I have been looking for a good board to block my sweater (yes I know I haven't even finished it yet) - but I am a shop-a-holic and love finding things - the more "stuff" I have relating to knitting, the happier I am! .... anyway, I found a great one - it's on this site:
it was costly, but I think it'll be the only one I'll ever have to buy - and it folds up!
I also found some cool tools called Knit Klips (I don't like when people use a "k" instead of the "c" in words just to be clever... (or should I say "klever") ick! :)
BUT the clips are cool! here's the site:
which are kind of like hair clips - they are used to attach pieces together and hold them in place (the same way a clothespin would) - as you are attaching the pieces. I ordered some of these as well (after looking at Wal Mart in the hair aisle at little hair clips and deciding they wouldn't work, and figuring out that clothespins are big and not very strong) - I'm waiting to get them -
I am a spending fiend! let's hope it all works out and is worth the investments!
Just thought I would put a little bit about what I am up to at the moment. I am in the middle of a pair of socks for my friend Clare. I am using self patterning Opal wool which comes out in Purple and mottled stripes (right up her street!). My next project is to copy a rather nice knitted jacket that is in one of the shops here. I want to move away from just following patterns to the letter and move into adapting them to fit my requirements. You never know it might work, and if it doesn't then all I have to do is rip it out and start again. Feel free to drop me a line if you are bored I will get back to you as soon as I can.
OK - I'm working on a sweater, and got the left side of the cardigan done - it's mostly knit and purl, (stockinette) with a ribbed border - of 8 stitches of knit or purl (row 1: k, row 2: k, row 3: p, row 4: p, and so on) - which makes a nice band on the inside most part of the jacket (where the buttons would go) -- I followed the pattern, k1, k2tog, then, to decrease on the "band" side of the sweater, (on the knit row and inside the stockinette part of the pattern), I did an SSK - which decreases the field of the cardigan and moves the "band" closer to the shoulder... (gosh I hope this makes sense) .. anyway, it turned out great. NOW I am doing the right side of the cardigan, and it says only to reverse all pattern and directions for the opposite side. Being the newbie knitter I am, I had made a chart of the hundred or so rows that were done on the left side - so I went to my computer and plugged it all in for the right side and I'm following it along, minding my own business... everything looks great until I get to the place where I need to start decreasing, and doing the SSK.... it seems that all the decreasing, etc, appears to be on the PURL row - and I thought I wasn't supposed to do anyting like that on the purl row... well, it was 10 at night on Sunday and I wanted to try it - the worst that could happen is my friends at the LYS would rip it out for me and help me find my way again - it seems to have worked fairly well - I made up my own SSP kind of stitch and although it looks a tiny bit sloppy I think it's OK -
A cabbie picks up a Nun. She gets into the cab, and the cab driver won't stop staring at her.
She asks him why he is staring.
He replies: "I have a question to ask you, but I don't want to offend you."
She answers, "My son, you cannot offend me. When you're as old as I am and have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I'm sure that there's nothing you could say or ask that would find offensive."
"Well, I've always had a fantasy to have a nun kiss me."
She responds, "Well, let's see what we can do about that: #1, you have to be single and #2, you must be Catholic."
The cab driver is very excited and says, "Yes, I'm single and Catholic!"
"OK" the nun says. "Pull into the next alley."
The nun fulfills his fantasy with a kiss that would make a hooker blush.
But when they get back on the road, the cab driver starts crying.
"My dear child," said the nun, why are you crying?"
"Forgive me but I've sinned. I lied I and must confess, I'm married and I'm Jewish."
The nun says, "That's O.K. my dear child, my name is Kevin and I'm going to a Halloween party."
I posted yesterday about the handspun wool I purchased yesterday and which I began to knit upon arriving at home. I bought 2 colours, white and acquamarine, each spun by a different person. The white is soft but the other is a bit course (but such a beautiful shade of blue!). Both look identical to my eye. But, when I knit with the blue, the strand of wool from the knitting to the ball continuously keeps turning in on itself (twisting) and driving me mad. I sometimes have to hold the ball and drop the knitting to let it twist itself right. A elderly friend who was a life-time spinner and knitter said that the wool was incorrectly spun (she guesses that the spinner sat at an angle and not straight on the wheel) and that it will not knit up well and most likely will "pill" when washed.
I'm absolutely ignorant on fibers so I'm soliciting opinions from our MWK spinners on this. As this wool was quite dear, I have a substantial investment in it.
I liked the suggestion for MWK members to participate in the Red Scarf Project. I found a link to a great website that gives more information about the project. Both Lilly Chin and Interweave press are participating in this project. I am going to send a scarf and it would be great to see other MWK members do so as well.
Links about the project:
I know it's on Tuesday, but parties are starting this weekend. If you're partying, please get home safely.
The is me at my co-worker's annual soiree. (I'm not the one dressed as Jesus!)
I spent the past week working on teddy bears. But, no matter how much I tried, I just could not find any enthusiasm and I certainly disliked the novelty yarns. I ripped out every project I started except for the last one and that one I biffed into the skip! As I pondered this situation, I came to the realisation that I am not interested in knitting anything that I don't consider to be useful. If I'd had a child to give the teddy bear to, it would have been different. I love to make something that is needed, a hat or scarf or a jumper but I don't want to knit just to knit -yuch!
Today, we went downtown to spend some time in our artsy-fartsy centre and I discovered a shop that is a co-op store for hand knitters, weavers, spinners, felters, etc. It was filled with wonderful woolen items and I couldn't believe me luck. I finally found a place for hand-done wools that are not over-processed. It seemed like such good fortune to come into my life just when I needed it the most.
I bought this scrumptious hand-spun and dyed wool (about an 8 ply) which was spun by a man (!) and happily came home to start a new jumper -one can never have too many of those :-). I hope the colours show up well on your monitors; the wool is a gorgeous shade of light aquamarine.
So i have been quite in love with a new project that seems to be an ongoing lifetime work. I began a freeform scarf and then made it larger and it will probably end up to be a wall hanging of sorts for an art opening. Its fun to match the colors and fibers, mixing the size of needles and....yes i dare say...crochet hooks. yikes. its scary to venture back into the horror that is crocheting. Althoouuugh i do enjoy it more when i dont have a pattern and i can do whatever i want. maybe i will post a photo of it soon.....we shall see. until then i will remain figuring out the randomness that looks like a landscape relief map and make mad my time and energy....
Anyone have any experiences with freeform????
I was wondering if any of you have ever knitted for, or know anything about the Red Scarf Project conducted through the Orphan Foundation of America (www.orphan.org). They solicit hand-knitted scarves (in the month of January) in shades of red to give to 18-23 year olds who were formerly in foster care, and now are trying to go to college without the benefit of a family for support. Interweave Knits is one of the co-sponsors, and the foundation is listed with the Better Business Bureau, so I assume they are a fine organization. I thought, perhaps, some of you might have personal experience with this project and could share more information with me.