old dogs, new tricks

men's knit night part one.

last wednesday we had our first session of knitting night down in the hood. that's right, in my town there's an ikea, david beckham at the home depot center, and a bunch of skogs knitting. well, there's one skog knitting and two learning. but i must say, they've caught on quite quickly, check out roy's progress by the next day:

he started the night before at my place and got almost an inch and a half done, after putting down his practice swatch and cast-on for the first time for knitting in the round. not bad to attempt for a first project, eh? by the end of the night i didn't have the heart or the energy to tell him how crappy his ribs were, he concentrated so hard at getting the rhythm down...he actually knew it but we were all too tired to verbally acknowledge it, so the next day he frogged the whole thing and started fresh:

and by friday:

he's been doing great with decreasing for the crown, and i even showed him how to transfer from circs to dpns. tonight is session two and we'll get that puppy off the needles. we've got two more interested in learning tonight and by the time i'm through i'll have a men's knitting circle even if i have to create one from scratch myself!!


and there IS knitting!

the right jaywalker is done, working on the left now. i was kind of surprised by the way the fit of this sock turned out, as i was reading in blogland a lot of jaywalkers said that this sock came out a bit snug and small. i found this sock to be loose actually! i am using koigu and although the label recommends using a US3, i am actually knitting on a US1. and i am making the smallest size the pattern calls for. upon examination of the finished piece, my tension is not a bit loose, so i can't figure it out. i am going to continue with the left and see how it goes.

i've started on my holiday gift knitting:

a series of hats will go to recipients in the colder regions, and of course i could not resist the noro striped scarf craze that is going around. i had to jump on that bandwagon thanks to jared - he's an inspiration to us all!!


sp11 questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
i like wool, wool blends, cotton, mostly any type of natural fibres. i don't care for angora or mohair, too itchy and alpaca usually has too many loose fibres. i also don't care for novelty yarns.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
right now i have the clover needle case. i like it because it's not fussy, although...it's PLASTIC. but so far that is the nicest thing i could find (from a product design standpoint)

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
i started knitting about 7 years ago, my room mate at the time was an avid knitter, and she was always making some very cool things. so one trip back home to visit my family, i asked my mother and grandmother to show me how to knit. when i returned home i was excited to sit and knit with my room mate. i would say that i am probably an advanced-intermediate knitter now, i have done a lot of scarves, blankets and a few sweaters, but i am currently doing my first lace item....still not advanced enough to even THINK about intarsia!!

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
yes, i do. http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1IHEIV9UD2JMS/

5. What's your favorite scent?
i am pretty particular about scents. for example, i love almond scent. but depending on the quality of the product, it sometimes can smell more nutty other times more like cherries. i think in general, i like things that smell "clean" and i don't mean necessarily like soap, but not heavy and perfume-y, or too complex. i also like citrus scents. my favorite candles are still the lemon and grapefruit kitchen candles from williams-sonoma. they're so fresh smelling. i guess there are some floral scents that i like too. it all depends what is producing the scent...i usually stay away from the fake, chemical smelling stuff...like the glade plug ins and things like that. i tend to like things that smell more natural.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
yes, i love chocolate mainly. chocolate covered nuts, any kind. especially dark chocolate. probably my favorite candy though would have to be a toss up between salt water taffy (all flavors) and black licorice (such as licorice all-sorts). ooo or those peach penguins.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
nothing crafty at the moment other than knitting. no spinning going on here. i just bought some bare cashmere, next step is to order some dyeing supplies. i have been reading a lot in blogland about it and am about ready to take the plunge.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
yes, and all kinds of music except gangsta rap and headbanger metal.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
don't really have favorites. i am the type that i like things depdending on my mood at the moment. this applies to color too. but, some colors i really don't like are the flourescents that were really popular during the 80's. teal and burgundy combinations, peach and mint, hahaha....i guess all the bad stuff from the 80's. that's not to say i wouldn't go for something burgundy or mint or teal, there are a lot of good colors out there but it really depends on the intensity, richness, the undertones that make up the color.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
single with a partner and a cat!

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
scarves...sometimes. not that often living in l.a.!! no hats, or mittens or ponchos.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
hmm. again, depends on my mood, what pattern i may happen across, who needs a gift....lol

13. What are you knitting right now?
hmm. a flower basket shawl, a jaywalker sock, an earflap hat, a birdie, a candle flame shawl...oh, and a scarf. hey, what can i say it's august and i'm starting my holiday gifts.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
depends on the item. i am not one who is fond of things that don't have a specific purpose.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
both straights and circs. definitely material of choice is bamboo...although i must say i did buy my first pair of addi circulars for the lace projects, and i am growing quite fond of them!

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
yes, to both.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
gads....2yrs. and i didn't even include that in question 13.

18. What is your favorite holiday?
halloween. for the decor really. second is christmas. again for the decor.

19. Is there anything that you collect?
yarn. yarn. and yarn. hahahahah. good italian shoes. oh!! i am a sucker for hair products, and anything kiehls.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
i have a subscription to Craft:. see my amazon wish list to see any books i desire.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
not at the moment

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
yes!! i am now. size 8 men's

23. When is your birthday?
nov 14

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?
yes, i am. you can look me up as skogknits


moving swiftly along

recently i ordered some great sock yarn from yarn nerd, and became totally frustrated at the knots that formed as i was trying to make a cake from the hank. perhaps it's my knobby knees that the hank was rested on as i was winding on my ball winder or perhaps i was paying too much attention to victoria beckham in welcome to america...but i had to snap the yarn and got three balls out of it in frustration:

lesson learned: sometimes it's nice to do things by hand, you get that really involved feeling in the end, you can take ownership and pride in the project. a real sense of one with your craft. other times, it's worth the money, the time, and your sanity to invest in tools to help you get the job done. enter, the almighty swift:

i've held out a long time, convincing myself that i don't need one. well, you know what? my life is so much easier now, and to prove it, here she is in action:

and perhaps i went a little hog wild in the process?

this is not all that needs to be wound in my stash, i do have to show a little self control after all.


sp10 revealed

my final package from my secret pal arrived on monday, and i have to say i am totally stoked with this package! it's got a nice creative mix of things, things that i like but would never purchase for myself. i love that sort of package, and i always try to keep that in mind when i am buying gifts for other people. when i am out and about and in a cute shop i am constantly seeing things that i like, but i would never buy for myself...i try to pick things like that for gifts. things the recipient may not purchase for themself.

i digress, the contents of my final package:

one of my favorite things in there is the casaviva magazine she picked up while in columbia, and the lavender jagger spun 'zephyr'. thanks so much secret pal!!