This is a detail of an alpaca laceweight scarf I'm knitting. The yarn is fom an Etsy shop, Pancake and Lulu, and is a beautifully soft multidyed green, Loden shade, which doesn't show up well in this pic, it is darker. The stitch is a vertical drop stitch from a Vogue book.
We've been getting quite a few new books in at mlys (still working there) and we split the new books among those that are working to read through and try them out for test run.
I've been wanting to design my own stuff and so I jumped at the chance to check this one out:
Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting Design: Working from a Master Pattern to Fashion Your Own Knits
Long title, but WOW, what a great book. It has sections on designing scarves, gloves, handwarmers, hats, bags, vests, sweaters...It also has great stitch pattern references and makes it easy to adapt your pattern to any yarn, any weight, any style.
I need to say this: ITS FREAKIN AWESOME.
Sorry...back under control now. Heading out on vacation for a few to enjoy the 19th anniversary of my 21st birthday (Friday the 13th). Take care all, and if you get a chance check out this book!
To sweetGeorgia Yarns? I'm looking for two hanks of their laceweight in the 'Coffee Bean' colourway. I can't seem to find anyone who has it online...
Seems like days since anyone has posted anything. Am feeling withdrawal. But my needles are still clicking away.
I have yet to get them but had to mention
they make handmade knitting needles out of beautiful woods - I ordered a set of circulars - I am very excited about them! :) we'll see what they look like when they arrive
do any of you know of a place that sells hand dyed wool using Wode? (It's an old stinky weed that used to be used for dying and making an amazing blue) - if you do, please let me know; I want to buy some and check it out - I hear a lot about it - it keeps creeping up in back episodes of "Cast-On" and I remember in an episode of "Dirty Jobs" they showed the guy who did the Wode dyeing centuries ago - apparantly it's REALLY stinky!
Thanks for any help or info guys!
We won't go into the fact that Political Correctness had me working friday (Heck! I used to work for a Jewish guy that always gave us Good Friday off) and then for some bizarre reason gave us monday off instead though most of our clients were off friday and open monday. But since the parish priest decided "it wasn't worth it" to have evening services I missed out on Good Friday services - which I *do* miss.
My folks were out for Easter - which is nice considering they are both getting up there (87 (next month) for Mom and 90 for Dad) and we had phone calls from various sibs and nieces and nephews - Gave an Easter basket to my two great-nieces on Sunday; and for a change, the singing at church was good. The current priest was a lawyer before she was ordained - and there are a lot of things I *don't* like about her as a priest - but she can really do an incredible descant - and the Easter hymns hgave her plenty of oppurtunity.
Finished my KYOAMPI that I started last january - still have to block it, but managed to get a "before" picture - hopefully will have an "after" picture by the end of the week and can post both. KYOAMPI was "Khoose your own adventure mystery Pi" - and each of the 4 clues each week had a garden based theme. You could select one theme and knit it, or mix and match, or mix current and old clues. I think we figured that the one set of instructions allowed something like 1024 "basic" variations and 20,000 plus other variations, not counting differences in yarn and needle size. phew! This will be going to a cousin's daughter who got married last summer.
We're moving to Napa!
We've found a house (bigger than the one in Seattle), I've found a gym and, more importantly, I found a great LYS!
I walked in to Yarns on First in Downtown Napa last week. There were 5 women sitting at a table right up front. I sat down, pulled out my Irish Hiking Scarf and started knitting. Had a blast!
My partner has already started his job. I plan to join him in June...as soon as I figure out what to do with a basement full of yarn!
It's going to be a big one for me this year as when I look back at all the eggs I have laid over the past year there is a lot to hide and a whole lot I want to keep hidden.
And guess what? It has been lightly snowing here in Dallas all day so far! That should make them easy to find.
Y'all have a good one,
Hello Gentlemen, and greetings from (argh) snowy Washington DC.
I've been combing the web looking for men's patterns, and really, it is amazing what a dearth exists. I was looking for a simple (free!) vest pattern, and after several google searches, found maybe 2 or 3, but nothing I really wanted to knit.
Then I found www.spincraftpatterns.com, a unique website that offers affordable (most around $4.00 US) downloadable patterns that are written out using ONLY calculations and percentages, so you can use any yarn, any size needles, any stitch pattern, etc. As long as you know the gauge and the measurements of the finished product, and don't mind sitting down before you start knitting with a gauge sample, a measuring tape, and a calculator, you're good to go. What really caught my eye is the uniqueness of the patterns: side to side sweaters and vests, entrelac hats, two needle socks, as well as some more common ones.
A word of warning: not only am I not associated with this website, I haven't even finished the side to side vest I'm working on, so I can't vouch for the patterns - but I'll let you know when I do finish!
Off to glaze and load the kiln. By the way, I've been listening to Linda Dayne's podcast Cast-On in the studio these days. If you haven't heard it yet, it's a hoot!