Thursday, May 24, 2007

some knitting, some yard sale, and a pdq

Some pictures of things I've been up to:

stripey jaywalkers
pattern by grumperina
meilenweit lana grossa (purchased at the Winterfeldplatz market in Berlin) sock yarn

I'm pretty sure that when I bought that sock yarn I had my daughter in mind, but the colors no longer look like her to me. They don't look much like me, either, to be honest, but I wanted to try jaywalkers in a really stripey stripe. Also I love the way they look in the dogwood tree.

This is my lovely lovely lovely oak and acorn lace scarf, and I am completely thrilled with everything about it: pattern, yarn, knitting, blocking, wearing. MUST KNIT MORE LACE RIGHT AWAY. Here it is in its unblocked state and then blocking. The colors are washed out in these pictures and don't at all do justice to the luscious Lorna's Laces yarn. Final pics and stats coming soon.


is what went to the Salvation Army after the annual block-wide yard sale. We seemed to get lots of customers, but they weren't, apparently, in much of a buying mood. Nevertheless I considered the whole thing a huge success because of all the things we got out of the house. This victory was tempered slightly by all the stuff that Tommy bought at the other houses on the block... but he made up for it in sheer joy.

Choral Arts Society of Washington
Kennedy Center
May 2007

This is my fabulous, ridiculous chorus, in all its wacky splendor, just before our performance of PDQ Bach's The Seasonings. That's me, center front, lounging lustily in mauve. In addition to the (ahem) glamorous outfits on the chorus (I believe it was a pun on choir robes), the performance featured two kazoos, two slide whistles, a shower hose, a tromboon (basically half tombone, half bassoon, or a brass bassoon with a slide), and Peter Schickele himself on the windbreaker (a big pan flute made out of wrapping paper rolls and duct tape). Oh, plus a full orchestra and an organ set to the soap-opera setting, whatever that's called.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

what have you done?

I cribbed this from Mim's blog. Man, has she done a lot more stuff than I have. She wants to do a lot more stuff too... but that's OK. There's room in the knitting subculture for a wide variety of ambitions.

for stuff you’ve done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing.

Afghan/Blanket (baby)
Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Meanwhile, I knit another Pasha the Penguin (no need for a pic--it's exactly like the first one), this one for an upcoming birthday, and I'm nearly done with my oak leaf and acorn scarf. Pic soon.