Double sock fame!! Sunday, Aug 12 2007 

My socks arrived! Green lace, just like the socks I knit for my pal!

My pal? Perhaps you’ve heard of her:

Yes, THE Alison Hansel, author of Charmed Knits, founder of Sockapalooza, all around excellent Boston blogger! I’m almost flustered by these socks, probably the way Grumperina‘s Sock Pal from Socka-pa-2za felt (she was the recipient of the original Jaywalker socks!)

They fit perfectly and I love the pattern (Embossed Leaves) so, so much! I’m one of those unimaginative types who firmly believes that leaf patterns should only be knit in leaf colors (granted, this does leave a lot of options). One of my jobs as marketing assistant at Webs was to organize the Charmed Knits book signing and book Alison on the podcast. She did a great job of keeping the secret, I had no idea!!

On Saturday I was heading out the door to attend a party for a friend who had successfully defended her Master’s thesis (on Maxim magazine). I realized that I didn’t have a bar appropriate project. I fully realize how ridiculous this might sound, even to knitters, but please remember that I commute mostly by bus, which takes forever. And what’s better than a little drunken knitting, even if you have to rip it out the next day?

I threw a few balls of Kidsilk Haze into my new Monkey bag so I could cast on for the Earth Stripe Wrap, the cover design on Rowan 42. I fell in love with this when I saw it in a promotional poster at TKGA which MAY be hanging in my room, violating my post-college anti-poster sentiments. I’d assumed it was knit in Kidsilk Aura because I couldn’t readily identify the colors. I soon learned that Kaffe has paired 14 shades of Kidsilk Haze in different combinations to create entirely new, entirely gorgeous colors. Apparently, all of my favorites–rooting through my stash I realized that I already had a single ball of almost every color he calls for. Single balls that I acquired on random road trips, before Webs was carrying KSH, simply because they were nice to look at.

I’m about 6 stripes in and it’s a glorious, easy project. I love stockinette stitch, which makes me a knitting simpleton. Oh well. I’ve added 6 stitches so I can keep the first and last 3 in garter stitch. I realize that the rolled edges are probably a carefully considered design element but I
abhor rolling edges.

While I’m on the subject of Rowan, Jen had a few apt appraisals of the new issue. We both love when the designers re-knit the items–I find that without the extreme styling and ethereal sets you get a much better sense of the garment’s practicality (as well as it’s suitability for different bodies). They did this last fall and showed the same sweater on women from different age groups, it was brilliant. I was tickled to see the focus of this re-knit feature: the same tenets of color analysis I’ve been jabbering about! I created a Flickr set with excerpts from Carole Jackson’s book Color Me Beautiful, as well as a few pictures of the Rowan design team in their season appropriate knitwear. Inspiring, no?



Eep! Tuesday, Jul 31 2007 

Yesterday was almost TOO exciting! Kathy and I were talking about being mini-bloggers in a world of blog superstars. That prompted me to go and check my stats (I used Statcounter) which is always fun. My favorite feature is the map–I love seeing that someone in Turkey is reading me! I don’t get the flood of comments that some bloggers get…I try not to speculate about why, but my main theory is that my entries are long and text heavy, I’m guessing most people skim them heavily. Anyhow, yesterday I saw a rather engorged number of hits and I went to Visitor paths to see who had linked to me…it was none other that Blueprint Magazine!! I love Blueprint, and I’m using the magazine pretty heavily in my academic work. Last semester I compared the aesthetic of Blueprint with an indie DIY zine compliation. Through content analysis I tried to prove that there are simultaneous parallel DIY movements going on right now. My basic point? Let’s get together, yeah yeah yeah! I’m trying to develop a home economics curriculum based on critical theory and texts in the consumer culture ‘canon’, not that there IS one =)

Oh, did I tell you? Eric is blogging these days. AND modeling!

Well, not exactly, but this doppelganger freaked us out! Eric usually wears the exact same hat and some variation of that plaid shirt. Here is a profile pic for comparison (handsome, no?)

To to keep it manly, here is Zach, a Webs intern, modeling a men’s sweater (in the mailroom, natch) that will be available this fall. It’s knit from the top down (our designer coordinator’s speciality) in Berkshire Bulky–fast!

There is much more to blog about but I have to get to work. I’m on a special mission for Nicole from Stash and Burn (it’s just more excitement!) More later!



Potter Haze Thursday, Jul 26 2007 

Is anyone else in a total Potter stupor? Book 7 made me feel like re-reading the entire series, which I’ve started. I’d already been heavily skimming the older books in anticipation of July’s Potter-fest. I’ve seen the movie twice-the first time I was too distracted by the scenery! The films are so visually rich, it sort of makes the at times impressionistic take on the content forgivable in my opinion.

Of course I’m immediately drawn to anything that will translate to a knitting project. In this film I noticed a lot of Norah Gaughan-ish vests on Ginny, cables and some hexagons (maybe, hard to tell for sure). A lot of Luna’s blue and lavender crochet was pitch perfect but Hermione’s striped pullovers sort of bored me. I’m not a huge Hermione fan to be honest, I’m definitely over the smugness and her snottiness towards Ron…probably because Ron/Rupert Grint is one of my favorite Potter characters. His garments are always my favorite at well! The original Weasley sweater, the Animal Cracker hat, the swatch blanket (cannot find a single decent picture of it, just a hint of it in this Talk Soup parody), his ragg raglan, and now this plaid number:

I’m a huge fan. One of my job perks this summer was getting access to the Rowan image database (I know, heart attack, right?) and getting to see all the garments from magazine 42. There happens to be a sweater that resembles the latest Ron sweater, it’s a saddle shoulder cardigan knit in Wool Cotton and 9 colors of Felted Tweed (hello, leftovers!). Oooo, awesome, I can link to it, there is a tiny picture here. The best part is the name–Striven. If you look at the definition for the word, you can’t help but think of Ron.

There are projects on my mind that tie to Deathly Hallows, as well. I finally see the appeal of the Invisibility Cloak projects, I might use Jade Sapphire cashmere with a touch of sparkle. If you’re on Ravelry, you can see my thoughts for the project I’m most excited about, Hermione’s beaded bag with the Undetectable Extension Charm. I’m waiting for a purse frame to arrive before I get started. I’m actually knitting two versions, one lavender and one pale green. I’ve started the lavender one and it features a beaded cast-on with some smoky amethyst glass seed beads, size E/6.0. It will be a drawstring pouch with a rather obscure lace pattern. The green bag will be somewhat more formal, sort of like these (minus the odd fringe). If I had a million dollars I would have bought this amazingly apros pros Lion Queen purse frame.

I realize that some of you might be a little sick of Pottermania. If that’s the case you might want to watch this, another parody that sounds like it was dubbed by a Moonanite (not work or kid safe!)