Tuesday, February 21, 2017
September Morn by Thea Colman) A LOT over the past few days, and it is--whew--almost finished already. One sleeve to go. Also recommended for road trips--Tom Petty. Gah! He's so good! Tom is in my head right now. Fourteen solid hours of something will do that.Twyla Tharp, via Ann Wood) to store it all, and to keep the idea safe while I am off working on other things. I really recommend this for those times when the ideas are coming thick and fast and you're kind of afraid they'll get away before you can get around to them. Just put it all into a box--anything that has anything to do with the idea; scraps, doodles, words, all of it--and label the box. There, it's all in one place, waiting for you when you're ready. Doing this has helped me sleep better, and I'm not making that up.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Hilde. She has such a beautiful, bright sense of color, and had arranged the yarns in a specific way in the box, with warm colors on one side and cool colors on the other, with each color kind of related to its corresponding neighbor, which I thought was so perfect and so interesting, and so very Hilde. Fibertrek podcast, and was pretty pleased to see the end of that part of the project. The ends left me with a fistful of yarn snippets big enough to inspire yet more projects. I'll probably leave them outside for the birds--I love the idea of maybe someday finding a fallen nest, or coming upon one tucked into the hedge, that has a few of these yarn bits whimsically woven into it. There have been so many birds in our yard lately, I don't remember ever seeing so many. One of them will certainly appreciate all this soft yarn in such vivid colors as much as I have.
Thank you, Hilde. Spring is coming.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Instagram, you'll have seen this already, but the story is this: at the end of last year, Doc's sister J, who is a knitter and a stitcher, asked me to join her in a yearlong creative project. We'd hound each other regularly to make things, and to finish things, and to think outside the usual boxes, and to Get It Done. To not just talk about making, but to do it, and to explore ideas. She set the first challenge--"What are your intentions for the year?" So I made this. This little stitched piece, just 6" square--No. 1: Intentions--is what manifested from me thinking about all those things. It is aspirational. I plan to be brave and curious, and to do things besides just knit all the time. We'll see what happens! Let's go.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
Lisbon pullover (bottom-up construction and stitch counts) and Ryrau (colorwork chart, which I modified). This is my fourth and final attempt at using my stash of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, in the wonderfully golden "Hayloft", and I promised myself that if this sweater didn't work out, I would throw it to the wolves and be done with it, so it is happy thing indeed that I am pleased with the results here. Cramming the 34-stitch pattern repeat for the Ryrau chart into the stitch counts required for the yoke of the Lisbon pattern required me to finagle a little and simplify the original chart, and there was some self-congratulatory fist pumping when the math worked. So what is that, four finished sweaters for 2017, and we are three weeks into January? Yikes. I am knitting too much, and my wrists are in trouble, so there will be a week or so of me sitting here in the evenings wondering what these strange empty things at the ends of my arms are for. I'll sit down in front of the Netflix machine and, what, just watch?