I'm starting to get myself organised to knit River Run Pullover designed by Ron Schweitzer from the book Knitter's Stash. It is a Fair Isle using all nine natural, undyed shades of Shetland wool, and the colours range from white to brownish-black.
I'm really looking forward to this challenge as the last Fairisle I knitted was too small by the time I'd finished it, so I unpicked it and did it again in a larger size. It is still too tight around my somewhat fleshy middle, and will be given away to an anorexic when it is finished. Wish me luck ;-)
So, here I sit watching TV, IMing my sweetie with two projects on the futon next to me. I am working on the second of my first set of socks; there are some mistakes but I am proud of my effort (as is sweetie and moms; dad asked if I was sure they would fit) and I am sure that I will correct them next time around. I happen to like socks as a travel project because knitting in the round is good for me on the subway and Amtrack. I cannot knit and drive, the police get upset at that don't you know? but so long as I have time to sit and knit I find socks one of the most portable.
I am also working on a wine bottle cozy, loosely based on a Knitty.com design. What happened was I was interested in cabling and decided to make a cabled wine cozy; this is my current couch project.
I AM going to knit something big soon. I have been taken by the golf vest pattern in "Sweaters for Men" by Phelps and Hiatt. I am currently shopping for the correct yarn. But then I ran into a bit of a problem. Sweetie posted some pictures of what her sister was knitting, and I was quite taken by a cable hoodie pattern.
What to do? What to do?
So far I am going with a vest out of Ausi wool (a New York LYS "Seaport Yarns" has it at a good price and in many cool colors) in some form of tweedy green or maybe a nice wine color.
check out my blog --
and see what Gregg's sweater looks (looked) like - we're in the process of tearing it all out to start over (new pattern, old yarn)
it's all there for everyone to see - and laugh.
Also a photo of a new knitting guy recruit who I taught on Saturday with a friend -
and photos of yarn that is being added to my stash!
I am visiting my friend Jim in Walpole, NH, and it is snowy weather. His knee is hurting him (acl surgery scheduled for a fortnight from now) so we can't go for hikes in the woods...So, of course, I taught him how to knit, and he's taken to it like a pro: Got the basics in less than an hour, and thus far today he has knit 3 inches on a simple garter scarf (brown sheep worsted: 34 st on size 9's....could have done size 10's...my fault, scarf could have more drape) but it's all good and he's buzzing right along for such a curmudgeonly old woodchuck...
I whipped out a hat in Adirondec (sp?) organic cotton (not terrible to knit with for a cotton,) but as I was making it up as I went along, it is a little on the largish side. I will probably pull the whole thing out and start again: It took about 2 hours to do. No big deal... All is good: I return to Portland on Monday.... I miss my kids (horses) and the gardens, but it is nice to visit with my friend.
Hello Knitting Gentlemen,
I'm wondering which knitting or fiber magazines folks like and subscribe to? I finally got around to resubscribing to Interweave's Spin Off (after, oh, a good 10 year hiatus) mostly for the ads and resources.
What are your favorites?
Jonathan in DC
From another knitting group - in January of '06 (or so I recall;t may have been February) - I joined a "Knit your own adventure mystery pi shawl" (KYOAMPI) -- and *finally* got it blocked out this week and photographed.
attached are before and after shots of the shawl once off the needle.
there was a "garden" them on this shawl - you could pick various lace and mix and match -- I have a "flower lace" ; lace daffodils, bumblebee lace and leaf lace.
i am looking for home grown wool --- I recieved some as a gift this week and really liked the feel of the natural wool and was wondering if anyone could recommend a website that has home grown and spun wool --- Ifigure I can support the little people in this world too instead of the big corporate america.
Also, aas a side note if any of you men own a wool farm and need help this summer let me know (it would be great experience since I am going to school to get my veterinary technichian certification)
This is a detail of an alpaca laceweight scarf I'm knitting. The yarn is fom an Etsy shop, Pancake and Lulu, and is a beautifully soft multidyed green, Loden shade, which doesn't show up well in this pic, it is darker. The stitch is a vertical drop stitch from a Vogue book.
We've been getting quite a few new books in at mlys (still working there) and we split the new books among those that are working to read through and try them out for test run.
I've been wanting to design my own stuff and so I jumped at the chance to check this one out:
Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting Design: Working from a Master Pattern to Fashion Your Own Knits
Long title, but WOW, what a great book. It has sections on designing scarves, gloves, handwarmers, hats, bags, vests, sweaters...It also has great stitch pattern references and makes it easy to adapt your pattern to any yarn, any weight, any style.
I need to say this: ITS FREAKIN AWESOME.
Sorry...back under control now. Heading out on vacation for a few to enjoy the 19th anniversary of my 21st birthday (Friday the 13th). Take care all, and if you get a chance check out this book!
To sweetGeorgia Yarns? I'm looking for two hanks of their laceweight in the 'Coffee Bean' colourway. I can't seem to find anyone who has it online...