Today is my knitting birthday.

Went down to the SF Main today to get my knit together at “Knit Happens!” They have it every third Saturday of the month and it was the third Saturday of August, 2009 at Knit Happens! that I learned to knit. There were about 5 people from Monday Night Knit (my local knitting posse) who were there today instructing and one of them had me stand up and show what I was doing and told everyone it was my knitting birthday and I got a round of applause and a number of people came over to check out my work. So, am I grateful that I’ve been taught how to knit and brought along in the craft by my knitting buds on Monday Night, you may ask. The answer is, “Oh my, my, oh hell yes.” Best thing that’s happened in my so-called life in many a long year. But don’t get me started.

I’m posting a picture of my current WIP: a cotton, double knit, Fair Isle bathroom mat. It looks advanced but it’s not. It’s flat. A giant swatch. There are no increases nor decreases, no short rows, no yarn-overs, no knitting in the round, no buttonholes, no sock-heels, no mitered corners, no joining, no grafting, no cables, etc. It’s just square (rectangular really), flat knitting. A very big swatch. All one stitch: knit, purl, knit, purl, knit, purl... Utterly and completely elementary once you get past the first row (the set-up row). As I begin year two of my knitting adventure I’m determined to move beyond flat knitting to 3D: gloves, hats, cardigans and beyond...

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Bill's picture

You have no idea how much we enjoy YOU!

Tom Hart's picture

Thanks, Bill. I'm looking forward to seeing how far you've gotten on Mill's sweater for your grandson. That first bit was awesome.

smalltownknitguy's picture

Absolutely gorgeous! I have been knitting for 6 years and have yet to try fair isle or double sided. Keep up the fabulous work!

Tom Hart's picture

Thanks, Russ! I'm looking forward to your report on the Fall retreat in Dumas Bay and your impressions of the Northwest.

Mnjack's picture

Happy Birthday Tom..... what a beautiful piece of work. I did some double knitting years ago but have forgotten how. My next project will hopefully be an afghan that is double knitted. Anyway, great job and keep knitting.

Tom Hart's picture

I hope you do make a double knitted afghan, Jack. There’s something fat and buttery about a double-layered expanse of drapey, completely relaxed, border-free stockinette. I’m sure you’d enjoy it, especially if you’ve done it before. There are excellent videos on YouTube to refresh your memory and there’s a double knitting group on Ravelry. Started by a man, no less!

Pinecone's picture

Happy Birthday Tom! Your bathroom mat -- and your story -- are beautiful. I like your expression "knitting in 3D". Thanks for the post, and for sharing the pics of your mat. Here's wishing you many more birthdays to come!


Tom Hart's picture

Thanks, John!

Kerry's picture

Happy birthday Tom, your Fair Isle looks great.

Tom Hart's picture

Thanks, Kerry!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Happy, Happy B-day. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Tom Hart's picture

Thanks, Joe. And good luck with your class.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

You are welcome. Thank you for the best wishes, too. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Many happy returns

of the day.
Lovely work BUT that is not fair isle.
Fair isle can be synonymous perhaps with stranded knitting.
People may use it when doing two color work while weaving on the wrong side instead of long stranding.
You have a lovely two sided work. A double knit fabric.
This is unknown to fair isle.

Tom Hart's picture