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to the ladies of america

“It is customary amongst the German ladies to have at hand some light piece of work, with which they can at any time be employed…they consider their knitting or netting needles an indispensable accompaniment. And there appears to be a charm in the occupation that promotes rather than impedes conversation.

Our American ladies will doubtless find the custom one worthy of imitation. Many an hour which would pass tediously if they were forced to find topics of conversation, may be whiled pleasantly and profitably away, by the assistance of some agreeable employment, which interests without engrossing the attention.”

A Winter Gift for Ladies, being Instructions in Knitting, Netting and Crotchet Work, Containing the Newest and Most Fashionable Patterns, revised and enlarged by an American lady. Philadelphia: G.B. Zeiber & Co., 1848

My friend Nina sent me a link to an Antique Pattern Library, a project to scan and post on the Internet needlework patterns that are in the public domain. It’s pretty cool, and always a treat to read about the problems of American ladies 160 years ago. Oh, the horror! Being forced to carry a conversation! Which must be why I knit, to avoid talking. Cause me, I hate the talk.

Speaking of the talk, I apologize for the last post. I thought I had posted about that hat previously, about how I was at my bestie’s house in October, how she had started a hat for her husband, but put it down once she got carpal tunnels, and I volunteered to finish it in exchange for the needles it was on, Addi Turbos (lust!). How I finished it, and I got the Addi Turbos in barter for Will’s hat.


hello, my nose is pink. to match my glasses.

Will then sent me pictures of the hat “in action.” I wanted to get all creative about finding the hat in the wild, which didn’t quite work. Can I blame the writing craziness and incoherency on MBA app stress? I believe I can.



Filed under knitting, monstrosities

sighted: addibarterhat

While on a jaunt in the woods, something flashed before my eyes.  Not my life, but a rare vision, or so I thought.  “Could it be?” I thought to myself.  “Surely, no!” my interior monologue continued.  “*Gasp* What else could it be?” the little voice wondered.  The addibarterhat, in the wild! Gallivanting among the trees, dancing with the woodsprites, whispering to the wind.   And then, just like that, it stopped.  It found its mate, and it was tamed.


freewheelin’, until it was humanized

And now it snuggles cozily under the covers, accepting food and being petted, in its adopted home.

hat on bed


Filed under fo, knitting

first blog tag

ooh, i’ve been tagged! I normally don’t like being tagged, but what the hey. First tag on this blog will get a response – but no more.

The rules:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. i’m ignoring #3 and 4

7 facts:

a) I am a gemini

2) I was in Hackers

gamma) Admittedly, in a crowd scene, with the camera way up high

$) I can imitate accents pretty well, but I have to be listening to them

penta) I’ve flown in zero-gravity – twice

666)  I don’t like the feel of newspaper

g) I look like I wear eyeshadow, but it’s really the skin coloring over my eyes.

In other news, I was visiting my bestie this weekend, and she promised to give me her Addi Turbos. Sadly, they had a hat on them  (she gave up knitting when it hurt her wrists). So I finished it for her Will.  Here is me modeling it. Thanks for the addis, veronique!

will’s hat


Filed under fo, knitting, sappy

lean on me

A while back someone in my building had put out a box of fabric samples.  I am never one to let a pile of possible craft supplies go to waste, so I picked the best out of the lot and brought it back to my apartment.  There they sat, like so many other craft supplies I had at one point fancied.  Yards of fabric, gathering dust. Taking up space on my dresser.  I am nothing if not a good piler.

Last week I decided to do something about it. My coworker Jessica has a sewing machine, so I brought the scraps to her place. I picked out the one fabric I liked best, a lime poufy silk, and Jessica showed me how to sew a pillow. With a machine. Magic!


Lots of fun, don’t think I’ll do it again.  I’m not much for the straight, neat lines.


Filed under craftery, fo

try it on for size

Here are the pics of me in the sweater, at approx 36″ (the cables make it a slightly dif width, tho I didn’t take a tape measure out)



It doesn’t quite fit over the ladies. Hopefully another inch will do it.


Filed under knitting, wip

sizing up the matter

I have been cranking out the rounds on my cable down raglan. I am up to the part where I need to pick a size. I measured my store bought sweaters – they seem to be about 36″ or 37″. I’m worried that the 38″ will be too big, and the 34″ will be too small. However, my gauge is off at 5st to the inch instead of 5.25 (fell victim to the “swatch on straight needles while the project is on circs” problem). So, doing the math, right now my sweater measures 36″ at the bust. I’m going to try it on tonight to see if it fits. If it does, that means I have to do more calculations to figure out the waist cabling. As it stands now, I can do 11 waist cables, but there would be no k2 ribbing between the cables. If the 36″ is too small, I can go up to almost 37″ by adding the k2 border around the diamond cable. Thoughts?

Here is the model picture:



Filed under knitting, wip

round and round we go

One of the stumbling blocks to working on the cable down raglan has been using a cable needle. This is my first cable project and I dutifully bought a cable needle to cable with. I didn’t know if you had to have a particular size (turns out it’s easier to use the same size as your knitting needle. My cable needle was smaller. Oops.). It’s been a drag. I just can’t deal with 3 needles going on at once. It’s very slow going, even when I started using a dpn of the same size as the knitting needle.

That has hopefully changed. Today I taught myself how to cable without a cable needle, thanks to grumperina. I did 5 rounds today, that must be a record! I finished the first skein of yarn, too, finally!

cable down raglan 9-29-07

i am one skein of yarn


Filed under green, knitting, wip