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A-designing we will go...

So with the upcoming inaugural issue of MenKnit, I decided to jump into the designing game. Strong masculine motif, designed for someone who's very proud of his ancestry. It was a stone bitch to design (and after SIX screwups, it finally works right), and hopefully, it'll be a strong enough submission to make it in. *sigh* Here's hoping. Wish me luck!

Teaching in Maine

Getting excited as I will be teaching my sideways scarf workshop in Maine this weekend to the Maine Spinners and Knitters guild. Lots of creative ideas and hanging out with some friends that I have made over the years in the world of fiber.

Getting to Boston first to join a friend who raises angora bunnies in his garage - and yes, he spins the fiber. Then we drive from there up to Sugarloaf in western Maine for the workshop. Another person will be teaching how to shape sweaters, and another person will to an intro to weaving.

MenKnit-Kalamazoo

MenKnit-Kalamazoo is going to get started in Sept in Kalamazoo, MI. I have found a yarn store that will welcome a bunch of guys who knit. I just need to get the word out. If interested email me at bhvvander@yahoo.com  for details such a date time, and place.We will probably meet once a month 6-8 PM on the 2nd Monday of the month. Barry

Three projects down, many more to go

I finished the black scarf for my soon-to-be-deployed friend, and I want to get it in the mail right away. But it occurs to me that I probably want to wash it & get it to soften up a bit. How to do this? I've heard several different things to use as far as soap goes: dishwashing liquid, "top of the lamb" (or something like that) wool soap, vinegar... Could someone out there give me a bit of advice on how to wash these items? I know I shouldn't toss it in the machine, agitate it too much, wring it, twist it, etc. But what do I use as far as soap? Also, how do I keep wool from shri

an arm-full

second sleevea very productive week, indeed. since my last post, I'm twenty rows shy of finishing the second sleeve.

now that I'm back into the swing of things, it's time to get a-designing. knitty.com's men's issue was a disappointment, as far as number of male designers. I know we're out there, but I recognize my own lack of a contribution.

I tip my hat off to those of you who submitted, whether or not you were published. thank you for representing our gender. I also tip my hat to those who've engaged knitty's editor.

Feather and Fan (or Old Shale) pattern

Have been experimenting with the feather and fan pattern to make some scarves.  First decided to use some of my Koigu stash and make a scarf using 5 of the skeins.  Out of the 50 gr skein I used 28 gr, comprising 25 repeats of the pattern (4 rows for each repeat).  Liked the look of  it quite a bit.  Could even use 3 full Koigu skeins and get a scarf almost the same length of 50 inches long.  Idea is to let colors flow into each other.  After using 2 1/2 skeins, I placed on holder and began using other 2 1/2 from the opposite direction.  When length the same, I grafted pieces together with kitchener stitch.

three months later...

my home-buying excuse for not knitting is wearing thin. I'm all moved in, the house is functional and the yarn's been stashed. it was high time that I start up again. and, yes, I was even dreaming about it.

I was antsy to buy a new book for inspiration (Teva Durham or Debbie New?), but I forced myself to consult one I already owned. I hadn't spent much time with it, so I decided to crack open Anna Zilboorg's Knitting for Anarachists.

I wasn't ready to start swatching out new designs, so I decided start sleeve2 of my aran sweater. there's so much to be learned from the classics. besides, inspiration always comes quickly when bored by tedium.

A vacation of knitting

Well, I'm back from vacation, and boy are my knitting needles tired! While gone, I did 1/2 of my hemp scarf for my soon-to-be-deployed friend, ripped up my alpaca scarf for my MIL, started and finished a scarf for my mom, and got my niece hooked on knitting. I also received an order from elann.com yarn, bought from a knit shop near my mom's place in Eugene, and learned to think about more than just "I want natural fibers" when picking out yarn. But to top it all off, I now have orders from people for scarves, Christmas present projects, and a lot of work ahead of me. How fun!

Rage against the machine...

Does anyone know how to translate a knitting machine pattern for hand-knitting?
I recently acquired some old knitting magazines from friends who are moving out of the country. In one of them, there is a lovely lace pattern I'd like to adapt to some shawls I'm planning.
Unfortunately, the pattern is written for a knitting machine. I just cannot fathom using a machine for such a hands-on craft as knitting... What next? Horseless carriages? Correspondances without the need for pen, ink and paper?