Archive - 2006 - Blog entry

December 21st

Aaronknits's picture

Nephew's Teddy Bear

This is the last gift. It is a teddy bear for my 3 1/2 year old nephew. This lucky bear is also wearing the first sweater I have ever completed. He's not perfect. I know where the errors are. His eyes are also a bit crooked and I could have done more with the mouth. But I think he looks just right.

kylewilliam's picture

Knit from your stash 2007

Hey guys - I saw this on a website... http://kehinde.com/blog/?p=214

Ivy's blog - had this fantastic post (I am guessing how many of us would even consider doing this!)

here's her entry:

The 2007 Knit From Your Stash Challenge
December 21st, 2006

I know I like challanges, but I think this will be the hardest. Harder than NaNo. Harder than the Knitting Olympics. This is the brainchild of Wendy from Wendy Knits. Her criteria for the challange is here. The basic idea is, don’t buy yarn, knit from stash for 2007. I’m going to be crochetting from stash as well since I mean to crochet more in 2007. Her rules state that the challange is adaptable, so here are mine.

1. The Knit-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon will start January 1, 2007 and run through December 31, 2007.

2. I will not buy any yarn or spinning fiber during that period, with the following exceptions:

2.a. Subscription yarn and fiber doesn’t count. This would mean the sock-of-the-month club, the roving-of-the-month club, the Koigu club, and the fleeces for my adopted sheep are all good to go.

2.b. I can buy yarn to make gifts if I really don’t have anything appropriate in stash or if a specific item is requested that I can’t make from stash.

Aaronknits's picture

Fiber Trends "Winter In The City" hat

These are also Christmas gifts that have been done for a while. Good ol' Cascade 220 for these and the fur was some Berroco something or other. The attached pics show one completed and one in progress.

December 20th

Kerry's picture

Recent stash purchases

Somehow or other, these yarns found their way into my stash via the net. Wish I knew a cure!

The greeen is alpaca laceweight from the Etsy shop Pancake and Lulu and the other two are merino laceweight from Grand River Yarns in Ontario.

RainCityRick's picture

Creative ideas for non-finishers?

Okay, so here's the deal. This is my first Christmas knitting and as a result, my first Christmas gifting knitting.

I've finished 4 sets of clogs for all the kids and I'm working on a scarf for my, um, my, what-do-I-call-her? - my partner's ex-wife (okay, that's your first assignment...what do I call her...and be careful, we have a great relationship!)

Anyway, I digress (as usual)

So, I've done the math and unless I knit 17 1/2 hours a day between now and Christmas morning, the scarf is not going to be completed.

What are some creative ways that you way-above-average creative guys have communicated an unfinished gift?

Thanks in advance,
Rick

MMario's picture

two new fo's

finally got around to taking some pictures - these have actually been done a while.

It's a good thing though, that I knit better then I take photos.

Christmas Stocking - Wool of the Andes (Knitpick) - on size US 10 needles - felted.

Tricorn Hat - likewise felted - Lopi

knitanddestroy's picture

Genisis

Everything interesting seems to have a story to go along with it. The story of how I got started knitting is how I will make my introduction.

Two years ago I found her laugh and quirky idiosyncrasies endearing. She could light up a room, and always caught my attention when she was around. The forces of nature and gravity between two objects brought the two of us together. A rather exciting relationship began only months before Christmas. With the Holiday season quickly running up on me I decided that I would knit a stocking and fill it with affordable gifts.

Who knew circular needles came in different lengths? Not me. I got this 2 1/2 foot long needle home and realized I had made a terrible mistake. What would you do? Return the needle for a shorter, more manageable length? Hell no! The part connecting the two ends was plastic. Plastic, luck on my side, melts, and is fairly easy to cut. So, with the help of a Leatherman, a box of matches, and a little duct tape (to smooth it all out) a shorter needle was born. It's a keepsake that I will have a picture of to share soon enough.

The top of this stocking was flawless, the tube was a work of art, but the turn didn't exist. No, it wasn't bad, it just didn't exist because I was working with limited knowledge (for example, see above). My disappointment was probably worth a prescription for Zoloft. Rather than dwell I reached deep into my bag of tricks and went to the fabric store, bought some fleece, and cut out a shape that would later become the foot. I sewed it all together using a twist-tie from a bread bag and presented the miracle to the girl.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Lars, Lars, Lars.........

........I love you and you know why!!!

And yes, I had to do it in public.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Lars, Lars, Lars.........

........I love you and you know why!!!

And yes, I had to do it in public.

December 19th

I am always asking questions ...

Okay, so I was just playing around on Etsy.com and I found this:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5134973

I want ... no NEED to knit this... now, I am not good at finding patterns ...

can anyone help??

Doug