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June 13th, 2006

I Knit London meets Alexander McQueen

I was sitting by our knitting stall in the East End of London on Sunday, happily knitting away with the big needles and plastic bags when who should approach with an enquiring mind but Alexander McQueen.

Now, I don't know if he's a knitter (whaddya think?) but I remained chatty and aloof - I was only knitting a large plastic bag sheet to hang at the back of the stall for a bit of colour, but if he's got knitted carrier bags in his next collection I'm gonna sue!

Gotta go....

June 12th

timgets2's picture

Stitchionary

I recently received in the mail Vogue Knittings Stitchionary Volume 2- Cables. I thought it was going to be another lame book. Silly me forgot that Vogue is fabulous all around. I suggest everyone who loves cables and fun moving patterns pick this book up immediately.....maintenant, as we say in Quebec.....:)

June 11th

Recycled Yarn

I encountered a woman at a flea market on Saturday offering baskets of recycled yarn, which she confirmed was obtained by ripping out knitted garments.  She was purposefully vague about where she buys them, but told me she has learned which brands are most likely to yield long continuous lengths of yarn.  It was all quite clean and neatly wound with a mechanical winder, though she would not make any representation as to the fiber content, weight or yardage.  WYSIWYG.  The yarns I bought immediately melted when subjected to the flame test at home, and I imagine that mos

Making the thong

I started making the thong. I have gotten to the front pouch. I must admit that part of the intstructions are a little confusing but I may have figured it out. We'll see though when the pouch is done. No,  I will not model it here, not with my dunlap. LOL.

June 10th

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Monogrammed Coasters

I am so pleased with my latest creation - the monogrammed coaster set.  It is a take-off on my Mother's Day coaster set with elements of my relief dishrag thrown in. 

Coasters

 

I had to draft out the shape of the monogram relief myself on graph paper, but it really wasn't too difficult.  Thankfully, the letter 'M', which is the first letter of my boyfriend's last name, was pretty easy as well as symmetrical, which is important because the coasters are meant to be reversible.  The 'M' is in reverse-stockinette on the right side and stockinette on the wrong side.

June 8th

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Swimwear

I've been watching and waiting for someone to answer Martin's call to create and model swimwear.  Well, I needed a new bathing suit and so I decided it was time for me to venture into knitting apparel.  I have to say that the results are positive. 

First, I present the thong:

THONG OOOGA OOOGA

June 6th

timgets2's picture

Lace Obsessed fashion bugs

i find that every so often i go through phases of knitting. i am currently in a lace garment phase, squinting over yo's and psso's. its been fun figuring out new patterns and creating my own, only to have to pull it out and go back....ahh perfection.

now i have a question. how do you guys feel about ripping out your work to fix a mistake? i mean, i know if its a big mistake its worth it....to some people. i personally need to take out the work if its big. even sometimes if its small. it helps us to become better knitters, i think. learning how to fix boo boos allows us to become extraordin-hairy knitters.

Lace Leaf Shawl

Hey guys! Wanted to share a recent creation: I knit this for my new sister-in-law.  The wedding was this weekend, and she loved it. Its knit with a lace weight cashmere/wool/alpaca blend, held double to produce a DK weight.

Lace Leaf Shawl

It was a great project and she loved it. More on the blog: brooklyntweed.blogspot.com

Keep it up.

June 5th

Latest Projects

I recently joined this group and am very excited.  I have been knitting for too many years to admit to!

For the most part, I have been knitting for others.  Last year, I spent most of my time knitting for different charities that supported premature newborns.  For these different charities, I have knitted sweaters, hats, mittens, and booties.  I have found that children's clothes are much more fun to work on.  You really aren't limited by color or design, and, the best part, the projects work up quickly - before you get board with them!

The charity that I have been knitting for this year is The Ships Project.  (www.theshipsproject.com)  This project was started in October, 2001.  What ever our feelings about the war and our participation, I feel we have to support our troops, who don't have the choice to not participate.  The Ships Project sends hand made hats, and slippers to the troops.  These can be either knitted or crocheted.  To date, the project has sent approximately 200,000 items to the troops.  Many of the service men write back to the Project founder and express their gratitude that people at home haven't forgotten them. 

June 4th

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Wearing Cadet Cap

I wore my rainbow colored cadet cap to Gay Days at Disney yesterday.  Had a great time and got several nice compliments from people there including a few who asked where they could get one.  One person on the bus that our church chartered offered to steal it, but I reminided him that stealing is a sin and offered to make him one. 

 All in all a great day and had a fun time wearing my new creation.