Monday, February 22, 2010

Jane Birkin's sweater

I love Jane Birkin's sweater in this Financial Times photo - the neckline, three-quarter sleeves, the ribbing - the color.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

DSQed from Olympic knitting

About three little girl hockey player commercials into the pre-opening ceremonies show I DSQed myself from my UFO knitting project by starting a brand new scarf. Life is short. This will be a stripey scarf reverso style.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Olympic knitting

It's not a bad idea to talk yourself into spending two weeks every two years finishing up projects. I'm pulling everything out and getting ready for the opening ceremony!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Socrates' Personal Footprints

This is another shot at a pair of socks knit from the alpaca blend yarn Socrates (first pair felted, second pair lost half the yarn). I'm using Cat Bordhi's Personal Footprints scheme. All my projects right now are simple small things that fit in my raincoat pocket. I'm saving my energy for the olympics!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Last Dickens

This book was a good time. I had to google all the publishers in the story - those Harper Brothers! I'm so excited about nineteenth century magazines. Don't you love magazines? I want to make a magazine - mostly I want to make the ads and write the "in the news" bits! The Christmas issue of Tiknor and Fields's Every Saturday features "No Thoroughfare" a story by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. I'm also going to keep a diary this year and write to my future self.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Classic Knits

Erika Knight's Classic Knits was at Half Price Books this week. I feel like knitting this cardigan in every shade of Alchemy's Haiku.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wool binge

Sometimes I go on a Noro binge and I want to knit everything with self-striping yarn. Recently I've been on a Jamieson's binge. Every pattern I see I think, wouldn't that be lovely in a shetland jumper weight? A Jamieson's binge can be quite economical. An Alchemy haiku binge would not be.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"I mend people's clothes for free on the street"

Serge Debrebant's piece on Michel Swaine in the FT last Saturday caught my eye. It begins, "I've always liked clothes that had a life before me." Swaine has a sewing cart with an umbrella, a neon sign that reads sew, and a treadle sewing machine in San Francisco's Tenderloin.