So many loose ends to tie up. For everyone here for flood relief coverage, well, sometimes we talk about unwieldy DVD-mailing projects, sleep issues, even knitting when we really run low on topics.
1. Singing Revolution. This Mason-Dixon Around-The-World DVD project is limping along, though some of you (I won’t mention anybody except for the person who lives on the Upper West Side of a major metropolitan city) have been caught SITTING ON THE DVD and not QUICKLY SENDING IT to the next person on the list. At this point this fascinating DVD has made about 20 stops, which is great. But the thing left my house in October, and there are 104 people on this list, and by my calculation this DVD will take longer to make its rounds than the actual Estonian revolution that is the subject of this DVD. Snap SNAP, people! If you have recently viewed this DVD, please let me know that you have sent it so I can update the Google Map that tracks the DVD’s progress just the way we track Santy Claus on Christmas Eve.
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2. The 2010 Sleep Challenge. Back in January, I joined in Arianna Huffington’s Sleep Challenge, where we were all spoze to get 7.5 hours of sleep per night, for one month. My conclusion after this relaxing, life-altering experience is this: we should all aim to sleep better. Nobody’s good at sleep except knitwear designer Kristi Porter. We would all be more patient, more pleasant, and possibly less pasty-looking. Dewy! Sleep makes you look all dewy! Now, the tragedy is that I am not currently achieving 7.5 hours on a regular basis. Dewy is not the word over here. I grieve whenever the clock passes 11 pm, because I have seen the promised land of enough sleep, but it’s way over there, behind my laptop and knitting and six books on my bedside table that I use mostly as a really tall coaster.
3. The Diminishing Rib Cardigan. I finished this cardigan weeks ago! It turned out very pretty, in a furry handspun Padmae-the-sheep and Shadrach-the-goat sort of way. If you recall (and I can barely remember myself), the crucial drama involved the foldy curly neckline. I keep neglecting to get my photographer to shoot me, but he’s in the now-dry basement a lot right now working on a thrilling new project. But I will git r done asap so I can show you what happens when I’m wearing it.
Oh hell, I’ll be back in a minute. No time like the present.
Elliott likes it, so that’s good enough for me.
The mighty redemptive power of blocking again reveals itself.
However, as I suspected, blocking cannot fix a fundamental design-and-engineering issue. The neckline, attractive though it is, likes to flop.
The I-cord edging, coming as it does at the edge of stockinette fabric, likes to curl.
Do I wish these things weren’t happening? Well, yeah. But I can’t get too steamed up about it these days. A hook and eye will pull the neckline in place. The rolling front edge will roll. I like the basic shape of this sweater, and it’s going to be one that I wear a lot.
PS Brad Paisley, my new boyfriend, raised $1.7 million last night on teevee for Tennessee flood relief. Donate here. It’s the highest irony that his new single is called “Water,” all about having fun out at the lake. Oy!