I was taken aback a couple of weeks ago when I was approached first by Toni Neil and then later by Mary Macheroux at the McHenry County Fair asking if I'd be willing to judge the knit and crochet entries for this year's fair. I had some doubts about my qualifications, but in the end I agreed to do it.
It's official, the letter of confirmation arrived in yesterday's mail, so I'll be doing this on August 1. Hopefully, I won't be tarred and feathered for my choices.
Now I'm looking for advice on the subject. There are not usually a huge number of entries, and I know fair judges here get an opportunity to write comments to each entrant with suggestions and so forth. But there seems not to be any judging standard. I had expected something with so many points for design, so many for execution, so many for originality, appropriateness of materials, and so forth. I guess I can invent one, but if any of you are aware of articles on the subject, I'd sure be thankful to hear about it.
Just who are we knitting these for???? Myself, this pair will be for my Grandmother. Have already done a pair for Jim, his mom and myself.
Well here is clog number one. I stayed up until 12:30 last night trying to get it finished. I still have to weave in the ends. If you look close in the pic you can see that I have a few gaps here and there. I think that this must be related to the fact that I lost my place several times and somehow ended up with a lot more stitches than I was supposed to have. I think I either got confused and made the sole one sized larger than I was supposed to or I lost count and jumped forward somewhere around row 25 to 35.
So what I did was I just kept going until I hit the last stitch from the toe section and then I would knit it together with the one from the heel section, turn and head back the other way. It seems to have worked out OK. But then the nice thing about felting projects is that I figure most problems will go away in the washing cycle (I hope). Of course now that I have strayed from the pattern the challenge will be trying to make the second one look similar to the first.
Hey Guys! I wanted to share a recent sweater that i finished a few weeks ago and have been meaning to post here:
The pattern is "Jarrett" from Rowans "Vintage Knits." I used Rowanspun DK but had to rewrite the pattern to adjust for a finer guage. The sweater is great and has knitted elbow patches and epaulets (shoulder patches). I've posted the write up on the blog. Check it out if you want more details.
i'm going to have to use lifelines. i've started on a hooded pullover and after finishing the ribbing i was sure i was going to blaze away on the back panel........somehow i managed to drop an extraordinary number of stitches so i start ripping back but got carried away and ripped much farther than i had intended. oh well, i'm probably going to put in a lifeline every 5 row from now on. maybe i'll do a clog.....tho' as slow as i've been, lately, it'll take me a year to finish just one.
it sucks that having to work for a living takes sooo much time away from the needles.
...... till his daddy takes his needles awaaaaaaay!"
Well it looks as though I have the first tragedy on this group venture. I normally make a copy of the pattern, throw it in a page protector and use a post-it note to keep track of where I am. I was out of post-its yesterday and my smart butt thought I could wing it while knitting at work. Boy was I wrong! I'm now frogging the upper from row 23.
Next time I'll try dropping bread crumbs as I go through the forest.
I know some of you have already said, but what yarn y'all using??? Color? Fiber Content?
Thought I'd post a pic of the first of (probably) many Christmas stockings for family members. It hasn't been blocked yet, so maybe I can get some up of "lumps" out of the sides... we'll see.But I'm pretty pleased with it. It's amazing what you learn just *doing* a project, huh? Oh... if you squint a little when you look at it, it looks better. heheh
The second pic is of the inside after the ends were woven in.
Time to start on some clogs!
I'm trying something new (to me). I've cast on enough stitches to make a scarf, but lengthwise, with scrap yarn. I'm knitting half of the width and casting off. Then I'm knitting up the cast on stitches and going in the other direction. It's a shell-like lace pattern so the pull of the different angles is creating an interesting effect. See pictures of my progress so far here.
It's taken me about 4 months and I'm finally done with the sweater sampler!. For those of you who havn't read earlier postings about this, it's from a book called "The Sweater Workshop" 2nd Edition, by Jacqueline Fee. Her whole thing is knitting sweaters in the round from the bottom up, doing the sleeves from the bottom up, joining them to the body in progress, then finishing the neck. Voilà, no seams to sew.
I picked up a number of new skills, including understanding increases and decreases much better, knitting with two colors at the same time, creating I-cords and knitted belts, creating pockets (she even shows you how to add a pocket AFTER you're done with the garment), creating a placket, short rows, and multiple ways to finish a sweater (lace, I-cord, ribbing, hem). I highly recommend this book to any other newbie out there as well as to any of you experts that are knitting your sweaters in pieces and then sewing them together and would like to try something different.
I can't believe how long it has been since I have been on this sight. I am so sorry I have neglected you all. Here I was loking for other guys to talk with and have not been on here to check out whats been going on. Jus t to bring you up to date, have two new socks on needles and ready to close the toes, and have started another pair of socks with self striping yarn. Have takn a break from knitting for just a little while, I am trying to buy a salon in my area, and that has been taking up more time than I thought it would. Glad to see lots of new faces and the same familiar faces also. Drop me a line and I promise I will get back to you this time.