This is where I will keep the details of my knitting projects and photos as well.
A little background for all who will read this, I started knitting about 2 months ago, after I lost my job. I wanted to learn something that would keep me busy and occupy both sides of my brain. One day, I saw a Learn to Knit kit that teaches how to knit cat toys at Target. It came with a video and everything you need to make a few cat toys. I have enjoyed knitting a lot so far, and I'm glad to have found a community of other men who are into it as well.
So far, I can only knit and purl in the English-style. I can do simple increases & decreases, although I'm having trouble making the "invisible" increase (mine are plainly visible). I have made all 3 of the cat toys the kit taught me (the fish, the mouse & the ball) and I started knitting dishrags.
This is not the sort of project that would normally appeal to me, but it was a special request by a friend who positively assured me that she would actually wear such a hat. More than once. In public.
In a what-was-I-thinking-in-the-middle-of-the-night moment, I started knitting with worsted weight yarn on US 2 needles, producing a fabric which stands on its own and could possibly be substituted for Kevlar. To make things worse, I used dpn's because I didn't have any circular needles in that size. Very soon I had to move one quarter of the stitches to a holder because they were falling off the needles, and I became rather adept at substituting needle for holder on every round.
I just finished felting my second hat, and wanted to post some photos. The first is a tiny little brimmed hat. I made it small to start so as not to use too much wool if it didn't work out. I was very pleased with the results and am going to do a full sized one just like it. The second was the Garden Hat from the book "Felted Crochet." It was huge before felting. My daughter Kate tried it on for the before picture. I was pleased with the results, but I don't think I'll use the same yarn again. It was crocheted from Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted. It's 30% mohair, so the final product is extremely fuzzy. My older daughter, Erin, loves the fuzz, and the hat is for her, so it all turned out for the best. I'm going to add a band of embroidered ribbon to finish it off.
Just in time for summer ... mittens from a WWII knit-for-the-troops pattern. The accent stripes created extra work evening up the stitches and weaving in the ends, but in a solid color the mittens knit up really fast. Since our boys in Iraq probably have little need for these, I'll just put them away until it gets cold again.
When my new book arrived from Canada, the owner of the shop included this old poem which I wanted to share.
The Prayse of the Needle
To all dispersed sorts of Arts and Trades,
I write the Needles praise (that never fades)
So long as children shall be got or borne,
So long as garments shall be made, or worne,
So long as Hemp or Flax, or Sheep shal bear
Their linnen wollen fleeces yeare by yeare;
So long as Silk-worms, with exhausted spoyle
Think I've made a huge mistake buying the Eskimo wool for the Drops Design Hoodie. Dreadful stuff. Horrible. Made the mistake - against my own previous advice - of buying the wool on-line so hadn't seen how crap it is! and the colour is awful! It's an unstructured yarn a bit like Lopi. It is very thick and looks like the matted dangly bits off a lamb's backside and I'm not talking about the tail, you understand. It splits constantly and is felting as I knit. The colour is a bilious green and not the pleasant sage-green I thought it was. Not good value at all although it only set me back £36 ($50?). I seriously doubt that the garment could be worn more than a few times without trashing and I would say it would be impossible to wash or clean. One for the dog basket I think, except I don't own a dog...bugger!
Whatever you call it - here is one I knitted. From just one skein of Noro Kureyon. This mojo bag is a gift for a friend's birthday who is a ghost hunter. I placed a smudge stick inside for when he goes a-hauntin'.
I should know by now that not everything in life is fun and exciting. However, I am really hating this sweater I have been working on FOREVER!!!!!!!!!! It's for my partner, a few of you may remember me griping about it earlier,.....but I find myself knitting a few rows per evening and then putting it down....it is an irregular rib pattern...that takes a little more concentration than other projects. I know some would say i should just let it go and go on to something I enjoy....but Allan is loving the way it looks and really so am I....I just hate doing it. I have told myself I'm not starting anything else until I finish it....just for motivation. I guess I will just "two-row-a-night" it until I get there. Anyone else have this issue???? I need words of encouragment....please!
Ive had the worst week of knitting, One I hate this yarn i bought. Carons simply soft. It untwists and splitts easly. I thought the red heart was bad. I would rather go back to red heart and burn this crappy yarn. I have six projects going and none of them near completion. I need to knit something up fast so i can finnish something. The socks im working on i have been working on for a while. im still on the leg of the first sock. the kite string or yarn is so small and the needles so small they arnt knitting up as fast as what i was led to believe. How could anyone get satisfaction out of socks. you could spend months on just one pair. Sorry just needed to vent.
Lots of birthdays in the spring! Here are some of the gift items I've been working on for the last couple of weeks ...
Felted clogs following the Fiber Trends pattern. These knit up very quickly using a double strand of yarn and US 13 needles. I felted a pair for myself but plan to present the others with a humorous set of felting instructions so that the recipients can experience the amazing process (and the aroma of wet wool) for themselves.