(after a detour on the Procrastination Express!)
Well, since last posting, life has been dragging me around by the hair: knitting (of course), juggling projects at work as we settle into a newly renovated building, spending more time with friends, participating in swaps of various kinds, keeping up with my correspondences, and…did I mention knitting?
Although I have been knitting a lot, the skirt mentioned in my earlier post has not been one of the projects: the more I knitted and looked at those horizontal stripes circling (or spiraling, since I was knitting in the round), the more I could see them on my hips, moving toward the real horizon to the ends of the earth, taking the visual perception of my hips along with them. No. Couldn’t have that.
So the partial skirt in the photo now only exists in that photo. The yarn is now a big fat ball waiting to be repurposed. I love that yarn and will have to let it rest for a while until inspiration for its next incarnation hits.
TRIPS TO THE FROG POND
I never mind frogging a project that needs frogging: better to frog than feel that mounting sense of forboding as the project goes farther and farther down the road to project disaster. For the non-knitter reading this, “frogging” is knitspeak for undoing (or ripping out) a knitted project.
One of the wonderful things about knitting is that it is so forgiving. If you don’t like something, or get tired of what you have made, you can recycle the yarn into something else!
My father was always horrified to see me frog a large piece of knitting. However, I never get that attached to anything I knit unless it is finished and right. Frogging is kind of Zen, as is knitting.
So after making more dishcloths and scrubbies for some of the numerous swaps I had joined, I decided to make something quick and fun…well, there isn’t much that is faster to knit than a dishcloth or a scrubbie, but this time I got the urge to try a recent kit I had bought on eBay.
A FUN, FAST-TO-MAKE, AND UNUSUAL KNITTING PROJECT: Lu Top
Some time ago I fell in love with this top and finally bought the kit for it. If you click on the link under the name and description, you can look at pics of some of the alternative ways to wear the top. I chose a wool/silk blend bulky weight yarn, Fleece Artist Scotian Silk in a browns/greys/blacks hand dyed colorway called “Earth.” Yum!
The skein included with the pattern specifies a 6mm/U.S.#10 needle (I used a circular) with a gauge of 14st/4.” The skein contains 250g/375 meters or about 9+ oz./410 yds.
Here are some pics of my version:
Here is the wrap laid out to show the shaping and construction.
I think the person wearing the top in the distributor’s photo must be very tiny indeed. I wear a size medium, and although I like the way that it fits me, it is definitely different from the way that it fits the model.
This little garment, which is sort of a cross between a shrug and a wrap, has some lovely details in the shaping, the stitch, and in how it can be worn. You can wear it upside down or backward and not look as if you should have had supervision when you got dressed!
The stitch pattern, called “Turkish Stitch” is a variation of many lace stitch patterns with that name to be found on the web and in stitch pattern dictionaries. It is a one-row reversible pattern worked over a multiple of 2 stitches (I think it should be worked over a multiple of 4 stitches plus 2 stitches for the selvedge).
The best visual I could find for this version of the stitch is here. It is in the March 2, 2007 post on that blog. Scroll almost to the bottom of the page and look for a close-up shot of the green lace swatch.
The shaping involves short rows and I had to play with them for a while to figure out how to get it just right for the yarn overs, but the instructions are good and after you get a rhythm going it is really a fun garment to make.
I tried it on over my one “little black dress,” love the look and now can’t wait to take it out on the town!
I also want to try making Lu in some other colorways. I trimmed mine with black on the two edges where you cross the garment: it looked more finished to me that way.
One word of caution: if you (or the person for whom you’ll make this), are busty or wear a larger size, consider increasing the number of stitches at the cast on edge to avoid a “shelf” effect on the person. Lu is worked sideways so it is pretty easy to adjust the length if necessary. I am about a medium size and did not adjust for this first try…I might do so for the next attempt.
Comments from others who have made this design, also from the kit, have indicated that there is a choice of sizes but the kit I bought was ”one size fits all.” There is enough yarn in the kit to make it a bit longer (a few inches), but you might consider purchasing an extra skein if you want to enlarge much beyond that.
FAMILY MATTERS (JUST A QUICKIE…INDULGE THE PROUD GOGO!)
Here is a picture of my little grandson, asleep in his daddy’s arms:
Born 10 weeks early at 2 lbs. 12 oz., he arrived on January 16th, although his due date was April 7th.
Thanks to his tireless parents and the incredible NICU Staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, he is now a robust baby boy who laughs, like this:
at everything his self-named big “stister” does as she sings and dances for him. She now has her own little groupie!
Here he is with their mom:
His mantra is: “Feed me!”
and here he is with his big “Stister” (as she calls herself), the self-named Queen Isabella shown elsewhere in this blog (See It’s in My Genes! on the sidebar):
I am told that she is devoted to her baby brother, and he loves his big sister!
Recently there have been lots of birthdays among my friends and family. I know an incredible number of Taureans and seem to be meeting more all the time. My birthday is May 4th and I have gone into two shops in the last few weeks, one of them on my actual birthday, and as it turned out, the people running those shops had May 4th birthdays, too.
Lots of opportunities to misbehave with the eating of cake, cheesecake, and any cake!
Here is some cybercake. Have a piece!
It won’t taste as yummy as the real thing, but it is the best I can offer!
If I lived in Cincinnati, I would be in even more trouble with an uncle, an aunt, my dad, a cousin, another cousin (my cousin’s younger son who shares my birthday) all there, and all with Taurus birthdays…and everybody requiring a celebratory cake of his or her own.
All of those birthdays are not excuses for not posting here. I have just done my usual procrastination…well, let’s just say that I post in my head! Of course that is only good for other people if they are psychics!
MORE ART FROM MY PARENTS
My mother is no longer living, but her art still deserves to be shared. At some point I will upload some of the images from the art exhibition held posthumously last year in Bermuda. I was unable to attend, but my my uncle’s wife Sandy, who is very good about staying on top of family photography, took photos of almost everything.
In the meantime, here is a self-portrait my mother Gwen Cann painted in 1957. It is now housed in my small collection of her work, but will soon be sent to Cincinnati to be housed in my father’s extensive art collection along with the painting of me done the same year….keep scrolling and you’ll see an image of that one, too.
Here is the painting of me:
I think these paintings should be together, don’t you?
MORE WORK FROM MY DAD
He won’t like it if I get more specific, but let me say that Daddy, an octo-something, spends 30 hours a week in the studio working with clay and producing ever cooler art pieces like this:
I have had this bowl for a whle and use it for making pancake batter, or for holding teabags and such on the kitchen counter. It even has a built-in pour spout. Its diameter is between 6″ and 7″.
This bowl will be sold…and I am reluctant to part with it, but I will.
The diameter of this larger bowl is about 8″. It has a nice heft and the texture is a visual delight.
MY LIFE AS FURNITURE FOR THE CAT
Casanova (his real name), decided that I needed some extra weight on the bridge I was forming as I arranged myself over the exercise balls in class a couple of weeks ago. He jumped up there and immediately a cell phone camera and a digital camera appeared out of nowhere and voila:
This photo was taken by my wonderful friend and yoga buddy, Gabby M.
That’s all for now. In the near future, perhaps my next post (but no promises!), I’ll write my reflections on creativity. The purpose will be to inspire.
Until then, have a terrific day off Memorial Day tomorrow!