April 2007


Okay, so this is a knitting blog, but some projects are just too cool to quibble about the type of textile craft. In Inkling magazine, Margaret Wertheim talks about her crocheting project of the coral reefs and the “intersection of higher mathematics and feminine handicraft.”

Caroline B. Cooney, the noted YA author, spoke to the librarians today at the Summer Reading Club launch meeting. Someone asked why she didn’t have a Web site and she responded that it was too much time and that she reads a knitting blog and when that person goes a day without posting, boy, does she get mad! Yarn Harlot, perhaps?

I came across these photos of one of our knitting nights. We all felt the need to hide behind our projects for some reason.

A sewing needle went missing Sunday night during knitting circle and Mister Miel, the yarn ingesting cat, had a guilty look on his face. The circle made a mad dash to the Animal Medical Center on 62nd and York, and, after an overnight stay, we got one very sleepy cat back. A few days later, they mailed us the x-rays and the really gnarly needle and thread.

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That’s right people. I HAVE A PROJECT. Not to go overboard on the puns, but it is the MOTHER of all projects.

My mom asked me to make her a “summery” throw, as the one I made a few years ago is lovely but rather dark. It is made up of various shades of dark red. This one will be lighter sage-y colors plus some variegated Manos for that “pop.” It should be good. Check back here again soon for a progress report.

I don’t think it will be done by mother’s day (the last one took me the entire length of Twin Peaks to finish, however many hours that is) but it’s the thought that counts.

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Clockwise from 10 o’clock:
Galler Yarns FLORE II Mohair/Wool/Nylon #104
Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran Merino/Microfibre/Cashmere #300502
Manos Cotton Stria #204
Lamb’s Pride Bulky Wool/Mohair Avocado
Frog Tree Merino #46
Manos del Uruguay #109

Sorry, click for larger pics. I’m having issues posting today.

FBS (Click For Large)

After some major frogging and some more minor frogging episodes I am 2 repeats and a border away from finished! This is a pretty simple lace pattern. I’d definitely recommend it for first time lace makers, but have some coffee before delving in. I’m now blaming caffeine deprivation for my shawl folly.

I think I’d like to add a little more color for the border. Just a small amount of ‘pop’. Maybe this:

Border Yarn

-Cassandra

Sometimes tying one on before knitting can lead to unfortunate decisions.

Case in point: bottle of Shiraz-Cabernet blend plus brand spanking new (to me) flower basket shawl pattern equals major frogging episode of ridiculous proportions.

Cast on… knit… 70 ROWS later realize, “huh, I am reading the left half of this pattern backwards and am definately making this much harder than it needs to be, and what if the border won’t work with the backwardness? so maybe I should stop…” Did I mention I’m blond?

Anyway, my man (an awesome specimen of humanity) got me a fabulous birthday gift.

See my sad crinkly Koigu yarn ‘before’ picture?

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‘After’ the steamy action!

Aaaah.

Smooth, smooth smooth! I can not tell you how happy I am to have a hand held Steamer. It may be sad, but I’m totally digging it. Some knitters recommend the “hang your frogged bits in the bathroom while you shower” to release the kinks, but that has never worked for me (my shower is not uber toasty) so this is a great alternative.

-Cassandra

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