--- and on it goes. The Eternal Great Schism!
--- and on it goes. The Eternal Great Schism!
I just read about an organization in Philadelphia called Interim House. It's a 6-month residential program for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. They started a knitting and crocheting program in 2004. You can check out some of their handiwork here:
Looks like they could use any yarn donations - even odds and ends.
I've contacted them to get an address for donations. I'll post it here once I receive it.
I love making these. I've made about six and they only take a couple of hours.
They are so easy but don't look it to most non knitters. People are so grateful and they are also great for covering my ever growing forehead when it gets a little cold in our shop!
I just wanted to show you a picture of a scarf I knit using a pattern I received before Christmas from Iris Schreier, author of MODULAR KNITS. She does a lot of multi-directional designs and will have another book out this year, hopefully in July. She is co-founder of Artyarns (http://www.artyarns.com/) and does wonderful colourways that work perfectly for much of that multi-directional work.
This is not one of her yarns. I liked the design, so thought I would do a sample, a dishcloth, with cotton (as always). I searched through my stash, and found some cotton in a variegated colour and took one ball with me when I went to visit Mom at Christmas. While there, I started it up, and did a few inches, thinking it was about time to cast-off. But Iris didn’t give the ending of the pattern until we posted a pic of our work! I showed it to Mom and she was quite impressed and said I should continue to make it into a scarf. So I did. I finished one ball, and then a second when I got back home. It was still pretty short at this time, and I thought I had a third ball, but couldn’t find it! I sent in my pic, explaining my problem, and I got the ending anyway. I didn’t work on it just then, not sure what to do with a very short scarf! One day, looking for something else, I found another ball of that yarn! I KNEW I had another one! But it ran away and hid.
This was going to be a blog about socks, and it still will be, but within a context that last week I wasn't imagining! On Saturday, the Best Beloved and I went and picked up our Best Friend and off we went to the skating rink on the National Mall. After 20 minutes of skating, a small child fell on the ice. The Best Beloved, trying to avoid the child, stopped suddenly and fell over. When I got to him, he was a sort of peculiar green color. He looked up, said "I f####d up my leg."
Sure enough - two nasty compound breaks, two inches above the ankle, requiring surgery and a rod. The worst part (for me!) was having to help the ER doctor set the leg. Gratefully, the Best Friend is a bit more butch than I and was able to hold the leg while I held the Best Beloved in an embrace. I'm convinced that no one should have to go through that much pain unless you're getting something like a baby out of it!
He comes home today. It will be a 6 month recovery, so I'm busy getting workmen in to rebuild the banister (which we took out to replace but never got around to) and hiring a housekeeper etc. etc. etc.
And in all of this, I'm very happy to report that I finished my very first pair of toe up socks during his surgery! The nurses, young women from Malaysia, were very impressed. These socks are really phenomenally easy. I'm not sure how much I like the heel done in garter stitch per the directions, but that's easy enough to change. What's really great about this is that I had only two balls of yarn, and no more - so it was easy to knit and not worry about whether or not I'd have enough yarn. As it turns out, I did have enough: one skein per sock (the socks are a Nori DK weight silk/wool blend, so I wasn't sure about the yardage).
As Arron (rooboy) said in his posting about his fantastic beanie, the Transtasman Knitting Circle is working on learning how to do Fair Isle. Arron is light years ahead of me; I'm just slogging along.
I'm wondering what members think of the Fair Isle vs. Mosaic knitting. Do you find much difference in the final product? Is one easier than the other? Are there advantages to one over the other? What comments do you have, please?
I've tried both and I find the Mosaic slightly tighter than the other. I can't figure out if it's me or just the way it works. It seems that Mosaic may be easier but that being said, I have no difficulties knitting with both hands at the same time.
Thanks for your input.
I'm in NYC in a couple of weeks and I would love it if any of you guys could give me some tips about yarns stores and where in Manhattan there are knitting groups. I know a few but any extra help is welcome.
Hi guys have been enjoying reading all the happenings at "MEN WHO KNIT" Since my last post i have been busy travelling with work and recently got to meet with Gerard at I Knit LONDON it was great to meet a member who has used his passion to open a store and assist water aid with knit a river. But by far the best thing to come from this site has been my friendship with Jesse KIWIKNITTER who emails me most days and has become a valuable and wonderful friend. Together we are learning to become the best knitters we can be. We are both working on Fair isle... This is my first attempt which took me almost 3 weeks to complete and was ripped out 4 times I am very happy with the result and think that now that i have got the basic figured i really want to perfect this technique. Thanks to all of you out thee who inspire me through your craft, especially Jesse !! Arron
Sorry about the photo its not that clear but i hope that you get the idea.
Everyone has been helpful and I appreciate the response. I decided to put a photo of the item I'm looking for. The book calls this a "line marker" but I see on the item it's called a "pattern marker". I'm still looking!
I finally finished my first pair of socks. House socks out of cheap Wal Mart worsted weight yarn. Not fancy or anything but as their only my second project, I'm kind of proud of them.
They actually fit and amazingly enough they actually came out the same size. I was convinced I'd wind up with two different sized socks somehow.
Now I have to decide what I am going to try next. Another pair of socks, an Irish Hiking Scarf to learn cabling, or a hat. Decisions, decisions.