Rows of Purls

Begin to weave and God will give you the thread.--German Proverb

Monday, November 27, 2006

This One's For You, Son!

Actually the scarf is for my son's fiance. A few weeks ago my son purchased this book, Speed Knitting, for me. This was around the time his fiance asked me to knit a scarf for her. So I thought I would honor my son by knitting one of the projects from this book, classic skinny scarf, for his fiance. The patterns in this book are easy and great for whipping up quick gifts.

I used three hanks of Blue Sky Bulky on size 17 needles. Although the yarn does shed, 50% Alpaca/50 %Wool, I absolutely love it's thickness and warmth.

Another sweater completed with the help of my Korean friends. After completing two sweaters and a handbag, there doesn't seem to be too much of a language barrier. However, most of the patterns are written in chart form, similar to the Japanese charted patterns. I now find Korean charted patterns much easier to follow compared to the written patterns.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

To Buy or Not To Buy?

Korean Handmade Knitting Needles

More Expensive Brand Knitting Needles

Today, after reading someone's blog about their Brittany Birch knitting needles, I decided that maybe I could us some new knitting needles. I scanned over my inventory of needles, which mostly include Addi, Denise Interchangeable and Clover, to decide what to buy. After careful thought, and reading a few comments on knitter's review and this knitter's review article on how to make circular needles, I decided to stick with my fifty-cent handmade needles. For the past year I've been using these handmade needles. They come in circular and straight and knit just as well as my other needles. In fact, a few days ago, I started a new project with one of my luxury needles and the gauge was way off...too loose. I pulled out one of my fifty-cent pair and was quickly moving along.