Monday, May 26, 2008
About the same time, Jan was blogging about her Grandma's Flower Garden hexagon quilt. This really appealed to me. It is vibrant, gorgeous, full of fabulous fabrics (not in my stash.)
So, in my obsessive fashion I decided to make my own hexagon quilt. The obsession quickly faded though. Hexagon quilts are hand-sewn. There really isn't just an easy way to do this on a machine, blech. And as alluded to above, I really wanted Jan's stash, not mine. Honestly, I am pretty tired of my stash, double-blech. So I only made two "flowers" before setting the idea aside.
Then along came Meg and the tantalising pictures on her blog of a blanket made of knit hexagons in Noro. I had to make this blanket and stalked her blog until the tutorial was posted. The very same day I supplemented my stash of Noro Kuryeon at Rosie's and cast-on.
It's addictive...very very addictive. Noro has always been my one of my favorites because of the beautiful color progressions and this blanket optimizes that.
Bye-bye entrelac. I have a new obsession.
Monday, May 19, 2008
On the way, I did stop at Loop to score these sparkly little faceted ball buttons for my Martha (Ravelry link). The color is identical, but I think the sparkle factor makes these work beautifully without detracting from the rest of the sweater.
Martha is up to her armpits! She is just sooooo pretty and I am in love with the Manos Silk Blend. It feels great to knit with and has great stitch definition.
As you can see, supersaturated colors are dominating my world lately. The amethyst of Martha is so intense, but almost pales next to my Optic Waves Shawl (Ravelry link). It was glowing in the grass.
I worked on it while taking in all the activity in Rittenhouse Square. This shawl got a lot of attention! Almost as many people stopped to pet it as I got to pet dogs. My heart went to an adorable Corgi mix who decided he'd much rather hang out with me then his dog sitter. I almost felt bad for the dog sitter cause my new friend started to cry every time the sitter tried to leave.
And my extra bonus for the day was getting to meet Mindy's parents. I let them know from all the peeps how important she has become in record time to our group of friends. Seriously, Mindy, its going to be hard letting you go to NYC, but a lot easier than TX!
Sunday found Marissa, Regina and moi basking in the presence of the Yarnharlot, aka Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. She was part of the Free Library of Philadelphia Book Fair. Stephanie was a lot of fun and I am really hoping that she does eventually post her talk on her blog. Our hands were too busy knitting to take notes. My disappointment was with the turn out. Philadelphia knitters really let her down, this is the Yarnharlot, folks! Where the hell where you? Only really superlative excuses will be accepted, doing laundry...not a good excuse...husband graduating from overpriced business school? We'll let you slide. I saw lots of advertising for the book fair, but not a lot for Stephanie.
Oh, and she totally loved the name Degenerknitters!!!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I've seen this meme on a few blogs and it piqued my interest to see how my reading stacked up.
What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you’ve read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Life of Pi: a novel
The Name of the Rose
Pride and Prejudice
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & Demons
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes: a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
The Three Musketeers
.....so, I think I do much better on the classics rather than contemporary works. What surprised me most was the omission of any Camus. I was hoping for bonus pretension points for reading L'Etrange in French. Ok, so I read it in French and understood zippo. Give me a break, what high school junior gives a crap about or understands existentialism? At that point in our lives, don't we all believe that are destiny is controlled by fascist vice principles and college guidance counselors?
Wow, did I digress...
Saturday, May 10, 2008
The Optic Waves Shawl from Clara Parkes, The Knitters Book of Yarn is a really easy lace pattern and so far a really satisfying knit. I was really disturbed to hear that the sample shawl from the book had been stolen at MDS&W from the Brooks Farm booth. And so in honor of shawls gone by I cast on, and am having trouble putting it down.
Bunch of the gals met up this afternoon for a some knitting and spinning 101 in Rittenhouse Square. The weather let us down a bit, it was chilly and very cloudy, but at least it didn't rain.
The weather may have let us down, but there was much laughter and fun. We also attracted a group of wee would be knitters who got to play with their first bits of Koigu...start 'em young on the good stuff!
Before we hit the park, some of us stopped at Rosie's and dove into the Koigu mill-ends. I brought some of my stashed mill-ends from past years to see if I could flesh it out for some projects. These fab pinky orange skeins are going to be a Baby Surprise sweater for Amy's newly born daughter, Danielle Rae.
And because a lovely new crop of full skeins came with the mill-ends, I swapped some blue skeins for these lovely green ones. I have a little green Koigu thing going on these days! I have Maude in mind for these lovelies.