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Opal’s camera arrived today. It’s pretty messed up; I can’t change settings and it doesn’t work half the time, but hey, I can show some of my life now anyway. And start saving for a new camera, I guess.

So, projects old and new:

embossed leaves

This is a pattern I would make again and again, the embossed leaves socks from an older IK. Obviously I didn’t make these to be socks, but rather cuffs, and it turns out they fit the ankles better than the wrists. Na ja. The yarn is dreamy, Elsbeth Lavold’s Silky Wool. Needle size 0 or 00, can’t remember (I made these a full season ago…) I want more of this yarn! At first the color didn’t sing to me, but oh! now I want knee socks with clocks in this.

cable/chevron sock

This here sock has a bit of a story behind it. I made a pair of these and sent them to Norway, after losing my needles to the airlines, and then the socks themselves got lost in the post! First ever lost package, I think…
So, that put me needing to knit up a second pair smack dab in the middle of my move, which of course I didn’t do. Here I am finishing up my old commitments, however belated. I am halfway through the second sock of this pair, and should finish soon if I don’t wander off, which I have no right to do.
The pattern is my own, really made up based on a sock I saw in an IK, I think. I needed to accomodate a thicker yarn, and it really is a snap to figure these out. Chevrons in front and back, little cables up either side. Auracania yarn that I swapped BPAL for. Don’t like the shade much, but it is pleasant in this context. Poor swap partner. :( I think I will take a long break from swapping after this debacle. Not that I will have a reputation left…

And one last thing for this fine day. I purchased this rug last week from a representative of the Vida Nueva cooperative in Chiapas Mexico. All the work from spinning to dying to weaving is done by the women of this coop. They even raise their own cochineal! All natural dyes on this. I had to stretch a bit to buy this, but I will not regret it! There is an amazing anomaly in the pattern that made this my first choice of all the rugs I saw.

new rug

that is all for today. Damn it’s good to be back.

mark's greenland kayak

Mark is building a boat.
Because he only has 10. and I guess he needs 11.
I’m terribly proud of him, of course.

kayak mosaic

(click to see these photos more closely)

The shawl in yesterday’s post has gotten some attention and I thought I would dredge up the pattern for the people who have asked. Brought over from my LJ archives and edited.

“I thought I would post a recipe for a Norwegian shawl, in the school style, as I’ve heard it called.

Susanne Pagoldh says in her book Nordic Knitting that you need 1300 yds of wool for this.
You cast on the outer edge in the example I am giving. Since I am using a fingering weight yarn and a size 5 (I think) needle, I will CO 580 sts. A heavier yarn ( and correspondingly bigger needle) would probably be about 350-450 sts. I haven’t done one like that, so I’m not sure. Mark the center stitch with a marker or a thread.

The rule on this shawl is to K2 together at the beginning and end of each row, and K2 together after the center stitch marker each row. (dec 3 sts each row) This ensures that your shawl gets smaller. It ends up as a kind of boomerang shape, very long.
I knit each row (garter st) for about 16 rows, and then do this:
keep doing your standard decreases, and *K2 together, YO* for one whole row.
Do 3 rows in the garter stitch pattern, and then do one row in the *K2 together, YO* pattern.
You could follow that with with 8 rows of ribbing, or just more garter st, and then do another set of eyelets, as above.
After that, I do a longer stretch of garter, maybe 12-16 rows, and then the eyelet set again. And repeat until it’s done.
Once you are done knitting, you can crochet around the whole outside, or not. You can add fringe on the bottom edge, or not.
Very simple! and open for interpretation.

This shawl is both functional and elegant, and is sure to get you tons of compliments.”

the shawl I knit for alice several years ago

(alice is maybe 10?)

well, golly I think it has. Must be time to post to the blog. I actually have this task on a list for the weekend. I don’t know how many times I have come out to the computer to post and gotten distracted, and then gotten distracted from that… and so on. Do it, now, Bramble.

Nothing like the smell of fermenting cabbage to let you know it’s a good day.
nothing so beautiful as a bowl of wilted greens
Our local farmer’s market has started up and I bought everything for making kim chee, baby bok choy, daikon radish (I use the greens in the ferment, too), garlic, green onions. The ginger, salt, and chiles needed had to come from offsite, but it’s going on now. I could make up a gallon a week and then have some for a few months! Oh heaven.
Speaking of local, last night’s dinner was comprised of food that was almost all grown or at least processed in this region. flour, olive oil, and vinegar were the only imported items. Wild caught salmon, salad greens, potatoes, blackberry vinagrette, locally baked bread. I’m no foodie, but, damn that was good.

Alice knocked me out with her combinations of knitted textures today.
knitted textures
I made the shawl but not the sweater.

I love wool! I love wool! I love wool!
There, I’ve said it.

Speaking of wool, I have been knitting knitting socks. The end is in sight on this pair of socks for a swap, and it needs to be. I got my partner’s socks in the mail Friday, so now I feel abashed. I can’t show a picture of my knitting til I get them sent, I suppose, although I said right out what I making several posts back. let it suffice to say that I am extremely happy with the progress, late-ish though it may be.

Thursday I wrote a bunch of notes for a blog entry and then scrapped them as being too self-deprecating. Worth keeping is the clarification of the aesthetic that inspires me/I am striving for. It went something like “organic outcroppings from structured technique.”
Look at kjoo’s shop for example.
My work seems flat, but I think it because I have looked at it way too much. Plus, it is a bit flat.
I am praying to break through my aversion to trading my work for money. What’s up with that? I am sure I subvert my success by being unable to imagine myself succeeding.
Wow, that’s profound.
It’s okay if people pay people to make what they do not! Or more specifically, if I am one of the people that gets paid!
Anyhoo, my problem is really that I imagine myself successful in an entirely different economic paradigm, and I need to get out of my hobbit hole and rewild the world I live in.
Which is, incidentally, what I am already doing. :)