Sunday, August 13, 2006

Fall weather in August!

I am sooooooo delighted with this Fall weather in August. Fall is my favorite season, and I have so many more knitting plans this year than last year. This belonging to the international family of knitters/bloggers has certainly escalated this knitter’s fiber addiction!
Thanks for your kind words about my photos. Karenk and "I Need Orange" are right; the answer to "And what have we here?" from ECF is indeed: Duckweed, (also known as water lentils).
So after my post last Saturday, I rushed to Purl Soho, and got 3 skeins of Classic Elite Premiere in keylime for the Razor-Cami. They only had 3. I hoped the yardage would work. I found out I needed more so I had to go back… They got more this week, dye lot similar enough. (And they wound it up for me, for free). Going to Purl is always fun, alas costly… They truly specialize in luxury (natural fibers) yarns. No “basics” there, and that is what they are good for. They open at noon on Saturdays and by 12:05 pm the store was packed! Sure enough they got a few more items in... I was really good about buying only the yarn intended last week, but yesterday, ahmm…. I got some fab colors of Terra, of the The Fibre Company. about 10 of them, for a secret project. I scouted some other fab yarn of The Fiber Company’s Road to China, (content: 65% alpaca, 10% cashmere, 10% camel, 5% yak, 10% Soya) for a sweater for my son, but this will have to wait... a little. Other great yarns I spied: Rowan Tapestry and Rowan Harris Tweed (known as Scottish Tweed 4ply).
I bought the new Vogue knitting and IK magazines and spent a lovely lunch at Once Upon a Tart looking through them. My friend is a none knitter, but even she got excited about the new crop of designs; it’s been a while since I felt it was worth to buy the magazines for more than one project. Each has a few great ones.
Afterwards we went to The Jewish Museum to see a sculpture exhibit by the very talented Eva Hesse. They do not allow photography, but you can see most of the images on the two websites.
A few other yarns that have come to my attention are Taos from Crystal Palace Yarns. It’s kind of Noroish ( and I LOVE that) and apparently felt really well, (although I am not into that). And has anyone heard/seen/touched/tried O-Wool™ Classic? Organic wool seems to be a new trend.
I have been really enjoying my Razor-Cami. Its fun, fast and very soft! There have been one or two mistakes (maybe 3, so?????) but I didn't frog, I improvised. My grandma would not approve, from wherever she is, but I like the challenge of fixing...
What else is on the agenda? Well, sooner or later, I’ll have to tackle my lace “issues”… does the Razor Cami count as lace? Maybe I am getting closer…

I joined the International Scarf Exchange. Ya’! my first swap/exchange and I am very excited. I have so many scarves I want to try. What will my pal wish for?

And finally- Recently there have been many discussions about needles, following the introduction of the KnitPick set, how sharp each needle is, Kathy, aka Grumperina, has been leading a campaign to encourage Addi to produce sharper needles, etc. Ever wonder what the sharpest human-made object looks like under a super-high-powered microscope? Here is a picture of the sharpest needle, the Sharpest Manmade Thing!! Honest.
Last week was a stressful one for me, and I am facing some challenges at work dealing with staff issues again, next week. The global unrest and craziness is not good for my mental health, so I wanted to remind myself of calm. Before I became a parent, I had life (ha, ha…) and part of that life was pottery. On the wheel, things spiral- and I hope we are on our way to the end of this spiral to find peace soon, everywhere! So here is to life.

18 comments:

trek said...

That is a gorgeous pot!!!!!!
I am in pottery lust.

KnitNana said...

Yarny-goodness, fall weather, and peace in art! I LOVE your pot! What gorgeous colors, what a wondrous glaze....and the peace in the spiral...a motif I have meditated upon for the last decade! Another reason I love knitting socks! :)
(((hugs)))

Annie said...

Love your razor cami! And hooray for spiral - Martha Graham! Spiral makes everything happen.

I haven't forgotten your request for a pic of the PL blankets - will have one up next week!

gail said...

We've been having lovely late summer weather here in Wisconsin also. Just in time for my family reunion!!! I love your pot!
Can you help me? My husband erased my bookmarks, where I had marked a site with fabulous knit geometric blankets--more complex and interesting than I had ever seen. I know I found the site through one of the blogs I regularly read. It is not the tikkulpetto (sp??) site, but another from which patterns could be purchased. Could I have found the site through a link on your blog??
Thanks.

Alice said...

Did you make that pot? Either way, it's beautiful. Beautiful curves.

Your weather is matching ours, this summer! First, blisteringly hot and now quite autumnal. Thank heavens we don't live in a place where there are no seasons.

I'm a little envious of your lovely Saturday afternoon. Sounds ideal.

Rain said...

The colour for your razor cami is very pretty.

Your pot is fab, it's beautiful.

angela said...

hehe, I think i HAVE TO leave a comment
;-)
I really like your button....

so, I definitely can encourage you to start the Mermaid. It is definitely a great knit. all those long rows could be boring...but because of the stripes and the short row shaping you have to think a lot and it is always just this feeling of "one more row...."
but check your gauge.... the size of this jacket depends only on the height of the rows you're producing!
let me know when you get started!

Harlem Purl said...

I like the color on that Razor Cami. BTW, I like to improvise more than anything when I make a knitting boo boo.I only rip as a last resort.
Do you have any patterns in mind for your sons sweater? Winter will be hear befor you know it so I need to start knitting up the winter gear for the little one.
Lvoe the pot, it's gawgeous.

gail said...

Thank you so very, very much for the address for the geometric/mathematical afghans. yes, that was the site that was erased from my bookmarks. Someday, I will make one of those complex beauties.

The Crafty Weasel said...

Wow! Your pottery is amazing! I have taken classes but never seemed to move on from some basics. I dream of one day being a serious potter!

Teyani said...

what gorgeous pottery!!!
and I think it's great that you improvised on your razor cami top - that's what creativity is all about. :-)

aija said...

Wow, that lys of yours sounds divine :)

I dig the spiral a lot too, hope you find some peace!

knittingingrid said...

Love your pot - I know what you mean about life before being a parent... Still, the Fall IK is great isn't it - plenty of potential for those evenings that are drawing in! I wonder if we'll get each other in the scarf exchange? - I'm looking forward to it!

Monica said...

Beautiful pot and I like the sentiment that goes with it.

Brittany said...

The razor cami totally counts as lace. Yay lace! Next thing you know you'll be knitting heirloom shawls.... ;)

aquaknits said...

Nice work on the razor cami, lovely color. Sounds like a great time at Purl, all the new yarns this fall are making it so hard to know what to try first.

Absolutely beautiful pottery!

Garngamen said...

Dearest NY friend. It is always a pleasure to learn about the latest yarn, catch up on the real KAL's, and your beautiful pottery. fantastic glaze. I agree, I luv fall to. And your pictures are always breathtaking.

Laurie said...

That's a lovely glaze. Did you mix the recipe yourself?