I recently joined this group and am very excited. I have been knitting for too many years to admit to!
For the most part, I have been knitting for others. Last year, I spent most of my time knitting for different charities that supported premature newborns. For these different charities, I have knitted sweaters, hats, mittens, and booties. I have found that children's clothes are much more fun to work on. You really aren't limited by color or design, and, the best part, the projects work up quickly - before you get board with them!
The charity that I have been knitting for this year is The Ships Project. (www.theshipsproject.com) This project was started in October, 2001. What ever our feelings about the war and our participation, I feel we have to support our troops, who don't have the choice to not participate. The Ships Project sends hand made hats, and slippers to the troops. These can be either knitted or crocheted. To date, the project has sent approximately 200,000 items to the troops. Many of the service men write back to the Project founder and express their gratitude that people at home haven't forgotten them.
I wore my rainbow colored cadet cap to Gay Days at Disney yesterday. Had a great time and got several nice compliments from people there including a few who asked where they could get one. One person on the bus that our church chartered offered to steal it, but I reminided him that stealing is a sin and offered to make him one.
All in all a great day and had a fun time wearing my new creation.
With tourist season now upon us on our SUNNY island (sorry, Chunk!), I haven't had the time to get the knitting and needles done as I would like. But, they are coming along slowly.
The blue/orange scarf is knitting up much better than I expected. I have to finish by next weekend so I can take it to the fiber guild meeting. This will be the last meeting for couple of months. Like alot of groups, we suspend the meetings during the summer tourist season.
I've noticed the recent postings which express an interest in spinning. Last month I was in Ashford and visited the Ashford spinning wheel store to check on wools. While there I visited their museum and took some photos. If anyone would like to see the photos, please send me a pm and I'll do my best to email them to you.
And visited your blog... VERY Nice work on both your parts. Keep up the good work the quilt is great and the socks are awesome!
In the 80's, I was at the height of my Avid Knitting Phase. I had collected a vast array of knitting tools - circular needles, straight needles, double pointed needles, measuring tapes, devices to wind yarn and measure gauge. Without a trip to the knitting store I could invariably lay my hands on whatever size needle in whatever form I needed and go to work on a new project.
Then came a move to Boulder, Colorado, graduate school, a new relationship, all quickly followed by more moves, opening up my pottery studio, yada yada yada...with the result that knitting needles and various other tools got left behind, sometimes one at a time, leaving me with a set of two or three #9 double pointed needles, sometimes en masse, leaving me without a single 24" #8 circular needle.
I just want to give a big thanks to Knitterguy Kev for getting together with me last night and 'trying' to teach me how to knit two socks at one time on one circ. Thanks for both his knowledge and his patience.
The process is still a bit confusing for me but I am sure the dust will settle on that shortly.
So far I've managed to create the prettiest green rats nest from all the yarn, tails and cable, and that from just pulling the work out of my knitting bag this morning! How's that for a no hassle project.
Oh Well back to it..........
Well I had a lot of fun learning from Nicky Epstien @ The Point, NYC this evening. She showed us several ways to make knitted flowers from her current book. Yeah, I was the only guy there! Hey ho I'm used to that. She inspired me to use some of her techniques in my knitting.
Here is the picture of the afghan I've started for my sister. It is from the Holiday 2003 issue of Family Circle Easy Knitting.
This is the finished arm of my latest project, 'Hendrix' by Jaeger. It's in a fine 4-ply merino wool - very soft. I have had to alter the pattern as the original cables were 'bound' with an extra stitch made by a yarn over and slipped over the whole cable every couple of rows. Easy enough and ok on knit rows but unbelievably confusing on the purl. Their absence is barely noticable visually but a hell of a lot easier to knit.
Being fine, this is not a project I'll finish quickly and the detail makes it rather slow anyway. Still, plenty of time before winter!