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September 28, 2007
knitting in fashion

Leo handed me a clipping from Wired about Sandra Backlund, a designer who has created some breathtaking garments from folded paper. She works mainly though, with knitting.

"The handicraft process and the handmade feeling is also very significant." she writes, "I am interested in almost every traditional handicraft method. I do experiment a lot with different materials and techniques, but it is through my heavy wool collage knitting that I have found the ultimate way to express myself. It is a freedom to be able to make your own fabric while working."

06:51 AM
September 18, 2007
meet charlotte!

And here's the happy family united in Nanchang, China. Welcome Charlotte, we're looking forward to getting to know you soon!

05:57 PM

So many things are going on these days... so here's a brief catch-up.

My book, Knitting Patterns for Dummies is due out imminently. Officially the beginning of October and I keep checking my porch to see if my copy's arrived. The For Dummies series is printed in the U.S. and so when it's printed it's almost ready to ship. Typically knitting books are printed in China and a few copies are sent by air, so the author gets advance copies well before the rest of them (arriving on the proverbial slow boat) make it to market. While I've seen it all in bits and pieces and have a good idea what it will look like, I still have not actually seen it. And each time a truck rolls down the street I have to go and check to see if it's the delivery guy with my book....

Today is the day that my sister, at long last, will meet her new daughter. She is in China with her husband and my niece, Claire, and I've just heard that today is THE day. They will meet Charlotte and bring her home soon. I keep clicking on their blog to see them united...

This weekend I'm heading up to my hometown, Olympia, Washington, for my 20th high school reunion. It'll be interesting to see what people have done with the last 20 years. Also, of course, singing a mid-80's soundtrack and trying to figure out what to wear!

I finally got my invitation to join Ravelry! I've not spent long poking around but I am particularly giddy that there is a patterns> designers> kristi porter page, where one can click and see all kinds of people knitting things that I designed. How cool is that?

11:10 AM
September 5, 2007
first day of school

That's the first day of first grade and the first day of fifth grade, respectively.

06:25 AM
September 4, 2007
meet andromeda

...or at least her fleece. Leo's cousin Elizabeth sent me the fleece from her sheep, Andromeda. A Lincoln/Finn/Romney mix, I gather. As anyone with any experience in such matters will tell you, fleece is pretty sheepy. And dirty. So I've been experimenting with cleaning methods, combing methods, and so on.

It cleans up pretty darn good. Creamy. Soft. Crimpy. All things that are good for spinning, I gather.

More fun than playing with cleaning, however, is just playing.

Ella and I dyed this chunk of fleece with Kool-aid and then I felted it haphazardly to give it a bit of structure so it won't fall apart. I love the natural fleecy qualities of it, the locks and irregularities... and the watermelonish colors.

02:57 PM