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Posted: February 4th, 2006, 4:57 pm
by RobertG
ChipDoc wrote:It goes to the YourDomain.com site...
Looks like some sort of weird redirect. If you go to Kri's main page, there is a link to the knitting picture from there and the URL is the same as referenced!

Say, Kri, what are you knitting again? You aren't knitting a worm are you? :D

Seriously, it looks like an interesting pastime but too dangerous for me. I'd end up in the emergency room trying to explain how I got one of those big needles stuck in my eye! Guess I'll stick to mountain climbing. It's much safer! :lol:

Robert

Posted: February 5th, 2006, 3:12 am
by Izze
O.o Those are HUGE knitting needles!!! I've never seen any that long before. O.o

(Copy and paste the url to get it to work, for anyone who's getting re-directed to yourdomain.com. )

Posted: February 6th, 2006, 5:42 pm
by Gesine
Does everyone use long needles? I knit everything on round needles, whether it's knitted in the round or back and forth. The project is more portable that way, and one doesn't have that huge weight hanging down on one side... also, I hear that bamboo round needles have the best chances of being accepted on a plane.

I've abandoned my intarsia project for the time being... need something simpler right now, with my new philosophy course starting and the walls being torn out of the house and all that...

So I've looked at the leftover and never started wool stash and have decided to make a stripy cotton jumper (sweater, pullover) for my younger niece, who is about the same size as I and wears the same colours. I'm going to have a first attempt at a top-down raglan design - not sure if I have enough wool for long sleeves, so that seems ideal. And I love the idea of seamless knitting that one can try on as one goes along... Have finished swatch and will wash it tomorrow.

Posted: February 6th, 2006, 5:53 pm
by kri
RobertG wrote:
Say, Kri, what are you knitting again? You aren't knitting a worm are you? :D
Well...It was going to be a scarf but, since I guessed on the length (with no prior knowledge whatsoever) I think it's going to be....too wide. I can't tell yet as I'm unable to stretch it out all the way on the needles, but it seems as if it'll be a similar width as I've seen those things called caplets. It could be a hooded scarf...
Izze wrote:O.o Those are HUGE knitting needles!!! I've never seen any that long before. O.o
Gesine wrote:Does everyone use long needles?
Well...I'm borrowing from a friend so I don't really know what I'd use. The round needles seem interesting, and when I get money I may try one out.

You're right though, the needles are 14" long, which does seem...long...

I must say though, I've gotten quite a bit of progress over the past two days.

Posted: February 6th, 2006, 6:09 pm
by thistlechick
I work mostly on circular or double pointed needles ... I don't buy straight needles anymore because they aren't very versatile.... I prefer using steel or plastic but Ray prefers bamboo or wood.

Posted: February 6th, 2006, 6:25 pm
by kayray
For less than $100 you can buy a Boye Needlemaster kit, with interchangeable points of various sizes (2 to 15) and cables to string them together. I've have mine for about 15 years and it's invaluable.

http://www.nakedsheep.com/boyneedknitn.html

Super-fantastic.

(You might not realize it, but you can knit flat things like scaves and shawls on "circular" needles and it's a bit easier because the weight of the project rests in your lap instead of out at the end of a long needle somewhere.)

kara

Posted: February 6th, 2006, 6:26 pm
by thistlechick
The Denise needles are also a very popular interchangable set: http://www.knitdenise.com/

Posted: February 6th, 2006, 6:29 pm
by kayray
I've heard _very_ good things about the Denise set and considered buying one -- but I've also heard that they're somewhat flexible, and I prefer a rigid needle (aluminum, like the Boye ones, or wooden like my favorite double-pointed sock needles).

Posted: February 6th, 2006, 6:46 pm
by Alys
It's not really knitting, but since other people have been talking about crochet, I guess this is a general interlaced yarn art thread?

Anyway, I'm slooooowly recovering from the flu, and can't record anything, so I'm teaching myself nalbinding. It's the pre-knitting technique someone was talking about a few days ago. Structurally it's nothing like knitting at all, but it can look like it to someone who doesn't know the difference, and is very useful for making mittens and socks!

I'm using some purply (the label says sapphire, but I think it's purple) wool/mohair blend wool that I got for Christmas, along with the book on how to do the nalbinding.

Posted: February 6th, 2006, 6:53 pm
by thistlechick
Nalbinding is amazing! .... but don't try to talk about it with Hugh; he'll get upset about losing his hat made in this manner (go see the pic of him wearing it on the Librivox Frapper page)

Posted: February 6th, 2006, 7:24 pm
by Alys
I did look at the picture, it does look nicely made! I think I'm going to be awhile before I have anything in a category other than "functional". :) Do you know where he got it in the first place? Nalbinding isn't all that common (not like knitting is, anyway.)

Posted: February 6th, 2006, 7:52 pm
by thistlechick
Yes, he said he got it at L'anse aux Medows, which is where they have found Norse remains in Newfoundland ... Nalbinding is an ancient technique of the Norse peoples... needle weaving is a better description as it's not at all like knitting or crochet... here are a couple of online resources for people not familiar with it:

http://www.stringpage.com/naal/naal.html
http://www.mielkesfarm.com/naalbind.htm (many links at the bottom of this page)

Posted: February 6th, 2006, 7:58 pm
by kri
thistlechick wrote:Yes, he said he got it at L'anse aux Medows, which is where they have found Norse remains in Newfoundland ... Nalbinding is an ancient technique of the Norse peoples... needle weaving is a better description as it's not at all like knitting or crochet... here are a couple of online resources for people not familiar with it:

http://www.stringpage.com/naal/naal.html
http://www.mielkesfarm.com/naalbind.htm (many links at the bottom of this page)
That is so incredibly cool!!

Posted: February 7th, 2006, 8:06 am
by RobertG
thistlechick wrote:Nalbinding is an ancient technique of the Norse peoples...
Just what I need- another hobby! As a climber (and a former Navy man), I have always found fancy ropework to be interesting. I am pretty skilled with rope but not yarns. However, the naalbinding seems very interesting.

I've bookmarked those links you put up, Betsie, for future reference. Maybe I can make a hat or mittens!

Thanks!

Posted: February 7th, 2006, 8:29 am
by thistlechick
RobertG wrote: I've bookmarked those links you put up, Betsie, for future reference. Maybe I can make a hat or mittens!
We want pics if you do ;)