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Knitting for grandchildren

My younger son's wife is pregnant, due in July. They don't live around me; my son is in the Air Force, making a career of it and now stationed in WA state. I'm in California. I'm having trouble with the new baby seeming real. He's all excited. I think his wife is mainly just sick though she is prob excited too. They found out its a girl. Until I knew she was a girl, I just couldn't get excited about knitting for her. I am happy about the baby. I'm not one of those people who think having a… Continue

Added by Jane on April 12, 2008 at 9:51am — 1 Comment

Home Again

We got back from our camping trip last night, and I'm exhausted but very pleased. This is my eleventh year to take fifth graders on this trip and only the second time we haven't had rain. Boy, it makes the trip so much nicer when you aren't wet all the time. :-) We had beautiful weather and the children were very well-behaved with only minor exceptions.

I finished a sock while I was there, but that was the only knitting I got done. Of course, it's a first, not second, sock. I really… Continue

Added by burrisll on April 11, 2008 at 1:56pm — No Comments

News in a Stash: Episode 3: Going to the apple farm

Hi there, it's me the stash from Mars! Just kidding, I'm Giovonnia's yarn stash. Good News.

Giovonnia is calm down since her last project and she's off to the country to see her friend Lucy. I hope the peace and quiet of New York State will clam her. At Lucy's the part of me is waiting in a plastic bin, waiting for socks to be knitted. She has alot of reading to do. But I think I can get her steal an afternoon away of knitting. (I feel very neglected, don't you hate… Continue

Added by Yarn Basket on April 11, 2008 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Today I worked on my socks from one of JeanTownend pattern. Pretty Petal. Our group Socks Anoyonmous is a Great Club. I'm really enjoying it. I just need to corner one of my sons to show me how to do…

Today I worked on my socks from one of JeanTownend pattern. Pretty Petal. Our group Socks Anoyonmous is a Great Club. I'm really enjoying it. I just need to corner one of my sons to show me how to download photos onto this website.
Today is my daughter's Birthday. She is 28. Wow how time flys. The only thing is she lives in California. I will only be able to celebrate her b-day from my heart. I will see her in May. She is flying out to Ky. for a visit. Can't wait to see her. Continue

Added by yarnaholic on April 11, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Socks, sox, socks

My first sock is almost done I think the color and fabric choice is awesome but I am not sure if I will use this ga. again for a while. Fingering weight yarn on US 1 or 2 needles.

Added by Adam A A on April 11, 2008 at 8:40am — No Comments

My Latest Goal

I've decided after I'm done with the current pair of socks, I am going to teach myself to use circular needles for my socks. I have tried it once or twice, but it usually takes me a few tries before I get a new technique down. I have the Magic Loop book and also the one about doing both socks on one needle...not sure which I'll attempt, but wish me luck!

Added by katwmn1 on April 11, 2008 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Sound of Music

I have had no knitting time lately!!!!! I've been spending all my time altering costumes for my children's elementary school production of The Sound of Music. Last night I hemmed 8 skirts. Today I have to alter the last adult gown into a child sized gown, add some velcro to Lisel's curtain play dress, and fix a nun's habit. I was going to the school and iron everything, but my daughter was up vomiting last night. The poor little girl is home from school and mom needs a nap! I have done nothing… Continue

Added by Amy knits on April 11, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

I Knit London

Last night I went it is now my new favourite place. I squealed. Girls like me don't squeal. Anyway I was considering getting some lantern moon needles size 5mm for swatching. A big extravagance but they look so elegant. I on the other hand don't, I'm scruffy. I'm not sure why I thought these needles would turn me into the knitting equivalent of Audrey Hepburn, a feet that won't even be accomplished by an army of stylists and beauticians but there we go in my head I thought they might (hmmm… Continue

Added by divebunny on April 11, 2008 at 3:33am — No Comments

Benefit and Socks!

Well, the benefit was a roaring success. According to my 14yo son, who stood for almost two hours doling out lettuce and cheese (I am so proud of him!), they went through 400 dinner plates and then started serving dinner on dessert plates. All in less than 2 hours. The end result? It looks like we raised around $14,000 (including dinne, silent & live auctions, and donations). Wow. Small town generosity at it's best, and it took less than a month's planning (more like 3 weeks). I feel… Continue

Added by MTAnnie on April 10, 2008 at 10:18pm — 1 Comment

First official project

April 10, 2008
Well, I've started my first knitting project. It is pretty simple, it is going to be a pillow in a simple garter stitch. My Mom used to knit and I always was amazed at her work. I thought I would give it a shot. So far so good. I'll upload pictures soon.

Added by bobbieacuti on April 10, 2008 at 5:45pm — No Comments


I need to gather more information, my knitting knowledge is supremely stunted. This has become apparent after my decision to write a knitting book. The only question is, how does one educate them self enough to write such a book. I know that this will never happen if it isn't completed with in the next 15 months. I know that seems like a long time, but my short attention span is lengthened when it comes to my craft.

So, now I have about 6 months to make all the projects needed to educate… Continue

Added by metalheadknitter on April 10, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Stitch markers

I've just notice that Knit Picks are stocking Soft Ring Knitting Stitch Markers by clover. I've been using O'rings, I've got quite a few from old scuba diving regulator services so I cleaned them up and they're nearly identical. They only come in black (sometimes green) so not as pretty colours as the clover ones but they do the job. Just thought I’d share my money saving tip especially as I’ve just spent rather a lot of money on Knit Pics yarn :) and I'm off to I Knit London after work.

Added by divebunny on April 10, 2008 at 8:08am — No Comments

News in a Stash, Epsiode 2: Surrendering to the mighty cable

There comes a time when everyone must know when things are beyond them.This is one of those times.

Giovonnia has been trying to knit the cabled pillow cover and she has come to the conclusion that she can't knit it. I'm afriad the pattern has gotten too much for her and she admits defeat. She had sat down at the computer last night and tried putting the chart on excel spreadsheet but it didn't work out. A very stress filled night going over every little detail not producing any good… Continue

Added by Yarn Basket on April 10, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

Spring is Here!!

I believe it has finally arrived. It is supposed to be in the low 60's today!! Silas is loving it. He gets to go for a long walk every night! Now I am awaiting the arrival of the ticks. Silas hate ticks. He can tell when one gets on him and just sits down and looks for it. So I have resorted to carrying tweezers with me on our walks. I have to remove the tick and show him before killing it.

In the past week and a half, I have finished the Baby Kimono and made a hat to go with it. I… Continue

Added by Silas' Mom on April 10, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

Vote for your favorite dye color(s)

Yesterday, I dyed some samples of Jacquard Acid dye colors we don't currently carry. For comparison, here are the colors we do carry. Do you see any colors in the photo above that you'd like us to carry? Please leave a comment with your vote(s) - yes, more than one choice is allowed!

Top row, left to right: navy blue, gun metal,… Continue

Added by Tina on April 9, 2008 at 4:00pm — 67 Comments

An Excuse to Buy More Yarn?

I was looking at my WIPs on Ravelry and noticed that they are almost all blue or purple. It's funny, because I didn't think I even really liked purple that much. Maybe this is just a coincidence, or maybe I'm in a yarn rut. I better hurry up and finish something so that I can cast on socks with the new red Palette yarn I got from Knit Picks last week. It's also an excuse to celebrate the Red Sox opening day yesterday. :)

Added by DolyDimple on April 9, 2008 at 1:32pm — No Comments

News in a Stash

I am pleased to meet you. Let me introduce myself, I am Giovonnia' s yarn stash.

I was born when Giovonnia was 12 years old and a teacher at school taught her to knit. A funny thing happened, she learned to knit knit backwards! By mistake she thought she had to go back and forth on both needles. An interesting occurance happend, she created stockinette stitch! Through-out Junior High, she knitted this way. It was such a stessed filled time with studying, art clubs and wrtiting plays.… Continue

Added by Yarn Basket on April 9, 2008 at 1:13pm — No Comments

What to do?

If I could only knit all the time. That pesty little thing that pays for my yarn and needles keeps interfering!

Added by aamos on April 9, 2008 at 10:39am — No Comments

Good girls keep diary's........

I've never written a blog. I've not even kept a diary. There is a saying that goes "good girls keep a diary bad girls don't have the time". I've never had the time, I've also considered it a bad idea to write something down thats probably going to come back and haunt you later. Particularly (as a friend discovered age 15) if you've put so much sticky tape in it, it won't burn.

This weeks been a bit well interesting so I figure I'd share especially since I'm looking at all the things… Continue

Added by divebunny on April 9, 2008 at 8:27am — No Comments

Some more books..

Got The Natural Knitter by Barbara Albright from the library, along with Twelve Months of Knitting by Joann Yordanout.

The Natural Knitter is a lovely book. Beautiful photographs, nice designs. I may buy this one. The designs and very classic, but with a stylish edge to them. Really nice.

Twelve Months of Knitting is OK. Some of the cloths are for babies, which I have absolutely no need for. But that wouldn't deter me if I really adored some of… Continue

Added by MrDarcyisGreat on April 9, 2008 at 7:15am — No Comments

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