Here's my final try at posting a pic of that dang hat.
Every morning when I walk my kids to school, we go past a kid on safety patrol who's not wearing a hat, so I made him one. Here's a picture of my son modeling it. Basic, but warm!
Just back from my foray into the heartland of Oklahoma. It was wonderful to meet Okknitguy - we had a fabulous dinner at a Mexican restaurant together. We didn't make it to the yarn store while I was there, so I will have to save that for my next trip.
However, I'm very pleased with a new book that I found while I was there: Mason Dixon Knitting, the Curious Knitter's Guide, by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne. Wonderful stuff, light hearted, good pitures, and a great way to knock anyone out of a creative slump. I highly recommend it. Put it on your list for the Holidays!
Jonathan in DC
Sock (alas, only one so far)
Schoeller-Stahl "Fortissima Colori"
2 US Sized 2 circs.
(Directions and pattern from Cat Bordi "Fortissima Fairisle Socks... for the Skacel Collection)
Plymouth Yarn "BOKU"
US Sized 6 circ (preference)
There is a great podcast called "Sticks & String" by David Reidy, an Aussie knitting bloke. This can be found at http://sticksandstring.wordpress.com/
Dave has done only 6 shows to date and all are pleasant to listen you. He has a definite male energy about his programming which I enjoy. In addition, he is doing a great job raising the profile of men knitters.
To be honest, I'd never heard a podcast before but now I'm very keen to hear more. He has links to other podcasts about knitting, a couple of which are by guys.
So, .... I am knitting a mock cabled scarf (LOVE IT By the way) and I'm knitting it out of patagonia nature cotton (color #210). This is where my trauma comes in ... I fell in love with the color-way at the LYS and I bought it. Well ...... It was on sale and there were only two left. I know ... I know ... I should never buy yarn on sale since I will NEVER have enough. *lol*
Now, I am on the verge of running out; I need about 10 more yards or so I think. Does anyone know how or where I can get an additional ball? I have been able to find it random places online , but I would like someplace that is known and can be trusted.
Traumatized in Maine
We changed the location of our Dallas knitting group, "Fruits and Fibers", to my bar for the first time last month.
My boss really got into the meeting and picked up a pair of needles and spent the night casting on and got the 'bug'.
Our next meeting is Monday and today Bruce, his partner, and this is true, turned to me and said, "I have got to go out and get Mike a pair of 'beginner' needles"; he was serious. (Bruce, that's what you get for growing up in Odessa)
I almost fell off my bourbon.
I just got back from a meeting in Houston. I was in the room with about 30 people from across the country and our focus was on the outcome measurements of homeless programs. I pulled out the sock I was working and started knitting. It is always fun to see and hear the responses. It certainly helps me, an introvert, to come to engage in some conversations of some sort. It's also interesting to watch who is curious and who won't have anything to do with me. How fascinating.
I love it.
I think I mentioned it before, but I had a commission to spin a bus load of samoyed fur into yarn and knit it into an afghan. I've done a multiplied yarn that is a heavy worsted, and am knitting it on 15s to get the right open-ness and drape. It will be very warm, and IT WILL BE DONE BY WEDNESDAY if it kills me. (Actually, I had it almost completed in October, but as I was blocking it, I noticed that one of the samoyed yarns I made, (like 1/4 of the afghan) had been too softly spun (going for soft and fuzzy) and wasn't going to hold up to any wear at all. I had to frog huge sections, and respin the yarn, reset the spin, and reknit it, which I am almost done doing. Then, of course, it has to be rewashed and blocked. The client is pissed, but as my old adopted Jewish grandmother used to say, "May that be the worst thing that happens to you in your WHOLE life!"
Best wishes to the all from the midnightknitter.
PS: Pictures to follow.