It's amazing what nieces and nephews can motivate me to do -- like knit stuffed animals and baby blankets!
As I put in my profile, my mom taught me to knit dish rags when I was about 5 years old. So I did these simple, garter stitch dish rags off and on growing up until about the time I hit my early teens, then stopped knitting all together. In my mid-twenties, I decided to pick knitting up again. Rather than knit up something realistic for my skill level, like a garter or stockinette stitch scarf, I jumped right into a cable-knit sweater done flat, teaching myself from books. Well, I worked on that for a few years off and on, completed the front, one sleeve, and about 1/3 of the back. The poor thing lied fallow for ages, but I never threw it out.
I acquired this treasure for $1 at the Schenectady Public Library's semi-annual used book sale this morning. Originally published in 1984, it contains a number of knit and sewn garments, objects and toys (see the contents page). The white v-neck in the links below is really quite nice. But I think I'm going to knit a K-9 toy!!! Here's some other pics. You may have to copy and paste the text into your browser.
I acquired this treasure for $1 at the Schenectady Public Library's semi-annual used book sale this morning. Originally published in 1984, it contains a number of knit and sewn garments, objects and toys (see the contents page). The white v-neck in the links below is really quite nice. But I think I'm going to knit a K-9 toy!!!
Here's some other pics. You may have to copy and paste the text into your browser.
This is my latest finished project. I made Elephant as a birthday present for my partner under a veil of great secrecy. It was a good exercise in learning to seam, and I'm very pleased by the outcome.
Just thought I would post my first entry on this site. I have finished a pair of socks for myself and am currently working on another pair. Now the interesting part of this story it that I have started on the new pair of socks without my knitting guru sitting by my side, I have even done the heel flap and have now turned the heel without my knitting guru. She tells me "job well done". I am quite proud of myself! I just read the directions and did as it said to do, now that dosen't seem so hard, but I am glad to hav eread the pattern and done it without my knitting guru. Anyway, when I get a picture I will post it.
Here is a picture of my recently completed Komi Mittens (Traditional Russian Two-Color Knitting). These are from "Mostly Mittens" by Charlene Schurch.
These were a whole hell-of-a-lotta fun. Check out more pictures and project specifics here: brooklyntweed.blogpot.com
Ok, so yesterday I was somewhere on the web and found a link to a site called Women Who Knit. I didn't save the link. I've looked on this site, and links, and have done a yahoo search. Was I seeing things? Does anyone know about or have a link to this site?
Today my kids went to a writing club. One of the mothers in the neighborhood who also home schools thought it would be cool to get other home schoolers together and share their writing, and do a project together.
The kids gdt quite excited after they got there. They wrote and drew pictures and nobody lost hair or threw themselves to the floor!
Of course my knitting went with. One of the other moms expressed an interest in learning. We talked about the Waldorf Schools. They actually have a knitting curriculum. Supposedly it helps kids with meth. It never helped me, but that's another story! Anyway, this discussion culminated in me volunteering to do arts and crafts with the kids in my back yard this summer. Part of the program will be learning to knit. Guys and girls. I am starting the group in June. We'll post pictures...ummm how does one do that here?
So here I am. I started reading this blog about 6 months ago when I added it to my knitting page on My Yahoo. I have a daughter 9 who knits, and a son who is 7 that has just learned. Imagine the surprised faces at my daughter's Tae Kwon Do calss when he sat on the side lines and whipped that out!
I wish it wasn't that way. i am sure you guys have experienced similar looks. Gawd. I use knitting in my meditation practice. The repetitive stitches and rythmn of the needles helps to clear my head. Currently I am working on a Shepherd Jacket from Peace Fleece. For those of you who have never checked out their website, please do at hyyp://peaclefleece.com I am also working on a basketweave shawl. I haven't gotten into anything too heavy yet. My grandmother taught me years ago. I have stopped and started, stopped and havenow been knitting for about 5 years. I consider myself still a novice b/c I really haven't ventured into anything real difficult yet. Getting there. Nice to be here.
Here's my latest creation, another dishcloth. I really like this pattern, and it's so easy: knit 5, purl 5! I think I shall try the next one with smaller squares (knit 3, purl 3) and see what develops... keep your needles crossed for me.
Hey guys! There are great things happening out there, thanks for always keeping the site busy with new projects and inspiring topics.
I wanted to post a pic of my most recent sweater: its a heavily modified version of the Urban Aran Pullover from Paton's Street Smart. The original pattern is written for women, but I reworked it into cardigan version that is more male-friendly.