Thursday, July 24, 2008

Immediate action

I feel like I've been knitting up a storm lately. I finally broke down and took some pictures this evening. First up is "Francie" from Rebekkah Kerner at Bowerbird Knits. I saw this on the Yarn Harlot blog and just had to do it myself. These knit fairly quickly and was plenty enough to keep my attention. This was my first time using bamboo needles and I think they really helped me with my gauge. I knit terribly tight, so much that when I'm using metal needles small enough I bend them. Bamboo doesn't bend though, it breaks, and I did manage to make it through without breaking a needle. A success then!


I then started another Rebekkah Kerner design, "Salto". I had been working on the Gentlemen's Socks With Lozenge Pattern from "Knitting Vintage Socks" in the Noro Kureyon Sock yarn but the purl pattern was boring me to shreds. I had been working on the one sock for months, on size zero needles, and couldn't imagine finishing the one, let alone getting through a second sock. And then there was the solution, CABLES! And "Salto" is full of them. Noro sock yarn is my favorite yarn to knit with, how it goes thick and thin, and of course the colors. I'm nearly through with the first sock, and after this many cables, I really would like to go back and knit the Koolhaas hat again now that I have a better idea of how cables work.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?

Marie and I were discussing the fact that neither of us has written anything in quite a while, so we set ourselves a poetry assignment. I dug out my copy of "The Practice Of Poetry" and picked out the task of "letter poems". We are giving ourselves one week to complete this. Feel free to try it yourself.

Letter poems instruction - page 1
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page 3

Monday, July 7, 2008

And we will become a happy ending

I feel totally ruled by entertainment lately. I've watched the season finale of Doctor Who once a day since it aired on Saturday. I made it through the first three seasons of Scrubs again. I did my eMusic thing and got an album from Deastro. I felt ready to declare this the summer of Page France, but now my musical mood is shifting towards David Thomas Broughton. I bought physical copies of two Songs: Ohia cds that I previously could only listen to on my computer thanks to the iTunes store. "Person Pitch" by Panda Bear joined my vinyl collection. Knitting has gone by the wayside, but I've been playing tennis, so I guess that's something. Oh, and the Fourth was all beer and burgers and friends and fireworks! Like this: