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!!
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.
Hello knitter men!
I know that your site is used to promote knitting among men and I think it's great! In fact, I would love to help out!
I work for South West Trading Company (www.soysilk.com) aquiring new patterns to support our yarns. As part of our Summer '06 line, we have introduced a yarn called Twize. It is an 8-ply, 100% bamboo yarn and has a very special color just for you men out there. It is called Twen (as in men!)
The purpose of my post here is to see if there is anyone interested in designing a pattern out of this yarn. I would love to promote it as a pattern for men, by men! It need not be anything complex. I'm thinking of simple vest or something along those lines. Of course you would be given the credit for the pattern and I would be more than delighted to compensate you with any yarn of your choice for your time and talent.
Check out the giant pink bunny rabbit!
It's an art installation on a hillside in Italy. Not your normal happy stuffed toy...if you look closely, you'll see that it's guts are spilling down the hillside. They (the innards) are knitted as well.
Do we want women joining this site?
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.
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.
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.
Please come to the Three Dollar Cafe on Wednesday, Oct. 19th at 6:30 pm. to participate in a knitting group that will be filmed for an upcoming DVD called "Real Men Knit". It is part instructional and part inspirational and this is where I need you! Help inspire more guys to knit by coming to talk about what's great about knitting. Bring whatever you're working on and be prepared to spend about an hour having some laughs and showing off your latest projects. The more, the merrier!The Three Dollar Cafe is located in the LGBT Community Center on the corner of Market and Octavia. Hope to see you there!
Three Dollar Cafe, San Francisco
The first issue of MenKnit is out! I'm on page 14! :D