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
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
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
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:
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
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.
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.
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!
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*)
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 ;-)
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.
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?
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!
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,
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???