Manly Stripe

I am in search of a manly sweater pattern that I would be proud to wear and that would look nice on me. It must be comfortable and noble in nature.

Ok, that’s all I know about that I want. Not a lot huh, but I do know what I don’t want in a sweater. Or should I say, I know what is available in the knitting magazines/internet sites/ books. The sweaters are all variations on the following themes:

Manly Stripe: I think this became popular with my generation in the early nineties with the Abercrombie & Fitch era. Seriously, is there no other way to switch colors on a man’s sweater?

Bumpy Pattern / Ribs / Chording: While I like some of these techniques and they can look pretty cool, I feel like this is a cop-out. As if to say, men can’t possible handle some of those other knitting patterns.

Argile: Sorry, I am just not flaming enough to pull this off. That would require a lot more working out than I currently do.

Single MUD color: This is the most offensive part of the majority of man sweaters that I have found so far. Men have been known to wear more than one color at a time, and sometimes that color can be something other than grey, heather grey, black, tweed grey, or khaki.

Cosby Art Sweater: Bill Cosby wore them well, but I think I would get dizzy staring at my own chest in he mirror and never make it out of the bathroom in the morning.

I’ll let you know when I find anything I do like.

Episode 2

This weeks episode is so much newer than last weeks. I have fans now, and they will be so disapointed when they realize that this show is full of me trying to use my fame to get the Yarn Harlot come to speak at Porter Square books. This disapointment will only be componded when they find out that I didn’t do the research to find out that she has spoken in Boston, in Circles, one of my favorite yarn stores no less.

For shame.

Oh well. It’s still a podcast about a guy for guy’s and gal’s. That has not changed.

Grumperina by Kathy
The Panopticon by Franklin Habit
The Yarn Harlot
by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Circles Sundays starting at 10:00am in Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA
Mind’s Eye Group on Wednesday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Porter Square, Cambridge, MA
Need to check about the two other groups, don’t know if they want the attention??

Pocketbook by Derek K. Miller
Sputnik in live by Roy Chicky Arad
Stitch Together by Adam Boucher
The Misfit by Airbomb

This American Life with Ira Glass
The Dork or Adam Brodsky, you decide

Cast-On with Brenda Dayne
Pointy Stick with Christine Selleck

BagSmith (Shaker Heights, OH)
Circles Knitting Salon (Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA)
Farm House Yarns (Somewhere,CT)
Knit Foundry (Somewhere, CO)
Minds Eye Yarns (Porter Square, Cambridge, MA)
Porter Square Books (Porter Square, Cambridge, MA)




While most things I say are confusing, I would like to point out one thing that confused me while listening to the podcast.

  1. Doria the story teller, is part of the mind’s eye yarn group. They have a lot of love.

Circles is also a loving group, but Doria is not a part of this group. But the Circles groups has offered to contribute some knitting stories. I will be recording them next week. ;)

 Sorry for the mix-up. I think it was the fumes in my studio/Bathroom.

Podcast growth, releasing my inner podcast

I need to calm down so that I can get to work today, but there have been two changes in my podcast life since I posted.

First, I am iTunes approved. This means if you use this link, you can add me to your iTunes list.

Second, Brenda Dayne (Queen of the knitting podcasts) has emailed me to let me know that she will promote my podcast. This is awesome. I wonder if she will still like my show after she listens to episode one?

I called my brother to let him know and now he is deeply concerned about my addiction to yarn and other fibers. He did think it was cool, giggle, that I am now the Howard Stern of the knitting podcast world. I’m such a rebel.

Episode 1

Recorded live, from my bathroom in beautiful Somerville, MA.

This episode is my first attempt at putting down the tracks on my podcasting career. I discuss why I am podcasting, my current projects, and the purple mokey on my back. If you would like to know more about my friend Gary and what his wife is going through please visit her Caringbridge web site.


Cast-On with Brenda Dayne

Mind’s Eye Yarn (Porter Square in Cambridge, MA)
Circles Knitting Salon (Jaimaca Plain in Boston, MA)

‘Tucker the monkey’ from ‘toys to knit‘ by Tracy Chapman
Jenna Wilson’s ‘Big Sack Sweater’ from ‘Stitch’n Bitch‘ by Debbie Stoller
Nosewarmer, 2nd generation‘ by Amy R. Singer from

‘Spy Beach’ by This Spy Surfs
‘Juiceshack’ by CCA
‘There’s So Many Ways I Can Kill You’ by Madsumo


Pod Cast Dreams

I really want to do a pod cast site. I have been listening to other pod casts on the web and have been inspired. Or maybe what I mean to say is that I want to start a pod cast so that I can hear others talk about my pod cast. Yes, I love having my ego stroked by others.

Who Doesn’t?

In this vain, I have started to have dreams about what my theme music would be like for my pod cast. I have a good friend, Adam Brodsky, who is a anti-folk singer and I keep imagining that he will compose a ballad to guys knitting for me.

And here are the words that I think would start off the song:

(In a waltz/western like rhythm with a bit of guitar/violin twang or Dylan’isc if you prefer. Either way the voice I imagine is low in a Johnny Cash Sort of way)

Manly Stripes
Cable Knits
Long Grey Sweaters
Are the things that gentlemen wear

I don’t know
About you, bub
But I wish for better
Until then I’ll just sit here and bitch(or knit?)

(kick ass guitar solo with a little bit of reverb, this is where I would voice over the intro to the podcast)

I think this would make an awesome song. I think that I need a better second verse. And for this I hope to turn it over to my musical friend Adam.

My sweater Beard

I have a thing about shaving and haircuts. I don’t care for them that much. Not that I don’t like to have nice looking hair or a clean shaven face, but the maintenance is not for me. I always forget, or am in a rush to do something else. I mean, these activities really cut into my knitting time.

So I believe that my knitting suffers because of these mundane tasks. That’s like 15 minutes a day and half an hour every two weeks. So when all is said and done that’s eight hours a month wasted to hair care. In eight hours I could knit, a hat, half a stuffed monkey, a bag, the back of a sweater (maybe), maybe a sock.

I think it is time that I take some of this time back.

In lieu of this, I propose that I will not shave until I have completed my first sweater. So when I finish my sweater I will be all cave manly, Or without an S.O. Whichever comes first.

Yes, Men Knit

Duck, Duck, Knit

So I started this blog to begin a dialogue about knitting and men and stuff. I know I am not the only one out there, but I would like to bring my own version of this issue.

I am going to work on putting this page up at the moment. I will have more to say soon. Perhaps I can get some other people to contribute as well.

 So if you have a passion for knitting and you have your own pointy stick… (sorry can’t help but make this joke) please let me know if you would like to contribute.

If you are in Boston, I am thinking about setting up a group on Tuesday in the Harvard or Inman Area. Anyhow, let the madness begin.