Monday, December 31, 2007

2007 Gallery

1. November Sweater:

Click on the above link for many additional pictures.

2. Tomten:

3. Baby Surprise:

4. Purple Swallowtail:

5. Hemp Forest Canopy:

6. Skeleton Scarf

Pattern: Skeleton Scarf from Arctic Lace
Yarn: Prime Alpaca in Silver Gray--one ball

7. Kiri Shawl

Pattern: Kiri Shawl (free online pattern)
Yarn: Kidsilk Haze in Liquor colorway--two balls plus enough to bind off with
Needle: 6

8. Diamond Fantasy Shawl

Pattern Designer: Sivia Harding
Yarn: Helen's Lace, less than one ball
Needle: 3

9. Seraphim Shawl

Pattern Designer: Miriam Felton
Yarn: Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere in the deep denim colorway, slightly more than two balls
Needle: 5

10. Adamas Shawl

Pattern: Miriam Felton via Knitpicks, with one extra repeat
Yarn: Claudia Handpaint Silk in the Ink colorway, less than one ball
Needle: 3

11. Shetland Triangle:

Pattern: Shetland Triangle from Wrap Style, with 11 pattern repeats
Yarn: Handmaiden Sea Silk in Ivory--one ball plus enough for the final bind off.

12. Michigan Scarf:

13. Montego Bay scarf (picture coming soon)

14. Multiple Socks which can be seen in the linked post.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Happy Holidays!

The blog will be on hold until the new year. Hope you all enjoy the holidays--and get plenty of time to knit and cook and catch up on all the blogs you haven't read in months. (Oh--those are my wishes for myself....)

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BTW: My cowriter and I got a YouTube review!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Too Much Stuff

Watch the whole spot of The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard here.

Hysterical--and depressing too. This was made by the same people who made The Meatrix: Free Range Studios.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


...a big powerful group's conquest of a little people, and its winds up that it is all about oil. Haven't we heard this story recently?

Friday, December 07, 2007

Time for Champagne!

Susan and I were interviewed on NPR radio today. While my cowriter can say beautiful things totally spontaneously, I have a great deal of trouble talking off the cuff. (I don't talk--only write.)

We sat in a the NPR studio in DC--apart from our interviewer, the phenomenal Frank Stasio. It takes a great deal of effort to follow purely verbal discussions because hearing takes so much effort. I really can't hear and think at the same time. (Stasio did have to call on me to make me talk.)

I told my partner and son that the interview would be a success if I managed to make it home tonight alive. It would be a smashing success if I had not thrown up.

I survived. Hearing the interview now, I know that my beating heart does not even show up on the soundtrack...

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


Playing around on Ravelry, I found THIS (which I hope it is OK to print here:

I'm blown away by this sweater, knitted by a young man named tycho. There is a little about the sweater on his blog.

Phenomenal. Also check out his other sweaters including the two-color Henry VIII (Starmore). Beautiful.

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And while you are on Ravelry, don't miss Feral Knitter's Sashiko Jacket:

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I'm off to clear my head with miles and miles of garter stitch. Wowza!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Happy Hanukkah!

To celebrate, we are making gingerbread Stars of David from my new favorite (and relatively healthy) gingerbread cookie recipe:

5 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp each of ground cinnamon and ground cloves
3 tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup butter or coconut oil (vegan)
2/3 cup honey
2/3 cup molasses

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

After putting all dry ingredients in a bowl, stir well with a whisk (or sift them together if you prefer).
Blend butter, honey, and molasses.
Add dry ingredients to the wet and mix until all is wet. You may want to use your hands to incorporate everything. If you need to, add a few drops at a time of water or milk to make the dough form a ball.
Roll out dough to .25 inches thick between two pieces of wax paper.
Cut with cookie cutters of your choice
and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes.

Gobble them up!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Bodies in Art

Son and I have been studying art for homeschool. Right now we're talking about the Renaissance and the rise of humanism.

Today's fresco:

Andrea Mantegna's 1474 “Ludovico Gonzaga, His Family and Court”
in the Camera degli Sposi, Palazzo Ducale, Mantua, Italy.

I'm especially intrigued with the artist's portrayal of bodies often left out of great art. Instead of an image of dwarf as one of humor or pity or childishness, the vision is a real person, a proud adult woman.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Telling the Truth--and Listening Hard

Last night at the Garden of Lights, I got in a conversation with the friend of a friend with whom I always enjoy talking. In the course of a conversation that rambled amiably and casually through subjects of great intensity for both of us, he asked if I knew this poem. I did not, but came home to look it up. It resonates so deeply with me--making me think of recent posts as well as all the things I want to write about that stayed buried in my darkness.

"A Ritual To Read to Each Other"

If you don't know the kind of person I am
and I don't know the kind of person you are
a pattern that others made may prevail in the world
and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.

For there is many a small betrayal in the mind,
a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break
sending with shouts the horrible errors of childhood
storming out to play through the broken dyke.

And as elephants parade holding each elephant's tail,
but if one wanders the circus won't find the park,
I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty
to know what occurs but not recognize the fact.

And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy,
a remote important region in all who talk:
though we could fool each other, we should consider—
lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the dark.

For it is important that awake people be awake,
or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
the signals we give—yes or no, or maybe—
should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.

--William Stafford
published in Every War Has Two Losers

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Cozy Morning

David is away for a meeting this weekend. Son and I took advantage of the quiet morning and made banana-pecan pancakes with local maple syrup for a late breakfast. We built a fire and cuddled on the couch under blankets for a morning of reading.

I have not knit in 24 hours. I guess that is what finishing a sweater under a deadline can do to you.

The book I am reading constantly challenges me. At moments, I love its argument and am totally enamored with its energetic style. At other times, I want to set it afire and throw it out the window for being so ridiculous. The other book on my nightstand seems to address many of the same fundamental questions. So a debate is occurring right now in my head. Details soon.

Tonight we're meeting friends for dinner at our favorite Ethiopian restaurant. Then we're off to look at the extravagant seasonal light display at Brookside Gardens. It is somewhere between amazingly cool and totally kitschy. Always a lot of fun!


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