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October 5th, 2005

Knit Out response

Oh dear Jack, what a shame that you did not enjoy the Knit Out experience. Union Square has improved over the last 10 years. Perhaps it looks parched after this long dry summer that we have had in NYC. Areas were closed off to the public for several seasons to allow the grass to grow back and the south end has been totally repaved. The north end will be getting revamped soon including the pavilion.
Although knitting is extemely popular today it has not caught the inspiration of top designers like Nicole Farhi and Edina Ronay like it did in the late 70's and 80's. Before I'm shot down down in flames those designers were really popular in London when I lived there. Nicole has a store here in NY but the knitting line is a small, very small part of it.
As I see it and it is only my opinion despite the proliferation of yarn stores with beautiful but expensive yarns. Knitting is a hobby. It is a backlash to the computer age. Despite people I know and respect enjoying knitting for themselves and loved ones the objects being created are by and large for personal enjoyment. Until the big names come along and really inspire the fashion scene with knitted clothing it is going to remain very much a home grown past time. Not that there is anything wrong with that. A sweater is a sweater is a sweater. But, until a brand like Comme de Garcon, Issey Miyake, Vivienne Westwood or Alexander McQueen et al really shakes up the knitting scene it is going to stay very humdrum. The preppy knit wear by Ralph Lauren, Donna Karen etc. is still very popular. The whole design scene needs to be shaken up. We as knitters need to demand more creative, exciting designs by the like of Debbie Bliss, Nicke Epstien to name just two. 
Oh boy I hope that I won't be ostracized for my venting. I love knitting very much and enjoy creating items out of 2 sticks and some yarn. For now I enjoy the designs of Debbie Bliss et al. I am still challenged interpeting their patterns sometimes and have to rip out 3 or 5 times before I get it right. As for Entrelac I will put that aside for a while longer.
We are all free to design and create so let's see your stuff guys!

October 2nd

NY Knit Out

Hi guys

I was at the Knit Out from 1 PM to 5:15. Phew. The was never ending of folk wanting to learn how to knit and across the way was an equally long line waiting to learn how to crochet.
Oh and as I was leaving one of the organizers told me that I was the first male teacher!!!!!!!! 
 Then I went to Boys Night at The Point as usual on a Sunday evening. A fun long day knitting for me.
Tomorrow I start my first Knitting afterschool class!
 I love knitting

September 15th

Bill's picture

Free Patterns

The Victoria and Albert Museum has a Kitting page...with free patterns...
http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/fashion/knitting/index.html
most from the 40's... and many from the second world war...
Gloves...socks...sweaters...
pay attention to the "old" neeedle sizes...

September 11th

I want to be certified

As a knitting instructor after having completed a w/e course @ F.I.T. I have to do 30 hours voluntary teaching to be fully certified

I'll clock in a few hours at the Knit Out in Union Square next month.
The instructor was great, Arnetta Kenney. Yes, I was the only guy!
I'm going to sign up for a 6 week course with Arnetta to knit that sweater I've put off making for lack of confidence.

September 4th

Darrel's picture

Web Links Are Back

I got the web link section working again, but unfortunately had to trash all of the links.  It's pretty sparse now, but I know all you internet-enabled knitters have amazing bookmark collections and I encourage you to post your favorites on the site for everyone's benefit.  I'll be adding more, as well!

September 2nd

JPaul's picture

New book in the works!

Here's a great opportunity to be involved in a new book!

Annie Modesitt (the knitting heretic) and Drew Emborsky (the crochet dude) are writing a book called Men Who Knit (and the Dogs Who Love Them).

They are looking for stories about men who knit!  THAT'S YOU!!!

They are also looking for knitters to help knit the sample sweaters and other projects for the book.

All the information you need is here:

http://www.knittingheretic.com/menwhoknit/

September 1st

Knitting for Katrina survivors

 Hi guys

I have a couple of baby blankets that I knitted earlier this year & some cute Ann Norling hats. I want to donate them to the folks in need down south. I'm waiting to hear back from Americares as to where to send them. I can't be the only one among us who has finished and/or near finished projects that ould be of use.
If any of you want to support this please let me know and I will pass on the information as and when I get it.
best,
Martin 

Darrel's picture

Mentioned in article

I'm sure this is old news for most, but Men Who Knit was mentioned in an article in the recent manly issue of Knitty.

 
The good word comes from David Demchuk's article Knit Like a Man.
 
If you haven't yet read David's article, be sure to check it out!

August 30th

Darrel's picture

WYSIWYG Editor

WYSISYG is back!  I've installed TinyMCE and it's available for all to use. Safari and Opera compatibility is limited, so if you are a Mac or Opera user, your best best is to use Firefox or disable the Rich Text Editor in your user profile. Underneath each textarea, you can also disable rich text editing on the fly.

 
One of the nice things is that you can easily insert images in to your entries, not just as attachments.  Here's my suggestion on how best to do this:
 
1. Open a free Flickr account at http://www.flickr.com
2. Upload the image you want to insert to Flickr
3.

August 26th

Misconceptions Of The New Male Knitter

This will be my first posting, and I am so excited to begin classes to learn how to knit. Doing a bit of research on the subject within my circle of friend's here in the bay area, I found out people are under many misconceptions on the hobby itself.

1.) "Hey I'm not 60 years old drinking ice tea in
a retirement home somewhere!"

- I have found a huge sub-category of youth and
adults that are serious knitting freaks. I own at least
3 homemade scarves, 2 wool caps and a pair of mittens
made from some good friends in there 20's. Actually
it has become quite the fad in Burning Man circles here