The Best Beloved is growing irked at the loose balls of yarns flowing out of the wicker basket, and covering a surprising amount of space. Having just walked down from the office to the kitchen to pour a cup of tea, I was amused to notice that there is yarn here in the office, yarn in the living room on the sofa, yarn in the dining room on the table, under the table, and on the piano. The Best Beloved is not amused, and threatening to purchase a knitting project type bag for me for a Christmas gift.
I was wondering if anyone out there has a particularly favorite bag that they use for storing projects - yarn, needles, measuring devices, etc? If you would kindly share them with me, I will, kindly of course, pass on the recommendations to the Best Beloved.
Jonathan in rainy DC
Just back from my foray into the heartland of Oklahoma. It was wonderful to meet Okknitguy - we had a fabulous dinner at a Mexican restaurant together. We didn't make it to the yarn store while I was there, so I will have to save that for my next trip.
However, I'm very pleased with a new book that I found while I was there: Mason Dixon Knitting, the Curious Knitter's Guide, by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne. Wonderful stuff, light hearted, good pitures, and a great way to knock anyone out of a creative slump. I highly recommend it. Put it on your list for the Holidays!
Jonathan in DC
Evelyn from Knitty Noddy (http://www.knitty-noddy.com/) informed me via email yesterday that the Filati Men's #5 pattern book is due in any day now - it has arrived at the distributor and they were getting it in the mail to her. She writes "personally I like the looks of Filati Men #5 better (and it's not just the models, the patterns look better too :-P )." She now has up on her website her collection of men's pattern books at http://www.knitty-noddy.com/index.php?page=shop.browse&root=4867bd5b1e17df5d876a27c961e9dcc9&category_id=5cb28ee2559aa352e7c1e02e7c4c97ab&option=com_phpshop
She writes "Hopefully this will make it easier to locate these issues, don't have to paw through a bunch of girl stuff!"
She really is great to work with, and will look around for something she doesn't stock and is happy to special order.
I have no connections to her business - just a happy customer!
Off to Oklahoma City this weekend (if the airports are still open due to the storm), where I hope to meet up with OKKnitguy and have a tour of Oklahoma City's wild, wooly fiber scene and knit quietly by my parent's fireside and be lavished with homecooked food.
Jonathan in DC
Just got back from our local indie bookstore where Michael Di Vecchio was speaking and signing his new book, Knitting With Balls. He was a lot of fun to listen to - I was a bit amazed that it was mostly woman attending, but there was a fair sprinkling of us guys there too, including one hip gentleman in a utili-kilt. If you have a chance to go hear him speak (Michael, not the gentleman in the kilt), by all means, go. His blog is at http://trickytricot.typepad.com/. Quite fine.
Ok, time for pizza and tv in front of the fire. It's the first night of a week of vacation for me. I'm so looking forward to a week of knitting and eating and, ok catching up on paperwork.
Jonathan in DC
Hardly knew how much I relied on this site until yesterday! I am greatly relieved and very thankful that it's back up and running - thanks, Mike, Darrel, and whatever knitting gods and goddesses lent a hand....
A grateful member of MWK,
Jonathan in DC
Here's the sweater that I started earlier this summer. It's made from undyed wool from a friend's sheep in a basket weave pattern on circular needles. It's for the Best Beloved; I'm currently working on one in hand dyed, hand spun yarn for me. It's been a while since I've actually FINISHED something, so I'm really quite pleased! Most of this was worked watching reruns of Star Trek: The Next Generation - in case that's helpful information!!!
In the 80's, I was at the height of my Avid Knitting Phase. I had collected a vast array of knitting tools - circular needles, straight needles, double pointed needles, measuring tapes, devices to wind yarn and measure gauge. Without a trip to the knitting store I could invariably lay my hands on whatever size needle in whatever form I needed and go to work on a new project.
Then came a move to Boulder, Colorado, graduate school, a new relationship, all quickly followed by more moves, opening up my pottery studio, yada yada yada...with the result that knitting needles and various other tools got left behind, sometimes one at a time, leaving me with a set of two or three #9 double pointed needles, sometimes en masse, leaving me without a single 24" #8 circular needle.
(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.
Never, ever have I been as frustrated as trying to learn how to operate my new Bond Ultimate Knitting machine that I got at Christmas.
I learned to knit in college. A guy I knew, a fiddler in a local bluegrass band, made his own socks. He told me his mother taught him. He introduced us, and within weeks, she and I had made a trip to the yarn store to buy some Lopi, a pair of 10 1/2 circular needles, and a sweater pattern.
That was in 1982 - I still remember how difficult it was to learn to hold the yarn correctly, to be knitting smoothly along and then have a gap and suddenly forget the basics: does the needle go in the back or the front of the stitch? Is that a knit or a purl? 24 years later I just pick up yarn and flail about for a pair of needles and just start. No pattern, nuthin'. Pretty cool.