I've been on a bit of a forced break from knitting lately because of hand & wrist pain, and this has forced my energies into other areas. One of those other areas was setting up the QueerKnits group on Flickr for lgbt & friendly folks with Flickr accounts to share photos of their work. I certainly don't see it as a substitute for this site - it's not specific to men, and it's not the same sort of forum - just another venue. Anyone who might be interested is welcome to visit the group page here.
I've been lurking around for a few weeks, and I suppose now is as good a time as any to start contributing to the interesting community here.
My first knitting project was the wallet from Michael del Vecchio's "Knitting with Balls." I learned a lot from working through it, but about halfway through, I came to a realization: even if I did everything completely perfectly, I would never actually use the wallet I was working on.
The problem was simple. The wallet design was too basic. There are features that I like to have in a wallet that the del Vecchio pattern just didn't have. I like to have tiered credit card pockets, so I can see what I'm reaching for. The del Vecchio wallet seemed too tall and too narrow for my tastes. Finally, I figured that if I were going to go through the trouble to knit up something like this, I'd want to show it
off a bit, and so I wanted an id-card window to force the wallet into shopkeepers' hands when they ask to see identification.
After considering it for a bit, I decided to bite the bullet and jump into the world of design. I know that most people don't design anything until after they actually know what they are doing, but I try not to let
Here is a pic of my second scarf-- if the photo will upload properly. It's a simple seeded rib design and the yarn is a buttery-soft merino wool. My wooden needles have become very smooth from working with this yarn.
Scarf #3 is already completed. Last night I learned how to make fringe and finished it off. Pic may be coming soon. Thanks to all of you for your help and encouragement.