Well, a couple of days ago I learned that my best friend is being deployed to Iraq. He's in the Army Reserve, meaning he's got crappy equipment. So, I've been looking for ways to send him something, and I've found several patterns & requests for helmet liners. If any of you have ever worn a Kevlar helmet, you know they can get a little drafty underneath. Riding in the back of a truck wearing one, and it can get pretty cold. Plus, there's no protection from your face. Plus, having been in Iraq myself, I know how cold it can get at night. So, I downloaded a pattern. While I am not at the level where I could do it myself, I hope maybe by posting this I can get some folks on here to chip in the way our parents & grandparents did in WW2, knitting sweaters, socks, scarves, and hats for the soldiers overseas.
Well, here goes. Where should I begin? Okay. I started knitting a couple of weeks ago, motivated by an article in one of our local papers, the Wisconsin State Journal. The article looked at men who knitted, something I had wanted to learn since childhood but never did (men don't knit, unless they're, well...). I'm not, well... so I never picked it up. No, I'm not homophobic, anti-gay, or whatever. I was just sensitive to people's perceptions of me and since I am short & overweight, not athletic, etc., what little I could do (or not do) to keep me "manly" in the eyes of my peers, I did.
Today is a day to feel good about myself. The way we all feel when we weave in that last tail of the last stich of a project. In this case it was my mother's socks, originally intended to be given to her for Mothers Day, but things happend.
I always try to keep two projects going in knitting at one time. A big one and a little one like socks, but I am now at the odd point. I have nothing to knit.
Today I asked my wife if there was anything she wanted me to work on for her. Something she may like for the summer before I start up on all the winter sweaters again. I sat her down in fron of the PC and flipped open a few bookmarks of nice patterns in my browser and stopped at the top one... Knitty...
Please don't use HTML tags if you don't know how to implement them properly or fix quirks that arise from using apps like M$ f'ing Word to generate sub-standard code.
Greetings from South Miami, not South Beach.
Please bear with me as this is my first foray into blogging. I've heard about these things but never thought I'd actually be doing one. First, a little of an introduction. I'm Bob, originally from the Philadelphia area. I lived in Jersey City for 11 years before moving to Florida in 1998. I'm just shy of 40 years old but I'm told I look much younger. I started knitting in December, 2003. I had originally planned to re-relearn crochet but the knitting store never had enough interest in the class. I still have the washcloth that was my first ever project. It makes a great coaster on the computer station. Since then, I have completed 3 other washcloths(2 knit, 1 crochet), 2 scarves, a pair of baby booties and 2 pairs of kids socks. The socks ended up in an orphanage in Russia that my knit shop supports. The rest were gifts. What I'm working on now is:
Hi guys was just wondering if any of you had ever tried The Incredible, Custom-fit Raglan Sweater.
Have started knitting a jacket using these instructions and so far so good.
So if anyone has tried this let me know what results you have had.
After getting the hang of knitting in the round and doing simple decreases, I thought I'd experiment with making my own hat pattern.
I saw the basket weave/checkerboard pattern on a scarf at Article Pract and decided to adapt it to a hat.
Hope the directions make sense... feel free to email me for clarification.
Cast on an even multiple of 10 sts (eg. 80) on a set of round needles.
Start knitting in the round with a 2 x 2 rib (K2, P2, repeat).
Once you have about 2" of rib, work one round of knits.
R1: * K5, P5. Repeat from * till end of row. Make sure you mark the beginning of the row with a stitch marker.
At long last a picture of the simple scarf made for my sister...I still have to sew in the zipper of the cycling aran and photograph that.
I'm one sleeve into a traditional aran, but have promised tea cozies to the boss' wife.
To make matters worse (or more exciting), or my knitting less focused, a dear friend has asked me to design some simple men's sweater patterns.
Back in March 2001, while on a business trip to England, I purchased enough Blue Face Leicester yarn (color Sienna, Aran weight) to make a sweater. Found this store in York (a city that is a delight to visit) at the top of the Shambles. During that year I played around with swatches but not making a firm decision on how to proceed with it.
Finally, in autumn 2004 I began knitting the sweater designing an exaggerated rib of K4P2. (4 stitches = 1 inch on size 8 needles)Completed the front and back and joined them using the three needle bind off concept. Picked up the neck on 16" circulars and size 6. Decided on a turtleneck using the Elizabeth Zimmermann suggestion of knitting the neck until I was sick of it. About 4 1/2 inches in to is did not like the way the neck was looking, so I put it down and worked on other projects. Three weeks ago, I picked it back up, ribbed the neck out and restarted it. Wanted a turtleneck that would have a bit of a roll to it and a compliment of the rib motif. I just kept purling (so that when it would roll, the stockinette side would show) and put the opposite of the ribbing at the front center stitches. Made it 6 inches long and then bound off. Quickly did both sleeves (they come out even) for this drop shoulder design and sewed it all up. Even got a few days of wear out of it over the chilly weekend. The fiber is very soft and warm and I am pleased with this undertaking, particularly the neck line , which I am often critical of on my sweater projects.
If you want to be part of some activism and art via knitting, read on. Forwarded from a friend:
Nina Rosenberg shaped the electrons to say:
i'm making an art installation, and i'm enlisting the help of every knitter i know! ... can you please ask the knitters you know to participate? we're going to knit over 1500 small sweaters and hang them in a tree. you can find out all about it at www.redsweaters.org
lemme know if you're into it. i'm hoping you'll tell all your knitting friends about the project :)
I personally don't know Nina, but plan on contributing a few sweaters.