Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Clog-Along has begun

For those of you who aren't up to speed, Chris organized a clog-along over at Men Who Knit that was set to start on Monday the 17th. I had all my materials together and wholeheartedly planned on starting my first clog last night. And in the end I did start it...but just barely. I began the evening by working on the fourth (and last) leg of the rug, which I did finish (leaving just the head to complete!). By the time that was done it was getting late, around 11:30. I almost talked myself into skipping the clog for the night and starting it on Tuesday instead. However I really wanted to get something done, so I managed to cast on and then knit the first row. Though it wasn't much, I did get to start with everyone else which was good!

Tonight I worked more on the clog and got the sole done (see above). I didn't start knitting until late and that seemed like a good breaking point, before changing colors and starting the top. Right now it doesn't look much like a clog, so it will be cool to see it take shape. I keep hearing words of advice from my very early days of knitting... "trust the pattern."

On the left is the bear skin rug in it's most recent state. You can get an idea of the size of it by comparing it to the coffee table and the ottoman on either side. The head will be at the end nearest the bottom of the picture. The sides of the head will be knit and attached and then the whole thing is made three dimensional with stuffing. Hope to have more progress on that soon.

LISTENING TO: THE INNOCENCE MISSON - "Birds Of My Neighborhood." Karen Peris leads this lovely trio from my home state of PA. Those familiar with early 10,000 Maniacs should find this to their liking. This CD makes me think of childhood, winter and yes, innocence.

8 comments:

Dave Daniels said...

I LOVE that bear skin rug! That is SO cool. Are you going to add the eyes and snarling mouth? VERY COOL

Ken said...

Hey Dave, yes the bear will have a face with eyes and all that good stuff. The pattern doesn't have him snarling, but I suppose if you're extra creative you could figure out how to do that!

Matt said...

The rug is a lot of fun! where's the pattern from?

Paul said...

Love the rug! It's a hoot! what a great project!

Chris said...

Ken,

The rug is REALLY taking shape! And thanks for the perspective against the background.

Ken said...

Hey Matt, the rug was featured in Knit1's men's issue. The pattern is here... http://www.knit1mag.com/webexclusives/bear_rug.html

Charles said...

Hi Ken~~ Bear skin rug!! WOW Really nice!!! As guy knitter and myself we have creative as other girls!!! I feel like knitting with hemp yarn with this pattern!! With this hot hot wather.. need to be cool!!! I will update my bear skin rug soon as finsh!!!
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Sean said...

One is tempted to try a polar bear...