Monday, October 20, 2014

RHINEBECK!

For this, my second year at Rhinebeck, I drove up by myself again, listening to Arcadia on disc.  I spoke to very few people, but admired many things.  I know this isn't quite how most knitters experience Rhinebeck, but for me, it's a wonderful, cleansing experience, and I feel so much better.

I did buy a lot.  That seems to be pretty common.  And I wore my most favoritest newest knits, which also seems to be the thing to do.  (I wore my Milkweed, some mitts I haven't shown y'all yet, and my Rikke.)

I visited the sheep, because I love them, and this one is my favorite.  I took a video of him, I loved him so.   

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I have no idea what he is.  But he is The Best.

I went in with Purchases in Mind with Shops to Buy Them From, so I moved through pretty fast.  Next year, I'll try to carve out time for some workshops.  And so, the goods:


Sliver Moon Farms Superwash Fingering in Sedona.  I buy it every year, and will continue to do so.  It is the best yarn in the world.  I want this one to be a lightweight cardigan with ribbing something and belling out something.  I have a sketch, don't worry.

This for Dave.  It's Seacolors Yarns light worsted, in their signature color.  I spotted it last year, and it called to me again.  

And then I got one undyed.  See, this yarn is fancypants because it's machine washable without being superwash.  And Willow and I can dye it together, and maybe it'll turn into a Bulle or something!

These are for me.  Tess Superwash Merino Worsted.  It's going to be a something with a big cowl neck with buttons on the side (I got some perfect ones from Melissa Jean) and a little bit of orange striping in the body.

And then I bought this fiber, because honestly.  It's a merino/tencel in Winter, from the Sheep Shed

And also this fiber, because it glowed and whispered sweet and mysterious things.  Foxfire Cormo Silk Handspinner's Silver.

And this because I really, really want to make some kind of gradient into something strong and angular, like Low Tide or Herbivore or Viajante or...

And this Falkland Wool Top because obviously I'll need the practice since I'll be doing lots of fancy spinning.

And this to do the fancy spinning.

!!!!

It's not totally an impulse buy.  I mean, kind of, but bear with me.  I like spinning, I do, but the reason you haven't seen much of it is because I pretty much hate my drop spindle.  And so I thought--well, maybe I don't like spinning.  That seems counter to my essence, but so does me not liking Monty Python (there! I said it!) so I guess anything's possible.  

But I love the feeling of the fiber.  And I like drafting.  And so as I poked around and watched some demonstrations and asked some questions, it seemed that disliking drop spindles and liking spinning are not mutually exclusive--in fact, it's a common problem.  I had suspected as much, and so had considered asking for a spinning wheel for my birthday, but then I chickened out because of Monty Python.  

Thank God for Rhinebeck.  I got to talk to people who know stuff, I got to sit down and try stuff, I got advice about stuff, and at first it all just seemed like so much stuff and my brain was going to break.

I went to Carolina Homespun's booth and Morgaine sat me down and patiently showed me all the things.  And ooh, the twist does go into the fiber supply if you're not careful!  And it's hard to keep the treadle going.  And it's hard to make the wheel go in the direction you want.  (I read all about that when studying how to use my drop spindle, but it never applied because drop spindle).  And Morgaine seemed like a goddess of spinning and possibly other things too, and I focused and got kind of lost in the spindle, and then all of a sudden it clicked and I was spinning.  I let out a gasp of joy, and cheers and applause rang out and I looked up and a crowd had gathered and I was surrounded by spinners and would-be spinners and I got this huge shot of adrenaline and I bought that Lendrum on the spot.

And then I left.  Because clearly it was time and I had to go before I went and bought a sheep or something.

I came home and immediately set up my wheel.  But the magic was gone.  I couldn't get it to spin right, I couldn't get the fiber to join, it kept breaking, the tension was all wrong, my back was hurting, nothing was going right.

So maybe 9:00 at night while trying to sort of watch a movie after spending a long and adrenalized day walking around was perhaps not the best time to try to make friends with a spinning wheel.

I just spent the last half hour hanging out with it one-on-one and it went much better.  See?


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Reading While Knitting: A Monster Calls

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness with Siobhan Dowd

Knitting: Cnoc Sweater, by me.  Eventually.  You know, when it's done.

Looking back, I see that the last Reading While Knitting I did was The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.  Which is sad, because I have read many, many wonderful things since then.  But also fitting, because about halfway through A Monster Calls, I realized that it was the best book of its kind I'd read since Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book.  And obviously, that's really saying something.

And when I was finished with it, I handed it over to Dave and said "Read this.  Now."

It's the story of a boy who is visited by a monster, but isn't afraid, because he's seen something scarier than that, and nothing else could ever frighten him.  The book is illustrated beautifully by Jim Kay, with evocative and spidery-dreamy images that I shared with Willow last night.  I asked her, are you scared of this monster?   Of course, she answered.

The monster is a yew tree, the green man, the world snake, rooted in so many of our myths.  But he calls on the boy not to inspire fear, but to help him survive what no child should have to fear, but so many do. 

Patrick Ness and I go back, and I'm a huge admirer of his Chaos Walking series.  But here he proved himself capable of something that only a very few writers can claim.  We see everyone through the boy's eyes, but we are able to interpret people and events in a different way than he does.  And in so doing, Ness has written a book that is as honest as any I've ever read, and as generous. 


Friday, October 3, 2014

Fairies and Swordplay

Last weekend I took Willow to the Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park.  Shockingly enough, it was the first time for both us.  (Well, perhaps not so shocking.  When I was in my dress-up heyday, I lived in a place that didn't have many of these sorts of events.  Or any.)

Now, this sounds super fun, and it was--it was a fantastic event.  But it inspired a rant.  You are duly forewarned.


I will probably never go for it as many of the really incredible folks there did, and yet I found myself wishing I could.  And then I looked at the price tags--no, sorry, I inquired about the price, because none of the corsets I saw had prices on them, and holy bejesus. 


But Willow loved every second of it.  And she wanted it ALL.  For a bit there it was just Buy! Buy! Buy!  But then she chilled out, and she was done shopping and just wanted to enjoy herself, until we saw something that we agreed she must have.


A girl needs a sword. 

At first it was just a fun thing, but as the day wore on and I paid attention to all the people around us, most of the guys were in chain mail, and most of the women bared (most of) their breasts.  Now, I have no objection to this.  I had been in the market for a corset myself, after all.  But after a while, I didn't like what I saw.  Far too many women were dressed as trollops--and sure, I bet there were a lot of trollops back in the day we're all imagining.  And it's fun to look and feel sexy and free.  But since we're imagining, didn't any of them want a sword?

I know this is slightly off topic, but bear with me.  We complain about how women are portrayed in super hero movies (Internet, I'm right there with you about Wonder Woman et. al) but let's think about how we are portraying ourselves.  I actually don't object so Scarlett Johansson's catsuit.  Emphasizing her femininity is cool by me, though I can see why others disagree.  But so long as she's kicking ass, I don't see that it's such a bad thing to make it very obvious that she's a woman while she's doing it.  Because my point is this: there is no reason we can't have it all.

I did see some very prominent examples of what I wanted to see:


These two ladies fought each other--and they fought men, too, and they always won.  And the gal with the washboard beat the woman with the sword behind her, which was kind of perfect once I thought about it some. 


Now I'm not saying that Willow shouldn't tuck her sword behind her back and go ask for favors from a kindly fairy.  She should absolutely do that.  I'm not even saying she shouldn't be a fairy or a princess.  I get why she wants to be a fairy princess--I want to be one too.  They wear pretty dresses, and feel feminine and in power.  Think about what magic wands do before you roll your eyes at your daughter wanting to be a fairy. 


I'm just saying they should have swords, too.

 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Well, We Tried

Continuing the theme of recapping our summer since we didn't talk about it at all while it was happening, we grew watermelons!

We ate a watermelon, and then planted the seeds in a pot, and they grew and everything!







AMAZING.

And then we tried to eat one.  It was pretty gross.

After that, we let them get as big as they could before trying them...


But a bug beat us to it.

Oh well.  We did eat lots of other watermelons that we bought at the farmer's market, so we weren't deprived or anything.

Sigh.

Edited to add:  JUST KIDDING!!

Inspired by this depressing post, Willow and I picked that holey watermelon and cut into it and away from the hole and lo and behold:


It is pink!  And delicious!  Pinkily delicious!

Hooray!!!






Monday, September 15, 2014

Shilasdair

You've been hearing so much about the Shilasdair, and I have been thinking so much about the Shilasdair, because it really ought to be used for just the right project, don't you think?  What would that be?

And then I had GENIUS strike.  I will send the Shilasdair back to its homeland.  Figuratively speaking, of course.  Allow me to explain:







Like, I imagine, every single knitter who watches Outlander, I spend the time that I'm not admiring Jamie's shoulders oohing and aahing over the splendid knitwear.  I want Claire's bulky brown garter cowl!  And I went on Ravelry and lo and behold, there it is!

The Shilasdair will not be that.  For one, I can't possibly keep up with the amount of knitting seen on television--Geillis' beautiful capelet had me scrambling for my needles, but next week Claire had an even lovelier one.  Forget it.  For another, the internet pretty well has that covered.

Instead, the Shilasdair, and whichever other suitable yarns come along, will turn into various knits inspired by Outlander; not directly based on anything seen, but within the ethos.  The Craigh na Dun Ebook will feature a TBA number of patterns and will be available TBA, but I'm super excited about it, so expect more news soon.