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Thursday, February 14th, 2013
7:36 pm
Friday, March 11th, 2011
2:20 am
Regal Knits
This gave me a much-needed laugh today.

I'm not a particular fan of this newspaper, or the royals for that matter, but if you're a fan you can now knit your own!
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
10:18 pm
Small victories
My brother just told me that he's been regularly wearing the hat which I made for him over Christmas.  Woo-hoo!

Everything else I've made for my family members has either been lost or put away in some unknown part of the house.
Thursday, February 17th, 2011
3:28 pm
Hi There
Well, hey there, everyone. How are you all doing?
My name is Michael Leach.
I am new to my fascination, with yarn. But, when the desire hit me, it hit hard.
I have decided to keep a blog, for 2 years, chronicling my experience, in learning three different methods, of working with yarn. From June 9, 2010, to June 9, 2012, I will learn how to crochet, loom knit, and knit. I will create numerous projects, using each method.
So...Why two years?
Well, I had a surgery, back in November of 2009. It was a surgery, that would allow me the opportunity, to walk. I have spent a chunk of my life, in a wheelchair, being misdiagnosed with cerebral palsy. My recovery time, I have been told, will go well into 2012. So, I needed something to do...something to occupy my time.
My blog is a blend, of yarn, and recovery. I hope you will check it out.
Friday, January 21st, 2011
9:27 pm
How bad is it?
So, as knitters....

Is knitting a hat flat and putting a seam up the back considered to be poor/lazy construction technique?

Do you (or anyone that you've knitted for in the past, especially BALD MEN) find a back seam to be uncomfortable?  Inquiring minds want to know!

EDIT: Also, I am a beginning-level knitter.  Is there a really snazzy way to join a back seam on such a hat?
Monday, January 10th, 2011
4:40 pm
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
9:00 pm
The Wool-opod That Ate Tokyo!

Have you guys heard of these new querrilla knitting groups taking Tokyo by storm? One is called Kedako (literally "woolen/hairy octopus") and the other is called Ami Kishu Dan ("Surprise Attack Knitting Group"). Want to join one of these groups! Love the octopi on the streetcar! Want the pattern!


great huh?

Current Mood: enthralled
Sunday, October 31st, 2010
12:57 am
Do you have a stitch pattern that drives you crazy to knit?

I am doing a lot of 1x1 ribbing today and it is doing my head in! Actually, most ribbing drives me crazy, but 2x2 or more I can cope with slightly better.
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
11:56 am
Thursday, October 21st, 2010
5:39 pm
LOL word of the day today


noun: One who opposes or avoids the use of new technology.

After the Luddites, name taken by textile workers in England during 1811-1816 who destroyed machinery that was displacing them. They took the name after one Ned Ludd, whose identity is not clear. Ned Ludd is said to have destroyed, in a fit of insanity, a knitting frame in 1779. In response to the Luddites, the British parliament passed the Frame Breaking Act which made the destroying of knitting frames punishable by death.

I guess he was more of a needles only kind of guy

Source : A.Word.A.Day

eta: *SIGH* I can't believe I'm defending TECHNOLOGY on the INTERNET. Ironic.
Thursday, August 26th, 2010
3:52 pm
A funny
From Franklin. Warning: somewhat raunchy humor but is SFW.
Saturday, August 21st, 2010
7:22 pm
because we need to think ahead
I realized, just this weekend, that it is only four months until the holidays. Time to get the needles clicking.

Most of the projects I have in mind won't take too long - bulky wool socks for both Dad and step-father, hat and mittens for Mom (the Yvette Entrelac Beret and Mittens kit from Knit Picks in Earth), still unsure about my step-mother, although I'm leaning toward some heavy socks for her, as well. She and Dad have a farm, need to be out tending the animals, so warm feet would be welcome. A few other things - a scarf, mittens, pair of socks - for friends will round out the list. I also need to make a hat, mittens, and scarf for myself, not wanting to freeze this winter, and have three Christmas stockings to knit that I will be paid for.

Ordinarily, I probably wouldn't start until after Labor Day, at least, but joy of all joys, I have been informed that I am to report for Grand Jury Duty in October. That will likely cut into my knitting time, not to mention my writing time for NaNoWriMo (and if I get squeezed out on that, I'll be heartily ticked, but that's a rant for another community at another time). So, have any of you started with the holiday gifts? Or, if they aren't already on needles, have them planned out? What are you going to be making? And, if you're still enjoying these last days of August summer, my apologies for bringing thoughts of winter and the close of they year down on you. ;)

Current Mood: sleepy
Monday, July 12th, 2010
12:08 pm
America's Most Wanted
Today I had planned to use my lunch time to frog the cuff of a stocking I am working on. I had tried working the pattern from memory (mistake!) and ended up with too many increases. I figured I could frog it quickly and perhaps even begin it again with the correct number of increases before lunch time was over. I was so proud of myself this morning when I remembered to grab my stocking and knitting bag before leaving the house.

And then I noticed that the ball of yarn was not really with the stocking. I traced the tendril of thread from the stocking and found what used to be my ball of yarn. It was on the floor, under the coffee table. I....I cannot even describe the carnage that met my eyes when I found it. Rarely have I seen yarn so thoroughly mangled.

Who could have committed this heinous crime?? I immediately narrowed my focus down to two subjects: the husband and Piewacket (a cat). As the investigation continued, I found myself leaning more toward Piewacket because he has a history of violence against Yarnian-Americans, particularly those of Wool or Mixed-Wool ethnicity (the victim is of Wool-Acrylic descent). I'm pretty sure Pie will plead temporary insanity and get off lightly.

Anyway, no frogging occurred today, but I am happy to announce that the Yarnian has been completely untangled and rolled into a fresh ball. Later on he's planning to go to the salon and be professionally wound on a ball-winder, but he's stable for now. He was still all in one piece, no immediately apparent permanent damage was done and the Yarnian escaped actual ingestion. Good news for the defendant, who would not enjoy a trip to the vet being stacked on top of his regular sentence.

Current Mood: happy
Monday, June 7th, 2010
1:53 pm
Online Yarn Stores Shipping Abroad (outside US)
After living in the US for the past 7 years I've been spoiled with plenty of access to yarn stores, both in NYC and on the web.

Now I find myself back in Sweden - and I was wondering if you guys have tips on online stores that will ship abroad. I'd love to hear from those of you who have had good experiences and have recommendations (was the yarn good, were there any problems ordering with a credit card issued in another country than the US, did the delivery stand up to standards etc).

I have a few favorite yarns that I can't seem to get a hold of here, but I'm mostly looking for Koigu or Jitterbug or similar yarns to use for shawls etc.

Saturday, May 8th, 2010
4:51 pm
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
6:11 pm
I am a British knitter but in a week and a half, I will be accompanying my American boyfriend back to his homeland for a little visit to New York City. My question is this - are there any especially cool/quirky/luxurious/generally amazing yarn shops that I ought to seek out while I'm there?

Current Mood: excited
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
3:51 pm
Trucker Knitting!!
Link to article about Truckers who knit, quilt & sew during their downtime.  I love the tattooed guy knitting a sweater for his wife!  :)

Thursday, March 25th, 2010
7:49 am
a silly question
What's the oddest comment/compliment you've ever gotten on your knitting?
Monday, March 15th, 2010
1:08 pm
fierce demon knitting nana
NANAGEDDON episode of Mighty Boosh

knitting commences @ the two minute mark. I would venture to guess that Nanatoo is partial to metal knitting needles.

Episode summary from TV.com:
n an attempt to impress two goth girls, the boys stage a seance in their front room. Trouble ensues when they summon the most evil demon known to man, an old lady called Nanatoo who does a runner with their flatmate, the Shaman Naboo's, most magic book. Naboo is livid and gets drunk, leaving it up to Howard and Vince to find the demon, retrieve the book and prevent Nanageddon.
Thursday, March 11th, 2010
10:29 am
Midnight knitter pulls the wool over NJ shore town!

WEST CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) — Someone is spinning quite a yarn over one New Jersey shore town.

An unknown person dubbed The Midnight Knitter by West Cape May residents is covering tree branches and lamp poles with little sweaters under cover of darkness.

Mayor Pam Kaithern says police are looking into the guerrilla needlework, which technically is against the law because it is being done on public property without permission.

The mayor and many residents admit they're enthralled by the rainbow of colors that has popped up.

story here in a CT local paper

also NPR (with audio)
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