Wow! What a wonderful way to get together! Haven't had too many opportunities to get together with others to discuss knitting. And, most knitters still tend to be women, so haven't listened to the male slant on knitting at all. But I really love the way MEN WHO KNIT is set up. Plan on exchanging a lot of opinion, information, and chat with the group.
I started knitting about twenty-six years ago when I couldn't find a decent sweater for my little girl. My daughter is now in her late twenties and still loves Daddy's sweaters more than any other. In addition to sweaters, i have designed -- and knitted -- hats, caps, gloves, scarves, and socks. SOCKS! How much fun is that? Love the whole process of making socks. And love wearing my hand-knit socks. Love flooring people with the idea of an old coot like me working with dainty laces and needles.
What is the difference between imitation and inspiration? I wonder this as I am currently working on a scarf that I have "designed" in that I took a stitch found in Nicky Epstein’s Knitting on the Edge and put it in a scarf. It is hardly a leap of imagination. Regardless, when I wear this scarf into my LYS and the nice ladies there ask me where I got the pattern, can I say I designed it, or should I say I got it from a Nicky Epstein book?
On a broader level, I have--as I’m sure many of us have--altered a design to better suit my tastes. At what point an altered design become its own design? If I knit a Kathy Zimmerman sweater in green Cascade 220 instead of Classic Elite, have I "designed" a sweater? What if I add an embellishment, or maybe do a garter rib in K4, P2 instead of K2, P2? When does the sweater stop being Kathy Zimmerman’s design?
Finally started on my first cap. Using #2s and now thinking for my first one I should have gone for something using bigger needles. I can tell the stitch is going to look great but as you seasoned people know, it's gonna take me a while to feel like I am getting anywhere. Oh well.
Brittney would be so proud! UGH!!!
Anyway....I goofed it was Bill not Billbear that posted the site.. www.knotjustknitting.com Sorry Bill.....and thanks Billbear for bringing it to my attention! It is still an amazing site and especially the "Galleries by Prudence" section.....Wow, cool stuff!
Have a great day guys!!!!
Oh guys! If you have not yet seen the site that Billbear mentioned a few posts ago. www.knotjustknitting.com Run, do not walk(type slowly) to that site.....it is unbelievable!!!! A truly inspiring site!!!!
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Are any of you members of the TKGA? (The Knitting Guild Assocation; http://www.tkga.com) I've considered membership off and on for a few years now but I've never done it. I have and am still considering doing their master knitter certification program. What are your thoughts on this? IMHO, the TKGA is decidedly woman centered, but I guess I should tell us all something we wouldn't already know.<
Ok so its my first time and somethings are good tight- but not when you cast on!! arrrgghhhh!!!
So I sat down with my supplies to attempt my first hat. Nice alpaca yarn, two skeins, not wound into a ball or in a workable roll, just skeins. I had hand wound some yarn I spun myself so i thought no problem, I will just make a ball by hand. It seemed like in seconds I had a mess of yarn. Fighting the urge to pull hard I worked the length I had into a ball, worked it through the maze, wound some more, worked the maze, shook it, wound some more. As I type this I still have a mess but this is me taking a break so as not to get even more frustrated. I will be taking the second one back to the store and having them wind it on that thingamajig that does it in seconds versus the hour or so it will take me. Sigh.
Gentlemen, (and lady lurkers)
Martin put me up to this, so here goes!
Here is a question to ponder....Is there something about fine, high-end natrual yarns and fibers that does, in fact, enhance the knitting experience....or is it just as pleasurable to knit with man-made fibers? The real question...are you a fiber snob and why????
Talk amongst yourselves....and then let us know