At Monday Night Knit at the Three Dollar Bill Cafe we were talking about Dave Cole, the artist who knitted a giant flag using telephone poles as knitting needles. He does some really extreme, incredible stuff: teddy bears from lead and fiberglass, a baby blanket from spun porcelin, a bullet proof sweater knit from kevlar.
He was also featured in an article at knitty.com http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/FEATsum05WTS.html
My knit tie is complete. I'm a little disappointed by it. It looks great, but the sock yarn I used is too thick, so the knot is huge. I can't use it for work, but my daughter has already claimed it, so it won't go unused. I've already found some really fine silk-tweed that would make a great tie. I'll have to drop down from size 5 needles to 1 or 2's.
Just wanted to let folks know that the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival is scheduled for October 1 and 2 at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center in Essex Junction, VT. Admission is $5 (what a deal!). The flyer says over 60 vendors with everything from yarn, fleece, spinning, meat and cheese (ok, it's creepy to think of eating the poor animal that gives us beautiful yarn). More info at www.vermontsheep.org and click on the Festival button on the left. I've never been to this Fest as I'm new to Vermont but anything with yarn has to be fun. Plus, there's shearing demonstrations and sheepdog herding.
Is anyone else going on the knitting cruise in New York sponsored by The Point Cafe? It seems like it would be a great opportunity to meet and put a face with an online identity....
I will be there with my wonderful friend, Robin.
Also, I spent the weekend at the Garden State Sheep and Fiber Festival and accidentally added a new obsession... spinning.... Had a great time and learned a lot - all the information and hands on experience really enhances my knitting experience.
The Victoria and Albert Museum has a Kitting page...with free patterns...
most from the 40's... and many from the second world war...
pay attention to the "old" neeedle sizes...
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!
As a knitting instructor after having completed a w/e course @ F.I.T. I have to do 30 hours voluntary teaching to be fully certified
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.