Archive - Feb 2006

February 7th

WMarksII's picture

Is machine knitting cheating?

(No) E=mc2...No way, it's all good.
56% (82 votes)
(Yes) How could you call all that racket relaxing?
39% (58 votes)
(Maybe) I'm in the closet...Please don't tell my knitting club I own a machine.
5% (7 votes)
Total votes: 147

February 6th

WMarksII's picture

So...here we are.

This is bad... It's like when I got my first computer; I stayed up late every night surfing the internet, only to realize a couple of hours before I had to leave for work that I had to sleep. This time it's an Artisan 70D.

OH MAN, am I a knitting fool. Just for a test drive, I made a scarf for a friend at work. She thought it was way cool. My inbox is now an order taking center. Eight down, 5 to go. Not to mention the 4 my partner wants for people at work, the five my mother asked for and the ones my cousin wants to "sell" for me.

Pass the Starbucks...this is going to be a long week.

February 5th

drmel94's picture

Mmmmalabrigo!

On my way to my grandmother's yesterday, I stopped off at Shirley's Yarn & Gifts (Rte. 1 in Hancock, Maine, if you ever find yourself in the neighborhood) to see what they had on hand. They've got some really nice yarns and the staff are all very friendly, so I always enjoy visiting there. Anyway, just before I could ask, one of the staff pointed out to me that they had just gotten in some Malabrigo yarn, which I've been dreaming about for a while now and really obsessing on recently. If you haven't seen/touched it before, it's a wonderfully soft merino singles yarn, all handpainted. It's kind of like a yarn version of heroin - one touch and you're addicted. It's the kind of yarn that makes you want to strip down and jump naked into a giant vat of it...really! It's...well, you get the picture.

JPaul's picture

Knitting Groups-Suggestions, Opinions, Experiences, etc.

Location, location, location...one of our knitting groups folded after a few month, the other is still going strong.  I think there were several factors involved, but location was the biggest.

One was held in a well-lit cafe (there are extra lights that get turned on when the knitters are there) with two comfy couches and plenty of room to pull up additional chairs (different kinds of seating is a plus).  The cafe has a good menu with lots of choices (food and beverages, sandwiches, salads, coffee, wine, beer, etc).  Music, but not so loud that it makes conversation difficult.

February 4th

Weekly topic #8

Do you knit for the current season or for the season ahead?

kiwiknitter's picture

Another Funny Site

Here is an hilarious site about vintage knitting designs.  I laughed out loud!

yarnpants.blogspot.com/2004/11/museum-of-kitschy-stitches-vol-iii.html

Enjoy!

ChazH's picture

The Nonchalance of Knitting

Years ago when I was first learning to knit, I had a couple of friends who knew how and I was discussing my progress with them.  Over the course of the conversation, one of them happened to say, "Oh yes, and knitting is great because you can do so many other things while you're knitting."  To myself, I thought, "Uh, OK. Whatever you say."  But, I had to resist my desperate urge to wholeheartedly disagree.  Surely I listen to music or the radio or I listen to what's on TV with only the occasionaly quick glance up, but to what the hell else could she have possibly been referring? Reading? Sex? At this point, I guess I'll never know.

February 3rd

drmel94's picture

Finished!

A slow period at work gave me a chance to finish up the love blanket square. It turned out almost exactly the correct size, so blocking it should be a cinch. I should be able to get it washed, blocked and off in the mail Monday. I was also able to knit up a swatch of the new Silky Tweed yarn. I've attached photos of both.

After work, I'm planning on driving 3 1/2 hours to my grandmother's for her birthday. I'm thinking it won't be that fun a drive on little or no sleep, but it's my favorite place in the world. How could you not love a place that looks like this? Aside from that, there's a really nice little LYS on the way that I haven't visited since the summer. I only want to touch the yarn...no, really. :-)

technocowboy's picture

Atta girl, Franklin!

Someone on LiveJournal posted a link to The Panopticon today. It's fabulous. I giggled. It totally needed to be shared.

February 2nd

Bill's picture

iPod cord covers!

This is a fun idea!