AND THE WINNER IS!.............................................

Chris Vandenburg's picture

.......................................... ALL OF THE ABOVE!

Boys, and ladies, (you figure that one out for yourselves), There have been so many of you that have responded to this KAL thingy and I just do not want to leave anyone out. Therefore pick the xmas stocking, the clogs, or the shorts. As for myself I'm doing all three. Y'all have been so kind as to voice why you want to do a certain project that it's impossible to just for me to decide on just one. In my thinking we can all look at each others work and learn and decide if in the future we want to do that particular one.

That said... Here is MY offer! For the shorts guys..... while the pattern is available on the net, and the least expensive I have found is 5 bucks, the shipping cost is highway robbery 5 to 11 dollars and that sucks. Therefore, IF YOU WANT THE PATTERN, my LYS has ordered 15 copies and they are due in by next Monday March 1. The cost is still 5 a copy but I will pay for the postage. Speak up fast in case I need to order more. I figure a couple of stamps is not going to send me to the gutter. If you speak up and give me your address (I promise I will not give it to anyone nor stalk you) I can have it out in the mail by a week from Wednesday. But keep in mind y'all are gonna send me my 5 bucks! Also keep in mind that if you don't have them there are a couple of circular needles involved. Also, my advice is that for yarn substitutions consult your yarn store or go to yarndex.com or ravelry. Guys let me know on this one ASAP.

Clog people!!!!!!!! (working on a pair now) I have used the "old" pattern in the past but am working with the 'new' pattern and as I said, gives additional rows for wide feet. Please note (and I almost swallowed a bottle of Jack before I had the brainstorm to look up the errata) that MENS SIZE MEDIUM ROW 40 SHOULD GIVE AN ENDING STITCH COUNT OF 49. Double check this on fiber trends web site and also if you plan to do any other size. One more thing. The pattern calls for needles size 13 24" circ and a 13 16 in circ. When doning the men's sizes I have never had to change to a smaller size needle but you will still need an additional circ to pick up stitches. In short... don't go out and buy three needles. I cannot speak for the womens size here. OH.... Fiber Trends felted clog pattern AC-33 and the new has an 'e' on the end or some sort of bull... stuff)

Felted Christmas stocking people! (As soon as Bradley and Eric get back from visiting Bob Eubanks with their new dining room set.....................................) The website for the pattern is http://home.howstuffworks.com/free-knitting-patterns-for-beginners11.htm

Note that on this pattern the cuff is knitted wrong side out as it will be folded over with the right side eventually show.

Now when we all get our proverbial crap together we'll set a start date and just have a fun time with it. Post pics of our progress, our gripes ...whatever..

I am particularly looking forward to seeing the talent, creativity and color choices that you guys come up with. I know I sometimes get stuck in a rut colorwise and somtimes I just don't see how two or more colors will go together .

Let's have fun!!!!

Chris

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KnitMark's picture

If anyone else needs the

If anyone else needs the shorts pattern, I found it at this place for $5 + $3.35 for shipping, which is slightly less than some other places:
http://www.paradisefibers.net/Skacel-Trekking-Boxer-Shorts-Pattern-J-p/68574.htm

Happy Knitting,
Mark

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Mark, that's odd... I

Mark, that's odd... I checked out paradise fibers and the shipping was 10 bucks... that was to Texas of course. But I know it won't cost me more than a postage stamp or two to send out. I have to recheck paradise.

But thanks for the info,

Chris

KnitMark's picture

Chris, that is weird...I was

Chris, that is weird...I was billed $3.35 for 1st Class US mail on it, and I'm in Indiana. I think Paradise is in Washington - I wouldn't think there'd be a difference in postage.

Mark

Chris Vandenburg's picture

I don't know either?????

I don't know either????? that's just a quote I got before I posted yesterday!

Mark, I really, really appreciate you also investigating this... I'm all for making a KAL as inexpensive as possible.

You're becoming my bud...

Chris

Aaronknits's picture

Put me down for a boxer

Put me down for a boxer pattern. Just let me know how much and where to send my money!

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Arron Baby!!!! Hey, just

Arron Baby!!!!

Hey, just send me your address via PM and I'll get it out to you ASAP. As I have been telling everyone don't send me any money until you get the pattern. I trust everyone around here.... except for that cajun....

I've posted this just less than 12 hours ago and already half of this order is sold I may have to have Miz Ronda to up the order but you are guaranteed one!

I can't wait to see the results of all these projects.

Chris

Bill's picture

you didn't capitalize

you didn't capitalize Cajun..so he must be in BIG trouble...

TheKnittingMill's picture

Yeah, I noticed that too,

Yeah, I noticed that too, Bill! How quickly I fall from grace...

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Damn your sharp Bill! Maybe

Damn your sharp Bill!
Maybe because he won't come share a mess of crawdads and beer with me and my friends on the 5th. Naw, couldn't be upset with the C**#&$$ if I wanted to.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

See Larsy!!! That just goes

See Larsy!!! That just goes to show 'ya what a yankee y'all be! They aint water bugs..... they's mud bugs! (and they say the Texas educational system is bad.... I say it's worse in all those 49 suburbs of Texas)

You be my friend in rags,

Chris.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Oh Lars, Think of them as

Oh Lars,
Think of them as just miniature fresh water lobsters!

I ate a shrimp once!!!!!! But we never dated again!

Winks and hugs,

Chris

MMario's picture

Lars; you need to seek

Lars; you need to seek treatment for this severe mental aberration....

on second thought - it's okay, more for me.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Oh, Lars, Crabs are so very

Oh, Lars,
Crabs are so very hard to get rid of.
Chris

TheKnittingMill's picture

I don't know? I do loves me

I don't know? I do loves me some crawfish!

JuanC1965's picture

the "NO STALK" policy

the "NO STALK" policy includes Millard?

Chris Vandenburg's picture

For you or me Juan? If it's

For you or me Juan? If it's YOU then it does.

Chris

JuanC1965's picture

HEY! that is your

HEY! that is your policy!

And Millard please reply the four check question!

TheKnittingMill's picture

Si, Juan! Mis nalgas

Si, Juan! Mis nalgas tambien...LOL...locos

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Gosh I love a little foreign

Gosh I love a little foreign tongue now and again.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Thats CHEEKS Juan! But then

Thats CHEEKS Juan! But then again, with good check you could possibly get all the 'cheeks you want!

JuanC1965's picture

Serves me right for

Serves me right for multitasking while at work.

TheKnittingMill's picture

OK, I just turned three

OK, I just turned three shades of red! Is it getting hot in here?

Mill

Chris Vandenburg's picture

All four cheeks?

All four cheeks?

TheKnittingMill's picture

Man! You leave this site for

Man! You leave this site for several hours and look what happens. I knew my ears were burning! I feel like such an objectified piece of meat!! YOU MAY CONTINUE...(",)

Mill

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Boy do you have an inflated

Boy do you have an inflated sense of self-worth! Just what is the PSI on that?

TheKnittingMill's picture

Which part?

Which part?

Chris Vandenburg's picture

If this conversation gets

If this conversation gets any thicker we are all going to be embarrassed!

TheKnittingMill's picture

I whole-heartedly

I whole-heartedly agree...UNCLE!

vsidart's picture

Shocking... absolutely

Shocking... absolutely shocking.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

As if I didn't already know

As if I didn't already know that! Now keep in mind guys, I have seen your islands and I expect some jaw dropping work from you both. Particularly Eric if you are going to make up for killing that combine of Bradleys dads! Honestly I really can't wait to see what you two come up with. (knowing you two they will be attatched at the heel or somthing.)

Adore you both,

Chris.

PS... SEND ME TREES!!!!!!! I have way too much open land.

ksmarguy's picture

Trees will be on their way

Trees will be on their way soon... Honestly, you live in Texas for Christ's Sake... you'd think that you were used to a little open land :)

We'll try to come up with something to wow you, as far as being attached at the heel, that's what happens when a guy from Kansas clicks his ruby heel against a guy from California...

Chris Vandenburg's picture

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't even have a comback for that one...... you two crack me up! And don't y'all think I don't KNOW when you have been rootin' around in my garden! From now on I'm keeping both hands on my kiwis!

Adore you both ya damn yankees,

Chris

And thanks for the trees.... I don't have any more room for livestock.

vsidart's picture

Hands on your

Hands on your kiwis....?!
WTMI!
Love ya, faceless friend!

Chris Vandenburg's picture

I've GOT your number

I've GOT your number Lars!!!!

And I likes it!

Hugs from the Lone Star,

Chris

I'm counting on it being

I'm counting on it being easy Chris!

Linens2lace
http://linens2lace.blogspot.com

vsidart's picture

I've not done the felted

I've not done the felted version of the stocking, but have a a very similar "flat" version, and it's very easy- and, since it's done in the flat, if you wanna add some kind of intarsia colorwork to it, it's very friendly to that too. You'll have no prob!

MMario's picture

just remember that felting

just remember that felting colourwork tends to lose detail; and different colours (even from the same company/brand/line) may felt differently.

Iacobvs's picture

Thanks for organizing this

Thanks for organizing this Chris, and for your patience in listening to all our snide little comments. I think y ou deserve an additional Jack Daniels for all your efforts--you have my permission.

I think I will go with the clogs. I love the idea of knitting something and then throwing into the washer to see it come out as something else--it's the closest thing to magic in my life! And, I actually have size 13 needles in bamboo. I stole them from my sister after my mother told her that her knitting was not as good as mine so she gave it up, lol!

ronhuber's picture

Thanks, Chris, for

Thanks, Chris, for accommodating everyone. (I don't wear underwear and am too old to believe in Santa Claus.) I have the old clog pattern in Canada but have never made a pair. I am going up there for a bit next week so will get some wool and join in.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

I loves ya Ron! I am now

I loves ya Ron! I am now commited to two pair of clogs during this and the undies and the stocking. SEND THAT JACK ASAP!!!!

ksmarguy's picture

YAY!!!!!! Thank you for

YAY!!!!!! Thank you for Organizing this, Chris... Can't wait to start, we have been planning this evening already!

TheKnittingMill's picture

It sounds like a wise

It sounds like a wise decision! I'll probably end up doing all three myself. Sign me up for one of the boxer patterns and I'll send you a pm with my address. Thanks for organizing all of this Chris!

Mill

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Hey swamp thang! Gotcha

Hey swamp thang!
Gotcha down.
Chris

PS. Sure you aint up for da crawdad burl? Maybe the last one for a long time if the weather don't warm up. As of now we are gonna have to sell our combined souls to pay for this one! (I hope your's is worth something because I've taken a second loan out on mine) I sure hope they serve beer in hell.

As I have only knit one half

As I have only knit one half of a sock in my life (I'm a great starter but hope or expect someone else to do the finishing) I think I am going to try my hand at the Christmas Stocking. The shorts are intrigueing but I do not believe anyone here would wear them, no matter how much they love me.

Linens2lace
http://linens2lace.blogspot.com

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Joanne, the stocking is a

Joanne, the stocking is a cinch.... it's knitted flat and only finished with one mattress stitch seam.... piece of cake... I promise you will make at least 4 before Christmas.

Welcome aboard,

Chris