From Sea to Shining Sea: Road Trip!
August 12, 2008
Get packing. We just got our marching orders for our book-related travels this fall. Check it out:
LEXINGTON, KY, Friday, October 10
7:00pm, fabulous Joseph-Beth Booksellers
NASHVILLE, TN, Saturday, October 11
3:00pm, the amazing Southern Festival of Books
ST. PAUL, MN, Sunday, October 12
1:00pm, William Mitchell College of Law Auditorium with the insanely fabulous Yarnery
PORTLAND, OR, Monday, October 13
7:30pm, giant and fiercely independent Powell’s Books (Burnside)
SEATTLE, WA, Tuesday, October 14
7:00pm, University Bookstore, home of the Fightin’ Huskies
NEW YORK, NY, Thursday, October 16
6:00pm, beloved Knitty City
RHINEBECK, NY, Sunday, October 19
10:00am-4:00pm, the surreal experience that is the NY Sheep & Wool Festival
NEW YORK, NY, Tuesday, October 21
6:30pm, the beautifully bookish Brooklyn Public Library
We’re going to have a lot of handknits to show and discuss, so we hope everybody will take this opportunity to ditch normal life and come out to hang out, celebrate knitting, and let us sign your book. Which we hope you will get. And enjoy.
Olympic Effort Now Underway (Non-Medal Contender)
I don’t really get how you can knit so fast, Kay. I just don’t get it. I mean, are ya feeding the children? Sleeping? I cast on for my Ravelympic Sweater for a Boy, using our free Perfect Sweater pattern, with some significant pattern modifications already. But I haven’t cranked the way you have cranked. Must crank more.
1. I’m knitting it in the round rather than in pieces. Faster, higher, seamlesser!
2. I’m deleting the side shaping seeing as how this is a sweater for a boy, and the boys I know don’t have side shaping of any sort.
3. I’m using a stitch pattern from our new book. It’s not really a stitch pattern, actually, it’s the lack of a pattern that makes it fun. There are four simple cable stitches that, when used in combination, send a k2 rib wandering all over the place. I work them without a cable needle, which is The Way To Go as far as I’m concerned.
I cooked up this idea for a sock pattern. I have wondered for a long time now what this cabling would look like when applied to a sweater, and I’m getting to find out. I can hardly tell you how much fun this is. There is no wrong way to do this. If you can tolerate randomness–and I love randomness, adore it, and find that it’s pretty much the only way I can get through life–then there is a lot of fun to be had here.
The result of knitting this ribbed sweater is that it’s going to be a serious negative-ease kind of sweater. Ribbing tends to pull in dramatically. Maybe it’s going to be for a four-year-old Afghan boy. We’ll see what blocking does for it.
Olympic Fact of the Day
Michael Phelps eat 10,000 calories every day.
That is, like, SO MANY CALORIES.