Tuesday, 31 July 2007
(For those of you who don't know or care who Zane Lowe is - here is a pic of the gorgeous lace yarn I've purchased from Posh Yarn over the past couple of months. It is beautiful stuff in beautiful colours at really reasonable prices. And there's a competitive element to the shopping that I quite like. New yarn is posted at 6pm every Sunday (UK time) and most of it disappears within MINUTES. You've got to be prepared and you've got to be focused.)
Anyway - back to the real reason for this post.
Tonight Zane played his 'hottest record in the world today', which happened to be a Mark Ronson remix of the genius that is Bob Dylan - Most Likely You Go Your Way (and I'll Go Mine) from Blonde on Blonde.
My initial reaction was outrage! How dare he mess with Bob. Bob doesn't need to be remixed.
But actually - I really liked it.
I sent a text of my approval (as part of the Reclaim the Hipness of the Knit campaign) and Zane read it out:
Bob with a beat. I love this. Still knitting. Soo.
He added, "probably knitting faster inspired by the music" (or something similar - but definitely the 'k' word again).
Sure, some (ie anyone I've mentioned this to) might say - so what? But I'm happy. I feel I've accomplished something by getting one of the UK's leading trendy DJ's, a Sony radio award winner to say the k word twice. What I've accomplished is vague at best - but I'm pleased!
Sunday, 29 July 2007
Monday, 23 July 2007
What's Next?: ummmm, haven't decided for sure. I have some Handmaiden Sea Silk I'd love to use but haven't decided on a pattern. Perhaps the Melon Scarf in VLT? Or maybe I should do look further afield (but then I think - why??)
Mystery Stole 3: We're on clue 4 now and it appears something dramatic is going to happen in clue 5. Clue 4 is the longest clue (135 rows for the standard length stole, 215 rows for the longer version which I'm making). I've done about 152 rows of the clue on the black one, and 104 rows of the clue on the white one.
Melanie has instructed us to put a lifeline in about 48 rows before the end of the clue, and the pattern and edging established appear to end at the last row of this clue. What the heck can be coming next?
Hedera Socks (aka freakish heel flap socks): I finished the Hedera Socks. I really liked the simple lace pattern and found it a relaxing knit. I was (and remain) confused by the pattern instructions for a freakishly long heel flap. I decided to follow the pattern despite my doubts -- but even now can't see any reason for it. So, I will make the socks again but with a more usual length heel flap. I'll let you know if that turns out to be a mistake!
My Shiny New Citizenship: And unrelated to anything knitting today I got a letter from the Home Office confirming that my application for UK citizenship has been approved. I'll attend an official ceremony sometime in the next month or so and then I'll be a fully naturalised UK citizen (hanging on with love and affection to her Canadian nationality all the while!).On Board Mission (aka 'reclaim the hipness of the knit')(aka make Zane Lowe say the K word on 'in new music we trust' on Radio 1): - In case you thought I had seen sense and given up - I haven't. But Zane's on hols at the moment and I think getting Annie Mac to say the K word would be far to easy.
Friday, 20 July 2007
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
Saturday, 14 July 2007
(hmmmm...knitting stoles and socks I never wear....I'm not coming out of this looking too bright am I?)
Sunday, 8 July 2007
At around 9:15 I started to hear noise on the route - so I decided to check it out (combined with a useful trip to Tesco to get some food). This was some sort of 'pre' race thing where a parade of sponsors drove past and threw freebies to the bystanders. There weren't too many bystanders at that stage but that didn't seem to dampen the spirits of the participants. I watched for about 10 minutes (long enough to get some hats, pens and a little car) (I gave most of it to nearby kids) then headed home.
At about 5 to 11 I thought I should head back out and see the cyclists. Went back out to the street, a few minutes later some very speedy cyclists went by. 30 seconds after that it was pretty much all over. We spectators (and this time the streets were lined) sort of looked at each other, shrugged our shoulders and headed home.
But heh - I can tick 'see the Tour de France' off my list of things to do (pretending it was ever on there).
Right on to knitting things.....
Mystery Stole 3 clue 2 is out and I've completed it in the cream yarn and have just begun clue 2 in the black. (still undecided on which one I prefer) I'll take a better picture of them when the black one has caught up.
I've made good progress on the Alpine Lace scarf. According to the pattern I should be starting the end border now -- but I'm not convinced it's long enough. (how much will it stretch in blocking?)(why do I refuse to swatch?)
I knit up a bag to felt for my god daughter's birthday - Rowan Polar with a strand of variegated sock yarn. Looked very promising in its unfelted stage. However when I pulled it out of the washing machine it looked like - well - a deceased animal. Truly - it had become really hairy in a very unattractive way. It created a nice solid felt - but the hair was a little off putting. (When will I learn to swatch?)
Last week I was working on a Pomatomas sock --- and I have decided that I don't like it. I wanted to like it. I admire the flow of the stitches - but as a sock I was unconvinced. I can't pinpoint what it was I don't like about it -- the pattern is very well written - but I didn't like knitting it. It'll be frogged next week. (The yarn is Lucy Neatby Celestial Merino and is really nice to work with.)
I've now started a lace sock in an Opal solid and it's making me very happy so far. For some reason lace socks remind me of grade school. (Even though I don't think I ever wore lace socks.)(Weird.)
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
To cheer me up it is raining in London again, as it has for the past zillion days in a row. I'm not a sun worshipper but it would be nice if it made a brief appearance at some point this summer. Grrrr....
Catherine Tate has been announced as Dr Who's new assistant. What's that about? Who makes these decisions? What are they thinking? Why do tv people have such little imagination that when making casting decisions they think - oooooh who's already on television far too much? Let's use them. Grrrr.....
I attempted a bit of retail therapy which lifted my mood briefly but even a delivery of lovely Posh Yarn yarn can't keep the Grrrr's away. This picture doesn't do the gorgeous green justice. I ordered some lovely stitch markers from Hide and Sheep in Etsy - but then immediately got annoyed waiting for them. (I didn't claim this mood was rational.) Grrrr......
To top it off my left hand is not happy about knitting tonight. It hurts. Definitely signs of repetitive strain. Grrrr....
So I'll make some tea, sit in my comfy chair, listen to a couple of Harry Potter chapters and admire my new yarn and the progress I've made on the Alpine Lace scarf. That actually sounds quite pleasant. But still.... Grrrr.....
Sunday, 1 July 2007
Anyway - Melanie releases a 'clue' a week for the next few weeks (7 clues in all I think) which we knit up. We have no idea what the finished stole will look like - and I think it's an amazing testament to Melanie's talent that so many of us are willing to invest yarn and time in an unseen pattern.
There is a theme to the stole, which Melanie will reveal eventually (clue 5 I think). So far all we know is that colours in keeping with the theme are black and white. There are quite a few guesses floating around but none from me. I'm useless at this sort of thing. In fact, I suspect when the theme is revealed I still won't get it!!
I was undecided between white and black yarn for the stole so ordered both. When I went to cast on I was still undecided. So I cast on both. Worked about 20 rows and still couldn't decide... did another 20 rows.....ummm...still sitting on the fence.... This afternoon I finished the first clue in both yarns....still undecided. Perhaps clue 2 will help me decide.....
(I think marketing gurus could learn a lot from this as well. 4000 knitters learned of the 'Mystery Stole', signed up and committed to spending £30ish and countless hours to an unseen project. All started by a couple of posts on Melanie's blog. No advertising, just the power of the internet 'word of mouth'. Pretty darned impressive I think!)
Harry Potter (and TV suggestions required)
There are now officially no tv shows that I'm interested in watching. The Dr Who finale was last night (I watch mostly because I have an embarassing crush on David Tennant) - anyway - I now can't find anything to watch. And a woman of my advanced years can only take so much Radio 1 before her age catches up with her.
So I've invested in the Harry Potter audio books which I listen to while knitting. I thought it would be worth reminding myself what happened in 1 to 6 before I tackle 7 at the end of the month. (I am such a geek.) Stephen Fry is brilliant and really does the stories justice.
If anyone has any ideas for new shows I should check out - let me know!