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August 19th, 2005

Cam's picture

20th August

Have just finished a prayer shawl for a very amazing nun friend of mine is is 60, blind and does Karate...It was my first go ant incorporating moss stitch and ended up looking really cool....but mu most exciting discovery has been finding out about freeform knitting, Have any of you guys heard of it? It is bloody amazing what you can do with it and what is really cool is that you can't really make any mistakes with it, as you don't use a pattern, you just knit by intuition, using a variety of yarns, stitches and even kneedle sizes. I've working on a piece that is eneding up looking really amazing, that I think will evolve into a bag, I'll try to post some pictures of it when , I've done a bit more.

August 18th

Craig's picture

Knitting group

Hey guys just woundering if there are any guys from Melbourne who would like to start a kniting group?

August 16th

Jack's picture

Knit Shops in Pasadena and L A.

I'll be in Pasadena next week, so if you provide Gabriel with information on here, it will help both of us. Thank you.

August 15th

Gabriel's picture

Knit Shops in L.A. and Pasadena???

Hello boys,

Just wondering if any of you in the L.A. area have favorite knit shops....I'm headed there this week and would love to check them out!!?!?!?! Please send a message if you know where I should go.

Thanks for your time.....Gabriel

August 14th

Gabriel's picture

Updated Enterlac Scarf

Hey there Guys,

Just a note to show you the progress on the scarf I showed you earlier. Yes, I couldn't wait until the plane ride that I purchased it for....had to start. It is sooooo addictive. BTW....I have had many ask for it and the book the pattern is in is Donna Kooler's "Encyclopedia of Knitting." I'm leaving Thursday and have vowed to not touch it again until my ass is on the plane. My boyfriend is getting frustrated.....for a couple of reasons...LOL....but mainly that I promised him his sweater by fall.....of course I didn't say of what year!!!! LOL

Hope this finds you all well, Gabriel

August 8th

technocowboy's picture

Stop the madness!

The final two patterns (Pinky and Numbers) in the Man Issue of Knitty have been posted.  They're not linked from the main site as of this writing.  I have to say that I'm not surprised.  The designs, while strong, solid designs, were incredibly disappointing.  I'm not so sure if I'm more disappointed in Knitty (who could only go with what they had submitted) or in the designers (meaning the fact that the vast majority of submissions were from women, thereby making me disappointed in the men who knit -- of which I'm one myself and therefore just as culpable).  I'm curious as to what the reasons behind the lack of submissions by guys (I didn't because I didn't have enough faith in my abilities as a designer), but I can certainly hope that the upcoming inagural issue of MenKnit will be a much more satisfying effort by the male knitting community.  

August 7th

technocowboy's picture

Verbage

I work part time at Skein Lane, a local yarn store where I live. Today, I had a couple of women talking to me about the rampant sexism that they see surrounding knitting. I just laughed and told them they have no idea. One woman said, "You mean people get patronizing to you because you're a guy who knits?" Before I could say a single thing, the second woman said, "Would that be matronizing?"

Many laughs. :)

Gabriel's picture

Kalidescope Enterlac!!!

Hey guys,

This is the first entry I have made. I hope I'm doing it right. I fell in love with a cool pattern this weekend. I am headed to L.A. in a few weeks and can't take my Addi Turbo's on the plane. Ugh!!!! Since I am using them on a sweater, I set out to find something else that I can use the plastics on. I went to the local knit shop and the owner walked up and said I had to see this......It was a scarf......(I know, I know, how boring!!! )But this one caught my eye. It looks like basketweave....the direction at which you stitch the scarf creates an interlocking that looks like the whole piece is woven.....I am knitting it out of Noro Silk Garden, so the varigation in the yarn will create a blocks of color in the scarf.....I chose the brown/purple/apple green combo...(that doesn't sound so good when I write it out...LOL.......the one in the photo is Silk Garden too but it was a little too Screaming Rainbow Queer for me....I am in Oklahomo, ya know!!!!!.............After looking at the picture in the pattern book and comparing it to what she had done...I realized that they had blocked it for the photo.....It loses it's texture when you do that.....so I won't be doin' that! I am going to try to attatch a photo of the first couple of rows and let you see the start of it....If you are interested in finding the pattern let me know and I will get the name of the book. I enjoy reading about you guys. Keep the info coming.

Darrel's picture

Desert Babies

I'm surrounded by pregnant women and have way too much time on my hands, so time to get some needles and yarn in them!

There isn't much selection at the stores I've been to, although I haven't checked the Wal-Mart. I checked the yellow pages and there's a fabric store downtown that claims to sell yarn, as well, but who knows what makes it over the Mexican border. We shall see!

Regarding those pregnant women, I want to knit up some little blankets or car-seat throws. In the summer, it's regularly in the upper 90's to low 100's, but in the winter it can get down to the 30s. Since it's summer now and the little ones are coming soon, I want to knit up a summer-weight baby throw. Can anyone suggest a suitable fiber for desert heat that won't induce heat exhaustion?

I was thinking a mercerized cotton, but there must be something a little more creative. I envision them opening the box and thinking I made them an oversized dishrag, but I suppose that could be averted by using something with a little sheen to it and/or a fancy stitch.

Suggestions please!

August 6th

Knipper's picture

Back from Maine

Had a great time teaching my sideways scarf workshop in Maine to members of the Maine Spinning Registry.  The group used fiber that they had spun themselves.  Have taught this workshop a few times and this group of knitters was on target filled with the willingness of the creative process.  Experimenting with color, texture and willing to frog it if it wasn't feeling right.  I had brought plenty of samples to show them the many possibilites. 

Sugarloaf is a great place to wander around, go swimming and hiking as needed to take a break.  And, of course, plenty of knitting and drinking coffee, strong coffee.