Best wishes to the folks in Montevideo. Hope you are back in operation soon!
31 May 2008
30 May 2008
Have you ever contemplated your place in the world? Wondered what it is that you're meant to contribute to better society? If you were considering micro- or nano-knitting, get back to the drawing board; Althea Crome has cornered the market single-handedly. Seriously, I think her entire body of work can fit in one hand.
This sweater is knit to 1:12 scale (think dollhouse):
...as are these gloves.
These sweaters are knit at 1:144 (a dollhouse for a dollhouse):
My eyes hurt just thinking about it.
29 May 2008
Holy crap, where did the spring go?
Spent a good bit of the holiday weekend with J's family; her brother and sister-almost-in-law were visiting from Chicago. We were even able to squeeze in a birthday party for Uncle Weswey (a week early, but hey, he was here).As for me, I'm feeling a bit like my knitting bag - chaotic. It went to school with me today with four projects inside. (Granted, one was only a test swatch for a colorwork sweater, but four chunks of fiber nonetheless.) I did work on each of them, if only to justify their travels. Aside from completing the swatch, it was mostly flitting.
If anyone has a cure for this, let me know. Soon.
26 May 2008
Knitters of America, enjoy your holiday!
(And knitters elsewhere, have a nice Monday.)
25 May 2008
Be thankful for little things today.
24 May 2008
My friend Eric's sidebar holds a link to the blog of a friend of his, The Snarky Squab. I love this woman's style - straightforward, no rating filter on her vocabulary (me loves a good snark!), educated, and boldly maternal. Anywho, she featured this blog discovery on a recent post. It's definitely food for thought, water cooler conversations, and the like. Enjoy!
23 May 2008
22 May 2008
My fave bonsai-esque tree, in full bloom: Grammy's crabapple tree, which has to be fifty feet tall: And the surest sign of spring? When youth of great physical coordination gather together to throw weapons at the clear blue sky. To their credit, they also throw colorful and shiny flags. Greet the spring!
Grammy's crabapple tree, which has to be fifty feet tall:
And the surest sign of spring? When youth of great physical coordination gather together to throw weapons at the clear blue sky.
To their credit, they also throw colorful and shiny flags.
Greet the spring!
21 May 2008
20 May 2008
It's her 40th birthday.
It's also World Wide Knit in Public Day.
Can you just imagine it - being her, being that day? It's almost too much to bear.
Read here to see what a Harlot does when the planets align for the anniversary of her natal day. I might do the same, when it's my turn to be Stephanie. Oh, to be in Toronto in June...
Oh, to be in Toronto in June...
19 May 2008
On the upside, the trees are a-blooming in Minnesota. Here's my fave little one, halfway to peak flowerage:
Smell some blooms today.
And now back to the actual campaign... With a win in Oregon tomorrow, Senator Obama would likely have the majority of delegates needed to claim presumptive nominee status. Here's the question of the day: do you think Senator Clinton will pull out of the race on Wednesday if results are decisive, or will she push on through June's contests? Leave your thoughts in the comments, SVP. Make your voice heard!
Make your voice heard!
18 May 2008
Dad is creative in his own right, but is not one with "crafty" stuff. He gets the knitting thing, though, and surprises me regularly with the knowledge he has acquired:
1. He accompanied my mom to The Yarn Harlot event in April and had a genuine appreciation for what she had to say - and did not think an auditorium full of (mostly) women knitting was strange in the slightest.
2. He appreciates knit-geeky things, like how Mom can knit socks with more control (and in a better mood) by using sharper needles, how wood needles grip better for her, and the cool concept factor of Flat Feet sock yarn.
3. This one's the corker. Last night I was at their house; all three of us were seated on the couch, my mom working a pair of socks with Maizy, me knitting the sleeve of Kidlet's bolero. Dad leans over to see my knitting and says, "What are those you're using, about a size 6?" Wha? Um, yeah they were. Exactly.
16 May 2008
Carmen, a spinner and knitwear designer from BC, is having a contest with a twist. She's looking for creative names to inspire a new hat design. The prize for the winning name is a skein of her own handspun yarn (not pictured - retail value $40-$50). Submissions accepted through the end of the month. I'm not sure how she's going to choose just one, but there it is.See how good I am to my readers?
Drilling for oil in the Alaska wilderness?
Refusing to meet global initiatives for curbing carbon emissions?
W placing his addlepated head up his own arse again?
_____ (place check here)
Soap box tirade over. Nothing more to see here, people - let's keep movin'.
15 May 2008
14 May 2008
*A smattering of knowledge is a dangerous thing when it comes to languages of the world.
Never tote a Smart Ones® microwaveable entree in your knitting bag. It doesn't stay frozen as long as you think it might, and it does leak. Especially the marinara sauce.
Especially the marinara sauce.
I'm just sayin'.
13 May 2008
Me likes the deers alive.
12 May 2008
The planets are apparently lined up favorably for my stash (unfavorably for my wallet). There's an LYS just up the hill from one of my schools, and they were anticipating the arrival of an order of Flat Feet sock yarn. I've been a bit obsessed with the concept of this yarn. Anyway, I called most days last week with negative results. Then I dialed the shop today. Instead of ringing, I heard someone dialing their phone. "Hello?" I said. "Oh, sorry. Hello, this is the Yarn Garage." I told her I was calling about the Flat Feet yarn. She was dialing my number to tell me she had just opened the delivery box of - you guessed it - Flat Feet sock yarn. Dude.
I chose slightly safe colors this go-round, but I'm thinking this is likely not the end of my experience knitting from flats. Heh heh heh.
Knit with gusto, people.
11 May 2008
Kidlet and I finished up J's gifts this morning before heading off to church - a Hello Kitty punch-out-and-string-up necklace/card that really sold itself (Kidlet could hardly contain herself at the card store) and a mommy bracelet with Kidlet's name and birthstone (I assisted with the beading tech).
Cate and MD's son D was baptized in today's service. Scott and I are now official members of his spiritual entourage. D and B had a whole mess of cousins in attendance, so Kidlet had a great time playing.
Here's what the godmother made for the newly saved soul - an Anglican rosary of sterling and garnet (the Birthstone Fairy strikes again). Kidlet and I will be celebrating with Nana this Thursday, so it's really a week long holiday this year. Gotta love that! On a weirder note, this Arkansas mother is expecting her Happy Mother's Day to you and/or your mom!
Kinda minimizes our own complaints about being "too busy," doesn't it?
Kidlet and I will be celebrating with Nana this Thursday, so it's really a week long holiday this year. Gotta love that!
On a weirder note, this Arkansas mother is expecting hereighteenth child. She has been pregnant for 135 months of her life. The oldest boy is twenty years old. They are all home schooled. And taught piano. And violin. Down, Dad, down.
Happy Mother's Day to you and/or your mom!
10 May 2008
The Festival was started in order to provide a venue where producers, consumers and artisans could come together and share the excitement of working with sheep and wool. Gradually, the Festival has grown to include other fiber animals such as angora rabbits, alpacas, and goats.
The Festival strives to be a family-oriented event that is not only fun but educational. Numerous classes are offered in the fiber arts...
Many vendors show their wares at the Festival through a juried selection of vendors of unique products. If it's fiber related, you probably will find just what you have been looking for.
Demonstrations are ongoing for sheep shearing, herding dogs, linen making, spinning and knitting. Activities are planned to spark the interest of youngsters.
I don't think I will make it to the Festival this year; if you do, I'd love a report. Enjoy a fiber-filled weekend!
09 May 2008
Holy kinky fleece, Ba-a-a-a-atman - I don't think skeining and soaking will relax that natural wave.Puns happen. Dial with it.
08 May 2008
07 May 2008
This little crabapple tree is in the parking lot of _____ High School. It had once been trimmed within an inch of becoming a shrub, but has since grown into a lovely bonsai-esque shape that stretches over the sidewalk. I give it four days until it's blanketed with blossoms. Note to self: get picture of blossoms for Deb.
A gratuitous bus photo for Kidlet (she's taken to scanning the roads for them as we drive about). On the aforementioned trek to school this morning, I noticed a lineup of four yellow limos in the oncoming turn lane, grabbed for my camera, and caught their escape. Here you go, sweetie.
Enjoy the season, readers!
(photo from the Paradise Fibers website) This is Flat Feet Sock Yarn (80/20 wool/nylon), and that is how it arrives - not in a ball or hank or skein, but a "blank"; the yarn is knitted into two flat sheets, hand dyed, and then unravelled as you knit. Each pair of resulting socks is completely unique, and rather a surprise. How cool is that idea? Just the storage flexibility set my mind racing.
This is Flat Feet Sock Yarn (80/20 wool/nylon), and that is how it arrives - not in a ball or hank or skein, but a "blank"; the yarn is knitted into two flat sheets, hand dyed, and then unravelled as you knit. Each pair of resulting socks is completely unique, and rather a surprise. How cool is that idea? Just the storage flexibility set my mind racing.
06 May 2008
05 May 2008
I have two friends - B and B - who, in the course of the past five days, have each received life-changing diagnoses. They hail from different parts of my life (singing and teaching); their illnesses are different (congestive heart failure and colorectal cancer); and their prognoses are, sadly, different as well. Today was a day of not good news.
I know each of these people could use all the support they can get. Please hold them up in whatever way you choose for strength, healing, and peace.
Cinco de Mayo is a regional festival day marking the Mexican defeat of French forces in 1862. It's not a countrywide fiesta in Mexico, nor is it Mexican Independence Day (that's in September); in the U.S., the day is similar to the cultural observation and revelry found on St. Patrick's Day.
This festive posting brought to you by Cinco de May Barbie! Yes, that's right - your favorite plasticine freak o' nature goes South of the Border and returns with a Coppertone tan. (Truth be told, I totally wanted a costume very similar to this as a young girl. For myself. Really.)
And in two weeks, another familial day of glory will descend upon us - [duhn, duhn, DUHN...] (ominous chords of doomydoomdoom). Don't eat the worm!
And in two weeks, another familial day of glory will descend upon us - [duhn, duhn, DUHN...] (ominous chords of doomydoomdoom).
Don't eat the worm!
04 May 2008
The card my parents gave me (pictured above right) has a great quote by American knitting maven Elizabeth Zimmermann; her down-to-earth deconstructed approach to knitting coupled with a slightly self-depricating sense of humor makes me laugh often. I leave you with her words tonight:
"Really, all you need to become a good knitter is wool, needles, hands, and slightly below-average intelligence."