Hello Gentlemen, and greetings from (argh) snowy Washington DC.
I've been combing the web looking for men's patterns, and really, it is amazing what a dearth exists. I was looking for a simple (free!) vest pattern, and after several google searches, found maybe 2 or 3, but nothing I really wanted to knit.
Then I found www.spincraftpatterns.com, a unique website that offers affordable (most around $4.00 US) downloadable patterns that are written out using ONLY calculations and percentages, so you can use any yarn, any size needles, any stitch pattern, etc. As long as you know the gauge and the measurements of the finished product, and don't mind sitting down before you start knitting with a gauge sample, a measuring tape, and a calculator, you're good to go. What really caught my eye is the uniqueness of the patterns: side to side sweaters and vests, entrelac hats, two needle socks, as well as some more common ones.
A word of warning: not only am I not associated with this website, I haven't even finished the side to side vest I'm working on, so I can't vouch for the patterns - but I'll let you know when I do finish!
Off to glaze and load the kiln. By the way, I've been listening to Linda Dayne's podcast Cast-On in the studio these days. If you haven't heard it yet, it's a hoot!
Working on the Knitting For Peace Messenger Bag. Almost done. Easy as PIE! Hope to have it finished by next week....and then post a photo. Would actually like to know if anyone else has done the bag also, but has done any alterations to the pattern (thinking of adding pockets, buttons to keep it shut).
I test knit a doily that I intend to use as the center for a shawl. Finished it today, it took about a week of "coffee hour" knitting to do the piece.
The attached picture is from the original instructions - hopefully I will have a photo of my finished piece by tomorrow.
This morning, bright and early, I drove the Best Beloved down to the surgeon's office where he got his plaster cast removed (tra la!) and a removable pneumatic cast put on. His right leg now looks like something out of Star Wars. Since we were in downtown DC, we celebrated this by driving down to see the cherry blossoms.
Now, I am not really all that romantic, but as we turned towards the Tidal Basin, the blue sky reflecting in the water which is rimmed as far as the eye can see by the flowering cherry trees, my eyes just brimmed. So amazing. Clear blue water, cloudless blue sky, pink blossoms. It's really quite something. Almost like a dream world.
My best to all of you!
Jonathan in DC
Latest off the needles is a pair of socks in merino/cashmere/nylon hand-dyed in an almost solid amethyst. I'm sorry that I didn't knit a design in this yarn.
There is no exact line between a UFO and a WIP for me; indeed, to some extent the only UFO's I will admit to are ripples in the frogged pond.
Though I will admit that sometimes I have ripped out a project because I used up the yarn for that particular project on something else. whoops!
(Speaking of which - what did I do with that crochet afghan I started 8 years ago?)
I'm feeling good today because I picked up and knit on one project that has been sitting in my car as an "emergency knitting project" since August. If I whittle down the number of projects currently on the needle I can treat myself to an orgy of starting new projects.