Glad I "found" this forum/site - as I have recently been cut-off from the knitting forum I've been visiting for three plus years. The Evil Queen Bess (content filter) finally caught up with me and blocked acess not only to the main site but both mirror sites as well. I knew it would happen sooner or later, but now am suffering from the lack of up to 300 posts I was reading daily.
Good thing I've got a half-dozen or so projects on the needles to keep my mind occupied.
I have been knitting primarily lace shawls for the past three years or so, since I *finally* figured out how to purl. It only took 40-plus years of trying to learn how. They do nicely as gifts for friends and family; go well as auction items for my favourite charities and are excellent as wedding gifts. Since I have something like 7 weddings in the family and among friends in the next six months or so I plan on being quite busy!!!!!
Well, it took me a while to get it finished, but here is clog number one. I've included a before and after shot, both with the remote control (which just happened to be handy!) for perspective. I really liked making this and can't wait to start the other. Especially after the magic of the felting project. This one took about 14 minutes of agitation to get to this point. I decided to follow the instructions for a different felting project...the main differences being that I didn't put the clog in a zippered bag or anything, and I threw a pair of jeans in with it to
And was so careful to write July instead of June. Crap!!!
It must be this backward thinkin' See that's why all you Yankees have jobs!
Well guys, gryphon00, the whiney little girl that he is, has been complaining to me that I promised him a scheduled clog chat and haven't done it yet. (wah, wah, wah) So here goes:
That should give you Yankees on the east coast enough time to get home from work. (Please note I am not talking about my southern brothers here, we don't have jobs and if we do we don't work at them) And we'll chat until we get sick of each other or the conversation turns to sex. (I know Parrot fell off his perch reading that... he'll be there at 6!).
Well, after hot days, Portland now feels positively autumnal in the morning....Fall, when I dream of the perfect sweater to wear while riding my big bright-chestnut gelding through the woods, golden leaves spiraling down about me. Of course, someone should be there with me....but as I've never met him....his face is obscured. All I know is that he isn't allergic to wool.
My sash-shawl is coming along beautifully, and I plan to take some time today to work on it. I will also work on getting the kilt finished for Vancouver, BC pride next week.
I'm getting some pictures taken tonight, so y'all get to see some of the goodies I've been working on. Such fun.
Here are a couple of things I've made recently. The first is a 4x2 ribbed beanie made without a pattern. My first attempt was slightly too big, so I frogged it & reduced the # of stitches. It's now my favourite.
Last weekend I embarked on my first attempt at illusion knitting. I think it turned out great for a first try. I'll probably turn it into a cushion or somesuch. I love this picture of Scruff, he looks like he's planning to take over the world with an army of knit-bots.
Here is the first knitted clog from Australia, well at least on MWK! This was an experiment as I substituted the yarn and needle size and must say it has turned out well with only a few minor hiccups!! Even managed to watch TV while knitting them. The felting process was much easier than I expected, even with a front load washer. Took just 25 mins of wash cycle to get the right size. Not much fun getting the door to open when the machine is full of hot water and trying to stop the suds from spewing all over the floor though. I used one end of blue and one of white as they are the favourite colors of my partner, Keith. We have all manner of plates and kitchen stuff in blue & white so we have christened them 'willow clogs'!!
Now that many of you clog boyz are already felting your creations, I've finally found out the sizes I need to make and bought enough yarn to make two pairs. I came home from work this afternoon and got started on the first inner sole, which I'm doing in one strand of blue and one of light grey (hoping for a blue jeans effect).
I thought I'd pass along something that I found helpful when I made these clogs before. First, I went through the entire pattern and underlined every occurrence of the center stitch, which is easy to recognize because it mostly occurs between two increases or decreases. Then I marked the center stitch on my needles with a brightly-colored scrap of yarn so that while I was working I could easily verify that that stitch corresponded to the marked center stitch on the pattern. I found it reassuring to have a landmark while repeatedly turning my work, rather than finding out further down the line that I'd miscounted and having to rip out several rows.
The pictures of Jared's scarf reminded me of a project I have on my want-to-do list.
This link is to a site with two scarves that were designed in memory of Mathew Sheppard. The patterns are free and I thought it might be something that the men on this website would be interested in seeing.
If the link doesn't work you can past this into your browser:
Well guys it has just been over a week since this clog thing started and we have seen some great stuff so far. If I can get my dumb ass on a plane (on stand-by) I'll be finishing mine up in California this week.
Let me know if you would be interested in doing an online chatroom session sometime this week and we can get together and hash out some semi-realtime questions!
As we say in Texas... Arrivederci Y'all!
If anyone dares write and correct my arrivederci... I'll getcha!