Submitted by RickMartin on Tue, 2014-09-16 12:41
A man who knits (me) had his 15 minutes of fame. I wrote a story that won 1st runner-up in the "Write a Dear Reader Contest." Since then the trail has spread to Ravelry and one of my new friends there has indicated that he was going to spread the word here. If any of you want to read the story I wrote you can find it on the September 11th issue of DearReader.com.
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Submitted by RickMartin on Wed, 2014-08-20 16:33
My latest shawl was Kieran Foley's Colorwork Crescent shawl. One of the other people knitting it christened one of the intarsia sections in it, "tanglarsia fairends." And I have to admit having never done any intarsia or fair isle I'm not really sure why I attempted this shawl that had sections of intarsia - but the intarsia sections instead of having solid blocks had intarsia knitting in those blocks!!! I think the shawl turned out quite well considering my learning as I went.
Submitted by RickMartin on Wed, 2014-08-13 12:08
I've been missing for a great while due to health issues. But I'm Baaack! After many long years I finally have a diagnosis and drugs that work! It seems somehow at this late age I've developed absent status epilepsy. My brain seizures were causing me to "go absent" for periods lasting up to six days. Then come back for around 10 days only to go absent for another 3-6 days. To say my wife, (adult) kids, and I have been to hell and back over the last few years is putting it mildly. But after starting the drugs last December I've only had one seizure that lasted only a few days.
Submitted by RickMartin on Thu, 2013-10-03 12:15
It has been almost a year since I last posted anything and 3.5 years since I posted my blog about the wedding veil I made for my daughter. I finally have an "in action" photo. She was married on 08/10/13. Mmario was the designer for the shawl, Vera Wang was the designer for the dress, and I have no idea who designed the cowboy boots she wore. If you want you can view more of the wedding veil photos on my flickr page at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/14830717@N05/sets/72157622935081966/
Submitted by RickMartin on Wed, 2013-01-02 17:03
Wow - I didn't realize it's been so long since I posted. So, I've got a few things accomplished that I want to show you. My last post was of a shawl by Romi Hill called Elektra.
Submitted by RickMartin on Wed, 2012-10-31 13:15
Okay I've been diabetic for almost 50 years now and yeah have some circulation issues although not bad. So I had this thought because during winter I like really warm feet what if I made just a long tube sock (no heel) and thrummed them? Has anyone done that? I've never even made a sock but I'm thinking CO like 6 (or so stitches) for the toe. Then do knit a row and pick up stitches around that. Then basically do a rib stitch all the way up to the cuff, and space out the thrums every few stitches up the entire length.
Submitted by RickMartin on Wed, 2012-01-25 16:09
This is a shawl by the designer Romi (Rosemary) Hill. I always find her patterns a breeze to follow. It was knit using 8/2 variegated Tencel along with a single strand of cream colored rayon. It has 6/0 seed beads that follow the line of increases and also surrounding the larger three triangles at the bottom.
Submitted by RickMartin on Tue, 2012-01-17 17:12
Is this colorful or what? While certainly not colors I would have chosen my son & daughter-in-law picked these for me to use to knit this blanket.
Submitted by RickMartin on Fri, 2011-11-11 11:03
I made this shawl for my sister-in-law; HOWEVER, a big technical error means I'll have to remake it.
I used Kieran Foley's pattern Blackbird but changed it's name for the most obvious reason.
Submitted by RickMartin on Thu, 2011-10-13 17:06
Hi all - it appears my brain disorder created confusion when knitting what should have been a very simple lap throw. It's not bad, and I'm sure the lady I made it for will enjoy it's warmth. It's a simple stockinette stitch, but when finished drop every 5th stitch (leaving 4 stockinette stitches). Then I picked up the stitches on the outside and did a modified (no bobble) Jared Flood Juneberry Triangle shawl border. Somehow I ended up having one end perfect and the other end with fewer repeats of the border.