I have discovered that finding out that I knit spoils the image for some of the fellows I date. A big burly guy, does stonework, creates gardens, trains horses, works on cars... but also knits socks hats mittens sweaters and does repair work on same.... Well POOP on them. If I end up a spinster, so be it. I'll just have my dogs and horses and gardens...and walls covered in yarn filled shelving. (I sound like a quilter....) That being said, I feel pretty good today (in spite of the rainy weather). Last night I fixed a holey wool afghan for a fellow. His late wife knit it for his late mother, and now he has it. I was able to exactly match the felted texture of it with "Merino Frappe" which was a close color match as well. Due to the felting, there was no way this puppy was going to come apart, but nor could I crochet the repairs: I had to fake the texture with a darning needle: Making loops and pulling the yarn through in a series of chains, and then sewing the chain down to the undamaged crochet. It's not exact, but you really have to look close to find the repairs, and I'm sure he will be very happy. I've never met him (the owner) and I look forward to delivering it to him in person. After that I repaired a very fine cashmere top. The yarn was a fine as thread, so that's what I used...ever tried doing duplicate stitch in sewing thread. It's possible, but you need good eyes and good lighting. Amazingly, outside of the sheen of the cotton, the repair is almost invisible. (It doesn't feel as soft, of course, but as the repair is on a hidden section of the neck (back of turtle neck) It should be fine. Ah well....Out into the rain with me.
some day I'll have to look up what those initials stand for...
Spent most of my weekend back in 1842 preparing for Her Majesty Victoria's visit to the lovely village of Skaneateles - President Polk* is hosting HRM for negotiations regarding the Oregon Territory, an inspection of the local Teasel industry (see? fiber content!) and a good American Christmas Celebration.
anyway - since a lot of the rehearsal time is spent sitting I kept my hands occupied working on one of the shawls I haven't finished up yet - just a couple more rows to the edge on this one; and started another Christmas stocking to be felted. If I get enough done this week then NEXT week I'll be working with heavier yarn and bigger needles and knitting a shawl for one of the characters. Probably a nice simple Faroese garter stitch shawl with a simple lace band. If I can find the second skein of that garnet-red yarn.
Has to be pretty mindless knitting though, because though I know most of the words to the songs we sing (this event involves 4 hours a day of caroling - outside - in Upstate NY!) and the melodies - the music director likes us to sing harmonies...and I don't read music. Add to that trying to learn to sing a different tune then the one you've been singing for somewheres around 50 years *WHILE* someone sings the familiar tune right next to you...my poor brain cell is fried.
....He sometimes knocks you through a closed window. One that I thought I had thouroughly nailed shut back in August.
It turns out the guy I have been 'seeing' the past few weekends is perpetually COLD! And me here sitting on a few boxes of yarn. What's a boy to do? Yes, there are blessings in this world.
Now all I have left to do is take the comforter off the bed and put the summer bedspread back on! (wink, y'all)
Late this summer, I posted to my blog some pics showing that I had a huge stash. I had finally collected them all from the storage places, and put it into one space. A lady from Ontario said she had some roving she wasn't going to use, and did I want it? What was she thinking? So I did the only thing I could do ---
It arrived in mid-August and I set to spinning it. I took some with me when I went to see Mom, and did one skein while there, and I have just finished the rest of it this week. They are mostly in a teal/blue colour, and a pale grey/green shade... actually quite nice when spun. I did all of this on the CD spindle. Each skein is 4 oz. They are all 3-ply because I like the round yarns better. I put in quite a lot of twist into the singles, and they will have good definition in the stitch patterns. I have a feeling it may all go into some kind of Aran sweater. We'll see.
I'm working on some white and some dark brown right now. The white was wonderful to spin, and is incredibly soft. I don't know what breed of sheep it is, but I don't often come across an unlabelled roving this nice.
I'll see if I can post some pics as well. I wish there were some inst
I have been woking on these for about a week now and am a third through the second one. The pattern is out of a Dale of Norway Book and I am knitting them in alpaca.
Here are two stockings I knit for a client from a 1945 (UK edition) Ladies` Home Companion. It was done in Plymouth Superbaby DK acrylic-microfiber. (I don`t recommend: Too soft, starting to fuzz already just being knitted)
For those of you that like certain Lion Brand or Paton's yarns, there is a place in Manhattan that is having their semi-annual sale, and have started it online too. Smileys Yarns offers premium quality knitting yarns and crochet yarns starting at the unbelievable price of just $1.00.
I have never ordered from them, since they don't ship to Canada! But I sure do like the Bernat Handicrafter cotton for dishcloths and for practice pieces -- and at a $1!! It's quite a bit more expensive here, you understand. No affiliation, just heard about their sale, and I know how some of you like good bargains!
I decided to change to double pointed needles and will try to do something next week as I am crocheting a Teddy Bear for an exchange and that has priority.
WEll I will keep youinformed as I attack the project, I may eventually breakdown and do the hat flat like the pattern calls for if I don't like it. ANyway, thanks for stopping by.
I've had to post a second blog to show you what the jumper is like.
Anyway, here goes....
Hello to all at Men Who Knit.
Firstly I'll just tell you that this is my first blog so I'll apologise now if I begin to waffle. Then I would like to congratulate my fellow men who knit for being part of such a fab website and enstilling a sense of community to those that thought they were alone!
Anyway, I have finally finished both my major projects; these being a jumper and jacket for myself! I used patterns from the Jaegar Handknits book. The jumper is titled Bowie as is made in Jaegar Merino DK (shade = Granite) and the jacket is titled Jethro and is made in Jaegar Extra Fine Merino DK (shade = Tweed). I am really pleased with the outcome of both projects even though they look good, they feel even better and are extremely warm. The yarn costs alot (in excess of £200 for both items) but I feel was worth this cost this time. It took several months to make them both and only a few hours to put together (by my partner Jason - as I dont do sewing!). I hope you like them and I have more photos of them but not sure how to upload them onto the site, any help would be gratefully received.
Jimbo aka James