Need a holiday handknit? Time for a Schmatta!

Almost Ready to Go

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Dear Kay,
VERY rainy day, most excellent.
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I’m in the midst of the Constant Hem, and I turn on the radio only to find myself listening to a two-hour NPR call-in fest, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, all about the topic of CIVILITY. Of course, if you throw Camille Paglia into the mix, things get feisty pretty fast. It’s kind of funny.
The bottom flap of the cuff folds under, all hemlike, whereupon one commences to matching up stitch for stitch, around the ruching which just seems like insanity once you look at it.
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It hems up right good. For those hem enthusiasts who wonder whether it would have been better to do a provisional cast on and work this hem while I was knitting, I say: I thought it would be sort of unwieldy to do such a long hem in that elegant, time-honored way. Or maybe I forgot . . .
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Packing Up
I’m so happy that The Singing Revolution is about to leave on its road trip. I watched it again, just to refresh myself before I say farewell, and I’ve been singing fakey Estonian ever since. I’m so excited to hear from so many of you! This is going to be superfabby.
If you’d like to join this slow-moving peace train, email me your address quick quick quick, and I will add you to the list. In order to get this show on the road, I’ll collect addresses until midnight tonight Central time.
And if you’re living outside of Canada or the U.S., way to go! I’m not totally sure this disc will work in your DVD player, but maybe your computer will work? Thanks to those who pointed out this nettlesome compatability issue. (If you want to bang your head against the wall, read this explanation of the problem.)
It’s going to take a while for this movie and the comments notebook to wend its way. I mean: it’s going to take WEEKS and WEEKS. I may do a few slight adjustments to keep the thing from crossing continents too often. At any rate, off it goes tomorrow.
Love,
Ann

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18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Sometimes you can watch those incompatible DVDs with your computer.
    It worked with a Norwegian disk in my USA computer…

  2. Oh, and I love your Rowena! I bought the book because of that sweater…and the Linen Kilt after I saw Kay started it (did that ever get finished?). I haven’t found the right yarn yet, you made a beautiful choice.

  3. The sweater looks gorgeous, and I’m mighty afraid of a provisional cast on, so I think you made the right choice. I’m also noting that the cat is not at all afraid of the pins, still worrisome!!!

  4. Yay! I’ll be waiting by the mailbox! This is such a cool idea.

  5. Looking Goood!
    I see that the ‘Helper Cat’ is at his post. Like a regular cheerleader, he is. One thing’s for sure, though, I don’t think I could hem as nicely as that. (Perhaps in the next life…)
    LoveDiane

  6. the garment is lovely
    the kitty lets you live in the house

  7. Loverly hem!

  8. I catalog DVDs for work (in a library), so I know that in the US if you try to play a non-region 1 disc on your PC, what happens is you get a message popping up saying something about “This disc is region #, do you want to change regions, you are only allowed to change regions four times and then you’re stuck with whatever region you’re on.” Obviously that’s not the exact wording! But that’s the gist of it. So those in other places may get that message when they play it on their PCs.

  9. Wow! You’re flying on that Rowena! It looks great. Can’t wait to see it finished.

  10. The sweater is so lovely it has me considering sweater knitting when I haven’t knit one since 1979. I think hemming is the right solution because the stability of the cast on edge might tame the ruching a bit and keep it in line. Who knows what wildness could creep in willy-nilly with a provisional cast on.

  11. Your knitting supervisor looks quite pleased.

  12. Couldn’t wait to see the movie….I ordered it up next on Netflix.

  13. Stinkin’ Bloglines made me miss the deadline. Push I finally needed to switch to Google Reader? I THINK SO!

  14. Stinkin’ Bloglines made me miss the deadline, AFTER it failed to notify me at ALL about the existence of the original “hey, let’s all watch this movie” post. Push I finally needed to switch to Google Reader? I THINK SO! (Bloglines = anti-pacifism grooviness and kumbaya? :)

  15. I think that not all DVDs have region coding… maybe we’ll be lucky?

  16. And it is disks like this (well, mostly imports from England and Japan) that made my friends give me a region free dvd player for my birthday ages and ages ago.

  17. Dear Ann, your Kitty looks exactly like mine (a Norwegian Forestcat). I’m knitting five projects at the same time so I have started wondering if there is something like a closed camp for curing knitaddicts (would be a pretty good excuse to take my knitting with me). The Rowena your are doing makes me consider knitting a sweater for myself! (never done this before).

  18. Dear Ann, your Kitty looks exactly like mine (a Norwegian Forestcat). I’m knitting five projects at the same time so I have started wondering if there is something like a closed camp for curing knitaddicts (would be a pretty good excuse to take my knitting with me). The Rowena your are doing makes me consider knitting a sweater for myself! (never done this before).