i don't know if'n it is the heat and humidity but i'm on a hat rampage. just a basic hat pattern i think from Sally Melville.....unfortunately, my co-workers steal 'em when they are finished. *sigh* i like this pattern because it is soooooo basic but forgiving so i can try some really stupid things but i now know a lot more things NOT to do, eh? anyways, y'all be good and stuff. i'm tempted to offer some thoughts on knitting as a lay service at church.......something 'bout how it's good for the soul since in one small part of the universe one gets to impose a little order. also, knitting in the round has to be a great metaphor for life don' it? just round and round sometimes not remembering exactly where you are or why?
As promised guys. A pic of my first sweater. Its not all that I know, but Im chuffed with it. Learned a lot by making it and know how to do things differently next time. Haven't blocked it yet but will get around to it.
Steve liked it. I think he was just being kind though.
Am working on another similar although this one is ribbed and in a different colour. Will post as soon as its finished.
A big thanks to all you guys who made me feel so welcome.
These are a selection of some of the collars I've done and donated to Italian Greyhound Rescue to sell. They made their debut at the Italian Greyhound Rescue table, part of the All About Pets Fair at the Empire State Plaza this weekend. I had to work fast at that table to keep up with replacing collars that sold! I know there are so many people that hate the fun-fur and eyelash yarns for human wear, but it makes for some mighty attractive pooch accessories. Since so much of what I used for these was either given to me or was on sale for ridiculously low prices, it kept the costs down. I have to do up more for our monthly adoption awareness table at one of the local pet supply stores.
Just sitting here looking on tinternet wondering if im the only one who loves to knit and hey presto I stumble on this fantastic website where I can meet and chat to other members of the male knitting club! fantastic!
Am just taking a little break between sipping wine and starting another sweater while harry potter is getting almost burned by a big horney dragon. (lucky Harry!)
As you may have gathered I am new to this website and really very glad I stumbled across it. I have looked at some of the pix of the things you guys have made and have to say that I am really impressed! I myself have just finished making my first sweater, a gift for my partner that he hasn't seen yet. Im sure that he'll love it. As I said im just starting another sweater and really loving knitting it. Its one of the ones where you sit and knit for an hour or so and before you know it you have knitted almost the first side. The wool I'm using is denim ultra by Sirdar and its fantastic! Knits up really quickley. Will post pictures soon if anyone is interested.
This is where I will keep the details of my knitting projects and photos as well.
A little background for all who will read this, I started knitting about 2 months ago, after I lost my job. I wanted to learn something that would keep me busy and occupy both sides of my brain. One day, I saw a Learn to Knit kit that teaches how to knit cat toys at Target. It came with a video and everything you need to make a few cat toys. I have enjoyed knitting a lot so far, and I'm glad to have found a community of other men who are into it as well.
So far, I can only knit and purl in the English-style. I can do simple increases & decreases, although I'm having trouble making the "invisible" increase (mine are plainly visible). I have made all 3 of the cat toys the kit taught me (the fish, the mouse & the ball) and I started knitting dishrags.
This is not the sort of project that would normally appeal to me, but it was a special request by a friend who positively assured me that she would actually wear such a hat. More than once. In public.
In a what-was-I-thinking-in-the-middle-of-the-night moment, I started knitting with worsted weight yarn on US 2 needles, producing a fabric which stands on its own and could possibly be substituted for Kevlar. To make things worse, I used dpn's because I didn't have any circular needles in that size. Very soon I had to move one quarter of the stitches to a holder because they were falling off the needles, and I became rather adept at substituting needle for holder on every round.
I just finished felting my second hat, and wanted to post some photos. The first is a tiny little brimmed hat. I made it small to start so as not to use too much wool if it didn't work out. I was very pleased with the results and am going to do a full sized one just like it. The second was the Garden Hat from the book "Felted Crochet." It was huge before felting. My daughter Kate tried it on for the before picture. I was pleased with the results, but I don't think I'll use the same yarn again. It was crocheted from Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted. It's 30% mohair, so the final product is extremely fuzzy. My older daughter, Erin, loves the fuzz, and the hat is for her, so it all turned out for the best. I'm going to add a band of embroidered ribbon to finish it off.
Just in time for summer ... mittens from a WWII knit-for-the-troops pattern. The accent stripes created extra work evening up the stitches and weaving in the ends, but in a solid color the mittens knit up really fast. Since our boys in Iraq probably have little need for these, I'll just put them away until it gets cold again.
When my new book arrived from Canada, the owner of the shop included this old poem which I wanted to share.
The Prayse of the Needle
To all dispersed sorts of Arts and Trades,
I write the Needles praise (that never fades)
So long as children shall be got or borne,
So long as garments shall be made, or worne,
So long as Hemp or Flax, or Sheep shal bear
Their linnen wollen fleeces yeare by yeare;
So long as Silk-worms, with exhausted spoyle
Think I've made a huge mistake buying the Eskimo wool for the Drops Design Hoodie. Dreadful stuff. Horrible. Made the mistake - against my own previous advice - of buying the wool on-line so hadn't seen how crap it is! and the colour is awful! It's an unstructured yarn a bit like Lopi. It is very thick and looks like the matted dangly bits off a lamb's backside and I'm not talking about the tail, you understand. It splits constantly and is felting as I knit. The colour is a bilious green and not the pleasant sage-green I thought it was. Not good value at all although it only set me back £36 ($50?). I seriously doubt that the garment could be worn more than a few times without trashing and I would say it would be impossible to wash or clean. One for the dog basket I think, except I don't own a dog...bugger!