I thought I posted this the other day but don't know where I sent this in cyber space! These were fun and were Christmas gifts to my better half a few days AFTER the big day. Doubled up Manos using Fiber Trends pattern. My first real "heel" experience (did a pair of spiral socks for a Christmas gift). So, I had so much fun I began my first sock day after Christmas. I am enjoying using #2 dp needles but my hands are kinda big. (Know what they say about BIG hands--big gloves!)It takes practice I guess. So thanks to all you sock lovers for your inspiration.
Happy New Year,
As a gesture of kindness and friendship,I offered to knit something for a friend who's mother died last month. She has requested a "beret". Can any of you men point me in the right direction for finding knitted beret or tam-o'shanter patterns. It seems to me that berets lend themselves more naturally to crochet technique, but I don't crochet, and am not inclined to learn at this time.
Here, is a scarf I knitted on 12mm neddles 1 row Colinette.5 and 3 rows Rowan kid silk haze mohair. I threaded 400+ beads, but the red ones don't really read!
Wishes for you all to have a safe and very Happy New Year.
It'll be a quiet and early evening here spent working on another pair of slouch socks. After all the activity of the past week, it'll be a very pleasent time to just relax.
Knitting is so frustrating! I'll never finish this stupid simple scarf! I worked on the thing for hours, trying to be careful and get everything right. It's just a simple friggin 2x2 ribbing pattern. Nothing complicated.
After hours of working on it and having it start to actually take some shape and have a bit of length (well, ok, only about 8 inches or so), I totally screwed up a row. I tried to fix it and messed that up. I tried to unravel a couple of rows but couldn't figure out how to thread the needle back in. I finally just frogged the whole thing. Arrrrgh!
I just don't see how you people can make all of the very nice stuff I see pictured when I can't even do a stupid scarf. I'm hopeless.
Just wanted to get a head start on wishing everyone a Happy New Year, and to thank everyone who's made me feel so welcome here.
I'll be spending a quiet night here in NYC working on another sweater (top down, in the round), I cast on yesterday and have about 10 more rows until I finish up the raglan and get to the body...go me! It's plain ole black..do you believe it...here I am a gay man in NYC and have never owned a plain black sweater? It's a nice soft merino so it's a comforting knit. If I get bored I'll switch to my camouflage socks...
Hope your New Year is filled with all things good...and that your stash is always full.
Happy New Year boys (a few hours early) - the festivities are at my house tonight so have to get ready - but wanted to make sure I give each of you a new years hug and wish you the BEST 2007!
I also decided yesterday (long day) - to make the "lizard ridge" blanket out of Noro that is on the knitty.com website - me and one girl from the LYS are going to do it side by side... I'm still working out the wrap and turn deal - hiding that damn loop is becoming a bear - I have yet to grasp that bit... but the rest of it seems to look good... I think I'll felt my practice square just to see what it looks like :)
Yesterday we had to take Florence (the 88yo owner of the LYS) to the hosipital - she has some sort of bad kidney infection I guess.... she didn't want to stay there, but she had to (and finally agreed to be admitted about 6pm; after being in the emergency room since 11am) - her son (in his 60's) drove out from AZ to be with her for a few days - I think she'll be OK - we took her car to her house (she lives alone) and fed her 2 kitties-- I'm sure it will all work out, I can't imagine how upset she was yesterday - stuck at the hospital...but it's scary to be sick and old. Hospitals are icky. send good thoughts her way please.
Someone on this site works for a mill that spins some gorgeous and reasonably priced yarns, but I can't remember who it is or find the link... Does this ring a bell to anyone? I'm thinking it is in NC or some other southern state...
I've decided, that after the afghan fiasco, I need something more fabulous and substantial than socks. I need to do a sweater FOR ME!
SO, I'm trying to pick between making a cardigan out of merino frappe (kind of light and floaty, with a bit of fuzzyiness, like a short hair mohair). (kind of a cranberry-rust heather)
Another side to side pullover in this shockingly murky bronze-merlot to emerald and sapphire space dyed mohair (the fastest to knit, to be sure).
Or, the ultimate, a Carhardt inspired zippered cardigan of 20+ year old orange toned lumpy handspun Donegal tweed combined with a green-copper-cranberry manos del uruguay, and a frosted pumpkin orange worsted mohair...
(This last one should stop traffic with it's beauty and truly be a stunner, but take the longest to do....
What say you guys?
(unless you've got the ring first)
I picked this book up this morning at Border's. Though not necessarily geared towards the male knitter, the projects are certainly created with the male recipient in mind. What appealed to me most (aside from being a book full of stuff for us guys) is that the prerequisite knitting instructions which seem to take up the first 25% of most books is absent. This one apparently assumes you've got all that stuff down already and jumps right into the patterns. There is a very brief section at the end explaining some of the special techniques used in some of the patterns throughout the book.
The patterns are presented in stages apparently to correspond with the stages of a new relationship with appropriate introductory paragraphs. There are some really great looking simple and quick items as well as more challenging and time consuming projects. The last of which are some really great looking vests and sweaters.
This book also has another great laptop cover pattern. (I saw a few of these while browsing books this morning) So now I need to decide which one to make for the hubby. I really like the one in Knitting With Balls, but it's