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October 10th, 2005

start again

I am so frustrated with myself. I totally misread a pattern and have had to rip out 3 days work. It was when I was towards the end of the second ball of Debbie Bliss that I realised my mistake. Looking back at the pattern it was increase 6 stitches the next 6 rows. For whatever reason I increased only 1 stitch each of 6 rows

Oh well, it could have been worse I guess.

October 8th

Orange Crush - cont.

I finished the back of my sweater, and am pleased with the way it turned out.  I've posted a link to the picture.

http://photobucket.com/albums/a83/suttonjp/?action=view&current=OCback.jpg

I'll get started on the front after supper this evening.  I'm hoping to have it finished by November.  I'm using size 11 needles, so that shouldn't be a problem.  I've discovered that I really dislike working with anything bigger than a size 9 needle and prefer a 7 or smaller.

Howdy from Texas!

Howdy everyone!

 

I'm relatively new to knitting.  I find it very relaxing, especially in the car while riding along country roads.  I started knitting scarves and small throws and now I am currently knitting baby booties and a bonnet for my partners sister.  She's having twin girls around Dec. or Jan.  I've all of a sudden developed in interest in baby clothes.  I don't know if anyone has the same problems I do with making things for people but I feel I'm giving a part of me away.  It's hard to part with some of my creations.

October 7th

hizKNITS's picture

first foray into freeform

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).

DominikaSo, 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.

Light at the end of the tunnel!

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.

October 5th

Knit Out response

Oh dear Jack, what a shame that you did not enjoy the Knit Out experience. Union Square has improved over the last 10 years. Perhaps it looks parched after this long dry summer that we have had in NYC. Areas were closed off to the public for several seasons to allow the grass to grow back and the south end has been totally repaved. The north end will be getting revamped soon including the pavilion.
Although knitting is extemely popular today it has not caught the inspiration of top designers like Nicole Farhi and Edina Ronay like it did in the late 70's and 80's. Before I'm shot down down in flames those designers were really popular in London when I lived there. Nicole has a store here in NY but the knitting line is a small, very small part of it.
As I see it and it is only my opinion despite the proliferation of yarn stores with beautiful but expensive yarns. Knitting is a hobby. It is a backlash to the computer age. Despite people I know and respect enjoying knitting for themselves and loved ones the objects being created are by and large for personal enjoyment. Until the big names come along and really inspire the fashion scene with knitted clothing it is going to remain very much a home grown past time. Not that there is anything wrong with that. A sweater is a sweater is a sweater. But, until a brand like Comme de Garcon, Issey Miyake, Vivienne Westwood or Alexander McQueen et al really shakes up the knitting scene it is going to stay very humdrum. The preppy knit wear by Ralph Lauren, Donna Karen etc. is still very popular. The whole design scene needs to be shaken up. We as knitters need to demand more creative, exciting designs by the like of Debbie Bliss, Nicke Epstien to name just two. 
Oh boy I hope that I won't be ostracized for my venting. I love knitting very much and enjoy creating items out of 2 sticks and some yarn. For now I enjoy the designs of Debbie Bliss et al. I am still challenged interpeting their patterns sometimes and have to rip out 3 or 5 times before I get it right. As for Entrelac I will put that aside for a while longer.
We are all free to design and create so let's see your stuff guys!

October 3rd

Jack's picture

N.Y. Knit Out

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.

October 2nd

Orange Crush

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.

NY Knit Out

Hi guys

I was at the Knit Out from 1 PM to 5:15. Phew. The was never ending of folk wanting to learn how to knit and across the way was an equally long line waiting to learn how to crochet.
Oh and as I was leaving one of the organizers told me that I was the first male teacher!!!!!!!! 
 Then I went to Boys Night at The Point as usual on a Sunday evening. A fun long day knitting for me.
Tomorrow I start my first Knitting afterschool class!
 I love knitting

September 29th

Knipper's picture

Men's Knitting Circle in Philadelphia

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.