I'll admit that sometimes some part of my brain simply takes a vacation, which can result in all kinds of interesting challenges.
Take the clogs. They are fairly easy, straightforward with just a few rows that you really have to pay attention to, right? Well, after starting them over THREE times, I realized I skipped over the very first instruction to use the sole/cuff color. Ribbit, Ribbit. Fourth time, correct color, I realized I messed up in row two many stitches ago on the M1 by knitting into it regularly instead of through the back loop. Tried tinking, but messed that up, too. RIIIP! Well, I guess I've paid enough dues because on the FIFTH time starting over, I got through row 2 ok, then on row 4 ended up with the right number of total stitches, but had 3 more on the left needle by the time I should have gotten to the end of the row. It's a mistake that STAYS!
I was taken aback a couple of weeks ago when I was approached first by Toni Neil and then later by Mary Macheroux at the McHenry County Fair asking if I'd be willing to judge the knit and crochet entries for this year's fair. I had some doubts about my qualifications, but in the end I agreed to do it.
It's official, the letter of confirmation arrived in yesterday's mail, so I'll be doing this on August 1. Hopefully, I won't be tarred and feathered for my choices.
Now I'm looking for advice on the subject. There are not usually a huge number of entries, and I know fair judges here get an opportunity to write comments to each entrant with suggestions and so forth. But there seems not to be any judging standard. I had expected something with so many points for design, so many for execution, so many for originality, appropriateness of materials, and so forth. I guess I can invent one, but if any of you are aware of articles on the subject, I'd sure be thankful to hear about it.
Check out this link http://www.abc.net.au/sydney/stories/s1690686.htm?sydney
This work is by folk from our southern state of Tasmania.
Spur of the moment I am going to head to DC friday morning to visit my brother who is also an avid knitter and just moved back there after being gone a few years. I was hoping anyone here could point out good yarn shops in that area or event/gathering going on. the plan at this point is to simply Sit, Sip, Knit, repeat. in that order of course. any pointers would help! thanks.
Just who are we knitting these for???? Myself, this pair will be for my Grandmother. Have already done a pair for Jim, his mom and myself.
OK - it's not the most intricate or impressive of jumpers so why am I so chuffed about it? Well, simply put, it's my emancipation proclamation. I have finally taken control of my knitting and feel like I've entered a new phase of the craft.
I've always wanted to knit in-the-round seamless jumpers but frankly I could never quite figure out Elizabeth Zimmermann's formula. You need to understand that anything that has to do with ciphers, calculations, percentages, maths and spacial reckoning makes my eyes glaze over; I get so bewildered that I begin to wonder if Alzheimer's Disease has set-in. Then, luckily for me, Warren told me about the book "The Sweater Workshop" by Jacqueline Fee. A visit to Amazon.com and the book was mine. I couldn't believe how clearly she teaches the EZ method (with permission).
Well here is clog number one. I stayed up until 12:30 last night trying to get it finished. I still have to weave in the ends. If you look close in the pic you can see that I have a few gaps here and there. I think that this must be related to the fact that I lost my place several times and somehow ended up with a lot more stitches than I was supposed to have. I think I either got confused and made the sole one sized larger than I was supposed to or I lost count and jumped forward somewhere around row 25 to 35.
So what I did was I just kept going until I hit the last stitch from the toe section and then I would knit it together with the one from the heel section, turn and head back the other way. It seems to have worked out OK. But then the nice thing about felting projects is that I figure most problems will go away in the washing cycle (I hope). Of course now that I have strayed from the pattern the challenge will be trying to make the second one look similar to the first.
Hey Guys! I wanted to share a recent sweater that i finished a few weeks ago and have been meaning to post here:
The pattern is "Jarrett" from Rowans "Vintage Knits." I used Rowanspun DK but had to rewrite the pattern to adjust for a finer guage. The sweater is great and has knitted elbow patches and epaulets (shoulder patches). I've posted the write up on the blog. Check it out if you want more details.
i'm going to have to use lifelines. i've started on a hooded pullover and after finishing the ribbing i was sure i was going to blaze away on the back panel........somehow i managed to drop an extraordinary number of stitches so i start ripping back but got carried away and ripped much farther than i had intended. oh well, i'm probably going to put in a lifeline every 5 row from now on. maybe i'll do a clog.....tho' as slow as i've been, lately, it'll take me a year to finish just one.
it sucks that having to work for a living takes sooo much time away from the needles.