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
Happy Birthday!!! Congratulations Charles Burbridge!!
I love your show in TV!!
I didn't get a scarf last Christmas, any left for me?
This is the Fluffy Collar as modeled by Sadie, our 9 year old Italian Greyhound foster. Doesn't she look fabulous? This is my first attempt at knitting with two strands of yarn, and my first attempt at knitting with a novelty yarn. I used Lion Brand Micro-spun sport in black, and Lion Brand Fun Fur in Purple on size 10.5 bamboo DPN's. I've got two other female dogs in the house who are also getting this collar, and two males who will get the Supersoft Collar from the same issue, done up in the sage Lion Suede.
Casting on with two colors separately
Recently I wanted to knit something using two colors of yarn from the cast-on row, but I didn't want to "wrap" the yarns. That is, I wanted to cast on 1 "stitch" of color A and then one stitch of color B.
So I did. I cast on 1 st of A, then 1 st of B, then 1 of A, then 1 of B and kept repeating that A/B/A/B cast-oning. (Might one call the Abba Cast-on?)
Then I PURLED the first row using ONLY color A. Then, turning, I purled right back in A on row 2.
Then for row 3, I purled using only B -- and purled back in B for row 4.
I've "discovered" a couple of teriffic knitting "things" recently and I want to spread it around. Feel free to tell me, "Thanks, Jerry; you're the last male knitter on earth to have discovered these."
That possibility notwithstanding . . .
The "Mistake Stitch Rib" (apparently also called Mistake Rib)
This gives a beautiful and unusual sport look -- wider than regular 2 x 2 but still springy. It's also the same on both sides (good for, say, scarfs scarves?)
(By which I am not refering to a chlld from Jalalibad!)
In 1996 working for the American Red Cross during a hurricane, I slipt and fell down a flight of exterior stairs, ending up with four torn ligaments in my ankle. As you can imagine, I was laid up for quite some time. Knowing I'd be spending a lot of time in bed with the foot elevated, I had the Best Beloved (1) move the tv upstairs to the bedroom and (2) go buy me a lot of worsted weight yarn, and I started work on the afghan pictured here (I imagine, 9child, that this is where I gained profenciency in knitting and watching TV!). In time, my ankle healed, and the unfinished afghan got stuffed into a bag.
I gave my partner two skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn in the Pinstripe colorway for Xmas, because he's been wanting some fingerless gloves so he can still type when his hands get cold. I, being the loving man I am, offered to learn how to knit said fingerless gloves. Here's where the 'because I'm dumb' part comes in: I don't have a pattern. I thought about doing the Broadstreet Mitten from Knitty for him, since they're made with a sock yarn, but he wants the thumb to be cut off, like the fingers. Is that something I can do? Just bind off where I want them to stop? Also, the instructions for the other hand say 'just reverse the instructions'. Vague much, then?
After a bit of a hiatus and since winter has finally returned, I started back up again on the mittens I'd started for myself. This is a two layer mitten, with an inner layer of baby alpaca and an outer layer in a border leicester cross handspun that I picked up at Rhinebeck in October. I did the inner layer first using a provisional cast on, then went back and picked up the stitches for the outer layer. The basic idea came from Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, with short-row shaping for the end of the mitten, and I took the palm gusset from an issue of Interweave Knits. The decision to do it as two layers was mine, as I figured the baby alpaca yarn would be more comfortable and the double layer would make it a lot warmer. I got through all the gusset increases last night and hope to get through the rest of the hand (or at least to where I separate the stitches for the short rows) tonight. Then I'll have to make another one of these so I can actually use them.