I have been designing a shaped tweedy textured vest, inspired by Interweave Knits Winter 2006, Brooklyn Tweed and Fey. I've always loved cable-panelled knitting, but it seems a bit bulky and hot for my present life. I had a bag of Filatura di Crosa College, a tweedy, light, slightly fluffy yarn, ageing in the stash, so I pulled out a ball, some needles and the pencil and notebook. And a rubber an eraser.
Here's a bit of the result (V-shaped bottom edge of a front). It will have twisted stitches rather than full-on cables, and will be light but warm. Slightly shaped for the waist. Deep v-neck. The stitch definition isn't strong in this yarn, but it is clear enough to make the vest interesting. Perfect for winter in Sydney and autumn/spring further south.
One of the disadvantages of having to walk slowly is that you can't get out of unpleasant situations fast enough to avoid intense irritation. Yesterday, for example, I hobbled into the changing room at the pool with two bags (mine and Sandra's - she was still in the spa and would soon follow up with the kickboards, flippers, goggles etc). There was a young thin (young, young, thin, thin) woman there and until I could park the bags, get my towel out and hobble to the shower I was forced to endure her end of a phone conversation that went like this: "I've just been working with my trainer for an hour and he kept saying 'Why are you so stressed?' Of course I'm stressed - I have to decide what I'm going to wear tonight!!!"..."I've burnt 700 calories this morning so if I don't eat any more today I should be able to wear shorts tonight."..."No-one else will be wearing anything like them because I got them in New York."..."They're purple... kind of plum-coloured. I thought that I would wear them with a white singlet top and black heels... really high."
By this time I had managed to get into the shower and turn the water on so I didn't have to listen to any more of this drivel.
Sandra's comment was "Think how pissed off she's going to be when she realises the 700 calories have gone from her arms." Or her boobs.
If I ruled the world I would force feed school children detailed information about their anatomy and physiology. If I ruled the world mobile phones would be banned in enclosed spaces. If I ruled the world sensible older women would have their own changing rooms where rude little boys wouldn't stare at them in horror as they got dressed.
Here is a picture of me taken with the iSight camera in my new pretty little Macbook. I've got the Mac side all set up, but I still have to tackle the PC software. I've installed Windows - first time ever! Maybe I should set up a desk cam.... Wow, how exciting - she scratched her head - oh no! she's frowning...! What do you think?
And here are the first few rows of Sarita, in mixed stash yarns. It's not nearly as fluffy as it looks here, and the colours are coming out beautifully.
A woman I work with, Kim McShane, will be working at Stanford from July this year until Jan 08 and is looking for somewhere to live in SF.
Her requirements are below. If anyone knows of anything that might be suitable her email address is k.mcshane[at]itl[dot]usyd[dot]edu[dot]au (use my name if replying to her).
I would really prefer to rent *a very small furnished studio apartment * either in the suburbs surrounding Stanford or anywhere between Stanford and the central business district of SF. A cottage in someone's garden, or a flat on the side of someone's house with private access would really be ideal.
I like to do my own cooking.
Internet access - yes please.
I will be working quietly, writing. A smoking or non-smoking environment is fine by me.
Transport: prefer access to the BART or buses. I'm fit and I am happy to walk some distances locally.
I can provide refs., CV, documents.
Oh - I'm female, late 40s, independent, quiet-living, etc....
First, Cleo, made from the green cotton/rayon Linie yarn from Rubi + Lana. Four ply - many many many stitches. My own pattern: plain, knitted in one piece, shaped on the side-seams, raglan cap sleeves, V-neck, but with the added zing of the Lotus and Arch pattern from Barbara Walker 3 round the bottom, on the sleeves, and randomly placed on the front. It's turned out beautifully. The colour is stunning - it is a much richer blue-tinted green than it appears here - at SSK on Saturday several people asked what the yarn was. It looks and feels like silk, but is much much cheaper.
Second, the scarf from page 92 of Victorian lace today, in copper Zephyr (silk and wool). Unblocked as yet, but you can see its beauty.
I've started my own version of Sarita (Rowan 41) for my daughter as a stashbuster. I have lots of brown-toned aran-weight yarns, and lots of other yarns (including some Koigus) that I can run together to approximate aran weight. So I'm making it in random stripes. And there's Jonathon's socks, and the Starmore Rosarie I've mentioned before. The devil won't find work around here!
Days two and three have come and gone. We have entertained, rested, caught up with West Wing, done some sewing and some house maintenance. Now we're mellowed out.
Yesterday we drove around Sydney's orbital motorway system. (We live to the left of the S in the smaller word Sydney on the right-hand side of the map - what's called the Inner West.) Do we know how to have a good time or what? The biggest interchange on the system, with the M4, is called Light Horse Interchange in memory of the Australian cavalry regiments that fought at Gallipoli. Here's a bit of the huge sculpture that winds through the spaghetti junction in the sky, symbolising the long-dead horses and their riders.
Here we are, stopped for a picnic lunch in a park about half-way round. These roads are a great way to get anywhere from where we are to the
North, West or South of the city, and from pretty much anywhere to the airport, which is in the east. Sydney doesn't have a lot of limited access roads threaded through its sprawling suburbs; most people have to drive through dozens of intersections to get anywhere.
I am going to need a PC to run NVIVO to analyse the data for my PhD, and I'd intended to get a cheap laptop. But now the new Macs have a dual processor and will run Windows programs, so I went out to my nearest Apple shop - but it was closed. Huh? At least two other people came along while I was waiting for Sandra outside - you'd have thought it would have been worth staying open on a holiday. So I guess I'll have to spend my money at the University Apple shop.
Is today a holiday everywhere? It's kind of sacred in NZ and Aus - pretty much everything closes on Good Friday.
We had Hot Cross Buns for breakfast, and Sandra has spent the day sewing - she recently got a new machine and hasn't had a chance to try it out. I have been doing some technical stuff for my PhD project (f***ing comment spammers - I had to install comment captcha on 20 blogs). Then there was some leisurely watching of the Grand Designs marathon, and two of the four episodes of West Wing that we've missed recently (thanks Jonathon for those). I've just left minestrone bubbling on the stove. And there are three more days of this to come!