Archive for May, 2010


ill-natured ribbing

4 May 2010

Two things, since it’s late:

1. Six inches of ribbing is about five inches too many. I’m about to mutiny on my new project at 5 1/2 inches in.

2. I tried a new brownie recipe tonight and it fell short of the mark. Probably my own fault for overbaking, but still annoying.

Better luck tommorrow.


ex camera

3 May 2010

You may notice that this is that abomination unto the Blog Gods: a pictureless post. Obviously I’ve committed this particular transgression in the past, but this time I have a special dispensation. It may be that my little Nikon-ita has gone to the Big Handbag in the Sky. I still have a few more life-support measures, but it looks grim for my faithful little photography tool. RIP little camera.

Luckily, the prof owns an ancient digital camera (this thing is OLD–the little symbols on the dial appear to be actual hieroglyphics, and I think I’ve seen a photo of Darwin using the same camera) which should be able to supply the (let’s face it, pretty modest) picture demands of this blog. Or I could try to learn to take iPhone camera pictures that don’t look like stills from a covert surveillance videotape. So many choices!

Next up: how I walked out of a yarn-shop holding $80 worth of Sea Silk. Without paying for it. And why I don’t deserve to be arrested.


cabernet kind of day

2 May 2010

Pattern: Vesper by Heidi Kirrmaier (available as a free Ravelry download)

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy in color 013 rose red, about 5 skeins

Needles: Addi Lace 32″ US5, Addi 12″ US1 (sleeves only), a few random Knitpicks Harmony DPNs (for pleats only)

My apologies for the terrible photography, but this is my rendition of Vesper. I relied heavily on roko’s modifications (and check out the rest of her knitting, it’s fantastic), but added some twists of my own. In case you’re interested, here’s what I did:

  • CO 384 sts
  • Knit 16 box pleats into neckline (and one into each sleeve) using roko’s excellent tutorial–meaning on my sweater there are no stitches in between pleats
  • Made sleeves a touch longer
  • Waist shaping added to front side only
  • Rolled stockinette edge at neckline, armholes, and hem

I am really enjoying wearing this, although the back neckline is a little wide. I also enjoyed learning the Russian join for this project. And the wine was good too.


daisy, daisy, give me your answer, do

1 May 2010

I’m just crazy all for the love of you…