Archive - Dec 25, 2006

MasonM's picture

How To Get Started?

Ok, I know next to nothing about knitting but wish to learn. How do I get started? Good books? Supplies? Just wing it and see what happens?

boyforpele13's picture

the manly history of knitting

hi everyone and Merry Christmas!

I was looking for some resources on male's influence on the origins and development of knitting as a hobby and such and aside for some info at menknit.net, the information is mostly false, crediting women with the invention of the craft in the 15th century and them doing the production knitting, etc. Most accounts I have heard have women not even being taught to knit until the last couple of centuries, men being responsible for all production knitting, men starting the first guild, etc.

I am sure there are varying accounts, but does anyone have any online resources that are more man-centric?

Thanks bunches! Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday!

OKknitguy's picture

Merry Christmas

Man, I've attended 5 church services in the past 24 hours. Mass yesterday at 0800, methodist church at 0930, methodist candlelight yesterday evening, midnite mass from 1130-0130 this am, and methodist church this am at 1000. i'm a practicing Metholic or Cathodist, however you want to look at it. Got awesome knit things this year. The tracy Ullman book which looks great. I've always loved her. Also a book called "The Museum of Kitschy Stitches" with the most horrible things ever knitted from patterns or magazine from like the 60's. It looks absolutely hilarious. My next love to knitting is gnomes! I have like 12 of them at the office on my bookcase. Well, I got a little talking gnome and then a little gnome on like a piece of artificial turf and you can put picures behind him and it makes him look like he's at these places like the Eiffel Tower etc. Its hilarious. My patron saint is Bernadette, and I got a Our Lady of Lourdes medallion and a "Song of Bernadette" movie. Then to top it off, a new leather recliner, in which i'm now reclining as I type this blog, as a new knit chair since my dogs seem to have claimed my old knitting chair as their own! I'd say this was about the best Christmas ever. I wish you all the best. xoxoxo

Parrot's picture

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE . . .

Merry Christmas, everyone! I know . . it has been a few months (or more) that I have posted here or chatted with some of you. I have been keeping up regularly with the posts and what's been going on. I have been busy doing dry needle felting, knitting, and making handcrafted knitting needles and shawl pins. I had a very successful time in a local art show just before Thanksgiving. I was very busy getting ready for the show, and took several orders for needles and felted ornaments that has been keeping me busy up til now.

I also a started a new blog about my fiber world work, www.outerbanksneedles.blogspot.com

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and continue with all the fantastic fiber projects. I have been encouraged and learned so much over the past 6 months from you guys, and have made some great friends to share my interest in knitting.

Doug

felted hats and assorted others

So I just finished felting a belt, the sturdy belt pattern from "Knitting with balls" I just got it recently and this is the first thing i tried. I havent finished the belt but Im already amazed with the effect of felting. Is there a way to modify an exisitng non felted pattern, such as the london beanie pattern floating around the web to a felted pattern? or do I just make it very large and hope for the best when felting? Any tips greatly appreciated!

I wish everyone a happy holiday season, a fun filled new year, and a remember, better a warm knitwit than a cold nitwit!

- Dan

Bill's picture

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you all...
I'm in Phoenix, Arizona visiting my son for Christmas..(...and busy knitting a new grey kilt sock...)
...hope everyone gets lots of yarn for Christtmas!!!
...or gift certificates!!!