I was asked on Friday if I would consider judging the knitted and crochet entries at the county fair here.
I could do it, the number of entries is not usually terribly large, and I've certainly been doing this stuff long enough. But I have no particular "professional" qualifications. I've only ever taught one class, I don't write on the subject. When I asked "Why me?" the answer was just "Because we talked it over and thought you'd be good."
The judges give written comments on every piece, which I'd be willing to do. It probably takes about half a day, and they pay you $50. (Wow.) I just keep wondering if $50 is worth getting tarred and feathered for. :)
My name's Ken and my partner Mark and I live up in Maine, just outside of Bangor. As a bit of an introduction...I started knitting back in September of 2005 and have been enjoying doing so ever since. My favorite thing to knit, so far anyway, is socks. I've also done some hats, scarves, a few knitted toys and I'm currently tackling the faux bear skin rug that was featured in the men's issue of Knit1. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it when it's done, but I just felt the need to take on the challenge of making such an unusual project...so far, so good. Well, I guess that's it for now. Thanks Chris for oh so politely reminding me to get it together and join the site. And thanks to all of you who took the time to visit my blog (http://alterknituniverse.blogspot.com/) today. I wondered why I was getting so many hits...
I recently made a trip to the Goodwill in search of sweaters to recycle and it was an excellent day for hunting. I purchased three sweaters and a vest, all 100% 2-ply cashmere. I knew I was taking a chance on the vest because it had buttons down the front, so if anything, the back would be the only useable portion. But the yarn was so loosely spun that I couldn't unravel it without the yarn constantly breaking. I gave up. It was really soft, so I was a bit disappointed, but it cost next to nothing and I ended up with 6 vintage mother of pearl button, so it wasn't a total loss.
I have been trying to get Ken in Maine to join the group for weeks now. He's been thinking about it but never gets around to it. (like me finishing that 3yo sweater).
My proposal is that those who want to, visit his blog http://alterknituniverse.blogspot.com/ leave a comment and casually invite him. He really would be a good member to have around.
(this sounds like rush week)
Hey all! I just joined this site, and tonight I am going to be embarking on my knitting adventure! My Aunt tought me the basics this weekend and I must say that I am obssesed! The only problem is that I don't know where to start...I have purchased a book and am reading up but am totally in the dark as to what to get when I go to the knit shop this evening! Might anyone have some advice as to good tools/materials for the sealous beginner? Any advice would be creatly appreciated! THanks!
well, the theft of my current wip's and attendant sticks and string is best considered an opportunity. tho' the hat was (i'm quoting Madame Fonz, a venerable drag queen) "fab'lus". the baby will get a blanket done in a foamy minty green chenille with crocheted flowers randomly distributed on it. and i'm thinking i'll do a matching hat. hats are always good. i feel sorry for the junky that stole my tackle 'cause there's no way he'll get any money at the hock shop for that stuff. anyways, thanks for the commisseration and stuff. be good.
sometimes i think people are just awful. night before last i was tired beyond belief......the emergency room was jumpin' all night long. well, i carry my knitting bag with me to the time keeping station to clock out. of course i had to set it down to free up a hand to juggle my id badge and book bag. apparently, i didn't pick it up when i clocked out and left. security tape has a civilian/non-hospital employee picking up the bag and heading out through the atrium and loses sight of the culprit as he (*yep, it was a male*) passes by the outpatient and clinic pavillions. so, there goes my latest hat-creation (done in lionbrand desert flowers) that i had just finished and the first third of a baby afghan for my best friend's impending delivery. *sigh* just had a sick feeling 'cause i just realized that the afghan was on an interchangeable needle set. *ugh* of course, those will be the size needles i must have to get anything done. more sighing ensues.
Gentlemen, the new knitty is up. It's all socks, gloves and hats. (Yes, jpaul, SOCKS. BY THE BUCKETLOAD!)
I'm just curious how everyone manages their tension whilst knitting, I hear everyone has their own method.
Myself, I knit 'English' style and weave the yarn under my index finger, over my second and third fingers and under my pinky. What about you?