The final two patterns (Pinky and Numbers) in the Man Issue of Knitty have been posted. They're not linked from the main site as of this writing. I have to say that I'm not surprised. The designs, while strong, solid designs, were incredibly disappointing. I'm not so sure if I'm more disappointed in Knitty (who could only go with what they had submitted) or in the designers (meaning the fact that the vast majority of submissions were from women, thereby making me disappointed in the men who knit -- of which I'm one myself and therefore just as culpable). I'm curious as to what the reasons behind the lack of submissions by guys (I didn't because I didn't have enough faith in my abilities as a designer), but I can certainly hope that the upcoming inagural issue of MenKnit will be a much more satisfying effort by the male knitting community.
I work part time at Skein Lane, a local yarn store where I live. Today, I had a couple of women talking to me about the rampant sexism that they see surrounding knitting. I just laughed and told them they have no idea. One woman said, "You mean people get patronizing to you because you're a guy who knits?" Before I could say a single thing, the second woman said, "Would that be matronizing?"
Many laughs. :)
This is the first entry I have made. I hope I'm doing it right. I fell in love with a cool pattern this weekend. I am headed to L.A. in a few weeks and can't take my Addi Turbo's on the plane. Ugh!!!! Since I am using them on a sweater, I set out to find something else that I can use the plastics on. I went to the local knit shop and the owner walked up and said I had to see this......It was a scarf......(I know, I know, how boring!!! )But this one caught my eye. It looks like basketweave....the direction at which you stitch the scarf creates an interlocking that looks like the whole piece is woven.....I am knitting it out of Noro Silk Garden, so the varigation in the yarn will create a blocks of color in the scarf.....I chose the brown/purple/apple green combo...(that doesn't sound so good when I write it out...LOL.......the one in the photo is Silk Garden too but it was a little too Screaming Rainbow Queer for me....I am in Oklahomo, ya know!!!!!.............After looking at the picture in the pattern book and comparing it to what she had done...I realized that they had blocked it for the photo.....It loses it's texture when you do that.....so I won't be doin' that! I am going to try to attatch a photo of the first couple of rows and let you see the start of it....If you are interested in finding the pattern let me know and I will get the name of the book. I enjoy reading about you guys. Keep the info coming.
I'm surrounded by pregnant women and have way too much time on my hands, so time to get some needles and yarn in them!
There isn't much selection at the stores I've been to, although I haven't checked the Wal-Mart. I checked the yellow pages and there's a fabric store downtown that claims to sell yarn, as well, but who knows what makes it over the Mexican border. We shall see!
Regarding those pregnant women, I want to knit up some little blankets or car-seat throws. In the summer, it's regularly in the upper 90's to low 100's, but in the winter it can get down to the 30s. Since it's summer now and the little ones are coming soon, I want to knit up a summer-weight baby throw. Can anyone suggest a suitable fiber for desert heat that won't induce heat exhaustion?
I was thinking a mercerized cotton, but there must be something a little more creative. I envision them opening the box and thinking I made them an oversized dishrag, but I suppose that could be averted by using something with a little sheen to it and/or a fancy stitch.
Had a great time teaching my sideways scarf workshop in Maine to members of the Maine Spinning Registry. The group used fiber that they had spun themselves. Have taught this workshop a few times and this group of knitters was on target filled with the willingness of the creative process. Experimenting with color, texture and willing to frog it if it wasn't feeling right. I had brought plenty of samples to show them the many possibilites.
Sugarloaf is a great place to wander around, go swimming and hiking as needed to take a break. And, of course, plenty of knitting and drinking coffee, strong coffee.
Bring your knitting, share your creativity, drink some java.
So with the upcoming inaugural issue of MenKnit, I decided to jump into the designing game. Strong masculine motif, designed for someone who's very proud of his ancestry. It was a stone bitch to design (and after SIX screwups, it finally works right), and hopefully, it'll be a strong enough submission to make it in. *sigh* Here's hoping. Wish me luck!
Getting excited as I will be teaching my sideways scarf workshop in Maine this weekend to the Maine Spinners and Knitters guild. Lots of creative ideas and hanging out with some friends that I have made over the years in the world of fiber.
Getting to Boston first to join a friend who raises angora bunnies in his garage - and yes, he spins the fiber. Then we drive from there up to Sugarloaf in western Maine for the workshop. Another person will be teaching how to shape sweaters, and another person will to an intro to weaving.
Well, my wife is sitting on the couch right now knitting me a scarf. Tee hee... I got her to take up knitting!
Even though we are still in our hot, humid, hazy days, knitters bring your creativity and drink a beverage.