Monday, July 31, 2006

Administrative Shizzy

Hello, all.

I wanted to apologize for not being very fast responding to member emails -- I might still have some unanswered, but life has been busy lately (all the unpleasant details on my blog).

I just wanted to let you know that I will try to make things happen ASAP, but if I overlook anything please let me know! And, if you have finished a pair or pairs of Knucks, make sure there are the right number of *s next to your name in the sidebar. If there's a problem, let me know. Remember, my email is tksext01@louisville.edu.


Knitting love!!

Sunday, July 30, 2006

A little knucklet


Here's the first of my daughter's Knucks. This is Dreambaby DK (50% acrylic/50% nylon) knitted with size US4's. The hand is 5-years-old. :) I used the kid's size, and this just fits her. She really has to yank it on. And, in retrospect, I should've made the pinky finger one row shorter than the rest - I think that would've looked more in proportion with these little hands.

I don't know that I'll embroider these. I'll likely make her another pair with some thicker, nicer yarn, and maybe they'll have room to grow. These'll just be my practice Knucks. :)

Knitting Injury


Well, I have one knuck finished, but I have suffered a knitting releated injury. I've only been knitting since about April. Apparantly the way I have been holding my dpns has been putting pressure on my rotator cuff and it decided to start fighting back by sending pain into my upper left arm. So, I'm in physical therapy for at least the next two weeks to get things worked back out and no knitting in the meantime! I'm devasted but am learning how to spin on a top whorl spindle and picked up my cross-stitch again to keep me busy. I'll have to learn a new way to hold my dpns or learn how to do two circs instead to finish the second knuck! Here's a pic of the first one. I bond of a little too tight so it's kind of hard to get on and off but other than that it turned out ok.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

NEED YARN

No, really, I do! Everyone's knucks look so great, first I want this yarn, in this color, then I see another pair, another yarn, in another color, I can't make up my mind! Arrrg!

Maybe mine will say GRRR ARGH (If you ever watched Buffy or Angel, you may remember that from the very end of the end credits. Or maybe you had to be there, and be as silly as I am to remember. It always made me laugh.)

Well, I'm about to depart to NYC for a week (Aug. 1-10). If I can't find yarn there, God help me. Or maybe I'll actually finally card and spin up some of our llama fleece for this project when I get back, I'm just worried that my handspinning skills aren't yet up to a project like this.

btw, this is my first KAL too...
KRZY KTTN

Friday, July 28, 2006

Some more inspiration

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Knuck Knuck Knuck

Finally, I had time to take some pictures so here are my two "finished" knucks...I say "finished" because I am still working on the third...since the first one's thumb gusset is not identical to the second (a pattern misunderstanding of sorts the first time through...)

Anyway, without further ado...


I knitted with Rowan Felted Tweed in Treacle which I LOVED. And even though they look mismatched, they aren't. The right one's just been tried on a bit more and has stretched out a bit.

I plan to embroider them once I get the third one done - call me a perfectionist but that thumb gusset bugs me :)

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Hello everyone!

I've been knitting off and on for years, but this will be my first-ever knit-along. I stumbled across the pattern and it was so cute, and then I saw the designer and realized, "hey! I know her!" Pamela is in my babywearing group, you see.

Oh! So I'm Beth. Mom of two, and obsessive/compulsive project-starter. Figured it couldn't hurt to add one more. :)

I'm trying to come up with some sayings for my knucks. I'm thinking maybe "LIVE LIFE" with some cute embroidery on it - some sort of nature-y scene. I was hoping for a nice brown, but I didn't see any I liked in the Rowan felted tweed at the LYS. So I ended up with the purple. I could always make another pair if I find the brown.

I also got some yarn to make my 5-yr-old daughter some, and I'm trying to think of something cool to say on hers. All I've come up with is "PRIN CESS" but I'd really like to find something that conveys a strength of hers. I'm annoyed at the yarn store clerk for steering my daughter toward this ucky multi-pastel baby yarn, so now I'm stuck knitting it. lol So she might end up with two pairs too.

Since my husbands a geek, I was trying to think of stuff for geek knucks. I love the "OMG! WTF?" from the suggestion list. So I came up with "stfu n00b" or "rtfm n00b". But they don't really fit my husband's friendly personality. lol But some other geek might like them.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Finally CO

Hi all. I'm a little behind some of you b/c of my move but I finally CO and I finished the first little thumb thingy. I've started the pinky.

With two little ones, boxes to unpack and a third birthday party to plan and hold, I'm suprised I'm as far as I am. I may have one finished by Christmastime. I'm using the Rowan felted tweed in the purple shade -- the same as the "harm none" Knucks in the pattern. I may try embroidery on mine as well; I loved that pair.

Still haven't decided what my Knucks will say. I think they'll tell me :)

Cheers!

Second pair done!



Okay, so I finished another pair of knucks. They're really a pretty fun pattern, what can I say? These ones are a bad color for me, but they will look great on their intended recipient. A sad story, though, I tried to embroider retro blue and orange flowers with lazy daisy stitch, and it looked awful. So these knucks are plain. Failing at the embroidery almost broke my heart... At least DMC floss is cheap.

These are also made out of Elisabeth Lavold silky wool, just like my first pair.

I think I have two more pairs in the works; one for a friend, and finally one for me. After that, I'll probably be all knucked out.

Knucks Gallery

I've been MIA for a few days . . . my boy got his (our?) floors refinished, so I've been helping move furniture and get everything in line, and for some reason the air conditioning stopped working, so I spent Sunday night in a non-airconditioned, polyurathane scented house. All is well now, and I'm happy to see all of the Knucks progress! As you can imagine, I haven't been knitting much, but I do have one Knuck and three fingers complete -- pictures coming soon! (I posted one on PRKG's.) Everyone loves the Knucks, so I've gotten requests to knit three more pairs . . . one girl gave me some yarn and asked me to make Knucks out of 'em, and I definitely want more pairs for myself. If I just sat down and knit, they'd go pretty quickly but I keep having to stop and start.

Today I received an email from Knucks designer Pamela with a link to the Knucks Gallery on Pamela's website for her biz, Wooly Wonder. So, promote Pamela, surf over to her site, and submit your finished Knucks pictures.

Voila!

Here they are peeps! My first pair off Knucks all finished! I'm dead chuffed with them!^_^



We'll be going to the LYS soon to pick up some yarn for my fiances Knucks he's got it all planned out...he wants "In love and Death" written over the top of both hands and then "Used" on the right and left hand fingers ^_^ and then I've got some more requests to do aswell so I'll be busy!

anywho, what do you think?

Monday, July 24, 2006

Casting On!

Hi all!
I finally cast on this evening in the Bilberry Rowan Felted Tweed and I love how gorgeous this yarn is... I'm hoping to get all the knuck parts finished by tomorrow so I can join them together at the Mariners Stitch 'N' Pitch game! Since I have pretty chubby fingers I had to modify the pattern a little - I cast on the same number of stitches for my pinky and ring fingers, but my first two fingers ended up being the same as my thumb. I also figured out an easy way to "label" each knuck as I finish them - I've been putting knots in the waste yarn. For example 1 knot for the thumb, 3 knots for the middle finger, and 5 knots for the little one. Here's what I mean...
What have other people been doing?

Noro Knucks complete! edited w/ blocked pic!


Here we are!

We Goin' SizzLa!!!!



YAY! I know it took forever, but my first knuck is finished!!!

It was a little harder than i expected... Hopefully my joins will look better on the second one. I decided to modify the textured stitch for the edge, and just bind it off. It made the opening a little tight, but i don't mind if it's sorta snug. I'm going to cast on my second one tomarrow hopefully.

Everybody's KnuCkS look great!

One Down...Two To Go

Why two? Because once done with the first one, I fully realized what my issues were and they had a LOT to do with how I joined the thumb although it really didn't affect the fit...the join line was just more catty-corner than straight. Anywho...I started the next one, intent to follow the pattern and so far so good. Hopefully I can coax a third glove out of what's left of the Rowan Felted Tweed ball.

I got pretty much to the cuff yesterday (from finger join to cuff) and I think that's pretty cool in and of itself!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Done with the knitting part!

WOOHOO I've finally finished my knucks! well the knitting part anyway! I'm going to start the embroidery tonight...still thinking about what to put on them...either KNIT NERD, KNIT GEEK, ROCK GEEK or FELT THIS^_^
I've already got some requests for Knucks so these are deffinatly not my last! I have to say that I'm really proud of myself just for the fact that I actually managed to knit them without any problems...I had to figure out how to cast on with dpns in the beginning, but after that I was fine so YAY for me!

I can't wait till it cools down so I can actually wear them!

Knitting love,
Petra

working on the first one...

i started my first pair a week ago...it's mainly my portable, at-work project so the going is a little slow, but i'm almost done with the first glove. this picture is from a few days ago...



i'm using rowan felted tweed in phantom. this pair is for my boyfriend. he requested some gloves like this like, last winter, and when i saw the pattern i knew i had to make them for him. i don't know yet if they will have embroidery...only if he can think of something clever he wants on them.

i am just about to start the ribbing on the cuff for these, so the first will be done very soon!

and i'm already planning the second pair for myself...

Saturday, July 22, 2006

The knucks part is finished!

I've finished the actual knuckles part of my first pair of Knucks. Sorry my picture is so terrible - I only have a crappy webcam with which to take electronic pictures. Here are 8 little pieces of Knucks:



I think I've chosen a yarn that is too light. I bought yarn that called for 3.5mm needles when I think the trick was to use yarn that actually called for larger needles. Am I right? I'm quite sure this will result in Knucks that are too small for me, but I'm not too worried. I will be happy to give this pair away to friends.

Keep Knitting!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Have you listened to Brenda Dayne's podcast this week?



I hope you all listen to Cast-On.


Who wants to make some YARN SLUT Knucks for Brenda Dayne?

Noro Knuck


Been slowly working on this one. This is the Noro silk garden. I knit up the men's size and its a bit too large for my hand even! I have large hands and I'm unsure if I just wanna frog the whole thing or not...I mean, we need to be happy with our wares, right?
This silk garden looks really similar to the felted tweed.. Has anyone used both yarns to compare?

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Done purple, onto blue...

Here they are. I've been done for about a week, but haven't had a chance to post.


I like them. Too bad it's too warm to wear them right now...

First one is done!

ahh yes my first Knuck is done at last! I'm well pleased with it and can't wait to get started on my 2nd one so that I can finally embroider them and show them off! I'm so excited that I actually made a glove with dpns! WOOHOO I'm really inspired now to go and try more patterns because before I started this KAL I had never really tried a pattern from online ...I would just be sat there thinking ohhh that looks gorgeous I'd love to make that in that and that colour...but then I read the pattern and I'd get scared! but now I know I can do this I know I can go and try other patterns^_^ anyway here is my first Knuck!

what do you think?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

2nd pair done!


I'll start on my 3rd. w/Noro today.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Gnarly . . . the thumb and little finger.

I finally CO for my knucks at about 10 P.M. last night, and worked the thumb and the little finger. I would have made a lot more progress, but as I was transfering the little finger to waste yarn I dropped needle full of stitches (okay, so it was only 3). It woulda been okay except for when I was trying to pick them back up, my best friend took advantage of the fact that I had a bit of plumber butt and put a Sharpie down the back of my pants, which made me completely screw up the little finger so I had to re-knit it. I'm using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Robin's Egg Blue:


I've been on a huge pink and light blue kick lately; don't hate on the fact that those are baby colors.

My knucks are going to say ROCK on one hand and ROLL on the other . . . I think.

Knitting love, and all that progress looks great!

Holla Atcha Boy!!!

I get to start my knucks today! I was kinda stuck, because the needles I needed were in a pair of socks. I'm gonna cast on tonight when i get home from work. I'm using Rowan Cashsoft DK in Mist from the ol' stash. It's 57% extra fine merino, 33% microfiber and 10% cashmere. It's super duper soft :-) I originally bought it for some christmas gifts last year but it was a lil' too yummy to give up. Everyone's progress is amazing! They all look great!

Monday, July 17, 2006

I'm done!

I finished my Knucks! They went so fast, I knit them in two days! Sa-weet!! I love the way they turned out, also. You can read this post on my regular blog to get the story behind them.

Thanks for this awesome Knit-Along, too!

Thumbkind of Issues

Look, I am not the BEST knitter but I AM a diligent knitter. After a terrible start, I managed to figure out how to knit socks so I figured I could AT LEAST do as well with the Knucks. So...I ordered the Rowan Felted Tweed in Treacle for me and Bilberry for a pair for my friend...and I set off.

I had issues joining the fingers although once I started having issues with the thumb, I kind of understood what I needed to do with the fingers. What I DID worked and you can't see any difference...but the thumb, ah, the thumb...that I am not so sure of.

I knit it shut the first go round and had to deknit it loose again...and start over whereby I dropped MANY a stitch...I think I have those all back and accounted for. The second time through I think I figured it out AND figured out my finger issues as well but now I am KIND of worried about the gusset. I have never really USED stitch markers before...do I have these on the needle and just pass them along? If so...I am fairly sure they're in the right spot and if not, at least they're equidistant from one another so I think the gusset will come out even.

Any thumbly advice will be appreciated!!!

LOOK! I decided!


I decided what to write on my Knucks!!!!

LOOK 4LUV

It's kinda an inside joke between me and my Cousin, not only is it just cute. I'm knitting my Knucks in Cascade 220, and I embroidered on them with Cascade 220 as well. I just joined the fingers for the Left hand, and now I'm back to go work on it.

Happy Knuck'in!
-Kaity

Knuck # 1 Done!

I finished my first Knuck, and I'm really proud of the way it turned out. It's really nice, my stitches look nice and even and perfect and they look really professional, so I'm a Happy Camper!! They really arent BRIGHT red like the Picture, the color is off. The color is more of a dark red or Crimson. I still can't decided if I want mine to say anything. I'm thinking of just one little heart on my right middle finger (as a tribute to my favorite musician Billy Joe Armstrong, who has a real tattoo of a heart there). Hrm, I'll keep thinking.

Hello!


Hi, this is my first knitalong, and I've already jumped the gun. I'm using Jamieson's shetland wool DK in Rosewood, which is like a dark turquoise with gold/copper highlights. Basically, it's a different color every time I look (gaze?) at it. I have one glove knit but not tatted, and here it is, clawing at a box of cheez-its. Oh, and I am wearing pants in this picture.

Yippeee! I'm a Player!

I'm so thrilled to be here. I'm gathering my materials to head off into the camper with me so that I can work on my first pair while I'm camped at the county fair with my family. The kids have animals in 4H so we get to go live by the barns in order to take care of their steers. Now I have something fun and portable to take with me!

I have a pair of mittens I am entering in the fair, but those were knit from the cuff up...I've never done gloves. These will even feel as if I am knitting in reverse. I can hardly wait!

Annnnnnnnnd . . . GO!

It's official . . . the Knucks kicks off TODAY! I know many of you have already started, which is why the August 1 date was changed. You can begin on your Knucks any time you'd like :)

Here's a bit of a progress report:

KAL Members -- 19
Open Invites -- 9
Completed Knucks -- 3

Everyone, you rock.


Here's a question for you all -- what yarns are you using? I am going to create a sidebar of the yarns so those that don't have access to Rowan can see what else is out there.

KNIT AWAY . . . those Knucks are looking awesome!


Much love <3

I'm doing it!



well here it is my first Knucks progress post! After some wrestling with those dang DP needles I finally got a hand of it and I've nearly done with all the fingers...that might not be much to you who have worked with DP before but it's AWESOME to me and I was so excited I just had to post my early progress!^_^ and some pics of the wool so you can see the colour I'm using...I love it more and more everytime I'm working with it!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

embroidery help


I have a lesson on super-basic embroidery that you might want to take a look at. It's here. You'll need a password... Username: knucks. Password: sesame. Basic chain stitch embroidery is so simple, I know you can do it. On the knucks fingers, the key is tiny stitches.

I'll be around in case you have any questions. If you can't find me here, try my forums. There's a knucks subforum, and also a gallery for showing off.

And I'm here!

Thanks for the invite redo Tonya! I'm actually almost done my first pair, and wouldn't you know it? My fiance wants a pair for himself! Here are mine about a week ago:

I used Rowan Felted Tweed in Bilberry. Like in the pattern. I love the color, my picture doesn't do it justice. I love them, love them, love them.

Finished Knucks, and an intro!

Hello everyone!

Well, I've already finished a pair of knucks. I heard about this KAL because Pamela herself said I might be interested when I submitted my photos to her. So, here I am! These particular knucks have already been posted all over the internet and back, so I won't ramble on too much about them.



My fiance did not want embroidery.

They are done out of Elisabeth Lavold Silky Wool, and I have exactly two more colors of it in mind for friends (who will get some fancy pants embroidery). Maybe then a pair for myself? I have a feeling I will end up making no fewer than three pairs.

Happy knucking!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

My Finished Knucks

I finally finished my pair of Knucks this evening. They turned out very cute and I love them.

I used #US 4 double pointed needles, 1 skein of LB Wool Ease in Chocolate Brown and the medium size from the pattern. The embroidery part was done in a half-used skein of Caron Simply soft in Petal Pink.

"Knit Lani" is my blog name and I thought it would be cute to make some Knucks with my name on them. Ok, I admit that my embroider skills are not fabulous...I am relieved to be done with these. YAY! I will make a second pair soon.

Ok, it's getting late here. So, I say g'night to all...

Friday, July 14, 2006

Completed Knucks!



Yarn used: 100% baby alpaca handyed by Hillary of Dashing Dachs. :)

Thursday, July 13, 2006

My "Knit" Knuck

I have completed my first Knuck of the pair. I still have to make the second one, of course. I just wanted to share the progress. You will have to excuse my "not so great" embroidery there. It was a first try. I am sure it will look better with my second pair, down the road.

In case your wondering...my first pair of Knucks will say "KNIT LANI." It's my blog name. LOL! It seemed appropriate at the time.

I am using medium size, LB Wool Ease (color is chocolate brown) and # 4 dpn's for mine. It worked great. It fits and they will be quite warm in the winter months.

Ok, off to cast on for the second Knuck. Toodles and Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Posting Problems

Okay, a lot (well, some) people have experienced problems with posting. In one case, I just completely overlooked the email (sorry, Petra!). However, I just wanted to explain how the membership thing works for people that are having problems:

Step 1. You send me an email (tksext01@louisville.edu) with your name, e-mail address & a link to a blog. If I do not have your email address, I can't add you, so make sure to type it out in the body of the message, because sometimes it doesn't appear in the "from" line.

Step 2. I enter your name into blogthings, and you get an email inviting you to join the blog. If you follow the directions in the email, you should have no problems with posting.

Step 3. To post, go to your dashboard. Knucks KAL should appear under the blogs category. Then just create a new post :)

One person having difficulties has already confirmed the invitation, so I'm not sure why she can't post. Otherwise, if you still have trouble after accepting the invitation, let me know and I'll try my best to fix whatever the issue is. I want everyone to be able to post so we can get those Knucks updates!

Any blogger vetrans are free to add to this post.

KNIT LOVE<3

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Okay, I'm jealous -- CO date changed! & PRIZES :)

I'm begining to think a start date of August 1 is stupid . . . that's waaaaaaaay too long from now. So, the new CO date will be July 17 -- that's Monday. That gives everyone the weekend for buying yarn, which I desperately need to do. If I can find any of the Rowan Tweed, that's definitely what I want to knit with, but I may have to substitute.

As for prizes, there are going to be two offered, out of the goodness of my heart (and because these Knucks are so darn exciting. And DARN CUTE. I love how every eight-letter phrase becomes a potential Knucks message.) Since these knit up fast, I want to offer an award for the person that knits up the most Knucks between July 17 anddddddd . . . December 25. That way, any Knucks that are created for Christmas presents can be counted. To be in the running, post each finished pair of Knucks in a post with the title "Tawnyatay's 1st Knucks" or "Tawnyatay's 22nd Knucks" so it's easy to keep track of WHO has finished a pair and HOW MANY they have compeleted. Also on December 25 (actually, probably sometime thereafter), I will place the name of each person who has completed a pair of Knucks into a drawing so that everyone has a chance of being a lucky winner. The winners will receive something snazzy for their stash! If people are still knocking out Knucks at the end of December, I might have another drawing in March or something.

In the meantime, I love the progress that everyone has made so far. I plan to buy yarn on Saturday. I've actually never used dpns until yesterday -- I started on some socks, which I'll post on my blog. My theory is that Knucks have to be easier than socks, because you don't have to turn any heels, although the join could be interesting.

Thanks for posting, and let me know what you think about the new "guidelines."


KNIT LOVE!

oooh, i made it!

yay for starting this Kal, Tawnyatay!

i'm thinking MEOW MEOW or PURR PURR

heehee!

Monday, July 10, 2006

First Knucks Post

Hi everyone, I guess I will be the first one to share an entry on this cool knit-along. I snapped a "not so great" photo of my first knucks progress in the pair. I have never knit any glove-like items in my two and a half year knit-career. They always seemed fussy and made me a bit nervous. So, I am giving this a whirl.

So far, so good. The finger tubes were easy to make. I zoomed through that part of it within an hour. The problem I ran into was connecting the finger tubes on two needles. I almost had stitches slip off the one end, as I was trying to get stitches from the other end on the needle. It was a mess. I managed to get it though. I just wanted to give you all a heads up to be careful at that point of the pattern. I am working evenly on the 1.75 inches before the thumb attachment currently.

I will share more of my mishaps, or progress in a later entry. For now...I made it past the fingers. WHEW! I think I can breathe for a bit now.

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*Edit*

I have written an entry on my personal blog as to my end of the day progress on my first "knuck." You can catch it here. A photo included. I am sorry for cutting this short. I don't have the time, this evening, to type out the entry here. Toodles!

Members, members, everywhere!

I was out of town for the weekend, and when I came back to my computer there were 13 e-mails from people who wanna knit knucks! We're up to fifteen members in just a few days.

Remember the August 1 cast-on date, but again, it's cool if you start early, and post pictures of your progress so the rest of us see what we have to look forward to! Also, if you have any trouble with the invitation to join the blog, send me another e-mail or leave a comment.

Happy knitting.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Knucks Kickoff!

Okay, ladies . . . time to buy some yarn, bust out the double-pointed needles, and begin the Knucks KAL!

Official cast-on date will be (tenatively) August 1, but if you want to cheat and start early, I won't hate :) That gives us three weeks for members to sign up and yarn to be procured.

So how do you become a member? Easy. Just e-mail me at tksext01@louisville.edu and I will add you to the blog. Please include your name or screen name, your email address, and your blog so I can link it on the sidebar. You can also include ideas for 8-letter phrases to embroider on those knucks, like "Punk Girl" or whatever you choose.

The designer of Knucks, Pamela Grossman, is happy to support our KAL. She is going to promote our KAL on her forums and blog. She has already posted about our KAL on her blog, so we love Pamela!

Sign up so you can start posting about these lovely fingerless gloves.

Knit, love and rock & roll.
<3

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Knucks KAL . . . it starts!

You love to knit. I love to knit. Knitting gloves, however, can be a scary thing. That's why I bring to you, the KNUCKS KAL!

If you're interested, leave a comment! In the meantime, I will contact the creator of Knucks and ask her to be a part of our KAL, and try to snazz-up the blog.