Thank you for all the input. The class was frustrating to say the least. I stood up in the middle of class and reminded them all you could buy the socks at shops all over the city and it would be so much less work. LOL Everyone laughed and we went on. I got home last night and became obsessed....I switched from 3 needles to 4 and that was the ticket for me....my hands are bigger than theirs and the four needles gave me more flexiblity. Those little women have small paws!!! Anyway....so far, I am flying on them! Yeah!
BTW, did anybody Tivo the new Martha yesterday??? They had a lady that is the fastest crocheter in the world.....she does 130 double crochets in 3 minutes.....it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. I got a little motion sickness watching her.....
I'm taking a cashmere sock class this afternoon! I'm a little nervous....do socks (or double pointed needles) scare anyone else??? Anyway I will report on how it goes and if I will be a sock maker or not!!! If any of you are sock pros I would love to have some feedback.
Happy knitting everyone!
My good friend Mattie is just dying to get into this site, but has had incredible difficulty in doing so. Both he and I have scoured this site looking for a help desk - him more than I - but have had trouble finding some such. Anyway - if you're reading - I've pasted his email below - thanks for your help in advance!
I'm trying my hardest to get some help with the menwhoknit.com website.
I'm not getting any email from the server. I can request a new
that never comes. I can even register as a new user, but I never get
any email to tell me the new user's password. I can't post to any of
the forums to ask for help since I can't register or login. Would you
do me a big favor and, if you're a member, login and post this to the
site stuff forum? Anyone can contact me for help at
New video in the works - REAL MEN KNIT!
I am an independent video producer and have decided to concentrate on two of my favorite subjects: knitting and men. I have knitted forever myself and through the years have known one or two men who knit but now that it's a growing past-time and passion for many more and I am excited about exploring it in my part instructional/part inspiration video.
I'm looking for men of all ages and types who might be interested in being interviewed for the video. I am putting together a light-hearted segment of stories, opinions, etc. from men who knit so the more variety I can find, the better. I am in central California and plan to travel around the state in the next few months, as well as a trip to Toronto at the end of this month. Unfortunately my budget is not going to allow me to travel the country state by state, but if I find a proliferation of interesting knitting guys in a particular location, I'll try to get there.
I was going through some notes that I have and found this handy hint.
Knitting Jogless Stripes in the Round:
(This only works if you have a minimum of 2 rows per stripe)
Knit 1 round of the new colour.
When faced with the first stitch of the second round: pick up a loopof the first colour from the preceding row an place it on the left needle. Knit together both the first stitch of the new colour and the picked up stitch of the previous row. Continue knitting around.
Just posted some links I think I am going to have to change that pic of me I look a bit psychotic
I got my design sent in to MenKnit last week after the blocking fiasco, and the second looks just as good as the first did. And I just finished the fringe on the THIRD one, the one that my boss at the yarn store commissioned for a store model. I'll block it tomorrow and get it up to her on Tuesday before I head to Ohio for vacation. And another friend wants one for a Christmas gift for someone in his life too. (And yeah, I'm purposefully being a little cryptic about it, since I don't know if it's gonna get published. If it does, I'll make big squealy noises and point it out.)
Now I've just got the shawl and poncho for a friend in Michigan, a baby blanket for some friends, and then I get to work on my sweater. It won't be ready this winter, alas, but next winter, most definitely I'll be wearing my Galway Guy.
Since I know I'm safe to post here because he doesn't read this, I just need to share a tale of woe.
So I designed and knit a scarf for the upcoming issue of MenKnit. On Friday, I had wet it down to block it and had it wrapped in a towel to dry it out, and laid the towel across the back of our couch. I had a photo shoot on Saturday and was gone for about 3 hours for it.
In his defense, I didn't tell my partner what the towel was. He's also a compulsive Virgo, which means that he NEEDS to clean.
I got home from the shoot and sat down at my computer. About 10 minutes later, I turned around to look at him where he was crocheting on the couch. I noticed that the towel was gone. In the back of my mind, I also noticed that the washing machine was running.
Okay so I recently graduated college where I spent much of my time in Gender Studies. As a male knitter, the entire needle-work-world, especially knitting has fascinated me because it is a huge pocket of society that still suffers heavily from gender suffocation (or at least in the public sphere). I've been thinking a lot about how we (KNITTIN' MEN) have a great opportunity to make a difference. While I often find myself angry and frustrated with all of those people who so stringently cling to their gender expectations (so often unconsciously), I have to remember that many of them have not had those notions challenged and disproved.