Saturday I accompanied a friend to the Estes Park Wool Market, an annual event in Estes Park, Colorado. She mostly went to pet the animals, but I was excited to see what yarn they would have on offer. (With apologies to those of you who raise them, I think sheep are disgusting, goats slightly more tolerable and alpacas adorable, though I still don't want to touch them.)
At a stall operated by Interlacements of Colorado Springs my friend spotted a knitted-up sample of the Squirrel Monkey Sweater:
Knitting is freaking HARD! I mean, yeah, I just started learning but it's driving me nuts! I wish I didn't suck so bad at it...
No, I'm not selling anything. I am, however, a compulsive shopper where knitting is concerned (and shoes, and clothes, and cds . . . ). I came across a couple of new things that I thought might be of interest, if you didn't already know about them.
I was looking for dog sweater pattern books on Amazon.com and ran into "Men Who Knit & The Dogs Who Love Them : 30 Great-Looking Designs for Man & His Best Friend" by Annie Modesitt and Drew Emborsky (Hardcover - Jan 28, 2007). No, it's not yet available, but it looks like something you might want to keep an eye out for if you have dogs for whom you like to knit. I have 3 schnauzers, so I'm anxious to see what this book has to offer.
I moved house last August and I had not unpacked my knitting machine until last week and I needed a quick and easy sweater to wear at work. The usually mild winters here in this part of Oz have been a bit too cool for me this year. It is fishermans rib, done in genuine acrylic (ugh). I would use wool but it has to be washed frequently as I work in a DIY store 3 days a week. Note the difference in the dye lots on the front and right sleeve but what would one expect for $2 a 100 gram ball?? It took just over an hpur to knit the whole thing but about 6 hours to do the neck and sew up!!
Here is the first of the Fibonnaci socks in all its glory.
Now that the Sampler Sweater is completed, along with a couple of smaller W.I.P.s that needed to be finished up, I decided I needed another new project to work on. Something I could use up some stash for since my stash is reaching a sizeable amount.
I picked up a number of old pattern books at the guild auction this year. I love the chiche-factor of many old pattern books. Yet if you look past the bad hair/bad colors/ bad yarn selections there are some great looking patterns.
This pattern book is from 1975 and this sweater in particular really caught my eye. It is a twisted stockinette stitch done on a chunky weight yarn, and I knew I had some chunky weight in the stash from last year's auction purchase.
The pattern did not have a size bg enough for me, so I knit up a swatch and went to Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. I decided to go with a vest rather than a sweater and I changed te rib from a 2/2 ribbing to a 2/1 ribbing, as well as knitting it in the round rather than flat.
Attached are pictures of the pattern book, the yarn, swatch and W.I.P. I've made a good deal of progress on it since taking the pictures. It is twice as long as shown in the picture.
I feel that I've been doing too much freestyling lately; knitting "by the seat of my pants", so to speak. While the results have been good, I know that I can't learn new techniques by watching Knitty Gritty alone, I have to follow a pattern. Unfortunately, every time I try to follow one, my project turns into a horrible mess.
I decided to sit down, turn the artsy-fartsy right-brain off and follow a pattern; this time a chart. So I chose one of the thousands of free charts from the internet and hunkered down, determined to make this one come out right.
I'm almost done with the second of the Fibonnaci socks. (Pictures tomorrow, I'm having technical difficulties!) I'm also about to turn the heel of the second blue/multi sock. That will leave me with lots of leftovers for a pair of random striped socks.
One of my friend's best friends has just had a baby girl. He summoned me to rescue this poor, but well-loved, little girl from being smothered in pink. So I have a skein of hand-dyed green/yellow cotton rayon yarn and am planning to make EZ's Baby Surprise Jacket.
After all it's never too late for a Fashion Intervention. Just call me Queer Eye for the Cute Baby! I will post pictures of the
mutant alien dishcloth jacket when it's done. I'll have a working camera by then I hope -- I've just ordered a new one.
Stripes were easy to learn, once I got the tension right at the yarn switch. I must've forgotten something very basic, as I somehow lost a stitch at the end of a row twice.
Hi guys nice to find a site of other men who knit. I learned to knit about a dozen years ago. I put down my needles for a few years but started to knit again last year when my daughter was pregnant. The pics are of one of my recent projects - it is an all seed-stich sweater I made for my granddaughter Sadie Mae.
Its made from a debbie bliss pattern. I made it out of a really funky novelty yarn I found at a Joann's craft store. The yarn has a metalic thread that runs through it so it is all sparkly. This jacket is my homage to the one Judy Garland wore at her ' 61 Carnegie Hall concert (I figure what fun is it having a gay grandpa if you don't flaunt it a bit).