Sunday, August 30, 2015

Long Knitting Summer

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“Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.”--John Lennon

My darling Beatle's quotes make me happy. Yes, usually put up Dorothy Parker quotes, my dearest lady. Both have been long-gone but I love them. Daddy gave me "In His Own Write" published in 1964...when I was 14. Me and my dear best friend, Dottie, were impressed by his writing--me and drawing--Dottie. 

So haven't written this lately and I am pissed off that I stopped writing the blog again. Have been busy designing the socks and writing directions for "Sock It To You" which I love doing. Lately this is one of the designs.
I have taken basic pictures on my foot, putting in on the coffee table, using the IPhone. Ultimately, I use my Nikon Digital camera on the mannequin's feet that granddaughter Liz gave me when she worked at a teen clothing shop at the mall.

Should have written back in July because the blog's 13th anniversary is July 25. Yeah, 2002. And this was the first blog title:The Fall 2002 Vogue Knitting.  
Back then, I was opinionated about the magazines. Here's the first paragraph:

The state of knitting magazines being what it is lately, I was more than pleasantly surprised with the decent designs featured in the Fall 2002 issue of Vague. Mind you, there are still enough designs for the HYUKs (Hip Young Urban Knitters, a ghastly acronym invented by the ubiquitous Lily Chin) and some silly ones at that. But I understand Vague's marketing needs...and I can appreciate their bowing to demographics. 

So it's time to leave this so I can get back to the book designs. And yes, can design sweater, lace shawls, caps, and wish I could design for babies. No babies in the family anymore.

So long, my dear skanks! Yeah, have to keep writing so beat me up, dear readers.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Back to Blog!

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“Now I know the things I know, and I do the things I do; and if you do not like me so, to hell, my love, with you!”--Dorothy Parker

I'M BACK PALS!


Sadly, it's been 6 months since I've written here, back in December 30. As of this month, on the 25th,  the the blog will be 13 years old. One of my friends who was a big blogger stopped writing because he said he had nothing left to write. And that's how I was feeling.

So WTF do I have to write about now??? I'm back to writing and designing a second knitting book. Yeah, it's :Sock It To You!" with a bunch of chapters: Lace, Fair Isle, Multicolor, Texture, and a few more that I haven't yet determined. Up on Facebook I've inserted a few of the sock designs and my friends loved them.

I don't just write directions but include hints for the knitters. Here's a picture of one.
Just a little tip for the readers...you can't insert your counter on the double-pointed needles or on a circular needle if you do Magic Loop Technique. Using a locking stitch marker...here's the link for you, on Amazon. Just hook the circular stitch counter to the bottom initially. 

I have a counter app on my iPhone, Knit Counter Lite, Cordless Dog. I only use this counter when creating the heel flap.

So here's on of the book designs at it's beginning. It's named..."Chevron Chase Socks." Yeah, a pun. Chevy Chase. Heh.
 Years ago I bought the Signature Needle Arts double-pointed needles.  Hugely expensive. They are now $47. When knitting the sock designs, I tend to do Magic Loop but am lately going back to double-pointed needles. Here are my lovely Signature Needle Arts #2.
Well, finished writing now. But I am going to blog frequently again. I just read my first blog post. A review..."The Fall 2002 Vogue Knitting." I am not a curmudgeon as much as I was back in 2002. Vogue Knitting magazine is much nicer now. Obviously I don't buy knitting magazines because I design what ever I want. Having Trisha Malcolm as the editor has greatly improved the mag. 
Yes, miss being a knitting editor. I have done some freelance knitting technical editing and would love to do that full-time job. Am going to design a website for my talents. LOL!!! My little knitting business is Fiberality Designs.

So that's it now. Have missed you,Tonstant Weaders.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Knitting Curmudgeon's Blog Year 13!

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"Be always at War with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you, a better person." - Benjamin Franklin

Yeah, Ben, my beloved historical guy. And am so happy that I've been writing this blog since 2002. The Knitting Curmudgeon existed before then. Back in 1997, I created an AOL Member website called "The Knitting Curmudgeon" and many KnitList people read it. But when Google created Blogger, that was perfect for The Knitting Curmudgeon. The website was nice but Blogger was much easier for adding posts.

2015 is a major year for me but those of you who know me, know my age. Ain't writing it publicly.

Fibreality Designs Happening

Yes, busy designing and editing my directions. As I once wrote here, you can edit your own directions if you don't edit them immediately, waiting a week so your writing hits your eyes as new.

Here's my latest sock design, Ant Eggs Socks. Yes, I took the picture on my foot, using my iPhone.


Ant Eggs is the pattern title. I found it on my "Mon Tricot Knitting Encyclopedia 1500 Patterns" book. Yes, an oldie. Was published in 1984 and I still have it. Back then, Mon Tricot magazines were my thrills. The French created wonderful knitting designs and that's where I first saw a pattern that contained short rowing. I was shocked! NO!!! You don't knit and then turn back halfway through the row! Well, I did it anyhow. And discovered that the French had created a wedge method. Heh.

A short blog entry today, due to holiday happenings. So darling readers, have a wonderful New Year Evening tomorrow night. I'm gonna be home, alone, just knitting and watching a movie via Netflix.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, gang!