Saturday, February 15, 2003 Gusting
Winds: 25-30 mph
Sock it to Me Baybee Baby!
I think this would make a
great name for a sock yarn line!
Why does this feel like the Ultimate Accomplishment?
It's just a Pair of Socks. But I am tickled Pink!
I think it's a Form & Function thing for me. I love
mathematics. The proportions, ratios, and curves of
these things is just too wonderful of a package not
to roll around in.
You can see that the sock on the right is a little
flatter than the one on the left. This is because
I've been carrying it aroung in my bag and pocket
folded flat for days.
I'll lie and say it was an incentive for me to finish
Sock2. But the real explanation is that I just liked
to take it out and look at it and trace it's curves.
AH! Bonne's New Binkie!!!
You know how some people make amulets, etc. for power
Well, I won't be surprised if the Little Bad Muse
me knit some kind of fancy Sock Amulet that I can
carry around all the time and RULE!
Sunday, February 16, 2003 Brisk
NE Winds keep Windchills in the Teens
Mythe de Sisyphe
Both sleeves on the
Sisyphus Brown Cardie are finished!
The yarn needed for the two remaining fronts needs
to be washed. I used the recycled yarn from Theresa's
and mine FrogFest and it bloomed beautifully when
I washed it to get the kinks out. It also kicked the
gauge up a notch so the rest of the yarn I use has
to be washed also to match the fabric of the back
and 2 sleeves.
Of course, I didn't *remember* about this until I
was 4 inches into one front (not all yarns do this).
I was on a very crowded #66 and crowing mentally about
my single window seat, knitting like a banshee, and
I was wondering why the piece seemed too stiff. I
pulled out the back from my bag, compared the two
and the difference was JUST ASTOUNDING...
So right then and there, I pulled the needles out
of the front, and rewound the yarn onto the ball.
The standing rider lurking above me, hanging by both
hands from the upper bar, said with no little panic
in their voice, "Whaht are you doing?!!!"
YUp. SIsyPhus Strikes Again...
So to show that cardie who's BOSS, after I finished
the Brown sleeve, I started the sleeves on the Sisyphus
Charcoal Peacoat. Let SBC stew in it's own juices...
About four inches into SCP, (I must have a *SwatchSwitch*
in my brain that hits pause until reset), I notice
the same thing about this sleeve. Same goofball mistake???
Instead, I kick up the Doofus Meter by about 10 notches
by starting the body part of the sleeve with a needle
I find at my feet on the floor. It looks the right
size, so Off I GO!
That needle is one size too small and the sleeve looks
squat and too wide. It is the needle I used on Sisyphus
Brown and must've tossed in Victory to the floor when
I finished it's Bad Sleeve. (Hmmm, pile of stuff on
the floor, whawht mwa?)
Moral of the Story: When one is acting dumber
than a box of rocks, one will NEVER run out of stones
to roll up that Hill!
Happy Holiday Mr. President
- please get your $*!#!!! together soon! Thanks...
Monday Morning Mirth
--- SWAP ME!!! ---
Finally, a yarn Shrek could knit
AND, for a limited Time Only, it can be yours!
Since I've been Borged by the Sock People, one of
my prime directives is to increase my sock yarn stash.
SO, since I abandoned the idea of knitting some Fuzzy
Feet for Monsieur Shrek because I couldn't find double
points in size 35, the above fabulous Lang LUPO yarn
(gauge: 5.5sts/8rows per 4"/10cm on #35/20mm needles)is
Up For a Swap!
There are 98yds/90m total, enough for a rockn' fab
lime lovers how can you
Send me your proposals HERE
Will decide this Sunday!
Stuff with a Lime Twist!
& #13 - Just Plain Cool
February 17, 2003
WOW! My sister is up on eBay
with one of her dolls!
this is the cutest...
here for auction
Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Yes, gauge matters...
Since this sweater took two
years to finish,
it gets an honorary place in the
Sisyphus Hall of Shame!
It was refreshing to knit with a smaller yarn (ie.
smaller gauge) and even more refreshing to wear it.
Feels like butta - this is the *Sweet* sweater from
an old Rowan mag that I girlied up even more with
double ruffles around the neckline.
This is from the night of my birthday - a co-worker
took the pic. Usually I'm dressed like a construction
worker, so this little session caused a mini-gaper's
block. A couple of people didn't know who I was. A
salesman tried to hit on me...
Although it might be an outfit more suited for the
color-blind suitor, I wonder what would happen if
I mixed those red shoes with this girly sweater! OWwww...
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Stand-by 10: Chicago on Bended
POV of a Video Photojournalist
Even those who had no will to be respectful reflexively
bowed their heads when they passed this makeshift
memorial. Like many tragic places in the past few
years, this site was growing by the minute with flowers,
balloons, toys, and signs. Empty-handed curious still
needed to look down to see the details of the messages
of love and regret those giving had left behind.
Accidents bring out the best and worst in people.
Like the Famous Rhyming Minister who arrived open-handed,
just offering a "People, people, people, let,s not
rush to judgment" message. He was shortly followed
by several Not-Famous Neighborhood Reverends who called
him point-blank "a Rattlesnake" since he and his "clout-heavy"
friends were supposedly responsible for keeping the
place open in the midst of failed inspections and
The Fire Chief swore openly at the Club Owners who
were in contempt of a court order to shut down operation
of the second floor dance hall.
The Police revealed the large number of violent incidents
inside and outside the club; about 80 reported crimes,
3 wrongful death lawsuits, letters to officials warning
of over-crowding and potential consequence. One woman
revealed on a normal night, it took over 45 minutes
to leave by the front door, the only door.
The Party Organizer hurriedly left town and left behind
the Wind this City is known for ¶ the mammoth Blame
Game now whirling through all quarters swallowing
whole the mourners, the media and the meaning of any
of these young people,s lives.
I spent the whole day at the Epitome Club yesterday
with the media videotaping the scene and shooting
live reports for several shows and cities. When I
had a moment, I visited the memorial without my camera
and began to read the messages on the signs and toys.
If you followed the overflow of flowers into the alley
between buildings, you suddenly came to 21 2-ft crosses
lying on the ground along the wall of the club. Each
was marked with the name of one of the deceased. I
wrote the names of two people on a napkin in my pocket.
They were both 21.
It,s become my ritual to do this at scenes where people
have passed away. Since there can be lengthy breaks
between hits, I occupy my hands with some knitting
and my mind with respect and reverence for those left
behind - the families and friends. Call it energy,
spirituality or meditation. I just call it prayer.
Knitting and prayer go hand in hand. On 9/11, I prayed
with all my energy for those who might be buried alive
and without hope. Yesterday, I prayed for the families
who by circumstance were now the victims of a catastrophic
I was turning the heel on the third sock I've ever
made when a young woman came up to the window of my
truck and placed a photo against the glass, eye level
She begged me to take a shot of the young man in the
photo because she was afraid he would be forgotten.
She had seen others on televised reports and wanted
to let people who knew him know what had happened
and that he was with them no longer. She was crying
and telling me that no one else was interested and
had chased her off.
I took the picture and videotaped it then wrote down
the details of their family. I used the paper I'd
pulled out of my pocket when I was standing by the
I wrote the name she gave me under the name I'd taken
from one of the crosses. They were the same.
David Jones, age 21.
Thursday, February 20, 2003
Sock People Nation
Yes, I knew it would be
I just didn't know it would be sooo much fun.
I had President's Day off this year and in honor
of the *Father's* of our nation, I decided to do some
birthin' of my own.
As many of you know, knitting a wardrobe is mainly
not cheaper than buying a wardrobe.
UNLESS you are crafty...
AND, if you're a knitter, you're already crafty!!!
So I have been digging through my stash and found
some *Pennies for Pounds* type yarn that I am experimenting
with. It is 100% wool, light worsted/DK weight, normally
knit at 5sts /inch.
I am cruelly knitting it at 6st/inch on #3 needles
and trying to design the Perfect Boot Sock to fit
My periogi's (my friend Di's husband calls feet periogi's
because sometimes they look all pale and puffy like
Polish dumplings) are sorta (right) wide and square.
I have FLESHY HEELS!
So I measured my feet and have been attempting to
make the prototype Boot Sock this week as my Pocket
Everything was going well until I turned the Heel
and started to Make the Gusset (I love that word,
I don't know why). This occurred on the #66 and caused
a small head-turning in the back of the bus (10+ count
with raised eyebrows).
By the time I finished the Gusset Decreases, this
sock looked like it could almost fit Monsieur Shrek!
So, when I got to a spot where I wouldn't possibly
offend with naked feet, I whipped off my boot and
sock and tried it on.
IT FIT PERFECTLY!
I guess it was an optical illusion that made me think
it was too big. I am knitting it very firmly, so it
doesn't draw in on itself the way my first pair did.
AND, you know, even if it is a little big, it might
shrink because I plan on showing these babies no mercy
in the washer.
Just wait till you see what comes next...
Friday, February 21, 2003
Birth of a Boot Sock Nation
Everybody who's tried eBay
eventually ends up with some Throw-of-the-Dice Yarn...
You buy most things on faith alone - can't touch,
can't see, can't smell (oh yeah!)!
I was lucky enough to get some of the above yarn on
one of my gambles. YES, it's bright and bold (looks
just like it's picture). It's also very good quality
and cheap as dirt!
Heh, it is the perfect Artist's Palette for KOOL-AID
I am making my Prototype Boot Sock out of this wonderful
and wacky yarn and then will dye the pairs to get
an excellent variety of colors. In the K-A dying workshop
I took last winter, the instructor used a pair of
socks she made as an example of colorfastness. She's
washed them over 100 times. She made 3 socks out of
the same wool and kept one back for comparison.
Besides a minimal amount of wear, they were VERY close
in color after all that abuse!
(to be continued)
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