Monday, June 30, 2008

you know it's summer when

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You know it's summer when you take your table cloth and bottle of wine and head to Chauncey Creek for some lobster rolls. That is the Huz in the corner, making an appearance on the blog. Does he have to mug for the camera?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

separated at birth?

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I've realized that I've been taking pictures of pink piles. Here is another pile of pink, pink peony petals from the garden:


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I did some bus knitting on Sahara this week on my way down to Boston. I seem to knit and rip this one, knit and rip. My goal is to get it done by the 4th of July, but maybe I just don't want it to end because the yarn is so nice.


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Route 1, north of Boston, is an excellent strip for good road signage spotting. I tried taking some pictures of my favorite signs but the bus was just zooming by too quickly. Here is a link to one of my favorite signs, Karl's Sausage Kitchen. I scored an excellent sign right on the curb of our own street and dragged it home. I think I will hang it right where it is sitting. Our back door is our most used exit and it is a nightmare to get in and out of. Especially in the winter when there are boots and coats to put on, the traffic jam at the back door makes the highways of LA look good. Maybe the sign will help with my back door rage and aid the flow of traffic.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

and the winner is...

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Weaverknits! Email me (you can find that in my profile) your address and the books will be on their way. My little Kinchaku Bag, designed by Miho Takeuchi, was good for drawing names from.

Cheryl of Seedstitch fame is helping organize the Fiber Revival. Go on over and check it out, it sounds like a day of fiber-y goodness and some excellent vendors.

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I've joined the War and Peacealong on
Ravelry. The War and Peacealong involves reading the book and perhaps knitting something Russian inspired. If you're on Ravelry and you're looking for something a little more challenging than you're average beach read, jump into the fray. I'm about a hundred pages into it and there is scads of odious aristocratic intrigue to trump even the steamiest soap opera.

My knitting bag pattern is Amy Butler's Chelsea Bag in tote size. The fabrics are Kaffe Fassett's. The welt handle on the bag was a beast to turn, I'm not sure that I would make another one. I enjoyed using it for the last couple of years though and it's perhaps time to start thinking about making a new one.

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Sahara has been ripped back a bit. Does this yarn have memory of what?! Worms, spaghetti, what is this stuff? I didn't think the shirttail hem shaping added much to it and it seemed a bit long. I think if it's a little shorter it might not highlight the slight pooch I have around the midsection so much, thanks kids. I'm still waiting for the yarn for my sleeves and am starting to get worried about what I might do if my knitting came to a standstill for a day.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

a giveaway

These books could be yours. I was recently given two books, Romantic Knits and Sexy Little Knits , by a friend. I have enjoyed looking at them but have decided that I want to pass them on. There are some cute patterns in these books and some, like the mohair bathing suit, are a hoot. If you've been dying for a crocheted string bikini or something slinky and form fitting, these books are for you. The books are in brand new condition. Leave me a comment and I will randomly draw a winner from the commentees. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. EST on Sunday June 15th.

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As for Sahara, it's moving along. I'm still deciding wether or not I want long sleeves or short sleeves but am pretty much leaning towards long sleeves (3/4 really) because I think I'll get more use out of a sweater than a short sleeve thing. The crazy climate in New England allows for a few good hot days during the summer, but there are still lots of moments when you're wishing for something warm to throw on. I also have a tingling feeling that this garment is going to turn out really well and I don't want to short change it. Long sleeves means buying more yarn which opens up the possibility that the color of the new yarn could be pretty different from what I have, are storm clouds looming? One of the skeins of Bonnie's Bamboo that I bought at Purl was a dramatically lighter than the others, I'm using that for the neckline and cuffs and I love the slightly lighter look there. 


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The diamond rib that is used on the neckline is gorgeous. The pattern doesn't totally spell out the yarn overs and how to knit into them but I like what I've ended up with. This is a very stretchy rib, I went down to a size 4 needle for the ribbing but I could have just as easily used a 3. In the photo above I haven't sewn up the bottom of this wonderful plunging neckline yet, it also gets seamed up the middle a bit for decency's sake (but not too much!). Here is a close-up of the ribbing:

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Sahara looks a little tight on Bessie but she is a little bit bustier than me. The bamboo yarn stretches out quite a bit when it is blocked too. My swatch went from 5 1/2 stitches/inch to 5 stitches/inch (size 5 needles) after washing and became much softer. The bamboo is also pretty dense, so I expect the weight of it to drag the garment earthward as I wear it. The only real mod that I'm making at this point is to add more hip increases, 2 extra rows of increases and I'm working them every sixth row instead of every eighth. The pattern has equal measurements for the bust and hipline which just won't do for pear shaped gals.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

meat

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Meat. This leftover meat on a paper plate came out after dinner at my college reunion this past weekend. I think the good folks in the kitchen thought we would nosh on it as the night went on. It was the center piece of much hilarity and early in the morning some who were either very brave, very hungry, or too drunk to care polished it off. Once I got over my initial queasy feeling at going to my reunion I had a really really good time. Who would have thunk?

As for knitting, I've been at a bit of a standstill. I misplaced the needles that I needed for the neckline of my Sahara sweater just before I went away for the weekend and was too stubborn to buy new ones. I figured that they would turn up and they did, in my friend's knitting bag. So it's back to work now.

I've been tagged by Janet. Here it is:
1. What was I doing ten years ago? I still had an art studio in NYC and was probably feeling glum about not getting shows. No kids at that time. I spent a lot of time swing dancing and had a damn good time doing it.
2. What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order): 1. yoga. I've haven't done it in several days since I was away for the weekend and it is a must. 2. laundry, always laundry. 3. blog. 4. rip out the neckline of Sahara and start over. 5. the dentist. ugh.
3. Snacks I enjoy: I have a particular weakness for the delightful little cheese crackers from Kashi. They are my crack. If anyone knows of a support group for those addicted to cheese crackers, I would appreciate the info.
4. Things I would do if I was a billionaire. At this point all the things that I can think of seem enormously practical like paying off the mortgage, buying a new car kind of thing. I would do some traveling once my finances were squared away.
5. Places I have lived. Turkey, Jordan, France, and in the States: Jersey, NYC, Maine, New Hampshire.

At this point I'm supposed to tag six other people. I think a lot of blogger folks I know have already been tagged and I'm not very good about passing things like chain letters on. So if you've read this and want to participate, consider yourself tagged.