a stitch in time

While working on my very first knitting project, a simple scarf with a straight knit row after row after row... with the occasional yarn change for stripes... I felt the need to try something else, something different.

I learned to purl continental and learned a really easy but impressive looking waffle stitch pattern to start another scarf...

And then I started a simple hat, knitting in the round. All the other kids were doing it so I decided to give it a go.

I decided to make the hat ribbed with a basic 1x1 rib (knit1 purl1)... I fould myself modifying my finger configuration and knitting process to work with the knit one, purl one pattern.

Stitches West 2005

Knitting Convention held at the Santa Clara Convention Center; classes and a yarn market. Feb 10-13.

More details here : www.knittinguniverse.com.

Bay Area based knitters interested in attending might want to car pool or take CalTrain down there as a feral knitting pack.

Out-of-towners are welcome to say "hi" and raise a tankard together at the local pub and meet your knitting brethern.

Ode to opposible thumbs...

I've only been knitting for about 3 weeks now; my friend Stephen taught me after he caught the knitting bug ("the only man who could ever teach me, was the son of a preacher man...").

As an artist who's been laying fallow for way too long, it was a great joy to be making things with my hands again... the low bar for entry was a big plus (though my yarn habit is beginning to get out of control, pretty soon I'll need a sponsor, an intervention or sheep).

It was frustrating the first couple hours trying to get the points of my needles under the tight stitches... I was pinching the yarn loose at every stitch and there was none of the grace of more seasoned knitters around me...

Monday Night Knits

Cafe owner & fellow knitter Vince reserves the comfy couches for knitters every Monday night from 7pm to closing.

This is a mixed group, gals and guys... your chance to see what the distaff side has been up to with their yarn & sticks.

This Monday, Vince will be photographing knitters with their latest projects for the video wall. Bring your flashest knitting and show off!

Knit Ties

I picked up some sock yarn a couple weeks ago, looking forward to making my first pair of socks.  I've been lusting after some Schoeller + Stahl Fortissima Colori, but decided to go with Lion Brand Magic Stripes for my first attempt.  It took awhile to get started (my first time on 3 needles), but once I got going I really liked the colors and the pattern of the stripes.  I decided it would make a great looking tie and ripped out my sock.  Interweave had a couple good looking ties in their winter issue, but I also found a very simple pattern on (where else) the Lion website.  I've been working on it for 2 nights now, and I've got about 5 inches of tie done....51 to go.   I'm hoping to get it done before knit ties make a comeback and everybody is wearing one.