Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Knitting Sitings

The past few days I've been seeing knitting and knitters everywhere in the media. The last two were on The Simpsons - Principal Skinner knits! - and on a Golden Girls rerun. Rose returns from a trip to the mall, where she's just bought a gun. But first, from her bag, she pulls out two skeins of wool!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Quickest Knit Ever

Whipped this one up in about half an hour.

Doesn't cover the ears, so it's not fit for winter here, but cute nonetheless.

Both the brown and the white wool came from Icelaine, which I previously bought from last winter.


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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Knitters in Public

Knitters show up in a lot of television shows and movies; or rather, knitting does, since often what you see on the screen is someone who's only pretending to be a knitter. The actress was obviously coached that very morning on how to knit, apparently by someone who barely knows how to knit themselves. That's why it was a very pleasant surprise to catch an old episode of Roseanne today, featuring a real knitter.

Now let me see if I can embed this video...
There - the knitting starts at 3.55 and goes on until 6.45:

Not only is she knitting, she's knitting socks. Not only is she knitting socks, she's walking while knitting! (I do this in the summertime and only wish I could do it in the winter.) Another interesting tidbit is that she knits my way, which I think is called the Continental way, throwing her wool underhand instead of in the English overhand manner.

Oh yea, the episode is a good one, too.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Knitting and Cats

Cats, yes...

Not only do they wreak havoc (scroll down for my story), but also, they get into one's knitting - see Sam below!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Of Socks and Rants and the Kindness of Strangers

For my birthday, Helen, who knew that I've got second sock syndrome, gave me a pattern book and some wool. Yay!

Here's the photo from the Patons pattern book:

This marks one of the few times I've actually used the wool specified in a pattern, but I'm especially excited by the fact that I get to make both socks at once.

Last weekend, however, when I was planning to finish the socks, I ran into two lines of the pattern that seemed to make no sense. No problem, I thought, I'm having brunch with a friend and there's a local yarn store in that neighbourhood that I've bought wool from before (the blue wool from Mexico) - I'll just ask them. Well.

I walked in and there was the store owner, seated in an armchair by the counter with the cash register, pontificating to another client about how much stock he had and how much money the store pulled in, and how other yarn stores were copying them... He didn't say hello to me. I waited by the cash and a woman came around from the back. I pulled out my project and the pattern book and asked her for help. Her reply? "I can't help you if you didn't buy the wool at our store." I told her the wool had been a gift. And she did have the same Patons book, on the rack directly behind me. But no, she repeated, "sorry, there's nothing I can do."

Why did they open a wool store in the first place, I wonder?

Later that week, I emailed Patons, as well as Lisa, the owner of Yarn and Thread by Lisa, whose name came up in a Google search for the Patons book. She wrote back within the hour! And wrote me back again when I replied to say that I was still feeling dense and hadn't understood the first time. Isn't that sweet? I've almost completed the socks, and I'll try to post the photo soon, dedicating them to her!

Thanks Lisa!

Meanwhile, here are two music videos featuring knitters: Runrig's Tillidh Mi, from Scotland, and the Dolapdere Big Gang from Turkey, covering The Animals' Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood.