These are my second and third attempts at making hats (which acutally had an end result) and my first times using circular and DPN's. Hat #2 was done with Cascade worsted Peruvian Highland wool on size 7, and the pattern was Bidda's Headhugger which I believe I found a link to on here somewhere. It doesn't look like much, but it was good practice with the circular and DPN's, and getting the hang of the decreases at the top of the hat. My first attempt at doing this ended badly so I unravelled the whole thing and tried a different pattern.
I decided not to sign up for the Knitting Olympics because I wasn't sure my wrists would hold up, but I still decided to go ahead with this Unlympic project. These are double layer mittens - baby alpaca inside, hand-dyed & handspun border leicester/blueface leicester cross on the outside. This is the first project I've ever made for myself, and I'm very happy with the results.
Thirty-two members of the glbt-knit listserv made squares for a love blanket for one of our own who was diagnosed with lung cancer. I haven't really kept up any posts on the project on here, but the blanket was delivered today and was a much-appreciated surprise. One of our members started a blog so that we could keep a record of the project. I'm so glad to have been a part of something so wonderful.
In other news, what I've started calling my "Knitting Unlympics" project - the mittens - has been progressing along. I'm currently working on the cuff for the outer (and final) layer of mitten #2. I didn't sign up for the Knitting Olympics, but I'm hoping to finish this project by the time the flame goes out. After that, I'm not certain. The Malabrigo hat has been fulled but needs some remediation so that I don't look like this:
Next question: WHY?!
I made her several pairs of hand-knitted Socka Fortissima socks, and she put one of the pair I made for her (FOR CHRISTMAS) in the washer AND DRYER when I told her not to. Nooooo, hubby is dumb, she knows more than he does. She can't knit, but she knows more about hand-knitted socks than I do. And she spins our fleeces and she also felts projects so she knows what kind of disaster she is wreaking on my hard work. So she tosses them into the washer AND THE DRYER and what happens? Besides getting all pilled and fuzzed (and pretty nasty-looking) there's a friggin' HOLE in one of them from getting snagged by something else she washed them with. The hole isn't in the bottom of the foot or the leg, where it would be easy to fix, but noooo, in the GUSSET. She didn't even bother to put them into a garment bag to keep them from getting BLUDGEONED by the the washer and dryer, just tossed them in like they were store-bought. And they're RUINED!! Dammit, all my hard work -- you wouldn't believe how AWFUL hand-knitted socks look after going through the washer AND THE DRYER just one time!!
Well, here I am learning to blog. LOL. I always find myself learning, sometimes over and over. Some people use the expression "live and learn", well somtimes it is just "live and live and live and live" It takes a bit to sink in.
I am in the middle of an afghan that I am in love with. It is 3 panels, two with cables, and the center one with the trinity stitch. I am over half way done with the center panel and laid it out next to the other one so I could start comparing length, etc. Well I found twoo mistakes in the first panel, but they are going to stay there I just can't frog out the whole thing.
Does anyone here teach knitting?
I do 2 or 3 times per week. What I'm really struck by is the amount of people (older than I am) who don't know their right hand from the left nor do they know the names of their fingers, such as index finger, middle finger and ring finger. This gets frustrating when you're trying to teach. I have people say "I use this hand" and show me their right hand or "I use this finger" and show me their index finger.
OK, I'm not sure if you can read this or not, but I've attached a file for my sock link below.
In Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris has a chapter called 'The Tapeworm Is In', where he writes about listening to books on tape in Paris and how it made him look kind of like the other creepy men hanging around the park playground. For me it's listening to podcasts on my laptop while working on mitten #2, and the location is not a Paris playground but the Rhode Island Convention Center.
David (not Sedaris, but rather my partner) is here for a trade show to try to pick up some new accounts, but as it would be expensive to get me a badge to accompany him into the exhibit hall, I'm left to my own devices for the afternoon. The convention center thoughtfully provides free wireless access and electrical outlets to plug in laptops, so I'm sitting here catching up on some podcast listening (CBC Radio has some good music ones, both English and French) and seeing what progress I can make with my knitting.
Japanese NORO Kureyon, brushed wool, numbers 88 and 138 (I think):View them here
Soak in cold water with Woolite or other fiber-friendly mild liquid soap. Nothing antibacterial or with anything that could be counted as bleach. Rinse in cold water