Saturday, May 31, 2008

Tweeding Out Here!

Not only did I score a bag of Rowan Felted Tweed on my last trip to the City, but it is currently working hard to become my most wanted sweater of the century, no millennium. I am hard at work modifying the goodness that is the Tangled Yoke Cardigan from Interview Fall '07 into Meggos Top-Down Tangled Yoke Henley Pullover. I suppose it's what the Rainey Sisters did, but I am doing it in reverse and with some of my own things too. I was thinking about decorative buttons on the Henley V? The Tweed has flecks of black, white and light blue...perhaps, small buttons in those colors? Opinions? :) The best news so far is that I am almost done with the Celtic Braid AND I took a successful picture of it that I think even brooklyntweed would like :)

Also, I FINISHED my first top-down cardigan and I really love it. I want to model it for everyone, but I haven't found the appropriate shirt to wear underneath yet! Soon, I promiise. But to sooth the want of a FO I give you Glimmering Birch fini!

Jan was so pleased with her new shawl, and so am I! It was perfect for her and she wore it out that night for mother's day :)

I also went a little snap happy with my camera...birch is very photogenic, you know?

Updates on my TY-Pullover very soon:) I really am in love with it. I feel like I need a nice lace project to weigh out the sweater :) until next time.

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Glory of Top Down Knitting

Inspiration hit me hard recently. Ravelry is to blame--of course. I have been wanting to try my hand at a top down garment for awhile so I went snooping around ravelry to see what some of the amazing and talented people had come up with. Ravelry really feeds the, the addiction. I was playing around and realized HOURS had passed while investigating, but my insanity did yield results. I came across Seealso's [ravelry] gorgeous cardigan, and knitting school dropout's beautiful new top-down, garter lovin' cardigan. After seeing these Cobblestone Pullover inspired knits I knew what my project had to be. I made a rather large purchase from Webs of Classic Elite's Four Seasons Cotton in a lovely Navy color (it was soooo cheap), and with the help of Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top, this appeared off my needles rather quickly:

This is an older picture--I have been knitting it non-stop since I started so it's way past the armholes at this point. FO posts to come very, very soon :) I am really excited about this one. I need to go to the mall to get a proper shirt to wear underneath...see, this insanity spreads!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Is my idealism showing?

Anger and rage, I say!

But..perhaps this is the invasive and uncomfortable push into our lethargic American lives that is necessary to make the war and energy crisis real. Since this country worships money hitting us where it really hurts might just push everyone enough out of their indifference and apathy into some sort of action.

This republic is in a state of limbo--like many people who stay in bad relationships (in whatever form), because they cannot conceive of a different type of life, a better way. They are convinced that the potential for happiness does not exist, or worse, that it is not deserved. How scared is everyone into believing that moving away from the imposed conception of the original archetype would crumble the structure to its foundation? But moving away, moving up creates perspective..moving away would help us see how damaging it was, and how good it can be--no, WILL BE. Our limbo has caused us to fall into a funk, a depression, and fear. It is a frightening thing to make a change and take a risk, but what if that leap of faith leads us closer to that perfect republic that was the original hope for this country?

I know holding onto the aesthetic archetype of politician for all these years has damaged us so deeply--we have been taught to look for qualities in people superficially that only exist in the human soul. I don't want to feel placated, I never have, I want to be recognized. I want to recognize that hope and that original, beautiful idea for humanity in someone else. Our founders drew their blueprints for the foundation of this republic from the best ideas that humanity had to offer, whether it be from philosophy, economics, political science, theology and so on, in hopes that these fundamental ideas would guide us to that perfect republic they envisioned. But that place can only exist if the people who are entrusted with running this republic carry within them those same ideas--undamaged and unpolluted--with an unselfish conviction for them.

But when I read back over my thoughts my hopeful idealism seems so naive in the face of our problems. But I am just one voice, perhaps a few millions more might seem more convincing? :) Audaciously hoping....