Saturday, March 01, 2008

Green Sleeves


We've been reading a lot lately, as you can see by the nifty new list of books on our sidebar. Robb and I tend to read serially, meaning that we read a lot of one author's work at a time. I get the books first because I'm such a freakishly fast reader. I have the habit of reading novels twice in a row, once for plot, and then the second time to enjoy the structure. We've been reading a lot of quasi-trashy English novels from the 1920's and 1930's lately, and I fear my already antiquated slang is going to get even more eccentric and confusing to my co-workers.

Other wise, I've been working on another sweater. This one is for me, and like the one I made for Robb, it is self-designed, and knit from the bottom up. ("Self designed" is, I have to admit, a very pompous way of saying "I'm making this up as I go along.")

I'm using a slip stitch technique, because although I'm easily seduced by skeins of variegated yarn, I actually don't like the this style of yarn looks when knitted in plain stockinette stitch (normal knitting). To my eyes, this kind of yarn produces a garment that looks like icky Martian camouflage.

Don't let these photos of knitting fool you into thinking that I'm some kind of Domestic Goddess. I'm not. I've fallen asleep with a detective novel clutched in my bony fingers almost every night this week, leaving Robb to wash our dishes.


Anonymous said...

Oooo, Dorothy Sayers! A favorite of mine! If you can get your hands on it, check out "The Nine Tailors". It's the only one of hers that I reread a couple of times even knowing how it ended. Very good story.

I'm not going to comment on the sleeve other than to say words cannot describe how pretty I think it looks. :-)

Knit Wit

shiloh said...

I was going to make some smart a** comment about you having sticks impaled through your arms but decided against it. =8)

Anonymous said...

Now that SUN is over, I have been devoting my time to the huge stack of books by my bed. Finished so far are Thunderstruck by Erik Larson ( one of my fave authors for the subject matter he chooses), Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality- Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century by John Burrows (a brilliant Yale professor who died On Christmas Eve of complications from Aids in the Yale sad and Images of American-Hebron, a picture history of one of the local CT towns. Always too many books and not enough time!!!

By the way, I am jonesing for my own copy of "The Mushroom Girls Virus Book", now out of print. If ANYONE knows where I can get a copy of this at a reasonable price( EBAY is charging 3 times the original cover price!!), please let me know!

Lock Wenchie

Anonymous said...

Love that stitch! And that shade of green.


Anonymous said...

Although your self designed sleeve pattern looks marvellous, I mentally converted the close-up picture of your self-designed green sleeve ... to a cloth - for washing dishes or for face washing. (Because I am a cloth knitting nut.)

Please can you be generous with the slip stitch pattern you are using?

Thank you,


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