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May 24, 2006
dress as your favorite revolutaionary?

we've been invited to a party -- to the Red Ball Sushi Performance and Visual Art. Which is cool, except one is supposed to come dressed as one's favorite revolutionary. Any favorite female revolutionaries?

Also, Leo's growing a beard, not because he has an actual revolutionary in mind, but just on the grounds that you've got more revolutionaries to choose from with a beard.

07:43 AM
checking in with the list


Frankenknits column for summer knitty.

Most recent spate of tech editing.

The pattern for No Sheep... has been sent off.

The sweater for No Sheep... is knit, seamed and blocked. When it's dry, it goes off to Colorado.

My pattern has been accepted to Big Girl Knits 2! I'm still swatching to get it just right. It should be a lot of fun to create!

to do

announce frankenKnits logo/t-shirt contest. so go over there and check it out.

re-edit pattern and photograph finished thing for fall knitty... i love this pattern!

continue swatching and planning my entry in Big Girl Knits 2. Knit Bigger? I'm really excited about this pattern. It should be lots of fun to create.

write that fall Frankenknits column!

i still haven't done a thing with the fibercraft classes. i'd love to, but they keep falling to the bottom of the list. mainly because...

the two most recent developments:

I've found a co-author for the historical knitting thing. This makes the project into something cool and fun rather than overwhelming. Stay tuned.

I've been thinking about a new book project. No details yet, but this is definitely the most pre-occupying thing on my plate right now!

I have lots of brain and computer work to do, but nothing to knit... other than swatches, swatches, swatches. But one still needs a real project. I mean, your station wagon project can't really be swatches. Too many balls and needles. And I know better than to try to measure gauge on the steering wheel or my knee.

But I have an idea... Actually, I have several ideas. I love this part of knitting/designing. At first a vague dissatisfied void. What AM I supposed to be doing? And then ideas start coming in to the void. Where you sketch and imagine and play, examine people's clothing on the street... but as yet it's not tied to reality and the fact that you're going to have to figure out how to get the sleeve cap to match the armscye in 4 sizes has not really even intruded past the threshold of your knitting brain.

06:06 AM
May 18, 2006
new camera!

what I especially love is the digital macro zoom. cool.

10:39 AM
May 9, 2006
cast on?

I'm working on another editing project. And this always makes me think about knitting parlance.

When cast on (and bind off) are transitive verbs, I write them like that. Plain and simple. However, in some other cases, e.g. "Work even until piece measures 4.75 inches from the cast on edge." or "With MC and cable cast on, CO 12 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows.", I get the urge to stick a hyphen in there. You?

The other: Kitchener stitch. Capitalized or not? I'm assuming it's a name and therefore capitalized, at least as yet. According to the dictionary, jacquard is not capitalized but Fair Isle and Aran are. intarsia - not capitalized. i-cord, though often capitalized, shouldn't be.

and yes, for this, i get up early.

06:17 AM
May 6, 2006
a circular needle?

here's one of those questions: is it A circular needle or a PAIR of circular needles?

on the one hand, it's one thing. a double pointed needle, which, arguably, is just a shorter, less flexible cousin of the circular needle, is certainly singular. on the other hand, a circular needle, particularly when used to knit flat, is, as i tell students all the time, "really just two straight needles that happen to be stuck together so you can't lose one." sort of like a string on a pair of mittens.

pair of pants, pair of scissors... though i must confess that i actually call it "a scissors" -- a habit i picked up from a college friend. probably like lots of other misguided speech affectations that you think make you sound smarter.

08:00 AM