Archive for August, 2008

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in Stitches

29 August 2008

Stitches Midwest, that is! I went with a group from the Mass Ave. Knit Shop (they chartered a bus) and had a great time. I didn’t take any classes, but I really enjoyed the exhibit hall; so many neat things that I had never seen in person, including BMFA Socks That Rock, Interlacements, many lovely Aran samples at the Black Water Abbey booth, and the fabulous Habu textiles booth, where I bought a kit for the ubiquitous Kusha Kusha scarf. Who can resist yarn spun out of stainless steel?

I was too overwhelmed to take any photographs while there, but I did photograph my purchases:

beautiful (and difficult to photograph) Blackberry Ridge laceweight

Shibui Sock yarn

the perfect buttons for the Must-Have Cardi (remember that?)

Not pictured: Simply Shetland 4, the Flared Lace Smoke Ring pattern, the Habu kit (cast on instantly), or my hip new Ravelry button!

Can’t wait until next year…

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bad blog backlog

24 August 2008

It’s quite a dilemma; when doing interesting things, one rarely wants to stop to blog about them, but these are exactly the kinds of things that might be good material for the blog! So, a quick update:

1. I finished the Teosinte socks.

(the raveled notes)

(Yes, that blinding white bit in the lower right corner is indeed my leg. That is about as tan as I get.) I loved this pattern because it came in three sizes and had very nice instructions for short-row heels and toes, and because my husband gave it to me for my birthday. Very nice!

2. I finished the Mi Yuk Guk (Korean Birthday Soup) socks.

(raveled version)

This is really my favorite use for Noro yarn of any kind, and who doesn’t love a striped sock? This jogless stripe technique was really fun to learn. Best of all for my frugal heart, I get double the milage out of my costly Kureyon; there’s plenty left in both skeins for another pair. I hope my stepmother likes them, although I do realize the impracticality of wool socks in August…

3. The Professor and I went to the Indiana state fair! We bought maple sugar candy, we saw lots of lovely needlework of all kinds (sadly unphotographed; I was too busy enjoying), and we saw many wonderful examples of horticulture:

The professor enjoyed the lumberjack show:

which included axe throwing, tree climbing, and my favorite part, a log roll:

There were many animals of every shape and size:

This sheep got to wear a special jacket that says “2007 Ohio State Fair Champion.” Just like the Olympic athletes, only in sheep form:

My only regret? We didn’t eat any funnel cake. 

4. Yesterday, I went to Stitches Midwest. More on that tomorrow…

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help a homeless hippo

16 August 2008

As seen at a Smyrna, TN Starbucks. I hope that the hippo has been safely returned, but I fear the worst.

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the postman always rings twice

10 August 2008

Look what I got yesterday! I’m really excited about this book for fall. There are several beautiful projects in here, but I’m planning on starting with these over-the-knee socks. But meanwhile, I visited the delightfully chaotic Mass Ave. Knit Shop yesterday and came home with this:

Which I intend to use to make one of the sweaters in this lovely booklet (also purchased at Mass Ave.):

Which one do you think it will be?

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Mrs. Vernon Lucille Pewitt Herb, my Grannymo

9 August 2008

She was born in 1918, and the nine siblings who came afterwards looked up to her. She went away to nursing school, and when she graduated in 1939, she was the president of her class.

Later on, she married this man, John B. Herb.

Together, they had seven children. There were six daughters, of which my mother was the second youngest, and one son. The family lived in this house, on Essex Place in Nashville, Tennessee.

John died of lung cancer in 1963, when their youngest child was only three. After his death, my Grannymo worked full time as a nurse to support the family. All of her children married and had children of their own; she has nineteen grandchildren. Now, the great-grandchildren are coming along.

One day, my aunt mentioned to me that Grannymo might like to have an afghan. And that her 90th birthday was coming up. So, I set to work. Three months later:

I’m hoping that she’ll enjoy it, maybe use it when she’s doing her crossword puzzles or watching the news. I hope it lasts a long time, and none of the caregivers wash it with bleach! Mostly, though, I hope she knows I made it because I love her. And selfishly, I hope that she was right when she said, “Whenever I use it, I’ll think of you.” Because now, whenever I make another blanket, I’ll think of the first one that I ever made, this one, for my Grannymo.

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Finished: Log Cabin Blanket

8 August 2008

Needles: US 7 Clover bamboo (blocks and setting triangles), US 7 Addi 47″ circular (border)

Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, in Cotton Ball, Nymph, Dusty Blue, Teddy Bear, and Milk Chocolate Chip

(ravel it)

I wove in the last few ends after midnight on Wednesday,

photographed it, washed it, and dried it Thursday morning,

and gave it away at noon.

Stay tuned for the presentation story…

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how to build a better photo

2 August 2008

I’ve got a lovely digital camera (thanks, Dad!), but since I haven’t taken the trouble to learn to use it properly, my photographs are mediocre at best and often downright terrible. Now that I have this blog, I’d really like to improve my photography skills. Luckily, I have Ravelry; more specifically, the Photography Assignment series on the Yarnographers board. Their series of seven “assignments” is designed to help people like me take better pictures. Perfect!

So, here’s a “before” shot of my closet:Just as a disclaimer: I didn’t alter this photo in any way (I didn’t even crop it). What I like: the color is pretty accurate. What I really hate: it’s extremely blurry, like all of my photos.

After I’ve done the assignments, I’ll take the same photo again, and see if I’ve made any progress!

Also, thanks so much for the comments on the bathmat and blanket! They really made me happy. I’m going to deliver the blanket when I go see my Grannymo this week, and I’ll certainly take a photo of the blanket with its lovely recipient!