Sunday, February 20, 2005

Mama Is A Yarn Ho

Filmmaker Thomas Florek says, "It's the inevitable convergence of knitting and hip-hop culture."

Gangsta Knitter, an independently produced short film/music video by Florek and his buddy Doug, who prefers to remain anonymous, made its national debut on August 27 at the Westcliffe Digital Film Festival in Westcliffe, Colorado.

Check it out here:

*Text taken from knit.1

Monday, February 14, 2005

Look what my wonderful boyfriend did with the scarf I knit my Mom out of Baby Monkey yarn. He really looks like Ronnie Dobbs, doesn't he? Posted by Hello

Look, it's Joanna Jeffery with her knitting! That's Galandrielle smiling in the background, but she doesn't knit. She's still great to have around anyway. Posted by Hello

This is a mitten I made. The thumb is now done, but I don't have a picture of that. Actually, I have a matching pair and a hat as well! Posted by Hello

Aren't they cute? This is Laura and Harper. Harper is the little one chewing on the spoon. Laura just told me that she is making a scarf out of Orange You Glad? Bulky Lamb's Pride Wool  Posted by Hello

This is Jessica. She's been knitting since she was 5 y.o. She is knitting a sweater. It is very nice! Posted by Hello

Behind-the-scenes look at Intarsia! Posted by Hello

Emily Stoneking is knitting a really warm sock. Look at all the yummy food! Posted by Hello

Emily Spence is shown here with her Kitty Intarsia that she designed with her 4 year old daughter Ella who specifically wanted a Kitty backpack with a heart. This is Emily's first intarsia project and she seems to be doing quite well with it. Posted by Hello

Well, this is Maura O'Neill on her first day of knitting at the SnB at Scrumptious Cafe the Old North End of Burlington, VT. Yes, she was a little bewildered at first, but by the end of the day she was doing just fine! Posted by Hello

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Intarsia Update

OK, so I love my art history professor because he lets me knit in class. I'm done with the intarsia and about half done with the back piece. It's coming along and I think I will never do intarsia again...well, maybe.

Knit yourself a "Katamari" hat!

Bill here. Last night Reba, E to the M and Emily happily knitted away as the boys (Ron, me and honorary boy, Reba) rolled up the world in the fabulous PS2 game, Katamari Damacy. Now we can mash the hobbies together!

The link actually goes to a site that is selling the Katamri hats, but I bet you clever lot can figure out how to make your own.

Making felted mittens with an electric sander

From the Woolen Rabbit:

Next comes the fun step. I took a piece of plastic and laid it over the mitten and revved up the sander. Now.....I have done this in the past without the plastic and ruined my sander, so you take your chances if you don't use the plastic. Make sure you have a grounded outlet and rubber shoes on too...hehe. It takes longer to felt over the plastic however, but still faster than if you weren't using the sander. Whirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

-Bill (not Emily)

Monday, February 07, 2005

Strathaven folk knit themselves a room

This is Bill writing as Emily. From Austrailian News:

Imagine a room with 50s decor where everything's made from wool. Knitted cakes, teapots, cups and biscuits - even a knife and loaf of crusty white bread - while over in the corner sits a knitted valve mantel radio. The big question is - why?

Life in an old people's home sometimes needs a focus. Residents feel they've outgrown their usefulness, but don't want to just sit around passively. Imagine then if you could recreate the past, taking yourself back to a gentler time when life was simple, people were decent and fair. Now imagine if you could do it with just a few balls of wool...exactly as they've done at Hobart's Strathaven Home.

Read the rest here.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Intarsia Hell

So I'm I new knitter, right? 3 months and counting. I told my 4 year old that I'd make her the punk rock backpack from the first SnB but of course she didn't want the bunny or monkey face on hers - she wanted a kitty.

Using the knitter's graph paper I made I designed a kitty face for her and figured 'how hard can it be?' Anyway, it's going alright but it's definitely more challenging than I thought it would be.

My advice to other new knitters thinking about intarsia? Start with a square in another square - 2 colors, easy.