Man, when I see all of the things you guys can do, I feel like such a rookie. I've been at it for like 1-2 years now. I'm still working on perfectin socks and booties. I did whip up an ipod kewzie (?spelling) from Men with Balls book last night for one of my son's friends. He though it was cool, but geez, the way you guys can just whip out a sweater, a vest, intricate socks, just blows me away. The only bad thing about the internet is that you guys are all so far away. I wish we could have a convention sometime where 50-100 of us could all meet. I have really gotten encouragement, love, and some common bonds shared with many of you. I love and thank you all for it. I wish everyone the Merriest of Christmases. I hope everyone gets what they want! I wish all of you a happy new year and I hope to continue with our discussions and blogs for years to come. God Bless you all.
Just finished and delivered the third of the Christmas stockings... just made the deadline. I was getting ready to deliver the last one and realized that I had duplicate stitched "Jenie" instead of "Jennie" across the top of the sock. WHAT a nightmare. Anyway...3 1945 Vintage stockings done for a very appreciative family. Those who asked for the pattern, please send me a message to my inbox with your address. I did make some copies.
Hey guys!! How are you all? I haven't posted anything here in a long time. Guess I've been really busy. I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season and looking forward to a wonderful christmas this year.
I've been really busy knitting up a bunch of skinny scarfs, caps and bags and my latest venture is trying to start up a men's knitting group in my hometown. I've posted an ad about it on craigslist, but I'm not sure if anyone around where I live will take interest. We'll see.
My latest project happens to be a crocheted project. I am trying to make myself a knitting bag since I can't seem to find anything around town or online that I like. It seems like all of the knitting bags that are available are made for women (boo!). So I've dug out my camouflage yarn and am attempting to make something that a guy like me won't be embarrassed to tote around.
Anyway that's what I'm up do for now. I'll check back in later... oh by the way guys I love to read all of your posts on here... especially when I'm out and about I can surf to this site on my cellphone and read up on what you guys are doing. I love it. Keep writing and knitting and showing what your making. It
This is the last gift. It is a teddy bear for my 3 1/2 year old nephew. This lucky bear is also wearing the first sweater I have ever completed. He's not perfect. I know where the errors are. His eyes are also a bit crooked and I could have done more with the mouth. But I think he looks just right.
Hey guys - I saw this on a website... http://kehinde.com/blog/?p=214
Ivy's blog - had this fantastic post (I am guessing how many of us would even consider doing this!)
here's her entry:
The 2007 Knit From Your Stash Challenge
December 21st, 2006
I know I like challanges, but I think this will be the hardest. Harder than NaNo. Harder than the Knitting Olympics. This is the brainchild of Wendy from Wendy Knits. Her criteria for the challange is here. The basic idea is, don’t buy yarn, knit from stash for 2007. I’m going to be crochetting from stash as well since I mean to crochet more in 2007. Her rules state that the challange is adaptable, so here are mine.
1. The Knit-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon will start January 1, 2007 and run through December 31, 2007.
2. I will not buy any yarn or spinning fiber during that period, with the following exceptions:
2.a. Subscription yarn and fiber doesn’t count. This would mean the sock-of-the-month club, the roving-of-the-month club, the Koigu club, and the fleeces for my adopted sheep are all good to go.
2.b. I can buy yarn to make gifts if I really don’t have anything appropriate in stash or if a specific item is requested that I can’t make from stash.
These are also Christmas gifts that have been done for a while. Good ol' Cascade 220 for these and the fur was some Berroco something or other. The attached pics show one completed and one in progress.
Somehow or other, these yarns found their way into my stash via the net. Wish I knew a cure!
The greeen is alpaca laceweight from the Etsy shop Pancake and Lulu and the other two are merino laceweight from Grand River Yarns in Ontario.
Okay, so here's the deal. This is my first Christmas knitting and as a result, my first Christmas gifting knitting.
I've finished 4 sets of clogs for all the kids and I'm working on a scarf for my, um, my, what-do-I-call-her? - my partner's ex-wife (okay, that's your first assignment...what do I call her...and be careful, we have a great relationship!)
Anyway, I digress (as usual)
So, I've done the math and unless I knit 17 1/2 hours a day between now and Christmas morning, the scarf is not going to be completed.
What are some creative ways that you way-above-average creative guys have communicated an unfinished gift?
Thanks in advance,
finally got around to taking some pictures - these have actually been done a while.
It's a good thing though, that I knit better then I take photos.
Christmas Stocking - Wool of the Andes (Knitpick) - on size US 10 needles - felted.
Tricorn Hat - likewise felted - Lopi
Everything interesting seems to have a story to go along with it. The story of how I got started knitting is how I will make my introduction.
Two years ago I found her laugh and quirky idiosyncrasies endearing. She could light up a room, and always caught my attention when she was around. The forces of nature and gravity between two objects brought the two of us together. A rather exciting relationship began only months before Christmas. With the Holiday season quickly running up on me I decided that I would knit a stocking and fill it with affordable gifts.
Who knew circular needles came in different lengths? Not me. I got this 2 1/2 foot long needle home and realized I had made a terrible mistake. What would you do? Return the needle for a shorter, more manageable length? Hell no! The part connecting the two ends was plastic. Plastic, luck on my side, melts, and is fairly easy to cut. So, with the help of a Leatherman, a box of matches, and a little duct tape (to smooth it all out) a shorter needle was born. It's a keepsake that I will have a picture of to share soon enough.
The top of this stocking was flawless, the tube was a work of art, but the turn didn't exist. No, it wasn't bad, it just didn't exist because I was working with limited knowledge (for example, see above). My disappointment was probably worth a prescription for Zoloft. Rather than dwell I reached deep into my bag of tricks and went to the fabric store, bought some fleece, and cut out a shape that would later become the foot. I sewed it all together using a twist-tie from a bread bag and presented the miracle to the girl.