hey guys - thanks for the notes and emails - I'm doing OK - not knitting a lot right now - just recovering from the trauma of spending a week back home in Indiana/Kentucky - dealing with families and the will and trust, etc. it's all frustrating and confusing - I have never dealt with any of it.
Death is the pits - it's a confusing event that throws tons of emotions in a big pit - it makes the most mundane tasks impossible to accomplish and the most insignificant things soooo important.
today (and this past while) my focus has been on getting access to the family photos - I want to send them all out to get them scanned and copied so that they are archived. When I went to visit my mom (mom and dad were divorced about a year ago) she gave me dad's family tree - so I have bought Reunion 8 (macintosh!) and I have been happily plugging in people - and I have discovered that I can put photos with the names, etc. it's all very interesting - I am hoping to record the history in a current medium (instead of floppy disks or scribbled on carbon copy typing paper) so that future folks in my family might not forget those people who are around now.
of course, my sister that has the trust (the house and everything in it) is keeper of the photos - where they sit in cardboard boxes in the basement (wet, damp, could flood!) - and she is being really difficult. It will be a process - but hopefully sanity will prevail and I'll get to copy the photos... I also would like a few other personal items that were my dads, but I'm mostly hoping to preserve the family history.
Hookay, so here it is, the last day of February, and to the best of my count, I have knit only 25 hats and one man's (large) scarf. Even worse, I look at my list of people I wanted to make hats for, and I still have 5 left. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?!? I NEED A LONGER MONTH, OR A LEAP YEAR. It's like money...The more you have, the more you spend. Hat's are like money....The more you make, the more people you want to have them...OH WELL.
Has anyone spoken to Kyle? His father passed and we need to send our regards.
PS: Bob loves a sale: I bought $200 worth of Rowan Aran Tweed, Brown Sheep Nature spectrum, and Rowan merino bulky for $73. (and you know I SO needed more yarn.....)
so i have been asked how much i would charge for a pair of wristwarmers. i have some ideas, but i'm not really sure how to price them.
do you gents sell your goods? how do you figure out how much to charge?
Trying something new with this pattern of socks. I have gotten down a regular pattern of socks pretty good now, ans was at the LYS the other day asn bought a book on more sock patterns to try and stretch my horizions as far as knitting is concerned. Anyway have ripped the sock out three times and no have finally gotten almost 6 inches of body completed. Just about ready to do the heel flap. Hopefully I will have a picture of the completed sock to show you guys. Have a great day, keep on knitting!
Well, my partner was just offered a fantastic job in Napa, California. It looks like RainCityRick may become WineCountryRick!
I know that there are a bunch of guys on here from the Bay Area. I'd love to get some information on any knitting groups in the area. We're thinking about either living in Napa itself or possibly a little closer in to the city (like Vallejo.) Any suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated.
many of you have contributed to the Knit a river campaign for WaterAid.
Thank you for your contributions. I would like to share a couple of stats with you. We have been amazed by the response to the campaign, we have received over 40,000 squares, many of them from the US.
Much of the river has yet to be sewn together but the dimensions at the moment are very simple. The river is about 7 foot wide. This means that when the the river is complete it will be longer than the Empire State Building is tall. How incredible is that? The river is approximately 1500 feet long, the Empire State Building is just less that 1300 ft.
We are very much looking forward to taking the river out and using it to draw attention to the fact that too many people (over 1 billion) lack access to safe water.
Let it never be said that I do things halfway.
From when I first started knitting (has it really only been 5 weeks?) one of the things that completely fascinated me was cabling. When a company was sitting on my mail order, I decided to make a braided scarf out of what little yarn I could get locally, as a "fun little interrim project." Oh, how wrong I was.
Roughly 50 hours of knitting and 1085 cable crossings later, here is the result.
I didn't follow a "here is a scarf" pattern. I took the saxon braid pattern from http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2005/11/technickety_how_to_unvent_a_si.html and added a simple rope cable border on each side. There are 27 repetitions of the pattern, because it was roughly the right length, and for the mystical connotations of three sets of three sets of three. I also did the final weave-ins on the 27th, for the same reason. (I don't actually believe in any mysticism, but it is interesting enough to me to take it into consideration.)
I haven't done any blocking on it, and I'm not sure if I will. 50 hours of work seems like a lot to risk doing I process that I'm unfamiliar with, even if it seems simple enough. Besides, does a scarf really need blocking?
I am at work.
I have about an hour left.
I cannot stop thinking about it.
I am going mad.
I am trembling as the time ticks away.
I can do nothing else for my employer today.
I want to knit!
Here I am in tears as the owner of the LYS helped me fix my pair of socks after I pulled out the needle. They all had quite a lot of fun laughing at me.
RK in OKC
OK, here's the picture of when I pulled out the wrong needle doing magic loop on a pair of socks at LYS. They keep cameras sitting around for just such emergencies! As you can tell, my hair has grown out quite a bit. I haven't shaved it since July 1st! Anyway, I think they are pretty funny pictures. Enjoy!
RK in OKC