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OK, I'm alive!

Geez,
I've been so busy, I haven't logged in forever. I apologize to all you guys. Winter is just killer for me at work. I'm still knitting though. I am doing socks this year. I've finished about 5 pair so far. I have learned the joys of doing toe up with the magic cast on for magic loop. Its wonderful. I also do garter heels and all the girls at the store think that its silly, but I like them better. They are easier to do in short row I think. Anyway, I keep knitting away when I can. Hey, I was wondering, can you or can you not take knitting on planes. People tell me that you can, but then I see sites on the airways site that say they get confiscataed etc... What is the general rule nowadays on knitting on planes? I have a trip to Hawaii in about 6 weeks and I could probably get several socks done while in the air. Let me know. Anyway, its good to be back.

OKknitguy

halfdome hat

I finished my first "halfdome" hat last night - I ended up with too many stitches somehow (I don't know how unless I counted my decrease rows wrong) - but it turned out pretty good! I used Grignasco Top Print 100% alpaca for this one - it's very cozy - if it wasn't already warm and on its way to well over 100 degrees today I might have put it on!

I'm sure I'll be making many more of these -
as most of you probably know, this is from Jesse's pattern (www.yarnboy.com) that was published in Knitty...

Down To The Finish!

Hey Guys,

Yes, still alive.

I have a question. I'm finishing up "Half Dome" off of Knitty and I'm seaming it up with a mattress stitch. My question is, when I come to the rolled edge do I reverse to the wrong side? That sounds logical.

It may sound stupid but I've never seamed a rolled edge before.

May that big Lone Star shine on you from afar....

Chris

First Attempt at Lace

I decided to try my hands at lace, and make a shawl as a Mother's Day gift. While there was problem after problem with making it (starting with not realizing the yarn I mail ordered was variegated rather than solid), I think it turned out well in the end.

Even though the pattern is "beginner lace," there was a lot of blood (Knit Picks options are sharp!), sweat (well, I live in Arizona, it is to be expected), and profanity (I'm a man, I don't cry) that went into the making of it. Despite all that, it was still enjoyable to work on a different kind of knitting. I want to make another shawl, but I'd rather not have a time limit when I do. This one was fairly stressful, as I felt that I had to work on it even when I really wasn't in the mood.

The technical stuff (very Knit Picks-y):

Yarn: Knit Picks "Shimmer" (30% silk, 70% baby alpaca) in shade "Turquoise Splendor"

Pattern: Knit Picks Triangle Cover Shawl (not a free pattern, but inexpensive)

Needles Knit Picks Options, US #5, 40" cable.

Well, off to work on a Father's Day gift now....

Off And Away!

I'm heading out for the weekend - I'll be spending it in 1840 at a MayFaire hosted by King Henry and King Oberon. should be an interesting weekend. I beleive Henry is between wives - but Mab and Titania are rumoured to be fighting over Oberon...

27 days to Disney

So far, the only other person thinking about taking the "Pilgrimage" is Brightbear. Has anyone else decided they are going? If so, how do we want to identify ourselves as Men Who Knit members so's we can find each other in the parks?

Luv 'n' Stuff,
Bob in Fort Lauderdale
Where the boys are...but they don't knit...poor things

Top Down, Back at it again

Using my only free non-lunch period to catch up on some of the knitting I was not doing. I am about to make the toe decreases in my second sock. Maybe I can get it done by tonight, 'cause the nice weather is crying out for some sock wearing. (ha ha)

Just posting to say that I have found both my needles and my motivation, it is amazing how calming this hobby of mine is.

Have a nice day Y'all

Knitting (and lowering my BP) in the Bronx

Good Value Yarn Source For Aussie Knitters

I know most everyone here is in the Northern Hemisphere, but for those of us in climes further south there is a good value yarn source here in Oz. Bendigo Woolen Mills have been around for a long time but just recently they've added a website www.bendigowoollenmills.com.au that shows the range and has online ordering.

It's factory direct and they only stock natural fibres. Most of the yarns are around AUS$10.70 (about US$9.70) for big 200g balls, up to AUS$15.00 for alpaca. The colour range is pretty good, not brilliant, but there are some nice shades. They do send overseas too.

No affiliation, I just think the yarns are good value. I've used them in the past and the quality was good.

Clouds Dissapate

Sailing season has started; this means less time available for yours truly to knit. I do miss it, but I am out of the house early and home late, worn and washed from sun and sea. It has been almost a week since I put needle to yarn and what’s worse I am not sure where my needle case is. Personally I blame the needle gremlins. On the plus side sweetie bought me some lovely yarn from "Aussi Wools" in a dark green Mallard color. I am ready to start my vest except I have to roll the skeins. Every time I try to wind the yarn rebels and tries to run away. I will eventually get on it, but the yarn (worsted weight doubled) knits up quite nicely; it was suggested that I swatch for a large slightly shaped project. Off to look for my needle case and motivation. I put some of my more attractive yarns in a large vase on my coffee table; it is cheaper than flowers, looks good and is a constant source of encouragement. I also have two exceptionally nice balls of Alchemy Bamboo in the Dragon colorway that are crying for a nice project, I haven’t found it yet though. Suggestions?

Knitting (in mind if not in body) in the Bronx.