Now that the Sampler Sweater is completed, along with a couple of smaller W.I.P.s that needed to be finished up, I decided I needed another new project to work on. Something I could use up some stash for since my stash is reaching a sizeable amount.
I picked up a number of old pattern books at the guild auction this year. I love the chiche-factor of many old pattern books. Yet if you look past the bad hair/bad colors/ bad yarn selections there are some great looking patterns.
This pattern book is from 1975 and this sweater in particular really caught my eye. It is a twisted stockinette stitch done on a chunky weight yarn, and I knew I had some chunky weight in the stash from last year's auction purchase.
The pattern did not have a size bg enough for me, so I knit up a swatch and went to Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. I decided to go with a vest rather than a sweater and I changed te rib from a 2/2 ribbing to a 2/1 ribbing, as well as knitting it in the round rather than flat.
Attached are pictures of the pattern book, the yarn, swatch and W.I.P. I've made a good deal of progress on it since taking the pictures. It is twice as long as shown in the picture.
I feel that I've been doing too much freestyling lately; knitting "by the seat of my pants", so to speak. While the results have been good, I know that I can't learn new techniques by watching Knitty Gritty alone, I have to follow a pattern. Unfortunately, every time I try to follow one, my project turns into a horrible mess.
I decided to sit down, turn the artsy-fartsy right-brain off and follow a pattern; this time a chart. So I chose one of the thousands of free charts from the internet and hunkered down, determined to make this one come out right.
I'm almost done with the second of the Fibonnaci socks. (Pictures tomorrow, I'm having technical difficulties!) I'm also about to turn the heel of the second blue/multi sock. That will leave me with lots of leftovers for a pair of random striped socks.
One of my friend's best friends has just had a baby girl. He summoned me to rescue this poor, but well-loved, little girl from being smothered in pink. So I have a skein of hand-dyed green/yellow cotton rayon yarn and am planning to make EZ's Baby Surprise Jacket.
After all it's never too late for a Fashion Intervention. Just call me Queer Eye for the Cute Baby! I will post pictures of the
mutant alien dishcloth jacket when it's done. I'll have a working camera by then I hope -- I've just ordered a new one.
I just wanted to let you all know that I had dinner with Debbie Bliss tonight. Stitch Therapy, a fine yarn store in Brooklyn arranged it. I was lucky enough to sit next to Debbie a fellow Brit!
She really was delightful answering questions throughout the dinner that about 15 folk attended. I wish that I had had my photo taken with her but it seemed a bit weird at the time. She will be at Seaport Yarn tomorrow morning. It was really interesting hearing her talk about her designs, stitches, yarn choices etc. A very special person & not at all a super star.
I'll meet next time I'm in London & get that photo taken.
Stripes were easy to learn, once I got the tension right at the yarn switch. I must've forgotten something very basic, as I somehow lost a stitch at the end of a row twice.
Hi guys nice to find a site of other men who knit. I learned to knit about a dozen years ago. I put down my needles for a few years but started to knit again last year when my daughter was pregnant. The pics are of one of my recent projects - it is an all seed-stich sweater I made for my granddaughter Sadie Mae.
Its made from a debbie bliss pattern. I made it out of a really funky novelty yarn I found at a Joann's craft store. The yarn has a metalic thread that runs through it so it is all sparkly. This jacket is my homage to the one Judy Garland wore at her ' 61 Carnegie Hall concert (I figure what fun is it having a gay grandpa if you don't flaunt it a bit).
Did everyone notice that we now have 500 registered users on MenWhoKnit.com!!!! Woo-HOoo!!!!
I just wanted to take a minute to mark this milestone and to recognize Darrel for his work in launching the site, maintaining it, and constantly adding improvements.
I also wanted to say a big thanks to all of you who have registered on the site and who keep coming back. This site would be nothing without an active membership. We're lucky to have members who are not only active, but who are inquisitive, talented, supportive, funny, prolific, passionate, adventurous, etc, etc. I can think of dozens of other adjectives, but I'll just close this up by saying that my knitting life has been enriched by the friends I've made here.
I finished this up last week and gave it the wash and block over the weekend. I finally got around to taking a picture to post on it. The sweater is the Sampler Sweater from Simply Beautiful Sweater For Men. The grey yarn I purchased last year at our knitting guild's annual yarn auction. It came in 2 very large skeins and was unmarked. It is a single ply, loosely spun worsted weight wool.
is anyone interested in a bit of charity work?
Knit A River is the best petition you'll ever knit! It's a great way to help some of the world's poorest people and share your love of knitting. It's also a great way of using the oddments of blue yarn that are cluttering up your stash.
Knit A River is a unique campaign by I Knit for Wateraid. We need knitters to produce as many blue squares as possible and send them to us so we can sew them together to make a river. The river will (hopefully) flow through London (and more) carrying the message WATER AND TOILETS FOR ALL.
There are currently 1.1 billion people who do not have access to safe water.