Archive for May, 2008


Saint Drogo, intercede for us

27 May 2008

Did you know about St. Drogo, the patron saint of sheep? He worked as a shepherd in his native France, and is also the patron of coffee-house owners and insanity, two things that are (arguably) also associated with knitting. St. George is also associated with sheep, but he has so many other duties, what with the dragon and the entire country of England (among many others), that I wouldn’t want to bother him with my gauge issues.

Speaking of gauge (what a segue!), I didn’t do any work on the Must-Have Cardigan today, because yesterday I blocked the back. The Cascade 220 grew significantly once it hit the suds; I was worried that it would be too small, but it easily stretched far more than it needed to, and I feared that I would have to reknit the whole thing.

No worries, though; once dry, it agreeably assumed the perfect dimensions that I had aimed for. Tonight, I’m going to start on the fronts, knitting them at the same time

I did promise a blanket update. No pictures yet, since the heap of squares isn’t very interesting to look at, but I’m about 30% finished.

And St. Drogo: thank you so much for saving my cardigan. I will burn a candle, or perhaps drink some coffee, in your honor.



23 May 2008

Yesterday’s lunch: must-have pasta.


about 8 oz. spaghetti, linguine, or other pasta

1-2 cloves garlic

scant 1/4 cup olive oil

about 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1/2 cup grated parmesan

1 tsp red pepper flakes

Boil the pasta in salted water; meanwhile, microplane the garlic cloves into the olive oil, and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Drain the pasta. Saute the garlic mixture in the now-empty pasta pot for a minute or two. Toss the garlic mixture, cheese, and parsley with the pasta and eat immediately.

Yesterday’s knitting: must-have cardigan.

Yarn: Cascade 220

Mods: continental/english cast-on (from Nancy Bush’s Folk Socks) for 2×2 ribbing, a bit of finagling to make the ribbing flow into the cables smoothly, mirrored cables.

Perhaps it’s not the most practical thing to be knitting at the beginning of the summer, but what can I say? I needed some cables in my life, and this pattern is perfect.

I haven’t forgotten about the Waterlily Cabled Pullover (or the WIP list, ahem); log cabin update coming soon!


body image, part 1 of zillions

17 May 2008

Today I was reading this thread on Ravelry. For those not on Ravelry, let me recap:

Interweave Knits (a popular knitting magazine) maintains an online column of sorts called Knitting Daily. On this site, they post little articles, tutorials, discussions, and galleries of the garments featured in the magazine. In one of these recent galleries, they featured the editor of IK, Eunny Jang, modeling several garments from the summer issue. After each photograph of Eunny wearing the garment, she and Sandi Wiseheart (the regular writer of Knitting Daily) made comments about the style and fit of each garment. I really enjoyed this gallery; to me, it’s always interesting to hear discussions about how to customize knitting to suit the wearer better, whether this is done by modifying fit or design details.

The discussion I saw on Ravelry really bothered me. Many people made comments about Eunny’s figure, or various figure types in general, that were pretty rude! They were debating whether she was “busty” or not, as she described herself. One comment even suggested that she needed to eat more! Of course, like everything else on the internet (including this post!), these comments were completely public, and Eunny herself ended up reading them. She must have felt awful, even if (as I think and hope is true) she immediately realized that these people were only projecting their own unhappiness with their bodies onto the most convenient target.

I think it was really brave of her to do the gallery at all. She published her body measurements in a public forum; I like my body pretty well, but I don’t think that I would be comfortable with that sort of disclosure. It saddens me that Eunny’s generous contribution to a free website was met with such venom and cruelty. Ugh.


the contents of my knitting basket

16 May 2008

I need to put my foot down. I must be firm. I have to take a stand, stop the buck here.

I’ve got too many things on the needles!

A (partial) summary:

I’m making a blanket for my Grannymo. She is turning 90 years old at the end of June. This is pretty much my top priority at the moment, and has the benefit of being portable, relatively mindless, and fun. The downside is that I am about 7% finished.

I always have a plain sock going in my tote bag. This is Claudia Handpainted yarn, and I love the way it knits up, but the dye comes off on my hands a bit when I knit it.

This is the first of the Birch Leaf Socks (by Nancy Bush, in A Gathering of Lace). I’m knitting them in Classic Elite Alpaca Sox. I love this pattern; so delicate, but easy to memorize. The yarn is very nice, but it does split, so I can’t knit this while watching, say, Battlestar Galactica. Perhaps that’s why it’s been out of circulation for awhile…

Highland Schottische Kilt Hose (Folk Socks by Nancy Bush): fun to knit, but is the leg long enough yet? I keep trying them on after every repeat, and they do not seem to be longer. I can’t wait to turn the heel.

I can’t wait to carry this bag (the Celtic Tote from Winter IK), but I seem stalled out on it just the same, probably because I can’t decide whether to frog the cabled handle and replace it with twisted i-cord (I always procrastinate frogging on principle). Of course, now I have to finish it, so I can use my US 9 needles for this:

I have some Valley Yarns superwash (probably about one ball less than I’ll need, but who’s counting?) and I can’t wait to cast on.


a blog is born

15 May 2008

testing one two three

knit sew quilt flute eat teach runĀ 

content to follow