Joe-in Wyoming's blog

Traveling Loop

I have discovered a variation on Magic Loop knitting that I really like: Traveling Loop.

Instead of making 2 loops at the starting and halfway points in your knitting, you just make the one loop at the beginning. [I cross the cable over itself to close the loop.] Then, as you knit, the loop stays in one place and moves around the knitted piece.


Had a most frustrating evening last night. I finally made it to the toe of the sock I've been struggling to finish, trying it on to check the fit.

Then, taking it off, the cast on edge snapped.

Not figuring out any way to repair it, I frogged almost 2 1/2 months of intermittent knitting; washed the resulting skein, and plan to rewind it so as to start all over again.

Rocky Mountain Men's Knitting Retreat 2012

Another great time was had by all who attended this year's Retreat. It was a smaller group than last year - 13 vs. 20 - but the company and camaraderie were in no way diminished. We had a long field trip on Friday but the gorgeous scenery of Rocky Mountain National Park and other areas of Colorado when we took various breaks more than made up for it. [As did shopping at the Lonesome Stone Spinning Mill].

Ray Bradbury - R.I.P.

Just saw a news release that Ray Bradbury has died at 91. Great writer and I've found great inspiration and entertainment from his science fiction and other writings. It is rough that we have lost several great writers over the past year. However - Lifa [and Knitting] goes on.

Maurice Sendak has died.

I was very saddened to learn that Maurice Sendak - a marvelous author/illustrator - has died. I have been a great admirer of his various works [books, set designs, etc.] ever since I was quite young. I always thought his critters, etc. would make great knitted toys. May he be at peace and Blessed.

Survey on Ravelry

I just found a survey about "Gender and Knitting" over at the "Needlework News and Events" forum on Ravelry. It's only aimed at American Ravelry users and the person conducting the research would really like input from men. I found it pretty easy to take and got it finished in less time than estimated by the surveyers. If you have a Ravelry account, I urge you to go over and complete it. [Totally anonymous, not that I cared whether my name was used or not.] It gives us a chance to - hopefully - give a better idea of how many guys are actually knitting in America.