I picked up some sock yarn a couple weeks ago, looking forward to making my first pair of socks. I've been lusting after some Schoeller + Stahl Fortissima Colori, but decided to go with Lion Brand Magic Stripes for my first attempt. It took awhile to get started (my first time on 3 needles), but once I got going I really liked the colors and the pattern of the stripes. I decided it would make a great looking tie and ripped out my sock. Interweave had a couple good looking ties in their winter issue, but I also found a very simple pattern on (where else) the Lion website. I've been working on it for 2 nights now, and I've got about 5 inches of tie done....51 to go. I'm hoping to get it done before knit ties make a comeback and everybody is wearing one.
My first craft show experience has taken place - not a great deal of craft purchaser traffic, but I did sell some of my hats. The first ones to go were any hats made with yarn either spun or dyed by a friend of mine. Which was great to have happen.
Busy trying to reduce stash, using plenty of left over yarns to make hats - which I sometimes sell as I am wearing them and walking down the street. Good way to get pin $ (as Dame Maggie refers to film making). Working on some expamples for an improvisational hat class I am going to teach at my local yarn shoppe in early 2005.
If I can get through some of my older stash, I can then tackle the yarn I purchased from Art Fibers in SF last January. Bought enough alpaca/wool blend to make a sweater. What a fun place to visit. Every east coast knitter had emphasized to me not to miss it. Also enjoyed meeting Helen at Urban Knitter; and came across Imagiknits one night while stalking the wild aspargus. Picked up plenty of Lorna Laces sock yarn. Had to have the dyelot Mineshaft in homage to all the years I had lived in NYC.
Last night my world was rocked. Everything I knew about knitting changed. It's scary. I have real power.
Sure, one can knit and purl and change color, create paterns and stitch in different ways, but as my knitting guru Betsy taught me, you can travel through time.
I've made mistakes (in knitting, not just my life). We all have...
Getting excited about being in my first craft show this Monday, December 13th from 6pm to 9pm at Mugshots Coffee House. Planning on selling hats and scarves, so I have been knitting feverishly the past two weeks. Madame de Farge would be proud of me.
Haven't done this before, so I am working on my detachment skills so I can just accept whatever the end result is.
I still haven't photographed my first scarf project, but chances are I'll be wearing it if I ever meet you in the non-cyberworld.
Of course, I'm late to get to the next SF knitting night, so I'm just going to slam up some images of recent completions.
I was in such a hurry to start the mittenettes in the Weblinks section that I didn't notice I bought the wrong size dpn's at ImagiKnits.
No, Virginia, 7mm is not US size 7. Read labels more carefully.
In the past three days, I've knitted two scarves and one mittenette. I'll probably have the other mittenette finished by tomorrow night. I must say the winter weather hasn't been as unpleasant because of of this new form of crack I've found.
On Friday, hmalbert and I crossed paths directly in front of Imagiknit's door. It was such a surreal moment, like a lucid dream. I wasn't ready for the dream to end so I joined him and a friend for an afternoon of pedagogy and leftovers.
Saturday, I met a cool guy at Cafe Flore while knitting. He also knits, although he was making cards that day, and speaks Náhuatl. He had great energy! Lots of love...
Today, I have begun the unexpected. Much like the Donner Party, I'm unsure of the path and winter might set in before I'm done. Yes, that's right, I'm knitting in two colors!! I'm not really sure if I'm doing this the right way, but I'm going to forge ahead. Basically I finish a color, cut it off the ball leaving a 6" tail, and start with the next color. Repeat as needed. I'll then take a crochet hook and weave the loose ends in. Any thoughts on knitting in two colors would be appreciated!
Okay, so I'm new to the site, and as per Matthew's request, I thought I would introduce myself. The "J" is for John and I live in San Francisco. I just found a cool place in the Mission with two awesome housemates, who also knit. I've been living in Mexico for the last three years, so I'm excited to be back in The City.
I've been knitting for about 12 years, now. I taught myself to knit when I was stationed aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN 68). It was a unique environment in which to be a male knitter. Needless to say, I frequently knit in public and I've missed BART and MUNI stops on more than one occasion because I was absorbed in knitting or had to finish a row!
Your guage is wrong / You dropped a stitch / I can knit so well that you'll both be my bitch!
Gangsta Knitter is hella tight!
I bought some new yarn tonight with the intent to make something for myself. It's San Mateo from Needful Yarns in color 4179. It's a mixture of black, brown, and cobalt hues... really fuzzy and soooo soft! I've never worked with yarn like this before and it's very, very difficult to see the stitches - so much so, that I've stopped caring whether my rib is properly formed. Extreme knitting!
I need needles! I'm thinking of the Crystallites from Susan Bates because they're cheap and quite cute. I feel my artistic integrity is being oppressed by my lack of tools and accessories. Browsing through the bestselling knitting books at Amazon has been a lot of fun. It's great to read all of the customer reviews. As much as I'd love this set of rosewood needles and the Vogue Knitting Book, I love a trip to Mexico even more.