The Villages in Florida

Hi Guys! I am going to be traveling down to The Villages (32159) in central Florida Oct 3-7. If any knitters are located in that area, I'd love to get together. I will need a break from dear old mom anyway after the second day, I'm sure. Email me if you live nearby and perhaps we can share some coffee, conversation, and some knitting time.


Bruce Weinstein Replies

I have to hand it to Bruce Weinstein (Knits Men Want). He is such a nice guy. I had a question about a pattern of his and thought I'd try emailing him. I was pleasantly surprised when he got back to me within 24 hours! He gave a short, but very complete answer. I am impressed when authors are available to tap for information and take the time to respond.


Sweater Progress

I am making progress on the sweater for my wife. She requested a very plain pattern and a calming gray. She's doing very well with her double-knee replacement surgery that was this past June, so calm works well for her just now. She has lost a lot of weight since the surgery because now she is able to get up and move around; walking around the block now without a cane! I couldn't be more proud of her. This sweater will help her stay nice and warm as the cooler months approach.

700 Pages of Basics

For an anniversary present this year, my wife bought me a terrific book entitled The Principles of Knitting. It is full of really basic things in knitting and it take you through many, many neat techniques to enhance your knitting. It's really huge, weighs a ton, and it a great deal to digest. It will make a really good reference book, once I get through it.

Cardigan Border Suggestions

I am making a cardigan for my wife and it's a standard raglan design. The pattern says I should just pick up the stitches along the right and left front panels and do a garter stitch for about 6 - 10 rows or so...about an inch to an 1.5 inches. I was wondering if there are any slick ways of knitting a border with a bit more interest and just join the border to the panel as I knit it?

Raglan Sweater Progress

After the success of the first raglan sweater I made for my mother, I thought I'd try a much heavier one for me to wear while hiking in the sub-zero temps here in the Chicago area in the winter. I found the following Web site that uses a percentage method of making a raglan. It's not exact and you may have to fudge a few stitches here and there, but I can at least understand it and once I wrapped my head around it, it became very easy to knit. I'm using the Lion Brand Wool-Ease chunky yarn (Willow) that is 20% wool and 80% acrylic.

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day goes out to all the happy knitters who have kids for whom they have so feverishly knitting everything from hats down to socks. Our kids are so wonderful to accept...and even wear...all our "creative" garments. As fathers, we have broken the mold of what standard dads do with and for our kids. We've added the art of knitting. It is a rare thing in our respective cultures and teaches our kids so much about being individuals and accepting of others who may enjoy doing things a bit differently in their lives.