deal with Fibromyalgia, too, so we have a few things in common. I'm currently knitting a cable scarf with some cashmere I had purchased on sale several years ago. Then I'm going to learn to knit socks - most likely with one of the new knitpicks sock yarns. Still deciding on which book to get to learn from - there are several that sound good. Any suggestions? Enjoy your new goodies!
Thank you for the friends invitation. You can see my fingerless gloves among my Christmas/Retirement pics on my page.
I really try to be friendly and upbeat and to offer encouragement or my little bits of wisdom or experience. With only 3+ years of knitting under my belt, I probably shouldn't call it wisdom. I've received as much help as I've gotten, maybe more, from the Knitting Community.
RE: My fingerless gloves pattern. When I created the pattern, I used the basic template for making fingerless gloves that I discovered in many places. I knit the thumb first and them finished the glove/finger portion of the glove, but without fingers. Ending the glove with about a 1/2" ribbing. They turned out OK, but I was disappointed in the way the thumb looked.
I have since redesigned my design, and place the thumb stitches on a stitch holder or a KP Options cable until the remainder of the hand is finished. Then I take those stitches on the holder, pick up three stitches on the hand side and finish the thumb. I do not like the method that leaves a gusset between the thumb and index finger.
I like the smoothe look that results, as if the thumb and hand are one continuous piece of material with no seaming involved.
We seem to be so much alike! I can't seem to write anything that isn't long. I type fast, but I also erase fast, too. I usually write about three times what I actually email and then go back and edit it. I have two older brothers and when we email each other I'll send three "pages" to them. I'll get back in response two paragraphs from the youngest one and two words from the oldest brother. Evidently, I got all of the "words" in the family!;-)
I'm a dog lover, too. We had a big Chocolate Lab named Cinnamon. We had to put him down 18 months ago because of a tumor in his trachea that was cutting off his breathing. He was ten years old and had diabetes the last five years. I was told that most dogs only live a couple of years after being diagnosed with diabetes. I still miss him terribly. He was my baby from the time we got him. We also had a Lab mix, Nutmeg. She kept Cinnamon in line better than anyone else. When we lost Cinnamon, she was terribly lonely (as was I) so I found a cute Lab/Basset mix at the shelter. Emma is a couple of years old now. We've had her a year. We lost Nutmeg the Saturday before Thanksgiving. She died in her sleep. It was a terrible shock. Poor little Emma grieved for about three weeks. She seems to be back to normal now other than when I leave the house she howls the whole time I'm gone. I would like to have a second dog again, but our two grandchildren live with us (21 months and three years old) so I won't even consider it until they are five or six. My husband also thinks I'd grieve more for my four legged babies than I would for him. Not true, but he just likes to give me a hard time about it.
It always seems to take a week before my items are even shipped when I place an order. Then it takes another week to arrive here. I didn't start ordering from KP until the middle of December, but so far I've placed five orders with them. I'm expecting my next order to arrive the middle of this week (it should have my book). I just placed another order today so I'm sure it will be two weeks before I get it. I really have to stop listening to Kelly's podcasts. I seem to find something I have to have every time I listen to one.
I'm enjoying our discussions, too. Its almost like getting together to sit and knit (aka stitch and bitch). Its been nice to get to know you. I'm sure we'll stay on topic better when we can get started on our samplers.
I'm really going to have to figure out how to put up a picture (avatar?) Every time I glance at that sheep, I think its some old woman sitting there.