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Friday, January 06, 2006

The return of selfish knitting

How did I ever knit before getting a DVD player? I've been watching my spunky idol and cruising along on Angelica. It's so shiny, if a little too curvy.

I've only used about two hanks of the delicious silk yarn, so I imagine that I'll have some left over. I'm not wild about the increases in the hip shaping, but I didn't have any better ideas. And I definitely need to find a cute brooch to secure the neckline.

When I finish it up, probably this weekend, I will either buy yarn for tubey or I'll select a project from this wonderful gift:

Jon's mom (also a knitter!!) gave me this for Christmas, and I have picked it up every night since just to flip through. The photography is beautiful, and the projects are so different. I might make one of the felted totes, but what I REALLY want to knit is the armchair cushion. Problem is, I don't have an armchair, so not only would it set me back 12 skeins of Manos, it would set me back an armchair. That's a tad obsessive.

I'm not certain how many of you are news junkie, so I don't want to bore you with more talk about the West Virginia miners. It's just that it sort of consumed me this week. If you weren't awake at 3 a.m. Wednesday, when jubilation turned to devastation, consider yourself lucky because that terrible, crestfallen feeling will stay with me for quite some time. Beyond the obvious tragedy of the deaths, I'm also touched personally because I'm a coalminer's granddaughter (and great-granddaughter). So when the widows and orphans were talking on CNN, I kept thinking how little seperates me from those families -- only a generation and some good luck, really. I thought I'd post a 1939 picture of my great-grandfather, John, holding my dad's cousin, Theresa. He was a dinky locomotive engineer at a mine in Central, Pa.


Blogger Jennifa said...

Mmm...Angelica is looking lovely! I'm trying to buy the pattern right now, but the website is still down, and I think I read on the KAL page that the owner is taking care of a sick child at the moment. Gotta love winter colds . Still trying to decide if I want to buy the recommended yarn, or try substituting.

3:41 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I can't imagine the shock and grief those families must have felt. Certainly a reminder of just how fortunate we are. It must have been heartbreaking to cover that story.

And as for the armchair, that sounds just like something I would do - the main furnishing as an afterthought to the accessory - I love it!

7:34 AM  
Blogger yahaira said...

Love the way angelica is knitting up, curves and all. Remember though that each skein doesn't weigh the same (at least mine dont). Cant wait to see you modeling it, did you do any mods to prevent the silk from growing too much?

how many skeins did it take you to make hot lava? maybe you could use those for a fab arm chair cushion!

I love that pic of your great grandfather. Amazing what a little luck can do right?

8:59 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

angelica's looking lovely! you could make that armchair cushion and use it as a floor cushion instead. no need to get the armchair when you can just put it on the floor... although the idea of manos on the floor kinda irks me :)

thankfully, i am not a news junkie but the mining accident is truly horrible. it's such a dangerous job! my thoughts are with them.

9:58 AM  
Blogger the knitrider said...

angelica looks so pretty! you are making me want to start it already, but i have so many projects i want to do! i usually dont watch the news, but after i heard about the miners, i just felt really sad inside.. its not like these people deserved it, its just so terrible. my aunt and cousins live in west va and one is a miner, but luckily they live more west.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Angelica is looking fantastic! The coal mining story is so tragic...I almost teared up at work yesterday listening to how one of the trapped miners left a note to his family. So sad.

11:04 AM  
Blogger sunshyne said...

Angelica looks lovely! personally, I LOVE the curves. . .That is a great pic of your great grandfather. I admit, I was a little sad for those families. . .

11:17 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

What a neat picture of your family! I am so sorry to hear you were caught up in the reporting of the mining accident. And regarding the armchair annoyed would you be if someone spilled something on your 10+ skeins of Manos? :).

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it your first time watching MTM? isn't she wonderful? lol...
i'm loving the text changes in Angelica, beautiful and so right for your figure.
your family photo is touching. i'm 53 years old. my grandfather came over on the boat from italy in the very early 1900's. remembering that puts a different spin on the news of the coal miners.

marie in texas

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Angela said...

Your Angelika is looking great! It's coming along fast. Have a good weekend!

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Iraida said...

Thanks for sharing that pic. That's pretty awesome. I'm not a news junkie because it's all so sad. Too much bad stuff going on in this world. I love your angelica! I have to buy yarn for mine.

11:57 AM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

I agree, the news must have been so devastating for those families. In law school I did some volunteer legal work with WVA coal miners (black lung disease) so I just keep thinking of their stories - tragic in a different but no less horrible way.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Skylar said...

Angelica is looking marvy! I am so jealous and the yarn is looking great. I just may breakdown and make this sucker.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I love your angelica progress shot! It looks beautiful!!

Kerrie did say that all the skiens weigh different amounts. I got 400g but only 3 skeins.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Brooklyn Handspun said...

I've been consumed with the miner's story as well I was so upset when I found ut that all but 1 died. Wow I love the family picture, I feel it's very important to remember where you come from - it keeps one humble!

2:02 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

Your Angelica looks great- can't wait to see it all finished.

Maybe you could modify the armchair cushion a little and make some awesome dining room chair cushions (using manos as the side facing up and a cheaper yarn as the side facing down)?

6:22 PM  
Blogger michelleknits said...

My boyfriend's family on his father's side were all miners, and he found out recently that his great grandfather was killed in a Pennsylvania mining accident, so yeah, this was a reminder of this family history for us, too.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

I absolutely love AlterKnits.... I just bought it for myself and am contemplating what pattern to tackle. I love the idea of knitting paper lanterns, and some of those wraps are beautiful. Can't wait to read what you pick....

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that family picture! I had not realized that there were still coal miners risking their lives for our electricity until this trageday came onto the news.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Amanda Woodward said...

Angelica looks GREAT!

That is such an amazing old photograph, thanks for sharing that!

9:07 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Hey, great progress on your Angelica... Have you tried it on yet to see if the increases only look strange when you're not wearing it?

Still trying to catch up from my Christmas blog shutdown... looks like all of the knitting you did for Christmas did pay off beautifully. That said, hurray for the return to selfish knitting!

4:04 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

I totally agree about the miners' story. How completely awful for the families! Glad you're keeping busy with your bee-yoo-tiful Angelina (I'm so jealous)!

9:44 PM  

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