Monday, June 30, 2008
August 28 to September 1 (Labor Day Weekend) is the Morgan City Shrimp and Petroleum Festival. An art contest and sale is part of the bigger festival.
October 18 -19 is the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in Houston. Here is some information from their website: “October 18 - 19, 2008 SATURDAY AND SUNDAY10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Both daysAdmission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under. The downtown skyline serves as a dramatic backdrop for art, music, dance, and interactive activities at the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown. The annual, juried, fine art event boasts a stress-free outdoor gallery brimming with 300 artists working in 19 artistic media. Adding to the festive outdoor gallery are wine cafés, an interactive Creative Zone for children, restaurants, Broadway in Houston’s Broadway Café, and a performing arts stage with on-going multicultural musical and dance entertainment presented by The Houston Arts Alliance. The festival is showcased in front of City Hall and around Hermann Square on the streets of Walker, Bagby,and McKinney, as well as Sam Houston Park.For more information about the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, please contact the Art Colony Association”
The Gretna Art Walk is on hiatus right now, but will return in September. It will be every second Saturday of the month between September and May. There is also a weekly Farmer's Market every Saturday between Third and Fourth Streets in Gretna, La. Participate in the Farmer's Market Participate in the Art Walk
Friday, June 27, 2008
It looks like my dogs decided they wanted to knit and really just made a big mess. I'm wondering if it was a group effort, or just one of them was responsible. I'm guessing it was both of them. I've untangled most of the yarn, but it took a while and I was pretty upset with them for doing what they did. You will be happy to know that we made up and I've decided not to leave my knitting bag In the front of the house where then can take things out of it.
I'm having a lot of fun with the blog and I hope ya'll are enjoying it. Lately I've been sick, with a sore throat which hasn't made anything fun. I'm hoping I will feel better soon and the blog posts will get better. I'd really like to thank everyone who is reading the blog, I really can't believe how many hits I've had in a short amount of time.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Interweave Knits is published five times a year. Subscribers to this magazine receive four issues in the mail, and can purchase the Holiday issue separately. Each issue has a story about a knitwear designer. There is usually a "Beyond the Basics" Section that explains techniques. Some of the past "Beyond the Basics" sections have included topics such as Cables, Toe-Up Socks, finishing and Gauging. One of these sections included a technique that I hadn't heard of before called Entrelac. The magazine describes Entrelac as "a knitting technique that produces a fabric with a woven appearance." Eunny Jang who is now the editor of Interweave Knits did a wonderful job of describing this technique. Each issue also contains stories about knitwear designers, the history of knitted garments like the tam, and patterns. They have so many patterns that are so appealing, it is hard to make all of the garments that I really like before the next issue comes out. Another part of most issues is a comparison of new yarns on the market.
The other magazines that I mentioned earlier, all have many beautiful patterns, stories about people who knit and articles to improve the reader's knitting skills. They also seem to all have reviews of yarns, books and various other knitting products. I like reading a variety of magazine because they all seem to have different points of view and use different types of yarns for their patterns. It just seems like certain magazines prefer certain yarn companies.
Good luck with finding a magazine that you truly enjoy. I hope that the knitting magazines you read will help you to become a better knitter.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Here are some pictures of him when he was just a little four month old puppy. The top two pictures are of him being cute. The next pictures are of Dozer and his adopted brother Laney, who is a Sheltie.
Below is a picture of him on his favorite chair, my ottoman. Happy Birthday Dozer! Patrick, Laney and I love you!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Learn How to Knit in the Eastern European Method:
Knit Cast On
The Knit Stitch
The Purl Stitch
Increases: The Yarn Over
The Eastern Cast On - Good for Toe Up Socks
Patrick helped me come to this realization. He said I should put my knitting tutorials on You Tube. That I would get a lot more people seeing them if there were accessable from You Tube. Then he did a search for Knitting and came up with a video that had been seen many many many times. The video showed and talked about the difference between the Continental and the English methods. I watched for a little while and realized I don't knit either of those ways. At this point, I came to the conclusion that I have been knitting some weird way for years and I just showed a tutorial of this for all the world to see. I was sort of embarrassed. Then I looked into it and realized that the way I knit is called the Eastern European Method. It wasn't some really strange way of knitting, just a different method. The Eastern Method looks very similar to the English and continental stitches. They do sit on the needles differnently, but all of these ways produce a fabric/garment and isn't that the point? Knitting is a hobby for most. There are those who can make a living by knitting, designing knitwear or writing about knitting, but most knitters are knitting to relieve stress, to make things or to help pass time while waiting for other things.
I have some pictures of a baby blanket I made for my cousin's baby. I would like to thank my cousin for the pictures, I think they came out well. I had almost forgotten how pretty the blanket is.
Monday, June 16, 2008
And "How I spent my weekend"
Here are some pictures from around our area yesterday. To say we had a little rain is an understatement. Father's Day was nice other than the rain that stranded us in the Harahan area for a few hours. We had breakfast at a diner in Laplace with Patrick's family. On my way back to my car, we found that the streets were flooded. We couldn't get to my car, so we drove around for a while and found that most of the streets were flooded. Then when the water had finally receded a little, we went to Patrick's parents' house and I taught Patrick's mom and sister how to knit. After that, we visited my parents and treated them to dinner at Ground Patti. I'd like to wish a Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there. Especially to Ryan and Hugh who were celebrating their first Father's Days.
We went to a 30th birthday party for a family friend at Copeland's restaurant Saturday night. We had one section of the restaurant to ourselves and were treated to a buffet with their signature biscuits, red beans and rice, blackened chicken Alfredo and a shrimp pasta. Everything was delicious and we had a good time catching up with everyone.
After work on Friday, Patrick and I went joined my parents at a local seafood restaurant by the name of New Orleans Food and Spirits. There are two locations, the one we went to, which is in Harvey, and the other is on the Lakefront. Harvey is a suburban area in the West bank of the Mississippi River. I had a seafood platter with fried Shrimp and fish which was excellent. Their fried food is always good, not soggy and not too greasy like some other places. I enjoy their potato salad also, it isn't overpowered by mustard like some other potato salad. The wait staff is fast and friendly. My mom had Eggplant Lafayette, which has fried eggplants on a bed of angel hair pasta with a delightful cream sauce. Patrick had a chicken dish with pasta and a cream sauce that had a more cheesy flavor than my mom's dish. And my dad had the Catfish Louisiana which is a fried catfish filet topped with crawfish etouffee served over steamed rice. If you ever eat here, I would suggest ordering the hushpuppies. They are sweet and very tasty.
I hope all of you had a great weekend and noone got too wet.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
As you can see, the knit stitch looks like a bunch of little V's and the purl stitch looks like a bunch of -'s put together. I'm sure most of you have seen this when looking at sweaters.
We will build on our cast on row from the last tutorial. If you would like to try it at home, cast on ten stitches. Remember that the slip knot counts as one stitch. Honestly it doesn't matter how many stitches you cast on, ten just seemed like a good number. Below, the knit stitch is written out step by step and there is also a video that demonstrates how I do the knit stitch.
- Take the needle with the casted on stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand.
- Take the needle in your right hand and stick it into the back of the loop of the first stitch (The last stitch you casted on, it is the closest stitch to the needle's point.)
- Place the yarn that is connected to your unused yarn on top of the the part of the right needle that is sticking out of the cast on stitch so that the yarn is just covering the top half of the needle's circumference.
- Pull the right needle through the cast on stitch that you stuck it through in the second step pulling the yarn with it.
- Slide the cast on stitch off of the left needle.
- Now you have one stitch on the right needle and nine stitches on the left needle.
- Repeat steps one through five until the end of the row.
- After you have completed one row, your right needle has all of the stitches on it and your left needle is empty.
- Turn your work. This means that you take the needle in your right hand that has all of the stitches on it and turn it around so that the yarn that is connected to the ball is on the right side of the stitches. Now the empty needle will be in your right hand again.
- Repeating these steps will not yield a piece of fabric that looks like the ones in the pictures above. It will produce a fabric that looks like this:
- It is called the garter stitch. When you knit something (that isn't knit in the round, we'll talk about this later for those of you who don't know what I'm talking about.) you create the garter stitch. It looks like all purls usually, but the only stitch that is made is the knit stitch. It looks like this because even though you are only using the knit stitch, every time you knit on the other side, you are actually creating purls. Remember that part about only two stitches and the purl is the back of the knit stitch. This is where that comes in to play.
Here's a video I put together, hopefully it will help everyone who learns better from seeing an example than reading instructions.
I hope that helped. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for making this tutorial better or more user friendly, feel free to contact me at KnittingKel@gmail.com.
Some questions about Casting On have come up. The reason we cast on is to get stitches on the needles. Most patterns will tell you a number of stitches to cast on. The cast on edge is typically the width of the project.
Another question was “How do you get the stitches off of the needles?” Initially, I said, you leave them on, but I think I was thinking about the question the wrong way. You leave the stitches on the needles until you start the next row. When you start on the knit row, which a tutorial should be coming in a few days, that’s the point where the stitches on the cast on row get dropped off of the needles and the new stitches that you are knitting take their place.
I would like to thank the person who asked this, and please, if you have a question about something not making sense or just a general wondering about something, feel free to contact me. If I don't know the answer, I'll try to find it.
I would also like to thank all of you who are reading this. I hope you are getting something out of this, and I have a some other things planned for the blog. Look for more tutorials, more pictures of finished projects, maybe even restaurant, book and other reviews.
Sorry there aren't any pictures today.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
My favorite method of casting on is very similar to the knit stitch. The first step is to take your yarn and form a slip knot. If you already know how to make a slip knot, you can skip the next paragraph.
This is done by holding the end of the yarn with one hand and with your other hand, place two fingers on the yarn a little closer to your ball of yarn. Make a loop with the yarn over your two fingers and with your other hand bring the end of the yarn up between your fingers, between the loop. Pull it tight and now you have a slip knot! It's called a slip knot because if you pull on the yarn, the knot travels up and down. If you pull hard enough, the knot will come out completely.
Take the loop formed by the slip knot and place it on your needle. Pull the tails of the yarn so that the loop fits snugly around the needle, but not too tight that you can't move the yarn on the needle. Take your other needle and stick it through the slip knot. Loop your yarn that is attached to the rest of the yarn, not the little tail on the other side of the slip knot, around your needle. Pull the needle through the slip knot loop and place your new loop onto the needle with the slip knot loop. Now, you have two stitches on your needle. Repeat this until you are comfortable with it. Now you know what to do when a pattern says cast on (CO) and number of stitches.
Here's the video.
I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, just leave a comment below, or email me at KnittingKel@gmail.com. Thanks!
Monday, June 9, 2008
The Global Wildlife Center is located in Folsom, La.
I went there yesterday with my parents and some of my mom's coworkers, Patrick couldn't make it because of work. It was a lot of fun and I even fed a llama and a Giraffe out of my hands. Having the Giraffe eat out of my hand felt a lot like when I give my dog Dozer, who is a Boxer a treat. They have really soft muzzles and sort of stick their long tongues into my hand to make sure they get everything. The tips of their tongues are a very dark purple, almost black. The tour guide told us the tongues are this color so that they don't get sun burnt. They spend about half of their lives with their tongues sticking out picking leaves from high trees.
Going this time of year was interesting because of all of the baby birds and animals around. The cutest in my opinion were the baby Rhea birds. They were so tiny and they all stayed in a group by their father. Rachael, our tour guide told us that the males mate with many females and when the babies are born, the mothers leave the babies for the fathers to take care of. If, in about a year, the mother comes back and doesn't like the way the father is raising the babies, she pulls his tail feathers out. I'm sure this hurts, but the real problem for him when this happens is that the tail feathers are the way he attracts mates.
Friday, June 6, 2008
My favorite part about going there is the people. The locals are very nice and friendly. The worst part of the trip yesterday was that we drove through St. Bernard to get to Plaquemines. St. Bernard still has so many scares from Katrina. Many buildings are still just shells of their former selves. One of the guys I was riding with used to live there, he showed us the field where his neighborhood used to be. He said he had ten feet of water in his house. He said at least he had a two story house, because their wedding pictures and stuff like that were not lost. I don't like to think about it, but I guess it's just a part of living in this area.
We ate at a restaurant called Lil G's Kajun Restaurant in Belle Chasse. It is a seafood restaurant, I had a fried crawfish po-boy, which was good. The restaurant has many taxidermy animals on the walls. I have pictures of two of the ones I thought were interesting. Sorry if the pictures aren't so good, the camera on my phone doesn't do all that well in low light situations.
This afternoon I went to a crawfish boil at my in-law's house. Patrick, his sister, his dad and his Aunt went crawfishing in the Bonnet Carre Spillway yesterday morning. They caught five sacks of crawfish, so we had a really nice boil with a bunch of people from the neighborhood.
When I was leaving, I stopped and talked to one of their neighbors, who happens to be the realtor that sold us our house. He said that times are tough for Realtors these days. Even I have noticed that there are way too many for sale signs around the city. I guess there are a bunch of factors as to why so many houses are for sale. It seems like the most common is that a lot of people just don't want to have to deal with living in a place so susceptible to Hurricanes or maybe they just don't want to be reminded of the destruction every time they drive down the street.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Now lets get to something for those of you who read my blog because you love me, not because you have any interest in knitting. Have you heard of the Nintendo Wii video gaming system? There is a new game for it. It's called the Wii Fit and it's a lot of fun. The game is divided into four different exercise groups. There's Aerobics, Strength exercises, Balance Games, and Yoga. Each of these groups has different exercises. In the aerobics section, there are things like hula hoop, step aerobics, and running. The balance games are also a lot of fun. There are skiing games, a tight rope walk and a soccer game where you are the goalie.