It's been a long, long time since I've been on here. I've been out of the country for the past three weeks, but that's not to say I didn't get any knitting done!
Since I was travelling, I didn't want to bring a big project (like the aran that's begging to be finished) or something complex (another self-designed piece).
So, I grabbed a bunch of different yarns, one set of circular needles and assumed that I'd find some downtime to whip out some hats.
I can see the light. It's getting so close I can nearly walk thru it. I'm sure you know the one I'm talking about, the light at the end of the tunnel telling you that you are almost done with a difficult or long project. In my particular case I'm nearly done with a 'slightly modified" version of a Gansey sweater from Beth Brown-Reinsel's book Knitting Gansey's. I made a few changes from her original designs to fit my bizzare tastes. But as I can tell that's what making a Gansey is all about, making one different from the last one you made. The kids and wife have already gotten in line for any future ones I crank out as well. Though I hope to do the next one in something more traditional than Lion Brand. I was thinking something more like Poppletons, but please comment if you know anything better to do a traditional "Seamans Iron" Gansey in.
I'm happy to read that Martin had such a good time at N.Y. Knit Out yesterday. Obviously the difference in our responses comes from the fact that he was an active participant while I was a passive observer. I was expecting to see a lot more "knitting as an Art form" than I did. (This is New York City, after all.) The weather didn't cooperate. It was much too sunny and hot in the City to want to be touching wool, and Union Square is not the green oasis I remember it being the last time I was there. I came away remembering three or four items that I saw. One, a big, "thingy" poncho in browns, as handsome and impressive because of the man who was wearing it as it was in itself. Another favorite of mine was a woman's hat that seemed to be made of preserved newspaper, with a (perhaps) chrochet hat-band.
It took 3 tries, but I finally got a good start on the back of my first sweater. I'm knitting the orange zip-front cardigan from the 1st issue of Knit.1. I'm using the suggested yarn, Wool-Ease chunky in Pumpkin. (It's not as bright as it looks in the picture.) It's very exciting to watch it take shape. I've got about 10 more rows before I start shaping the arm holes. I'll post more as it moves along.
On Tuesday, September 27th, the first Men's Knitting Circle kicked off in Philadelphia. Eight male knitters attended, some I knew, some I did not. It went over well and we are meeting again the last Tuesday of October (the 25th). Plenty of creativity in the bunch.
I followed advice for various people and advertised it and talked it up in Philadelphia and various websites. MenWhoKnit and PhillyKnitters as two, the local yarn shoppes, the PGN, various stores.
Interesting note is that the owner of establishment told me that several women asked if they could attend, and he explained that it was for the guys and that they could start one on another evening. No disrespect to the ladies but the idea is for the fellas to have a place to sit, knit and enjoy each others company and share the male focused creative process.
My knit tie is complete. I'm a little disappointed by it. It looks great, but the sock yarn I used is too thick, so the knot is huge. I can't use it for work, but my daughter has already claimed it, so it won't go unused. I've already found some really fine silk-tweed that would make a great tie. I'll have to drop down from size 5 needles to 1 or 2's.
Just wanted to let folks know that the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival is scheduled for October 1 and 2 at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center in Essex Junction, VT. Admission is $5 (what a deal!). The flyer says over 60 vendors with everything from yarn, fleece, spinning, meat and cheese (ok, it's creepy to think of eating the poor animal that gives us beautiful yarn). More info at www.vermontsheep.org and click on the Festival button on the left. I've never been to this Fest as I'm new to Vermont but anything with yarn has to be fun. Plus, there's shearing demonstrations and sheepdog herding.
Is anyone else going on the knitting cruise in New York sponsored by The Point Cafe? It seems like it would be a great opportunity to meet and put a face with an online identity....
I will be there with my wonderful friend, Robin.
Also, I spent the weekend at the Garden State Sheep and Fiber Festival and accidentally added a new obsession... spinning.... Had a great time and learned a lot - all the information and hands on experience really enhances my knitting experience.