Friday, September 28, 2007
I've be an Outlaw Knitter from the very beginning (4 years) and overall my KIP experiences have been meet with good reactions. If anything it's the slight ignorance of muggles that makes me chuckle. Here's a little story to make you smile.
About a year ago, I was having some dental work done. While sitting in the chair waiting for the Doc to come see me, I sat and knit on a lovely Clapotis for my mother. I always have some WIP with me and won't even blink an eye to pull it out and knit a couple of rows. The dental assistant came and sat down...asking me questions about my project when the Doc finally came into the room. He sat down and seemed very interested in what I was doing. When he then commented:
"Gosh, that looks really complicated."
and without skipping a beat I responded with...
"And this coming from a man who works with his hands?"
He went on to say...
"Your right...that was kinda stupid to say."
Sigh. It's okay mister dentist man...I get that a lot.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
But yesterday was quiet the KIP day. After grabbing Halo 3 it was off to grab some coffee. There was a bit of a line so I pulled out this sock to work on. This little girl started stairing at me. It was supper cute. Her mom said "Why don't you ask the Lady what shes doing?" She was a bit to shy to do that so I said, "Hi, I'm making a Sock."
She still looked a bit lost so her mom explained that when they read Little House thats what Laura ment when she said that "Ma, knit socks for Pa". It was pretty funny. She also mentioned something about "Your mommy knew how to do that along time ago and should really start again." I hope she does. :)
Then it was training time at work, so out comes the sock again. I don't think the trainer liked it much but what ever. For some of us its easier to listen if our hand are moving. :P
So keep those needles moving, I will.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Tonight we had a Pack meeting and I walked up with my yarn under my arm, my counter in my pocket, and my sock in progress in my hands. :) I only knit a few rows, but I did knit. :)
Anyway, I'm glad to be here! :) Thanks!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Love the tote bag! How about a teddy bear?
Your wish is my command! Check the shop! What else would y'all like to see offered? I can add any of the items offered by Cafe Press. And we need new designs if anyone wants to contribute something.
She has shoes with a built in beer opener! Wild crowd, no?
Awesome wild crowd! New found friend Beth, with her Alpaca Beer Cozy!!! Ok, it's John's beer cozy, but Beth made a better model, and I think it was her beer.
I had to sneak my knitting in under a handknit hat. The handknit hat was also handy to bootleg in more jello shots. Nice.
I only ran into one bit of trouble. The twits behind me were heckling me and asking if I could hurry up and knit them a scarf for the second half. Then they started talking about their favorite flavor of gum, and continuing to talk about gum for 10 minutes. I realized it was not worth breaking my needles by jabbing them into their eyes. Plus, I might get my knitting confiscated. But really, gum, chewing gum?
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I'm Kristina, 37, from Toronto. Pretty much my only forays into outlaw knitting have been starting public knitting during my commute and work meetings recently. Here is my current public knitting project: I only work on it when commuting, at work, or (ahem) when I've had a few as so far this project is the exception proving the "don't drink and knit rule:
It will eventually be the world's biggest and loudest log cabin blanket (have already been in touch with Guinness! ha ha). The centre of each square is a tension sample and the yarn is all scraps/remnants from projects past.
I use addi turbo needles mostly, which seem for some odd reason to strike fear in the hearts of my fellow commuters. A good way to get a seat to oneself!!
This was my first project knit almost completely in public:
And this is the only other example I can think of as "outlaw knitting" in my current collection:
A saltire G-string, knitted in bulky yarn for D(CL)H. (He is from Scotland.) I just located it the other day thrown into the back of a closet. Ingrate!! At the same time I made this (after having had a few one evening) I also made another one in funky lime green and fuschia stripes and gifted it to my co-worker/friend the next day as part of the trousseau for her upcoming wedding. She immediately put it on her head like a little bonnet and wore it all day at work (I should mention that we are lawyers and at the time I worked at our version of landlord and tenant court... so we were both dressed in full business drag). Now - THERE's an outlaw!
feel free to visit me!
Also... would anyone object to making November 22 (the day after Thanksgiving) "Knit Like An Outlaw Day"? This way we could use it as an excuse to celebrate it through Thanksgiving weekend. I'll post this on the Outlaw Knitters message board on Ravelry as well so we can get as many opinions as possible. If anyone has any other suggestions on what day to have it, post it or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great weekend y'all!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Right, so they aren't in the Big 10. I'm really not sure what they are in, but if those boys from the Appalachians can beat the University of Michigan, does it really matter?
Oh, I usually sit in my big comfy coleman camp chair, a beer in each of my cup holders, my feet propped on the cooler, mouth swearing, barking orders, or making bets, and my hands looking all dainty and proper making a baby sweater. Yes, a beer soaked baby sweater. Nice.
This year I am also going bring my project into the game. You see, I like football as much as the next person, but this is a dry stadium, so the game gets pretty boring about the time I need a beer. Yeah. I have been banned from bringing knitting in previous years, but this year, I'm an Outlaw Knitter!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
My fingers are feeling itchy, and I'm feeling misch---screw that, I can't spell it right, but I'm feeling snarky. Wouldn't it be cool to set a specific date to 'Knit Like an Outlaw' sort've like the, 'Knit in Public Day' only since we're all outlaws here, I'm assuming public knitting is the least of your escapades! But, just a day to step outside even your outlaw boundaries, and then everyone can blog about their experiences? Just a thought.
I are thinking knitting while I stand in line at my 7-11, knitting in the middle of our (fairly) quiet road, knitting outdoors in my pajamas at midnight (or in the daytime!) in my PJs, and no matter what happens, definitely knitting during the early bird wait at Circuit City after Thanksgiving, because it was freakan' boring last time, and I need those pointy sticks to wave back line breakers. (You know who you are, jerks!) And, most scandalous of all, secretly knitting during Sunday morning services, which would very outlaw, since I would have to conceal it from parents and surrounding people, who would probably be scan-de-lized.
C'mon, people, let's hear some more suggestions!
For right now I am just an outlaw.......fighting fights no one should have to fight!
herzeleidknits wanted to know about a design she's been discussing with a friend. I say, hell yeah! If you have an idea, go for it! Draw it up and post it. We do need to discuss how it would be distributed, etc. but I'm all for everyone having the freedom to add designs to the group.
There was also an idea posted by clever_lye over on the Flickr group about setting a date to Knit Like An Outlaw. I think this idea rocks. If you're reading this clever_lye, please post something here on the blog so we can discuss it. This one is your baby... run with it!
And hdw... what about the bumper stickers? Is there enough interest to do this? What will it take to make it happen? Let me know what needs done, and I'll do what I can to help get it going.
If anybody has any ideas, post them! This group belongs to all of us and whatever you can come up with to promote the idea of Outlaw Knitting is welcome. Or you can always e-mail me at email@example.com. Let's get our ideas out there for the world to see.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Every other week, or so, about 20 teenagers get together at my church. There are lectures about various subjects, and it's fairly informal. But I sure as heck was the only one knitting a sock while I listened! To prove I was listening, I participated just as I always do---by waiting for a few seconds, realizing that the quiet people are still quiet, and answering the question.
I knit, talked, and when I felt the slightest twinge, smirked to myself. I am an Outlaw Knitter! I don't need no stinkin' approval!
Oh, and with that new logo----we need to put it on a bag or something, it's awesome.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Also... my eldest offspring, Sarah, has drawn up a yarn ball "skull" with crossed needles for us. She's working on it in a paint program now, so we can use it on the blog and whatever else we can come up with. I'm thinking t-shirts would be good if there's enough interest, but that's something for the future. But for now, here he is...
The Outlaw Knitter's Yarn Ball-y Roger. Ain't he cute? She's making a few minor changes, and will send him to me as soon as she's done.
Hope you all like him. Let me know what you think.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I've been after a new knitting bag for the past couple days, and the ones in my price range are either so flowery they could be cosmetic bags, or just plain BUTT UGLY. I wanted something that was both cheap AND hip. So, I went on Ebay and bought this bag off someone in Thailand. If I actually receive it, I'll consider it a plus.
Now I'll bet dollars to donuts that NOBODY in my town of uber-hip knitters will have a project tote bag quite like this! I figure that by the amount of public knitting I do, in waiting rooms, on trains, etc., I stick out anyway, so I might as well go balls-to-the-wall.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I am a lonely knitter, as well. To spend $28.50 on yarn seems criminal to my family. What is so great about it? When I say that it is Sundara yarn, now unavailable in the lovely Brier Rose colorway, their eyes glaze over. They do not get it. I just wish that it would come in the mail!
I am outlaw in spirit. I refuse to be intimidated or beaten. I refuse to join the ranks of those who sob and say, "I just can't do this, it is too hard! Wah!". Maybe this is just post-first-sock syndrome (I don't even think the Yarn Harlot has used that one) but I can now look at all those glossy Learn2Knit, EZ-Knits, and other books, and feel bored. I long for something brilliant, complex and simple...oh, and by the way, did I mention that I'm still working on the second sock?
Anyway, I am very happy to be able to join those of Like Mind, the Outlaw Knitters.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Let's see, yesterday I dropped all my pigs off at school, spent an hour at the LYS and matched up Cascade yarn to NFL Team colors, then went to Panera Bread with the new Knit.1 magazine and Interweave Crochet.
When I was in line to order I was like I really want to get a pumpkin muffin, but that chocolate pastry thing looks good too. Then I thought, I'm here reading knitting and crochet magazines alone, and besides I'M AN OUTLAW KNITTER, I CAN DO WHAT I WANT!
Yeah, I ordered both, and a latte, and an iced tea. Then I went home, knit a hat and called back a telemarketer to tell them about the lovely day I had at my LYS and why they should start knitting and stop being a telemarketer. They hung up on me. Take that DVD club. It was all very Fried Green Tomatoes "I'm older and I have better insurance." So for me it's "I Knit with Snot, and I'm now an Outlaw." Talk about a tshirt.
Now here is where I say something snarky like, I'd rather be knitting for real or, here is someone with WAY too much time on their hands... lol
Thursday, September 13, 2007
If you haven't received a Ravelry invite yet, hang in there. It'll come. And as soon as you get it, let me know so I can add you to my friends list and invite you to the Outlaw Knitters group.
If you haven't signed up for an invite yet, go do it! Right this minute!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The Blog for my work is going to wonder who I am, but they'll figure out it.
My name is Leslie, and I'm a yarn addict. :) Hence, the name.
I'm really looking forward to telling you some of my wacky knitting stories. We're going to have a great time.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
How do I become an outlaw knitter? I just found your blog and love it!
All I need is an e-mail address to send the invite to. If you don't want to leave it here in the comments, just go to my blog I Like Yarn and send it to me through the contactify link on the sidebar. I'll be setting up an e-mail account for this page soon, but until then I can be reached through my personal knitting blog. We hope to hear from you soon!
Monday, September 10, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
P.S. I know you don't really know me, but I am not a scam artist I promise.....I swear on my first born that if you want one and we go through with it and I get them you Will get what you paid for!!!!! I PROMISE....I am so leary of online ploys, I probably still wouldn't believe me!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Is there humor involved in this group? Of course! There has to be humor, as well as occasional sarcasm. How would we get through these situations with muggles if we didn't laugh or utter the occasional biting comment? We'd most likely impale them on our needles and risk a stay in prison where knitting needles wouldn't be allowed. Trust me on this one. Mr. H works in a prison. Kniting needles would be considered a possible weapon. Heh... doesn't that just prove that knitters can be outlaws?
At any rate... thank you all for joining the gang. And thanks for sharing your Outlaw Knitter stories. I look forward to getting to know all of you better.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Then, every once in a while you have one of those close encounters of the third kind. I am off in knitting nirvana one afternoon, happily knitting away on yet another sock, a "gentlemen" actually dares to sit next to me. Now just about all the regulars on the bus give me a fair amount of leeway. No one has sat next to me in months, no matter how crowded the bus gets. I refrain from making a few choice comments as the guy bumps my hand, causes my iPod to drop on the floor (thank goodness I bought that really good case hubby insisted on) and generally makes a nuisance of himself for a good 5 minutes. I diligently ignore him: people like this should be ignored, saying anything generally makes them worse, not better.
"Gentlemen": What are you crocheting?
Me: *Off in my own little world with Lime & Violet* Hmm...what did you say?
"Gentlemen": (In voice that is reserved for talking to deaf people) What are you crocheting?
Me: It's not crochet; it's knitting and it's a sock.
"Gentlemen": No, you are crocheting. My grandmother crocheted just like that.
Me: No, this is knitting, I'm working with double pointed needles.
Said gentlemen continued to insist for the next hour that I was crocheting, that knitting must be the new slang term for it, and on and on about his grandmother's crocheting. I refrained from poking him to death with the dpns, but only out of love for the dpns and not wanting to get blood on my socks. Does this qualify me for knitting nirvana now?
Monday, September 3, 2007
Actually, I decided that I need some yummy soft yarns to knit some thongs. My hoo-ha needs pampering, too. Silk and bamboo would be nice.
I know now what makes me an outlaw - I'm selfish! I knit for me, first and foremost. Yes, I'm making a clapotis for DD, but that's so she won't use mine. I'm still a 2-year-old - mine mine mine! I spend more on knitting than groceries. I'm worth it. (maybe some would think I need therapy)
That's all for now. I have a date with my fellow knitter.