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December 14th

Gerard Allt's picture

Christmas is for ME!

I've been awful and selfish this year. I have only bought 2 gifts up to now.
I am learning to crochet and for the past week I have gone treble crazy. I have been crocheting a blanket for myself and I haven't knitted a single thing for a single person!
Although almost everything I have ever knitted has been for someone else I am still feeling the Catholic guilt. will I ever shake it off??? To get over this guilt I am going to carry on with the blanket!

grandcarriage's picture

Big thankyous

OK, the afghan guy didn't snap out of it, and realize he's behaving badly, but I just finished doing the finishing on an UFO (unfinished fiber object, in this case a Donnegal tweed drop shoulder pullover in autumn gold tweed wool) for a lady who is going through cancer treatments... She not only paid me my going rate, she was hugely thankful that this sweater, a source of guilt (It needed a collar, and the pieces sewn together) is finally put together and wearable.

I'm doing the same thing for a gal who has some...well how to say. She's slow... a couple of the connections upstairs aren't working quite properly, but she's REALLY REALLY sweet. Her sweater is based on a wrap cardigan and basically at this point, it is 5 missmatched shapes of a novelty yarn. (She has a little trouble with patterns). I am going to check for any dropped stitches, fix any holes, and then use the mass as fabric, and design a fabulous wrapped sweater out of the fabric, using the sewing machine and serger to shape it. She is so thankful, you'd think I just offered her husband one of my kidneys to save his life... Funny how it goes. She insists on paying me for it and I'm (very) OK with that.

Sigh. The golden rule I learned from business is that there are those who will never be satisfied, and you should cut your loses and just put your energy out for those who appreciate you.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

No offense Mr. Grand

Your afghan is great but I am going to write anything and everything to get your huge pics to drop down. It's driving me nuts. Again, no offense.

Once upon a time there was this little divorced Texas boy with an affinity for bourbon. He was a part of this knitting group on the internet constantly talking with other knitters that live in the 'suburbs' of Texas; meaning any other state.

This boy was a good boy even when he was a little boy in pigtails. He always makes his bed. Opens doors for strangers and always finishes all his bourbon as he realizes his mother was always right when she told him that there are 'sober children in China' that would give their arm for a good sour mash.

(damn I have no idea where I am going with this)

This boy also was possessed with a a good heart. When one of his friends asked, "Why do you keep all these dead bourbon bottles around?" His response was, "Because I was with them when they died".

(I still dont know where I am going with this)

Many people berated this boy for his relationship with Makers Mark, telling him that he only drives home the way he does to pass that one particualar bar. Being the good boy he is, he responds, "I NEVER pass a bar and you know it!".

December 13th

technocowboy's picture

OMG OMG OMG!

So if you go to http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/ and click the YouTube Videos of the Week link under the picture, you'll see a short clip from today's Good Morning America. It features a clip from a guy who won a dance contest, and part of the trailer for Real Men Knit, including Bill and me!

SUPAHSTAR!

potterdc's picture

Favorite Knitting Bags?

Hello Gentlemen,

The Best Beloved is growing irked at the loose balls of yarns flowing out of the wicker basket, and covering a surprising amount of space. Having just walked down from the office to the kitchen to pour a cup of tea, I was amused to notice that there is yarn here in the office, yarn in the living room on the sofa, yarn in the dining room on the table, under the table, and on the piano. The Best Beloved is not amused, and threatening to purchase a knitting project type bag for me for a Christmas gift.

I was wondering if anyone out there has a particularly favorite bag that they use for storing projects - yarn, needles, measuring devices, etc? If you would kindly share them with me, I will, kindly of course, pass on the recommendations to the Best Beloved.

Thanks,
Jonathan in rainy DC

OKknitguy's picture

Sock Question

OK, guys, help me out here. I'm doing this Babbas Bed Sock, and it says to knit the foot until length desired, then begin the toe decreases. Well, how do I know the length of foot desired? Do you measure from the heel to the ball of the foot, or do you know if its a men's 11, you knit 8 inches then begin decreases or something like that from some set formula? Any help would be appreciated.
xox
Robert

December 12th

emeraldboy's picture

How cool is this?

Thank you Bill for tuning me into this site!

I finished my first simple cotton washcloth after who knows how many scarves... Hoping to create a pattern to make a bunch of so I can replace my current tattered ones.

This one I learned from a lady at a yarn shop. Jotted it down on an envelope and tried to make it work... not perfect on my first attempt but I like it.

Basic wash/dish-cloth on the bias:
* Cast-on 4, knit 2-3 rows
* At 4th row, K3, YO, K1
* Continue doing YO at second to last stitch until you get to 39 stitches.
* K2, K2 together, YO, K2 together, K to end
* At 4 stitches remaining, cast off

And yes, the lace-ish border is different on half.

-- EDIT --
I forgot to mention: US 10.5 with "Peaches & Creme" 4-ply cotton was recommended though I did mine on US 6 needles

OKknitguy's picture

Sick of Felting

OK, I felted my last item last night. Had 2 more purses to do. I have hung up my felting for a while. I now want to do tiny! I started my first pair of socks. Using a pattern I found of knitty I believe for "Babba's Bed Socks" It goes cuff down. I had a little trouble turning the heel but I think its coming out ok. Doing it in Red/White in tribute to the amazing Sooners! May they beat the socks/jocks off Boise State! :-) Anyway, I'm ready to do tiny. Doing these socks with 5 DPN size 4 I believe. I wish I wasn't so loose! :-) Anyway, Merry Christmas!

Robert

December 11th

Serge664's picture

I'm crafty!

and now the whole damn interweb knows it!

http://chrisleavins.typepad.com/chrisleavins/2006/12/panda_hat.html

the world is mine!!!!!

j

p.s. if you dont watch this show you totally should. it is super funny.

Ha-Ha-Ha!

that's me. that's what i sound like when i watch it.

kylewilliam's picture

noone's perfect

Oh well - it's my 2nd attempt at the "star" cap - the first one turned out pretty well - so I decided I am now a guru - (RIGHT!) and did hat #2 using all knit for the hat part instead of the k4p1 that cosmo suggested in his pattern. the result: a too big hat that looks rediculous on, and a frustrated knitter - although, I did learn some and I'm glad I did it - it just makes me a little scared about trying other more complicated fair isle hats because I'd be crying if I had made a hat that was really complicated and time consuming pattern!

Anyway, look and laugh - I'm OK with it - :)