Given the current posting and discussion about bobbins and yarn butterflies, I thought I'd post a photo of an interesting piece of knitting paraphanalia. This little house is made of wood with painted details. It measures 8" x 6.5" x 7.5" tall. The roof opens (see second photo)for yarn to be placed inside. Each ball is then threaded through the (4) holes in the roof; the holes have a slit in them so that the ball can be removed even if it is still attached to the knitting. I am certain that this is for fair isle and argyle knitting. I think that Lars told me last year that the German is "Knitting Cottage". I've never used it but enjoy owning it.
BTW: Has anyone ever seen a "Great Scot Argyler" or have a picture of one?
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone! Simon and Howie x
In 1972, when men were struggling to free themselves from the contraints of the Eisenhower 1950’s by wearing colourful clothes, jewelry and experimenting with pursuits formerly considered outside the realm of the real man, Dave Fougner found the time was right for bringing men knitters out of the closet and so he published his booklet “The Manly Art of Knitting”. .
From the forward: “There is definitely a dual purpose in the writing of this book. The first is to introduce knitting to those men who have an interest but are reluctant to try. Then too, it is hoped that the many men who now knit will become less reluctant to admit it.”
There are only 64 pages in his book but everything anyone needs to learn to knit is included between the covers. He discusses, without all the verbage and in simple language, the basics of needle size, cast-on, knit and purl stitches, as well as increases, decreases, binding-off, gauge and assembling. The drawings of how to do the techniques are so clear that even my knitting-challenged partner exclaimed, “Wow! I can figure that out!” The pattern stitches are garter, stockinette, purl, rib, moss, rice and basket weave. The best part is the projects chapter: a dog blanket, a beanie, a wall hanging (for your horse’s best-in-show award), a saddle blanket for your horse (knitted circularly with sharpened garden hose and “jumbo” yarn), a slipover (jumper) and a rope hammock (knitted with either shovel handles or pool cues with manila rope). There is then a section on problems. I learned here how to pick up dropped stitches with the end of a knitting needle and a toothpick instead of a crochet hook!
If you’re looking for a Winter Solstice gift for your favourite knitter (might just be yourself) then I recommend this book by Betsy Hosegood. Published in the UK in 2006, this 121 page under-sized (7" x 7") book is all about knitting fun.
Thankfully, there are no patterns or instructions on how to knit. Instead, it is loaded with knitting information and lots of great photos. The 6 chapters cover information such as the origins of knitting, all about fibers and yarns, knitting tools, knitters’ stories, reasons for knitting, care of your garments and then there’s a great section of hand-knitted garment pattern pictures according to era: 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Among different topics, the author discusses knitting as meditation (with a genuine understanding of what meditation actually is), gives advice on forming a knitting group, explains internet knitting code and lists famous knitting personalities (did you know that David Arquette knits?). Although the book is geared to the female knitter audience, Ms. Hosegood gives time to men knitters (including Michael del Vecchio of Menknit) and even discusses gay and straight male knitters! The style is straightforward, light and humourous.
I just received my copy of Michael del Vecchio's book and I was very pleased with it. I know that other MWK members have posted about this book; I wanted to give an opinion, too.
The book is very straightforward and easy to use. There are the usual knitting instructions with helpful hints scattered through the book.
The strongest aspect of this book are the patterns which progress from very simple to more advanced. I think that Michael did a good job with the patterns. After all, it's not all that easy to find small projects that are both interesting, practical and male-oriented. Every other learn-to-knit book I've ever seen is full of feminine projects such as scrunchies, purses, not to forget those awful hats that ladies think their boyfriends will like (but won't ever wear). These books have got to be off-putting to a lot of men who are interested in learning to knit but can't get past the femine aspect of the craft. A lot of creativity and thought must have gone into coming up with the selection in this book.
DK published books are among my favourites for quality of both content and style. I have an assortment of their craft books which I like very much. I'm happy to see they found Michael's book to meet their standards.
Today I found this vintage wicker basket at the local Sunday flea market. It is 14" tall, 16" wide and 8" deep. It will be perfect to hold all the knitting wool skeins for each project in the works. I have
been looking for something like this; right now I just shove the bag of wool into the secretary which really isn't all that practical. Considering it is in excellent condition and was only $5.00, I just couldn't pass it up (even if I'd not had the perfect use for it!).
Chris and I just got back from an *amazing* vacation. He won an RSVP vacation through an online sweepstakes - a week-long cruise to the Mexican Riviera. It was a total blast. This is me, getting ready to parasail on the beach at Mazatlan.
Knitting-wise, I took a teddy bear project with me. I got a little over half of the pieces done in the airport and on the plane - I have the head pieces, ears, soles of the feet, and body front; I need to do the body back, arms and legs, and make it up. I will have photos of that once it's put together. I'm making it with one strand of Lion Brand suede and one brand of their Tiffany eyelash held together; it makes a dense fabric with a really soft wispy nap. This will be a present for one of my neices or nephews; haven't quite decided which kid gets which bear yet.
More photos from the cruise on my journal: http://oakenking.livejournal.com
WPA poster on display at the Smithsonian.
Dartmouth Regatta. Devon, UK. The local shops decorate their windows. This is the Wool Shop's. Dear old Marilyn did all this the week before - no patterns - and won 1st prize!
My local school district sends a newsletter to all local residents to inform us of the various activities and achievements of the students and faculty in the school system. The most recent newsletter had an article about the Knitting Club in one of the middle schools.
What an excellent idea! They are teaching kids a skill they can enjoy throughout their lives and, if you'll read the article, community responsibility. More importantly, I counted 10 Boys Who Knit in the picture! I think the faculty sponsors are to be commended both for their community involvement and for attracting boys to knitting at an age where gender identity is over-stressed.