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October 5th, 2005

Knit Out response

Oh dear Jack, what a shame that you did not enjoy the Knit Out experience. Union Square has improved over the last 10 years. Perhaps it looks parched after this long dry summer that we have had in NYC. Areas were closed off to the public for several seasons to allow the grass to grow back and the south end has been totally repaved. The north end will be getting revamped soon including the pavilion.
Although knitting is extemely popular today it has not caught the inspiration of top designers like Nicole Farhi and Edina Ronay like it did in the late 70's and 80's. Before I'm shot down down in flames those designers were really popular in London when I lived there. Nicole has a store here in NY but the knitting line is a small, very small part of it.
As I see it and it is only my opinion despite the proliferation of yarn stores with beautiful but expensive yarns. Knitting is a hobby. It is a backlash to the computer age. Despite people I know and respect enjoying knitting for themselves and loved ones the objects being created are by and large for personal enjoyment. Until the big names come along and really inspire the fashion scene with knitted clothing it is going to remain very much a home grown past time. Not that there is anything wrong with that. A sweater is a sweater is a sweater. But, until a brand like Comme de Garcon, Issey Miyake, Vivienne Westwood or Alexander McQueen et al really shakes up the knitting scene it is going to stay very humdrum. The preppy knit wear by Ralph Lauren, Donna Karen etc. is still very popular. The whole design scene needs to be shaken up. We as knitters need to demand more creative, exciting designs by the like of Debbie Bliss, Nicke Epstien to name just two. 
Oh boy I hope that I won't be ostracized for my venting. I love knitting very much and enjoy creating items out of 2 sticks and some yarn. For now I enjoy the designs of Debbie Bliss et al. I am still challenged interpeting their patterns sometimes and have to rip out 3 or 5 times before I get it right. As for Entrelac I will put that aside for a while longer.
We are all free to design and create so let's see your stuff guys!

October 3rd

Jack's picture

N.Y. Knit Out

I'm happy to read that Martin had such a good time at N.Y. Knit Out yesterday. Obviously the difference in our responses comes from the fact that he was an active participant while I was a passive observer. I was expecting to see a lot more "knitting as an Art form" than I did. (This is New York City, after all.) The weather didn't cooperate. It was much too sunny and hot in the City to want to be touching wool, and Union Square is not the green oasis I remember it being the last time I was there. I came away remembering three or four items that I saw. One, a big, "thingy" poncho in browns, as handsome and impressive because of the man who was wearing it as it was in itself. Another favorite of mine was a woman's hat that seemed to be made of preserved newspaper, with a (perhaps) chrochet hat-band.

October 2nd

Orange Crush

It took 3 tries, but I finally got a good start on the back of my first sweater.  I'm knitting the orange zip-front cardigan from the 1st issue of Knit.1.  I'm using the suggested yarn, Wool-Ease chunky in Pumpkin.  (It's not as bright as it looks in the picture.)  It's very exciting to watch it take shape.  I've got about 10 more rows before I start shaping the arm holes.  I'll post more as it moves along.

NY Knit Out

Hi guys

I was at the Knit Out from 1 PM to 5:15. Phew. The was never ending of folk wanting to learn how to knit and across the way was an equally long line waiting to learn how to crochet.
Oh and as I was leaving one of the organizers told me that I was the first male teacher!!!!!!!! 
 Then I went to Boys Night at The Point as usual on a Sunday evening. A fun long day knitting for me.
Tomorrow I start my first Knitting afterschool class!
 I love knitting

September 29th

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Men's Knitting Circle in Philadelphia

On Tuesday, September 27th, the first Men's Knitting Circle kicked off in Philadelphia.  Eight male knitters attended, some I knew, some I did not.  It went over well and we are meeting again the last Tuesday of October (the 25th).  Plenty of creativity in the bunch. 

I followed advice for various people and advertised it and talked it up in Philadelphia and various websites.  MenWhoKnit and PhillyKnitters as two, the local yarn shoppes, the PGN, various stores.

Interesting note is that the owner of establishment told me that several women asked if they could attend, and he explained that it was for the guys and that they could start one on another evening.  No disrespect to the ladies but the idea is for the fellas to have a place to sit, knit and enjoy each others company and share the male focused creative process.

September 22nd

The tie is complete

My knit tie is complete.  I'm a little disappointed by it.  It looks great, but the sock yarn I used is too thick, so the knot is huge.  I can't use it for work, but my daughter has already claimed it, so it won't go unused.  I've already found some really fine silk-tweed that would make a great tie.  I'll have to drop down from size 5 needles to 1 or 2's.

September 20th

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to let folks know that the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival is scheduled for October 1 and 2 at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center in Essex Junction, VT.  Admission is $5 (what a deal!).  The flyer says over 60 vendors with everything from yarn, fleece, spinning, meat and cheese (ok, it's creepy to think of eating the poor animal that gives us beautiful yarn).  More info at www.vermontsheep.org and click on the Festival button on the left.  I've never been to this Fest as I'm new to Vermont but anything with yarn has to be fun.  Plus, there's shearing demonstrations and sheepdog herding.

New York Knitting Cruise

Hello everyone!

Is anyone else going on the knitting cruise in New York sponsored by The Point Cafe? It seems like it would be a great opportunity to meet and put a face with an online identity.... 

I will be there with my wonderful friend, Robin.

Also, I spent the weekend at the Garden State Sheep and Fiber Festival and accidentally added a new obsession... spinning.... Had a great time and learned a lot - all the information and hands on experience really enhances my knitting experience.

September 15th

Bill's picture

Free Patterns

The Victoria and Albert Museum has a Kitting page...with free patterns...
http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/fashion/knitting/index.html
most from the 40's... and many from the second world war...
Gloves...socks...sweaters...
pay attention to the "old" neeedle sizes...

September 14th

Gabriel's picture

Sock class!

Thank you for all the input. The class was frustrating to say the least. I stood up in the middle of class and reminded them all you could buy the socks at shops all over the city and it would be so much less work. LOL Everyone laughed and we went on. I got home last night and became obsessed....I switched from 3 needles to 4 and that was the ticket for me....my hands are bigger than theirs and the four needles gave me more flexiblity. Those little women have small paws!!! Anyway....so far, I am flying on them! Yeah!

BTW, did anybody Tivo the new Martha yesterday??? They had a lady that is the fastest crocheter in the world.....she does 130 double crochets in 3 minutes.....it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. I got a little motion sickness watching her.....