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May 8th, 2007, 07:37 AM
Do you knit? If so, what do you knit? Here are a couple of my projects on the go.
1. My RWA chapter (RWA Online) is working on a joint project, making blocks and afghans for Warm Up America (http://warmupamerica.org/home.html). I designed a block called Shadow Heart Variation, which has a heart knit right into the middle (awwwwwww) and the Amazing Gina pulled my instructions together into a one-page .pdf file that you can download from the link here (http://community.livejournal.com/writerswhoknit/16210.html).
2. I've been taking a break from knitting socks (big passion there) and knit this reversible shrug with swing shaping (http://www.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=193024) instead. It's a quick and easy knit and a free pattern too. A very clever pattern! There are some pix of the finished product on my knitting blog (http://claireknits.livejournal.com/11866.html). I'm in the middle of knitting the pink one for the third time; the earth-toned one has been given and (happily) received. The pink isn't really my colour, but I'm starting to like it. There's some fuzzy fuschia stuff in my stash that might find its way into another shrug.
Let's not venture any further into my knitting basket today. It's a bit scary in there. Instead, tell me what you're knitting.
May 8th, 2007, 04:25 PM
My grandmother ...my mom's mom would come visit when I was a child and I was the one that had to put her hands out as grandma made the yarn into a ball... never forgets that and then she would leave us with an afghan she made... I think I have one and a sibling has another since both my mom and her mom are now gone from us... but those were quite memorable memories for me sitting there with grandma as she crocheted the afghans...
My ex sis in law has many afghans she has too not sure I can get her to donate since she is an ER nurse and busy but who knows will see. Thanks for letting us know about it though.
May 8th, 2007, 07:27 PM
I knit! I love it. I am not very good at it, but I love it! Claire..come to my house (wink) and help me learn it more.....I have coffee and chocolate!:notworthy:
May 9th, 2007, 08:34 AM
Lainey - Isn't it funny how many of us remember holding skeins of yarn as kids? My mom ended up using two chairs back to back when I got fidgety or she had too much to wind. I recently borrowed an umbrella swift - a thingy that you bolt to the table, then put the skein on
and it spins while you wind the ball - and my DH said it took all the fun out of winding the balls! :lol:
Karenne, I thinking that I should have a little knitfest every time I go to a conference. Next up is RWA in Dallas and I'll be bringing my sticks and string...
May 9th, 2007, 12:08 PM
You two are lucky. I didn't know anything about knitting or who to talk to about it. I bought books and read...yes, I am a book freak and I will buy those books! Yeah for how to books!
pouts...I want to go RWA with you in Dallas. Dang it. Of course, if I was there and you were there...I don't think we would attend anything because I would be begging for more knitting....:P:
May 16th, 2007, 08:28 PM
You are too funny! And of course, I'd be delighted to sit and knit...maybe in the bar, but then my stitches would get strange.
I posted today over on my livejournal knitting blog about
merging hobbies actually. I've started buying sweaters in thrift stores that are pure wool and remaking them into other things. There's a picture there of my first market tote bag, which I like quite a lot. It's knitting, but someone else's knitting (or some machine's knitting) merged with sewing, and I like that it makes something new out of old bits no one much wants.
June 13th, 2007, 08:08 PM
Actually, I really like doing that as well. If I see something that I think is cute, but doesnt really strike me in the form that it is in, I have no problem snatching it up and remaking/recycling. It was a little funny, I had a bag recycled out of a gorgeous blue, green, and brown sweater. I took it to my grandmother's house and she was so excited that I had taken up knitting. I was so embarassed to tell her that I had just modified it, but then she was fascinated with how I had done it. Now as I have found out, all of her and her friends have started doing it as well. They have come out with some interesting ideas. One of them takes old blankets she made and flips them into ponchos. Cross stitch is more my style though, i can visualize it better.
June 14th, 2007, 08:26 AM
LOL! I got a lady going on the recycled knitting at the fabric store yesterday. We were talking about knitting and sewing, and I told her about my thrift store totes. Hmm. She then told me how she takes apart clothes that she likes in order to make her own sewing patterns for clothes that fit the first time. Hmm.
Maybe we inspired each other. I came home and ripped apart an old pair of shorts that I love, made a pattern from them and cut out a new pair. Do you think she went to the thrift store for sweaters?
June 14th, 2007, 10:45 AM
What a wonderful idea! I have clothes (my kids clothes) that I just love either the material or the yarn and I won't get rid of them..because of that...
(looks for things to rip apart)
June 15th, 2007, 03:17 AM
Hmmmm, do you think some big fashion bigwig is going to still our recycling ideas? The next thing you know this is all going to be showing up at Fashion Week in Paris or New York. Personally I feel a sense of accomplishment when I can produce something unique. It is a way of thumbing my nose at all the "big box" stores!
June 15th, 2007, 07:27 AM
Jax, I doubt it.
The main thing that comes out of this is the joy of creating something from nothing - and if you buy it, well, it's not going to have the same impact. Also, these projects probably just look "used" to people who don't enjoy making things with their hands.
I was convinced that everyone would love my first felted tote, but you know, I've carried it all over the place (even places like the Farmers' Market, where you'd expect there to be people with the reduce/re use/recycle thing going on) and have yet to have a single comment of any kind on it. I expected to have someone ask to buy it off my shoulder the first time I used it, but no.
That's good, really, because I love it and wouldn't want to part with it - so it being invisible is easier. LOL
June 17th, 2007, 02:04 AM
I can understand, when you do stuff like this is comes out so unique that trying to duplicate it turns out worse than when it was just you and your dream. I have a crib bumper I made for my little kind of the same way. All different colors and each block came from something different than the next. He loves all the different colors and textures. He will lay there when he wakes up and just runs his hands across it. My best friend thinks I am absolutely looney tunes. But then I look at her crib set and know that the same set is in other bedrooms all over the country. My son gets to grow up being unique!
Linda L Lattimer
June 24th, 2007, 02:01 PM
Wow, that sounds like a lot of fun, I use to hate getting rid of some of the clothes I loved. I will have to keep all that in mind, next time
thanks for some super great ideas
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