Well, after hot days, Portland now feels positively autumnal in the morning....Fall, when I dream of the perfect sweater to wear while riding my big bright-chestnut gelding through the woods, golden leaves spiraling down about me. Of course, someone should be there with me....but as I've never met him....his face is obscured. All I know is that he isn't allergic to wool.
My sash-shawl is coming along beautifully, and I plan to take some time today to work on it. I will also work on getting the kilt finished for Vancouver, BC pride next week.
I'm getting some pictures taken tonight, so y'all get to see some of the goodies I've been working on. Such fun.
good morning fellas! I found a sweet deal on organic colorgrown cotton on 12 oz. cones (845) yards but was a little bit leary of ordering it without some input. I am sure there are some great rescources out there for buying coned yarn but it is a laungage I don't speak. it is 2/2 which the seller says is a worsted weight. WEBS has a sweet deal on some tweedy wool colors (http://yarn.com/webs/0/0/0/0-1300-1308-1317/0/15/1311/) and it sells for 12$per pound for 992 yrds per pound. 4-4.5 stitches per inch. I have never bought yarn this way so i don't know anything about washing it to remove the oils, drying it, or if this is just a bad idea but you could whip up a sweater for cheap with it! if anybody has a good resource for buying yarn this way, or has bought it and wants to shed some insight on the washing process, by all means, please throw some help this way! thanks!
Scruff & the first soldier in his knit-bot army.
Revised ribbed beanie, 4x2 ribs.
Here are a couple of things I've made recently. The first is a 4x2 ribbed beanie made without a pattern. My first attempt was slightly too big, so I frogged it & reduced the # of stitches. It's now my favourite.
Last weekend I embarked on my first attempt at illusion knitting. I think it turned out great for a first try. I'll probably turn it into a cushion or somesuch. I love this picture of Scruff, he looks like he's planning to take over the world with an army of knit-bots.
Here is the first knitted clog from Australia, well at least on MWK! This was an experiment as I substituted the yarn and needle size and must say it has turned out well with only a few minor hiccups!! Even managed to watch TV while knitting them. The felting process was much easier than I expected, even with a front load washer. Took just 25 mins of wash cycle to get the right size. Not much fun getting the door to open when the machine is full of hot water and trying to stop the suds from spewing all over the floor though. I used one end of blue and one of white as they are the favourite colors of my partner, Keith. We have all manner of plates and kitchen stuff in blue & white so we have christened them 'willow clogs'!!
Well, actually the trailer for the DVD.
Check it out here: http://www.unconfinedmind.com/
It's all very exciting. Some of our regulars, including Bill and Jeremy (Technocowboy), are featured in the trailer along with Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably. I'm anxious to see if hmalbert's "antics" with a knitting needle made it through the editing process...two words: body piercing (he put it where?!)...it may have been too graphic for middle America, but I've got my fingers crossed.
It should be out at the end of August and will come with wool from Philosopher's Wool for knitting a cap.
I got the mailing today & signed up for volunteering to teach knitting! www.knit-out.com for more details
Union Square, 17th Street, New York City
Now that many of you clog boyz are already felting your creations, I've finally found out the sizes I need to make and bought enough yarn to make two pairs. I came home from work this afternoon and got started on the first inner sole, which I'm doing in one strand of blue and one of light grey (hoping for a blue jeans effect).
I thought I'd pass along something that I found helpful when I made these clogs before. First, I went through the entire pattern and underlined every occurrence of the center stitch, which is easy to recognize because it mostly occurs between two increases or decreases. Then I marked the center stitch on my needles with a brightly-colored scrap of yarn so that while I was working I could easily verify that that stitch corresponded to the marked center stitch on the pattern. I found it reassuring to have a landmark while repeatedly turning my work, rather than finding out further down the line that I'd miscounted and having to rip out several rows.
The pictures of Jared's scarf reminded me of a project I have on my want-to-do list.
This link is to a site with two scarves that were designed in memory of Mathew Sheppard. The patterns are free and I thought it might be something that the men on this website would be interested in seeing.
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