My name is Doug and I guess you can tell by my blog name that I like to knit things for men. So the title is descriptive of what I do (knit for bears) and what I make (knits for bears). When I say "bears", I mean husky, burly, furry men... not teddy bears (although I do make outfits for teddy bears too). Of course, a little lace happens along the way.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Mystic Light Shawl update
The next clue doesn't come out until next Wednesday. Knitting torture for the OCD knitter.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Bob's in training
Please understand I love my kitties dearly and don't torture them in this manner on a regular basis. Although, I had a dog when I was a child that I use to dress up in my sisters large doll clothes and then take his picture. He soon developed and odd fear of cameras and would run and hide under the bed any time he saw one. I still have the one of him dressed as Jackie-O complete with the sunglasses and scarf. He was totally fierce.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Mystic Light KAL has begun
This one taken without the flash makes it easier to see the detail of the stitches. There is a cable along the neck edge and a braid going down the center back. I'm excited to see the next part of the pattern already.
Top Chef is coming on. More later.
Monday, March 24, 2008
today is a neuropathy day
Monday, March 17, 2008
GPS for knitters
This whole GPS thang had us talking at the Friday Night Knit group. There should be a GPS system for knitters. *ding* "you are approaching a yarnover"... *ding* "after 2 stiches, make an SSK decrease"... *ding* "at the end of the row, turn and purl back" At least we got a good snort and giggle out of it.
I have finished my dad's socks but I haven't taken any new pictures yet. I hope they aren't too tight for him. I'm just a little worried they may be. I did file down the broken dp on Sunday at Knitch (on Lou's emery board) and it's made a full recovery. It's already on another sock project. I'm starting the Jaywalker socks with sock yarn I bought at SAFF last year. White Oak Studio tvyarn - Nightmare after Christmas colorway. I frogged the pair of plain tow up socks I had started with it last fall.
I think the Jaywalker pattern will be a lot more fun and show off the colors even better. (I also realized after seeing this photo again that my dad's socks were the second pair to be knit on the walnut DPs before the stress induced carnage. I had pulled them out of this sock to work on the other socks.)
I did sign up for a Knit-a-long. The Mystic Light Shawl KAL. They are still taking new people and will close signups on the 25th of March if you are interested in joining too. The last one they did was so gorgeous and I plan to go back and knit this one too when the current KAL is over. (Mystic Waters Lace Shawl) It's also in the database in Ravelry if you would like to see more photos of the finished shawl.
The cable sweater I've been working on, and now ripped back 3 times for errors... which has been irritating, but I like knitting cables, so I don't stay miffed for too long.
I'll be ready to wear it by SAFF next year I'm sure. It will probably already be too hot to wear by the time I get it finished. Maybe I'll have time for a second sweater and a possible costume change for SAFF. I wouldn't dare be seen in the same sweater 2 days in a row!! Don't be hatin' on me cause I'm an OCD knitter.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Back to the KAL's... We had Janet Szabo speak last night at the guild meeting and she was talking about a knit-a-long she had done and about knitting the next clue as fast as she could while the group was knitting on the previous portion. I just find the whole thing fascinating and getting to see how everyone interprets the pattern in different ways. Anyone have suggestions on how they find them? I really want to participate in the next Mystery Stole too. The stole last year was beautiful and I had a great time watching the progress of all the different versions. With beads, without beads, with the wing, without the wing...
My dad's socks will probably be finished tonight at Knitch. I worked with the glued dp for about 30 minutes last night before it broke again. So I dug out the circulars and was going to transfer all the stitches to two circs. After I got the stitches from the broken needle transferred to the first circ I thought, why don't I just use the one circ as a replacement for the dp. Duh. It slows me down a little having to pull the needle through, but it works and I can still use my beloved dp's. (happy grin) I learned to knit socks on dp's and it is still the most satisfying way to me. I've made them on the two circ's, but after using the wrong needle and basically starting to magic loop (which I really don't like) I decided it's just not for me.
The retired stick of torment.
I'm going to try sanding down the broken end to try to slavage a shorter usable dp from the remaining longer piece. I'll burn the shorter end and drink a gin martini (extra olives) to dispell any bad vibes left over from the incident. Just not at the same time within the area of the flame. Either it will work or I'll get a little buzz from the gin. Win, win either way. (Until the headache sets in.) Woo hoo knitter's gone wild.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Have you ever...
Will the needle hold out till the bitter end, or will is dash all my hopes of my completing the socks today...
Only the needle knows...
Stay tuned for the next episode of "Doug's Difficult Day and the Perils of the Devil's Toothpicks"