Thursday, April 21, 2005

Community

A couple of weeks ago a couple of the lists I'm on went dark. What I mean is, they stopped sending mail for a few days. I, being unconnected in any other way with any of these people, had no real idea of course.

Knit Design list on Yahoo: well, it's not a high-traffic list, so they do occasionally have days go by with no new posts. Except that this was the list owner being annoyed about an on-going conversation about whether it was appropriate for someone to use names when talking about slow/late/non-payment of design fees.

KBTH: sending no mails for an entire weekend was just eerie. And this followed on the heels of, a couple of months ago, a KBTH splinter-list I joined (knit mafia) just disappearing one day. In that case, I sent an e-mail to someone I knew was on the list, by finding her e-mail on another list, and she was kind enough to respond and say that the list had been shut down by the owner and restarted under a different name. I never got an invite to join that list, but the knitting content was generally light and most of the talk was about marshmallow peeps and stuff, so I figured I was okay without it, and while my perverse nature means I'm fascinated by the meltdown that happened, really it's none of my business who doesn't get along with whom, and so I let it go. If they don't have the sense to recognize my quiet genius, that's their problem (i.e., they didn't invite me to join).

But it made me think about something. I have no real, non-virtual knitting community. I think that has got to change.

So I went to Knitter's Frolic. I wasn't planning to buy anything, except maybe two skeins each of various lots of KPPPM, or some aran yarn if it was ludicrously cheap, so I was afraid to go because I might get lured into buying something I don't need. But I was good. I only came home with three books:

"Unexpected Knitting" by Debbie New

"Here be Wyverns" by Nancy Spies

"Cable Knitting Handbook" by Annie Maloney

The first two were on my "must have" list. The third was on my "sort-of must have" list.

I didn't talk to anyone, and hardly anyone talked to me. If I'm trying to build a knitting community for myself, I'm going to have to come up with a plan.

Oh, and then next after that, I'm going to have to find myself a writing community. I always envied my friend Erin's writing group.

And then after that, I have to find a better music community. Maybe I need to join a Bulgarian women's choir, or a celtic ceilidh band or hang out in jazz bars or something. Or I could sit writing and knitting in a jazz bar and wait for my community to find me.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Minerva

So I was walking the boy to school this morning, and I saw a little girl walking along with her hoodie on backwards. She was eating chips, which I thought was kind of gross, because all those crumbs would be getting in the catch basin there. And I thought to myself, "Wow, I am so fashion out of it, that cover on the TKGA magazine a couple of months back, where the hood was being worn in the front, that's actually in style." TKGA is totally fashion forward, and I'm out of it again. And then we got down to the school, and I saw more children dressed like this, and I thought to myself, wow, this trend sure came out of nowhere. And then I saw a child wearing his backpack on his stomach, and the boy said to me, "Oh, mom, it's backwards day!" And he strapped his backpack on his front too.

Phew. Spirit day. I am relieved.

Webs is having their annual birthday sale, and it includes Harrisville Shetland style. I bought two cones of this last year, and it comes in a great range of colors and the price is awesome. So, if I can finish off three more projects, I'd like to buy six cones (a cone counts as a ball, and I have three balls already in the ball-buying bank, BBB for short). But I thought to myself, "Self, what if this stuff sucks to knit with? What if it cuts an actual bleeding hole in my left index finger? What if it skews?" The skewing is more of a concern, because Pat at Kirtland's Yarn Barn told me, when I asked a couple of years ago on KBTH, that she's had customers that had problems with skewing and weren't able to correct it. So on Monday night I pulled out Barbara Walker's "Knitting from the Top" and started a top-down set-in-sleeve sweater. For this, I learned the invisible cast-on. And after two inches, no skewing.

Last night I also learned how to crochet seams. This is not very hard. I would say I inherently knew how to do this already, having picked out an invisible seam before. Picking them out, the trick is to find the strand on the back, and then you can use it as a rip cord. I chose to crochet the seams because I was using a very elastic-y ribbon yarn, Filatura di Crosa Pasta, and I couldn't see running it through a needle, and I couldn't imagine using just regular thread or anything else in a needle. Basically I couldn't imagine poking a needle through this yarn. So, I crocheted the seams. And it worked very well, if I do say so myself.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Shopping

On Saturday I went over to Chapters and looked at knitting magazines:

Family Circle Easy Knitting - Spring 2005
Everything looked too easy. I didn't buy it.

Knit-n-style June 2005
Nothing stood out to me. There were a couple of nice things -- a sweater with the bottom "rib" worked separately, kind of cables and lace, then the body picked up from there, and a sweater where the sleeves were lace and the body was solid. But nothing struck me as terribly unique. The models did seem less shiny than usual, but still, I didn't buy it.

Knitting (UK mag) April ? 2005
There was one nice all-over cabled cardigan with a stripe of a different color above the ribbing. Nothing else stood out to me. Nothing ever does in this magazine. Wow, another Sasha Kagan floral, too many easy sweaters. I considered buying it for the short row article, but then I thought to myself that I have that covered in books already, so I should save my money for stuff on my list.

Sandra April ? 2005
The shapes were all oversized and boxy. There's always some interesting shaping between cables and stuff like that, but I couldn't really tell how this issue was different from the one I bought about this time last year. So I didn't buy it.

Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2005
I bought it. I knew I was going to even before I opened it up. In fact, I probably went to the store just to pick up this issue. I like the Debbie Bliss Tennis Sweater that Wendy is knitting right now, and a lace wrap thing, and the hoodie (which seems like it would hang weirdly, but if I pinned it, it would be adorable.

Oh, and I finally received my two cones of Frangipani in color Greystone.


Frangipani in Greystone Posted by Hello

I love this color. Now that I have three sweaters worth of this yarn, perhaps I should start a project with it, so I know if I like it or not.

Well, maybe after I finish this.


Minerva Posted by Hello