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Salutations, everyone!

As you might read in my profile, I started knitting in Japan. After I sold all of my video games, I went to the 100 yen store and bought some needles and yarn. After seeing me struggling to learn from some diagrams on the internet, my host mother kindly called up another mother from the neighborhood--the mother of a boy who had started going to school again once he heard an American (myself) would be teaching English there. She kindly came over and taught me how to cast on, knit, purl, and make ribbing. It was so that my first scarf, a grey and black ribbed masterpiece, was born and a new passion discovered. Since getting back to school, my friend has been eagerly providing me with new things to try and this semester has produced 4 different hats and a felted satchel. Future endeavors include gloves, more scarves, and surely a sweater or two. I'm always looking for a challenge, so weird patterns are always exciting.

I don't know who will end up reading this, but I'm excited to meet other knitters, male or otherwise, in my future travels.

Grafting Question - Help!

I'm currently knitting the "Scalloway Yoke" jumper from the book "The Art of Fair Isle Knitting" by Ann Feitelson. Those who may have this book can check out the pattern. When attaching the sleeves to the body, the pattern calls for grafting live stitches and then continuing to graft live stitches to a selvedge line. I can Kitchener without problems, but I don't know how to graft to selvedge. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge with this? Any links to on-line tutorials? This recipe is a bit more complex than I'd expected. The stranded pattern is not difficult but the method of doing the yoke is news to me. Ah, the challenges of life!

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated! Cheers!

Procion dyes

I was recently given a kilo cone of laceweight cotton in purest white. It's screaming out to be dyed, so I bought some Procion MX colours and plan to use two methods: immersion for one solid colour, and painting directly onto the skeins to get some variegation.
Now, can anyone tell me how I go about both of these? I've downloaded info off the net, but each website gives a different approach vis-a-vis adding (or not) soda ash, urea, etc and when to do so.
If anyone has had any personal success with these dyes, HELP! (please)

late holiday

happy late 420 :p
im knitting a green blanket for my boo.....its turning out quite nicely :D i only find time to do it at school, however...so usually during the week is when i get it done lol. ill take a pic and put it up here ASAP!

Speaking of touching base

It's been quite a while since I posted here too. I've been dealing with so much this winter and spring. A new daily routine that includes being at the gym at 5:30 AM leaves me little time in the day now to spend online. Add to that the endless string of lemons that life keeps throwing at me for which there isn't enough salt and tequila to keep up with (new front window, tree removal, gas tank replacement, a string of other car problems, basement floods, sewer problems, and more) leaves me desperately clinging to what very little sanity and money I have left.

On the bright side, we adopted a new Italian Greyhound. A 1 year old male named Flash. He's very playful, and our Pharaoh Hound absolutely adores him, as do we.

I've still been knitting too, with what little spare time I have. I've been doing some socks. One pair with Trekking XXL and one with Wildfoote yarn and both a very time consuming on size one needles. I only work on them when my fingers feel up to working with such small needles. I picked up a ton of cotton/linen yarn at a $2 sale a few weeks ago that I'm making shopping bags with. And I've made all the pieces of a bunny for my nephew but I still haven't gotten around to assembling them yet.

Touching base

Hey guys. It's been a while since I've posted so I thought I'd say hey to all the old and new faces round here. There are some talented new guys around here and I, for one, appreciate seeing what everyone is working on.

I was asked by a friend a couple weeks ago to finish an afghan that his new girlfriend's grandmother started before she passed away. He wants to give it to her for her graduation in a few weeks. He brought me her project and the pattern and I finished it up last night. Just have to weave in the ends and give it a quick wash and it'll be ready. Then I can get back to the candle flame shawl I was working on.

I also got a great deal on some yarn last weekend. I went with a friend to a yard sale and as we were leaving, I looked down into a box and saw the edge of a skein of yarn so I took a look. When I dug everything out from the bottom of the box, there were the following:

8 sk Wool-Ease White Multi (white with irridescent flecks)
4 sk Wool-Ease Hunter Green
5 sk Wool-Ease purple/green/navy multicolor
9 sk Wool-Ease Grey Heather
4 sk Phentex "Chunky" in Porcelain (light grey)
1 sk Lion Brand Chenille in black
3 sk Wool-Ease Tartan Twist (purple/dark turquoise/dark pink multicolor)

The unequal flow of time.

I swear - the last 45 minutes of my work day frequently takes about 6 hours to go by; unless of course, I have something that *has* to be finished - in which case the duration of the final 45 minutes is more likely to be 10 minutes or less.

And wasn't it Christmas just a few days ago? How can it possibly be less then two weeks until my Mayfaire gig? And though I am seriously addicted to Renaissance Faires - and even more so to the oppurtunity to perform; I'm resenting the time that prep is taking from my knitting.

Last night I had to print out some inserts and assemble some CD's (just in case someone actually wishes to purchase at the gig) and *didn't get to knit a stitch!*

A horrible feeling. Luckily I can get about 50 stitches done while burning a CD.