Most of the site has been upgraded. I'm aware of some issues, but I encourage y'all to use the site normally and report back any problems by replying to this post.
Thanks for being patient while I work the kinks out!
Well, here I sit trying to think of what to write about in my blog.
I have been knitting for a few years now. It all started as a young boy when my mother first showed me how to cast on to a needle and how to knit and purl. Well, I was thrilled. I created a holy mess of a something, but boy was I proud. After that I put down my needles for a number of years; only to have a very good friend suggest I take up knitting while I was going through my divorce. She gave me a project of knitting a toddler cardigan for my grandson. Now folks, remember I hadn't knitted for years. Well believe it or not I finished this cardigan with buttons and pockets. It was beautiful. Now I was really hooked and started knitting my next sweater.
This is a piece of lace I'm working on. It is a design by Sharon Miller in 'Heirloom Knitting' and the yarn is handpainted merino laceweight by Margaret Stove, the New Zealand lace guru.
So it's taken me some time, but my first knitting project is finally complete! Here are some pictures.
The scarf is pretty long - I prefer long scarves to the ones that refuse to stay wrapped around your neck. Its final dimensions are: 65.5" x 8.5". That should definitely keep me warm this winter!
ok. feeling pretty dumb, now. been swatching a pattern that calls for p2tog tbl to be done and somehow it just isn't coming out right. this is the aspect of knitting that makes me feel stupid when things just don't seem to work and i can't see what it is i'm doing wrong. off now, trying to find how-to video clips on google.
Liz Lovick will be offering some online courses on Ganseys
The first workshops starts on 7th October on the Traditional Knitting Yahoo list
Then in January it will be repeated on the EZasPi list
she says regarding the classes:
"will be looking at the patterns used on some of the fishermen's sweaters round the UK, along with some of the the history and fables associated with ganseys. ... there will be patterns posted, and ideas for making them your own. ... the patterns will start small, and work up to a gansey itself, both in the traditional 5 ply and the aran weight often used here in Orkney."
Many people think that the internet is cold and impersonal. While it's true that it can be, this is not one of those places. It has turned out, in the last few days, to be an even more warmer and inviting place to be than I ever could have imagined.
I am overwhelmed with the love and support I have recieved from all of you. Enough so, that I might have to cover the keyboard in plastic to keep out the salt water. Believe it or not, I have actually 'felt' each and every one of the cyber-hugs I have recieved from y'all and your wonderful words are eternally etched in my heart.
Hello out there!! Finally got the dpns I needed for my delicious Koigu yarn courtesy of the new I Knit London shop, where I had the pleasure of meeting Craig and Gerard, two lovely chaps! Looking forward to seeing them again soon! My socks are taking shape, although I must admit I'm freaking a bit at what's taking shape!! I didn't realise the increase in needle and yarn size would produce SO much of an increase in sock size!! I'm so used to the 'slim' results from the fingering weight, but I suppose that's the adventure!! Anyway, photos of a new pair soon hopefully!! Ciao for now! Ivan
Does anyone know anything about Nicky Epstein? She has published a few books, her latest is called Knitted Flowers but I only discovered her recently and still have not see any of her books.
Well, the sweater is going a lot easier than I thought. I have become a man possessed. I am knitting whenever I get free second.Coffee shops, work, home, etc. In 3-4 days I finished the front and I am about 3/4 done with the back. I am by nature, not a fast knitter, but I am methodical.
I will post some pics later. Now I must knit!
Also, some of you showed interest in the "knitting culture" of Japan. Long story short.... Japan is even more chauvenistic than you could possibly guess. I think the woman at the yarn store almost had a heart attack when I walked in. Men do men things and women do women things here (for the most part) and I guess they think knitting is a woman's thing.