I figure it's about time for me to stop lurking and introduce myself since I've been a member here for about 6 months.
I took up a pair of knitting needles for the first time about this time last year. At the time I was just looking for a hobby to keep me busy during the dark Midwestern fall and winter evenings. But it's since become a more serious avocation.
With some help from friends at work and internet videos I learned most of the basics of casting on, knitting, purling and binding off. I managed to finish a couple of scarves and hats for my son and nieces and nephews as Xmas presents last year.
My husband doesn't usually wear sweaters and never wears knit hats or scarves. I felt bad that I hadn't made anything for him, so I foolishly asked him what he would like. Almost without blinking he said, "A blanket." So over the Spring and Summer I've been slowly working on Barbara Walker's Learn-to-Knit Afghan for him in three shades of blue. The gradual progression to more complicated techniques has taught me a lot. I've got 25 of the 63 squares done so far.
As an introduction to sweater knitting, I recently took a break from the L-t-K Afghan project to make a baby set for our newest niece who was born last week. It was fun working with lighter yarn for once.
Looking forward to being more active in what I've seen to be a great community of men knitters,

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Bill's picture

That sweater set is delightful!
...and welcome to the group!

mrossnyc's picture

I agree with Bill, the sweater set is great. You should look up CraftAndy; he started the same afghan earlier this year and has posted pics of the squares he's done. In the meantime, post the squares you've done as well!

Welcome to the blog!

Crafty Andy's picture

What a delightful baby set. I'm sure it was much appreciated.

Mnjack's picture

Love the sweater outfit, so colorful. Your work does not look like a beginner at all, great job.

albert's picture

Welcome! Not at all the product of a "newbie"- excellent work, and the colors sing!

purlyman's picture

Wow... definitely doesn't look like beginner's work, very nice!! And welcome to our world!!!


jdkcubed's picture

Great Looking Set. Like the diamond pattern a lot. Welcome to the group.

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crmartin's picture

Adorable sweater and a fantastic job on it.

Welcome to MWK!


steve kadel's picture

welcome. another lurker comes into the light. i wonder how many there are in the shadows

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chipsir's picture

Hi just another vote of confidence....the sweater is lovely but unfortunately you have passed from beginner to accomplished knitter, great job and welcome to the site

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Yet another welcome to the group and comment that the sweater set is not newbie work. You obviously take great pride in getting the details right. Most impressive!! --Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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