Long-Time, No Post

I just realized I haven't posted to this wonderful community since January (other than comments to others' postings), so I figured it was time for an update. I didn't quite realize how much I had to report until I looked through my blog.

So...since my last personal post here, I have knit the following:

- Pullover in purple Malabrigo Silky Merino yarn
- A man shawl (or "mawl" if you like) in hand-spun yarn
- A scarf from Spin-Off magazine (also done in hand-spun yarn)
- A pair of socks designed by Marlowe Crawford in Trekking yarn
- An Urbanite Neckwarmer designed by Crafty Andy
- An entrelac, mitered square, intarsia pullover called Zaire (designed by Mariane Isager)
- 2 pairs of open-finger gloves (again, both knitted with hand-spun)
- A "Woven Cable Scarf" - a pattern from Ravelry I think
- A pair of socks made with Kureyon Sock yarn
- A Sigge Hat (designed by Asplund here on MWK)
- A pair of socks made with Supreme Merino/Possum yarn from KiwiJames' yarn store "Joy"
- A pair of felted clogs (the Fibertrends pattern)

Here are some pictures of some of the projects:


JuanC1965's picture

Guess you haven't been up to much...

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Joe, I have always kept up with your blog but I forgot just how much you got knit up until I saw all these photos. Great work, as always. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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

rjcb3's picture

As always, beeee-auty-ful!!!

'course, I'm just as guilty, not posting in a while, but never a day without knitting.


I am floored by Zaire (designed by Marianne Isager).
I work in a library so I immediately fetched the volume.
I am an experienced knitter, and a very good knitter, but I have to admit I don't care for too much complication any more in my work, so I probably won't attempt this one.
But I am so impressed. Your sweater looks way better than the one in the book. Your colors are fantastic, and that is where I fall a bit short. I cannot trust myself with so many colors.
One thing, from the look of it, your sweater and the one in the book, it is hard to believe that the yarn called for is fingering weight.
Thank you for sharing your work.

QueerJoe's picture

Thanks Richard. I was inspired by Asplund making one of these using a similar but better colorway than Isager and thought that it would be fun to try my hand at all these different techniques and experimenting with different colors too.

It was a lot of fun, but there are some sections of garter stitch in this garment that had over 700 stitches per row (if I remember right).

Kerry's picture

Great to see so many of your excellent pieces together in one post. I love your sweaters.

WOW. Zaire is breath taking. I am most impressed with it - not forgetting all the other things you created.

PaulJMC's picture

Great to see you back on line Joe - your work is always amazing!!!

I also have a very special hand dyed yarn from NZ that I want to make something special out of. I think a great pair of socks might be right!


In cielo non c'e vino...beviamolo sulla terra!

IamKnitGuy's picture

That's all you got, such a slacker. ;-)

You know, when I saw that shot of you from Earthues, I knew it would become your new avatar. Next retreat I promise not to be near death! Have a great time in Rhinebeck.

Spicemanknit's picture

Please tell us about the sweater (the one you are wearing with your arms out). Is that wool you felted? Just mouth dropping beautiful. I know you have people asking where you got it and how much LOL.

QueerJoe's picture

Hey John. The pattern is mostly from a Danish book called "Knitting Out of Africa" by Marianne Isager...she is really quite an amazing designer.

I honestly didn't look at this design because I didn't like the colorway she used, but then I saw Asplund (Asplundknits) doing it in an interesting colorway, and realized I could do one too.

Suffice it to say, the pattern is not for the faint of heart knitter...it was difficult to understand the construction, even though her directions were excellent.

QueerJoe's picture

Oh...I forgot to answer your felting question...no, the wool's not felted. It's fine gauge fingering weight/jumper weight yarn. It's a mix of Shetland wool, sock yarn and various hand-spun yarns.

purlyman's picture

Hey Joe!! I'm glad I got to see and touch the purple Malabrigo sweater. So nice!! I've checked out the Knitting Out of Africa book but never did anything out of it. I might have to give it a look again. I love the colors you chose for the Zaire sweater and it looks great on you!! :-) Your work is always amazing.

Glad I got to meet you in Seattle!! Hope you're doing well!


QueerJoe's picture

Thanks Frank...it was great meeting you finally as well. I can't wait for the Rocky Mountain Men's Knitting Retreat. I've never stayed in that area of the country for anytime at all, and your event sounds like it will be exactly what Ted and I envisioned when Ted first came up with the idea of a men's knitting retreat.

Just as a caution...I love how the Zaire came out, but it is NOT an easy pattern to follow.

Kilted Knitter's picture

I haven't posted anything on here in a while either. Your not the only one. Beautiful work!!!