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December 14th

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 - :)

Chunk's picture

Sock It To Me!!

I am now the proud owner of some Opal self patterning wool, some scary double pointed needles and cold toes. I know there are some master sock knitters lurking on this site and I am hoping you can point me in the right direction of some websites that will ease me gently into how to knit socks.

Also are double pointed needles they way to go or should I be investing in some circular needles?

Thanks in advance for any help/advice.

MMario's picture

Shameless Self Promotion

yes - this is an advertisement.

In addition to knitting I sing. Sometimes even in public. sometimes even for fiscal renumeration!

anyway - I have two CD's for sale - either of which I'm told are pleasant to listen to (yes, by people unrelated to me) and one of which in particular makes is an appropriate purchase in the Christmas season.

either or both can be ordered

via e-mail @ lpola@edutech.org

or via PayPal with the same e-mail address.

or via PM here at MWK

Don't forget a shipping address!

I'll accept cash, checks,PayPal and quite probably even barter!

some samples can be heard at:

Mudcat Cafe Songbook

Pricing is $12 post postpaid for one, $10 per additional CD in the same order.

'CAROLS LOUDLY BELLOWED'

17 tracks of mostly traditional Christmas carols performed by myself and friends from the cast of 'A Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles' (an annual festival in upstate NY)

The sounds of traditional street caroling as you might have heard it in the mid 1800's. Or so was the intention.

The tracks marked with an * have other vocals in addition to myself. Track 17 is a lad who has 6 years experience playing our 'Tiny Tim'