If any of y'all don't read knitting, I just finished some Charlie Card gloves for a friend. Yes, JUST IN TIME for winter to end (she did ask for them a month ago, so it's her own damned fault!) Anyway, read about them here!
Whoops! I got deleted over at the knitting community, so hopefully there are still a good number of Boston knitters reading here.
I work at Windsor Button and we're having a yarn sale for the next 2 weeks, until April 28th, that includes most of our specialty or chunky wools, mohairs, and other wintery/cold weather yarns in preparation to bring in spring and summer things. Things in the clearance bin are usually 20% off and will be 40% off during the sale, the other yarns on sale range from 20% to 40% off. Some examples of sale yarns include Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk, Rowan Big Wool, and Baby Alpaca Grande....aka, way better stuff than just the ugly, tangled, odd dye lot leftover skeins of many sales that I see. Not that I can't put an odd dye lot leftover to good use...
Most of our specialty and chunky wools and mohairs are on sale, as well as novelty and ribbon yarns, and assorted other random things throughout the store. The owner, Susan, estimates that about 75% of our in stock yarns are on sale.
I'm in a textiles class at the moment, and we're on the felting unit. I've finished my project, or finished knitting it anyway...soon it will be a nifty felted bag. Yet there is still two weeks left of the felting unit...
So I want to do something more fun and interesting. It seems more things than wool can be felted, though I've yet to stray from wool. Anyone have suggestions for other materials to felt?
Specifically, I kind of want to try felting human hair. My hair. I have waist length hair in need of a major trim, and I'm thinking I could felt it into something...after all, dreads are just felted hair, right? So my question is, does anyone have any experience felting hair? And what could I make with it?
So I miss draping desperately but don't have a proper dress form. Of course I'd like to buy a Wolf, but jesus if they aren't so expensive. Even the used ones on ebay are pretty pricey. So I am considering other options. Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on THIS ITEM? It looks like it might suit my needs pretty well. But even $190 is a lot to spend, if it's a piece of crap. I have four hours. Any input??
Problem #1: Can't follow charts worth a good goddamn.
Long-shot solution: Came across Skull Illusion Scarf, with instructions in both chart form and long-hand written form (the only way my addled brain can really process them). Hoping against hope that someone may have done the same for Alien pattern, altho universal laws of luck and copyright are against it.
Problem #2: Completely allergic to wool. (Please don't tell me I'm just allergic to scratchy fibers and I can use softer wool yarn; I am allergic to wool. I have to pre-medicate before going into my LYS, and I carry an Epi-Pen after going into full anaphylaxis from wearing a partially-wool coat. I'm really not kidding.) Potential solution: Normally I just substitute acrylic or cotton yarn with not much problem, and I have come to terms with never felting. But I'm worried that not all yarns will hold the illusion pattern well - any thoughts?
Problem #3: Both me and person I'm making the scarf for don't care for lime green much at all.
Solution: Any reason I can't make this in any color that my heart desires? This is more of me not knowing how picky illusion patterns are.
Love, hate, or anywhere in between, Woolcott has been a part of the knitting community of Greater Boston for over twenty years. Niki Bronstein, Woolcott's proprietor for the past five years, passed away yesterday evening after a long illness. She was one of the most individualistic people I've known. Working with her was a challenge at times, a pleasure at others. My time at Woolcott ('01-'04) helped me meet some fabulous people and put me on my current path, and Niki facilitated it through her enthusiasm for sharing the craft. She has touched so many knitters in so many ways, so I wanted to let the local community know about our loss.
I just figured out brioche in the round (shaker rib), purling the "wrong side" rows (the ones that look like knit on the inside of the tube). But now I want to do double english brioche in the round. and i'm having some trouble. it looks like i should do the "wrong side" rows the same way as the rib, but on the other rows, knit the stitches and slip the overs (properly syncopated every other time i do that kind of row). but it looks wrong. the large stitches you see on the front of the fabric - those are made from the overs, right? the stitches in the shadows (framed by the large stitches), they look like knits, so they must be from the "right side" rows, right?
i'm guessing my problem is getting the syncopation wrong, so that i have an off-by-one error, but is there anything I've said here that's not correct? can anyone point me to a picture of the other side of double english brioche?
In my LYS a few weeks ago I came across a yarn (I can't remember the name right now) that was made of such pretty colors that I was immediately compelled to buy it. What only barely registered at the time was that the yarn wasn't any sort of standard thickness, but rather a thick-and-thin sort. In my yarn-induced stupor (you know you can relate) I didn't really stop to think that I really have no idea what I would do with this yarn, so here I am now: still in love with the colors, but unfortunately completely without clue as to how to use it.
I'm reasonably sure that it's going to take its final for as a scarf of some sort, but I've tried a couple different patterns with it, and I'm just not loving how the thickness/thinness affects the way the knitting looks. I suppose that something lacey would look all right, but there's something about using wool for a fashion scarf rather than something a little more useful (especially now that it's getting chilly) that doesn't sit right with me.
So do any of you have a suggestion for a pattern that I can use with this yarn? Or at least similar anecdotes so that I don't feel *too* silly for my impulse yarn-buying?
I'm looking for a pattern for a baby hat that uses bulky weight wool. I'd be willing to buy the pattern, but I find the pattern binders at my LYS a bit intimidating, and I'm not finding anything online.
My friend is pregnant with a boy, and I'm making the booties from SnB vol.2, using some Lamb's Pride washable I have around. I have enough for a matching hat, but I haven't been able to find an appropriate pattern. Any suggestions are welcome!