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May 25, 2019 08:04:54   #
Hello, Tom! Your site is wonderful and your spirit even better. So on the right, top, under leaflets..."hand out" as a noun should be "handout". Under "basic knitting projects" on the right, "now that you have learned some of the basic" should be "basics". Under "knitting rx", I'd suggest not using the fragment/heading "Fixing Knitting Mistakes" within the description as is; be consistent, the rest of your descriptions do not begin with a heading~like fragment, they start with a sentence that might begin with "Learn how..." or "Now that you...". So even if you just added a few words and made it something like "Need help fixing knitting mistakes?" or "Fixing knitting mistakes is the mark of an experienced knitter." or "Learning to fix knitting mistakes is part of the process" or something similar. At the bottom of that section, "while these tutorials are a good place to start nothing" should have a comma after "start" before "nothing", this is because the first part of the sentence here is a qualifier for the main sentence, so it is conditional and should read "while these tutorials are a good place to start, nothing". Similarly, under knitting abbreviations, it should read "not only will you find..., but" {commas often delineate one thought shifting to another, so usually there is a comma before the word "but"}. In that same description, you've misspelled "demonstrations" {you've forgotten the N in demoNstrations}. Under knitting pattern links, it should be "countless". At the bottom of that section, we share our "knowledge" {not "knoledge"}. In the next section, instead of "these tutorials with", I think you mean that they "will". In my opinion, under "lace knitting", there is a sentence that reads a bit awkwardly. The meaning is conveyed, but not quite as smoothly and clearly as the other descriptions you have created. Perhaps you can reword that one sentence and allow it to flow more easily for the reader. Under cables, "ever" should be "every". I didn't check the links to be sure they led to where you wanted to go, but focused on the text you've provided. Tom, I'm impressed; you did a great a job here and all mistakes are easily remedied. I think I may have repeated some of the earlier suggestions others have made. Great job, kudos to you!
 
May 16, 2019 12:10:03   #
There are over five hundred free knitting patterns for adult cardigans with cables on ravelry {https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#craft=knitting&availability=free&photo=yes&pc=cardigan&fit=adult&pa=cables&sort=date&view=captioned_thumbs}

here are two that seem sort of similar to what the baby pattern shows:
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#craft=knitting&availability=free&photo=yes&pc=cardigan&fit=adult&pa=cables&sort=date&view=captioned_thumbs
or can be found here: https://www.yarnspirations.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-master-catalog-spinrite/default/dw0021fa03/PDF/PAK0129-012763M.pdf

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-new-design-in-cable-stitch is this http://media.vam.ac.uk/media/documents/legacy_documents/file_upload/13097_file.pdf
May 16, 2019 00:30:22   #
I had an overactive thyroid and my doctor grew very concerned about my heart because I didn't respond to the radiation medication {I'd report to the hospital, they would remove the pills from a lead lined metal canister, etc.} and so I opted for a subtotal thyroidectomy. The surgeon meant to remove about an eighth of it, a sliver that he felt was responsible. But when he got in there, he discovered that much more of my thyroid was affected and so he removed all but a tiny sliver. It worked well for about three or four years, just that sliver was enough. Eventually tho, I did go on synthroid/levoxyl. If the dosage is correct, you won't be feeling sluggish. I do wish that someone would have worked with me to prepare me for lifestyle changes regarding food and portion size and eating. Even at thirty years of age, I ate about five full meals a day, my metabolism was thru the roof. But after the surgery, the food cravings stayed the same but I could no longer process things at the same rate, so I did gain an incredible amount of weight within a short period of time. I'll be fifty next year, the picture you see of me in my avatar is one year old, so yes, that is me in my late forties. I do currently weigh more than I'd like, but I'm actually very healthy physically, and my heart is now in excellent shape. So you do what you think is best for you, there are other options to synthroid/levoxyl, including various sources with a heavier emphasis on T3, whereas synthroid is more focused on T4. Make an educated decision, read up on as much research as you can.
May 15, 2019 08:45:56   #
Hello, welcome, and congrats! I too learned to crochet first and then knit much much later. I'm self taught and learned lots by experimenting with the needles and yarn, how to hold the tension, how to hold the needles, etc. before I tried making anything in particular. I'm right handed, so when I crochet, I hold the hook with my right hand and maintain yarn tension with my left, so that is how I hold my yarn for knitting as well {that's called many things, including continental}. Because I scoop the yarn rather than wrap it, my stitches sit on the needle either way, with either the back leg forward or the front leg forward {this is called many things, including combination}. I took the time to figure out what happens if you loop the yarn thru this side of the stitch or that side of the stitch and what the end result is; doing that really helped me to understand how it all comes together and it also led to lots more enjoyment later and lots less frustration in the long run. Sometimes you will hear "continental combination" referred to as "eastern continental". There are so many styles of knitting, so many ways to maintain yarn tension, etc. Find what YOU feel most comfortable doing, and after you learn the basics and gain confidence, then perhaps try other methods to see what happens. Some styles work better than others for certain folks and for others, those same styles are painful. So take your time and do what feels right for you, there really is not a wrong way to knit. OH, and go slow and relax, it will help your knitting stay looser so that you are not tensely fighting to stab the needle into a tight stitch and then getting more frustrated and in more pain. Good luck and have fun with it!
May 15, 2019 08:29:06   #
I agree with all the above comments, take your time, focus on learning just one or two aspects rather than all of it at once, try different things like how to hold the needles and yarn before trying to master it all, watch videos if you are a visual learning, find someone in your area to chat and learn with in person if you learn better that way, etc.

Do you already crochet? If so, how do you hold your yarn to maintain tension? You can use that skill that you already know {if you already crochet} and adapt your knitting style to fit that, if you are very comfortable with it and then learn other styles later when you have the basics down. Play with the yarn and learn the anatomy of the stitch, how the yarn loops thru, so that if you loop it thru this way, the resulting stitch and fabric look this way, but if you loop it thru that way then things look different; when you do this, it will make more and more sense to you and then you can create the desired look of the fabric you want, however it is that feels the most comfortable for you. Go slowly and experiment to see what works for you. Keep in mind that all skills are learned and that learning is a process, so don't pressure yourself to do it all or perfectly right from the beginning. Your work might not look like lots of the pix posted, but keep in mind that most post pix of their work that they feel are very good, and they have been doing it for a longer time than you, so have been doing this with much more practice...trust me, you don't get to see all the flubs, mistakes, horrors that even the most experienced knitters produce from time to time. Be kind and gentle with yourself, you will have more fun if you take your time and less frustration. have a wonderful wednesday
May 13, 2019 13:10:01   #
St st means stockinette stitch, as you are knitting in the round, that is what the resultant fabric would be. So when you are doing your gauge sample, you will want to do knits and purls so that you can achieve the flat stockinette stitch. Garter will result in a different gauge than stockinette, to see this for yourself, do a sample of 20 stitches by 20 rows in each, then compare. You will find that your stockinette sample is larger than your garter sample. Once you are aware of that, you can feel more confident about creating the fabrics you desire for the projects you are doing.
 
May 11, 2019 21:26:52   #
rahi wrote:
Could you please give me details of the knitting cruise that you did? Thank you.


yes, sure! So CraftCruises.com has been organizing cruises for twenty years now and they are amazing. I had been visiting their website over the years and keeping an eye on the upcoming cruises they were offering. Melissa Gower is the travel agent and she's a really good relationship with Holland America, so this particular cruise our group had really great tables for dining and the gala dinners, our tables were the ones against the windows overlooking the very back of the ship {aft}, so we were able to see the most amazing sunsets during dinner. Melissa is able to offer a wide range of cabins, based on what your preferences are, and walked me thru the entire process, explaining everything to me. The actual ship we were on, the Eurodam, was renovated with the 55+ crowd in mind, so the layout was great, with lots of accommodations for anyone with mobility issues and food preferences and so forth.

Because I had never cruised before, I wasn't sure how I was going to do with my balance and so forth; so Melissa suggested a cabin near the back of the ship, on the main deck, for stability. We had an unobstructed view of the ocean. Melissa can also arrange for trip insurance, your flight arrangements both to and from the ship, and any hotel stays that you might opt for. The day before the ship departed, all fifty of us met at a popup yarn show that she had arranged for us in the hotel. Then that evening, she had arranged for us to be shuttled to a local yarn shop for an open house that was just for us. The next day, after we had a muster drill on the ship, we all met for a special evening in one of the specialty restaurants. Most of the days at sea, we had classes from 9a to noon. She had arranged for several special excursions at a few different ports of call. I would encourage you to visit her website and check out what cruises are being offered, to find something that fits you just right.

Most folks that I met, I asked them two or three questions. First off, everyone that I spoke with, this was their nth number cruise. Most of these folks were retired and had more time and more disposable income and so quite a few had been on many cruises with various cruise lines and in different locations. EVERYONE except two people that I spoke with said that they preferred Holland America to other cruise lines and would definitely choose to cruise with them again. This ship was perfect for me, had a great track record, and the staff is amazing.

Sally Melville was our instructor that we booked with CraftCruises, for our group specifically. Very few of us knew each other prior to the cruise. My husband and I went, but some of the women came alone and then maybe shared a cabin with someone that was also booking with Melissa, some paid extra for their own single cabin, and some brought their sisters or friends who also knit. A few of us took every single class and a few of us didn't go to any of the classes. Sally focused on fit and flatter, drafting a sweater or top that is tailored to your specific tastes and measurements. We had women of all ages and at all levels of experience. Each cruise tho, has it's own focus and own instructor...the craft cruises website is easy to navigate and you can find out all kinds of info there. Then too, on Ravelry, there is a special forum that addresses cruises with craftcruises and then she starts a thread for each upcoming cruise so there are things that are particular to that cruise and also tips and advice in general for cruises. Plus, Melissa is great at organizing stuff and answering any questions you might have. And she picks great group leaders to go on each cruise and work with that group. Check them out and see what you think.

If you have specific questions to ask me, please do, I didn't know what sort of info you might want.
May 11, 2019 20:14:43   #
It is entirely appropriate for your son and his wife to be feeling a wide range of emotions right now, so please be gentle and point that out to them because so many of us don't allow ourselves to feel any discomfort and sometimes it's completely understandable to be sad, mad, frustrated, helpless, bewilderment, etc. Hopefully they have access to a support group for parents who foster/adopt &/or for those who are caregivers for someone who is mentally ill. It's important to realize that you cannot fix all problems, not as a parent, not as a spouse, not as a caregiver, not as an adult child. This is a complex issue that has residual effects that your son and his wife may need to address before deciding whether they want to continue to either foster or adopt. Most any child who is in the system will have some sorts of issues, because they have been thru some pretty serious problems, whether it is their home life to start or the continuing conditions of the system itself. Even your healthiest, most stable child will most likely need help in adjusting to their new situations and learning how to reframe whatever it is that led to their current situation. Many children internalize, thinking they are to blame for everything that has gone wrong ever in their lives and can take that to one extreme or the other, either trying to be so perfect that they will always fail because no one is perfect or acting out in anger and fear. There are some great kids that need good homes, yes, but the parents and loved ones need to understand that there is emotional, financial, mental, etc wear and tear that has already occurred that they will be dealing with any and all consequences from before they were even in this child's life. Being involved with a good support group that can provide educational support can really be a lifesaver and allows the parent to be the best they can be at any given time, rather than burning out even in the best case scenario.
May 11, 2019 19:42:01   #
I learned to crochet as a child; about thirty years later, I taught myself to knit. Since I was a long time crochet'r and I am right handed, I still maintain the yarn tension for knitting the way that I do for crochet: with my left hand. Because I am self taught and played with yarn and needles extensively, finding what worked best for me, I knit with the stitch sitting either way on the needle. So I'm a continental combination knitter, tho I recently learned that sometimes this is referred to as "eastern continental" and I've actually only met one other person who knits this way...she's an elderly lady whom I met recently and she's been knitting since she learned as a child, during WWII.
May 11, 2019 19:33:48   #
Last month I returned from my first ever cruise, 28 days with a knitting group, Sally Melville was our instructor. The trip was planned last year for this year and it wasn't til about two weeks out from it that I actually realized it was really going to happen because it seemed so surreal. We went with Holland America, thru the South Pacific. I really enjoyed it! This autumn, my husband and I will have been wed for ten years, so we are celebrating all year in various ways. Have fun with your cruise!!
May 11, 2019 19:15:23   #
sahWEET indeed! good on you, dude, good on ya
 
May 7, 2019 10:42:57   #
"wl.fwd" in the vintage lace patterns refers to "wool forward", as the English tend to refer to various yarn {regardless of its content} as "wool". I googled it to be sure that my assumption was correct so that I wouldn't mislead you. The vintage lace patterns may seem a bit overwhelming, so read it thru and see if you understand it, visualizing it as you are reading. You might want to break it down into more fully written instructions, or enlarge a copy with more space between the steps and a larger font so you don't feel so cramped and stressed. Also, sometimes there are clearer patterns with graphs, illustrations, etc of various steps, such as assembly of the medallions or a close up of the motif~~it may be the same actual design but presented differently, in a way that appeals more. I thought of that when I saw the leaf design because I've made that using a much more simple pattern that was updated to include terms that I was already familiar with and didn't need to decode. Learning a new pattern can be challenging enough without adding complex or antiquated terms that feel uncomfortable because they are unfamiliar. On the other hand, sometimes I like that challenge and it immerses me into the imagined time period and such; however you were asking for advice on how to tackle this and so here are some suggestions. These are beautiful patterns and I'm sure that your lace will be just as beautiful. Please share your progress with pix and enjoy your new knitting! I'm interested in your yarn choice and colors and so forth!
Apr 7, 2018 17:51:13   #
folllowed a few links and found it here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/96386097/pdf-pattern-amazing-star-afghans-4?ref=shop_home_feat_1
Feb 16, 2017 14:18:00   #
yup! and the table holds the weight of the work, meaning that I can continue to work with mohair in May in Mississippi.
Feb 16, 2017 09:50:35   #
I have two large rectangular dining room tables in my living space. I spread my work there. I line the skeins up above my work. then when that row is thru, i do NOT flip the work or turn it over or tangle the yarn in that movement. I move to the other side of the table, move the skeins straight across the table, and work the next row, then move to the other side of hte table and continue. This means that I am not tossing around yarn and project.

My daughter in law uses a card table, it's moveable and that way she can pick it up and rotate the entire table rather than move and tangle the work and working yarn.
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