Pinched. Plus a New Little Movie
September 21, 2008
Dude, I’m getting shaky. You may have heard that WE KIND OF RAN OUT OF GAS HERE IN NASHVILLE. It’s come to the point that the Tennessean has started posting maps showing which gas stations have gas. At one point they had a Gas Cam running a live feed of the Exxon station at 12th and Broadway.
Apparently this is some fluke of the space/time continuum. Memphis has gas; Knoxville has gas. Nashville falls between pipelines, apparently, or maybe it’s just JUSTICE being dispensed on our sorry little sidewalk-free, guzzlicious lifestyle. I’m down to a quarter of a tank, and I may not make it out tomorrow. How can I go cash in my Costco coupons for my pallet of printer paper if I can’t drive the eight miles to the nearest Costco? It’s giving me a colossal existential reckoning to imagine a carless life in this carcentric metropolitan area.
This temporary situation down here gives us all the opportunity to imagine, for a moment, what it would be like if THE GAS RAN OUT. Go ahead: think about it. Would you be able to live your normal life if you didn’t have rivers of fresh, delicious gasoline available? I certainly wouldn’t. We could walk the two miles to school every day, if we got all Abraham Lincoln about it. (Riding a bike here is totally life threatening unless all the cars vanish.) Hubbo’s office is about a mile from our house. The Harris Teeter grocery store is a rugged schlep through a mile and a half of sidewalkless neighborhood. And we’re considered “in-town” dwellers in Nashville. If you live in Franklin, or Brentwood, you’re miles from the things you need. It’s not what you’d call “sustainable.” It’s kind of a mess, you know?
Mason-Dixon Veil Stitch: A Documentary
I finished another of Ann Hahn Buechner‘s Monteagle Bags and may make a third one. Now that I’m home all the time with these bales of yarn lying around, I may knit up a regional light rail system.
1. I did make two bags out of one skein of Euroflax yarn. This still does not make Euroflax the MOST economical choice for this bag. (In today’s ever-diminishing dollar, a skein runs at around $24 which shows how old I am because I bought this stuff at $16 a skein and thought THAT was pricey.) It is, however, cheaper than cashmere. Or qiviut. Or handspun qiviut. Or, like, yarn made from spinning $10 bills which may be an idea in our future at the rate things are going.
2. There are some Ravelers messing around with the bag now, to excellent and innovative effect. In particular, knitinsage is thinking about eliminating the need to sew up the bottom of the bag by using Judy’s Magic Cast On. (Judy Becker’s masterful method is found here–one of Knitty’s all-time great how-to pieces).
3. Now. Response has been so adequate to our first documentary, Twisted Cross Stitch, that we are following it up with a thrilling sequel, Mason-Dixon Veil Stitch.
Veil Stitch appears in Rounds 17 and 21 of the Monteagle Bag pattern. It’s kind of unintuitive, but as fun as a rodeo once you see it in action. Here you go:
This is the worrisome appearance of Veil Stitch soon after working it:
When you stretch out the clumps of wraps–after you finish the bag, please!–they look like this:
Please note that on this bag, I did not knit the three rows of knit stitches between the Veil Stitch rows; this one has only one row, which saved me a little yarn.
After you finish two Monteagle bags, you end up with this:
If the gas continues to fail to show up, there will be more of this sort of thing.
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PSS The photo at the top is what happens to an Addi Turbo when you slam it in the door by accident. I managed to finish my Monteagle Bag with it, which proves my true pioneer spirit at work right now. SO LAME DOWN HERE!