March 31, 2006

I'm a Joiner



Durrow sleeves and body have been united. It feels like I'm so close to finishing. But in reality the rows are very long and I'm still cabling on the sleeves. I've knit about 12 rows in the last two days.

My Sockapaloooza socks are suddenly and surprisingly almost to the toe. I thought I'd never get there. I have some purplish Koigu on deck for the New England socks for the Knitting on the Road Along even though we're supposed to start the new sock, Denmark, tomorrow. Denmark calls for a heavier yarn and I'm not sure I have anything in my stash that's right for it.

Speaking of stash, tomorrow is I have lots of pictures to take and edit tonight. Maybe I'll finally try out the whole light tent set up...

In crazy, annoying news, my regular mailman was off today. His replacement delivered half of the front flap of a Netflix envelope to me. Really. I found it and chased her down the block. I showed it to her and she said, "Yeah, that's all I have."
"Well, where's the rest of it?"
She shrugged. I handed it to her.
"Do you want me to send this back?" she asked.
No, idiot, I want to keep this half a piece of paper with my name and address on it while the DVD that I'm paying for is floating around in mail-land somewhere.
I can forgive a mistake but someone who just doesn't do a good job and could care less really burns me up.

I'll Be Back...

...after I host the coffee hour at my son's school, go to the grocery store to buy food for the two potluck dinners and picnic we're going to this weekend, go to the bank, make the dish for tonight's potluck, put candy inside Easter eggs for the picnic and drop them off at the picnic organizer's house! I also have a chiropractor appointment (cancelled) but I think I'll have time for a real post before then. Wish me luck.

And I forgot I need to go to the library!

March 30, 2006

Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?

This week: The Cross My Heart Edition.

From Vogue, the Cross My Heart and Hope to Die If I Ever Appear in Public in This Thing.



From Rowan, the Cross Our Hearts that We Haven't Completely Run Out of Ideas Even Though We've Taken a Cropped Tank Top and Wrap a Humungous I-Cord All Over It and Called It Fashion.


From Berocco, this isn't a place mat. Cross my heart.


And from Classic Elite because it's just so goofy. The extra wide crocheted belt with dangling fruit. (insert standard Carmen Miranda joke here)

March 29, 2006

You Asked For It

A blog reader told me at the shop that her favorite posts were about my son knitting. Well, it's hard to build up blog content when he knits about two rows a week. But he is still knitting. He has been doing every Harry Potter crossword puzzle we can find for him online. Yesterday morning while I was checking my email he commanded asked me to find him a new puzzle. I waved him off, telling him I was busy and there wasn't enough time before we had to leave for school. In a huff he angrily asked, "Can I at least work on my knitting?" Uh, sure, honey. The small bit of black knitting is the platypus from Kath Dalmeny's World of Knitted Toys. I've done most of the knitting. I did all the shaping. We now need 51 rows of stockinette. He doesn't know how to purl yet so he knits a row and I purl back. As I've mentioned on the blog before, I don't say a word to him about his knitting. I am silent as the grave (for the only time in my life) because I know if I start pushing him or talking about it too much or generally expressing any happiness he will drop it like a bad habit.

Rebecca said she wanted more pictures of Hugo. Since he's turning 10 this summer he pretty much just sleeps all the time. The camera flash woke him up.



Have you ever read The Vegan Lunchbox? The blog in which a vegan mom documents the elaborate, tasty, nutritious lunches she lovingly packs for her child each morning. There are fresh baked goods, cute little notes and all sorts of healthy goodness. This morning as I put the finishing touches on my son's lunch I had to laugh at what a slacker mom I am.



That's two cold pancakes, two fruit leathers and a sour cream container filled with Cheddar Bunnies. This is a huge step up from the usual PB & J with a baggie of chocolate chips. As Wes and I always say, it's a wonder the children have survived this long.

March 28, 2006

If You Think the Hedgehog is Cute

Check out Susan's new baby pygoras. Look! They're romping.

March 27, 2006

Meet My Leetle Friend





Pattern: Huggable Hedgehog by Fibertrends
Yarn: Cascade 220 Quadro for body, regular Cascade 220 for Paws and face, Mustachio for fur
Needle: US10.5 Bryspun Circular
Notes: This little cutie was super-fun and fast. Two paws up!

March 26, 2006

Weekend Photo Round Up

We have massive spring cleaning to do around here today. Here are a few pictures of what I've been doing with myself lately.

For the shop I've been knitting this Fiber Trends felted hedgehog pattern. It is super cute and really entertaining to knit. I thought it would be fun to do it in non-traditional hedgehog colors, hence the lavender and purple hog. After I shot this photo I felted him last night. On Monday I'll take him back into the shop, give him a face and stuff him.



This top-down sweater from Knitting Pure and Simple is another shop project. I was teaching a class on it. Let me tell you. It is hard to knit an entire adult sweater while at work. I took this with me after work last night to finish knitting the body. I forgot to bring extra yarn with me--again--and had to stop about two inches shy of the bottom. The yarn is Madil Merino Mix. I used it to knit my devil hat last year. It's really nice stuff, very soft with a nice hand. Heavy, though.



I'm still plugging away on Durrow. The second sleeve is growing steadily.



I've been avoiding my second Sockapaloooza sock. I think I said before that something about this pattern/yarn/needle combo is not happening for me. I find it really tedious to knit. But with nearly one and a half socks done it's hardly the time to start over. I just have to push on through it.



That's it! No light tent yet. Now off to clean this pit.

March 24, 2006

Adjusted

I swear I try to do things other than complain on this blog. I haven't mentioned all the neck and shoulder pain I've been experiencing for the last few days. I don't know what caused it but it's been getting tighter and tighter. Finally last night it seized up so badly I could barely move. I was in so much pain that I couldn't get into bed so I sat on a chair next to the bed and cried. I was kind of laughing while I was crying because I couldn't believe how pathetic I was. I managed to get into bed and sleep on and off while wincing and whimpering. I'm sure Wes had a great night. This morning at my son's school another mom gave me the number of her chiropractor. I've never been to a chiropractor and wasn't sure if it was for me. I called my own doctor's office and was told I could be seen at the Acute Care Clinic on Monday. I explained the whole hurts-so-bad-I-cried-all-night situation and she suggested I go the emergency room. I didn't feel hopeful that they would do much for me there other than make me wait a really long time and give me some good drugs. So I went with Plan B. The chiropractic experience was definitely a little more touchy-feely, both figuratively and literally, than I usually care for but I could move my neck with tearing up by the time I left. I'm going back for another "adjustment" this afternoon.

I'm knitting away on the second Durrow sleeve. I've also picked up some fixin's for a light tent. I'll experiment a bit this weekend with it.

March 23, 2006

Again With the Template

Blogger ate half of my template today--again. I don't understand what's causing this but would love to know. I think I've got it all back now.

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

The two shops that are closing are The Wooly Monkey and Parkside Wool. Wooly Monkey is pretty well picked over except for novelty yarn. Everything is 50% off. Parkside is 35% off everything except needles.

Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?

Dear Editors of Knit n' Style,

I was perusing your preview of the latest issue and was alarmed to see that someone has stolen the bottom half of several of the sweaters you plan to include in the issue.
Look!


And this one got nabbed too!


I see even the children's items weren't safe from this sweater bottom thief.


Does this also work as a flotation device?


I was particularly worried because one of the half-purloined sweaters was set to go on the cover of the magazine. I wanted to save you from this embarrassment.


I'm so glad I was able to write to you before your published these damaged designs and faced the ridicule and scorn of the knitting world.

Yours in Deepest Concern,

Jessica

March 22, 2006

Going Out of Business

Two local yarn shops are closing and are having going out of business sales right now. Molly and I made the rounds today.







One skein of Blue Sky Cotton for one of those cute baby boleros from One Skein, two skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca and Silk, some vintage looking buttons, one skein of Merino Lace in a Chianti color, one skein of Schaefer Anne, the Knitter's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements, a Crystal Palace size 11 16" circular, Christmas Stockings, The Ashford Book of Spinning, a magnet board, synthrapol, Raindrop Lace Socks pattern, the Shoalwater Shawl pattern and Snow Country Felt Mittens pattern all for $105!!

Neck Fix

When I finished Banff over two years ago I cast off the neck edge too tightly, so tightly I couldn't fit my head through it. So the $80+ of Manos sat in my closet waiting to be fixed.

Last night I ripped out the cast off edge and the last round.


Then I did Elizabeth Zimmermann's Sewn Bind Off.


Ahh, much better. What the hell took me so long?

March 21, 2006

How Wrong Can You Be?

I just finished charting the right front for the Knot & Cable Jacket. The pattern is entirely wrong. It's so wrong I went to the thesaurus to find a word that would more fully encompass just how freaking wrong the pattern is. My top choices would be fallacious, counterfactual and brainsick, although the latter would apply mostly to the designer. Not only is the pattern not centered on the right side or in the right order, it doesn't have the right number of stitches! As G.O.B. would say, "Come on!"*


*Man, I miss Arrested Development already.

A Little More Durrow



The first sleeve of Durrow to the armhole shaping. If you see any errors, please keep it to yourself.

Continuing Confessions of a Knitalong Whore


I haven't knit any of the recent designs for this one. They just haven't rung my bell.


My Sockapaloooza socks, my Diamond Fantasy shawl and my Knot & Cable Jacket are all being knit from stash. I've also been using small bits of sock leftovers for baby socks.


The new sock is New England. I'll start when I finish my Sockapaloooza socks.


I finished my Leaf Lace Shawl a while ago. The new pattern is the Flower Basket Shawl. I knit this pattern last year so I'll take a few months off from this knitalong.

Folk Socks Knitalong
I knit the Latvian and Country socks. The current pattern are the Norwegian Stockings. I don't want to buy the yarn for this project since I already have so much sock yarn and I don't really want a pair of knee high stranded knit wool socks. I'm sitting this one out.


I haven't touched this thing in a long, long time. I think once I finish my two current sweaters I will make this my main focus.


April 1st.


Oh crap. The skirt was supposed to be done yesterday. I have not touched my supplies since I bought them. I've been feeling a little too scattered and distracted to work on this.


I will consider this done when I have cleared the decks of my current projects--Knot & Cable, Durrow and Sockapaloooza socks.


I'm still deciding between using my Mountain Goat or Peruvian Nights. I won't start this until I finish my Diamond Fantasy Shawl and make some real progress on Frost Flowers and Leaves.

Diamond Fantasy Knitalong
I'm making good progress on this at night while I watch TV. I only have about 400 yards of the handspun so this won't be much more than a scarf.

I think that's it. Whew.

March 20, 2006

Leafing Out

I brought my Leaf Lace Shawl to the Knitters Guild on Wednesday night for show and tell. So did Mary B. And Rebecca. And Peggy. And Molly just happened to be wearing hers. Evelyn Clark, the shawl's designer, was there so she lined us up for a picture.


From left to right: Molly in Honey Lane Farms Alpaca, Mary in Dale of Norway Tiur, Rebecca in handspun, Peggy in handspun and me in Kimmet Farms Fairy Hare.


March 19, 2006

Ask Mr. Bear

You know those children's books where a child or creature, in order to find out the answer to a burning question, travels all over the woods checking in with all the different creatures? That was me today. After eating lunch in the food court of a shopping mall after getting the kids some new clothes I apparently got up and left with my knitting still sitting on my chair. I was making a little cabled baby hat from my leftover alpaca from the ruffled gloves I made a few months ago. I didn't realize it was gone until an hour or two later when I went to pull it out.

I ran back to the other end of the mall. It was gone. I asked someone at one of the restaurants where the lost and found is. He sent me to the information desk. The woman at the information desk sent me to the security office. The security office was empty. I went back to the food court and asked one of the bussers if she had seen it. She then went and asked another busser who went and asked another. No knitting. They sent me back to the security office. This time a security officer, straight from central casting, was there. I said I left a small ziploc bag with knitting in it at the food court and asked if any had been turned in. He looked at me like I had said I left a blue-tailed skink in the food court. (I did in fact see one person with his pet snake while I was eating. Shudder.) I explained again only more slowly and using my hands to illustrate what I meant by the words "small" and "knitting." He said he would check with another person.

Security Guy #1 (into walkie talkie): Uh, Steve, have you found a plastic baggie with uh...
Me: Knitting.
Security Guy #1:...knitting material in it.
Voice of Security Guy #2: I need to confirm. Did you just ask me if I found a bag with knitting material in it?
Security Guy #1: Copy that.
Voice of Security Guy #2: Uh, that's a negative.

So I'm out one Dulaan hat in progress and an Inox 16" circular. I did check in several other places but I think someone must have just tossed it in the trash. Which totally sucks.

March 18, 2006

Knot Done Right

Okay, people. Telling me that you like the knot done the wrong way would mean that I have four done right and all the rest would need to be redone. Maybe the photos aren't a good enough illustration. The knot is a round cable with two diagonals running through the center that weave over and under each other. It's fabulous. It's my favorite part of the sweater. I love it. In the done wrong version one of the legs of the exterior cable just plows right over the top on the right, obscuring the knot. See it now?

I got to go spinning last night. Now I'm off to work. Have a happy Saturday!

March 17, 2006

Good Knot, and Good Luck

I have not been happy with the quality of the photos I use on my blog. I read up on light tents yesterday and baby! What a difference. My "light box" is the shade to my lamp. It's off white and very small so it's not great. I just take another lamp and hold it up really close to create diffuse lighting.

I got a very color accurate shot of my latest project, a Dulaan hat made from some of my favorite scraps.


This is a tiny bit of Kid Classic for the cast on and first round, then Mountain Colors Alpaca Blend left over from my Clapotis, then Jo Sharp DK wool and finished with hand-dyed wool that I used for my last sock pal socks.

I also started the Diamond Fantasy Shawl in my own handspun merino/silk.



You know how you all said you couldn't see the mistakes in my sweater? Check it out. (These colors are not as accurate because the sweater is so large. I didn't have any white space leftover.)

Here's a knot done right.



Here's a knot done wrong.



There you have it.

Ask Rose-Kim Knits

Thank you for your words of support over my screwed up sweater. I'd like to answer some of your questions.

Charlotte asked, "Any chance you could snip a thread and separate into two pieces, knit the missing rows and then kitchener it all back together?"

I would probably spend as much time trying to kitchener the cables back together in a way that wouldn't drive me crazy every time I look at the sweater as it would take to rip it out and reknit it. I did kitchener on cables for the hood of Rogue and wasn't thrilled with my results.

Marti asked, "oh dear, that sweater just isn't playing fair at all is it?"

No, it isn't.

Leisel asked, "Never would have thought of duplicate stitch to fix mis-crossed cables. If you do go that route, is there any chance you can show some step by step closeups of the process?"

Uhhh, sure. I've never done it so at this point the whole "I can just duplicate stitch that problem" is purely theoretical. I'll also need to find a time when Wes can photograph me while I do it.

Emily asked, "Wait a minute. Is the two rows missing why you thought the front was two rows longer?"

Nope. The pattern specifically states knit the front until it is two rows longer than the back.

After posting about the sweater on Wednesday I did what any self-respecting knitter would do. I started two new projects. I'll post on them later once I charge up my camera battery.

March 16, 2006

Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?

I think it's getting a little boring here on Thursdays. I mean sure, I still post photos of awful designs but lately I've been hankering for something just eye-poppingly horrendous. Like carnivorous poncho scale horrendous. Just as I think I will never find it, a reader, Rebecca, came to my rescue. From Anthropologie's Everything's Better with Pom-Poms And Just in Case Add a Few More Pom-Poms Collection.

March 15, 2006

What is Wrong with Me?

I finished the left front of the Olympic sweater. I walked it over to the back.



Mistakes everywhere! Mis-crossed cables galore! And the grand-daddy of them all--two rows missing from a cable repeat. How did I fuck this up so royally? How did I not noticed these things while knitting them? I think I can just duplicate stitch over the cables gone wrong but I will have to rip out a good 7 inches of the back to fix the missing rows. Crap! Double-crap!

Run Lola Run

Someone left a suggestion yesterday that I should watch Run Lola Run while at the gym. I had thought of that. In fact the music is on my iPod. Wes and I are big fans of the movie. Wes spoofed it a bit in this trailer he made for Wiggly World several years ago.

**Chariots of Fire is also in my Netflix queue. That should be good. Plus no subtitles to read while running**

Be Warned



These little socks are still damned cute. My short row heel and toe were much better on this sock.
But I have a warning for you. Don't think, like I did, that just because it took 15 grams of Shepherd Sock to knit the first pair that it will take 15 grams of Koigu to knit the second. Because it doesn't. Nope. This little puppy is 10 grams all on its own. So I don't have enough yarn to knit the second one. (Stop it. I know this is the 20373489th time in the last month I've run out of yarn on something.) But I'm going to punt and just finish whatever I need to using this Nature's Palette. It coordinates nicely with the Koigu.



Handworks Gallery has solid Koigu on sale now. But be warned. Vanessa cautioned that she had a, er, less than ideal transaction with them once. I still took the risk and got myself about 6 skeins.

I am just a few rows away from finishing the left front of the Cable & Knot Jacket. Sadly while looking at the back length today I happened to spot three mis-crossed cables. I wasn't even looking for them. They just jumped out at me. How could I not have noticed while I was working on it? One is waaaaaay down at the bottom so I will have to suck it up and learn to live with it. Also anyone want to hazard a guess why the instructions specify that the front should be two rows longer than the back?

March 14, 2006

Bubble and Sock

I snapped a shot of the left front of the Cable & Knot Jacket which I am still making pokey progress on. I'm almost at the armhole shaping. You can click here for a crappy photo. I worked on it at Purlygirls last night but when I got home I started a new pair of baby socks. I just love them. I love using up all my odds and ends. Love, love, love it.

In viewing news, I watched Bubble this weekend. I found it really fascinating. It moves along in an expected way but somehow the overall effect is so novel. It's short too so we watched it and immediately watched it again with the director's commentary. Soderbergh does great, informative commentary. The commentary on Out of Sight is some of my favorite.

My new gym has tvs on the cardio equipment with DVD players. I can't figure out what to bring with me. Most of my nerdy intellectual movies don't really say cardio to me.

March 12, 2006

Tinier and Tinier

Oh dear, these are the sweetest things ever.

I don't think the photo really does them justice. These are based on the Ruffled Rib Better Than Baby Booties from the Summer 2005 IK, knit in leftover Shepherd Sock in the Valentine colorway. I left off the ruffle and was so excited I forgot to rib down the instep. My short row heels and toes are getting a little better but I'm still getting small holes from the final YO. Even though it's knit to an adjacent stitch it gets so stretched out it leaves a hole.

But I still had yarn left.


From the same IK article, Evelyn Clark's Itty Bitty Bear. Let me tell you she is not kidding when she says "itty bitty." So tiny. And best of all. This is all the yarn I had left when I was done.

A Message to My Children

Thank you so much for "letting me sleep" this morning. In the future this would be aided by a) not opening the curtains in my bedroom b) not leaving the door open when you leave after waking me up to tell me that you're going to let me sleep c) not playing any game right outside my door, like "Spy School," which involves running back and forth in the hall screaming, "I'm bleeding!"

Sincerely,

Your Mom

March 11, 2006

Completely, Totally Side-tracked

Boy, did I go off course. I've been happily plugging away on the left front of my Knot & Cable Jacket. But yesterday I felt a strange pull. The question of what to do with all my leftover balls of sock yarn has been nagging at me. I like my socks on the short side so I usually have a two-thirds of a skein left when I'm done with a pair. Suddenly I remembered these sweet little socks that Alison knit. Eureka! I found my IK from last summer and I pulled out all my oddballs. I threw them all on my desk. The Lorna's Laces in Valentine won. And to make things more interesting I tried out Sockbug's directions for the two-socks-on-one-circular method. Before I even finished the first round I caught a glimpse of most of a skein of Jo Sharp DK Wool. That would make a good baby hat. Oh and there's a US6 needle right here. So I cast on and started a Dulaan hat. (I also found the rest of the yarn for the brown baby booties and started the second one of those on Wednesday night.)

I am now so side-tracked I'm side-tracked from my side-track.

March 10, 2006

I Think I Need This

I've looked at this coffee mug with a handy saying from Manolo about 12 times already this morning and it makes me snicker every time.

Knit-Crochet Smackdown

Okay, everybody take a deep breath. I thought it would be self-evident that the things I say on Thursday are just for fun and not to be taken too seriously. I have gotten numerous messages from crocheters who feel upset by my harsh, though tongue-in-cheek, comments about crochet. Why the knit-crochet rift? Can't we all just get along?

I don't crochet. I keep planning on learning to crochet. I keep hoping that I will find a crochet pattern that I like enough to make me want to learn to crochet. But more often than not I find things like this.



Which causes me to quip, "This is why I don't crochet." In other words, when I see ugly crochet patterns it does not inspire me to become a crocheter.

So, please, I don't mean that all crochet is ugly or that because of a single pattern I will never crochet or that no one else should crochet or anything of the sort. I'm an *ahem* opinionated person. But I never ask anyone to, as Dr. Phil would say, substitute my judgment for your own.

In a strange coincidence the new Interweave Crochet preview went up yesterday. And again, sadly, there isn't much there to encourage me to pick up a hook. Candi Jensen (if I had little girls to make things for I would definitely make some of her sweet designs) has a very cute little sweater. There are some nice bags. And this scarf looks fun, but isn't it nearly identical to the one from the cover of the last IK Crochet? But then there's stuff like this and this and--dear God--this. Remember when I said that knit dresses were dead? Guess what? Crocheted dresses are equally dead. I also don't understand why someone would take $250+ worth of Koigu and make it into an afghan that looks like it came from your great aunt's basement.

Now go forth and knit or crochet or tat or whatever makes you happy. Don't mind me.

March 9, 2006

Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?

It looks like Tacky Tahki has been peeking at Berocco's playbook.

You may recall from two weeks ago some of these Berocco designs. Now mouse over for their Tahki counterparts.




Tahki even has their own take on the "town slut look."



But Berocco still has them beat for bewildering designs like this one.



And more reasons why I don't crochet.



Although Takhi might try to give them a run for their money on that too.

March 8, 2006

Now We're Getting Somewhere

I had a moment of realization yesterday. I have been waiting for something to happen with my knitting. It's a little silly but I'd hit a bit of a lull, some post-Olympic depression combined with my entire family falling ill again--remember the three guys all had the stomach flu right before Christmas. Wes and my younger son got slammed with a really bad flu last week. It stuck around all week and they're not 100% yet. Yesterday I had to go pick up my older son from school because he had a 102° temperature. It's all left me kind of listless and uninspired. So yesterday I took control of my knitting again. I finished the chart for the left front of the Knot & Cable Jacket and got started on it.



I monkeyed around with a lamp and the flash on my camera to finally get a photo that shows one of the eponymous knots. I'm happy with my progress so far and felt really pleased to work on this again. I'm also glad I'm doing one front at a time. It's a just a mind game but it gives me more noticeable progress than if I worked the two fronts together. Plus there's less chance of twisting a cable in the wrong direction since they all go one way on each front.

Wes wanted to watch The Three Burials of Meliquiades Estrada* last night so I needed something without charts. I grabbed my shop sweater again and knit on it until I ran out of yarn--before I get any wisecracks, I do have enough yarn to finish the sweater but it's at the shop.



It's a bit of a gray blob right now but I made some serious progress on it. At the end of work on Monday I was only a few rows past separating for the sleeves.

The film was well-done but didn't reach me on any emotional level. I've seen three films written by Guillermo Arriaga--Amores perros which I loved, 21 Grams which was brutal but still great and now Three Burials. I'm starting to feel like he's a one-trick pony. And it's getting to be a tiresome trick. And looking at his next film there's more of the same to come.

*A perk of being an IFP member, Independent Spirit Award screeners!

March 7, 2006

Mindless Stockinette



Wow, I needed that. I am currently working on four patterns. One is lace, two are cabled and one is cabled lace. It was a real pleasure to take a break during the Oscars and knit this hat. Then last night as I left work to head to Purlygirls I realized I left my knitting bag at home. Fortunately I noticed right when I got in my car. I went back into the shop and grabbed one of my sample knitting projects, the Neckdown Pullover for Women from Knitting Pure and Simple. I had just separated the sleeves so I was knitting the body, which has no shaping, around and around and around. Ahhh...

Zasu approves of the hat.

March 6, 2006

High School Reunion Night at the Oscars

First knitting content: I knit a Dulaan hat during the Oscars from my handspun alpaca/wool that I used a few months ago to make fingerless mitts and some Cascade 220.

It occurred to me during the ceremony that three people from my high school were up for major awards. Bennett Miller and Dan Futterman, director and writer of Capote respectively, graduated three years ahead of me. And Matt Dillon graduated (I think) a year or two before I started high school. But I was really shocked to hear the name of one of my college professors nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject. I turned to Wes and said, "Did he just say Eric Simonson?" And then he won! Cool.

As for the clothes, too much black and too much nude clothes with nude makeup (Uma, Naomi, Nicole, I'm talking to you). I didn't think there were any real clunkers out there except for Naomi Watts's tulle explosion and Rachel McAdams's really unattractive yellow sparkly thing with the--what was that? A butterfly in the middle of her chest? And Jennifer Lopez looked bizarre with her hair pulled back so tight that I thought her eyes would fall out. Also Charlize Theron looked quite matronly with her 50s hair and brown bow (and it's hard to make that woman look bad). I thought Salma Hayek stood out for wearing a gown that played up her figure perfectly, was sexy but not tacky and a color! I was so grateful to see a color!

I was really disappointed that Brokeback Mountain didn't get Best Picture and also more upset than I thought I would be that Michelle Williams didn't get Best Supporting Actress though I didn't think she would.

I was pleased that many refrained from the thank-you-list-as-acceptance-speech. I particularly enjoyed the passion of Gavin Hood's speech.

I could go on but I'll spare you.

My Public

Yesterday I was in the coffee shop at Barnes & Noble with my kids. A woman approached me and asked, "Are you Jessica?" I said yes and she told me she read my blog. We smiled and she left. My older son asked, "Is she a blogfan?"

March 5, 2006

Greetings from the Island of Abandoned Baby Knitting*



Knitting for babies is so enticing. Those cute, little patterns. It seems like everyone around me is constantly whipping out adorable, tiny projects for new arrivals. I seem to be right at that point in my life where everyone I know already has school-age kids like me. No baby knitting in sight. I had one pregnant knitting friend and got all worked up. I was going to make her something! I tried. Then I tried some more. Then I tried again. But I have nothing to show for it but this pile of unfinished nothing.

1) Dainty Bootees from Knitting for Two. I thought I had enough yarn when I started. But when I had four rows left to knit on the first one I ran out of yarn and can't find the rest.

2) I attempted to crochet some booties. Crochet is not for me.

3) Lace hat from IK. I completely ran out of yarn about 1/8th of the way into the project. What was I thinking?

The friend has now left the state along with her unborn child so I will probably not be attempting another baby project for a while.

*The knitting is abandoned, not the babies.

Living Dangerously for a Really Long Time



About a billion years ago*, I started one of Susan's Live Dangerously, Don't Swatch (.pdf) hats. In sock yarn. Really, what was I thinking? It sat by my computer and once every month or so I would pick it up and knit a few rounds. Last night, I needed something mindless to knit (my four current projects are all charted). I finally finished the damned thing. What do you know.



This is leftover Sheep's Gift from Joslyn's Fiber Farm and Mountain Colors Weaver's Wool Quarters knit on US3s.

*slight exaggeration

All the Good Plying Puns Have Been Taken

On Friday I did a little plying.


85 yards silk/merino lace-weight. Click for detail.


54 yards of marled merino from my class with Judith Mackenzie at Madrona. Click for detail.


I don't think I'll ever do anything with these tiny bits of yarn but I got some good experience from them.

I also finally finished spinning some thick and thin singles from the last of my Butternut Woolens hand-painted top.


60 yards of heavy worsted.


I have about 250+ yards of the Butternut singles now. I'm not sure what I'll make with them. I still need to give them a good soak and block.

March 3, 2006

Good Listening

Right now I'm listening to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou soundtrack. I know a lot of people felt disappointed with the movie. For the first half I was not feeling involved with it all. It wasn't funny. It wasn't working for me. Then suddenly half-way through it clicked with me and I found it hilarious, touching and beautiful. One of the best things in the film was it's use of diegetic music. Seu Jorge, the Brazilian actor/singer who portrayed Knockout Ned in City of God (one of the best I've seen in the last five years), plays one of the crew members who is always singing David Bowie songs on acoustic guitar in Portuguese. It's such a great spin on the songs. They're familiar and yet completely alien and so soulful when stripped down.

Hey! Where Did My Week Go?

It's Friday already? This week just evaporated for me.

I did get a few things done. Yesterday I did a tiny bit of spinning with some merino/silk from Chasing Rainbows that I was given at Madrona.

There won't be enough to do anything with when I'm done but it will be a nice souvenir skein.

I did a little work on the first sleeve from Durrow.


I started my second Sockapaloooza sock.

Still impossible to see the pattern.

My Cash Iroha arrived!

It's not the same dyelot (too much to hope for) but it's damned close. I can't see any difference. I still have to chart the fronts before I can back to knitting.

And lastly, from Berocco, why I don't crochet.

March 2, 2006

Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?

It's like shooting fish in a barrel. It's so easy I feel a little bad about it. Maggie Jackson has a new book out.


Classic Maggie. Ripped shoulder, extra ruffles and a "I gotta pee" pose from the model.


Another Maggie favorite technique: Throw it all against the wall and see what sticks. Then add ruffles.

The model is awaiting her execution for crimes against fashion.




Another pointy in the front, nothing in the back look. Why, Maggie? Why?



And then the worst offense, cruelty to animals.

March 1, 2006

I'm a Corporate Shill

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One Crooked Cable



I ran outside to try to capture some daylight for the photo. You still can't see the pattern at all but at least you can see the colors.