The Travel Channel is running coverage of New Year's Eve celebrations around the world, as well as a Anthony Bourdain No Reservations marathon. Finally, I watched the episode I had twice avoided -- No Reservations: Beirut.
If you have seen that episode, I do not need to tell you how compelling it was. Nor do I need to tell you why I found it particularly touching today -- as the world slowly turns into a new year. Let us hope and work towards a good one...
Happy New Year!
30 December 2007
A Needle-ing Feeling
With roughly 1/2 of the yarn "cake" used, Montego is measuringa mere 35.5" inches, and the fabric is more "sproingy". As I am knitting with Schaefer Anne, I would expect a slightly different drape than the original.
Ravely revealed others who had substituted a variety of yarns, including Anne. However, the subbers used a size 8 needle (as per the pattern!) versus my size 6. The resulting fabric is far more drapey and airy than mine.
That feeling. Those voices. I am going to knit a few repeats with a larger needle to see if I prefer it. If so, I suppose this could be my final "frog" of 2007.
Labels: Projects - Montego Bay Scarf
29 December 2007
Beryl Button Dilemma
Upon closer inspection, the vintage buttons are too big for Beryl's buttonholes, and I am not re-knitting that button band again. Also, two of the buttons are faded, and the inconsistency would drive me b-o-n-k-e-r-s. I am almost convinced that the texture of the buttons compete with, rather than complement, the texture of the seed stitch.
Top button it is!
The sleeves are not yet set into the garment, and I am having a devil of a time of jiggering the fit that handing it over to a professional finisher is most tempting! Is paying another to help you finish illegal in Clean Slate by 2008?
28 December 2007
It is not what you think.
I wouldn't dream of letting you do this job.
Prior to Christmas, the darling Tanya had sent me two mixed
27 December 2007
Are You Kidding Me?
The much-anticipated and long-awaited Annual Dark Lady Christmas Break Bonanza with Nancy was cancelled due to that lovely combination of soupy eyes, burning sinuses and heavy, feathery lungs that started brewing yesterday in Pittsburgh.
As for the knitting that I brought to Pittsburgh... As usual, my mental knitting far outpaces my actual knitting. I had packed the enormous black knitting bag (the one that keeps spontaneously generating projects) filled with with various yarns, knitting magazines, and knitting needles for nothing.
I worked on the Montego Bay Scarf from Interweave Knits Summer 2007, and I have not made much progress in spite of the easy pattern and several hours of knitting time.
The yarn is Anne from the Schaefer Yarn Company, and the color is either Emily Dickinson or Minnie Pearl. Which makes me giggle. For many reasons.
Labels: Projects - Montego Bay Scarf
22 December 2007
18 December 2007
This Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
Let me just say that I suffered quite a doozy last night. First, I quickly learned that ripping out a garment knitted with one row of stripping in three different colors is quite the hellish project. Later as I was gathering the Bella oddballs from the bowels of my big knitting bag, I discovered...Frilly Milly!
Sweet Christmas Fruitcakes! Will there be no end to these excavations? No sooner do I wipe one project from the slate than another one appears. I do not have Starteritis. I have Project Dementia.
The process of ripping Bella proved to be too arduous for one evening's work, so I neatened the armholes of the long-neglected Tank with 3D Crochet Embellishments. This baby is finished. All embellishments will be bought or scrounged from my current brooch stash. There will be no 3D crochet of embellishments. The tank and I are done. Done.
My Clean Slate by 2008 status is coming along.
Beryl Seam sleeves. Set in sleeves. Sew on buttons.
Labels: Clean Slate 2008
17 December 2007
Last evening, I asked Joe for his opinion on Bella. Rather than addressing the issue (Does this convey my personal style and flatter my figure?), he addressed the fact that the shoulder seam colors did not match and that there was a strange "blip" in the knitting -- right between my breast. Funny that he'd notice...
Bella is not being shown to her best, I know, but I am having serious reservations about this one. I know I was nearly mad with desire to knit Bella last year, but I have the niggling feeling that I have misjudged.
The fact that I feel as if I am wearing a knitted wool cervical collar is easily fixed. However, there is something about this particular garment that makes me feel like a dowdy clown. Is it the striping? Could it be the lack of neckline?
What do you think, is Bella a pass or a pardon?
Labels: Projects - Bella
15 December 2007
Cleaning The Slate
Alas, there is some good news!
Basic Camisole, Knitting Lingerie Style
August 3, 2007 - December 15, 2007
Katia Ceilan #5869 (muted peach) 5-1/2 balls
Katia Ceilan #5855 (muted sage) 1/2 balls
#4 camisole waist shaping
This simple project is a testament to my laziness as a finisher. Finishing the armholes and sewing on the collar turned out to be a three-month exercise in avoidance.
Actually, the armholes was a breeze, but the collar was another matter. I agonized over the appropriate stitch, and Tanya suggested I whip-stitch it. Whatever stitch I did, it is anything but pretty on the inside. In fact, I would call call it sloppy on the inside -- the opposite of Courtney Love, no? Wearing it will be the test.
The Clean Slate by 2008 stats are improving:
Bella Seam sides.
Beryl Seam and set in sleeves. Sew on buttons.
Tank with 3D Crochet Embellishments Crochet border on neckline and armholes.
10 December 2007
Ray of Light
Labels: Projects - Beryl
06 December 2007
Should I Be Worried?
I did not, nor did I have the desire to, visit a yarn store in Pittsburgh.
I have not, nor have I had the desire to, knit since my return.
I have not, nor have I had the desire to, visit a yarn store since my return.
I am thinking about skipping my Knitting Group tonight.
05 December 2007
Planes Trains & Automobiles
My flight arrived 27 minutes early, and as I contemplated the formidable taxi queue, the Q33 bus arrived. The math was simple. No wait + $2.50 fare = Hell yes.
From the bus, I connected to the 7 subway with a mere 2 minute wait.
The 7's first stop in Manhattan is Grand Central Station, and I was standing at the Metro-North ticket vending machine with 7 minutes to spare before the 11:48 train departed. Two sets of buffoons (one set of which cut in front of me but my Spanish is nowhere good enough to have cursed them properly) were unable to work the machines properly, and time was ticking away.
If I failed to catch the 11:48, it would be a full hour's wait for the next train. Hell no. Thankfully, Buffoon Set #2 gave up, and I secured a ticket and a seat on the train with 2 minutes to spare.
My time in Pittsburgh was delightful. My Internet-free visit was wonderful. I am dreading the 521 blog posts that accumulated during my time away. What did I do in the Steel City? I read, I took yoga classes, I walked. I did not knit. Not a stitch.