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!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Cheaper Yarn for Designing These Days

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“The more I see, the less I know for sure.” --John Lennon

Yes, John! I've been hanging out in Michael's, searching for cheap stuff that I can use for designs that will be created for knitting beginners.

Primarily, I have bought some Lion Brand yarns that I figure beginners would buy first. Lion Brand does have a decent sock yarn, Sock-Ease Yarn. Just started knitting a basic lace sock design with this.
This picture is upside-down. The lace ribbing are the bottom stitches, the others are the main lace pattern. These lace patterns are pretty easy for beginners, so I figure that putting this up on Ravelry will sell pretty well. Heh, heh!

The other Lion Brand yarn I bought yesterday is this--Heartland, which is a worsted weight, but 100% acrylic. FEH!

I haven't knit acrylic in years. And bought purple too because I'm a purple freak. I'll design a cardigan with this, using a good stitch pattern that will appeal to beginners. Gonna call the cardigan "Knitting Novice Cardigan."

Back when I wrote "You Can Knit!", had to design shit for beginners. After these two designs, I have a bunch of advanced designs. Yes, lots of socks, plus several sweaters. Plus I designed a hat for my two nephews, so I'm gonna put that design up on Ravelry too.

A short post today. Ain't got much to write about and am going back to needles in my hands. Knitting keeps me comfy, due to my unemployment. And am about to send some yarn shop owners my workshops list.

Love to teach. My darling grandmother, Constance Carsten, was a teacher in Staten Island, at PS 11 there. When I applied for college, Grandma told me that I should be an Education major. "No, Grandma! I don't want to teach a bunch of silly little kids!" I wish I had paid attention to her. Once I became the Assistant Knit and Crochet Editor at McCall's Needlework & Crafts magazine, Grandma was very proud! She told me, "You are now a teacher, correcting or writing directions for readers." This was in 1983, Grandma still alive. She died in 1985 and I have never stopped missing her. She was a sweetheart, who I adored. And when Mom made her a sweater, that I designed, Grandma was thrilled that we both knit.

Yes, losing Mom last March broke my heart. She and I were best friends with our knitting stuff. Now that Christmas is approaching, I am still saddened, going to miss her even more for the holiday. Last Christmas, she had given me a KnitPicks lace shawl kit that she couldn't make, confused with the lace chart and the directions. So I made it for her, finished by Christmas. And kept the directions. making the shawls for my daughters because I had a pile of KnitPicks Palette yarn, used for the shawl.

So will probably blog post before Christmas, if I have anything to tell you, skanks.