Things to do in a ticket line…

Knitting geekKnitting is always good. Those needles are Clover bamboo ones, by the way. They’re rather nice. I like the little squared-off ends.

I’m debating whether I should get a skeiner or an umbrella swift when I finally get a ball winder. Has anyone used a skeiner (the kind you attach to an upright spinning wheel when you’re taking finished yarn off a bobbin) with a center-pull ball winder? Thoughts?

I’ve taken to knitting at my new temp job. There isn’t much to do but babysit the phone, check email and occasionally type a report. My tweed scarf grows by leaps and bounds! (it’s what I’m knitting in the photo, and is now a good 12″ long).

Secret Project is all-engrossing

Just a short apology: the Secret Project now in progress is taking up much time. But here is a link for you to while away the hours: the Wool Works guide to online knitters.

Emily is the creator of Wool Works, by the way. We’ve got a crazy amount of things in common, judging from her site.

I’ve been working on a scarf with the first wool I ever bought (and yet, have never done anything with). It’s my break-from-Secret-Project project. When I get the current roll of film developed, I will post the photo sooz took of me knitting in the tickets line for the Soltero show last week.

Also, Knitter’s Review is a fun site.

Field trip

Anezka & sheepAnd when the bitter-girl knitblog goes on a field trip, we really go on a trip to a field! We were in Maine this weekend at River Croft Farm near Waterville, inspecting wool with Lucy from Mind’s Eye. My dachshund Anezka is watching some Romneys and Corriedales. Anezka’s name is the Czech version of “Agnes,” which means “lamb.” How appropriate! When I got her (in Prague) 4 years ago, who knew I’d become a knitting fiend?

Sock pattern wanted

Does anyone have a good beginner’s sock pattern to share? I’ve got 2 skeins of Lanett Superwash and can’t find a decent pattern to use them on. I’d like socks that are a few inches above the ankle, but not too tall. Also, my feet are fairly wide, so an easily-adjusted pattern would be good. Thanks!

Site of the day / yarn of the day

Here’s a review of Opal sock yarn at Knitter’s Review. (Link via Dangerous Chunky)

I clicked around a bit and looked at some of the Opal yarn colors – the Bumblebee is both gorgeous and tough to find. Every online store I found reported it was sold out! Can’t wait to do my first pair of socks…and if I could find some Bumblebee, that would be even better.

Needlecraft is addictive

As I’ve said before, I used to do a lot of needlepoint. I stopped when I realized there were only so many needlepoint pillows one person could have. Liz Maryland of Crafty Bitch has made me want to take it up again with her link to the Uncharted Territory catalog. They’ve got all kinds of proper art translated into needlepoint charts. Old Masters, Impressionists, medieval tapestries, Muchas…

I also recently found a computer program that will take images and transform them into stitch patterns, for knitting and needlepoint both. They even make a Macintosh version — happy happy joy joy! — which means it will be that much harder to keep myself from doing something like this. (click on the Bosch painting at right).

If only I could forego sleep or looking for a job in favor of projects!

Book review: Knitting in Plain English

If Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book is the 20-pound reference you’d never haul around with you in your bag, this is the paperback Cliff’s Notes. Knitting in Plain English by Maggie Righetti features chapter titles such as “Buttonholes are Bastards” – what’s not to love about that? She also explains the difference between American and Continental knitting styles, which I haven’t really seen elsewhere. (My grandmother was Swedish, and according to my aunt, she knitted much faster than the usual yarn-on-right method we use here. I’m going to see if my great-aunts remember how to do it!) All in all, I was impressed with the clear instructions in this book, which benefit from Righetti’s 25+ years’ experience as a knitting instructor, and her tips/tricks on blocking, fixing mistakes, etc. Highly recommended.