So, I live just 25 feet out of Washington DC, but 25 feet in the opposite direction of almost everything booming and fabulous. The housing boom has hit every adjacent county and neighborhood to DC but ours. While we live in an area with great green spaces and big back yards (and affordable houses!), our retail is basically limited to nail salons and the four dollar stores within walking distance to my house.
Sunday was a cold, rainy day. We had just driven 25 minutes to the nearest Petco only to discover that what I needed wasn't there. We drove back down Route 1 to a favorite Mexican dive for chicken mole and pulled up to a red light. On the left was an empty lot; on the right, among boarded up buildings and store front churches announcing revivals, in the lobby of an old bank building...A BRAND NEW YARN STORE - FIVE MINUTES FROM MY HOUSE!!!
We stopped. We went in. Unbelievable! The new owners were there; cakes and chips were offered, we got a tour (the Best Beloved on crutches - when he hobbled in, the owner's husband laughed cheerfully and said "Here's a fellow who won't be happy to hear that we were grandfathered in and don't have a ramp!"). They stock everything from dishcloth cotton to high end hand painted yarn.
another question - how do you guys keep track of your projects? Is there an online program for the yarn type, where you bought it, when it was started, the pattern origin, etc. and when you finished it? I'd love (and be willing even to pay) for a program that did this for me :)
I want to journal my history of knitting in a concise and standard manner..
Again on the couch, wine cozy to the right. I want to get some rows put down so I will be brief at the keys. Posted are pics of the WIP's, and here is a link to some of my finished projects. (sweety is nice enough to post them for me)
feedback is nice.
The Wine Cozy is being made out of Encore Colorspun Worsted (colorway 7129) using #6 needles.
The socks are being knit up out of Steinbach Wolle on metal #3s' (my wooden ones broke, a lot)
Knitting in the Bronx
Do any of my guys have a pattern for a top down raglan sleeve cardigan? I have received hints that I should try that for my next attempt - so that it can be tried on as it's being worked - any help is always appreciated!
Things are busy and I'm in major knitting mode right now - I can't hardly wait for work to end so I can get home and get to stitching!
Thanks for pattern suggestions guys!
I was in Spokane WA yesterday and stopped in at Paradise Fiders. Whoa. Knowledgeable, friendly staff and stock like you wouldn't believe. Yarn, needles, books, vidoes, DVDs. Definately a "no frills" setting though. 99% of their business is done online, so if you stop by, you're in a warehouse and in order to checkout, you take your purchases over to Travis who sits behind a computer monitor responding to internet orders. I know someone on MWK has already highly recommended this business for online orders, I'd just like to add they're also a nice bunch to stop by and see in person.
I'm starting to get myself organised to knit River Run Pullover designed by Ron Schweitzer from the book Knitter's Stash. It is a Fair Isle using all nine natural, undyed shades of Shetland wool, and the colours range from white to brownish-black.
I'm really looking forward to this challenge as the last Fairisle I knitted was too small by the time I'd finished it, so I unpicked it and did it again in a larger size. It is still too tight around my somewhat fleshy middle, and will be given away to an anorexic when it is finished. Wish me luck ;-)
So, here I sit watching TV, IMing my sweetie with two projects on the futon next to me. I am working on the second of my first set of socks; there are some mistakes but I am proud of my effort (as is sweetie and moms; dad asked if I was sure they would fit) and I am sure that I will correct them next time around. I happen to like socks as a travel project because knitting in the round is good for me on the subway and Amtrack. I cannot knit and drive, the police get upset at that don't you know? but so long as I have time to sit and knit I find socks one of the most portable.
I am also working on a wine bottle cozy, loosely based on a Knitty.com design. What happened was I was interested in cabling and decided to make a cabled wine cozy; this is my current couch project.
I AM going to knit something big soon. I have been taken by the golf vest pattern in "Sweaters for Men" by Phelps and Hiatt. I am currently shopping for the correct yarn. But then I ran into a bit of a problem. Sweetie posted some pictures of what her sister was knitting, and I was quite taken by a cable hoodie pattern.
What to do? What to do?
So far I am going with a vest out of Ausi wool (a New York LYS "Seaport Yarns" has it at a good price and in many cool colors) in some form of tweedy green or maybe a nice wine color.
check out my blog --
and see what Gregg's sweater looks (looked) like - we're in the process of tearing it all out to start over (new pattern, old yarn)
it's all there for everyone to see - and laugh.
Also a photo of a new knitting guy recruit who I taught on Saturday with a friend -
and photos of yarn that is being added to my stash!
I am visiting my friend Jim in Walpole, NH, and it is snowy weather. His knee is hurting him (acl surgery scheduled for a fortnight from now) so we can't go for hikes in the woods...So, of course, I taught him how to knit, and he's taken to it like a pro: Got the basics in less than an hour, and thus far today he has knit 3 inches on a simple garter scarf (brown sheep worsted: 34 st on size 9's....could have done size 10's...my fault, scarf could have more drape) but it's all good and he's buzzing right along for such a curmudgeonly old woodchuck...
I whipped out a hat in Adirondec (sp?) organic cotton (not terrible to knit with for a cotton,) but as I was making it up as I went along, it is a little on the largish side. I will probably pull the whole thing out and start again: It took about 2 hours to do. No big deal... All is good: I return to Portland on Monday.... I miss my kids (horses) and the gardens, but it is nice to visit with my friend.
From another knitting group - in January of '06 (or so I recall;t may have been February) - I joined a "Knit your own adventure mystery pi shawl" (KYOAMPI) -- and *finally* got it blocked out this week and photographed.
attached are before and after shots of the shawl once off the needle.
there was a "garden" them on this shawl - you could pick various lace and mix and match -- I have a "flower lace" ; lace daffodils, bumblebee lace and leaf lace.