April 22, 2004

A WIP on the Radar Screen

It is good to have many pets in your home, for they can be very helpful. Take Grazzi, for example. Being of German descent and having a brilliant mind, she implicitly understood that the big piece of framed art leaning againt the entry wall was much too heavy for me to lift and re-hang by myself. Further, she understood that Papa G has been too busy to help out. Using her brain cells like a hacker on speed, she sprang into action. Literally. Sprinting up the stairs, she rounded the corner at precisely the right angle, shooting her tail out to catch the picture from behind and fling it to the floor with enough force to shatter the glass. She didn't even pant from the exertion.

Not realizing how helpful she was being, I uttered a few words that are Not Nice, put her outside, shut the other pets up where they would not be walking or nosing around in shards, and started the cleanup. Carefully, carefully I picked up each piece, from the largest to the tiniest, being very careful not to cut myself on the glass. Careful, steady there.... easy.... slowly...oops. I cut my index finger on... the paper. So here I am, foursome days later, looking at my finger and seeing this paper cut that keeps reopening because of the frequent use of that finger, and remembering fondly how helpful my Grazzi is. And knowing that I still haven't hung the picture.

Chris asked if I am still cranky. Well, I was still cranky yesterday, but that was because I was cranky enough the day before that I petulantly stayed up til way after midnight, so I was tired. Don't ask me why I do this. I think Ermadine makes me do it.

Okay, you want to see Dragonfly, you say? Coming right up....


Aren't the colors beautiful together? I ended up using Spindrift in Dark Navy, Moorgrass, Green Mist, Blue Lagoon, and Sky and the J&S 118 for the green, just because I happened to have it already.

Meanwhile, I found a swatch slave to help me on Ballerina.


I-- I mean she has almost finished the second panel.

Mist, which you know I have been working on while participating in bizarre conversations with myself, is slowly growing. Katie mentioned yesterday in the comments that hers was "traveling knitting", which makes perfect sense. I think I need to visit all the pubs in Ireland in order to make progress, don't you agree? Anyway Sherlock, bound to do his duty no matter how much the sun is in his eyes, shows you the Mist to date.


Next in our tour we come upon a new old thing-- Birch, from Rowan 33, by Sharon Miller. Yes, I have it also started in the color Liqueur, but Two Swans just got in the color Majestic the other day, and I fell in love with it. It's a mysterious color, not quite mauve and not quite gray, a perfect neutral that you never tire of. Here we see it in its native habitat.

I've been thinking about all the great input from you wonderful readers about the Penrose tiling. I do think it would be fun to quilt, but still the challenge of knitting it remains on my mind. I'm thinking towards trying to find a stitch that will naturally assume the correct slope when it is decreased/increased at a constant rate. Compressed stitches would be candidates for the smaller diamond. Koigu seems like a great choice for yarn, although my favorite the Shetland would be good, too. I guess I'll have to wait until I'm sick for a while to slow down long enough to figure it out.

I leave you with this, a photo of my friends who all constantly look out the window waiting for you to come see me. Among them you will recognize Fair Riley, still naked, still happy, still brown.


Posted by Sheila at April 22, 2004 09:00 AM | TrackBack

Soon, soon!

If only I could get the sweetheart away from work!

Posted by: Angela on April 22, 2004 09:59 AM

if you visit all the pubs in ireland, maybe you'd better have a wip that is a simple long tube of stockinette? dragonfly is beautiful! i have to take another look at it in the book.

Posted by: vanessa on April 22, 2004 11:10 AM

Dragonfly makes me breathless.

Posted by: Stephanie on April 22, 2004 01:26 PM

The Dragonfly colors are fabulous! I can't wait to see it in person.

If the PD James is the new one set in the museum, it is a good one. She is one of my favorite writers! of course, I can't remember the book title at the moment - a SENIOR moment, I guess.

Posted by: Katie on April 22, 2004 02:32 PM

Janine's designs are all stunning, I wish she would publish more (hint, hint Janine!)

Katie, PD James' books are my favorite of the mystery/detective genre, ever since I saw one of her first novels presented on BBC... something about a Lark? Anyway, she never disappoints me. And yes, I think this is the one you're speaking of, but I haven't started listening to it yet. And as I always try to say to folks who claim to be "senior" and who are like you: "That may be, honey, but what you've got left over is more'n what most folks starts out with" (from the musical Guys and Dolls)

Vanessa, maybe you need to come with me as my designated driver?!

Posted by: Sheila on April 22, 2004 03:00 PM

Dr. I had a spot of your crankiness last night, is it like a computer virus? Anyhoo, I was yelling like a banSheila at my youngest for unloading the bookcase for the umpteenth time and causing me to have to UPload it for the umpteenth and one time! So now that I have this crankiness, what's the best way to get rid of it? Do you suggest stash therapy? How many doses, how often? Are generic stashes OK?
BTW, there's some kind of deadly viper hanging out in your neighborhood, good looking thing.

Posted by: Chris on April 23, 2004 07:26 AM

Definitely go shopping for yarn. Alone. Buy lots. Then check into the nearest Salish Lodge. Alone. Have a superb dinner, great wine, good cognac. Snuggle up in the big feather bed in front of the fireplace. Alone. Next morning have room service bring you your coffee and breakfast, settle in and knit. When you get back home (whenever that is) everyone will appreciate you so much more and your bookcase will remain intact for at least a day :-)

Posted by: Sheila on April 23, 2004 07:59 AM

Oh, my, Sheila--the Dragonfly does look lovely! Your color choices are fantastic. I hope this one progresses through WIP status to UFO (it's kind of like Frodo's journey to Mt Doom, so many obstacles in the way....). I've gotta say, it's a thrill to know that someone is knitting up this design.

I'm in envy of your swatch slaves. I've tried to get Shadow to help out, but these days he is concentrating on reducing the sofa upholstery into threads for me to knit with, sweet little fellow.

As for crankiness: sure cure--start a new project! with no intention of finishing it anytime soon. That's my answer.

Posted by: Janine on April 23, 2004 09:25 AM

I love Dragonfly, both for the colors and because my mind has been vaguely imagining designs lately that have a vertical element.

I have to admit that when I was still a romantic-minded young thing I fell for the Dorothy Sayers mysteries, and although I'm now a cynical old thing I still favor those over all others I've read since.

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