Hi guys! I have now been a member just one year. My but a lot has happened over the past year. I've learned so much and have met so many nice people on this site. I want to thank all of you who have shared your suggestions with me and who just put your samples out there for us to see, both in-progress and finished projects. They are truly inspirational.
This is the only piece that I've tackled so far from "Knitted Lace of Estonia". I'm generally not into fussy lace patterns, that is lace with lots of gewgaw and scallops and such but this Estonian lace has me very intriqued. Nupps look like they would be fun. This is the Raha Scarf, its pretty simple, no nupps, but it was a lot of fun and I like its geometry.
As usual, I've taken on more than I can chew....
I decided on the "Lyra" and began it as a half-circle, only to discover that I can't figure out a place in the pattern to split it in order that the shawl would come out somewhat symmetrical. Argh!
How do you all handle requests? I'm running into trouble saying yes too often when I really want to say no. I hate repeating myself so if someone asks, can you make that in whatever color, it makes me cringe but I usually say yes and put the project I really want work on on hold. My mother is the worst offender by the way. It's so hard to say no to my mother, impossible actually.
I just wanted to say thanks to all of you for being active members of this great site, and for being as supportive as you are, both for those of you who are experienced knitters, and for those of us who are just learning all of the beginning knitting stitches.
Not to mention, your recent support for Gene and for Peter Mark for their individual, yet very important to them, and to us a a group.
Just letting you all know that you can pre-order the 2012 It Takes Balls To Knit ... Scarves Calendar here - http://ittakesballstoknit.com/?wpsc-product=2012-scarf-calendar. This is a tabloid (11" x 17") wall calendar with 13 scarves. Yes, the patterns are included. The models are wearing nothing but the scarves! Proceeds from the sales will go towards Prostate and Breast Cancer research.
I decided to break up the Sunday morning relaxing with a bit of blogging. I typically brew myself a pot of teas as Bob walks the dogs over for a paper and relax in my chair knitting on Sunday morning's. It's to pay myself back for the typical Saturday morning of cooking and scrubbing.
This morning's project is a continuation of the Christmas Socks.
The Washington DC Shambhala Center is hosting Elaine Yuen, a Buddhist teacher from Philly, in a day long workshop on knitting and meditation on Saturday, October 15, 10 am to 5 pm. If you're interested or would like to register, you can go here:
I am planning on making a baby blanket for a friend of mine. I have found some patterns, everything from a washcloth-type pattern to some so complicated that I can't begin to understand them. I am looking for something that would be considered middle of the road, probably a pattern without a lot of lacy holes in it. Baby fingers and lace aren't a good match.
My six year old was diagnosed with Stage II non-Hodgkins lymphoma last month. So far he's doing great with the chemo, including he hasn't missed a day of 1st grade. What can you tell me about an interesting hat that I can make for him now that we cut off all his hair. (We had to cut it all off. He was walking around school, pulling it out and giving it to people.