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February 8th, 2005

Bill's picture

Hats and Handbags

You might enjoy looking at this on line exhibit of Hats and Handbags by friends and students of Prudence Mapstone.

http://handbags.knotjustknitting.com
http://ifthehatfits.knotjustknitting.com

Wonderful colourful work!

Bill

February 7th

malckwan's picture

Now taking requests...

Well gents, I finally got around to laying out some promo cards for MEN WHO KNIT.com. Today at work, I'll be seeing about minting some buttons too.

For those of you interested in starting or publicizing your own local chapters and meetings, send me a private message on here with the details and I'll make up a layout for you and send it to you as a PDF you can print and distribute.

Once I have the buttons done, I'll put up some photos and get you guys a price on covering the production costs so you too can proudly declare to the world that you are a man who knits!

Though the best and m

February 5th

malckwan's picture

Yarn Search, pleas for help...

I've been trying to track down some GGH Fancy eyelash yarn in the bronze/deep copper hue and seem to be coming up short.

Anyone anywhere know of a good yarn store that ships and carries GGH Fancy?

January 25th

Bill's picture

"Knitting on the Edge"

I mentioned at the "Men Who Knit" gathering tonight ... that the book "Knitting on the Edge" by Nicky Epstein....is available from Hamilton Books at the discounted price of $19.95...plus shipping...
Bill

http://www.hamiltonbook.com/hamiltonbook.filereader?41f7472f00f08b662725424d3615064d+EN/products/4145569

KNITTING ON THE EDGE: Ribs, Ruffles, Lace, Fringes, Flora, Points & Picots.
By Nicky Epstein.
 
Comprehensive and indispensable reference guide to 350 types of edgings and decorative borders. Features styles that will work for any yarn and any size needle that will allow knitters to customize their designs into one-of-a-kind creations. Fully illustrated in color. 168 pages. Size 11 x 81⁄2 inches. Published by Sixth&Spring.

January 23rd

malckwan's picture

Knit and the whole world has an opinion...

I knit on the BART train, I knit standing in line, I knit at sidewalk cafes... and it seems that folks are more than happy to strike up a conversation with you... either they're knitters themselves or they're admiring the piece you're making...

Knitting seems to help bring down social barriers to talking to strangers and I think it's cool. A nice smile or compliment is a little thing but has such a great impact on one's disposition. It can really make your day.

It's also nice to share one's experience with knitting... not to sound too New Agey and hippy-dippy, but it is very gratifying to be reknitting the social fabric in our community through a simple and satisfying craft.

January 22nd

james's picture

The more the merrier

Ok . . . I'm sitting here in St. Louis, Missouri and I'm jealous! I read messages about groups getting together in SF and NY and I wonder how I might get something going here. There are a number of 'stitch 'n bitch' groups that meet in various parts of the city, but they're all women. I'd love to get a group going for men. I know there are men who knit here--I've seen them in yarn shops! If anyone has any ideas of how I might go about getting something started, I'd be grateful for your thoughts.

January 21st

Update on the tie

I'm still working on my knit tie.  It's 16" now (40" to go).  The novelty of watching the pattern emerge from the self-striping yarn is gone, but has been replaced by tracking the length by counting the repeats in the pattern.  I've figured out exactly how much each repeat in the pattern adds to the length and I check the measurement at the end of each one.  So far, it's dead on...2.25"  I've got about 4 inches to go before I work my decreases and start on the skinny end.  It's long enough that I was able to tie a modified half-windsor and get some idea of what it will look like when it's actually tied.  Very cool.  I've been taking my time with it, carrying it around in my brief case and working on it in waiting rooms and on my lunch break.  Now, I'm anxious to get it finished and actaully wear it to work.  I'm going to pick up the pace and try to do 3-4 inches every night.

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Improvisational Hat Class

Will be teaching my first improvisational hat class on Sunday the 30th.  A four hour workshop.  The idea is to show how to use left over stash and different types of crown shaping. 

Have been having fun working up examples - three needle bind off, fair isle, combining leftovers from around the home.

Giving it at my local yarn shoppe in Philadelphia.  We shall see how many sign up for it.  With the snow we are expected to get this weekend, it might be the impetus for people to take it.

January 16th

malckwan's picture

Small World

I ran into a friend from art school yesterday... this makes the third ex-CCACer I've run into this week. I went to the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA from 1990 to 1994.

Sandy, who I ran into, turns out to also knit... in fact, his sister, Christina owns Article Pract the yarn store near my house!

I also received an envelope from Article Pract the other day when I got home from work. I was puzzled as I hadn't signed up for any mailing list there. Turns out, my friend Karul in NY had gotten me a gift certificate for my birthday (turned 37 on the 10th, very binary). This might provide the impetus to try knitting with cashmere... I love my enablers.

January 11th

Yarn it is

Woo Hoo, I finally got the wool fiber I was working with spun and plyed into at least 117 yards of  2 ply yarn.  I lost count at 117 yards but it is at least that.  That's a lot of yarn.  Then my next step is to dye it in a rainbow colourway hopefully.  Just got these gaywool dyes to work with in daisy, orchid and cornflower.  Can't wait to see how it comes out.  Then I got to make something with it, which will probably be some hats.  Since that is what I usually make or maybe one of those multidirectional scarfs.  Not sure yet but will let you know.  : )