Dear Kay, January's Get Rid of 50 Things a Day project was basically a success, in the sense that I feel better about 1,500 things not being inside my house anymore. It was not perfect, by any means--I never did go into the basement. I may never go into the basement. And the toy closet was a shattering reckoning I hope never to repeat. But I did discover that I have pretty much a lifetime supply of books I haven't read. If we would just read all the books in the house, we'd know a lot, including Today Is the Day: Biorhythms and You and my brother's Classics Illustrated comic books. So much faster than actually slogging The Red Badge of Courage. Two editions of Uncle Tom's Cabin—Clif was always a collector . . . February is Dance Month around here. Why is it that after a certain age there are no places to dance except a kid's bar mitzvah or a wedding? I figured out that my kitchen is working just great thanks to my Christmas present radio gizmo. NPR just posted its Cabin Fever Dance Mix, if you're looking for a place to start. And Time Out's "100 Greatest Songs for an Epic Party" is even better. Any playlist that includes this has got it right. In knitting news, I finished my Knit Your Life sweater, which languished for so long on a chair that Kermit bit through the yarn and hid that last ball of Rowanspun for at least two months. It turned out well, though Kermit blocked the front portion to the point that the cables are smooshed. You can see the devastating effects of an 18-pound cat if you look at the sleeves, which didn't appeal to him and therefore survived blocking with their dimensionality preserved: It's OK, really. He was so dead-set on claiming this sweater that I didn't really begrudge him his nap on a damp handknit. Jerk cat. Anyway, here's the back. I really, really love Rowanspun DK for its cottony, semi-felted fluffitude. It is sadly discontinued, but it shall live on in this garment. To recap, this is a highly modified version of Back Home in Vermont from The Natural Knitter. I A-lined the torso, cabled all over the thing in a totally random way, and changed the gauge. I made up the neckline edging of applied I-cord, and I would recommend this for any neckline. Clean and fun to make. I'll get my photographer to take a picture of me wearing this. I am wearing this thing all the time. It was really fun to make and satisfied my long curiosity about making a sweater with random cables. It made me really and truly GET what the stitches are doing when you make a cable. Love, Ann
February 5, 2014
Dear Kay, January’s Get Rid of 50 Things a Day project was basically a success, in the sense that I…
November 1, 2013
Watching Homeland while knitting is a terrible idea. Just terrible.