Well, it's actually the NH Sheep and Wool Festival, but with all the rain we've been having, I think my friend's daughter's renaming of it was most appropriate.
It was great fun, despite the weather. The vendors were there because that's what they do. The serious I-will-see-vendor-X-and-buy-stuff festival goers were there. What's a little (or even a lot of) rain when there's raw fleece to be purchased? I swear these people are descended from Vikings and fleece acquisistion is the 21st century equivalent of looting and pillaging for them. When we dropped off our 4 fleeces, the Zeilinger's trailer was already half full and it was only halfway through the first day.
Just a quick post here. I wanted to let you all know that I've finished the tutorial on How to knit 2 socks at the same time on 1 long circular needle. I've created a separate blog for this and other techniques that I might learn as I continue my knitting journey - The Boy Who Knits - Techniques.
There are 6 parts to this sock installment:
These instructions can also be found on the sidebar of my main blog, under "Techniques".
The cell phone caddy I made for my boyfriend was met with such an exclamation of delight that I just had to make him another one, so that he can coordinate with his outfits, ya know. This time I used the other novelty yarn that I bought, Ticker Tape, and added an outer pocket for his iPod Nano.
As promised, a picture of my first jumper. It's not as impressive as the beautiful socks and shawls on this site, so please forgive me, but so far it's the most adventurous thing I've tackled. I did struggle evenly picking up the neck but it will be better the next time I promise. I am hoping Feed the Children, which is the charity I have knitted it for, like it and that it brightens up the life of one of the abandoned/orphaned children they are trying to help. The colours aren't subtle but they did ask for them to be bright and cheerful so it serves them right!<
Here's a pair of socks I recently completed. Its the Log Cabin Sock pattern from Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick. I knit it using 2.5 balls of Rowan Cork. Was a great project and I'm happy with the result:
as always, theres more info and photos at: brooklyntweed.blogspot.com. Have a great weekend and bring your knitting!
I have a cabled poncho pattern I am going to start after I finish the Shepherds Jacket. It calls for 2 strands of worsted weight. I found a great chunky weight in a colour I really like. So huys...does a double strand of worsted - a single starand of chunky?
Ya'll warned me that novelty yarn was difficult to work with. But, hell, I bought 5 balls of it and I didn't do so to look pretty sitting in my closet. So I thought I'd try a quick project to get the feel of the yarn.
I started out digging around in the guts of the ball, looking for the end, big mistake. It took me about an hour to unravel and rewind the ensuing mess and I ended up with 2 smaller center-pull balls - mistake number two. I guess this stuff is to be worked from the outside in; at least that's how I'm going to do it from now on unless one of you shows me a better way.
I'm sure many of you have the same problem I do when it comes to gifting for mother. What do you give to someone who never wants anything? I never know, but I'm glad that I took up knitting because now I can give her something that I made myself. Moms are such saps for that kind of shit.
Introducing mother's coaster set. It's a set of 8 coasters with a matching holster pocket. The coasters are really just small dishrags starched and pressed flat. The pocket is a long flat rectangle decreased to a point at one end with some elastic sewn into it to make a button catch. It probably would be nicer if I had knitted it in the round, but I'm still getting the hang of that, so I stitched it together on the side. Not all of the coasters are 100% perfect, although 3 of them are, the other 5 are between 90%-98%.
This is for the guys who asked about my k3, p3 dishcloth. I think the knit pattern would show up better if I had used a solid color yarn. I didn't post it when I completed it because I'm not thrilled with the way it turned out, but since you asked, here it is, shown with the 5x5 for contrast. The finished product is about 6"x 6", while the bigger one is 7"x 8 1/2".
I gues it was my excitement. Here they are