noone's perfect

Oh well - it's my 2nd attempt at the "star" cap - the first one turned out pretty well - so I decided I am now a guru - (RIGHT!) and did hat #2 using all knit for the hat part instead of the k4p1 that cosmo suggested in his pattern. the result: a too big hat that looks rediculous on, and a frustrated knitter - although, I did learn some and I'm glad I did it - it just makes me a little scared about trying other more complicated fair isle hats because I'd be crying if I had made a hat that was really complicated and time consuming pattern!

Anyway, look and laugh - I'm OK with it - :)

Sock It To Me!!

I am now the proud owner of some Opal self patterning wool, some scary double pointed needles and cold toes. I know there are some master sock knitters lurking on this site and I am hoping you can point me in the right direction of some websites that will ease me gently into how to knit socks.

Also are double pointed needles they way to go or should I be investing in some circular needles?

Thanks in advance for any help/advice.

Shameless Self Promotion

yes - this is an advertisement.

In addition to knitting I sing. Sometimes even in public. sometimes even for fiscal renumeration!

anyway - I have two CD's for sale - either of which I'm told are pleasant to listen to (yes, by people unrelated to me) and one of which in particular makes is an appropriate purchase in the Christmas season.

either or both can be ordered

via e-mail @

or via PayPal with the same e-mail address.

or via PM here at MWK

Don't forget a shipping address!

I'll accept cash, checks,PayPal and quite probably even barter!

some samples can be heard at:

Mudcat Cafe Songbook

Pricing is $12 post postpaid for one, $10 per additional CD in the same order.


17 tracks of mostly traditional Christmas carols performed by myself and friends from the cast of 'A Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles' (an annual festival in upstate NY)

The sounds of traditional street caroling as you might have heard it in the mid 1800's. Or so was the intention.

The tracks marked with an * have other vocals in addition to myself. Track 17 is a lad who has 6 years experience playing our 'Tiny Tim'

It's been a while & Tooting my own horn.

When I look at the September date of my last post, I realize that life has taken over from blogging and reading other people's blogs. Lots has been going on here and I've missed so much. I really must work on coming to this site at least twice a week.

On my personal blog, I've got lots of FOs you can see scarves (with accompanying patterns), socks, toques, etc. I'm almost all ready for the holidays.

To toot my own horn, I was just interviewed by a Chilean knitting forum about men who knit. If you read Spanish, you can check it out at
RevésDerecho ( It's not KnittyGritty (congrats Charles!, btw), but it's something.

Have a great holiday season all!

I need your help!

Hello to all at MWK

As the title suggests I need your help. There appears to be a national shortage of men's knitting patterns in the UK and I have been trying to find a pattern for a jumper that I can use larger needles (15-17mm) and there's nothing here in the UK. I fancied a change from double-knit yarn and wanted to use the chunky or super chunky yarns. So therefore I send out a plea to those MWK around the world to point me in the right direction!!

Knitting Show!!

Hi eveybody~~

I just let youguys know....I was on the DIY(Do It Yourself) channel famous "Knitty Gritty" knitting show!!!

I had a great time on the show and also I meet Drew, famous knitter "STEPHANIE" author of "Knitting Rules!"
and Michael!!!!

See more PIC In my knitting Blog: HERE

Initialed Scarf.... Possible without Crochet?

So I was talking to a friend, and he wants a black scarf with is three initials AMC at the end of the scarf. I can't find any patterns for doing this, for knitting alone. This makes me wonder if I have to crochet in the letters, or how that would work? I have no clue. I found that there might be an article in the April 2004 issue of Knit N' Style labeled "Initial Scarf--Alpacas in America". Other than that, I can't find any info on how to do the initials.

Being only a quarter of the way done with my first project, should I just say tough luck, I'm knitting a normal scarf no initials, or knt the scarf and stitch in the initials afterwards, or keep my hopes up that I will find a pattern?

I don't know how to crochet, but am an eager learner. If that's the right route to take for creating initials, then that's the route I'll take.

Input? Thanks!


Every morning when I walk my kids to school, we go past a kid on safety patrol who's not wearing a hat, so I made him one. Here's a picture of my son modeling it. Basic, but warm!

Oklahoma Hospitality

Hello Men,

Just back from my foray into the heartland of Oklahoma. It was wonderful to meet Okknitguy - we had a fabulous dinner at a Mexican restaurant together. We didn't make it to the yarn store while I was there, so I will have to save that for my next trip.

However, I'm very pleased with a new book that I found while I was there: Mason Dixon Knitting, the Curious Knitter's Guide, by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne. Wonderful stuff, light hearted, good pitures, and a great way to knock anyone out of a creative slump. I highly recommend it. Put it on your list for the Holidays!

Jonathan in DC