My hands & wrists continue to limp along (get it? limp-wristed?), so the other day I stopped by Michael's and bought a Knifty Knitter round loom set (all 4 sizes on sale for $10). Basic stuff, but I figured out how to knit & purl. The day my hands went verkacht, I had bought some Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick to make scarves for the Bundle Up New Orleans project. Since my hands weren't cooperating, I tried it on the knitting machine, but the yarn is just too bulky, even on every third needle. So the looms seemed to be the logical choice and are working okay, though I'm not trying to be fast, in order to spare my hands.
An old and unwelcome "friend" has come to visit - tendonitis. Not fun, as it means needing to stop hand knitting for a while. I do have knitting machines to work with for some projects, but they're not nearly as enjoyable - and they can't go to work with me. Guess it'll be time to catch up on my reading.
Today's mail brought a very speedily delivered copy of Cat Bordhi's 'A Treasury of Magical Knitting'. Mr. McFeeley couldn't have done better himself.
I probably could have just looked for it at a yarn shop and read it for the pertinent information, but a) I didn't feel like driving around to find a yarn shop which has it in stock, and b) it's just good to support designers, since they give us great ideas to knit with. Mostly I bought it so I could sort out making Witt's Cha-Ching moebius scarf from the latest MenKnit 'zine. Now I just have to wait for my 60" Addi Turbo circ to arrive from Herrschner's. Being patient is hard work.
I assume someone will read this, but even if not I suppose I've got to start somewhere. For lack of anything more current, I posted a pic to the galleries of most of my Xmas output - hats for all my adult loved ones. Well, all but David. I'm not entirely certain that we're past the boyfriend sweater curse stage, though I suppose now that we're living together the risk is somewhat lessened.
Currently I have about 6 projects on the needles. The bigger ones go slowly because I have to put them down and go work on an instant gratification piece to keep from getting bored, but they move along here and there.
I seem to be worst about finishing anything for myself, as is typical, but I hope to have a sweater or two ready by winter's end - or at least by next winter. :-)
Never, ever have I been as frustrated as trying to learn how to operate my new Bond Ultimate Knitting machine that I got at Christmas.
I learned to knit in college. A guy I knew, a fiddler in a local bluegrass band, made his own socks. He told me his mother taught him. He introduced us, and within weeks, she and I had made a trip to the yarn store to buy some Lopi, a pair of 10 1/2 circular needles, and a sweater pattern.
That was in 1982 - I still remember how difficult it was to learn to hold the yarn correctly, to be knitting smoothly along and then have a gap and suddenly forget the basics: does the needle go in the back or the front of the stitch? Is that a knit or a purl? 24 years later I just pick up yarn and flail about for a pair of needles and just start. No pattern, nuthin'. Pretty cool.
Maybe I have just a little too much time on my hands... Today, I was messing around the MWK site, familiarizing myself with it when I decided to change the theme settings from the default that came up when I first signed-on. I changed to the bluemarine setting and what a difference in the feel of this site! It is more compact now with less use of the mouse going back and forth across the page. When a member posts, his photo is attached automatically. This particular option really has increased my enjoyment of the site.
If you're like me and are always getting lost on any internet site of more than one page, here are the directions:
I was finally able to view MenKnit, the second issue. For whatever reason, my Mac at home doesn't see some of the fonts. That's why I'm thankful for my office and this here computer...
Mark, I'm so sorry they put that photo there. While, I often shave my head, currently, I'm much hair-ier.
At long last, MenKnit's second issue is out. I know a handful of you guys here have a pattern in there, myself included!
My PA (that's personal assistant and not Prince Albert) gave me as a New Year's gift a daily calendar called "Knit Bits". It has a little piece about knitting for each day of the year. I thought it might be fun to share them here throughout the year.
Dec 31 - Jan 1 Knitting can be solace, inspiration, adventure. It is manual and mental therapy. It keeps us warm as well as those we like and love. It has existed almost as long as the soft sheep, and in giving us wool they are deprived ony of an uncomfortably warm fur coat in the heat of the summer. From Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann (On this date there is a picture of a woman knitting with the balloon which says "I'm knitalicious!")