Thursday, June 30, 2005

I'm dreaming

Cotton and linen blend in a rib stitch. This has clear iridescent sequins along the sides and up the middle Posted by Picasa

I'm hoping this'll be a very long thin scarf with a bit of flash. Not too much.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

3ply linen, stockinette and reverse stockinette are used to form the diamond shape - the other image of this piece comes from the other side.  Posted by Hello

3ply linen, stockinette and reverse stockinette are used to form the diamond shape - the other image of this piece comes from the other side Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Knitting in the air

I took some yarn that I wouldn't mind getting confiscated to the airport with me and put it in my carry on bag last weekend. I took a bamboo cable set of needles and no one said a thing. I sat on the plane and knitted, sat in the waiting area and knitted and had a blast. I'm going to town with a cashmerino yarn that I'm making into a thin scarf, seed stitch. This is another one of my sequin experiments. It's a berry red and I'm going to put black sequins on it. Unless I change my mind. I knitted all over North Michigan Ave., in the neighborhood called the Magnificent Mile. I had magnificent tappas and armenian food. Yum!

Thanks to Paul for making a comment! I must go and make photos of my works in progress. But I'm off to read QueerJoe's blog first.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Comments are fixed

For those who have wanted to comment but have been frustrated by the tedious registration process, I've changed the configuration so that you don't have to register.


Good book! Posted by Picasa

Oh yeah, I'm not just a knitter. A couple times a month I go to my nearest independent bookstore and look at their knitting and crocheting books. Recently I got 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix and Match by Jan Eaton. I like the whole concept of the book, which involves developing blocks of the same size so that crocheters can pick patterns for the blocks and develop their own combinations. The one way in which the book just totally falls down for me is the color choices for the illustrative photos. I could rant for quite awhile about it and make wretching noises, but I'll say merely that they are horrid. On the whole, however, the book is a very positive experience for me. I'd certainly recommend it as a reference work for patterns if you don't already have something like that to draw on for your crochet projects. Not only does it have the classic granny square patterns but lots of others that are useful beyond the "block" context.

Here's the whole citation:
200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix and Match by Jan Eaton; Interweave Press ISBN : 1-931499-68-3; Sep 2004 Price: $24.95

Monday, June 20, 2005

Knitting blogs - oh my!

I was back at the Woodstock Wool Company yesterday. That's because it's a swell place to hang out and knit, think about knitting and talk about knitting. Heidi and I had a really good conversation about knitting and business.

The most fun tip I got yesterday was to go and look at Queer Joe's knitting blog. Woo hoo!

The knitting I did at the WWC was part knitting and part selecting yarns. As you can see from the photos I've become enthralled with making textiles that are composed of many yarns. So yesterday I was pulling balls from a bag of about 30 different yarns and snipping lengths of about 2 to 3 feet. I tied together the snippets, intermingling various tans, light greens and other color tints with a Euroflax tan. It'll be somewhat similar to the "moss" shawl that I did in March and posted here in the blog. I'm using the "mossy" yarns again, so it'll be shaggy. But I think it'll be my last really shaggy shawl. It's time to move on after this one last fling.

Friday, June 17, 2005

multi-color shawl, garter stitch, mixed fibers Posted by Hello

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Shawl in garter stitch, mixed fibers Posted by Hello

Monday, June 13, 2005

90 degrees plus...

And that's too hot for standing outside all day. So I fell ill Friday and didn't feel strong enough Saturday to endure Art on Lark. The knitting will go other places. The black shawl was done pretty much simultaneously with all the upcoming shawls. I'm going to spread out the photos over a series of days.

And now I'm working with sequins on a skinny scarf made of bamboo yarn. I got the yarn at Woodstock Wool Company, the same wonderful place I got the Euroflax linen a couple weeks ago. The bamboo is a "neat" yarn, not hairy at all or fuzzy. It feels somewhat like linen, but truly has a feel all its own. I like knitting with it.

Black and white shawl, garter stitch, mixed fibers Posted by Hello

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Art on Lark coming up

I'm knitting all the time now, getting these scarves and shawls off the needles and making labels for the festival. I'm trying to take photos of everything, but I may miss a few!!! Maybe I'll see some one who's seen this blog at the festival, so if you come by be sure to say you've seen the blog.

another skinny scarf, garter stitch, mixed fibers Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Skinny scarf - mixed fibers, garter stitch Posted by Hello

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Woodstock Wool Company rocks

I was reminded that I actually blog about knitting when I admitted that I have a knitting blog on Sunday. I was at one of the most wonderful yarn shops in the world, the Woodstock Wool Company.

I love to go there and knit when I'm in Woodstock [New York]. I always find yummy yarn and this time I picked up a beautiful lavender linen by EuroFlax. I'm going to try a very thin, lacey scarf with it.

I'll get out the camera and get some pictures up soon because I was working on yet another one of these mixed yarn shawls that I truly love while sitting around the "living room" in the shop. As usual, I met a few complex and wonderful people who also knit. I'm knittin' my fingers to the bone getting ready for our local art fair here in Albany.