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Archive for February 26th, 2007

Diana’s Moebius

Monday, February 26th, 2007

moebius.jpgThe weekend I went to the knitting guild retreat, I learned from my friend Rae how to knit a moebius strip (a tube with one half twist in it, Cat Bordhi has written two books on this). I knit all afternoon and evening finishing the moebius I started that day.

I have never been particularly interested in this sort of knitting. I find the scientific discussion of the moebius very interesting, and I love making them out of paper and showing kids about their “magical” properties. I just never wanted to knit one, it seemed sort of messy-looking.

I don’t know why a moebius seems messy yet I adore Sally Melville’s Best Friend Jacket/Vest (which has a three-part asymmetrical hemline). Since when do humans make sense, anyway? I’m thinking in this case that I have a tendency to like geometric shapes like triangles more than flowing and organic shapes, but then again there may be more to it.
But a moebius seemed a sort of perfect thing for my beloved Diana. She’s more mystical than I am, more able to take things for what they are than I. I like to think I’m airy-fairy but in fact that is true only in some areas of my life. Diana is more accepting of natural disorder than I am, I think.

For whatever reason… I determined that for most of a day (on retreat) I would knit for Diana. She knits for me, hours and hours and hours and days each week, most weeks. She will rip out and do it over if need be.

She doesn’t complain and she allows me to merely send her lovely yarns in payment. I would love to give her a paycheck but we both know this would be impossible in my current business structure… and she’s OK with this arrangement. In fact, she suggested this arrangement in the first place, and she keeps calling me, asking what else she can knit for me. I’m OK if this changes someday but I sure am getting a lot more done for my business right now with her help!!!

So at the retreat I cast on some dark purple Nashua Creative Focus worsted wool/alpaca in what I thought would be a single-wrap cowl for Diana. I bound off with an attached I-cord using Louisa Harding Impression yarn which Diana loves (it’s a knit nylon ribbon with a soft baby mohair fuzz attached to it, really lovely). The bind off was more than 750 stitches but it seemed the right ending.

And when I took it off the needles, it was half as wide and twice as long as I had expected. I was *very* disappointed at first. I blocked it anyway, and worked in the ends. And took it to Rae’s shop to pout a little.

Then Rae showed me that I could wrap it twice to make it look about the size I had expected in the first place. It would be more warm, every bit as soft and perhaps more beautiful with more of the colorful edges showing.

I sent it to Diana (not telling her I had misgivings). She called me the next day to tell me that she was wearing it wrapped around her head, soft and warm, and she loved it. Of course, I did tell her the story eventually but that was after I allowed her to love it just the way it was.

Sometimes luck goes my way. Whew!

New Items on Shopping Cart

Monday, February 26th, 2007

buttonsfivewhitegreenweb50.jpgI started to write a blog entry about the yarn I put up for sale on my shopping cart last night around 3am. It’s 11am and it just sold. Thank you guys for being such great supporters of my work. It means the world to me.

buttonwithshaft33web.jpgFortunately for those who are tuning in just now, I also put up four offerings of polymer clay buttons. Two are sets of matching buttons and two are individual smaller buttons that might be good on a purse or maybe one of those one-button sweaters or capelets. Three of the four have coloring that sort of tricks the eye into thinking that they have more colors in them than they do. This means they go with a lot of colors of yarn, a very good thing. They “go” without having to match. Cool.

I expect a busy day teaching computer classes today and I am making a custom order tonight for a special friend, but for the record the next thing that I will be putting up on my shopping cart will be “oddballs.” This is mostly short skeins, mostly of my Tiptoe sockyarn, though I think there are also a few small oddballs also of my Cushy ColorSport DK washable/dryable merino.

lynnabelle450.jpgOccasionally an oddball is an unusual yarn I rarely offer (typically an experiment of some sort) but usually they are just skeins that are shorter than my standard size. They can be good for contrasting toes and heels, or for baby items, or just to see if you like how my yarn knits up. For whatever reason, I seem to not be able to keep oddballs in stock. As soon as I process the photos I will have more on the cart.

If you want to be among the first to know when I put up new things (as clearly my customer this morning did), you can go to my shopping cart and sign up as a customer. bluecandybutton33forweb.jpgWhen you do that, you can check the box for “global notification” which will let you know if I have added new merchandise. You can also sign up for shop newsletters (I haven’t sent one yet but plan to use this feature occasionally.) Or not, your choice!

Thank all of you for being so loyal and supportive. Without you I would not be able to make this humble living as an artist. I do not take this for granted.

Photos: Three of the four button offerings available as I write this, and the Lynnabelle Cushy ColorSport DK yarn that sold in merely 8 morning hours.