Busy day, but I feel downright motherly. Spent the morning at my 2nd grader’s school in Art Docent training. PTA funds a program that brings fine art into each class 10x a year. We work with watercolors, clay, etc and send a portfolio home with each child at the end of the year. I really wanted to do it this year after not being able to last year, so here I am. We (parent funding again of course) just bought a kiln so the kids can work with clay, so we had a demo by the artist/dad who’s in charge of that. I’m intimidated but excited too. I’ll have to put some time into this, but with almost 10 years ahead of me volunteering at this school I figured I might as well choose something and make it my own. And now I’m morally free of fundraising committees – YEAH.
Oh, and we made brownies, which are cooling downstairs and waiting for me to finish this (incentive if I ever heard of one). Uber mom.
Shelia requested the numbers for the Artful Yarns Cinema I’m using in my pullover, so here they are in the order of the repeat: 188, 186, 193, 197, 204, 191, 194. Total aside: Shelia must have good taste as she also listens to Radio Paradise. It is aptly named. If you like a variety of modern music excluding rap, teeny-bopper pop and plain ol’ crap, it’s the radio station you’ve always wanted but could never find on the dial. And she liked my sweater, so there you go, good taste.
The pullover is a simple st st knitted side-to-side with two colors held together, changing one color every four rows. It’s fun to watch the colors come over your needles and the repeat gives you a goal to keep you going . The link above takes you to a commercial web site for WEBS that I think is well organized for looking at this yarn and its patterns. One site error though – #204 (orange) is Nurse Rachet, not Nurse Rachel. Much more meaningful.
I bought this kit at my mom’s LYS where they kitted it for a class. HandKnitters in Louisville KY doesn’t do internet sales, but I know they’ll take phone orders (a very nice mother/daughter team run the shop), so if you can’t find it at your LYS give them a call.
I started my colors at a different point in the repeat because I’m shortening the arms. It’s knitting up pretty quickly with the only time consuming part being starting and stopping colors – should be even faster on the body. I weave in as I go or I might never sew this baby up. It’s a lot softer and stretchier than it looks, but I am worried about how susceptible it will be to snagging. This is a lot of money to get trashed within days. This may have to be a sweater I wear out by myself (yet another reason to escape alone – honey, I need to take my sweater out and you know how sensitive he his about children and pets).
After my school meeting I rewarded myself (does volunteering deserve reward? aren’t brownies enough?) with a trip to one of my LYS. Yes, in an embarrassment of riches, I have two well-stocked fiber stores in my little town. Sneaked a peak at the new Interweave Knits Scarf Style while waiting for my copy to arrive and tried to pick my first project for the knit-a-long. If you haven’t seen it yet find a copy, or take a flier as I did and order it sight-unseen. Lots of truly knittable projects with a nice diversity of styles. It’s a keeper.
I bought this Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool for the balloon cable project. Everything I buy is colorful and a lot of it some shade of red or orange, but I realize I need to watch becoming a Symphony of Reds (I’ll explain that some day). This is a really good oatmeal shade and the silk content makes it light enough to wear around here. I read this review of the yarn on Knitter’s Review and had it in my mind to consider. Then, just the other night, for no reason in particular, I was looking at her Viking Knits book, so there you go – it’s yarn destiny. It’s no use questioning yarn destiny. I gave up on that long ago.
Total aside, why the link above to a non-knitting book? Well, history is another passion and as I was driving home from the yarn store that title popped into my head and I couldn’t figure out from where for a few seconds. It’s a great book – the main source book for Girl with a Pearl Earring, (which or course if you haven’t read, you should, and no, the movie doesn’t count, not a bit). Simon Schama is one of my favorite history writers – he tells a good story – this is not your high school history teacher who drove you to counting ceiling tiles to stay awake. He also narrates a great video series on the history of Britain.