I was caught knitting at work today, bored out of my mind, catching glances from customers and coworkers alike as I did my best to pass time. Someone finally asked how long I had been knitting and how I learned. Three years ago I passed a J. Crew window display with the most beautiful sweater I had ever seen, but was dmaned back to reality by the $300 price tag. I was first depressed that my financial situation was so crappy that I couldn't be worthy of having nice things. ("Quality and Expensive are neither the same nor better than one another," my grandmother used to say). Then I grew irritated and pissy that I couldn't have THAT sweater. That irritaton grew into an aggressive stomp to the nearest bookstore where I picked up a copy of "The Idiots Guide to Knitting." From there I went to Joann's and got myself on the mailing list and with each coupon I received, I'd purchase one skien of cashmere. Within 6 weeks I had that sweater, made myself and looking every bit better than the one in the window. The action of knitting is one that can lend you into an active contemplation, where the body and mind are quietly seperated into an almost meditative state. But, even more than this moment of frozen suspension of the world around me, I have found that I have learned tolerance (from patterns poorly written), patience (from mistakes made in haste), and the absolute art of self reliance.
Someone was asking about a side to side sweater. Here is a raglan one I did last winter in Plymouth Outback Mohair: A very good value~ 52" chest sweater in 4 skeins for a total cost of $45. It is very comfortable and light, not too warm, and was a very fast knit. I decided that I prefered it in reverse stockinette, although I have the same yarn in a different color and may do saddle shoulder side to side in regular stockinette, just to compare the finished results.
The decrease bands in "X's & O's" cable were knit separately and added afterwards. The collar and waist rib were added last. (I will probably take off the bottom rib and put on a rolled hem: I don't like the rib in mohair. The collar is doubled over on itself. Note how good the variegated yarn looks side to side: Kind of a rorschach test pattern. I get lots of compliments on this easy and quick sweater.
This was my senior studio thesis project for my BFA in 1990. It is a hand-doubleknit scarf, fully reversible as you can see. Some of the yarn was handspun by me: The fuzzy carmel colored one is Collie (leftovers from a commissioned sweater/blazer that I spun/designed/knit~ I can't find pictures of that creation, don't ask)
The scarf is NOT a tube, but a flat piece of fabric. Similar to double weave, but identical front and back, where as doubleweave is the reverse front to back...like a negative. It is approx 7 feet long and mainly wool, silk, collie, angora, with a little linen, mohair, and rayon thrown in. It has held up pretty well for 16 years of use (although I keep it for "special" as you can imagine).
PS: The collie yarn is fabulous: Incredibly soft and furry, doesn't shed...you just want to "roll around nekkid on it". The sweater/blazer was done for a collie breeder who wanted something to wear while showing his dogs in the cooler months: It was a shaped cardigan like a blazer with a shawl collar: Made in sock weight collie plied with a fine tussah silk. It was gorgeous, and he had it lined. I don't know how warm it was: It was done to his measurements, and
Here is the 1934 "Ladies Home Companion" (Uk version) Christmas stocking. The finished one is by "granny" for client in 1971. It is being knit in fingerling weight acrylic/nylon (hard to find christmas colors these days in real wool). I am turning the heel on the sock right now and should have it completed in an hour or two. I will be swiss darning the name and various details on it.
I think I will detox after I finish the second one by knitting some "Dr. Seuss" Christmas socks...big candy striped ones in red/white or green/white with 7 toes, or something. Or maybe with one long pointy toe, ala "Who-ville". I am just a little cutsie-d out. I need something bizarre.
Good Day to You Manly Knitters!
We want you to be part of warming up a London icon for charity!
As you may or may not know Stitch and Bitch London are attempting to knit a gigantic scarf for one of the rather chilly-looking Trafalgar Square lions. The scarf will be raffled off for Cancer Research after being presented to the lion in the New Year, and one lucky winner will get a 43.5 foot scarf to wrap around their armchair/tree/house/partner.
The scarf will be presented to the lion in the New Year so you have plenty of time to knit your bit.
We would like as many people as possible to knit a piece of it. You can knit the smallest, teeny tiny part or a huge chunk, in whichever yarn you fancy using. If you wish to begin knitting your part of the giant scarf at home here are the dimensions.
The scarf will be an enormous:
10 inches (25.5cm) by 43.5 feet (13.25 metres)
Yarn: The most hideous or bizarre yarn you have.
JOIN US FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!
FOR AN ADDRESS TO SEND YOUR PART TO EMAIL US:
Keep up with the beast's scarf at our website
Please join us and knit for the brave people fighting cancer. Pass it on to anyone you know anywhere in the world. Let's give that lion an international scarf he can be proud of! :)
OK Guys - I did it! this sweater pattern was from Vogue Knitting - I think 2 issues ago - it's done in Trendsetter Yosemite - and I'm very proud of it - the only problem I really had I talked about before (the SSK/K2TOG issue) - I am going to do the same thing again in a different yarn (just some wool yarn I got at my LYS) and see if I can do it correctly this time. The second sweater is all one color, so it'll be less forgiving.
I was very pleased when I finished this - just wanted to share it with all of you -