a very productive week, indeed. since my last post, I'm twenty rows shy of finishing the second sleeve.
now that I'm back into the swing of things, it's time to get a-designing. knitty.com's men's issue was a disappointment, as far as number of male designers. I know we're out there, but I recognize my own lack of a contribution.
I tip my hat off to those of you who submitted, whether or not you were published. thank you for representing our gender. I also tip my hat to those who've engaged knitty's editor.
Have been experimenting with the feather and fan pattern to make some scarves. First decided to use some of my Koigu stash and make a scarf using 5 of the skeins. Out of the 50 gr skein I used 28 gr, comprising 25 repeats of the pattern (4 rows for each repeat). Liked the look of it quite a bit. Could even use 3 full Koigu skeins and get a scarf almost the same length of 50 inches long. Idea is to let colors flow into each other. After using 2 1/2 skeins, I placed on holder and began using other 2 1/2 from the opposite direction. When length the same, I grafted pieces together with kitchener stitch.
my home-buying excuse for not knitting is wearing thin. I'm all moved in, the house is functional and the yarn's been stashed. it was high time that I start up again. and, yes, I was even dreaming about it.
I was antsy to buy a new book for inspiration (Teva Durham or Debbie New?), but I forced myself to consult one I already owned. I hadn't spent much time with it, so I decided to crack open Anna Zilboorg's Knitting for Anarachists.
I wasn't ready to start swatching out new designs, so I decided start sleeve2 of my aran sweater. there's so much to be learned from the classics. besides, inspiration always comes quickly when bored by tedium.
Well, I'm back from vacation, and boy are my knitting needles tired! While gone, I did 1/2 of my hemp scarf for my soon-to-be-deployed friend, ripped up my alpaca scarf for my MIL, started and finished a scarf for my mom, and got my niece hooked on knitting. I also received an order from elann.com yarn, bought from a knit shop near my mom's place in Eugene, and learned to think about more than just "I want natural fibers" when picking out yarn. But to top it all off, I now have orders from people for scarves, Christmas present projects, and a lot of work ahead of me. How fun!
Does anyone know how to translate a knitting machine pattern for hand-knitting?
I recently acquired some old knitting magazines from friends who are moving out of the country. In one of them, there is a lovely lace pattern I'd like to adapt to some shawls I'm planning.
Unfortunately, the pattern is written for a knitting machine. I just cannot fathom using a machine for such a hands-on craft as knitting... What next? Horseless carriages? Correspondances without the need for pen, ink and paper?
Time to get out my dusty old Nostradamus book and do some research. Yes I'm sure I just saw another sign of "The End". Yes, my wife has laid aside her quilting, sewing machine, and all in favor of getting hooked on the needles. With her wanting to get on a project that wasn't too basic, I gave her a pattern for a Super Chunky rib knit scarf. At the rate she's plowing through it today, all of the family, even the people we don't like, will have warm necks this year.
I still doubt I'll be able to get back to my beloved Aran's. Most likely we will both now be working on her stack of patterns from my last post, but getting everyting completed twice as fast. A small price to pay to get her involved in knitting. I knew something was up when she quit looking at me like I was speaking a foreign language when discussing what I was doing on a pair of socks.
My first project was big one. I needed a blanket for the sleeper in my truck. So I knitted one in intarsia. It has a wolf howling at the moon. My CV handle is greywolf, so I figured why not knit a howling wolf in the middle. It took 4 months to do it. I ripped it all ougt and started over 3 times. My next projects were sweaters. I have been knitting for 2 years. I hope to start a men's knitting group here in the Kalamazoo, MI area.
I've always "planned" on doing this...I've been meaning to join the Red Sweaters project, but it's hard to find Red Heart yarn in the city. The helmet liners look like a good project and appeal to me as a veteran. I like the idea of knitting for a cause, filling a need, and I've actually done it sort of by accident.
I recently finished a Baby Bobbi Bear that I knitted just because I liked the pattern (it's from Blue Sky Alpacas and it's great fun to knit and ever so cute). I didn't knit it with a recipient in mind. Well, AIDS Walk San Francisco is fast approaching and I'm raising money ($3000 if I meet my goal), so I'm constantly trying to think of fundraising ideas. That's where the bear comes in. I took it work, set it up next to my desk with a "Silent Auction" sign and gave folks a week to submit bids. The auction ended this morning and the bear sold for $104, all of which will be donated to AIDS Walk San Francisco! Here's the key lesson learned: Make sure people know that YOU did the knitting! Once I added that important bit of information, people were much more willing to bid.
I'm now working on my third scarf. I've been getting smaller with my needles and yarn, but I think I may have bit off more than I can chew, at least comfortably. While I'm waiting to go to Oregon and buy the black yarn for my military friend (I'm thinking hemp... comments?), I'm doing a 100% alpaca yarn, sport weight, using size 5 needles & doing a "pill stitch," k1p1. This is a challenge! But I'm enjoying it. Right now, I'm about three or four rows in, and it looks gorgeous.
I do have a stupid question for people, tho. As I knit, the yarn coming off the skein gets twisted. Is this normal, and is it okay if I spin the scarf to untangle that yarn? Also, should I be concerned with the frayed appearance of the yarn? It's not nice & smooth. (Of course this is alpaca, so I think I just answered that last question.)
Well, I think I already have one person convinced to start making scarves for the troops overseas. Strangely, one of my daughter's TaeKwonDo instructors knits... He just started knitting, says he's on his 8th scarf so far. I told him if he wants to make one or two for the troops & get it to me, I'll send it out. This hits even closer to home as on the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal is an article saying another 1020 Wisconsin National Guard troops are being deployed. That's more Wisconsin NG soldiers on active duty than there has been since Kennedy was in office. It's getting to be such that everyone knows someone who's either been deployed or who has friends & family serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.