My copy of "Finishing Techniques For Hand Knitting: Give Your Knitting that Professional Look" by Sharon Brant arrived today from amazon.com.
I think I was hooked by the title, thinking that this would be a book of "cold, hard knitting facts" (as my knitting buddy Azza says) but it's just another knitting book. It is filled with the basics and some patterns; end of the story. There is nothing new or exciting in this book. I wouldn't even recommend it as a learner's book as I've seen much better on the market.
The title is so misleading that I thought the cover must have been accidentally put over the wrong contents. If you are considering purchasing this book, save your money and don't! In my opinion, it is a complete disappointment. I won't even waste my time taking a photo of it and up-loading it here.
I am actually knitting a scarf on the round and I finished the Santa Hat that is in the picture. Have a Happy Holidat Season everyone, No matter what you celebrate!
Here are two scarves finished for Christmas gifts. I'm disappointed with the picture of the cable scarf. It is Malabrigo and such wonderful colors which worked so well with the cables. Red one is a soft wool from China. Red scarf took a long weekend start-to-finish--cable took what seemed an eternity. Happy holidays!
Morning out there,
Our work has taken on a service project this year and we are working with the local senior center. Two employees each adopted a senior and we are going to visit today. I, of course, couldn't resist digging into my scarf stash and finding the right one to give a way.
So many options for charitable knitting.
Okay, that wasn't quite enough text. So, here goes.....
My dog knows who Santa Claus is. He's quite enamoured of the old guy, in fact. Starting about two weeks ago, whenever he hears "Santa's coming" said by the partner or I, he tears into the living room, slides to a halt in front of the fire place and sits under his stocking and stares up at it longingly.
When the stocking is taken down and presented to him, he shoves his head in looking for the goodies that he knows Santa has brought. When he finally realizes that Santa has not yet come, he gets his head out, sighs heavily and goes and pouts. It's hysterical.
Ironically, I do much the same thing in anticipation of Christmas, except I can't get my head down into my stocking....
I know there's no knitting content here, but again just trying to help with the picture moving thing.
Six years ago, my partner introduced me to his friends from Burlington,Ontario while we were on vacation in Flori-dah. Upon learning that I knit, they went nuts, telling me all about these "slipper socks" that grandma used to make for everyone in the whole family every year for Christmas and how she never wrote down the pattern and alzheimer's had caused her to forget how to make them.
Well, a year later they brought me a sad looking little slipper sock, hole in the heels and all, but still one of the last remaining survivors of grandma's handiwork and asked if I thought I could figure out how they were made. About a week later, I had worked it all out and ever since, the Canadians have to have their slipper socks every Christmas. So, that is what I have been working on for the past couple of weeks. Prior to that work kept me far too busy to knit anything for over a month.
I'm on my fourth of six pair. I also have to knit a skull cap for my niece's husband- out of camoflage yarn cause he's in the army. I'm working on the ones from the prior issue of knitty also in camoflage yarn. Might even make one for myself cause I think they are cool.
To make this post a little longer in and effort to help with the moving the huge pictures on down, Scott and I are leaving on a much deserved vacation on Monday. We're taking a cruise out of Tampa to Grand Caymen and Cozumel and returning on the 23rd. We've been to Cozumel before, but not to Grand Caymen so at least we get to go somewhere new. We're going with two friends who've never been on a cruise before.
I've been awful and selfish this year. I have only bought 2 gifts up to now.
I am learning to crochet and for the past week I have gone treble crazy. I have been crocheting a blanket for myself and I haven't knitted a single thing for a single person!
Although almost everything I have ever knitted has been for someone else I am still feeling the Catholic guilt. will I ever shake it off??? To get over this guilt I am going to carry on with the blanket!
OK, the afghan guy didn't snap out of it, and realize he's behaving badly, but I just finished doing the finishing on an UFO (unfinished fiber object, in this case a Donnegal tweed drop shoulder pullover in autumn gold tweed wool) for a lady who is going through cancer treatments... She not only paid me my going rate, she was hugely thankful that this sweater, a source of guilt (It needed a collar, and the pieces sewn together) is finally put together and wearable.
I'm doing the same thing for a gal who has some...well how to say. She's slow... a couple of the connections upstairs aren't working quite properly, but she's REALLY REALLY sweet. Her sweater is based on a wrap cardigan and basically at this point, it is 5 missmatched shapes of a novelty yarn. (She has a little trouble with patterns). I am going to check for any dropped stitches, fix any holes, and then use the mass as fabric, and design a fabulous wrapped sweater out of the fabric, using the sewing machine and serger to shape it. She is so thankful, you'd think I just offered her husband one of my kidneys to save his life... Funny how it goes. She insists on paying me for it and I'm (very) OK with that.
Sigh. The golden rule I learned from business is that there are those who will never be satisfied, and you should cut your loses and just put your energy out for those who appreciate you.
Your afghan is great but I am going to write anything and everything to get your huge pics to drop down. It's driving me nuts. Again, no offense.
Once upon a time there was this little divorced Texas boy with an affinity for bourbon. He was a part of this knitting group on the internet constantly talking with other knitters that live in the 'suburbs' of Texas; meaning any other state.
This boy was a good boy even when he was a little boy in pigtails. He always makes his bed. Opens doors for strangers and always finishes all his bourbon as he realizes his mother was always right when she told him that there are 'sober children in China' that would give their arm for a good sour mash.
(damn I have no idea where I am going with this)
This boy also was possessed with a a good heart. When one of his friends asked, "Why do you keep all these dead bourbon bottles around?" His response was, "Because I was with them when they died".
(I still dont know where I am going with this)
Many people berated this boy for his relationship with Makers Mark, telling him that he only drives home the way he does to pass that one particualar bar. Being the good boy he is, he responds, "I NEVER pass a bar and you know it!".
So if you go to http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/ and click the YouTube Videos of the Week link under the picture, you'll see a short clip from today's Good Morning America. It features a clip from a guy who won a dance contest, and part of the trailer for Real Men Knit, including Bill and me!