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knitting behind the wheel

So, for those who don't know, I live on an agricultural island 10mi N. of DT Portland, Oregon. Usually pretty sedate, around this time it becomes the land of pumpkins. Combine 3 truck farms with one bridge, (currently being replaced) and you are looking at a line of traffic 3+ miles long waiting to get off the bridge. 1 HOUR, 45 MINUTES for what usually takes 3 minutes, tops! Thank god the knitting was in the bag next to me: Knit 30 stitches, move 5 feet. Knit a row, move 20 feet. I'm getting to the point where I NEVER want to be without at least a sock to work on. Wasted time drives me NUTS! My Ranger isn't a very roomy place to work in, I have to admit, especially with the gym bag, change of clothes, knitting bag, portfolio, laptop, jacket, etc etc etc on the seat next to me. Bob: The homeless knitter living out of his car. Sometimes it seems as such. sigh...

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Man Boobies

Has anyone noticed that some sweaters create a man-boobie effect? I think it is especially apparent if the sleeves aren't shaped at the top, or on a fitted sweater with stripes. All of a sudden, you look like a b-cup. (and in a bad way). Has anyone else noticed, have any insight in eliminating the heartbreak of man-boobies, outside of diet and working out?

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Hoohah happy saturday

It took forever, but I got a zipper band that I am very happy with for the sweater: I picked up stitches through the inside edge of the cardigan, and knit 8 rows in stockinette stitch on the outside and 3 row's +cast off on the inside (same pick up stitches) to form a "V" in which the zipper sits. The outer band rolls back on itself just shy of the actual zip, and looks like a double I cord band down the center of the cardigan. Looks great, won't catch, and is finished on both inside and outside. Hooray.

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the joy of socks

Well I just got back from SF Stompede dance convention with the ever wonderful Steve, aka Bug or "BUG-WUG" {dodgingwindshields.com) my friend who was one of the ASL interpreters. Did I hand off my Sockwars socks to my victim who lived there? Of course not! I brought them back up to Portland with me and just stuck them in the mail. When I got home, I found out that I had been "Killed" by my NY assasin, and that her socks looked NOTHING like mine. Of course, I have to look at the pattern and figure out if I did something wrong. Although the socks I received have some obvious "BURPS" in the pattern, I love them. Very cool. I knit some obnoxiously colorful socks using the same pattern but taller and in a K3 P3 rib. Got one full sock done on the trip down and back (1 1/2hrs each way=3 hours total) much to the amazement of the flight crew and fellow passengers... I used to HATE FLYING, and now it is, OH BOY! Guilt free knitting time! "Look at me... I am so much more productive than you...playing solitaire on your laptop!"

Pictures to follow,
Bob

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Favorite socks

Does anyone have a favorite sock pattern with the following considerations: heavier than sock weight yarn and lightly shaped...not full square heel treatment. I'm looking for a totally brainless and stretchy sock that I can knit on where-ever and whenever I have a free moment. (or when walking).

Thanks,
Bob

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machine washable socks?

OK, I have this ghastly yarn (actually, it's not so bad...just a little um, bright...turquoise, yellow, and leaf green varigated). I will never use this in a project, but wait...SOCKS! I don't know if it is machine washable, and frankly I don't care as I've already started knitting with it. I can of course, wrap a blob of yarn and try to felt it...then I'll know. But as I don't mind handwashing a pair of special occasion socks, it's kind of a moot point: I wouldn't use this for anything else. Question is, has anyone ever knit socks in non-machine washable? Does the heat and sweat felt them badly? Of course, in the olden days, they didn't have machine washable, and they wore socks...so does it make any difference at all? ramble ramble ramble.... This is what I do when I am on a diet and knit instead of eat....

Bob

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Pricing and selling the sash

After the sash for the kilt was knitted, I remembered that my apparel construction teacher had asked if she could commission something just like it. I took it to class and she tried it on....acually with the clothes she would wear it with. It looked WONDERFUL with her coloring. Now, How to price it? It is about 2 1/2 feet wide by 9 feet. I estimate that if I knit full time, it would take about 24 hours (3 x 8hrs/day) plus the price of the yarns. 27+45= $72. If I figured $15/hr knitting/designing cost: 15 x24= 360 + $72= $432.00 Does that seem reasonable for a handknit shawl of such fiber and dimension? Hmmm. It is a puzzlement.

It is lightly raining today. I want it to POUR so I can stay inside and design and knit without guilt. FOO!

Cheers to all.
Bob

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Top down cardi...

I have some fun yarn, bigger gauge than I normally work, but because it is sort of a felted wool and nylon ribbon, it shouldn't be too warm or heavy. Before I go to the trouble of designing my own pattern, does anyone have a link or pattern for a top down cardigan that is sized for a real man (50" chest +4" for room+ 54" chest)?

Ugh. Not enough time for knitting. I'm taking a class in Marketing and production of apparel, and it is really interesting, but VERY macro.... I just want to do the designing and perhaps manufacturing of the models....Not become Columbia sportswear or a supplier thereof. Sigh.

Best wishes and happy knitting.

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Fighting the flying et al.

Too work at the estate or not to work. I've strained my trapesius muscle and lifting stone doesn't sound like such a good idea. Maybe I'll finish those designs and KNIT. Yeah, that's the ticket.
(And flirt with guys on BMB.com)

I have a very important class for my Apparel design degree on WEDNESDAY! My usual knit night. I'll miss gossiping with LARS! And the beer, and the naughty conversations with the girls over the needles. It TOTALLY SUCKS. (But the class: marketing for the apparel industry, is surprisingly good: The teacher is fast paced and really sharp. He totally ROCKS!)

Fighting the flying: The bane of all woolen knitters and especially us spinners as well who live in the county is wool-moths. But the smell of Mothballs is almost as bad. The best solution that is bearable, I find, is to make sure that woolen sweaters/ handspuns are stored clean. It was recommended to me that you put sachets of dried lavender or whole bars of "Irish Spring" soap (still in the box) in with your knitwear and yarns. My flat smells like a freshly washed rugby team. (I don't mind). And the sweaters have that fresh outdoorsy masculine scent that makes me think of rugged, burly, ginger-bearded men showering nekkid in the bushes.

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yarnaholics anonymous

I am here to say, that I am a yarnaholic.  I admit that I am powerless to yarn.  Yarn has interrupted my life, deleted my savings, driven away suitors... My life is controlled by yarn.  I hear the siren call of silk, wool, alpaca, linen, mohair... I am weak and unable to resist.

 That being said , I just picked up some lovely yarn at a sale yesterday , and only went 3'x over what I planned to spend.  SO, my goal for next month is to have a rummage sale, and whatever I don't absolutely love out of my QUICKLY GROWING STASH (I love that word...it sounds like you could hide it in a drawer... I couldn't hide my stash in a UHAUL!) I will sell.  Unfortunately, what I will sell probably won't interest male knitters: mostly badly advertised mohairs and some novelty sold on e-bay.  Not very butch stuff.

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