Friday Snipsnaps and Tidbits
August 15, 2008
Anybody who’s kept a blog for any length of time starts taking pictures of stuff just because it needs to be shared with the world. Here’s an heirloom tomato MRI. It was delicious.
Stunning Olympic Discovery of the Day
Kay, I just found out something shocking: the Chinese Olympic Committee has been using a cuter, prettier version of me to blog the Olympics. I feel so cheated! I thought I was writing all this stuff!
Michael Phelps Fact of the Day
He has the torso of a 6’8″ man, and the legs of a 6′ man. His flipperlike legs, combined with his massively awesome torso, are the secret to his freaky success.
Now, my Ravelympics Sweater for a Boy, as it’s listed in the official Team Afghans for Afghans roster of projects, needs to be renamed Ravelympics Sweater for a Fashion-Forward Boy, because it really will look best when worn on the slightly fitted side. I just held it up to my model, who’s a giant nine year old (seriously, he’s huge), and it fits him nicely if you gently stretch the thing out. He would rather die than wear something that does not have a skateboard logo on it, so it’s a good thing this is going to Afghanistan.
At this point, I am totally addicted to this thing. To review: I’m making random k2 cables wander across this Perfect Sweater. The cable recipe is from a sock pattern in our new book.
Here’s the front side:
Here’s the back:
It’s really hard to resist the urge to throw a twist in there–you can see how often I succumbed to the temptation. I think this sweater would look cool with as few twists as possible. Or with a jillion twists. What’s pleasant is not having to use a chart at all for this, or a cable needle. There’s this constant little wondering at what’s coming up next: do I need to shift a cable over a stitch? Should I resist the urge?
Dept of How Did We Ever Live Without This?
Quilt2Go really knows how to give a gadget-obsessed knitter a frisson. This is StitchMinder, a free iPhone App that helps you keep track of how many rows you’ve completed, what pattern row you’re on, what decrease row you’re on, what increase row you’re on. You tap on the number to change it.
It’s such a high-tech solution to a low-tech problem. In other words: FAB! I haven’t used it for a project yet (the Ravelympics sweater is pretty much devoid of a need for record-keeping). But I think it could be useful for the right project. Inasmuch as you need to keep a phone/iPod/browser/email nearby when you’re knitting a sweater.
Of course, if you already have an iPhone, you don’t need me to explain about any of this. You’ve probably already downloaded the thing.
PS BONUS EXTRA! Ten Fiercest Olympic Fashions, as curated by the winner of last season’s Project Runway, Christian Siriano.