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knitanddestroy's picture

Genisis

Everything interesting seems to have a story to go along with it. The story of how I got started knitting is how I will make my introduction.

Two years ago I found her laugh and quirky idiosyncrasies endearing. She could light up a room, and always caught my attention when she was around. The forces of nature and gravity between two objects brought the two of us together. A rather exciting relationship began only months before Christmas. With the Holiday season quickly running up on me I decided that I would knit a stocking and fill it with affordable gifts.

Who knew circular needles came in different lengths? Not me. I got this 2 1/2 foot long needle home and realized I had made a terrible mistake. What would you do? Return the needle for a shorter, more manageable length? Hell no! The part connecting the two ends was plastic. Plastic, luck on my side, melts, and is fairly easy to cut. So, with the help of a Leatherman, a box of matches, and a little duct tape (to smooth it all out) a shorter needle was born. It's a keepsake that I will have a picture of to share soon enough.

The top of this stocking was flawless, the tube was a work of art, but the turn didn't exist. No, it wasn't bad, it just didn't exist because I was working with limited knowledge (for example, see above). My disappointment was probably worth a prescription for Zoloft. Rather than dwell I reached deep into my bag of tricks and went to the fabric store, bought some fleece, and cut out a shape that would later become the foot. I sewed it all together using a twist-tie from a bread bag and presented the miracle to the girl.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Lars, Lars, Lars.........

........I love you and you know why!!!

And yes, I had to do it in public.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Lars, Lars, Lars.........

........I love you and you know why!!!

And yes, I had to do it in public.

I am always asking questions ...

Okay, so I was just playing around on Etsy.com and I found this:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5134973

I want ... no NEED to knit this... now, I am not good at finding patterns ...

can anyone help??

Doug

Aaronknits's picture

One gift finally finished

This is the guitar "strap" I made for my best friend's daughter, and the guitar that she got for her. I based it off the "Marley's Ghost" scarf thing on Knitty.com. The links were fun and easy to make and the yarn is just good ol' Cascade 220.

timgets2's picture

Merry Whatever

So Christmas and Hanukkah and the rest of everything is upon us and i thought i would share some thoughts.
1. My fingers are continually bleeding from knitting and erasing patterns for presents. However i have managed to create at least 50% of my presents.....im glad.
2. Joanns and Michaels does sometimes have some nice yarn. Try it out. Pretty good prices for merino, blends etc. Holiday times it might be picked over....so i found the other day (that'll teach me to go yarn shopping so close to Christmas)
3. I am so sick of hearing the John lennon and Yoko Ono Christmas song. War is unfortuantely, not over. Its just a hopeful song i guess....hear that Mr bush...?
4. I will ALWAYS keep receipts and labels from yarn. AlWAYS!!!
5. Knitting a dreidle is interesting.
6. I made the cable stocking from Vogue Knitting International Holiday mag and the toe is short. and I didnt take it out cuz i dont care at this point. myabe i will next season.
Im done. Thanks for allowing this vent. *off the soapbox*
T

kylewilliam's picture

intarsia so far

thanks guys for your input - here's the intarsia thing so far -- circles are a nightmare - I think there's going to be 19 pieces of yarn I'll be working with at one point - when I get in the middle... I know it's not impressive yet - I'll show you when it gets closer to being done...

I am also interested in finding out how people think it should be finished - the back of intarsia isn't really pretty (despite my attempt!) - so I think I'll end up making 2 of these scarves (or another scarf in stripes or a different pattrn) and attaching them together - anyone have other ideas?

hugs

Kyle

OKknitguy's picture

Thanks Rain City Rick

Hey, I had a blast doing the secret santa. I hope eveyone did. It was fun thinking of what to do, wrapping it up, braving the crowd at the mail store. Then every day I waited with anticipation, wondering, will my package come today! It was great. I had a blast and I think we should do it every year. Thanks again Rick.

rooboy2000's picture

Opening an online store!!

hi guys! haven't posted anything lately as i've been busy knitting a sweater with Jesse "KIWIKNITTER" he has been supporting me and lending advice!! Will post a picture when finished. I'm just in the research stage of starting up an online wool store servicing the Australian market and was wondering if anyone has any advice Jesse thought that there were a couple of MWK members who had done just that!! Would love to hear from You!! Regards Arron

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Christmas Cheer?

Wherever I go I try never to miss an opportuninty to locate other knitters to join our group here in Dallas.

Over the weekend I went to this great huge Christmas party and met a guy who had knitted in the past and was thinking of taking it up again and we hit it off pretty good. Trust me, I'll force him to take it up again.

Later in the evening myself and half a dozen members of the Turtle Creek Chorale, fantastic mens chorus, were at the piano singing Christmas carols and I was feeling pretty good, me singing with these great voices.

Between songs this guy walks up to me and says, "Chris when you sing it gives me goosebumps." Impressed with the compliment I replied, "Really?". and he says, "Yes, everytime you open your mouth my skin crawls!"

I like him.

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