I just got back from a meeting in Houston. I was in the room with about 30 people from across the country and our focus was on the outcome measurements of homeless programs. I pulled out the sock I was working and started knitting. It is always fun to see and hear the responses. It certainly helps me, an introvert, to come to engage in some conversations of some sort. It's also interesting to watch who is curious and who won't have anything to do with me. How fascinating.
I love it.
I think I mentioned it before, but I had a commission to spin a bus load of samoyed fur into yarn and knit it into an afghan. I've done a multiplied yarn that is a heavy worsted, and am knitting it on 15s to get the right open-ness and drape. It will be very warm, and IT WILL BE DONE BY WEDNESDAY if it kills me. (Actually, I had it almost completed in October, but as I was blocking it, I noticed that one of the samoyed yarns I made, (like 1/4 of the afghan) had been too softly spun (going for soft and fuzzy) and wasn't going to hold up to any wear at all. I had to frog huge sections, and respin the yarn, reset the spin, and reknit it, which I am almost done doing. Then, of course, it has to be rewashed and blocked. The client is pissed, but as my old adopted Jewish grandmother used to say, "May that be the worst thing that happens to you in your WHOLE life!"
Best wishes to the all from the midnightknitter.
PS: Pictures to follow.
All Secret Santa assignments have been emailed. If you haven't received yours please let me know as soon as possible.
Does anyone have a favorite bulky yarn lace-type shawl pattern? I'd like to knit a shawl for my 87 year old mother in the coming months.
So far, 13 guys have signed up to participate in the Secret Santa event.
In case you missed it - you send me your mailing address. On Monday, December 4th I'll send you the address of another guy. You'll send him an appropriate knitting-related gift (yarn, notions, patterns, etc.) worth around $15.00 USD. At the same time, someone else will be sending you one as well.
Deadline for sign-up is 7:00am US Pacific Time on Monday, December 4th.
Actually this is the link to the flickr slideshow, it will be up for a while. I wanted to share with you guys as well.
One sock down, one to go! This sock was done on 2
circs (US size 2) I used the Turbo Naturals...
I am also working on the Artyarns P50: Diamond Modular
Scarf. Using US size 6 circ. I'm knitting it
with the Plymouth Yarn Boku (very much like Noro but
half the cost). I do find that it knits easier than
the Noro (less texture).
You all know of "the sweater's curse" where you knit your sweetie a sweater, and he (or she) immediately breaks up with you. I'm just curious if that has ever happened to anyone on this site. It doesn't have to be a sweater, either...Just any knit item will do. In full disclosure, the last guy I dated seriously, a big handsome lug up in Vancouver, who I shall refer to as "Captain Canada" never even bothered to thank me for the Christmas scarf I knitted and sent to him last year.... (Some kind of stupid, he was).
Evelyn from Knitty Noddy (http://www.knitty-noddy.com/) informed me via email yesterday that the Filati Men's #5 pattern book is due in any day now - it has arrived at the distributor and they were getting it in the mail to her. She writes "personally I like the looks of Filati Men #5 better (and it's not just the models, the patterns look better too :-P )." She now has up on her website her collection of men's pattern books at http://www.knitty-noddy.com/index.php?page=shop.browse&root=4867bd5b1e17df5d876a27c961e9dcc9&category_id=5cb28ee2559aa352e7c1e02e7c4c97ab&option=com_phpshop
She writes "Hopefully this will make it easier to locate these issues, don't have to paw through a bunch of girl stuff!"
She really is great to work with, and will look around for something she doesn't stock and is happy to special order.
I have no connections to her business - just a happy customer!
Off to Oklahoma City this weekend (if the airports are still open due to the storm), where I hope to meet up with OKKnitguy and have a tour of Oklahoma City's wild, wooly fiber scene and knit quietly by my parent's fireside and be lavished with homecooked food.
Jonathan in DC