Monday, June 26, 2006

Excursions

Although I've been knitting for 8 years, I'm a fairly inexperienced knitter. Last week, I made my leap into the world of knitting:

I've KIPed. Well, I don't know if I can actually say that I've never knitted in public ever. When I first started knitting in the seventh grade, I spent a good portion of my time at the science fair knitting, waiting for the judges to come around and judge my project: DNA extraction from fruits and vegetables. I could only knit washcloths, but Erin and I sat there: she with her crochet and I with my knitting. It felt good to knit with someone there and I didn't mind the strange stares from the other kids. Actually, come to think of it, I haven't really knit with someone else in a long time. I need to do that.

Anyway, back to the other day's KIP. I was on campus in the sun, getting a tan and working on my white slippers (which I am almost done, by the way: I just need to seam up the second one) A couple of hours into the KIP, a girl came down and sat next to me reading. She sparked up a conversation and was awed about my slipper-making ability, she having only done scarves and shawls. She said she had a large pile of those at home she needed to get rid of. I suggested gifts, but she said no and that she'd rather sell them.

Now there's a thought. Selling the things you knit. I have thought about it, but I never thought I could get much for selling them- well, not anything worth my time or a business. Cost of materials and time can put a pair of socks well over a hundred dollars. It's not really an efficient business. How would you price a pair of socks anyway?

Friday, June 23, 2006

Socks!

Finished product? Here they are!














Here's the pattern!









And a scarf I made for my sister and pattern.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Done!

I finished my mom's socks! I just need to take a picture and then send them off to her. I should also send the scarf I made for my sister last winter. I just need to get ahold of a digital camera. McKay has one, so probably pictures tomorrow or the day after!

Also, because the socks are done, I've moved the at bat, on deck, and in the holes up. The new In the Hole is Magknits' Techguy socks for McKay. These might have to be in the hole for a while, though, because I can't start them until after we're married because of The Curse.

Also, rumor has it that there's a yarn store on Center Street; I'll have to look into that one.

And finally, I need to make something up for Natalie, my German pen-pal. I thought it would be nice to send her something I made, but I'm in America and German styles are beyond me.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Oh where, oh where

It seems that Provo doesn't have a yarn store. You'd think it would, being a city filled with young women trying to look domestic, but I haven't been able to find one. There was a nice little yarn store back home where there were random little turns and more yarn than I imagined. I wish I was there.
I prefer to yarn shop in person, and not online. I don't know-maybe I'm old fashioned about that. I know it's not because I'm nervous about buying things on the Internet-anybody who knows an algorithm or two knows how safe the encoding is. I just like to see the yarn in person, that's all.
Actually, if I must end up in Provo longer than I anticipate (the duration of my schooling), I may considering opening up a yarn shop. I'm sure there would be a great demand and customer base once it gets started. I just wouldn't know where to start, where to get the money to do it, or which yarns I'd vend. No clue. But at any rate, Provo needs a yarn store. I'd even settle for one in Orem.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The sidebar

Here is just an explanation of my side bar:
I will have 3 projects listed: the one I am currently working on and the next two that I plan to do and their links (if I found the pattern online).
Today's Up at Bat is a pattern for socks. It's the first sock pattern I've ever done and I've found it very easy to follow. The socks are blue and are for my mom. When I have them finished (in the next few days), I'll post a picture.
Today's On Deck is a pattern for little slippers. I plan on that pattern or this pattern for slippers that I can wear in the temple in August. Of course, mine will be in white.
And then In the Hole we have a pattern called Layers. I'm modifying it for a simple sweater vest without the sleaves or collar. Really, I just liked the stripe pattern.

Another Knitting Blog

Well, here we are!
There are a few ground rules that I live by with my knitting and this blog:
  1. Patterns should be free. If I ever mention a pattern that I am working on, I will either type up my pattern or give you a link.
  2. I knit for one of three purposes: (1) for practical use, (2) for gifts for other people, (3) for nerd points.
  3. I will sometimes mention other projects, not knitting related, that I find interesting. Usually, if I find something interesting, someone else (may they be Internet-literate) will find it interesting, too.
Sounds good, eh?