does anyone know of an artist that might be named "annette mensaje" - maybe from France that at some point in the late '80s or early '90s collected dead birds from the city (either NY or Paris) and knitted them all sweaters for use in an art installation? I just was talking with a client and she was telling me about it, then she left, and I'm totally intrigued about this - does anyone have a clue what this is and if so, can you provide any links or info on the artist?
Thanks! (I know it's strange; forgive me?)
I'll be in Seattle at the end of the month for business and I'm planning to head up a day or two early to hit the yarn stores (Weaving Works is my all-time favorite) and just hang out. I LOVE Seattle.
Do any of you have recommendations for cheap accomodations? Cool places to hang out and knit (Top Pot, maybe?). Good eats? Anyone up for a Sunday yarn crawl?
Happy New Year, all! As I've been knitting up some socks lately using the widdershins pattern in last summer's issue of knitty and sorted out how to adapt it to different foot sizes from the single size (or at least single circumference) in the pattern, some folks asked me to write out how I do my calculations to save them from math anxiety.
I've just posted my generic directions on my blog and figured I'd let y'all know in case of any of you might like that info, too. I do assume some basic understanding of sock construction so it's not really written as a tutorial, but if you're interested in the pattern but are freaked out at trying to recalculate all the stitch counts, I'm hoping it will be helpful.
First, thanks for all the suggestions from everyone. I like all the ideas I have heard. I think I will start with TwistKnit's swatch idea. I just tried some purling on my current scarf (which is quickly turning into a practice swatch that is scarf length) and I am having some troubles. I can't seem to get the needle through if I mix up purls with knits, the stitches are too tight. So, I think I need more practice before my next (first) scarf.
I also went and asked about some classes, looks like I am going to take one starting later this month. While there I picked up my 2nd set of needles; a wooden set size #7. I already have a set of size #9 so #8 seemed a bit close to what I already had. In addition I picked up some "Mountain Goat" hand painted yarn, I really like it. It is 55% mohair and 45% wool, 5st/inch/ 230 yards. It has a great changing color to it (called Firestorm). It is kind of spendy but I won't use it until I am ready. I got it at my LYS but here is an online link to the same stuff:
Now, the last question, What does everyone use for a knitting bag? Everything I look at is really geared towards woman. I have been using a big zip lock bag, but that is already getting too small. Any really neat ideas for portable bags out there? I am sure this crowd has come up with some very clever options.
Happy New Year and hope that everyone had a great Holiday! Mine was very quiet and relaxing. Now that the new year is here looking forward to a great year and prosperious one, I hope and pray! The salon that I purchased in Sept 06 is doing great and I am trying to get back to some knitting now that everything has settled down and the Holidays are over. Didn't get anything knitted for Christmas, maybe next year. Did get a couple of skein of yarn and a gift card to lys, looking forward to spending that. Anyway, hope you all are healthy and looking forward to the new year!
Ok, silly title.
Thanks to the help I received here and elsewhere I have come to accept the fact that I am learning a new skill and craft in knitting and as such my work is not going to be perfect. And that's ok.
I've learned how to spot most of the mistakes I am making before I make them and thus prevent them. I've learned how to calmly fix the mistakes that I do make and just consider it a part of the knitting process itself.
Suddenly knitting has become very calming. It's a great way to relax and drain away the stresses of the day.
It's like a totally different experience all of a sudden. Very enjoyable instead of very frustrating. I know my skills will improve with practice over time and until then if my knitting isn't perfect, so what? It's still enjoyable.
Ok all you experts out there I need some suggestions. If you read my initial blog post you will know I have been knitting about 1 week. My first project, a test scarf, is going to be done soon and I would really like to move onto something that I would feel good about giving to someone. My first scarf is a mess. It ranges from 24 to 32 stiches (not on purpose) and the tension is all over the place. I have knitted the whole thing (no purling anywhere). I know that my 2nd project will also not be perfect, but I am hoping I can do something with some character. The important thing to me is that I am able to make fairly good progress on it so I do not get discouraged. I was thinking of two things:
o Another scarf with fancier yarn. perhaps try a 2k, 2p pattern or something like that.
o A hat.
the problem with the hat is I do not know how to knit in the round yet. I would also have to go buy some new needles (which I don't mind doing). Right now I only own a set of #9 plain knitting needles, some end protectors, a crochet hook (size g) and a finishing needle.
Anyway, if any of you have any ideas please let me know. I don't want to take on a project I am not ready for.
This is my first blog entry of what, I hope, will be a long list of entries detailing my experiences of learning to knit. I just bought my first set of needles (#9s) and first skein of yarn (gauge of 4.5, charcoal grey) last week and have well over 10 inches of scarf done in just over 2 days of work. :) I figure I will be done with my first skien in another day or so. I am really enjoying it and can't wait to go shopping for more yarn. I am heading out to try and find a local yarn shop tonight and maybe sign up for some classes. Right now I am reading "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting."
I will post a picture of my my scarf when I get back hom. It has ranged from an initial cast on of 24 stitches to a high of about 32 and back down again. I now know what to look for so the last few inches has been pretty consistent. Now, I just need to learn to keep better tension in it.
Anyway, great to be here.
I am new to this site and I have a friend who will be shearing his Llamas in a couple of months and he's giving me the stuff. I need to find someone who can spin it into workable yarn so I can knit he and his lover a couple of scarves. Anyone got an idea of who can do this or teach me how to do it?
Happy New Year everybody,
Happy New Year everyone.
The holiday season is a lovely time of year, but I'm still waiting for some winter here in NC. I want some snow, just enough to slow things down so that we can remember the fact that winter is a quiet time of year.
I counted up the projects and I realized I gave away five pairs of socks and three scarves over the holiday season. My stash of gifts is depleted and now I'm ready to start anew for the next year.
Here's one of the pair of socks I gave away. These were hand-dyed with natural dyes. I'm not sure what material created this beautiful green color, but it is a lovely green.