Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bang is going bust!

What's the deal with the John Brinegar sweater? There is an error in the pattern that results in losing a stitch. Now math is definitely not my thing but I can count to 30...thank you Sesame Street!!! LOL The pattern only writes out the instructions for the odd rows and tells me to 'knit the knits and purl the purls on the even rows. Well when it comes to algebra, you know how some people can get the answer right using only three steps? Well when I do algebra I have to do every single little step or I may forget something important and get the wrong answer. So I had to sit and right out every step of the even rows and was doing good...until row 17. Row 17 is where the stitch is lost. I am not experienced enough with cables to figure this one out but I am smart enough to see that the pattern goes from 30 stitches to 29 from rows 17-25. So Bang went this sweater and I will be attempting to use another cable pattern. So back to the drawing boards my son needs a sweater by Christmas!

Keep stitchin'

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My freaking needles broke!!

OMG, I started my next project, a really cool sweater for my son. Right in the middle of a row the needle came apart. What worries me most is that even when I replace the needles it will probably happen again because of the weight of the yarn. This pattern, called Bang, requires super bulky yarn. Really great to work with but it may be too heavy for the needles. I may have to find a way to adapt the pattern to crochet version with cables. I've done several crocheted cardigans with cables so that's easy. Crochet will require more yarn and I am already worried that I don't have enough anyway. Whatever, whatever, I'm going to work it out and produce a sweater my boy will be proud to wear.

Keep stitchin'

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

He knits!! Is he gay?

Sound stupid to you? Me too. I recently spoke with someone and told them that I wanted to join a co-ed knitting/crochet tired of my four walls. Anywho, I was asked, 'do men really get into that?' I almost fell over. "Are you kidding me?" I started giving names, Drew, The Crochet Dude; Ken, The Crochet Guy; John Brinegar. Ok, I could only name three, but still. Why would someone just assume that men who share the love of the craft are gay? How ridiculous is that!!! What difference does it make? You probably can't afford what they make anyway!! Small minded people, why can't I just stick a needle in their eye!!
Just venting.

Keep stitchin'

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Colours in Randallstown

After hearing about the a yarn shop in Randallstown I had to go check it out. So today I popped in for a visit. What a nice place!

The owner Thelma greeted me with a smile that made me feel at home right away. The shelves were stacked neatly with lots of colors. There were comfy sofas and chairs to sit and stitch. Thelma has classes too! I had opportunity to watch her in action. A young girl, about 11ish or so came in with Mommy so she could learn more about knitting. Thelma sat her at the table and patiently worked with her. I am so excited for her and can't wait to see her finished scarf. She will making something with cables for the first time...awwwww So anyone in the area that never took a class because it was too far, can't use that one anymore. Thelma knits and crochets so she's got you covered what ever your talent. Oh, in the back she has an area where you can wind your own yarn instead of fighting with hanks!

Some of the work displayed around the shop is beautiful. There's a mannequin at the front door wearing a lovely jacket that I would really like to make. I stayed for quite some time browsing through books and trying to decide what yarn to buy. Mostly Noro and Cascade but lots and lots of color choices and weights. I can't wait to go back again. Hope to see you there.

Keep stitchin'