Well, I survived my first foray to the Stitches West convention in Santa Clara this weekend. Went down there on Amtrak's Capitol Corridor since I thought CalTrain was still upgrading rails on weekends. A nice ride down with plenty of knitting time.
I don't think I've ever been around so many women in one place before... Stitches was just crawling with the fairer sex... spotted the odd long suffering husband or boyfriend carrying bags of yarn trailing behind their gals or waiting in line at the cash registers while their significant other foraged for yarn.
I'm sure you've all been searching for this pattern...
a knitted ELVIS wig hat!
How can I explain, when there are few words I can choose?
Well, it's not that there's few words, just not a lot of time to compose and arrange those words to summarize my knitting since before Xmas. Where to start?
Looking through the images on my camera, it's been lots of gift knitting. I don't know if I'll get around to posting images...
You might enjoy looking at this on line exhibit of Hats and Handbags by friends and students of Prudence Mapstone.
Wonderful colourful work!
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!
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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?
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.