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  • knitting1105 4:07 pm on May 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Graduation & socks 

    Well, I have to give my daughter her space now. Sofia graduated from Grinnell College (very small, very good liberal arts college in Grinnell, Iowa) on the 19th. What started out to be a rainy dreary day, turned beautiful. The clouds parted, and the sun came out just as the ceremonies were about to start. Which was a good thing, as they kept them outside, and it lasted over 2 hours. Going to a small college means that every graduate gets called up by name (as opposed to my alma mater, the University of Michigan where they call out for all of the liberal arts students to stand up and thousands do so). Hard to believe that she is over with this part of her life. We get her back home, at least for awhile as she enters grad school. The main speaker at the graduation was Judith Butler, a feminist and anit-war activist from Berkley. Let me just say, that if either of my kids had turned in a paper as poorly written as her speech, it would have been given back to them. It was very depressing, delivered in a monotone, and I lost count of how many words she added “-able” to the end of. The day was saved by the honorary degrees, the best being a reporter for the Des Moines register, Rekha Basu. Her words were relevant, poignant, and eloquently delivered. She is now a syndicated colomnist, and I need to read her work.

    This is the link to an edited version of her speech.


    Here are the Serendipity socks also. They actually fit nicely. I don’t usually like the short row heel, as I have a high instep. Probably the lace is helping.

    • Marsha 1:09 am on June 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I totally agree with you about Judith Butler. People say she’s brilliant, and she may very well be, but I just can’t understand her. I had to read a lot of her stuff in grad school, and during seminar discussions about her work I’m not sure even the professor knew what Butler was writing about.

      In 1998 she won the Bad Writing Contest. Look here: http://www.denisdutton.com/bad_writing.htm


  • knitting1105 10:53 pm on May 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    A better W&T 

    Well, I am making another pair of the languishing STR socks. The ones titled “Serendipity”, not sure that is an appropriate name for them. I am trying to look at these projects with an open mind, but having difficulty. I paid a LOT of money for the sock club. I was expecting good design. What I have gotten with one exception, is mediocre patterns, beautifully dyed yarns, and sometimes in weights/yarns I would not use. I thought that this would be a good opening to new ideas. Wish that I had saved my money for good yarn to knit all of CookieA’s socks.

    This pattern has a short row heel, not a design type that I am fond of. I knit the heel the first time following the W&T instructions of putting the yarn to the back, wrap and turn the next stitch. Well, one side was very tight and one side very loose and awkward looking. I took a photo, but couldn’t get it into focus well for the camera, but it shows the sloppy heel. I pulled it all out and now have instructions that should be given for a short row W&T heel:

    Here are my instructions for the W&T to eleviate the gaps and sloppiness on the heels.

    • Knit or Purl to the stitch to be wrapped. Keep yarn in the front or back as you had it for the row you just worked on
    • Slip the next stitch as if to purl
    • Turn and put the yarn between the 2 needles (front to back if you were just knitting a row; back to front if you were just purling a row)
    • Slip the next stitch as if to purl
    • Continue the row either knitting or purling the next row as established. Be sure to tighten up the first stitch of the row to allow the wrap on the next row to be tight. This gives the same tight loop in either direction.

    The other problem with this pattern is that a gap appears when you start the body of the sock again. I had to go back and knit the stitch at each gap with the 2 wrapped stitches below, and it was a nice neat transition. I think that the lace pattern is weak at best. The heel extends 3 stitches into the lace area. And, can I complain more… the pattern is written as if you were working on circular needles. If written for 5 double points, it would have been so much easier to understand. No wonder people have such a hard time with the patterns in this club.

    I hadn’t posted in a few days, as my son decided to “upgrade” all of my photos to Adobe Photoshop. While in the long run I think that it will be better, I was at a loss on how to work with my photo collection. I sat fiddling with the program for a few days. I think that I am getting the hang of it now.

  • knitting1105 1:06 am on May 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Prom and socks 

    It has been a very busy week here. Our house is going to be on a house walk in June featuring small homes (we live in a 1913 Arts & Crafts Bungalow). Ethan graduates from high school in June, and we have his party. We actually leave for Iowa in the morning to see Sofia graduate from college. Hard to believe that the two of them are so grown up. With all of this, work is busy and I am trying to finish up projects. We are also having a lot of work done on the house. First the rain garden, then new oak stairs to the basement. Now we are having the back fence fixed (never a wooden fence again, the back and sides are falling down after too much investment in them), and recreating the paneling in the DR and columns that are between the DR and LR. The original columns were in the attic, and we are having them recreated as they needed a bit of work. I will order light fixtures and have glass shades made to put on them. Should really bring back the old glory of the house, thank goodness they did not tear out the built-in china cabinet.

    Prom was tonite, and Ethan was very handsome. Ethan and Kristen

    In spite of all this, I did get some knitting done, finished the STR March socks. The heel was a new technique that I had not tried, so that was interesting. I made them a bit small for my feet in order to give them away. They are good house socks, wouldn’t fit in a shoe. It is a bit frustrating that they barely give you enough yarn to do socks unless you are a small size, or have very short calf portion. I think that they should up the yardage on their yarn a bit.

    March 2008 STR

  • knitting1105 8:25 pm on May 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply  



    That is how many times someone looked at my cabled blue sweater on Ravelry. Compared to many of the popular sweaters or people on Ravelry, that seems so insignificant. Some people have twice that many favorites alone, and thousands of views linked to one project. It is just that I don’t think that 100 people have ever seriously looked at any project of mine before, even when I was wearing it for days. A few, yes, but not many. It makes me feel good to have visible and invisible friends who support, like, or are just curious about my knitting. For many years it has been a very solo occupation. I have taken classes over the years, but there are not many left that either interest me or hold a challenge. A couple of years ago, Manning convinced me to start attending the local S&B. It is there that I found out about Eunny Jang, Ravelry, and many new shops and interesting tidbits that have enriched my knitting life. I do still love the solo aspect of knitting, and that it is something that I do by myself, and take with me. It is amazing what the internet has done for this craft, and my enthusiasm for it. And to my stash….

    Bicolor cable sweater

    • beth 10:05 pm on May 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      BEAUTIFUL SWEATER! i believe i was one of those 106+! yes, ravelry has definitely been a boost to my knitting self esteem. when some ‘favorites’ something of mine i can be giddy for days.
      take care-beth


    • Marsha 1:47 pm on May 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      What a beautiful sweater! When I first saw it in Interweave (two years ago, was it?) I immediately knew I wanted to knit it. I haven’t gotten around to working in that direction yet, but now I’m feeling inspired by seeing yours. What yarn did you use?


    • Vagariously 5:08 am on June 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

      cheers, Vagariously.


  • knitting1105 3:19 pm on May 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    March STR socks 

    Well, I started on my March STR socks. I have 4 pairs of socks to knit up from this club, 2 from last year, and 2 this year. I thought that I liked the pattern and the colors. I am reminding myself again why I will not sign up for this sock club next year. The yarn is too bulky, lots of problems with the pattern and gauge is all wrong (even though I went down a needle size from the beginning. It shouldn’t be this hard. I worked just the cuff, I am going to have to rip it out and make the smallest size on size 1 needles for my big feet. What do people with small feet do? The yarn is a very pretty color however. I just don’t like the medium weight yarn. The socks don’t fit well in your shoes.

    March 2008 STR socks---ugh!

  • knitting1105 7:02 pm on May 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Cool Socks 

    I made my husband a pair of socks with Trekking yarn. They were earthy and bright colors that variegated in an unpredictable way. I really liked the colors, and so did DH. When I showed them to people as I was knitting them, comments usually were something akin to ” my husband wouldn’t wear those”. I am glad that I have my former dead-head, rocker turned engineer husband who still has a bit of a wild side to him. He wore the socks the day after I finished them to a meeting at the City of Chicago, with his beautiful new dark green suit on. He even got a couple of comments about his cool socks.

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