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A big win

I just made my first slipper.  Very cool.  It's a felted slipper using Alafos Lopi (sp) and despite a couple of mistakes that I made along the way it worked out pretty well.   I've been off sick today and been wearing one slipper around the house - testing it for it's worthiness as a mode for some Christmas presents.  I went to the yarn shop yesterday to find another ball of the same colour I used and, Murphy was there - they had everything but :) Oh well.

I'm going to make a matching set for a couple (variations in colour).

The pattern is at kitty.com  

I Want More Men Knitting

OK, I'm a female, but I truly want to promote men's knitting. I have a sixteen year old son and I think he would get a great deal out of knitting but I certainly can't be the one to "inspire" him. I only know one guy who knits and he is WAY cool.

 
I live near Tacoma WA so here's a shout out to any of you guys in the area. Hope to see you at Madrona!
 
 
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http://knuts4knitting.blogspot.com/ 

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Another male knitter, maybe.

A friend just called and told me he was crocheting!!  He is coming to visit for Thanksgiving and wants me to show him how to knit.  This is very exciting as I am hoping it will be something he grows to like and it will keep his hands busy instead of holding cigarettes!!  When I talked to him he was excited that he was actually able to create something.  I told him that is part of what draws me to knitting is that I MADE IT!!  I doubt I will ever become the knitter some of you other posters are but the fact that I am able to make something that is not only attractive but useful is hugely satisying.

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Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat

Hey boys,

I am making plans to attend the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival in Feb this coming year, in Tacoma, WA. Has anyone ever been??? A friend of mine lives in Gig Habor, WA and invited me to attend with her. I am sooooo excited, but would love to hear from anyone who has heard of it and/or attended. From what I have read and heard they have fiber vendors and classes on everything from spinning to knitting and BEYOND! So...let me hear from you.

Always knit for fun!!!!

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submissive

Who knew submission could feel so good?

This past summer, when the men's issue of Knitty was announced, I considered throwing my hat in the ring. Procrastination and other knitted distractions never got the sketches and swatches made into a completed item. However, my jaw droppd when I saw a very similar pattern that did get published. I still believed in my pattern, specifically, one innovative element.

Then, the good fellows at MenKnit were getting ready to publish their inaugural issue. Some hasty knitting, a flurry of emails, and a fast-approaching deadline saw the birth of my dream, save some felting. The next thing I knew, I was in Poland and Eastern Europe for three weeks, and there was no way I could felt across the ocean.

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Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair

Last weekend I went, for the first time, to the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair near Asheville, NC.  As I am a new knitter I did not think I would be there long, maybe a couple hours max partly due to the fact my partner was coming with and he is not a knitter.  Long story short we were there about 4 hours the first day and 3 hours the next day.  There were fiber vendors from all over and there were a number of classes that were offered too.  First off there was an amazing array of ready to knit fiber as well as unspun fiber.  They had alpaca, llama, sheep, and angora rabbits there as well, the animals as well as their fiber.  Probably the coolest part was watching the animal to loom demonstration.  They should all the steps on how the fiber makes it to the loom.  I had been interested in spinning myself and while there learned the basics of using a drop spindle.  Surprisingly, my partner showed quite an interest in weaving! I think because it involves machinery and is more technical at least in set up (IMO) he was more interested.  Check out the site saffsite.org , did not know how to make a link.  I have already spun my first 4oz of wool and will be working toward making it knittable.  Yesterday I bought a pound of wool to spin once I get my spindle clear.  Will be working to finish my 3rd scarf by Thanksgiving as it is for a friend who is coming to visit....cashemere, so soft!!

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Little sweaters

Little sweater

Here's a little sweater that I just finished.  It's knitted up in a sport weight yarn from Brown Sheep.  It's actually a bit smaller than the it's supposed to be, as I forgot to switch to the larger needles when I finished the collar ribbing.  I ended up knitting the whole thing on size 1 needles and added a couple of rows to each sleeve and three rows to the overall length to compensate.  The sleeves look a bit wierd to me...I'm thinking they might be better without the bit of ribbing at the cuffs.

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Do I mudwrestle for those 2 skeins or use patience and cunning

Was at the NY Sheep and Wool festival on Saturday, October 15th.  Had such a great time and it is the 6th year in a row that I have been there.  After the week of rain the day turned out to be wonderful.  There was even a rainbow as we drove through New Jersey to get to our destination.  Three of us (Carol, Ed and I) drove over to Trenton to pick up Lisa and off we went - all devoted knitters, silly travel companions and had plenty of fun. 

We parted to go our separate ways to find our treasures and arranged to meet up and key points and times to eat and share our buys - gloating over the ones that we call grand larceny - where the price to the yardage is just such a steal.  I was able to see various friends and venders that I have cultivated over the years and just have a great time in the country.  Picked us some more alpaca from A Touch of Twist for the throw I am making.  For $ 20.00 and 500 yards, it works for me.  Picked up a knitting bag from Maggie Alexander (of Bundaflicka/Maggie's Farm) - isn't that a great actressey name? She makes these wonderful soaps and has started these bags that have great pockets inside and a wild button to keep it closed.  And that wild button part brings up the " I bought the butchest bag there and that is definitely open to interpretation."  And did I mention it is in chenille.  Enough said!  From there I attacked the Brooks Farm site  which was packed and again another bang for the buck.  The kid mohair I got will keep me in good standing with several of my sisters; and the merino in browns, rusts, will make a great pullover for me this winter.  Their area was packed with knitters, and thankfully, they had plenty of merchandise or it could have gotten ugly.

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Joining the pimping process with Technocowboy

My pattern in Menknit magazine follows Technocowboy's entry.  It is on page 15 and is a scarf using the fisherman and old shale patterns. 

Quite delighted with the way it turned out.

The next deadline is October 30th.  If any of you guys have patterns, particularly sweaters - send them in.

One Gansey down.. 100's to go....

It's finished.

Having made this sweater in the traditional style, I'm going through a bit of a 'getting used to" curve of how the sleeves feel being a tad short and this is definately the first sweater I've ever owned that was tight, however I happened to finish it on one of the first cold snap nights and now I see why old fishermen loved this style. It really does keep the wind out and trap the heat in the textured patterns. This has me pacing to start on the Aran now since it has more detail and heavier yarn.

And speaking of starting on the Aran, After working with size 4's dpns, and finishing with size 2 dpns, working on size 8's now is like working with telephone poles, or trying to use kindergarten pencils for chopsticks. Not to mention swapping from gansey weight wool to authentic Aran weight wool, is like working with rope now. It could be worse though, my wife has started her eyestrain project today. She's working on a Faroese lace shawl with size 5's and lace weight yarn. No thanks. Working on yarn the weight of dental floss, I'll pass.

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