Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Color of Flowers

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”  ~ Claude Monet

I do love color.  My latest project has me wondering why I do not knit with this kind of color more often.


Just holding this knitting in my hands, makes me feel happy.  This is something I must remember once winter returns.

Project Name: The Color of Flowers
Pattern: Vine Street Tee by Amy Herzog
Yarn: The Fibre Company Canopy Fingering
Color Name: "Guava"

"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers." 
~ Claude Monet
  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Latest FO: On Me & On My Camera

My linen vest is now a FO.

These photos were shot by Mr K on Saturday, and edited (cropped) by me on Sunday.


I have a new camera that has a lot more options than my old little Cannon PowerShot SD600 with 6.0 megapixels.  My new camera is a Fujifilm X10 with 12.0 megapixels.  I will be learning more about all of its features as I go, but it does power on with a amazingly sharp 'auto' mode.  Doubling the number of pixels not only makes an incredible difference in the clarity of the images, but also allows for a major kind of cropping, which, in this case, made me feel like a professional photo editor.  (No, these are not perfect; but really, they were pretty effortless, and are already better than what my old camera would take.)

Anyway, back to the vest... I did work hard to finish this early enough in the season to be able to wear it often this summer.  My modifications were minor, mostly affecting the length, and are described on my Ravelry project page.  I went with the color 'ash', as was used by the designer, because it will go with every color that I normally wear.  The vest could be dressed up, but more often I will wear it dressed down and combined with other casual everyday clothing.  After I finished a last bit of steam pressing on Saturday morning, I put it on with what I was wearing for the day.  Unexpectedly, Mr K became an available photographer when an appointment of his was postponed by a half an hour.

And would you believe that I wore the vest all the day long?  I really do like it.  Must be because it is linen.

Monday, June 23, 2014

On the Blocking Board

(Most of) The knitting is now done on my linen Die Cut Vest.


This photo shows the right and left half laid out on my blocking board before I 'seamed' the center back with a three needle bind-off.

The vest now lies pinned-out and still damp on the very same blocking board.


This was an odd piece to block. There is no doubt that the lace needed to be 'pinned-out' to open it up and flatten it, but I did not want to use pins or wires on the straight edges.  Pins or wires would leave the edges looking a little jagged.

For the final-final blocking, I will iron the edges flat and smooth, and maybe even steam the lace a bit more.  As I laid it out quite wet, I had to question myself for not hiding the yarn ends on the front edges and at the center back, but I guess that it will not matter too much in the end.  It also occurred to me (right around the same time) that it really would not have been too difficult to have added a little neckline shaping at the back neck... hum, if I make another... (Did you know that, in spite of how I pinned the shoulders in a way to create some curvature at the neck, there is zero neckline shaping on the front or the back of this vest?  I like to think that I will love it anyway, but... hum...)

After the piece dries, I can seam the shoulders.  Then comes the last bit of knitting... I will pick-up stitches around the armholes and work a couple of rows before binding-off.  After that I will hide the yarn ends wherever they may be.

  I will steam it as needed,
and I will try it on,    
and I will find out if I like it.   

So, this is me now, "On the Blocking Board".

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Midweek Meditation

The part about knitting a sweater in the lyrics of "When I'm Sixty-Four":

"I could be handy, mending a fuse
When your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings go for a ride
Doing the garden, digging the weeds
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four?"

"When I'm Sixty-Four" is track #9 off The Beatles' eighth studio album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".  It was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon.


I love that album.  I miss album cover art.  St Pepper's was released on June 1, 1967, when I was very young.  Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942.  Today is his 72nd birthday.

Photo credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_images_on_the_cover_of_Sgt._Pepper%27s_Lonely_Hearts_Club_Band#mediaviewer/File:Sgt._Pepper%27s_Lonely_Hearts_Club_Band.jpg

Thursday, June 12, 2014

On the Blog

Today is the third anniversary of this blog.  Here is the very first photo from my very first post three years ago.


I took the photo while on a special vacation trip to Bermuda in 2007.  It shows a flowerbed at the pink "Princess Hotel" (the Fairmont Southampton).

On the first anniversary of this blog, I was vacationing at St Thomas, USVI, and I was proud to have posted about my first Blogiversary while being so far from home.  (I was anxious to keep up with the blog while one of my first knit designs was just out out in a magazine.)

Here is a photo from that trip in 2012.



The photo is of a tree branch at Lindquist Beach.  I was happy that I caught just enough of the sun through the branch in my photo.  I was laying on a chair on the beach under the tree.  Loved that. 

Last year I forgot about it being my Blogiversary (or, I think that I remembered it, but I also thought that self-congratulations would be a boring topic).  I did post a Colorwork Meditation (#7, no less, my favorite number) on the day.  That post contained this photo (not by me) of Josef Albers, Homage to Square, collection.  Love it.

Photo credit: http://igetitart.com/tag/josef-albers/

Today, then, begins the fourth year of the blog.

I was thinking that I might briefly share some of my blogging experience.

There are spammers, and worse, "referer" spammers, who have caused me grief... but that has mostly died down.

I (once, not long ago) had a vacation post with a good number of links that I believe was being used by someone for advertising purposes.  It was getting a crazily growing number of page views each hour over several days.  It made me nervous.  I deleted it, but then I re-posted it without the links.  I was not able to preserve the comments or page view numbers, but at least what I wrote and all of the photos are there.  (Last I checked, it still had zero views.)

I do enjoy going to my blogger stats page.  I like to see all the page views that my tutorials (especially my colorwork one) get everyday and from all around the world.

Is it funny that I have no worries about readers (who I imagine to be knitters) from India or Argentina or Korea viewing my blog in good number, but I do worry about unknowns (who seemed to be "storming" the old there)?

Lastly, thanks to my new blogging friends!  You know who you are.  You blog.  I blog.  You comment.  I comment.  I love that you are there! 

Friday, June 6, 2014

On the Needles

Linen.  Linen.  Linen.  I do love to knit with linen this time of the year.

An earlier detail photo of my current linen project... a project that I have become quite obsessed with finishing...


 This is where I was about a week ago...


   Project page (Ravelry):  ckknit's Die Cut Vest
            Pattern:  Die Cut Vest
        Designer:  Sara Morris
    Yarn:  Shibui Linen, four 50g skeins in "ash"

A week ago, I was in a perfect place:  The second half of my vest was started and the first half not quite done.  I had lace knitting to work on whenever I wanted (knitting lace is fun), and plain stockinette for the times when mindless knitting was better for whatever reason.

But now, with the first half completed, all that is left is about 5" of straight stockinette.  At about 10 rows to the inch (well, if I actually can take the boredom of it all) I could finish the knitting in about a week.  And I think that I might.  I would love to see this piece completed.  Blocked and finished and ready to wear.  (Do you realize that this being a knitted piece, and with an odd kind of non-shaped front neckline, I may actually find that I do not like wearing the thing at all?  I always say, you have to have a certain amount of faith when you knit.  This project requires all the faith that I can muster.  I am determined.)

So, this is me now, "On the Needles".

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Midweek Meditation

“If I had my way, if I was lucky enough, if I could be on the brink my entire life— that great sense of expectation and excitement without the disappointment— that would be the perfect state.”   
                               ~  Cate Blanchett, born May 14, 1969



This was one of several stars that I photographed on February 9, 2014.  In March, Cate Blanchett won her second Academy Award for her role in Blue Jasmine.  (I would recommend watching this film.  I truly enjoyed her performance.)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day


This was my mother's high school graduation photo.  I do miss my mother.

(I really and truly would like to say more, but I do not have much time. I need to start getting ready for a quick trip to Philadelphia.  I will see both of my children there later today.)

I do miss my mother.  I was trying to think of a quote to share, something I remember her saying to me.  She taught me so very much.  Which is why I am just a little disappointed in myself.  At the moment, the only quote I can come up with is, "Everyone who has curly hair wishes that they had straight hair, and everyone who has straight hair wishes that they had curls."

You have to think on it, but there is much wisdom in that.  

(Like me, my mother had straight hair, but over her lifetime she had many a permanent wave.)

I think that my mother must be a part of me, and therefore is always with me (but I still miss her).  I wish you, and all of your own mothers, living on earth, or only in your heart, a very memory-filled and happy Mother's Day!