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At 7:19am on August 8, 2009, Irene Soileau said…
Wow love those colorfull sweaters, all your work is great, but love the colors. your work looks so good, palsknitto, Irene
At 7:26pm on December 11, 2008, Peggy Stuart said…
Isn't it wonderful to meet people who have a talent we can learn from? Our knitting group had a participant do a demonstration of steeks. She makes Norwegian ski sweaters, and brought some of her collection for us to see, as well as her partially finished sweater to demonstrate with.
Can your DH make you a spinning wheel? My friend Lynda has a wheel that looks very Scandinavian. I think it's a Majacraft or something like that. I like Scandinavian. My MIL came from Finland, and DH and I still visit his cousins there every few years. (Lots of knitting time on the flight! :-}) --Peggy
At 5:35pm on December 11, 2008, Peggy Stuart said…
I love my Sonata! I first hear about it on Kelley's podcast, but when I was looking in to spinning wheels, I discovered that the Sonata is the only full-size wheel that is completely portable. I also think it's pretty, so it's an addition to my "decor" (word used loosely...dog toys, peanut shell fragments, books and magazines, etc.). I noticed that you're a Jane Austen fan. I have listened to her books over and over, downloaded from Librivox.com. I also like Elizabeth Gaskell. She came along a little later on, but her works have a similar feel. I enjoy my iPod, but I also have a Zen Nano Plus MP3 player, so I can download library books from the internet. Lucky you, getting to go to knitting camp and everything! Well, back to my leggings! --Peggy
At 3:43pm on December 11, 2008, Peggy Stuart said…
Roxane: I'm doing my Stonington in KP's Alpaca Cloud, in Smoke. I keep stopping to pet it. It feels like a soft kitty! It's nice for mindless knitting. As to the drop spindle comment, save it for when you need it. It will all make sense when you get to a wheel. If not, come back to me and complain! :-} --Peggy
At 12:27pm on December 11, 2008, Peggy Stuart said…
I'm doing better with the wheel than I did with the drop spindle. I think I was starting to get the idea after watching the following youtube demos:
Drafting wool
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us0nk_ryMDI
Drop spindle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gXTWgMeMgI
This young woman uses the park-and-draft method, which slows down the process so it's doable.
Then I took a class in spinning with a wheel. The best lesson, though, was the one with my friend Lynda. She switched me to long-draw and a fiber with more crimp. With the long-draw method, you don't have to pinch your fingers, but keep them loose, and you use your would-be pinching hand to twist the fibers in the same direction as the twist from the wheel, which moves the twist up toward the drafting triangle, which you move slowly away with your other hand, holding the fiber loosely. I have a long way to go, but I think I'm getting the idea. --Peggy
At 9:58am on December 11, 2008, Peggy Stuart said…
Roxane: I see you did the Rona Shawl! Except for the color, it looks just like mine. Wasn't it fun? (Cute kitty!) --Peggy
At 4:05am on June 15, 2008, Susan the Blue Lake Knitter said…
Thanks for getting back with me so soon. Even after I read your explanation I was baffled, because it wasn't working for me. Then I started reading your explanation the second time, I realized that I totally misread the instructions - instead of k2, I was seeing k2tg. Where I saw that I do not know. Sorry for getting in a panic.
At 11:38am on June 14, 2008, Susan the Blue Lake Knitter said…
Thanks, I'd really appreciate the help. Could be that I'm just not looking at it right.
At 4:10am on June 14, 2008, Susan the Blue Lake Knitter said…
You recently knitted the Fan Kimono from "Knit Komono" I am starting the Komon Kimono, and I think there is an error in the pattern instructions. The 1st row of the pattern is suppose to make an increase, but I don't think it does. Could you take a look at it and see what you think. I've only been knitting a short time, but I have found so many errors in printed patterns and I can't figure out what to do about this one. I would appreciate your advice.
At 4:46am on May 14, 2008, Rebecca Mills said…
You have a nice page. Cute cat!! I like the cool stuff you have knitted. I especially liked the Afghan sweater and the cardigan from hell. I am from Anderson Indiana, so it's always nice to run across a fellow Hoosier!
At 9:35pm on May 1, 2008, rlaba51 said…
Hmmm..."one stash wonder" books. Never thought of checking those. Do you have any that you would recommend, especially ones that have patterns for the beginning knitter? (I find I'm a basic coward when it comes to trying new things...a sign of aging, I'm afraid. *sigh*)
At 10:06pm on April 30, 2008, rlaba51 said…
Hi Roxane! I live on the Southside...in Greenwood. What a surprise to find a fellow Hoosier in Knit Picks! I'm a beginning knitter and am just about to start my first lace project. I'm a little nervous about venturing away from hats and scarves, but I have to start somewhere and I guess now is the time. May I include you in my "Friends" list? I would like to pick your expert brain once in a while if I get stuck. Would you mind? Happy knitting!! Ruthie ;-)
At 6:40am on April 11, 2008, Tracey said…
I'm a "picker" too, but can't seem to keep 2 strands of yarn in my left hand without getting them all twisted together. I bet it is much faster knitting fair isle the way you do it.
At 7:20pm on April 6, 2008, Susan the Blue Lake Knitter said…
Thanks for the input on the Comfy yarn. I reviewed the items you have knitted, and am in awe. I've only been knitting about 2 years, and I just love the sweaters you have created. Beautiful.

I'll probably use the Comfy for the kimono as soon as I get to start it. I have two other projects in the wings prior to getting to do something for myself.

Your profile says that you have been knitting continental style for 50 years. I assume some one taught you when you were young. I've figured out the mechanics of knitting continental style, but just can't seem to pick up the speed that I would like. Wish I had some one who could show me how it's done..

Thanks so much for your input. Even though I'm new at this art, I knit daily... just can't seem to think about anything else.

By the way, I liked the Fan Kimono once I saw all the projects in the book, but I liked the style of the Komon better... I didn't want something that looked that bulky.
At 8:01am on April 6, 2008, Amy knits said…
Thank you, but I haven't even tried Fair isle or entralac. That man's sweater and vest are absolutely fantastic! The pattern is so small and to top it off that sweater is such a big project. It is so much fun trying new things. What is your favorite thing to knit?
At 8:45pm on April 5, 2008, Amy knits said…
Your work is amazing and inspiring! I hope to one day have close to the skill level that you have. Thanks for sharing!
-Amy
At 3:05am on April 5, 2008, Poohknits said…
Thank you so much for the information and the visual. I think it will work fine for what I am going to do. It is the Drop-Stitch Lace Tank
by Stefanie Japel. I was just afraid of allot of drooping if I used all cotton. I am not a tiny girl so it wouldn't look good at all. I will be waiting to see a pic of your Kimono, its a beautiful pattern. I have been quite lazy and have not put up any of my pics on Ravelry yet, humm maybe this weekend. Thanks for the help and please let me know when you get some pics up!
At 2:27am on April 4, 2008, Poohknits said…
I saw that you were using the new comfy for a sweater. I just ordered some and would like to know what you think of it? How is the stitch definition with it? I am planning on making my first top with it when I get it, but will want good stitch definition. Thanks,
Poohknits
At 5:48am on March 28, 2008, Suellen said…
Thanks for the encouragement Roxane. I started knitting at 8, so I guess I expect her to be like me. Duh - time for me to learn that's not going to happen, at least not in the teen years! In the meantime, I can set an example by buying beautiful yarn and making beautiful things. How blessed am I???
At 4:03pm on March 26, 2008, Kelley Petkun said…
I completely agree with you regarding the Harry Potter audio books. I only have the first two but I will be adding the rest soon.

Hugs,
Kelley

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