Archive - 2005 - Blog entry

August 7th

Darrel's picture

Desert Babies

I'm surrounded by pregnant women and have way too much time on my hands, so time to get some needles and yarn in them!

There isn't much selection at the stores I've been to, although I haven't checked the Wal-Mart. I checked the yellow pages and there's a fabric store downtown that claims to sell yarn, as well, but who knows what makes it over the Mexican border. We shall see!

Regarding those pregnant women, I want to knit up some little blankets or car-seat throws. In the summer, it's regularly in the upper 90's to low 100's, but in the winter it can get down to the 30s. Since it's summer now and the little ones are coming soon, I want to knit up a summer-weight baby throw. Can anyone suggest a suitable fiber for desert heat that won't induce heat exhaustion?

I was thinking a mercerized cotton, but there must be something a little more creative. I envision them opening the box and thinking I made them an oversized dishrag, but I suppose that could be averted by using something with a little sheen to it and/or a fancy stitch.

Suggestions please!

August 6th

Knipper's picture

Back from Maine

Had a great time teaching my sideways scarf workshop in Maine to members of the Maine Spinning Registry.  The group used fiber that they had spun themselves.  Have taught this workshop a few times and this group of knitters was on target filled with the willingness of the creative process.  Experimenting with color, texture and willing to frog it if it wasn't feeling right.  I had brought plenty of samples to show them the many possibilites. 

Sugarloaf is a great place to wander around, go swimming and hiking as needed to take a break.  And, of course, plenty of knitting and drinking coffee, strong coffee. 

July 29th

technocowboy's picture

A-designing we will go...

So with the upcoming inaugural issue of MenKnit, I decided to jump into the designing game. Strong masculine motif, designed for someone who's very proud of his ancestry. It was a stone bitch to design (and after SIX screwups, it finally works right), and hopefully, it'll be a strong enough submission to make it in. *sigh* Here's hoping. Wish me luck!

July 26th

Knipper's picture

Teaching in Maine

Getting excited as I will be teaching my sideways scarf workshop in Maine this weekend to the Maine Spinners and Knitters guild. Lots of creative ideas and hanging out with some friends that I have made over the years in the world of fiber.

Getting to Boston first to join a friend who raises angora bunnies in his garage - and yes, he spins the fiber. Then we drive from there up to Sugarloaf in western Maine for the workshop. Another person will be teaching how to shape sweaters, and another person will to an intro to weaving.

July 23rd

venneman's picture

Got my wife hooked

Well, my wife is sitting on the couch right now knitting me a scarf. Tee hee... I got her to take up knitting!

July 15th

MenKnit-Kalamazoo

MenKnit-Kalamazoo is going to get started in Sept in Kalamazoo, MI. I have found a yarn store that will welcome a bunch of guys who knit. I just need to get the word out. If interested email me at bhvvander@yahoo.com  for details such a date time, and place.We will probably meet once a month 6-8 PM on the 2nd Monday of the month. Barry

July 12th

venneman's picture

Three projects down, many more to go

I finished the black scarf for my soon-to-be-deployed friend, and I want to get it in the mail right away. But it occurs to me that I probably want to wash it & get it to soften up a bit. How to do this? I've heard several different things to use as far as soap goes: dishwashing liquid, "top of the lamb" (or something like that) wool soap, vinegar... Could someone out there give me a bit of advice on how to wash these items? I know I shouldn't toss it in the machine, agitate it too much, wring it, twist it, etc. But what do I use as far as soap? Also, how do I keep wool from shri

July 11th

hizKNITS's picture

an arm-full

second sleevea very productive week, indeed. since my last post, I'm twenty rows shy of finishing the second sleeve.

now that I'm back into the swing of things, it's time to get a-designing. knitty.com's men's issue was a disappointment, as far as number of male designers. I know we're out there, but I recognize my own lack of a contribution.

I tip my hat off to those of you who submitted, whether or not you were published. thank you for representing our gender. I also tip my hat to those who've engaged knitty's editor.

Knipper's picture

Feather and Fan (or Old Shale) pattern

Have been experimenting with the feather and fan pattern to make some scarves.  First decided to use some of my Koigu stash and make a scarf using 5 of the skeins.  Out of the 50 gr skein I used 28 gr, comprising 25 repeats of the pattern (4 rows for each repeat).  Liked the look of  it quite a bit.  Could even use 3 full Koigu skeins and get a scarf almost the same length of 50 inches long.  Idea is to let colors flow into each other.  After using 2 1/2 skeins, I placed on holder and began using other 2 1/2 from the opposite direction.  When length the same, I grafted pieces together with kitchener stitch.

July 5th

hizKNITS's picture

three months later...

my home-buying excuse for not knitting is wearing thin. I'm all moved in, the house is functional and the yarn's been stashed. it was high time that I start up again. and, yes, I was even dreaming about it.

I was antsy to buy a new book for inspiration (Teva Durham or Debbie New?), but I forced myself to consult one I already owned. I hadn't spent much time with it, so I decided to crack open Anna Zilboorg's Knitting for Anarachists.

I wasn't ready to start swatching out new designs, so I decided start sleeve2 of my aran sweater. there's so much to be learned from the classics. besides, inspiration always comes quickly when bored by tedium.