Welcome, fellow knitters

Wow! What a wonderful way to get together! Haven't had too many opportunities to get together with others to discuss knitting. And, most knitters still tend to be women, so haven't listened to the male slant on knitting at all. But I really love the way MEN WHO KNIT is set up. Plan on exchanging a lot of opinion, information, and chat with the group.

 I started knitting about twenty-six years ago when I couldn't find a decent sweater for my little girl. My daughter is now in her late twenties and still loves Daddy's sweaters more than any other. In addition to sweaters, i have designed -- and knitted -- hats, caps, gloves, scarves, and socks. SOCKS! How much fun is that? Love the whole process of making socks. And love wearing my hand-knit socks. Love flooring people with the idea of an old coot like me working with dainty laces and needles.

What is the difference between inspiration and imitation?

What is the difference between imitation and inspiration? I wonder this as I am currently working on a scarf that I have "designed" in that I took a stitch found in Nicky Epstein’s Knitting on the Edge and put it in a scarf. It is hardly a leap of imagination. Regardless, when I wear this scarf into my LYS and the nice ladies there ask me where I got the pattern, can I say I designed it, or should I say I got it from a Nicky Epstein book?

On a broader level, I have--as I’m sure many of us have--altered a design to better suit my tastes. At what point an altered design become its own design? If I knit a Kathy Zimmerman sweater in green Cascade 220 instead of Classic Elite, have I "designed" a sweater? What if I add an embellishment, or maybe do a garter rib in K4, P2 instead of K2, P2? When does the sweater stop being Kathy Zimmerman’s design?

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Traditional English Guernsey #1

This is a traditional English Guernsey, knitting in traditional 5-ply wool.  They are knitted on very small needles and produce a water and wind-proof fabric.  The patterns differ from village to village and family to family.  Only the top of the sweaters carry a pattern as the rest in hidden by dungarees.  The arms are usually short so as not to get waterlogged and cause chaffing.  Traditionally the wearers initials are knitted in just about the welt.  They are always knitted in the 'round' and the arms knitted from the shoulder down.

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