Tuesday, January 30

Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting!

Freddie Robins, Craft Kills, 2002
Machine-knitted wool, knitting needles
8.7 x 26.8 x 15 in.

Photo: Douglas Atfield

Exhibition just opened to the public. Open from now until June 17th! Check out the list of "Public Programs in Conjunction with Exhibition".

I'm planning a couple of trips down, at least. I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, January 16

Photos of my Pride and Joy (and my husband)

When I got married in August of '04, I figured it was finally ok to knit my sweetie a sweater. I completely understand and respect the Sweater Curse, and I also know how slowly I knit. Also, I had a few practical concerns: my husband is 6'8", and very slender. Not gangly, mind you, just tall. So, to knit him a sweater would certainly mean altering any pattern that I found for him, and I also knew he wouldn't want any type of cabling of pattern to the stitches, so it was going to be a LOT of stockinette in the round. So, after a lot of measuring and finding some nice sport-weight alpaca at Rhinebeck in October of '05, I jumped in.

The results:
Putting on the sweater:

I knit it in this light-weight yarn because I knew that with too much bulk, Adam would find it too bulky to wear. It IS a sweater though, which is why it was made of alpaca - half the weight, twice the warmth.

My love:

The sleeves cover the majority of his hands, and he likes it that way. For this bizarre New England Winter that we've had so far, this sweater has pretty much served as his outermost layer, and the extra-long sleeves work nicely as gloves. I definitely wanted Adam's input, which is why I set him to the task of designing the image. Lately, he is a fan of odd, tentacle-laden beings (yes, I knit him a Nautie from Knitty!), and an octopus struck his fancy. The sweater was completed in May of '06, since I have very little ability to stay focused on one project at a time.

It Fits!

I love that he loves it.

Friday, January 12


This pattern is really easy, and I love the toe-up, no seam start!

Plus, I made a lot of progress in two days.

Friday, January 5

Happy New Year...a few days late.

So, a lot has been going on, and I haven't been at work for a week, which is when I usually work on this blog. I have been knitting, but it's been sporadic bursts of feverish knitting. The silent chanting of "gotta get this done" have been pushing me only so far.

I knitted two pairs of Fetching, and have a 3rd set on the needles. I didn't get the ribbed scarf done for the MIL, but I showed it to her, and plan to get it into the mail asap. I started a hat for my sister's birthday in February, in a cute snowy white with glitter woven into it. I got 2/3 of the way done with Ross's pirate mittens, but left the scarf at work, so no progress was made on that during vacation.

I was supposed to finish things and collect things from my office on Thursday the 21st, but alas, I was rear-ended on my way to work. So, instead of going to work, I stayed with Adam and he drove me to the doctor and lunch. Our vacation was then consumed by not only the holidays and our 7 parents, but also waiting for Insurance adjusters to call back and let us know what's going on. Yesterday morning we finally got notice that our car is going to be totaled since it's a 6-year-old car, and the cost to fix it is higher than Kelley Blue Book. Oh, well.

New Year's was fun, though. Lots of fun over at Ross's. Good conversation, Cheez-Its and wine.... Hahahaha.