About a year ago, during a monthly meeting of the Outer Banks Fiber Guild, we were planning the workshops for the next 12 months. I was wanting to learn how to spin using a drop spindle, so made the suggestion of the workshop and offered to make a drop spindle for each of the participants as my contribution to the workshop.
The workshop is this Saturday. We have an excellent instructor lined up, and as promised, each person will get their very own drop spindle to use and take home. The pic shows 10 of the 20 being made. In retrospect, it turned out to be a bigger project than I at first thought. One of the bigger decisions was to make eithera top whorl or low whorl spindle. I finally chose to make the low whorl. I'll let you know how the workshop turns out. Either we will have some nicely spun yarn . . . or a nice bonfire and weener roast!
Just curious here...this will definitely draw attention to you....!!!
Ok I know I am exagerating in reality I've worked on it since the beginning of december and haven't touched it since christmas. I need to do the sleeves. This is my first sweater and I altered the pattern from the Stitch and Bitch hoodie but wish the arms were more shaped. My man is a rather big fellow so its 50 inches aroundand 28 inches high. The hood has a cute pick up split a few inches before the shoulder seams that I like. For future refence while I love malabrigo Merino I'm upset that the patterning changed when I stepped out of the round to split for the arm holes.
My birthday was last month, and I got two books, Knitting w/Balls, which a number of guys have mentioned already, and (the recently released, just arrived in the mail today) "Men Who Knit and the Dogs that Love Them." I haven't had much of a chance to look through the new book yet, but from what I've seen it's going to be a good one. It's nearly 100% sweaters for man and beast alike. Now I love my dogs as much as the next guy loves his dog, but a hand knitted sweater for a dog? For me that would be a little over the top, but different strokes I guess. In the meantime, regarding the patterns for men's sweaters, it would appear there's a wide variety of sweaters covering a whole range of ability levels, which for me means there may be one easy enough for me to knit!
I am not sure what happened with those images, I thought they would be attached to a blog entry. But, they are scary huh? I got them from here:
If anyone on here is going to be in or around the Oklahoma City area this weekend a bunch of us guys are driving up from Dallas to ruin the Habana Inn Saturday and would like you to join us.
I'm already looking forward to meeting the guys on here who have said they will be there. Although it will not be all knitting it would be fun to meet y'all.
while most of my friends are already quite willing to tell you I am insane - I'm afraid this project will prove them right.
I've cast on for Eunny Jang's Bayerische Socks - done toe-up as kilt hose.
Wish me luck! I have a feeling I'm going to need it.
In addition to the twisted rib, cables, etc, I'm converting the pattern to toe-up, converting it to kilt hose, and changing the size.
AND - (and this may be the worst part) if I am successful - the intent is to wear the hose with a kilt. I scored enough black watch tartan in an auction last fall to make a great kilt.
I don't know what happened to the picture that was with my last post, but here it is again.
I figured I better post a picture of something I knit to show that I actually can knit. This is a baby hat I made for a friends son. It is an acrylic yarn so it is easy for my friend to wash. I'm generally not a yarn snob. I like different yarns for different reasons.
I have a bad case of the black sweater blues. Shortly after Christmas I cast on for another top down, in the round, raglan. I'd just completed my first top down sweater and was anxious to get started on another and since I didn't own a simple black sweater, it seemed like the ideal project. UGH!
I'm soooooo tired of knitting black..black...black and nothing but black I could scream. I'll pick it up knit 5 or six rounds and then I have to put it down, it's utter boredom. You really can't see the stitches, it's just this massive black blob in your lap...and it seems like it's taking forever to knit the body of the sweater. I measure the damn thing 3 or 4 times a day and it never seems to get any longer. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! It's the knitters nightmare, a project that won't end.
I know after it's finished I'll be happy that I did it, but in the meantime, I feel like I've created a monster that won't die.
That's my whine for the day. Sorry.