Tuesday, November 06, 2007

If You've Had Dinner Tonight

You're doing better than some in our country are.

My good friend, Jennie (Jennie The Potter) is working on Powderhorn Empty Bowls, a fundraiser to help stock a donation food pantry and fund a hot meals program for kids in the Powderhorn area of Minneapolis.

If you're in the area please do stop by and pick up a beautiful, hand-thrown bowl and get some delicious home made soup. You determine the donation - and you get to take the bowl home! How can you lose?

If you're not in the area but would like to make a donation or learn more about the fundraiser, please click here.

High Time

Gerry's response when I opened this fortune after our take-out Chinese dinner?
"I Agree!"

Me too. Time to try to saddle the horse up again. As I said, I've been gathering some historic knitting ideas together - working through some stuff - mostly just getting my mind back into the creative groove.

For knit design, that groove includes math as well as inspiration. It's important to think of a project from a math perspective; how many panels would be needed for a certain fit, how will the row/st repeat impact the shaping - lots of stuff like that. If I can start off with my mind in this direction, it makes it easier when I eventually write it all down and do the pattern calculations. Now on to the snake goddess.

I spent the day today nursing a chest cold-ish thing, it's been hanging on for a bit, and to be honest I think I used it as an excuse to stay rooted in my chair so I could get some decent knitting finished.

I'm almost done with a cute little cardigan - the sleeve openings look big to me, but that may be in contrast to the very fitted sleeves which have become fashionable. Fitted sleeves are great - but not always the most comfortable.

It's far enough along that I'm starting on the worksheet which will allow me to figure the different pattern sizes. It has a nice, easy lace repeat that is 22 sts wide, so I'm trying to figure ways to divide that repeat so that from size to size I can accommodate many variations.

I also pulled out the hem of a chemise type top I'm knitting with a worsted lace waist and dk ribbed bodice. If you'd like to see more detailed photos of how I did it, click here.

The yarn - Chameleon Colorworks Evolution - is a little on the thick side - the dk feels more like worsted to me, and the worsted almost like bulky - but it's SUCH amazing yarn to touch that I'm making this top in my size - with any luck it will be good for next summer...

It's been windy here - and I was looking forward to Virginia, thinking I'd be down in the sunny South. However, the weather comparisons for St. Paul and the zip where I'll be teaching don't show much difference.

Good thing I love the chilly weather!

My experiment in Denver was to pack as lightly as possible - and it worked. I think I'll try the same to Virginia - leaving more room for books. I hate taking books with me - I'd rather ship them - but I'm afraid that the books requested by the shops won't arrive in time, so here's more to carry.

My back, by the way, is wonderful. Thank you again, Ruth! And I won't resort to the Giles Corey school of packing any time soon, I promise...

8 Comments:

susanc said...

I'm so glad that your back is wonderful! Yay! Hope you get over your chest cold soon.

November 07, 2007 9:53 AM  
knitwitmama said...

Packing lighter is always better. My grandmother always said pack what you think you'll need and then take half of it. I am glad your back is feeling better.

November 07, 2007 12:16 PM  
SandraTee said...

Yes, it is pretty chilly here!

November 08, 2007 5:19 AM  
Knitaddicted said...

Some of my knitter friends on a chat board have been talking about old patterns they have found/inherited lately. They have been challenged, entertained, facinated with what they have found. Maybe everything old IS new again. You may be on a roll!

November 08, 2007 10:06 AM  
Natasha said...

If you really like chilly weather, PLEASE come back up to Toronto!! I would love to be in another class with you soon!
Hope you and your family are all fabulous and well.

November 08, 2007 11:54 AM  
rb said...

I like your comment about math. I'm a mathematician who knits and I'm always surprised to see knitters complaining that they hate math (mostly from the old days of the knitlist.)

If it's not math, what is it? The stitch gauge, the row gauge, decreases, increases.... If you knit, you're doing math!

(and socks are especially fun math)

November 08, 2007 4:43 PM  
Teri S. said...

Virginia? You're coming to Virginia? When and where? Is the class filled? If not, maybe I could attend. I promise to obey all the rules!

November 09, 2007 12:39 PM  
Molly said...

My favorite part of the Minoan snake goddess was always the leopard on her head. You definitely don't want to mess with her, eh? Hey....maybe she'd make a good dashboard figurine! You know, like a hula girl, except...meaner and more powerful?

November 10, 2007 10:45 AM  

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