I mentioned at the "Men Who Knit" gathering tonight ... that the book "Knitting on the Edge" by Nicky Epstein....is available from Hamilton Books at the discounted price of $19.95...plus shipping...
KNITTING ON THE EDGE: Ribs, Ruffles, Lace, Fringes, Flora, Points & Picots.
By Nicky Epstein.
Comprehensive and indispensable reference guide to 350 types of edgings and decorative borders. Features styles that will work for any yarn and any size needle that will allow knitters to customize their designs into one-of-a-kind creations. Fully illustrated in color. 168 pages. Size 11 x 81⁄2 inches. Published by Sixth&Spring.
Every Friday night Knit New York closes shop and Boyz Night takes over. Its BYOB and they keep the register open for a while for any last minute supplies. Come join us: 9:00 pm to ????
Bring your knitting, bring your creativity. Drink some coffee.
Last year I was involved with the Academy of Friends Gala, a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS and other health services in the Bay Area that is held on Oscar night.
Restaurants and caterers, wineries from the greater Bay Area would donate food and wine, a large pavillion would be decorated and folks would dressup in tuxes and gowns and sip champagne and nibble and browse and mingle... last year we had a surprise performance by the cast of Cirque du Solei's Zumanity!
I knit on the BART train, I knit standing in line, I knit at sidewalk cafes... and it seems that folks are more than happy to strike up a conversation with you... either they're knitters themselves or they're admiring the piece you're making...
Knitting seems to help bring down social barriers to talking to strangers and I think it's cool. A nice smile or compliment is a little thing but has such a great impact on one's disposition. It can really make your day.
It's also nice to share one's experience with knitting... not to sound too New Agey and hippy-dippy, but it is very gratifying to be reknitting the social fabric in our community through a simple and satisfying craft.
Ok . . . I'm sitting here in St. Louis, Missouri and I'm jealous! I read messages about groups getting together in SF and NY and I wonder how I might get something going here. There are a number of 'stitch 'n bitch' groups that meet in various parts of the city, but they're all women. I'd love to get a group going for men. I know there are men who knit here--I've seen them in yarn shops! If anyone has any ideas of how I might go about getting something started, I'd be grateful for your thoughts.
I'm still working on my knit tie. It's 16" now (40" to go). The novelty of watching the pattern emerge from the self-striping yarn is gone, but has been replaced by tracking the length by counting the repeats in the pattern. I've figured out exactly how much each repeat in the pattern adds to the length and I check the measurement at the end of each one. So far, it's dead on...2.25" I've got about 4 inches to go before I work my decreases and start on the skinny end. It's long enough that I was able to tie a modified half-windsor and get some idea of what it will look like when it's actually tied. Very cool. I've been taking my time with it, carrying it around in my brief case and working on it in waiting rooms and on my lunch break. Now, I'm anxious to get it finished and actaully wear it to work. I'm going to pick up the pace and try to do 3-4 inches every night.
Join us at 7:00 each and every Tuesday at the world-famous Cafe Macondo located at 3159 16th St. between Guerrero & Valencia.
Will be teaching my first improvisational hat class on Sunday the 30th. A four hour workshop. The idea is to show how to use left over stash and different types of crown shaping.
Have been having fun working up examples - three needle bind off, fair isle, combining leftovers from around the home.
Giving it at my local yarn shoppe in Philadelphia. We shall see how many sign up for it. With the snow we are expected to get this weekend, it might be the impetus for people to take it.