The jumble of colors in my bag of discontinued J&S Shetland yarns inspired me to start another afghan. Originally, I planned to re-create the Parcheesi Afghan. Naturally, I have changed my mind!
This pile of blues and tans reminds me of the antique patched Japanese garments and quilts made of natural and indigo-dyed or kakishibu-dyed, faded cloth known as boro textiles. I love this period of anticipation, as a new design takes form.
Jane Austen Fans, Take Note
I've been a regular reader of Jane Austen's works, with a special fondness for Persuasion and Pride & Prejudice, so last week I was delighted to read the Annotated Pride & Prejudice, edited by David Shapard. The notes include discussions about the social and financial points that I had not noticed or understood in previous readings (although I would like to say that I did disagree with a couple of Shapard's notes!). Highly recommended!
Denim Sweater Progress
I've been stalled on this one for a looooong time, but the knitter's block has been broken! I'd had some concerns about the design--I've altered the standard raglan shaping to produce a more anatomically correct shoulder (I hope!).
One sleeve completed and attached--my brainstorm about knitting the sleeve onto the body proved to be a dead end, and I just sewed the sleeve on. Actually, quite easy! I ran out of yarn with 1 inch of sleeve and the neck band to complete (Drat), but luckily Schoolhouse Press could match the dyelot so I'll be done with this as soon as the package arrives.
Speaking of Schoolhouse Press, one of my favorite moments of the year is when the new issue of Wool Gathering arrives! This issue, celebrating their 50th year, is the long-lost pattern for Elizabeth Zimmermann's Butterfly Jacket, kin to the famous Ribwarmer.
Because I live my life so often in the future rather than in the present, now that the March issue has arrived I can now start anticipating the new titles that Meg will be publishing in the next six months (why live in the present?, is my motto). First, M'Lou Baber's book Double Knitting, Reversible Two-Color Designs, out this summer--this will be spectacular. And then, in winter 2009 (I hope this means the upcoming winter) comes Katharine Cobey's Diagonal Knitting! So exciting to see something from this amazing artist. Next spring, Jenny Backridges' Spinning Around--Handspinning, Dyeing, and Knitting--Jenny is handspinning and naturally dyeing yarns to make Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen patterns. I'm going to order each one of these sight unseen.....
Foroysk Bindingarminster is going out of print! This sweet little book is a collection of Faroese stranded patterns gathered some 80 years ago at the request of the Danish Queen.
Many of you have asked about my teaching plans. I will be offering a 3-day Design Your Own Fair Isle workshop through Madrona Fiber Arts June 27-29th, to be held in Preston, Washington (just outside of Seattle). Please contact Suzanne Pedersen (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to be on the mailing list for this event--I'll post more information here when I have it.
There's a part of me that never got over the early days of the Whole Earth Catalog and Mother Earth News. I guess it's the result of growing up in the 60's, when even the album covers romanticized our back to the earth longings.
I still really like a guy in denim and flannel.... At any rate, the reality is that I'm a pitiful gardener but I persist in dreaming. That's why this site struck a chord. I'd really like to get some chickens.....
Thank you, readers
Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post--out of laziness and distraction I did not reply individually, but your comments were read and appreciated by me and by my cousin Sina, Esther's daughter.
Oh, and the answer to the question posed in the title of this entry? The only thing these items have in common my overheated brain.