I bought two bundles of yarn for my stash this week:
1) From a seller on Craig's List I bought about 30 skeins of Red Heart yarn. Assorted colors. All of it is the usual acyrlic or acrylic/nylon blend. Not a bad deal. I don't usually use this kind of
crap stuff (I'm a wool or cotton man) but it can't hurt to have it around for the next Knit a River project or something.
2) Yarn.com is having an incredible sale. I'm really digging Araucania Nature Wool. It was a recommended substitute for my all time favorite, Rowan Magpie (which was sadly discontinued last year.) Nature Wool is a 100% wool yarn from Chile. It is kettle-dyed by a women's cooperative. There are subtle (and some not so subtle) changes in the color throughout the hank. Very cool. I haven't had a chance to felt any yet but I've heard it's fantastic felted (oh boy, more clogs!)
So, my present collection of projects in progress is about to dissapear. As I am going to be spening Labor Day at a secluded lake house I can't think of anything better to do than gather supplies to start a new project! For some reason I have this voice in my head telling me to make a Cable Scarf...and it is a forcefull voice!
Is this a dumb idea for a new knitter? How hard (honestly) is this endevor going to be? I really have the burning desire to try it! Does anyone have any cool basic Cable-Scarf patterns? Resources?
This is my first post to a knitting blog, so I am excited to kick it off with a photo of a recently completed project. I have a hard time finishing what I start (a common condition among the knitters I know), so it was especially satisfying to bind off after finishing this one. There were a lot of false starts with this project, as it's a pattern of my own design and I had to start over a couple of times to figure out what I wanted to do. If anyone has some suggestions on how to better photograph knitting, please let me know. Thanks!
Please don't laugh at his little thumb-tack eyes, he's very sensitive about them. Besides, I haven't decided what I want to use for the eyes yet and the push pin is purely temporary.
I feel pretty groovy because knitty.com labeled the pattern 'piquant', "A little something for the seasoned knitter." Yee Haw!
i'd like to learn how to make a sock. i don't know how yet and have been looking over patterns and everything seems to be tailored for men with dinky little feets. definitely am feeling a little left out since i've got honking huge big feet. anyone have any suggestions?? i almost started Jacquiline Fee's spiral socks then my friend M. took one look at the picture of 'em and said "OOOOOHH!!! how clever!!!! a dildo-cozy!!!"
The socks I've been slowly working on are finally done! They are 100% alpaca and very cozy. I'm pretty happy with them, they look nice and fit well. The only thing I've noticed is that the second one is just slightly bigger than the first. I think my guage was a little looser on the second. Does anyone know if there is a way to safely shrink the left sock to match the right one? Again, it's pretty minor, but if it's anyone has any tips, I might try to rememdy it. Thanks everyone and take care! -Ken
2 out of 5 scarves for the Christmas list are now done. This one was fun because of the combinations of odds and ends from my until-now-untouched 10 year old stash.
I felted my clogs last Sunday and finally got around to taking some pictures, well getting the pictures off of my digital camera that is. The sneaker shows the size difference of before and after felting.
The felting process was a breeze! Each slipper in a zippered pillowcase, threw in a couple of bath towels, a total of 16 minutes and they felted perfectly. I used Paton's Classic Wool and was very pleased with the results. They are very comfy and will be great to wear this winter during the Western New York cold weather.
This spring I finished a shawl in a cotton/silk blend; in a design based on my own 'Queen Anne's Lace' shawl. (okay - it was a "mistake" that became a "feature" - if Microsoft can do it, why not moi?)
Golden Angelica is to be raffled off on the Last day of Whitby Folk week in the UK. I just heard that it was on it's way there from London.
The raffle is a private group thing by the Friends of Mudcat Cafe- though I'm sure they will be willing to sell tickets to anyone who asks...(uk only though) Funds derived from the raffle will go to support the MudCat Cafe website.
Some day, I swear, I will get "caught up" with every project I want to do. Right. sure!
My problem is I start *WAY* too many projects - I usually finish them, sooner or later, usually later. But sometimes a project has a "deadline" - sometimes crucial, sometimes not, sometimes crucial only to me.
Currently on the needles (if I haven't forgotten anything - and excluding most of the crochet stuff)
'Mystic Sea Music Stole' - crochet - no deadline as it will be auctioned for charity - whenever. it is a crochet lace edging widened and doubled to be a stole. The primary times I've worked on it have been at the Mystic Sea Music Festival - hence the name.
'Feather Fan and Vine Stole' - I will finish this - sometime. the third project I started after learning to purl, and my own design. I need to finish it just for completion.
'Catspaw Stole' - started in crochet - needs to be ripped out and redone in knit.
'anniversary Pi' - my variation on the Shetland Tea Shawl from GOL - done as the anniversary Pi for EZPI yahoo group. about 12 rows and edge to go. completed 10/18/06
'KYOAMPI #1' the "summer garden' mystery pi from EZPI yahoo group - at about the same stage as the anniversary pi. I WANTED to have this done by July - if I get it done by next July I will be happy - will go to cousin's daughter as a wedding gift (belated)