Oct 13, 2006

Zig-Zag stitch simplified.

This is one of my favorite stitches.   We have been working on some new rugs and I decided to use this stitch for the edges.   It works so well, and  gets the thickness off to a great start.   So I wondered how many others were finding this stitch to be a great one for a nice tight edge.   Sometimes the edges seem to be what ‘befuddles’  many new knitters. So, I thought I should talk about it since it sounds complicated to describe, but really isn’t–and it is a lot of fun.

It is one stitch that does not do a full circular, only one pass of the board. It weaves across the two rows of needles at an angle of needle  1 to needle  3.  Every needle gets covered.   The tricky part of it is, at the beginning of a row and at the end.   Because we are weaving needles 1 to needle 3, we have some bare needles and need to cover them.   So we do this by first weaving the first 3 needles and then starting the diagonal weave.   Same at the  end of the row, we cover the bare needles by weaving the last 3 front to back.   So, some overlap occurs and that is where we get the thick and thin issues.   So, what thoughts or questions are there for this stitch.   It’s not hard, just confusing when you first start it, but I think its worth the effort.

ZIGZAG STITCH Details

sweatervest.jpgThe Zig Zag Stitch is on the bottom of the vest, the last three stitches. It really is a great finishing stitch.

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  • I have a quick question. I understand how to wrap the stitch, but the thick/thin part when hooking over confuses me. I’m not sure which is the thick part, and which is the thin. Would you explain that a little more? Thanks.

  • On the first 3 stitches and last 3 stitches (after weaving) you will have 3 loops on each. You want to look at the weaving and see if the extra loop is from the over lapping. If it is, then it is your thick side and you lift one and leave 2 loops on the needle. If not, it’s the thin side, lift the 2 bottom loops over the top loop to leave it thin. When you do the next row of weaving, you will again do an overlapp on some of the first and last needles creating the 3 loops. So that you will always end up with the 3 loops, it’s important to leave 2 on some and 1 on the others.
    Remember, when you weave this stitch, you overlapp several of the needles. When you weave the next row, you overlap other needles. So you always want to leave 2 loops after the overlapp because the next row those needles will not be the ones that get the overlapp. I hope this is not just more confusing. Let us know. pat

  • Okay–I’ll play with it a little more and let you know how it goes.

  • Well, the light bulb has finally come on!!!! Thanks for the help.

  • Ok I don’t understand this stitch at all.I don’t understand that thick and thin parts, and sometimes I wind up with 4 wraps on one, instead of 3, and I don’t know if the angle is suppose to be different with each row. I just can’t seem to get the hang of it I guess.

  • I had a problem with this stitch at first, ripped it out 5 times before I got it right!Then while watching the video, when Pat turned the board around and said to watch which direction the yarn was coming from, then I got it to zig zag. At first it was just straight, couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t get the yarn to wrap in the other direction.Now its one of my favorite stitches,so nice and thick!

  • It took me a while to figure out which was thick and which was thin – finally realized it has to do with how many wraps are at the top of the needle – if the 2 wraps are at the top – it is thick and if 2 wraps at the bottom , then it is thin – and then you pull over accordingly.

  • One more comment about this stitch – i used it to make a bag – it turned out nice – but it has a border all around it in stockinette – was this supposed to happen – it looks okay – does not dtract from it – i just thought it was weird that it did that.

  • i just bought an 18″ knitting board and it is so difficult to use. it is so hard to lift the loop over the top and to start where you zig zap, skip one peg, turn and then zig zag back. The needles are so small and there is no groove for easy removal of the first loop. I tried doing the figure 8 wrap like I do on my knifty knitter and it was hard too. I watched many videos and it looks so easy but it really is not. Is there any tips on how to make it easier. I even marked every other peg to help me skip a peg too. too complicated to use.

  • wondering why the following stitches are unavailable on your website listed under “stitches” :rib, stockinette, open rib?

  • Me parecen extraordinarios los trabajos que se pueden realizar en los telares y los presentados aquì en esta pàgina, felicitaciones, desearìa que me enviaran una pequeña explicaciòn con esquema o diagrama a mi correo, muchas gracias, Nohemi

  • I noticed someone mentioned a viseo for the zig zag stitch. Could you post a link to this please as I am having great trouble getting this stitch to work

    Many thanks

    Kx

  • I have recently purchased a sockloom and I just cannot seem to get the hang of it. I have tried different yarns and have watched several videos. It seems very tight and difficult to pull the yarn over the pegs, I have popped my yarn several times. I don’t want to give up. I know I must be doing something wrong, but what. please help.

  • Hi, The link for the zigzag stitch is http://www.knittingboard.com/v/vspfiles/stitch_zigzag.pdf

    This should take you through each step.
    Kim

  • I am also having trouble with the Zig Zag Stitch. On the CD I can’t see how you are weaving the pattern on the knitting board. I wish the camera man/woman would have zoomed in closer when you were weaving the 3 stitches on the board in the begining and at the end.

  • Up, never mind I just saw the link above. Thanks…………

  • Hi Pat,

    Just got the knitting board and sock loom a week ago. Love the board. I am unable to get the zigzag stitch right, I seem to get 4 wraps around soMe needles….tried several times but have failed. Please help ,I would be very grateful.

    Thank you,
    Ramya

  • Hi! I just starting knitting on the long loom and I just can’t figure out this zig zag stitch. I am fine with the first 2 rows but then everything goes wrong. (I should mention that I have never knitted before) I end up with 4 loops every time! Do I knit every row the same as the first row? Should I double back on the last 3 pegs every time? Will only the top 3 pegs keep 2 loops or will there always be 2 loops on the top and bottom? I looked at the link but that just shows me photo’s of the first 2 rows. Is there not a youtube video that goes into more details – more rows? PLEASE HELP!!!

  • Hi, you just keep repeating the first 2 rows. Do row 1 and then row 2. then do row 1, and then row 2. Just keep repeating the 2 rows. Pat

  • Thank you! I finally got it right!

  • Hi!
    I downloaded the pattern for the Ribbed Vest but I’m stuck at the neckline shaping. I don’t have a clue!
    Can you please explain it in “dummy” terms?

    Thank you!

  • Hi.
    I read the pattern a million times last night and I think I got the arm shaping wrong as well.
    There are 4 steps for shaping the arm, requiring me to decrease 1 stich each end. Here’s what I did…I am knitting on double, so I moved my loop of my 1st peg on back board to the 2nd 1 on the back and the 1st loop of the front board to the 2nd 1 on the front, and I did the same on the end of my loom. I did this the 4 times. I now think it was the wrong way. If you say decrease I stitch, do you mean only move 1 loop of 1 peg? On the front board or the back?
    What I don’t understand about the neckline shaping…Pattern reads:
    1. ” Starting at back end, bind off centre (12) stiches.” Do I bind of 12 stiches or is the centre stitch peg 12? How many stitches (back & front board) do I bind off?
    2. “Pick up 2 loops of first centre stitch and 1 loop of next stitch.” I have only 1 loop on each peg so I have no clue.
    As you can probably tell I am totally lost! I’ve combed the internet for information on how to shape a neckline but couldn’t find anything. You are my last hope before I totally give up.
    Thanking you in advance.

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Oct 6, 2006

Patterns to keep you warm

I can’t believe Summer is gone and Winter is fast approaching. I live in Boston but I should live somewhere much warmer like North Carolina. I can’t seem to deal with really cold weather. It chills me to the bone and it gets soooooo cold up here in the winter.

But one good thing about it, I do get to wear my cozy sweaters. My favorite  is the  goncho sweater. It is so cozy and oversized. I wear it in the house and it is the only  thing that keeps me really warm.blue shawl.jpg

For all the new knitting board knitters, here are  a couple very SIMPLE FREE PATTERNS and they will help keep you warm this winter. This luxurious blue shawl  with tassels  is knit with a ribbing stitch throughout.

With the 28″ knitting board, you start your casting on using all the pins, 84 needles on each side and then just keep knitting until length desired.

Simple BASIC SLIPPERS are made in a few hours!  Great starter pattern too.

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  • Love the Basic Vest and the Goncho Sweater is uber cool… I am an avid crocheter… I recently purchased a 10″ knitting loom and currently working on a scarf… I am hoping to incorporate knitting pieces into my crochet designs… Once I get the hang of the 10″ loom, I am looking forward to purchasing a 28″ loom and purchasing your pattern for the Basic Vest.

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Sep 28, 2006

WOW! I can’t believe all the ideas!

JUPITER says HI!

juphat.JPGThank you so much!!!!!!! I wasn’t sure if anyone would post. But I was overwelmed with the help. That’s what ‘s so great about the internet, it really is a great medium where we knitters can all come together and  share ideas and grow in knowledge. Cool.

It is a difficult task coming up with a name. There is so much to a name and I want it to be significant with  some underlining meaning. You guys are sure making it hard for me to choose – SUCH GREAT IDEAS!  I will be making a decision in the next week. So if you have any new inspirations,  let me know.

OK Yarn Progress: I have to say a little slow. I have hit some snags. I was planning to have it ready by the 1st of October now it looks more like the middle of the month. It just takes time analyzing all the samples. I want it to be perfect.

I will be out of town this week working on the yarn but I will try to get to my computer every so often to answer emails and questions.

Talk again soon.

Kim

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  • I had to ask Pat about the Dane!!! What a Mush he is!!! Ok..Some details please? How old is he? Currently I have a Great Dane who is my Service Dog, and tomorrow we are going to look at another one!!! Yeaaa for Danes!!!!

    Heather

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Sep 24, 2006

Contest to name our RUG YARN!

rugyarnsample.JPGWe are looking for a name for our new bulky rug yarn. And we thought it would be kind of fun to make a contest out of it.The yarn is mohair/wool and will be offered in beautiful fall colors.

If we choose your name idea, you will recieve 2 SKEINS OF THE NEW YARN, your choice of color.

Please put your name ideas in  “Comments”

It will be so interesting to see what you come up with. Good luck!

Thank you, Kim

43 Comments

  • I have a couple of ideas- “comfy”, “soft steps”, or “lush”.

  • “Touch of Autumn”

  • how about walking on airor simply soft for the new yarn

  • Here are a few names that come to mind:
    Cloud Walker
    Pillow Plush
    Magic Carpet
    Nature’s Paintbrush

  • These are my ideas:
    Wooly Bully
    Sensation
    Sensational
    Autumn’s Blessings
    Autumn Kisses
    Snuggles

  • MoWool Rug Yarn

  • How ’bout “Rugalicious”?

  • Here’s a few ideas:

    Whisper Step(s)
    Toasty Toes
    Harvest Time

    If anymore come to mind, I’ll post them later.

  • Okay, here’s a couple more:

    Autumn
    Autumn Leaves
    Leaves of Autumn
    Carpet of Leaves

  • This came to me over lunch:

    Autumn (or Fall) Splendor–This was my kid’s favorite
    Comfy Steps

  • here are a few;

    autumn soft
    wonderug
    rugtastic
    rugadellic
    ahhhhhh

  • Only a few more:

    Whisper Soft
    Autumn(or Fall) Delight
    Homestyle(s)
    Simple Things
    Home and Hearth

  • Or maybe “Hearth and Home” would flow better.

    Or maybe “HearthSong”(could be 1 or 2 words.)

  • Okay–the ideas keep coming:

    Favorite Things
    Simple Pleasures

  • My feet are tired, so how about:

    “hugs”

    You know, make your rugs from hugs.

  • I need a rug at my kitchen sink and since I hate doing the dishes, at least the rug, with this yarn, would make it much nicer.

    How about:

    Happy Feet?!

    Now, if I can only get someone to do my dishes for me!

  • Off the top of my head – how about…
    Luxurious
    Prairie
    Meadow
    Seasons (since you mentioned that they are fall colors will there be winter, spring, etc.?)
    If so you could expand on the Seasons thought:
    Foliage
    Harvest
    Or you could just name it – Kb

  • Boy, I like all those names that everyone has been suggesting. Your going to have a hard time picking out of those for sure.

    Here are some more to add to the group too. Heart Land Yarns ( I hope I am right and you guys are in the heart land if not then I’ll have to try again..) You know tho, Heart land yarns might sound alittle too much like that other yarn that’s out… So, maybe I’ll have to go back and rethink that one.

    I also like Cabin yarns (I think warm and in front of a fireplace.)
    I can’t believe it’s not butter!
    Victorian
    Chesapeake Bay
    Old Dominion
    Dogwood
    Blue Ridge
    colony yarns
    “Sic Semper Tyrannis” or Thus always to tyrants
    Confederate State yarn
    Stonewall (but that kind of sounds harsh.) I still like it.
    Devon or Patricia (tribes of Indian’s that lived in Virgina. I had to look back and see where you guys lived at.)
    Jillyanne (also used to be Virginia House of Burgesses.)

    but I have to be honest I think the one that Faith said ” Simple Pleasures ” might be my farvorite (if there isn’t a yarn called that I really do like that one.)

    Oh, I also like “American Revolution Yarn” because it’s a NEW American made yarn for rugs that we can use for looms.

    Whatever you pick I sure can’t wait to use it.

    Thanks,

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson

  • I can’t believe I forgot one that should be jumping right out in front of me…

    “Authenic Knitting board Yarn!”

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson

  • I bought a saddle seat cover made of Mohair once and I think of it as a “Guilty Pleasures” or maybe “Not so guilty” depending on how you look at it..

    Some other nice names might be
    “Replenishing steps”
    “Intuition”

  • Kim and Pat,

    Y’all are going to have your work cut out for you! These names are fantastic!

  • good name I think for the yarn would be RUGBEE

  • i left a post the other day and it has disappeared!!!!!! lol
    yarn=warm and soft
    rug reminds me of welcome
    how about ” warm welcome”

  • how about simply wonerful and soft

  • Wow–these are great names–I can’t wait to see what you choose. Here’s some more:

    Simplicity
    Relaxation
    Welcome Home(though, I like Cindy’s “Warm Welcome”, better.)
    Housewarmer

  • Tranquility–you know, that peacefulness at the end of a long day.

  • Okay–I’ll quit after this:)

    Woodland(s)
    Woodland Carpet

  • “Inspirations”

    isn’t bad either!

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson.

  • I just read all the wonderful suggested names that have been submitted and as I was reading them the vision of a pioneer woman sitting in a corner of a cabin at a loom popped into my mind.
    “Hearthside Corner” just followed. Images just develop from one idea to the next…..
    “Hearthside Warmth”,
    “Spun Comfort”,
    “Warm Comfort”

  • shimmer
    shimmering
    shimmertol
    clouds
    laine (french for yarn)
    rugged elegance
    sparkle

  • Okay–so I can’t quit–

    Homecoming–that wonderful feeling when you walk into a home filled with family and friends, and a loom knit rug, of course:)

    A note about the name, “Simple Pleasures”, that I posted above. I was telling my Dh that the name reminded me of the simple yet wonderful things in life, like sitting in front of the wood burning stove with a cup of hot chocolate and a beautifully wonderful soft rug at your feet. You know, those small things that bring joy to your life.

    I can’t wait to see what you pick. There are so many great ideas here, and it has been a lot of fun to think up names.

  • Really, I am running out of ideas, but this one came to me as I was reading a book about the Civil War.

    Shenandoah–this brings to mind the beauty and luxuriousness(did I spell that right? Is that even a word?),yet ruggedness, of the Shenandoah Valley right there in your home state of Virginia.

  • All gave such wonderful names. I could only think of one – “Anticipation” since that’s what we’re all eagerly doing.

  • Rastifarian came to mind – Looks just like dread locks.

  • Thought of another one today:

    Harvest Home

  • Don’t know if you’ve choosen yet but this one popped in my head today:

    Warmth–makes you think of yarn that is toasty, warm, and soft–the perfect yarn to walk over with bare feet.

  • I am so looking forward to the ability to make rugs that are durable and functional. I have been meaning to knit them for our home, but the thought of all that work and creating something that will not stand the test of time delayed my efforts. I will be on of the first to snatch a board and the rug yarn, no matter what you call it! Here are my thoughts for a possible name:
    Under Foot
    Grounded
    Lying Around
    Rug Be Mine
    Magic Carpet
    Aladdin’s Magic Carpet
    Aladdin
    Sweep Me Off My Feet
    Sweep Me On My Feet

    OK, back to my own knitting until the yarn is named, available and I can load up!

  • A couple more possibilities that I think has not been said for a rug yarn name:
    Barefoot
    Barefoot in the Park
    Barefoot in the Home

    I just have to keep trying!

  • Hug Your Feet…mmmmm….

  • Lots of good names. I would like to add mine to the bunch
    Wool-EZ
    Wool-aire
    Mo-soft
    Warm and Soft

  • I posted these above, in the post about the new stitches, but then thought that maybe I should have put them here.

    Home Sweet Home–my daughter’s idea
    Simply Home

  • It looks edible! I would call it: KNOODLE!

  • Hi to contest winners.
    We still have 3 contest winners that have not claimed their discount code. Please email to pat@knittingboard.com with request and it will be sent by reply email. Thanks, Pat

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Sep 18, 2006

Working on rugs

Many of you have been asking about our  plan for rugs. Yes, it is definately coming!  It takes a long time to develope a new yarn as we are finding out. We have finally recieved our sample from the manufacturer and it needs a little tweaking. But here’s a glimpse of the raw yarn. rugyarnsample.JPG

It is mohair and wool, bulky with a little shimmer, and  very sturdy for rugs. I  love the new colors – beautiful fall tones. We will be starting out with about 12 colors, initially showing the first 4 colors on the site HOPEFULLY by the end of the month. I can’t wait to see the final yarn.  As soon as we have it, we will immediately have it on the website.  Since we buy direct from manufacturer we will be able to offer great prices.

Here is a rug srugphotosm1.jpgtarted on the knitting board.

IT IS NOT THE RUG YARN, but   it gives you an idea of the look and thickness you can achieve.

4 Comments

  • I love the rugs!! The are just wonderful. I can’t wait to try the new yarn too.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson

  • Beautiful!!! You’ve inspired me!!! I am going to start a rug for in front of the fireplace in Autumn colors. Then make one for each season. Woo Hoo!!!
    Gotta go, gotta start right now!!!

  • Beautiful rug! I hope to try one! OH! and i love your blog please keep informing us!

  • Beautiful rug. I’m planning on making one as well. I had one question. If I used a worsted weight yarn, how many yards would it take to make the rug you’re making? What are the dimensions of the rug? Thanks!!

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Aug 29, 2006

Just in case you missed this!

C. Wurtenburger Dolly (and adorable daughter)

Cheryl Wurtenburger knit this little doll  for her daughter.   I think it’s really a great idea.  You can make  many different dolls and stuffed animals with just some imagination and little time.  Also, its such a great way to use up left over yarns.

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  • I just adore that doll (both the little girl and the little doll she is holding!) Great work.

  • Any chance of getting the patterns for the doll and the rugs? Oh, and the sweaters and the…oh, just start spitting out patterns in your sleep, please!

    Thanks,
    Jeanne

  • i just saw this doll and like it. the little girl looks very happy about her new toy. just curious do you have the pattern for this doll project and willig to share it? i am getting my first knitting board. teresa atwood

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Aug 28, 2006

Just had to share!

shade garden rhodo.bmp

 When I asked about shade plants, I really received some great ideas from many folks.   Here are some photos sent to us from Dora R Wilkerson.   Thanks to all for the imput.   I am going to have so much fun once the rain ever returns to our Virginia area.

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Aug 28, 2006

New Vest from Dora Renee Wilkerson

wilkerson child vest.jpgwilkerson child vest back.jpgvest by dora renee wilkerson1.bmp

Just wanted to share this vest from Dora.  Is this the same vest that your daughter is wearing?   Really cute.    Check it out from the back.

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  • Love the look of this vest top, I am just wondering if you have a free pattern for this particular top for the knitting board? Thank you in advance and very new to knitting all around. I do crochet alot, then asked Husband to buy me the 18″ knitting board and he did, love practicing on it. I am working on making something to wear and my 3 yr old daughter said to make her a top. Keep up the great web site.

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Aug 11, 2006

RUGS

  • rug1.JPGJust finished my first rug.   It’s about 26″ wide and 36″ long.   Really feels good on bare feet-Lion Brand wool Ease yarn, and some remmants of other yarns.   So, It was so much fun……I’ve decided to go into the rug business.   This has become such a  great project for me.   I think I’m going to decorate my house with unique rugs, wall hangings, placemats and so many other ideas.    I just need to find the  perfect  durable  yarns, colors and such.    The knitting board is perfect for this.   How else could you get the thickness with 2 sided effects?   Hand made rugs can be very expensive, but are so pretty coordinating with   a room’s decor.   Should I add fringe to this rug?   I was thinking of some Christmas designs for in front of the fireplace.   Matching throw pillows?   OK, as soon as I find the greatest yarn in the world for these fun projects,  I  will pass it on to everyone.

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  • I love your rug! Does it turn out thick enough that it would lay flat on carpet? How did you get that pattern with the white yarn?

  • Yes, It does stay flat on the carpet and on any surface. That’s the great thing about using a board for rug knitting. Because of the double knit it lays very flat. The white stripe is just one row of knitting.

  • Hi Pat!

    The rug looks wonderful!! Is this the one you were working on while at the Red Bud Festival with me? You certainly didn’t have much time to work on it there with everyone asking you questions, but that is a very good thing!

    I’ve set aside my looms for a little bit to make a cross stitch picture of my friends first baby. It’s coming along nicely, but for some reason, the colors look darker than what I think they should. I hope I don’t have to do it again, but for this friend, I most definitely will.

    Keep up the great work!

    Deb

  • Your rug is very, very nice! Can one of the knifty knitter long looms be used to create a rug and still have the thick, tight weave that you have in yours using a knitting board?

    Beautiful work!
    Patt

  • Thanks for the postins; the rugs look really good.
    Could you tell us the loom type and gauge please?

    thanks you,

    Jan from MA

  • I used the 28″ knitting board to make the rug. You can start with any color and then on the row where you want to change color just cut your yarn and tie in another color. It’s very EASY, no sewing involved. I am not too familiar with the knifty kniter. But to give it the nice thick tight stitch you need a knitting board where the needles are close together.

  • love the rugs going to have to try it am new to this loom knitting and man o man am I having fun with all the thing we can do on it, yes I made a lot of boo boo but live and learn right. lol, the sock and gloves I having problems with but im sure I can do it. went to looming because of my hands and couldn’t knit with them too good., my mom the same way so on the 7th when I go see her am going to give her a CRASH COURS on the loom and see if she like it , there no drought in my mind she will so today im buying her one too thank ladies love the site

  • I absolutely love it!

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Aug 7, 2006

Jupiter, our newest model

Jupiter just had her first photo shoot. She is  a 5 year old really cool GREAT DANE. She loves to wear knit creations and so far, she has had a lot of patience with wardrobe changes.

Jupiter wearing her favorite scarf. She’s waiting for me to knit her a cozy sweater to match.   I told her that there’s a lot of other good doggies out there that are waiting for a knitted sweater, too.   That’s something we’re working on.   She’s so patient-what a sweetie.

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Jupiter wearing a doggie cape.   Well, it’s not exactly a sweater, but she thinks she’s really styling.

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Jupiter dressed and ready for an outing.

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  • Do you have instructions for the great goncho sweater and the Newbury sweater. Good sweater patterns are difficult to find for the knitting board. Thanks

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Jul 18, 2006

We’re learning all the time.

Our site is so new, that I wonder what everyone is feeling about it.   We want to keep adding new stuff, but not sure if we are on the right track.   So, did you know that you can make comments on each entry-see the ‘comments’ box below the entry.   I would love to hear from some other knitters.   This is the time to really say ‘what you think’.   Ha, not often do you get to say exactly what you have on your mind.

Well, I have lots on my mind—I just finished developing the pattern for the Great Goncho Sweater.

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Also, I  re-wrote the Newbury sweater to be easier to follow-need some volunteers to test them out for us.

The next new items for patterns will be a button front vest, some great home decor items, and some men’s stuff.   What else-Oh the wooly jacket is in the works also.

Of course, my yard is also a big project that I’m currently working on.   Digging, hauling rock, seeding, and putting in some 6’x6′ timbers.   But I love to dig in the dirt and plant stuff.   Need some ideas for shady gardens other than Hostas. What would you plant?

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  • The sweater is beautiful!!! I haven’t made anything on my board yet, as the gauge seems a little loose even when I wrap fairly tightly using worsted weight yarn. I’m going to try and take out the spacer and just use washers and see if that will help.

  • Having lately become a fond fan of fresh, organic vegetables, I’d plant an edible garden!

    It will cost the same as planting flowers, but the wonderful benefit – fresh, organic, delicious herbs, veggies, and perhaps fruits – is IMHO many times more beneficial than any other use for the garden.

    Good luck, and love your website!

  • Try clematis, epimediums, heucheura, astillbe, oxalis, arum, solomon seal, jack-in-the-pulpit, columbine, bleeding heart…there are so many variations of hosta try this website: plantdelights.com…I volunteer there and they specialize in hostas.

    annuals = impatiens

    Enough?…not sure of my spelling…

  • i love that sweater!

  • Hi!

    I had a sneak preview of a knitting board last year and was really taken with the idea as it looked so easy (or at least a lot easier than knitting – I can crochet!).

    Am really excited about the prospect of being able to make menswear (being a bloke and all that!).

    Haven’t yet got round to buying a board but will definately be interested to see what you come up with in the mens range – it may just be the incentive to dig out the credit card and get knotted – I mean knitting! lol.

    Regards
    John (United Kingdom).

  • Hi I’m new into knitting but I love the sweter were can I get instruction of how to do it?

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Jul 7, 2006

Dora’s Warm Afghan

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This is an extra thick and warm Afghan by Dora Renee Wilkerson. It was knit on an “S” Loom which means it was done with 2 loops over 2   – or double thick. Dora says ” If I was to do it all over again, I’d do it 1 over 1 and 2 feet longer. I do like it, and boy, it’s warm! It will be great for those cold nights.”

Yarn used was Pebbles yarn, about 53 skeins. It looks like a great pattern for the 28″ knitting board.

Now Dora is working on some camp shorts for her son. He’s in the photo on the sofa.

Thanks for sharing. Now we’ll have to wait to see the shorts.

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Jun 19, 2006

Graduation

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This is graduation for 7 delighted inmates of the Ablemarle Regional Jail.   We spent 2 hours each week for 6 weeks in which time, each of these ladies learned to knit.   They are so proud of the adorable little premie hats and booties that were completed by each to be donated to the UVA hospital in Charlottesville, VA.

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These gals worked really hard and will continue by making some baby buntings to match the hat and bootie sets.   Each of these ladies feel that knitting is now a goal to continue once they return to their respective homes……soon, we all hope.   We wish them all the best.

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  • Hi, just wanted to share an update with everyone on our class at Albemarle Regiomal Jail.
    We have 8 ladies at this time and they have completed the second session of 6 week classes. They are such a delight to work with. Each one has completed a set of premie booties and hat-just so adorable. Now they are all working on the baby bunting with hood. I can’t believe how far they have all come in just 12 short weeks. But the greatest satisfaction is their pride in what they have done and the excitment they feel just knowing that their creations will be given to a tiny little infant, that they will never know or see.
    Next week, we will begin a class for each lady to make something that they can keep or give to family member as a gift. We have been so fortunate to have the local knit shops donate lots of great yarns.
    More photos will be coming of the buntings with hat and booties. Now, I hear, the men want their own class, so they also can be knitters.

  • I’m having a really bad morning and this post made me smile. Thanks. I think it’s wonderful that you did this.

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Jun 4, 2006

All patterns look special–just change the yarn.

What a Great first Project
Rebecca Thompson creation on the first project. As you can see the different yarns change the look of the project –  Just beautiful.

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  • I have been a knitter for 30 yrs and I just came across this kind of knitting and I am very impress on how fast you can knit with this. Right now I just started with the basic stitch but I really like the patter on the Baby Hat. I think it’ s call the english stitch . I can wait to have my book of instructions.

  • Hi Lyse, the pattern on the hat is Rib Stitch. It’s the vareigated yarn that creates the color changes. I have been a knitter for over 40 years and working with the knitting board now for about the last 8 years. I love both methods, but when you want the double knit, you can’t beat the knitting board. Hope its going good for you now. thanks, Pat

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Jun 4, 2006

Where is the Best Place to Knit??

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Anywhere!

Who said we have to knit in our rocking chairs?    How  cool for this knitting board knitter  relaxing on  a camping trip in Massachusetts!   “I just tossed it into my backpack and was able to really relax after a day of hiking”.

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  • Well for me I find anywhere is a great place for me to knit. Heck I knit at work, resteraunts, while my wife is driving. So for me it’s not so much the place, but the relaxation I feel from knitting that I enjoy.

  • My sofa, the balcony, my sister’s house, my office (during lunch, of course). People ask me questions about what it is that I’m doing. I’m glad to educate them that knitting doesn’t have to involve two long metal things.

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Jun 4, 2006

Festival at Brownstown, VA

We were invited to participate in the Redbud Festival with Debra Blankenship.   We had a great time!  It always helps to see it done and this type of festival is great for lots of demos.  Debra is queen of loom knitting and really did a great job with her demos and sharing her new hobby. Just look at all the looms she works on.   It was a cold and rainy day, so we had our table in a shelter, but our double knits brought some attention and kept us warm.    
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Jun 4, 2006

Everyone wants to try on the pretty yellow shawl.

George is there to help and loves the yellow shawl. Well, you can get a nice close up photo of the yellow shawl thanks to George. Check out all the different looms that Debra is working with. Debra says “I’m addicted to looming”. I think she’s right, but maybe, we all are.

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