Saturday, May 21, 2005

Playing Catch-Up 

So, last Sunday night I dyed a pound of BFL to make the Butterfly but I'm probably going to need more because if memory serves, the XS takes 550 grams, and 1 lb is less than that no matter how much you try to fool that crazy metric system.

This picture doesn't really show the true colours, as the middle is more blue, one end a darker green, the other a blue-green. I didn't take notes on how much colour went where so I have a grasshopper's chance in Oaxaca of re-creating it for dyeing the rest, but that's part of the fun. I may spin the first part to something like 3/4 of the right thickness and the rest to 1/4 and ply them. Depends on how that improves my chances of fakin' the Noro look. I love the Noro colours and striping, but I'm not real keen on the quality of the yarns and the yardage, especially for the price. Too short, and a too prone to pilling when knit at the recommended gauges.

"We don't feed dogs at the table."

No sirree, bob. Nope. Because That Would Be Bad.

Check out the pretty face my niece is giving my sister, all for the love of a lamb chop:

It's a wonder any of us still have noses on our faces. You never get between Sheila Doog and a num-num.

Actual Knit Content

Some progress on my Sirdar hooded sweatshirt back:

I f'd up a bit on the center cable, but if you can see it, don't tell me. I expect it will be hidden under the hood, and it doesn't really pop from the angora blend anyway. If it really drives me nuts maybe I'll see if Heather will hold my hand while fixing it (yes, I probably will need both hands for the dropping down and picking up, yes) but I doubt it will come to that.

In a lunch hour (which actually means a half hour of knitting) I get maybe four rows of the upper cabling repeat done. The directions are all written out, not charted, and I wonder if that would help me go faster if it were, though I can't claim I have a photographic memory for knitting charts like Lucy's Wendy.

Even if I did, I don't think I could fly like she does (not enough happy thoughts? or fairy dust?).

I can't wait to see the progress report on Monday. When I donated, I guessed that she'd have it done next Sunday night, but from the progress shown so far I'd say that I am way the hell off. I'm halfway tempted to go down to TJ and score some Ambien and send it to her as a donated prize.

It's a beautiful sweater, and gives me some insight into all the kerfluffle over Alice Starmore. And you really have to love that the fun is for a good cause.

Speaking of charted knitting, I went back to the Knitting Basket in Lemon Grove to buy the copy of Barbara Walker's Charted Knitting Designs that we saw on our whirlwind tour, but unfortunately it turned out to not be for sale.

Oh well, but I picked up a really fun old knit magazine for 64ยข, including tax. I asked her, "Sixty-four cents, are you sure?" and she said, "yes" and I said, "Wow. Okay. Thank you!" I'm starting to feel like a young scheister taking advantage. Here's the cover:

Forgive the crappy photos please, the scanner light brought up unpleasant striping in the paper

It's originally from THE SUPER MART in Santa Barbara, California, according to a stamp on the cover, and the copyright is 1961. Highlights include:

"My, is it that cold in here?"

Hooray for tortoiseshell (possibly horn?) nipples! On belted knit jackets!

Mod squad reject--I actually love this sweater.

So prim and proper.

"I'm special! Speeeeeeeeshull!"

I have no idea why I find this so classically appealing.

This woman scares the crap out of me. Maybe because she looks like the Lisa Marie alien who bit off Martin Short's index finger in "Mars Attacks!"

I really like this cable rib sweater and mitered collar, and the woman reminds me of someone, who is it?


I haven't been very good about keeping up with the 52 books, 52 weeks thing. Um, oops.

By now I'd really have to go back and track it all down. I know I've read at least a book a week, but some probably shouldn't even count, because they were Lemony Snicket books. Nick and I read Persepolis today and enjoyed it very much and will get the sequel in the next library trip. Every review I've seen of it also mentions Spiegelman's MAUS but the two are really very different despite the repressive, murderous regime theme. In the end, MAUS made me feel more deeply.

I also snagged The Jane Austen Book Club, Kite Runner, Saul Bellow's Herzog, The Pirates! and Allende's Zorro. I'll try to be better in the future about keeping track, because that'll be fun for me to look at at the end of the year. I should figure out how to categorise these entries. Hmmm. Maybe I should spend more time with the web publishing books I got from City. Blah.


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