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Monday, September 18, 2006


I'm talking about my walls. This seems like a ridiculous problem, particularly in space-crunched New York, but we don't know what we should put on our living room wall. I'd like a triptych, maybe a forest scene or something outdoorsy with trees. Something large and imposing that makes a statement. I dunno what statement, but some statement. But what? And from where?

It's kinda sad, huh? I've been trolling apartment therapy and other spots for ideas. I think I've lived in sardine cans for so long that I don't know how to handled space. Please chime in!

My next knit is a controversial one -- my friend/coworker saw my blog and asked me to knit something for his son, who was born last week. (Of course I was going to knit him something anyway!) But he's a Yankee fan, a quality not much appreciated by my boyfriend, the Boston native. So we sat down and talked it out, and even Jon agreed that a little pin-striped cardigan is acceptable. Here's a sneak peek:

I'm also throwing myself into Zimmermania. I'm reading "Knitting without tears" for the first time -- I know, shameful! -- and EZ's writing is so fresh and fun and insightful. She guides you without passing judgment. Just when I was feeling embarrassed that I sometimes knot yarn when changing colors, she admits that she does, too. I enjoy humility in my knitting experts -- it seems so rare, don't you think? No haughtiness, just a desire to share. Very refreshing.

But what EZ project should I knit? This is a departure for me, since I've knit mainly for myself lately and mainly sweaters sold online. Kind of a change to pick a classic, decades-old pattern. I considered a sweater for Jon, since that's what the knit-a-long's darling hosts are endeavoring, albeit more complicated sweaters than I could handle. So I floated the idea with Jon, and I realized that he has indeed been listening to my incessant knitting talk lo these three years.

"Would you like me to knit you a sweater?" I asked this morning.

He turned, narrowed his eyes and answered, "Isn't there some kind of curse associated with that?"


Blogger michelleknits said...

Oh my god, too funny (Jon's reply). Sometimes Aaron completely surprises me too with the knitting info he picks up. "what are you making?" "oh, you're just knitting up a swatch" or most recently he says: "are you staring at her because you're offended by her novelty yarn scarf?" (honest, i wasn't!) Anyway, I hope you find something cool to knit for zimmermania, and perhaps I'll take your cue and read "knitting without tears" (i was given an older copy a while back that i've never read). i'm going to go head over to the zimmermaniac's page now...

11:30 PM  
Blogger Veronique said...

Smart man!
(He even tells you when you have *putative* food between your teeth!).

12:02 AM  
Blogger Wanda said...

This man is a keeper! Too funny, I love that response. I have a couple of EZ books, but haven't really tucked into them. Hopefully soon.

1:34 AM  
Anonymous Kim Guzman said...

Must remember when I fall out of the chair from laughter that I do it quietly so as to not awaken the children. :-) Ha hahaha I love his response! To funny! Can't wait to see the baby cardigan.

And, Michelle's comment of "are you staring at her because you're offended by her novelty yarn scarf?" OMG! Had to pick myself up off the floor on that one too!

3:11 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

heh, jon is a smart man :) he knows what's going on.

i've heard from sarah that there are some nice EZ baby sweaters i could try. do you have any other babies to knit for? maybe that would be a good project.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

Grrrrr. . .pinstripes. . .grrrrrrrrrrrr. . . .

Jon is a big guy. i've knit a sweater for my guy who is not as big and let me warn you, it. is. tedious. the thing just goes on forever. . .

so yeah, i knit Brian a sweater a year ago for Valentine's day. I gave him the sweater and he was real pleased with it and all and told him that, "oh, you know that there is some silly curse associated with knitting your boyfriend a sweater, you know. Something about breaking up soon he receives it. Isn't that soooo silly? *rolls eyes and lightly chuckls. Brian (totally dismayed), "what? why would you knit something like for me then?! for valentine' day??!! he was worried (which totally suprised me but did find cute nonetheless) and i told him that the pattern was called "the exception to the rule" and that the person who thought it up called it that because she knit this sweater for her boyfriend when they were first going out and three years later, he proposed to her and the two had gotten married so hence, the sweater was the exception to the rule.

that made B feel a bit better. :)

8:19 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

Sometimes it amazes me that the boys actually pay attention to what we've been saying, especially as it relates to knitting.

8:21 AM  
Anonymous lisa said...

Jon is clearly a knitter's boyfriend... that's so great! As for what to do with the space, why don't you check out west elm or crate & barrel for some interesting wall decor?

9:28 AM  
Blogger Meredith said...

I haven't read any of EZ's books either, though I know that I should! Hope you find something enjoyable for the knitalong.

9:46 AM  
Blogger elizabooth said...

When I ask if my Aaron wants a sweater I usually get "Um, not really." Not because of the curse (we're married, so it's okay, not that he even knows of any curses), but because he's really picky and he'd probably never wear it. Apparently an old stinky Eddie Bauer cable-knit that's full of holes and has NEVER been washed is better than anything I could come up with.

As for the walls, I moved about the same time as you and mine are still completely bare.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

It's amazing the stuff they pick up, isn't it? Like little kids and bad words.... So, I saw a cute thing in Blueprint where they blew up a huge picture of a dachshund and stuck it on the wall. Do you have any snapshots that might be conducive to this sort of thing? It's nice to have something that you sort of made yourself, sometimes :)

10:56 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

He has been listening! Yay! Also good that he'd like to avoid that curse.

11:08 AM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

Hahahahahaha - it's delightful to know he listens so closely! I too am contemplating joining the EZ festivities. I know I'm a dreadful selfish person, but I really think that I'd need to knit for myself rather than my husband, just to keep me motivated.

As for the walls, that is really tough. I am a dreadful decorator so you really don't want advice from me. Too bad we're not all still in college - you could hang up a great big tapestry ;)

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Craptina said...

I wish Austin were like Jon. He thinks because I knit he's entitled to a FO, especially a sweater. I'm going to send him to your blog. ha!

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Craptina's BF said...

Balderdash! I fully respect the curse... Case and point:

She (Craptina) just offered to give me the sweater she's been knitting in her machine knitting class, I declined and said that my mother would love it...

I rest my case. Go Mets!

12:00 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Jon's reply is priceless!!

I just read knitting without tears for the first time as well & I am in love too! Zimmermania is such a cool idea. I was thinking of doing a sweater for Isaac & then it popped up. Perfect timing huh?

As far as the apt. decorating goes have you read any of the budget living books? There are some great ideas for decorating in there. Craftster is always another get place for artsy decorating! Good luck!

12:26 PM  
Blogger jenna said...

It's so hard to find big art, unless you want to pay a fortune.

If you're a bit artsy, you could create your triptych by buying three pre-stretched canvases, painting them a flat color, then cutting some giant stencils out of acetate and stencilling over them. Sort of like these:

Don't forget to paint the edges of the canvas and you won't need to frame them.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

That little jersey is an adorable idea, C! Can't wait to see.

I have not read any of EZ's books... I am so bad. I would love to catch up though. They sound great!

1:09 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

I hope you find something great in Zimmerman's books. She's a great read.
Jon cracked me up! A definite keeper there.
Nope, you can't offend any teams with a striped sweater. You can just pretend ignorance of team colours if you are ever called on it.
Why not consider a nice black and white photo with a white matte and black frame? Goes with everything, beautiful and makes a statement at the same time. You can even take and make the picture yourself. If you have a photo editor on your computer you can mess around with contrast, colour, tint and brightness and come up with your own black and white.

2:38 PM  
Blogger PassionKNITly said...

Heh! I told Aaron about the curse, and he thinks it has to do with ALL knits! oi vey. I think i'll attempt to make him socks for Christmas - maybe - if he's good...

2:48 PM  
Blogger Kelly B said...

I'm having the same trouble with my living room wall- especially since the people who lived here before left spackle marks everywhere, so I need something big to cover it. I've been eyeing the paintings in the bedrooms of the designers on Project Runway- they seem very simple to recreate. I'm by no means a painter, but it seems like you'd be able to just stencil a design on canvas. Take a look here:
You can see the paintings above Kayne's head in the first picture and behind Laura & Uli in the second one.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Good luck filling those walls. Mine are still mostly bare (at least in the bedroom) because I just can't deciede.

At least yours listens! Kodos to Jon. Knit him a cardigan ~ maybe those aren't cursed.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

he knows about the curse huh? better watch out, he might think you are trying to get rid of him!

DB doesn't want me to finish his sweater til after the wedding. he swears that everytime I work on it, we fight. I think that's just his imagination!

5:04 PM  
Anonymous yahaira said...

they listen! they really do listen!

I would look for different artists on etsy. I'm kinda going through the same thing since tom never let me decorate for some reason....our apt is soooo beige

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Risa said...

Err... delurking...

HA HA HA! I showed the boy a saddle shoulder sweater the other day that I thought he would love. And he ranted and raved about how much he loves it and can I knit it in a tweed and so on and so forth. Then I, in passing, mentioned the curse. And he got all upset and said that he didn't want me to knt him ANYTHING ELSE if it meant we would break up.


10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If your long-suffering boyfriend continues his pro-Red Sox, anti-Yankee tirades, I may have to become a "source" to a certain NEW YORK metropolitan HOMETOWN newspaper, and inform them that there is a Traitorous Chowderhead among their ranks.

12:04 AM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Funny, I was just talking about this the other day. My boyfriend is not impressed by the concept. He's trying to wrap his mind around the fact that I actually think a sweater could jinx a good thing.

10:24 AM  

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