Sunday, November 16, 2008

Promoting Friends

Sometimes it pays to have a web site that generates a little traffic, and hopefully it will help two friends to accomplish their goals.

Two Promotions in One Blog
First shameless promotion is for knitter Kyle out in California, who was a huge proponent and participant of the West Coast Men's Fall Knitting Retreat. He's trying to pull together a book of men who knit in each state of the U.S.. Check out his web site here and volunteer your artistry and story. Click on the "Get Involved" tab to see if your state is in need of representation.

I also wanted to promote a friend who is completely non-knitting related. Pete Cerqua is a personal trainer who I've worked with extensively in the past, and he's put out a new fitness solution that you might want to check out.

It's called The 90-Second Fitness Solution: The Most Time-Efficient Workout Ever for a Healthier, Stronger, Younger You, and I've already ordered my copy.

Current Knitting
Last week wasn't a very productive week for knitting. I stalled a little on the stranded knitting pullover and decided my ADD needed a new project, and started working on another pair of Noro socks.

Here's my progress on both.

Readers' Comments/Questions
Cabezalana Mel asks, "So is that vertical panel in the center of the pullover a side panel or a faux button placket?"

Actually, the vertical panels will be on both sides of the sweater, underneath the sleeves, although the idea of a faux button band leading up to the the real buttoned neck opening is intriguing.

Ron writes, "I hate doing corrugated ribbing. How deep is yours and did you go down many needle sizes?"

I'm not a very big fan of corrugated ribbing either. I find stranding behind ribbing takes away the elasticity and even curls...which in my mind defeats the whole purpose of ribbing. Mine isn't corrugated's just all black 1x1 ribbing. I did about 2.5 inches of it and only went down one needle size. I may decide to re-do it after and go down another needle size...we'll see how ambitious I get.

Fiberqat asks, "BTW, is it intended that in the second motif row of the panel that the third block from the right be different from the others? Since we can't see the back or the chart I'm assuming it is because I can't imagine you making such a big mistake."

This is the part of the Motif I stole from Marianne Isager's Knitting Out of Africa, and I'm just following her graph exactly. You'll note from the cover of her book, that it does change on that row of motifs.


JellyDonut said...

Joe, are your socks always done toe to top? I've only done it the other way. How do you decide when to start the heel?

Seanna Lea said...

I love the colors of the Noro sock yarn! Seeing it was just the cure for all of the rainy weather we've been having lately!

Geek Knitter said...

tsk! One does not steal motifs... one interprets them!

Looking good!

M-H said...

Love those sweater. Great colours. We are both drooling over it down here. And in response to jellydonut above, you start the heel when the socks are long enough! You can try them on to find out. I have only made toe-up socks.

Evelyn said...

How are you knitting a blue sock out of orange yarn??

JellyDonut said...

well duh. I guess it was a dumb question, but what I meant was this--with top down, I generally start my toe two inches before I bind off. With toe up, would you say three inches or even three and a half to allow for stretch? Sorry to be dumb but I hate to frog, especially socks! I've never tried toe up, but one of these days I will, just for fun, especially after seeing Joe's socks.

Kyle Kunnecke said...

the website has moved (or changed) - either way the "old" address still works - but it's now - just in case you want to revise it :)

thanks again!!! it's getting more and more real every day!