Finally! The update that I’ve been waiting to write and to show you what I’ve done with that beautiful yarn from Shunklies, through Etsy.
I finally decided upon a crocheted scarf that would more clearly display the segue from one color combination to the next. I also included a couple of rows of white to show off the colors better. (One of the tips from Lucy Neatby in my Vogue Knitting Live class, Various Variegations, last year.)
…and I don’t know if you can tell, but it is really long!
I’m pretty sure I am going to sew the ends together, so that when I double or triple it to wear I don’t have to worry about it coming apart.
…but wait! There’s more! I decided to use up the leftover yarn by making a long i-cord that can be used as a necklace or scarf or wrapped around my wrist.
It’s not done yet…but it sure is pretty…
and then when that’s done…more projects await…
Thanks to all the Black Friday / Cyber Monday specials…and this yarn was so lovely. I know I’m eventually going to get some more!
My New Year’s Resolutions for the past two years have included reading goals. I am happy to announce that I have surpassed the goal of reading at least two books each month!
I have been coveting the book Ten Years in the Tub by Nick Hornby for some time now. It’s a collection of his monthly column articles, “Stuff I’ve Been Reading” that ran for a decade in “TheBeliever.” I’ll admit that I’ve only read the first two columns but I am already hooked. He is irreverent, funny, literary and insightful.
I am going to adopt his reporting method and share my reading adventures on a monthly basis.
The abundance in Paleo material was due to Amazon’s Kindle special of Paleo-oriented eBooks for $0.99 and above – well, even one was free! I could not resist!
One of my book clubs is reading The Heist. I’m not liking it so far, but I keep telling myself that book clubs help me read material other than what I would choose on my own. It will be interesting to listen to the others’ reviews.
The Grifters, written in the 1970’s, is about a man who lived primarily by conning people, but it is also about how he had a normal life in order to hide the illegal one. Since it was written over 3 decades ago, it also provides a glimpse into the culture and customs of that era (in which I grew up!). This one was made into a movie (for which Anjelica Houston was nominated for an Oscar). Some members of my book club want to read this during a busy month, so they can watch the movie instead. I think it would be better to read the book first and then all watch the movie together!
It is really hard to resist Cyber Monday! Here is one offer that I don’t want you to miss – 50% off at Interweave and then 10% off on top of that! I already bought 4 books that I have been coveting for awhile!
…or you know you’re a knitter when you see knitting pattern possibilities when looking at one of art’s great masters.
ES was in town for Thanksgiving and took me to the MoMA’s Exhibition of Matisse Cut Outs as a birthday gift. It was a perfect gift – getting to spend time with my son, going into the city, and going to the MoMA. (Then, of course, I took him to lunch [at Momofuku Ma Peche, which we spontaneously selected due to proximity to the museum] which we both enjoyed before heading back home.)
Matisse started doing cut outs from paper when he was putting together designs for his works. It seems simple enough, I’m sure many of us have done it. When I first walked into the exhibition, I thought, well, this is interesting but is it really art? The exhibit also displayed quotes that some people weren’t sure of it either.
But then as his work and the exhibition continued, you can see it evolving from simple paper cutouts to his thought processes…
and in some cases, they had the final result – the actual artwork (like a lovely stained glass window) next to its respective cut outs (not pictured in this post).
You know when some people just have a knack for composition and colors, they make it look so easy. That’s what this exhibit was about. I love colors and loved the way Matisse placed the shapes together. But this exhibit also shows that he worked at it. Played around with the composition and juxtaposition of the shapes.
My son and I discussed how revolutionary these designs were in Matisse’s era. It may now be deemed more commonplace, though still appreciated (Marimekko and Kaffe Fassett came readily to mind) – which is amazing that we’re seeing its origins!
If you are a fiber enthusiast – knitter, crocheter, spinner, embroiderer, etc. – I’m betting your mind is just humming with these colors and patterns, like mine was! Designs for a hat, scarf, throw, new color compositions to consider, etc.
One more – easy knitting design?!!
Oh, and if NYC is a schlep for you, but you’re planning to go to the NYC Vogue Knitting Live in January, you’re in luck! The exhibit runs through February 8, 2015.
In a previous post, I said I would keep you up to date on my progress using the lovely DK yarn I purchased on Etsy from Shunklies.
I have frogged it twice already!
I really want it to be a very long scarf that shows off the wonderful colors.
First I tried Tunisian crochet, but…
The colors were too close together and
I wasn’t having much fun with the technique,
So I frogged it.
Then I tried knitting it. I used No. 10 needles so that the yarn would really shine through and the stitches wouldn’t be too tight. After about 5 inches, I listened to the nagging in my head and Stopped the Project.
I wasn’t sure how long it was going to be
Even though I had cast on over 300 stitches
I didn’t like the pattern I was making up as I was going along
Stockinette a bunch of rows
Reverse Stockinette a bunch of rows
K3, P3 a bunch of rows
P3, K3 a bunch of rows
(And then I would have repeated the first two sections)
The knitting and ribbing didn’t show off the color variations very well
The colors were too close together and
They appeared as a cacophony of colors instead of being able to appreciate each color set
When I pulled it off the needles, I saw that it was actually very long – 139 inches to be exact!
Cool! Would it be worth it to finish it off there or (gasp!) put the 300+ stitches back on the needle and carry on?
Continue with the new plan to Start Over.
So I ripped out at least 5” worth of 300+ stitches.
Who says Frogging isn’t good for you?
My Fitbit captured it as over 900 steps!
Now I am on to crocheting in my usual Crocheted Scarf pattern. I think it looks good. It gives each color pattern its own place to shine. Keep your fingers crossed that this pattern is the one. I’ll keep you posted.
DDSO’s birthday is two weeks away. I’m not dreading it as in the past couple of years, but it is still out there, waving its hand at me. Two weeks after that is his yahrzeit (anniversary of his death). I’ll get through it as I have the past two years.
My birthday is 2 weeks after that, and I’m looking forward to it. I’ll accept every year that comes!
The feeling old part – I guess I’m finally getting my act together, understanding and accepting who I am and putting myself out there – yes, it’s me, here I am!
Disclaimer: I do realize that children do not share all their activities with their parents and I am getting filtered reports.
The weekends started Thursday nights.
Panty raids and early morning parties, along with beer and Abe’s doughnuts, that started at 5 AM
Yes, we also studied, and we’re fully functional adults now, many are the breadwinner in our families
I visited my daughter up at college this weekend and couldn’t believe the differences between her college experience and mine. I drove off the campus wondering how my generation became so uptight!
Today’s Greek members (fraternities and sororities) seem to spend a great of their time in social engagements for their respective philanthropic organizations. My daughter had at least two to choose from on Saturday and another one or two on Sunday. I’m lucky I can even remember my sorority’s philanthropic affiliation (helping others with sight issues) from my college days. Also we rarely, if ever, spent time with other Greek organizations participating in efforts for their affiliations.
I only recall the Dance Marathon weekend which I think might have raised money for Muscular Dystrophy. I’m not sure if that was for a particular Greek house or just a university-wide event in which the Greeks participated.
No, we spent our time singing dirty songs on the university’s chapel steps. This was an annual competition during Greek Week. We changed the lyrics from popular songs to dirty words, dressed slutty, and provocative, and sang our hearts out on the university chapel steps.
We partied with other Greek houses, went to socials and formals in each other’s houses, and had a blast!
The chancellor of my daughter’s college (and my alma mater) has a reputation on campus of being against Greek affiliation. According to his bio, he graduated law school in 1981 so he would be roughly around 60 years old. I wonder if he’s been so uptight his entire life. But it’s not just him. It’s our generation. We are raising our children to be socially conscious, politically correct young adults. Was our upbringing disastrous? Were our “wild ways” so bad? It’s like our generation has a stiff, non-removable stick you know where.
Our children have enough pressure to succeed. The population is bigger, the competition is tougher. We also need to teach them how to relax every once in a while. Like we did!
I thought that my first few incidents of crocheted scarves were going to be short stints. But these crocheted infinity scarves have been so easy to make, and help keep my neck warm that they’ve become a staple project.
Recently, LD asked me for a gray infinity scarf and allowed me to use variegated yarn.
Excited to use a variegated yarn for her, I select a worsted weight yarn from Knit Picks – their Chroma style, in the Fog Bank color: “A subtle series of grays, Fog Bank rises from dark charcoal, to medium blue-gray, to a light mist.” Unfortunately, this also had some brown in it and I wasn’t sure if LD would like it. I told her about it and she was iffy.
I then went to Webs, and found a lovely yarn with its strand having the different colors, rather than having it as a series of colors along the yarn. “Rowan Drift is a bulky single ply yarn that swirls several colors together to create a stunning appearance when knit or crocheted.”
This one is definitely not brown!
I’m visiting LD at college this weekend and brought both scarves up for her to see. I would have been satisfied if she had liked one and sent the other home with me…that I would use!