Sunday, February 18, 2007

Very Knitterly week

It was a busy week and I did not get much sleep so I ended up exhausted on Friday afternoon. This was a sign for me to slow down, and I got to bed at 9ish the past 2 nights. We had a snow/sleet/ice storm on Wednesday. So my son and I rushed to the park to use our sled! It was fun, but cold. Lots to do with paperwork at work, and it had to be done at night. Some knitting. Some visiting with my friend Barbara who works at the Point, and a stroll to Purl Soho –fabric and yarn… I was very careful, and I was not going to buy any yarn really, but I just could not resist this little bundle. I was always sure everybody was overestimating Rowan’s kid silk haze, but this was different… Kidsilk Spray , it just grabbed me… On to visit LYS Knitty City to get Lamb's Pride Bulky for my 3D felting project. So if any of you are visitng NYC- WE GOT LYS baby!!
This week I also got rid of a mattress I had for 17 years, it was hard to do, physically (I found myself doing it- you guessed it- late at night) but I did it! With it I also got rid of the ghosts of an X-H, X-BF and a few X-lovers… it was interesting to me to hear at the meditation session I attended last week that when you get rid of an item, or clean the closet, or a drawer, even just one- you create the space for something else to come in… Now I know why all the destashing is going on around blogland… make room for more to come in…
Yesterday my sit n knit group went to see the “Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting” at Museum of Art and Design. It was an interesting show, some very very creative uses of knitting and also some very puzzling projects that found me wondering why. Why go to that length. I think with art in general, that is sometimes the case. Here, clearly there was an issue of scale. From a miniature to a flag knitted by 2 huge cranes (video). The fun part was of course a sit n knit session afterwards… and today (Sunday) is project knitway- 3D. My first felting ever. It was very odd to knit with size 13us. I used the Wine Cozy pattern from Dropped a stitch. I did not knit it all the way to 10-12", just to get the feel for it. I did the felting in the machine, and it took a good few times. I think 2 more times would have been better, but I had to go to meet the group, and wnated to have plenty of time to knit on the bus. The new motto- "Slow it down..." Lots of firsts for me. I feel I am ready to try the clogs.
Oh, and I forgot to mention- I went pro in flicker . I had to; needed to get the pix organized!

9 comments:

Debbie said...

That flag...! Mmmmm, okayyyy....

Nice wine cozy. I think you'll enjoy the clogs. I thought the construction was interesting.

Hilde C. said...

I've just looked at your pictures on Flicr - you've really taken lots of wonderful pictures :-)

Cathy said...

Several bloggers posted about the show - I would like to see it myself. The lace tablecloth with the skull still grips my imagination...

Annie said...

Oooh, that yarn looks very nice. I can't believe you didn't walk out with more. Oh wait, that's me. Ha! Yes, getting rid of the old is wonderful, because of what comes in new!!!

KnitNana said...

hmm...got rid of ghosts by getting rid of an old mattress? Now I like the idea, especially that it makes space for new...And my mattress is about where your's was....17 years!

I LOVE the Kidsilk Spray color!
And I wish I could make it to NYC for YarnHarlot's talk in March...I've never really been to NYC and now I have good reason - new blog friends, YH, and GOOD LYS - hmm...didn't know Purl SoHo also did fabric!
Business trip, anyone???
(((hugs)))

Windansea said...

Hey, this is the first time I've seen a picture of someone making the wine cozy - it looks great! Thanks for the link - Lydia

nona said...

There is no possible way I could walk into that fabric store and resist those many bolts of gorgeous fabrice -- and I don't even sew!

Krawuggl said...

Your first felting is fabulous, I love the colours and what a lovely idea to have a wine cozy (Reds or White?)
Getting rid of some past sounds great, especially with the space making for new things to come. Spring is the best season to welcome a new life, so a mattress is a brilliant start.

Mary, Mary... said...

Boy, that mattress had to GO. We bought a new one about 9 yrs. ago and we're very attached to it (Savoy comes in 2nd place). The first one was from DH's batchelor days...a lot of ooky energy left the building with that one. Kidsilk Spray---hmm, I've got Haze, will have to check it out.;) As for Subversive Knitting--I think the real 'outsider knitters' are elsewhere.