My copy of "Finishing Techniques For Hand Knitting: Give Your Knitting that Professional Look" by Sharon Brant arrived today from amazon.com.
I think I was hooked by the title, thinking that this would be a book of "cold, hard knitting facts" (as my knitting buddy Azza says) but it's just another knitting book. It is filled with the basics and some patterns; end of the story. There is nothing new or exciting in this book. I wouldn't even recommend it as a learner's book as I've seen much better on the market.
The title is so misleading that I thought the cover must have been accidentally put over the wrong contents. If you are considering purchasing this book, save your money and don't! In my opinion, it is a complete disappointment. I won't even waste my time taking a photo of it and up-loading it here.
I am actually knitting a scarf on the round and I finished the Santa Hat that is in the picture. Have a Happy Holidat Season everyone, No matter what you celebrate!
Here are two scarves finished for Christmas gifts. I'm disappointed with the picture of the cable scarf. It is Malabrigo and such wonderful colors which worked so well with the cables. Red one is a soft wool from China. Red scarf took a long weekend start-to-finish--cable took what seemed an eternity. Happy holidays!
...finished my Kilt socks a week ago...and wore them last night to a big Christmas dinner. They're knitted of a double strand of merino wool...#5 & #6 needles....my own adaptation of a basic sock pattern...
...it took a while to get the stitch count so the cables wouldn't be too streched out at the calf...
..there are decreases at center back which make nice chevrons of the cables...
This is my second pair... knitted a pair for my son for last Christmas and liked them so much I did a pair for me... just started a grey alpaca pair for me, yesterday...they may not wear as well...but they feel great while knitting...
(this is copied from the new Lacis newsletter)
Now that lace knitting is coming into its own, American knitters are discovering a whole new world of lace knitting publications. Many are dismayed to find that some of the most beautiful patterns are written in German, Danish, Italian, Estonian and other non-English languages. Kaethe Kliot and her husband Jules were an important force in preserving many wonderful German patterns for kunststricken ("art knitting") and making them available to English-speaking knitters, and over the years and Lacis has become well known as a source for hard-to-find lace publications, as well as tiny needles and fine yarns and threads, so we at Lacis feel a special connection to this particular art form.
Now we are pleased to offer a wonderful resource for those who want to explore these patterns but have been impeded by the language barrier. The revised version of KNITTING LANGUAGES by Margaret Heathman is just the thing we all need. It gives bilingual lists of knitting and color terms that translate into U.S. English from Danish, British English, Estonian, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, and Swedish (as well as reverse lists that translate from U.S. English into those languages). In addition, there is a very helpful explanation of the various ways patterns are presented in various countries. Even though there's not a single pattern in it, this is the best addition to my lace knitting basket in a very long time.
Morning out there,
Our work has taken on a service project this year and we are working with the local senior center. Two employees each adopted a senior and we are going to visit today. I, of course, couldn't resist digging into my scarf stash and finding the right one to give a way.
So many options for charitable knitting.
Okay, that wasn't quite enough text. So, here goes.....
My dog knows who Santa Claus is. He's quite enamoured of the old guy, in fact. Starting about two weeks ago, whenever he hears "Santa's coming" said by the partner or I, he tears into the living room, slides to a halt in front of the fire place and sits under his stocking and stares up at it longingly.
When the stocking is taken down and presented to him, he shoves his head in looking for the goodies that he knows Santa has brought. When he finally realizes that Santa has not yet come, he gets his head out, sighs heavily and goes and pouts. It's hysterical.
Ironically, I do much the same thing in anticipation of Christmas, except I can't get my head down into my stocking....
I know there's no knitting content here, but again just trying to help with the picture moving thing.
Six years ago, my partner introduced me to his friends from Burlington,Ontario while we were on vacation in Flori-dah. Upon learning that I knit, they went nuts, telling me all about these "slipper socks" that grandma used to make for everyone in the whole family every year for Christmas and how she never wrote down the pattern and alzheimer's had caused her to forget how to make them.
Well, a year later they brought me a sad looking little slipper sock, hole in the heels and all, but still one of the last remaining survivors of grandma's handiwork and asked if I thought I could figure out how they were made. About a week later, I had worked it all out and ever since, the Canadians have to have their slipper socks every Christmas. So, that is what I have been working on for the past couple of weeks. Prior to that work kept me far too busy to knit anything for over a month.
I'm on my fourth of six pair. I also have to knit a skull cap for my niece's husband- out of camoflage yarn cause he's in the army. I'm working on the ones from the prior issue of knitty also in camoflage yarn. Might even make one for myself cause I think they are cool.
To make this post a little longer in and effort to help with the moving the huge pictures on down, Scott and I are leaving on a much deserved vacation on Monday. We're taking a cruise out of Tampa to Grand Caymen and Cozumel and returning on the 23rd. We've been to Cozumel before, but not to Grand Caymen so at least we get to go somewhere new. We're going with two friends who've never been on a cruise before.
I've been awful and selfish this year. I have only bought 2 gifts up to now.
I am learning to crochet and for the past week I have gone treble crazy. I have been crocheting a blanket for myself and I haven't knitted a single thing for a single person!
Although almost everything I have ever knitted has been for someone else I am still feeling the Catholic guilt. will I ever shake it off??? To get over this guilt I am going to carry on with the blanket!