knitting frenzy

CRAPPY WEATHER. I work outside as long as I can bear it. The flat is halfway turned into a fiber studio, and looks like a tornado hit it. My current projects are mostly repair, BUT I got a coolish commission last night: To knit a pair of Christmas stockings from a 1930ish pattern for two young kids. Evidently granny has knit abot 30+ of these stockings for the family, but is too old to do it anymore, and the youngest are the only ones bereft. It's not hard: The pattern is poorly written, but I have a sample to work from...Just a long skinny stocking with chilren in intarsia, then a panel with santa, and then a panel with pine-trees before it becomes a standard stock bottom. What I stand to make from these will pay half a month's rent. AMEN! And, I borrowed a digital camera, soI can finally photograph some of my knit projects. Hoo hoo!

WARM WINTER EXCHANGE 2006 Sign up!!!! NEED MORE KNITTER!!!

Hi guys~~~

I did post about the NEW "Warm Winter Exchange" last post!

Dead Line of "Warm Winter Exchange" is Nov 10 on Veterans Day! MAKE SURE SIGN UP for the COOL exchange coming cold winter!!!

INFO and RULEs are in my blog:
http://charleslifeknitting.blogspot.com/2006/10/warm-winter-exchange_2211.html

Charles

Sweet Pea Baby Sweater

Well, since I managed to figure out how to post pics, I'm going to post a couple. This was an Interweave pattern called Sweet Pea. The Yarn is Rowan Wool Cotton. The piece knit up fairly fast, but the pattern had some glitches. I do have a detail of the lace pannel taken when it was being blocked if anyone wants a closer look. A friend of mine asked me to make this for her niece...one of these days I will actually make something for myself.

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The Maggie Seaman's Scarf

This was my first lace work. The picture is prior to blocking. The scarf was designed by Myrna A.I. Stahman, a knit designer who lives in Boise, Idaho. Myrna asked me to knit this piece as part of a memorial project for the coach of the women's army basketball team, who died suddenly in April, 2006. Scarves were knit by many people and sent to the team members in rememberance of their coach.

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Officially killed

Grandcarriage killed meMy Sock Wars death has arrived. Actually, I traveled to Portland this past weekend and met my killer, Grandcarriage.

Thanks, Bob, for killing me with such handsome gray socks.

For the next 30 days I'm going to go on a knitting fast. It's NaNoWriMo time! I've failed to complete it for the past two years... here's hoping for a new result (a minimal RSI)!

new handmade socks Felting question.

Wore my crazy new handknit socks last night. They are textured all the way around, and you know, I like the sensation of the texture underfoot. They felt fabulous but are a little loose, I could probably knit the same yarn on needles 2 sizes smaller. I think I will felt these a little and see how that does.

I wore the socks that killed me (SOCKWARS) last night to keep my tootsies warm (I am putting off turning on the heat in the flat: My electric bill goes from $28 a month to $128 a month, and that's just with having it on in the evening. OUCH!). They too, are a little too big: Kept falling off. So I have a question for you guys who felt: If you were to do partial felting for size: Would you hand wash it and let it felt in the hot dryer, taking it out and trying on the size as you go?