I've only been knitting for about 3 weeks now; my friend Stephen taught me after he caught the knitting bug ("the only man who could ever teach me, was the son of a preacher man...").
As an artist who's been laying fallow for way too long, it was a great joy to be making things with my hands again... the low bar for entry was a big plus (though my yarn habit is beginning to get out of control, pretty soon I'll need a sponsor, an intervention or sheep).
It was frustrating the first couple hours trying to get the points of my needles under the tight stitches... I was pinching the yarn loose at every stitch and there was none of the grace of more seasoned knitters around me...
Cafe owner & fellow knitter Vince reserves the comfy couches for knitters every Monday night from 7pm to closing.
This is a mixed group, gals and guys... your chance to see what the distaff side has been up to with their yarn & sticks.
This Monday, Vince will be photographing knitters with their latest projects for the video wall. Bring your flashest knitting and show off!
Bring your latest project, show off your booties, compare callouses...
Bring a friend and get a new toaster oven.
7pm till closing, every Tuesday night...
Cafe Macondo on 16th St between Valencia & Guererro
I picked up some sock yarn a couple weeks ago, looking forward to making my first pair of socks. I've been lusting after some Schoeller + Stahl Fortissima Colori, but decided to go with Lion Brand Magic Stripes for my first attempt. It took awhile to get started (my first time on 3 needles), but once I got going I really liked the colors and the pattern of the stripes. I decided it would make a great looking tie and ripped out my sock. Interweave had a couple good looking ties in their winter issue, but I also found a very simple pattern on (where else) the Lion website. I've been working on it for 2 nights now, and I've got about 5 inches of tie done....51 to go. I'm hoping to get it done before knit ties make a comeback and everybody is wearing one.
Men Who Knit SF/Bay Area group meeting to knit and exchange ideas & war stories... weekly gathering at Cafe Macondo on Tuesday nights from 7pm to around 9pm and beyond...
Weekly knitting circle to get the year starting off right. Will meet every Sunday at 2pm - EST.
My first craft show experience has taken place - not a great deal of craft purchaser traffic, but I did sell some of my hats. The first ones to go were any hats made with yarn either spun or dyed by a friend of mine. Which was great to have happen.
Busy trying to reduce stash, using plenty of left over yarns to make hats - which I sometimes sell as I am wearing them and walking down the street. Good way to get pin $ (as Dame Maggie refers to film making). Working on some expamples for an improvisational hat class I am going to teach at my local yarn shoppe in early 2005.
If I can get through some of my older stash, I can then tackle the yarn I purchased from Art Fibers in SF last January. Bought enough alpaca/wool blend to make a sweater. What a fun place to visit. Every east coast knitter had emphasized to me not to miss it. Also enjoyed meeting Helen at Urban Knitter; and came across Imagiknits one night while stalking the wild aspargus. Picked up plenty of Lorna Laces sock yarn. Had to have the dyelot Mineshaft in homage to all the years I had lived in NYC.
I just read this article and there's a section that reads "And these are knit at 18-20 stitches per inch, with up to four colors per row. *Every* stitch is twisted so there are no floats, and they are worked without charts. Amazing."
My vocabulary is still weak, but what is meant by twisting each stitch? I thought a twisted stitch was like a knit stitch where you insert the needle from the back, rather than the front... regardless, how can you knit four colors in a row with no floats? does this involve live roosters or chicken bones?
Last night my world was rocked. Everything I knew about knitting changed. It's scary. I have real power.
Sure, one can knit and purl and change color, create paterns and stitch in different ways, but as my knitting guru Betsy taught me, you can travel through time.
I've made mistakes (in knitting, not just my life). We all have...
The weekly gathering for knitters to stitch, chatter and have fun.