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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.


an open letter to my camera cord

14 January 2009

Dear Camera Cord,

Where O Where have you gone? I miss you desperately. Without you, I cannot post pictures of the lovely snow outside, the lovely knitting inside, or anything else. Please come back. We can work it out.

Much love from,



christmas knitting: a reality check

14 December 2008

Oh dear, another pictureless post. This time, however, I have an excellent excuse: I can’t broadcast photos of my Christmas knitting before the gifts are given!

This year, I’ve finally seen reason (somewhat). The amount of knitting to be done is much smaller than in years past, and there is more time to do it in. Without further ado, let’s assess:

1. One fair-isle vest (prognosis: good. It is about 30% complete already).
2. One pair of socks (prognosis: possible. They are men’s socks, but I am already nearly done with the first leg. The Achilles heel of this project is the dearth of yarn; I’m waiting for the delivery man to come so I can really crank on these).
3. Another pair of socks (prognosis: excellent. Worsted-weight yarn makes super-fast socks. One is already complete, but I do have to rip out the toe and add a smidgen more length).
4. Dishrag-stravaganza. (prognosis: excellent! What’s not to love about a useful knit that you can crank out in an hour and dole out to everyone you know?)

That’s all! Can you believe it? No afghans or ginormous sweaters or anything! And to top it all off, I have several multiple-hour travel periods in which to knit even more.

But wait: what the @$#% is this???