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New Poll - Why do you knit?

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 — 24 Comments

self taught, and plugging away

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 — 1 Comment

Squee for softness!

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 — No Comments

2 Other Books

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 — 1 Comment

On my needles

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 — No Comments


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 — No Comments

Good News

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 — No Comments

Am I Insane? (wait don't answer)

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 — No Comments

New System

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 — No Comments

I'm taking a mini-vacation.

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 — 3 Comments


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 — No Comments

Another book

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 — No Comments

*****A long weekend for knitting

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 — 2 Comments

Taking pictures

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 — No Comments

Broken hand

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 — No Comments

Spring is coming back

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 — No Comments

More Squares

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 — 1 Comment

Great book I got from Library

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 — 1 Comment

Corn Socks

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 — No Comments

Yet More Snow

It snowed here again on Friday and Saturday. I think we picked up about 4 more inches. Today is supposed to be sunny and around 40. I sure hope so.

I did have a productive week. I finished the Baby Genius Burp Cloth. I also made a Baby Kimono. I just have to sew it up and add a border. I am trying to decide between and I-cord border and a single crochet border. I have used Sugar'n Cream Lavender Ice. I am going to use hot purple… Continue

Added by Silas' Mom on March 30, 2008 at 4:18am — 5 Comments

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