In recent years, the most profound times of growth and satisfaction in my life have been the times where I've been able to connect at a very meaningful level with people.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
It's always great when you get to have one of your favorite things, but when two of them combine in one, it's like winning the lottery!
Posted by Joe Wilcox at 12:31 PM
Monday, September 22, 2014
As I get older, it seems the quote from the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel seems to be more and more accurate:
Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end.
Trust The ProcessI don't often work someone else's knitting pattern exactly. I usually take aspects of it that I like and incorporate it into my own design.
But every once in a while, I just want to not have to think while I'm knitting, so it's really nice to just follow a pattern blindly and take whatever result comes of it.
This works particularly well when the pattern indicated in a design doesn't show up for the first few inches of knitting, and I just keep doing what the designer wrote, and eventually, the design starts to emerge.
Current Knitting/CrochetingSuch is the case with my current Rowan design called Tilt, by Lisa Richardson. It's a Fair Isle design, using two colorways of yarn, and the darker yarn sometimes is very close in color to the lighter yarn. My first progress photo showed a very tweedy fabric, with very little definition between the two colorways. And now, after finishing a few more repeats of the pattern, look what happened!
A good reminder to just trust the process.
I've also made some progress on the spiked crochet afghan.
This project doesn't grow quite how quickly I would prefer, but I really love how it looks, and one of the bonuses of this stitch is that it's completely reversible.
Posted by Joe Wilcox at 10:25 AM
Thursday, September 18, 2014
I can't tell you how many times I've started a project and abandoned it after an inch or two of knitting because I didn't like how it was looking. How many of those projects might have turned out okay if I had continued knitting?
Posted by Joe Wilcox at 9:10 AM
Monday, September 15, 2014
This topic has come up in many of my knitting related on-line forums, but I definitely have a preference when it comes to knitting needles.
Knitting Flat and In The Round
Posted by Joe Wilcox at 1:38 PM
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Thaddeus used to dream of the day when my television room chair, and the couch in the living room and the night table by my bed would be clear of any knitting items.
He's No Longer Delusional
Love the shaping of the arch on this sock and hoping my toe-up version will do it justice.
Aunt Dorothy's Sweater Vest
Still just awaiting the snaps...need to get out to Michael's or some other non-hateful-supposed-Christian craft supply store to pick some up.
Top-Down Racing Stripe Raglan
I did do a few more rounds on the second sleeve.
Posted by Joe Wilcox at 12:48 PM
Monday, September 08, 2014
Having grown up most of my life in New Jersey and living about 1 mile from the border of New Jersey, I probably have a different concept of this state than most folks that have never been here.
Sheep Breeder Festival
Posted by Joe Wilcox at 9:36 AM
Friday, September 05, 2014
It never ceases to amaze me how up to date Thaddeus is on emerging trends, and recently, he helped reduce our carbon footprint.
We have a long way to go to get to carbon neutral, but we're on our way.
Current Crochet/SpinningI started a new crochet afghan using a spiked crochet stitch that I found on Pinterest.
Posted by Joe Wilcox at 9:55 AM
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
This past weekend was a 3-day weekend in the States, and I took the opportunity to begin some re-organization of my yarn and projects.
Attention Deficit Knitting Disorder (ADKD) Strikes Again
Hi. I'm usually just a lurker-- Have you considered running a row or two of dupicate stitch to match in with the Fair Isle at the places where the lighter skein is? It might blend it in?Why hadn't I thought of this? What a brilliant idea. I ended up added two single duplicate stitch stripes in purple to the garment, and while the color differentiation is still a little noticeable, it's completely acceptable in my humble opinion!
Posted by Joe Wilcox at 10:14 AM