Today my kids went to a writing club. One of the mothers in the neighborhood who also home schools thought it would be cool to get other home schoolers together and share their writing, and do a project together.
The kids gdt quite excited after they got there. They wrote and drew pictures and nobody lost hair or threw themselves to the floor!
Of course my knitting went with. One of the other moms expressed an interest in learning. We talked about the Waldorf Schools. They actually have a knitting curriculum. Supposedly it helps kids with meth. It never helped me, but that's another story! Anyway, this discussion culminated in me volunteering to do arts and crafts with the kids in my back yard this summer. Part of the program will be learning to knit. Guys and girls. I am starting the group in June. We'll post pictures...ummm how does one do that here?
Has anyone seen an interesting pattern for a knitted hat with a lining? I have in mind something like a plain navy or black watch cap, with a colorful inner lining, possibly just barely visible when the edge is turned up. (Anybody remember Wally Cox advertising brightly-colored underpants?) I'm basically looking for a cap within a cap, not the sort of double-sided knitting that you do by slipping every other stitch. It should also cover the ears and provide serious protection from the wind. Any ideas?
Whew! I just started my very first sweater! It seems slow going but I hope it will be worth the effort! I am using 100% wool and size 7 & 8 needles. This is the first time I have cabled too. What do y'all think? :-)
The topic of meditation and knitting seems to come up frequently. Adding yoga to that mix is only logical since yoga is, as I've frequently been told, designed to prepare the body to sit in meditation. And of course, when we knit, we are most always sitting, often for long periods of time. Not far from Albany in Lenox, Massachussets is the Kripalu Yoga Center which sometimes offers weekend workshops for yoga and knitting. I think the last one was in February of this year. These workshops are led by Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Animal House, Starman, etc.). Here's a link to her bio as a program presenter at Kripalu http://www.kripalu.org/presenter/367 and on that page is a link to her store in nearby Great Barrington.
So here I am. I started reading this blog about 6 months ago when I added it to my knitting page on My Yahoo. I have a daughter 9 who knits, and a son who is 7 that has just learned. Imagine the surprised faces at my daughter's Tae Kwon Do calss when he sat on the side lines and whipped that out!
I wish it wasn't that way. i am sure you guys have experienced similar looks. Gawd. I use knitting in my meditation practice. The repetitive stitches and rythmn of the needles helps to clear my head. Currently I am working on a Shepherd Jacket from Peace Fleece. For those of you who have never checked out their website, please do at hyyp://peaclefleece.com I am also working on a basketweave shawl. I haven't gotten into anything too heavy yet. My grandmother taught me years ago. I have stopped and started, stopped and havenow been knitting for about 5 years. I consider myself still a novice b/c I really haven't ventured into anything real difficult yet. Getting there. Nice to be here.
Here's my latest creation, another dishcloth. I really like this pattern, and it's so easy: knit 5, purl 5! I think I shall try the next one with smaller squares (knit 3, purl 3) and see what develops... keep your needles crossed for me.
Hey guys! There are great things happening out there, thanks for always keeping the site busy with new projects and inspiring topics.
I wanted to post a pic of my most recent sweater: its a heavily modified version of the Urban Aran Pullover from Paton's Street Smart. The original pattern is written for women, but I reworked it into cardigan version that is more male-friendly.
i don't know if'n it is the heat and humidity but i'm on a hat rampage. just a basic hat pattern i think from Sally Melville.....unfortunately, my co-workers steal 'em when they are finished. *sigh* i like this pattern because it is soooooo basic but forgiving so i can try some really stupid things but i now know a lot more things NOT to do, eh? anyways, y'all be good and stuff. i'm tempted to offer some thoughts on knitting as a lay service at church.......something 'bout how it's good for the soul since in one small part of the universe one gets to impose a little order. also, knitting in the round has to be a great metaphor for life don' it? just round and round sometimes not remembering exactly where you are or why?
This is a Paton's pattern for a V-neck sleeveless vest. It knits so quickly; it took me less than 4 week's worth of dedicated knitting to make it. The cable pattern looked to me to be difficult around the neckline but it was actually very simple to do. There are a couple of points that I would change in the actual pattern if and when I make this again. For example, the pattern calls for the rib to be done in the same size as the rest of the garment so there is less elasticity. Also, these patterns are "designed to be a generous fit" which doesn't make for a good look on me. Baggy clothes look great on trim and slender people but on me and my build they just look sloppy. I would definitely take some of the extra out of the pattern.
As promised guys. A pic of my first sweater. Its not all that I know, but Im chuffed with it. Learned a lot by making it and know how to do things differently next time. Haven't blocked it yet but will get around to it.
Steve liked it. I think he was just being kind though.
Am working on another similar although this one is ribbed and in a different colour. Will post as soon as its finished.
A big thanks to all you guys who made me feel so welcome.