One of my co-workers is expecting his first child, so our department took up a collection to buy baby gifts. I added a baby sweater and hat to the gifts.
Looking back I realized that it has been a year since I've posted to this site. I've been commenting to others, but nothing new myself. So I figured a post of W.I.P.S.
My best friend was going to Des Moines and needed a gift for 2 friends of ours. Being that they are both like us and have no problem finding the bottom of a drink, we wanted something special that they could use while drinking. So I Googled Knit Beer Cozy Patterns and found several choices. These 2 were my favorites.
The beer cozys were a big success and both Iris and James squeeled like a couple of girls when they got them.
It's been nearly 2 weeks and I figured I should get off my "best intentions" and put a post up on this. On September 9th I traveled up to Kitchener, Ontario for the Waterloo County Knitter's Fair 2006, put on by the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter's Guild. It is the largest all knitting show in Canada, there were more than 50 different vendors there with everything you could possibly want for knitting.
Both Sally and Lucy are members of the KW Guild, so they were naturally a part of the day's event. Sally gave a presentation of "Sally's Top 10 Pet Peeve Questions." All about the questions that knitters are asked, the ones we wish people wouldn't ask, and how she handles them. It was entertaining, informative and she gave some personal insights on the knitting industry, where she thinks it's going and where she thinks some are dropping the ball for the future.
Lucy was there with her new DVD sets, which look outstanding. She was very approachable and really enjoyed talking with other knitters. I told her about the Men Who Knit website, which she thought was very exciting. She loves her male knitters and thinks that the best lace knitters she has ever met are men. That of course led me to brag about the outstanding knitters we have here. So if anyone's ears were ringing that day, I'm to blame for it.
I posted this as a W.I.P. a while back and have finally gotten a picture of the finished project. This was a part of my goal to use up some of my substantial stash. Knowing that I would likely not have enough yarn to finish the vest, I decided to knit it in the round and work until I ran out. I couldn't find a bulky wool/acrylic blend that I liked to finish it off with. I also wanted to keep the additional purchase at a very moderate price, as this was auction yarn that I got for a steal I wanted to keep it that way. I would up using Wool-Ease worsted, working double stranded. The denim color knit up darker, but I still like the effect, so I'm pleased with it. I attached a picture of the original pattern I based it on as well.
I felted my clogs last Sunday and finally got around to taking some pictures, well getting the pictures off of my digital camera that is. The sneaker shows the size difference of before and after felting.
The felting process was a breeze! Each slipper in a zippered pillowcase, threw in a couple of bath towels, a total of 16 minutes and they felted perfectly. I used Paton's Classic Wool and was very pleased with the results. They are very comfy and will be great to wear this winter during the Western New York cold weather.
Now that the Sampler Sweater is completed, along with a couple of smaller W.I.P.s that needed to be finished up, I decided I needed another new project to work on. Something I could use up some stash for since my stash is reaching a sizeable amount.
I picked up a number of old pattern books at the guild auction this year. I love the chiche-factor of many old pattern books. Yet if you look past the bad hair/bad colors/ bad yarn selections there are some great looking patterns.
This pattern book is from 1975 and this sweater in particular really caught my eye. It is a twisted stockinette stitch done on a chunky weight yarn, and I knew I had some chunky weight in the stash from last year's auction purchase.
The pattern did not have a size bg enough for me, so I knit up a swatch and went to Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. I decided to go with a vest rather than a sweater and I changed te rib from a 2/2 ribbing to a 2/1 ribbing, as well as knitting it in the round rather than flat.
Attached are pictures of the pattern book, the yarn, swatch and W.I.P. I've made a good deal of progress on it since taking the pictures. It is twice as long as shown in the picture.
I finished this up last week and gave it the wash and block over the weekend. I finally got around to taking a picture to post on it. The sweater is the Sampler Sweater from Simply Beautiful Sweater For Men. The grey yarn I purchased last year at our knitting guild's annual yarn auction. It came in 2 very large skeins and was unmarked. It is a single ply, loosely spun worsted weight wool.
I just found this site from the MenKnit.Net web site and knew I had to join. I have been knitting, on and off, for nearly 20 years.
I love the camaraderie of knitters. The knitting circles of my LYS was always one of the things I liked best about being a knitter. I am a member of the Buffalo Knitters Guild, the only man of course, so all the ladies love having me in the group. But it is nice to be with a grou of guys who are knitters.
My latest knitting obssesion are the scarves from the Harry Potter movies. I've made them all and they are my mindless-while-I-watch-television-knitting projects.