I was so worried that the client might not like my renditon of the family christmas stocking...(I had made it wider, done more Swiss darning, embroidery, changed the intarsia a little). Well, she gave me an order for two more, so suffice it to say, she was pleased. So, I can honestly say that I paid this month's rent with christmas stockings. Actually, yesterday was a very good day: I delivered all my knit/crochet repair work to clients, (along with the stockings) and everyone was delighted. I think I will try to put together a repair & finishing business to see me through the winter months. I'll let you all know how it goes.
OK I'm sure lots of you don't like books (haha!) - or you already have them - but I found a deal at crafters choice - it's a website -- 4 books for $1 each - and you only have to buy I think 2 more books within the next two years - it's a deal where you can say "no thanks" to the selection online too -- which is cool -
I bought an extra book and I ended up spending $32.68 for 5 knitting books - on edging, socks, merino wool (from Morehouse farm which is beautiful), etc...
a good deal if you like getting books - it's true, however, that we can get lots of information and ideas straight from the internet, but I have already found a few patterns/ideas that are cool in just my 30 second scanning of these new arrivals!
Just in case you want to check it out :)
Friday, a friend and I hanging out at the local bookstore, and he came across this zine called CRAFT. It had alot cool stuff, but the thing that intrest me the most was the knit robot on the cover. I instantly thought I want to make one. But I also was thinking I would have no real time for it now. Saturday, those robots where bouncing around in my head while I was studing. I really want to learn how to make a knit-bot. Luckly, some other friends and I went back to the bookstore. I was going to but that zine, but it was 15 dollars, and it didn't teach you how to knit. So I just scratched the idea. However, Sunday, those bots were just pounding my head all day and night while I was studying—I had a test today, thus all the studying. So went on line and tried to some research. And tell you the truth, I was redundant. Itn't his a chic thing? I was glad to see that it was not. So I joined this group.
TODAY, after I took my exam, I went the bookstore looked at the books mentioned on Menknit.com and another called "Knitting With Balls: A Hands-On Guide to Knitting for the Modern Man". They were expensive for me right now. I have to be really tight with working less hours and Christmas coming. However, my friend, who was also interested in knitting, showed up. We glanced at the books and went to Hobby Lobby and he bought some needles and yarn, plus a cheap $5 booklet called something like "My First Knitting Teacher". [He kind of embrassed me when he asked a worker helping us if there were many straight men that knited (She said she knew no male kniter that was gay). I guessed he felt it was necessary to claim his machismo.] We later went to a friends house and the first thing we tried to do was make a ball of yarn. That took us an hour. Yeah, sad. We were not able to really understand the book. So we were getting frustrated and gave up for the day.
I have been working on a center panel (about 3' x 3') for a scrap blanket - and just finished that part of the piece - it's just plain knit straight across, with a small border, but in the center field of the work I have mixed in hundreds of different scraps - with no plan or scheme, really, other than to try not to get the same color next to itsself. Now that this part is complete, the next step (I think) will be to pick up one side of the piece (probably a right or left side) and go out from there - then do the opposite side, then top and bottom - or maybe like a log cabin.... I'm not sure.
I have plenty of the green "base" yarn left - do any of you have creative suggestions as to what I should do to build on this idea?
Well after moving around so much, I will defintiely see where this goes with the double pointed needles. Here is a picture of the progress so far.
I finished my Teddy Bear and will be ready to make another Christmas Hat.
I have discovered that finding out that I knit spoils the image for some of the fellows I date. A big burly guy, does stonework, creates gardens, trains horses, works on cars... but also knits socks hats mittens sweaters and does repair work on same.... Well POOP on them. If I end up a spinster, so be it. I'll just have my dogs and horses and gardens...and walls covered in yarn filled shelving. (I sound like a quilter....) That being said, I feel pretty good today (in spite of the rainy weather). Last night I fixed a holey wool afghan for a fellow. His late wife knit it for his late mother, and now he has it. I was able to exactly match the felted texture of it with "Merino Frappe" which was a close color match as well. Due to the felting, there was no way this puppy was going to come apart, but nor could I crochet the repairs: I had to fake the texture with a darning needle: Making loops and pulling the yarn through in a series of chains, and then sewing the chain down to the undamaged crochet. It's not exact, but you really have to look close to find the repairs, and I'm sure he will be very happy. I've never met him (the owner) and I look forward to delivering it to him in person. After that I repaired a very fine cashmere top. The yarn was a fine as thread, so that's what I used...ever tried doing duplicate stitch in sewing thread. It's possible, but you need good eyes and good lighting. Amazingly, outside of the sheen of the cotton, the repair is almost invisible. (It doesn't feel as soft, of course, but as the repair is on a hidden section of the neck (back of turtle neck) It should be fine. Ah well....Out into the rain with me.
some day I'll have to look up what those initials stand for...
Spent most of my weekend back in 1842 preparing for Her Majesty Victoria's visit to the lovely village of Skaneateles - President Polk* is hosting HRM for negotiations regarding the Oregon Territory, an inspection of the local Teasel industry (see? fiber content!) and a good American Christmas Celebration.
anyway - since a lot of the rehearsal time is spent sitting I kept my hands occupied working on one of the shawls I haven't finished up yet - just a couple more rows to the edge on this one; and started another Christmas stocking to be felted. If I get enough done this week then NEXT week I'll be working with heavier yarn and bigger needles and knitting a shawl for one of the characters. Probably a nice simple Faroese garter stitch shawl with a simple lace band. If I can find the second skein of that garnet-red yarn.
Has to be pretty mindless knitting though, because though I know most of the words to the songs we sing (this event involves 4 hours a day of caroling - outside - in Upstate NY!) and the melodies - the music director likes us to sing harmonies...and I don't read music. Add to that trying to learn to sing a different tune then the one you've been singing for somewheres around 50 years *WHILE* someone sings the familiar tune right next to you...my poor brain cell is fried.