Well, I just checked and I've been a member of this site for 35 weeks now, and haven't introduced myself or posted anything.

So maybe it's about time. I've been knitting on and of (and on and off and on and off) for something like 35 or 40 years. Mostly on during those times I've quit smoking and needed something to keep my hands busy.

I'm self-taught, like I'm sure a lot of us are. I started small with mittens and booties (my sister seemed always to be pregnant at that time), and eventually worked my way up to bigger pieces. I remember my first sweater: it was a "Great Gatsby" inspired cardigan. At the time, I pretty much disregarded any of the instructions or things like "checking the gauge", and the piece was much less than a wearable masterpiece.

However, once I started taking the art more seriously, I produced a lot of different pieces, some of which I managed to make on consignment for a little knit shop north of Chicago. Most of my others turned out to be gifts for friends and relatives. I never made many sweaters for myself. In fact, I have only two: a fisherman sweater in a sort of hunter green heather/tweed; a reindeer sweater from a pattern I found in a German knitting magazine.

Now, though, I tend to knit and design much larger pieces. Lately I've been doing blankets and throws to commemorate all the dogs and cats I've known and loved (and really miss, now) throughout my life. I'd like to figure out a way to market them.

I really miss the social aspect of knitting. Just hanging around a shop, even if I was that anomaly of the only male knitter in the bunch. It's nice to know there are so many of us out there.

Well, that's about it. I'm going to post a few pics of some of my recent larger works.

Would enjoy hearing from any of you.


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MMario's picture

Are those your own designs? If so, I suspect you could market the graphs either individually or as a collection. Beautiful!

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chipsir's picture

Firstly welcome to the blog board, nice to hear from you after 35 weeks. I love the blankets and I agree with MMario very marketable. Seeing you sitting beside the blanket certainly gives one a perspective of how large the piece is. Again welcome and lets hear and see more from you.

Thinman's picture

Both blankets are gorgeous! I especially like the cat one. They look very marketable to me.

davidUK's picture

A warm welcome!

Great blankets

albert's picture

Wow! Beautiful work! Are these combinations of intarsia and stranded? What size needles do you work with, and what are the yarns?

WOW. What a wonderful way to remember your pets. I agree with MMario that the graphs would be marketable. I know I would purchase the cat graphs.

Knittingviking's picture

a warm welcome from london!

gardenguy42's picture

I absolutely love your blankets! Welcome!

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi

jessemkahn's picture

beautiful. and such a wonderful way to keep thinking about the lovely furry ones who have been in our lives.

ronhuber's picture

Beautiful work and lovely designs. I, too, am interested in knowing more about your techniques.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice designs. There is a market for animal designs so I hope you can eventually sell the graphs. Good to hear from you and welcome to the group. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.