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TKGA...???

Hey i have a question about the Knitters Guild Association. Does anyone know much about this? I went to the site and was very interested in joining...I saw a masters knitting thing and thought it might be fun. is anyone a part of this guild? i think it would be fabulous for more men to get involved....thanks for the comments and advice in advance....
tim

First Stranded Knitting Jumper

I’ve spent the first part of this year knitting scarves and beanies (dog forbid I should ever again find myself doing these again), all the while thinking about doing some multi-colour knitting. After reading, reading, & reading about it, I finally got up the courage to give it a go. I first experimented on a smaller version (see pics of the 16” doll and jumpers), figuring that if it all went pear-shaped there was a minimal loss of time and materials. Bloody hell, things seemed to go pretty well and I took the plunge and made a jumper pattern I’d been admiring for some time. It is called “Fonn” (that’s with an umlaut!), whatever that name means; maybe Lars can translate?, from the “Reynolds Lopi” Volume 25. Although seamless/circular sans steeks, I was keen to try this recipe because the yoke is done with the decreases spread around rather than done as a raglan decreases (is there a name for this method?) Let me say here that stranded knitting was like learning to knit all over again! I fumbled with the needles, fabric and 2 strands of yarn. And what about tension/gauge? I did the stranding with both hands and discovered that I have difficulty keeping the left hand strand looser than the right. Actually, this wasn’t much of a discovery since I knit faster with the left and I knew that when I knit rapidly, I knit more tightly. So, there was a significant amount of tinking and even so, I do have some puckers that didn’t come out in the washing and drying (blocking) process. I was actually grateful that I didn’t have smocked yoke at the end! Now, to confess just in case some of you have this pattern book and notice my big screw-up: I did the pattern opposite so that it is a photographic negative image – in other words, the stars should have been white and there shouldn’t have been white bands. I’d like to say that it was done purposefully and with artistic license but it was really just a screw-up – aren’t the white boxes on the graph supposed to be white wool? Guess not.

Daylight Knitting Time

One thing I like about Days getting longer -- with better weather and light later into the evenings I will soon be able to start taking my daylight knitting time - approx half an hour I spend parked in ascenic overview on the way home - knitting.

Because by the time I go home and do the chores etc; often I am too brain dead to knit. So this is a little "me" time - and it helps things get knit faster.

For example - I've been struggling to meet my (self-imposed) goal of 20 rows a day on a scarf I've been working on. struggling. the shame of it all is that I did get some undisturbed knitting time a while ago and found out it actually takes me less then a minute a row when undisturbed.

Pitiful.

one more try

I have attached a jacket that is lose to what I am looking for if any of you can tell me where to get the pattern that would be helpful. I have seen a jacket close to this that is a bit longer and does not have all the work around the edges. I have spent hours looking for o\it any help would be appreciated

John Wayne

Just got back from Orange County, CA; where PGMC (in which I sing) was performing with Men Alive or OC. Of course when I fly, I have knitting, although the flights wer at such times that I was more prone to snoozing than stitching. Anyhoo....those who have been there know that there is a huge bronze statue of "cowboy" John Wayne in the entry foyer. I sat at the base of that statue and knit. A local passerby took a photo of me doing it, and hopefully she will keep her promise and e-mail it to me. Just thought I would share.

PS: Laguna Beach, where I stayed, was GORGEOUS. AND I met this really nice guy who was also a knitter (professionally) in LA. Pretty damn cool.

FO!

Believe me, I celebrate finishing objects - usually because I have so many on the needles that it takes *forever* to finish one. This is "Goober" - at least in my mind - though the actual title of the pattern is, I beleive, 'Ocean Tide' - from on of the online "mystery" knit alongs.