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Ripping my heart out

check out my blog --

www.kyleknits.blogspot.com

and see what Gregg's sweater looks (looked) like - we're in the process of tearing it all out to start over (new pattern, old yarn)

it's all there for everyone to see - and laugh.

:)

Also a photo of a new knitting guy recruit who I taught on Saturday with a friend -

and photos of yarn that is being added to my stash!

Kyle

recruiting

I am visiting my friend Jim in Walpole, NH, and it is snowy weather. His knee is hurting him (acl surgery scheduled for a fortnight from now) so we can't go for hikes in the woods...So, of course, I taught him how to knit, and he's taken to it like a pro: Got the basics in less than an hour, and thus far today he has knit 3 inches on a simple garter scarf (brown sheep worsted: 34 st on size 9's....could have done size 10's...my fault, scarf could have more drape) but it's all good and he's buzzing right along for such a curmudgeonly old woodchuck...

I whipped out a hat in Adirondec (sp?) organic cotton (not terrible to knit with for a cotton,) but as I was making it up as I went along, it is a little on the largish side. I will probably pull the whole thing out and start again: It took about 2 hours to do. No big deal... All is good: I return to Portland on Monday.... I miss my kids (horses) and the gardens, but it is nice to visit with my friend.

Cheers,
Bob

FO:KYOAMPI

From another knitting group - in January of '06 (or so I recall;t may have been February) - I joined a "Knit your own adventure mystery pi shawl" (KYOAMPI) -- and *finally* got it blocked out this week and photographed.

attached are before and after shots of the shawl once off the needle.

there was a "garden" them on this shawl - you could pick various lace and mix and match -- I have a "flower lace" ; lace daffodils, bumblebee lace and leaf lace.

cottage wool

i am looking for home grown wool --- I recieved some as a gift this week and really liked the feel of the natural wool and was wondering if anyone could recommend a website that has home grown and spun wool --- Ifigure I can support the little people in this world too instead of the big corporate america.

Also, aas a side note if any of you men own a wool farm and need help this summer let me know (it would be great experience since I am going to school to get my veterinary technichian certification)

WIP

This is a detail of an alpaca laceweight scarf I'm knitting. The yarn is fom an Etsy shop, Pancake and Lulu, and is a beautifully soft multidyed green, Loden shade, which doesn't show up well in this pic, it is darker. The stitch is a vertical drop stitch from a Vogue book.

A Great New Book

We've been getting quite a few new books in at mlys (still working there) and we split the new books among those that are working to read through and try them out for test run.

I've been wanting to design my own stuff and so I jumped at the chance to check this one out:

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting Design: Working from a Master Pattern to Fashion Your Own Knits

Long title, but WOW, what a great book. It has sections on designing scarves, gloves, handwarmers, hats, bags, vests, sweaters...It also has great stitch pattern references and makes it easy to adapt your pattern to any yarn, any weight, any style.

I need to say this: ITS FREAKIN AWESOME.

Sorry...back under control now. Heading out on vacation for a few to enjoy the 19th anniversary of my 21st birthday (Friday the 13th). Take care all, and if you get a chance check out this book!

Wode Dyed Wool

do any of you know of a place that sells hand dyed wool using Wode? (It's an old stinky weed that used to be used for dying and making an amazing blue) - if you do, please let me know; I want to buy some and check it out - I hear a lot about it - it keeps creeping up in back episodes of "Cast-On" and I remember in an episode of "Dirty Jobs" they showed the guy who did the Wode dyeing centuries ago - apparantly it's REALLY stinky!

Thanks for any help or info guys!

Kyle