On Tuesday, September 27th, the first Men's Knitting Circle kicked off in Philadelphia. Eight male knitters attended, some I knew, some I did not. It went over well and we are meeting again the last Tuesday of October (the 25th). Plenty of creativity in the bunch.
I followed advice for various people and advertised it and talked it up in Philadelphia and various websites. MenWhoKnit and PhillyKnitters as two, the local yarn shoppes, the PGN, various stores.
Interesting note is that the owner of establishment told me that several women asked if they could attend, and he explained that it was for the guys and that they could start one on another evening. No disrespect to the ladies but the idea is for the fellas to have a place to sit, knit and enjoy each others company and share the male focused creative process.
My knit tie is complete. I'm a little disappointed by it. It looks great, but the sock yarn I used is too thick, so the knot is huge. I can't use it for work, but my daughter has already claimed it, so it won't go unused. I've already found some really fine silk-tweed that would make a great tie. I'll have to drop down from size 5 needles to 1 or 2's.
Just wanted to let folks know that the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival is scheduled for October 1 and 2 at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center in Essex Junction, VT. Admission is $5 (what a deal!). The flyer says over 60 vendors with everything from yarn, fleece, spinning, meat and cheese (ok, it's creepy to think of eating the poor animal that gives us beautiful yarn). More info at www.vermontsheep.org and click on the Festival button on the left. I've never been to this Fest as I'm new to Vermont but anything with yarn has to be fun. Plus, there's shearing demonstrations and sheepdog herding.
Is anyone else going on the knitting cruise in New York sponsored by The Point Cafe? It seems like it would be a great opportunity to meet and put a face with an online identity....
I will be there with my wonderful friend, Robin.
Also, I spent the weekend at the Garden State Sheep and Fiber Festival and accidentally added a new obsession... spinning.... Had a great time and learned a lot - all the information and hands on experience really enhances my knitting experience.
Thank you for all the input. The class was frustrating to say the least. I stood up in the middle of class and reminded them all you could buy the socks at shops all over the city and it would be so much less work. LOL Everyone laughed and we went on. I got home last night and became obsessed....I switched from 3 needles to 4 and that was the ticket for me....my hands are bigger than theirs and the four needles gave me more flexiblity. Those little women have small paws!!! Anyway....so far, I am flying on them! Yeah!
BTW, did anybody Tivo the new Martha yesterday??? They had a lady that is the fastest crocheter in the world.....she does 130 double crochets in 3 minutes.....it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. I got a little motion sickness watching her.....
I'm taking a cashmere sock class this afternoon! I'm a little nervous....do socks (or double pointed needles) scare anyone else??? Anyway I will report on how it goes and if I will be a sock maker or not!!! If any of you are sock pros I would love to have some feedback.
Happy knitting everyone!
My good friend Mattie is just dying to get into this site, but has had incredible difficulty in doing so. Both he and I have scoured this site looking for a help desk - him more than I - but have had trouble finding some such. Anyway - if you're reading - I've pasted his email below - thanks for your help in advance!
I'm trying my hardest to get some help with the menwhoknit.com website.
I'm not getting any email from the server. I can request a new
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New video in the works - REAL MEN KNIT!
I am an independent video producer and have decided to concentrate on two of my favorite subjects: knitting and men. I have knitted forever myself and through the years have known one or two men who knit but now that it's a growing past-time and passion for many more and I am excited about exploring it in my part instructional/part inspiration video.
I'm looking for men of all ages and types who might be interested in being interviewed for the video. I am putting together a light-hearted segment of stories, opinions, etc. from men who knit so the more variety I can find, the better. I am in central California and plan to travel around the state in the next few months, as well as a trip to Toronto at the end of this month. Unfortunately my budget is not going to allow me to travel the country state by state, but if I find a proliferation of interesting knitting guys in a particular location, I'll try to get there.
I was going through some notes that I have and found this handy hint.
Knitting Jogless Stripes in the Round:
(This only works if you have a minimum of 2 rows per stripe)
Knit 1 round of the new colour.
When faced with the first stitch of the second round: pick up a loopof the first colour from the preceding row an place it on the left needle. Knit together both the first stitch of the new colour and the picked up stitch of the previous row. Continue knitting around.