Men's Knitting Circle - Philadelphia, Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The monthly gathering of the fellas to sit around and knit, converse and drink some coffee.  In December we talked about various group projects we could endeavor.  Bring your ideas to the table.

Joe Coffee House, 1100 Walnut Street (@ 11th and Walnut), Philadelphia, PA

"Knit Bits"

My PA (that's personal assistant and not Prince Albert) gave me as a New Year's gift a daily calendar called "Knit Bits".  It has a little piece about knitting for each day of the year.  I thought it might be fun to share them here throughout the year.


Dec 31 - Jan 1  Knitting can be solace, inspiration, adventure.  It is manual and mental therapy.  It keeps us warm as well as those we like and love.  It has existed almost as long as the soft sheep, and in giving us wool they are deprived ony of an uncomfortably warm fur coat in the heat of the summer.  From Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann  (On this date there is a picture of a woman knitting with the balloon which says "I'm knitalicious!")

Knitting Needles to Trade

I make wooden and bamboo knitting needles as a hobby, not as a business. I am willing to trade for; yarn to build my stash, knitting notions and gadgets, knitting books, make me an offer. If you request a specific size, I will need to know if it is US or metric. If you have a design in mind, let me know... pix and/or drawings help. I use my own hand-made Straight and Double-Point needles to knit with, and I know what is required by a knitter to make them pleasing to work with the very first time they are used. If you are not happy with my creations, I will gladly return whatever it was you traded me for them.


Knitting Backwards

Has anybody experimented with knitting backwards?  Apparantly it's a technique that eliminates having to purl by keeping the right (knit ) side facing throughout and working backwards when at the end of the row by working off the right-hand needle onto the left.

 Apparently it's great when working patterns as the right side is always facing you.  I tried it once but it seemed very cumbersome and I've now forgotten how to do it.

I'd value any advice or instruction.



Happy New Year & many, many thanks to Darrel

Since joining this site a few months ago I have been in contact with an amazing range of guys. Kind, helpful, resourseful & compassionate about our common craft-knitting.
Darrel without you, none of this would have been possible.
Thank you so much.
Looking forward to a great knitting year, 2006.
best to all,