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Saturday, February 24, 2007


So here is the new issue of Martha Stewart's Blueprint magazine, which just landed in my mailbox.

Cute, right? But see what's sitting there, on the bench? It's a life-size goose! Now, hmmm, where have we seen another life-size goose recently? That's right, my bedroom!

Listen up, Blueprint editors. Gladys Goose and I are on to you. And believe me, you don't want to mess with a goose. Just read this article.
Ahem. Well, anyway, after reading about Jess's success with le slouch, I couldn't resist and whipped up my own. That there is some Cascade 220 in this crazy, tweedy, bluish-pink color. I can't recommend this little FREE number enough -- warm and tres chic to boot. The perfect instant gratification for anyone who needs a break from an interminable project.

Oh, and I'd be remiss if I didn't share with you the fine couple that Jon and I met during our relaxing weekend upstate. Yes, we are geeks and visited Eleanor Roosevelt's Val Kill, which was delightful. The tour guide told me that she knit constantly because she was depressed and always had to keep herself busy. (I dunno anything about that.) So anyway, as lovers of stuffed animals, we simply couldn't pass up purchasing the former first couple. Heck, if you bought both Roosevelts, they threw in Fala for free!

Oddly, FDR looks a lot like my dad. Or the dad from Frasier. Who also looks like my dad. Ok, this post is getting kind of weird.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Eek! Steek!

Thanks to the Geek Squad at Best Buy, I'm back on my old-but-improved laptop and ready to crow about my first foray into steeking! Yes indeedy, the Emma Jacket is nearing completion.

I'm no Eunny, but I will nonetheless show you my very careful, detailed, precise, not-at-all half-assed approach to steeking. (I actually owe Eunny a huge debt of gratitude -- I completely did not grasp crochet steeking just from reading about it in my pattern. Her tutorial was a life saver.)

Here is the requisite shot of the alcohol I consumed in order to be brave enough to cut my knitting.

And here I am, cutting the knitting. Eek!

And here is the finished project. Not too shabby, huh? It was hard to imagine how the jacket would curve away from the body when it was simply a tube. Now, it has a great shape, and I think it's going to be a perfect fit. So perhaps all of that math was worth it?

See, that wasn't so painful.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

On the upswing

My car needs a new starter and my laptop needs a new hard drive. But it could be worse. My hair hasn't spontaneously gone up in flames, and my bathtub hasn't crashed through my floor like in The Money Pit. Things sometimes break, especially if you have been driving them for 10 years or you've repeatedly spilled coffee on them. Things are just things, and they can be replaced. And red wine will see you through it.

So the long-suffering boyfriend is letting me use his laptop, which is good since I have a new knit to show off! Borne out of anxiety and the desire for instant gratification, I present you the Spring Cap by Woolly Wormhead. (Thanks, Bronxie, for introducing me to this site.)

I had been looking for a pattern just like this, though Jess was convinced that I was describing something akin to a hair net. I simply wanted a hat that was sort of like a beret but could cover a ponytail. Check and check. I triple-stranded the black angora that I bought at the Suss going-out-of-business sale. I believe I used size 5s metal circs.

I'm also soldiering ahead on the Knitpicks Emma Jacket. Folks, this isn't the easiest of projects. First off, there's a whole lotta math. Lots and lots of calculations to make sure that it fits you. (I dropped out of honors calculus senior year to take pottery.) And second, connecting the sleeves to the body was no small feat. Third, I haven't even gotten to the steeking yet. So we'll see how this goes ...

Today was the much-anticipated Spider spinning day at Marie's fabulous Bay Ridge apartment. (I'm telling you, her fiber collection would leave you weak in the knees.) Mebeth was a pro.

Me, I am not so good at the spinning. It was twisting a bit too much and coiling funny, and I simply couldn't get the hang of it. So I chose instead to eat baked ziti.

Monday, February 05, 2007

one of those .... lives

have you ever had one of those weeks where you have to work, like, 300 hours? including the weekend? and your laptop stops working and appears on the verge of crossing over? and someone sideswipes your beloved car and knocks off the other sideview mirror? then your beloved car has a terrible time starting, leading you to believe that either the battery is dying or it, too, is crossing over?

i'm telling you, people, i have seriously bad luck every few months. and there ain't nothing i can do about it.

(so please send me, and my laptop and my car, good vibes. maybe then i'll get to show you the progress on the emma jacket!!)