Archive for August, 2006

Ok, so no pictures today- sorry guys, but half the reason I haven’t updated in awhile is because I don’t really have anything on the needles that really warrants a photograph. Sure, there’s been progress made- progress on a sock (the second sock of the pair, no less- my first sucessful pair ever), progress on the Ribby Cardi (sleeve #1 is dangerously close to the finish line), even a little progress on my Aran Pullover (here’s a hint kids: cables are better when you take the time to figure out how to read the chart.) But you know what? I’m with Grumperina– progress can be boring. I love reading other people’s knitblogs, and while I don’t mind seeing the knitting grow, it’s much more exciting when there are finished objects to peruse. And there are no finished objects here at Casa de Golightly.

So I’m mostly posting for the benefit of my girls at Sophie’s to let y’all know that I was not bullshitting about the Amish belief that devils and demons can hang off of buttons. I was thinking about it on the way home, and I remembered that I first read that in a book called Plain Girl, when I was in the fifth grade. It was originally published in 1955, and it’s basically a story about a 10 year old Amish girl who has to go to public school, causing her to question her Amish ways. I remember liking it. (You just have to click on the link and read the kid reviews for the book on Amazon. They are adorable and hilarious.) There’s a scene in the book where the girl is talking with her brother about why the Amish don’t wear buttons, and he teases her about devils being able to hang off them.

Can you believe I remember this? I can’t even remember what I had for breakfast, but I can remember a conversation that takes place in a book that I read well over 10 years ago!

Regardless, that is the origin of my button story. In context, I’m pretty sure that it is not like a widely held religious belief of the Amish. More like a boogeyman story. So there’s your Amish factoid of the day.

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Ribby Report

The Ribby Cardi is coming along at a steady pace. As you can see, the back and most of the first sleeve are done. The right front isn’t in the picture, but I’m working on it too. I don’t want to alarm anyone… but I might actually finish this one! Ribbycardi1

But, I have been cheating on Ribby, just a little bit. But don’t blame me! I was seduced by orange tweed!

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This is the first few rows of the Aran Pullover (generic title? maybe just a little?) designed by Kristin Nicholas from the Winter 2005 issue of Interweave Knits. It was love at first sight. The yarn is new this fall from Alpaca With a Twist, which you can buy at Sophie’s here in Louisville. It’s called Highlander, and it’s a beautiful, tweedy alpaca-wool blend, and it is going to make an awesome sweater.

I’m a little worried about my cables though. Since this is the first repeat of the pattern, it’s really hard to tell if they just look weird because they’re just starting out, or if I’ve really screwed it up. Unfortunately, only time will tell. Oh well, what’s yarn if you can rip it back out and try again?

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Don’t Say I Never Gave You Anything

Sometimes, it’s really hard to be generous
when it comes to yarn. You love your knitting friends, but there is a finite
amount of the woolly stuff to be had, especially when it comes to the more
unique varieties. There is very little more painful to a knitter than deeply
desiring a yarn that is no longer available. So when I find something really
special, it creates a massive conundrum. There’s an inner battle between
the altruistic part of me that wants to share the love with knitters everywhere, and my inner stasher,
whose sole priority is to use the emergency credit card to buy every skein
in sight, pack it into the spare bedroom, and never tell a soul. (My inner
stasher bears an eerie resemblance to Gollum. "My preciousssss….")

Lucky for y’all, a combination of love
for my fellow knitters and the sad reality that I can’t buy it all has
lead my altruistic self to victory, and so I am sharing a very exciting
yarn discovery. (Thanks to Brooklyn of The Mosh Knit podcast, for sharing
the love with me and all the rest of her punk knitting listeners. You can
subscribe to her podcast at the website and listen to the most recent episode
to hear her worshipping testimonial.)

The yarn in question made by Deb from Portland Oregon. She quit a job she wasn’t happy with after fifteen years to become a one-woman yarn operation called Fearless Fibers. It is handpainted, it is stunningly gorgeous, and it is a BARGAIN. You can go see it at her Ebay store, Etsy shop, and even read about it at her blog. (Go to both stores, they each have different stuff.) It’s so beautiful. It is taking all of my willpower to keep myself from buying sock yarn with the money for this month’s car payment. I mean, do I really need to drive that bad?

She sells 410 yards of handpainted 100% Superwash Merino sock yarn for… I hope you’re sitting down for this…. $14.50!!!!!! That is two pairs of socks folks! And from what I hear, the yarn is nothing short of a joy to knit with. You can’t even get it that cheap at Knit Picks. Another highlight is 400 yards of lace weight handpainted cashmere for $29.99. Can you see why I am flipping out?

I am planning on ordering something as soon as I can decide what colorway I love the most. (This could take all night.) I will let you know if it lives up to the hype the second it hits the door. All other knitting will stop immediately! Socks will be cast on! I can’t wait!

Now don’t go buying it all up before I figure it out….

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Gen Con, Part 2

Gen Con was great! I don’t have any great knitting news, so enjoy these pictures of the interesting people we saw. I can laugh, but not too hard… because next year, I am totally dressing up!
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Sadly, I didn’t have the camera out when a whole troop of storm troopers were marching around the convention center after Darth Vader. And when I say troop, I mean about 8 guys, and one chick with a special booby-accomodating stormtrooper suit.

And Gandalf there? He was in standing in the hallway when we got there at about 9 in the morning, and he was still there when we left at about 7 that night. You have to admire his stamina. I don’t think he was getting paid either, but he was plugging his website so if you get a hankering, go check out Dork of the Rings.

The worst thing about Gen Con was that the whole time I was there, I had to fight the urge to yell out things that would start a nerd riot. Like, "Greedo shot first!" or "Paladins are stupid!"

The second worst thing is that there was so much to do that we couldn’t have possibly have covered it all in one day. So next year, I think we will be attending all four days. I can’t wait!

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Gen Con

It’s really early in the morning for me to be awake (well, for a Saturday anyway) but I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to post anything for the rest of the weekend. Today I’m going to Indianapolis for Gen Con, which is basically just a huge gathering of nerds (so I should fit right in.) This is my first time, but I’m going with a bunch of people who have been going pretty much since they started having it in Indianapolis. Hopefully, that means I won’t be getting lost. I don’t know exactly what to expect, but I’m sure it will be fun! (And in case it isn’t fun… I’m bringing a sock.)

I don’t really know what I’ll be doing once I get there, although we did discuss the possibility of dressing up like Orcs and raiding the Harry Potter live-action role play. (Sadly, my Orc costume is at dry cleaners.) Whatever it is, I’ll try to take lots of pictures so you can be nerdy vicariously!

I think I’m still knitting on Sunday if the rest of my gals are, but I’ll call and let ya know either way!

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Shake Your Booties!

The baby kimono is all done except for sewing the ribbons on to the bottom. I think it came out pretty good, all things considered, but I don’t think I’ll be making another one in the near future. (Model: Destiny the Cabbage Patch Kid. Ain’t she sweet?) The Cotton Tots yarn blocked up really nice and soft, and I recommend you try it if you haven’t. I believe it normally retails between three and four dollars a ball for 171 yards. BARGAIN!!

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So far, I’ve finished one bootie and am speeding through another. Unfortunately, I’m having some serious doubts that they are going to fit the baby at all. I bound off too tightly at the top of the bootie and I think it might be too hard to get over a baby’s foot. But I’m not positive, since I have very limited experience with baby feet. I’m going to try to bind off more loosely on bootie number two, and if that turns out more elastic than I’ll just make another one. They don’t take more than an hour from cast on to seaming up anyhow, so it’s not a huge loss.

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I can’t wait till Wednesday night! "Knit Night" as we call it here at Casa de Golightly is definitely the best night of the week. I know some knitters don’t have a knitting circle, but I just don’t see how they survive on their own. It’s a tough, pointy (or hooky) world out there! You need partners in crime accomplices great knitting buddies to get you through the Valley of the Shadow of Endless Stockinette.

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M-m-m-My Kimono!

Okay, so I’ve had My Sharona stuck in my head pretty much ever since I cast on for the stupid baby kimono. So I’m trying to finish extra fast, in the hopes that it will make the pain stop. If finishing the kimono fails, I’ll be left with no choice but to ram my size 4 aluminum Susan Bates into my brain for relief.

So…. is it a baby kimono being blocked here? Or two pink variegated coyotes howling at the moon? Awoooooooooo!
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You be the judge.

While I’m waiting for the kimono to block, I cast on for some matching baby booties. It’s a very basic two-needle bootie pattern from Lion Brand Yarns. Someday, when this kid is a whiny teenager and tells me that "nobody loves her", I will have to inform her about the hoops I had to jump through to get this pattern. There is no greater love than spending at least an hour googling, fighting with your browser, and then fighting with Lion Brand’s evil whore of a website all for the sake of bootying a babies feet. (I bet you didn’t know that "bootying" was a verb, huh?)Booties1

I expect to have the kimono and the booties all seamed up and ready to go tomorrow afternoon, and then it’s back to the Ribby Cardi! That is cause for some celebration!!! Wooohooo!!!

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