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Posted on 10/21/2005 10:03:29 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum
Friday stitch and....gripe? Celebrate? Show off your latest project? Hug your kids? Talk about the project you would really like to do but never started?
Calling all needleworkers!
Friday is here.
I don't have a theme except I wish that any sisters (and any brothers who are interested) would come join my needlework circle and be friends while we stitch, gripe, talk, complain, share, celebrate and show off our work.
Is this always here on Fridays?
Okay, finishing the sleeves (I always work them together) on a turtleneck. Colinette Skye, I think the colorway (or coulourway *g*) is peacock. Three big chunky cables up the front over 8 stitches by 4 rib.
I picked up a couple of knitting needles yesterday... Failed miserably. Got the slip-knot and couldn't figure out how to cast on.
I can crochet, sew & do cross stitch... But that knitting thing is still a mystery.
Would be nice to meet here every Friday...this is new because the needlework circle is new...
If you know how to a chain stitch for crochet, you can get started with knitting without learning any other caston.
Just make a chain in a needle about as wide as your knitting needle, and then, put the loop on your knitting needle, and pick up a loop from every chain, just like if you were doing afghan crochet. And then start knitting.
You can also use a row of half hitches. And later, when you understand more, you can learn the traditional thumbing cast on, or the knitted on cast on.
I do the thumbing one most, because it was the way people who knitted socks professionally in the 1700s did it. It works great with a rib stitch. But it's not always the best cast on for the job. And guessing how long to have the tail takes experience. And the knitted on cast on can be too tight.
These are things to worry about later.
I'm getting antsy - I have some alpaca yarn on order, and it hasn't arrived yet. Planning to try a new shawl pattern from a book my daughter gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago. (Don't know the name of it - and it's at home and I'm not.) It'll be my first project in several years that did not use a washable, synthetic, no-dye-lot yarn.
I've been wanting to crochet Afghans for our wounded soldiers in hospitals. My problem is, when I'm finished with two or three, where and how do I send them?
I finished the first warmer and I've started the sleeve of the second...I'm not anticipating wrestling with that buttonhole again. :-(
My gripe for the day: I'm doing laundry, and discover my (expletive deleted) 17 year old dumped a load of my laundry in the washing machine back into the laundry basket so he could do his own laundry. And left it there, on top of other laundry to get the whole batch damp.
And then, he spent the night out (there is a teacher conference going on now and no classes) so I can't kick his hiney from here to kingdom come.
He IS in a point in his life where I don't like him. And I am fast losing my desire to do anything for him.
MY SECOND GRIPE: adults who buy alcohol that they give to minors. I saw something in the grocery which may have been a 29 year old man in the company of two teen girls talking like he might have been buying beer for them. But I just heard a snippet.
May God remember the actions of every adult who has given my teen and his friends tobacco or alcohol and may He judge them accordingly to the grief they have caused.
Freeper Marmar, I believe, works at a military hospital in...Germany? She might be able to suggest something.
OOOOOH, needlework!!!! Can I play please?
My current (random) project is a baby afghan done with a granny square with all the left over yarn I have from 8 bazillion baby blankets and projects. The square is tiny (just 3 colors) so it will look cute and small for a baby. My question is... since I am a grandmother, how come I have so many friends who are having babies? Maybe I need to find a church full of old people 8-)
My next project will be a sweater for my son. I did one for him in high school that he loved, (and had to keep taking back from his girlfriends) and wore out. Now he has asked for another.
There are several programs out there doing things for our troops. Here's one link:
(this one is more for slippers and socks)
There are others I have seen, but this was a quick list.
For those projects that are special, I like superwashed wool...you can stick it in the washer and dryer. I have gotten spoiled. I do buy some yarn just like you said for certain projects, especially when I'm designing something big, or want it to be super washable, but I surely like working in high quality natural fibers. I used to think people who said that were yarn snobs...but I learned they feel different in the hand....
Of course you can play! Glad you are here!
I need to finish the sweater I am knitting, but I've been working so much in the library, I'm not moving as fast as I should. I need to knit mitts and leg warmers. Arthritis season is close!
Arthritis season? Har! How true. I had very ambitious plans for this winter, but I think I'll be fortunate to get half my Christmas presents made...I'll have to start earlier next year.
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