Bonjour and Hi to all,
I'm an american living the past four years in Paris and now in the process of relocating to London. I've been knitting since I was a child thanks to Mrs. Eldridge and a pair of her hand me down needles. First project I ever made was blankets for my guinea pigs. Deja vous... Still so vivid in my mind yet way to many years ago. In my teens, I learned to crochet simple blocks to help Mrs. Hope and her constant charity events. Can't tell you how many stacks to blocks I crocheted. I'm so grateful to these women for their patience and generosity and that they recognized my need to create.
Today, what I could stand some input on is how you guys find patterns for men. I seem to be forced to buy either the book or magazine just to get one or two patterns. Also, Im looking for patterns that don't look like my grandfather's which seems to be the prevailing choice from some knitting shops. I do have Barbara Walker's books, "A Treasury of Knitting Patterns", along with her second edition which I use sometimes when I'm feeling confident and determined. I know there must be some great patterns out there and I would hate to think that I'm just not looking in the right place.
If anyone out there lives in the UK and knows of a great knitting group or shop in Central London I would appreciate hearing from you. I'll be in London on Sept. 2nd and 3rd searching for a place and that would clearly make a difference.
Thanks so much,