I never have liked eating meat. Meat was the subject of many fights with my parents. I spent many nights crying over plates of leathery liver or bloody elk steak, knowing I would be served the leftovers for breakfast. Now I'm a grown up and I can eat whatever I want.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Have you ever read Written on the Body, by Jeanette Winterson? The first line of the novel is, "Why is the measure of love loss?"
Here is the M9. He wears it strapped to his thigh. Power and awe. Love and longing.
I am terrified of guns, spiders, snakes--anything too dangerous. David handles things that terrify me. He isn't afraid of anything.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
My husband is always on my mind. I want to understand him. I want to know every aspect of him. I think of him at work in Korea--the David I don't know. He's tough and cocky. He wears camouflage and sunglasses. He rocks a beret. He is handsome and dangerous. He smells like gun oil, wool, and sweat.
He uses two types of gun on patrol: the M9 and the M4.
The machine gun is slung casually across his chest like a guitar. He rarely pays much attention to it. I want to know every curve of the metal. I imagine his strong, masculine hand resting on the stock as he checks identification.
His jaw is set differently when he is working. He's quiet and fierce. He can chew gum like it's a weapon.
I love my David. He's the first cop I ever saw as a person rather than an annoyance. The things he does are beautiful because they are a part of him, even if I don't fully understand.
M4 Rifle: wool, cotton, silk, mohair, metallic fiber on canvas
measures 8 by 12 inches before finishing
Look for the M9, coming soon.
Friday, October 17, 2008
...underwear. Yup, I knit some underdrawers.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
The best way to explain this process is that it is similar to knitting a bottom up raglan sweater. The thumb and body are knit separately, then joined at the widest part of the hand and decreased toward the wrist.
Needles: 32 inch or larger size 9 US circular needle, or as needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 16 stitches and 21 rows equal 4 inches.
Also helpful: 3 stitch markers, waste yarn or stitch holder.
Cast On: Using Judy Becker’s Magic Cast On, wrap 6 stitches onto your needles. (Three on each needle tip.)
Round 1: Knit around.
Increase round: *M1, knit 1.* Repeat between * to end. (12 stitches)
Continue knitting even until thumb measures 2 ½ inches. Break yarn leaving a 12 inch tail. Place all stitches on waste yarn or spare needles. (I used spare dpns.)
Cast On: Using Judy Becker’s Cast On, wrap 10 stitches onto your needles. (Five stitches on each needle tip.) Mark beginning of round.
Round 1: Knit around.
Round 2: *Knit one, M1, Knit across to last stitch before loop, M1, Knit one.* Repeat between *.
Repeat these two rounds until you have 34 stitches.
Knit even until body measures 6 inches.
Knit 17, place marker, Knit 6 thumb stitches, slide over onto circular needle, K 6 thumb stitches , place marker, Knit to end. (46 stitches)
Knit one round even.
Decrease Round 1: Knit to marker, SSK, knit to last two stitches before next marker, K2tog, knit to end.
Decrease Round 2: Knit around.
Repeat these two rounds until two stitches remain between markers.
Knit next round as follows: Knit to stitch before marker, remove marker, SSK, slip next stitch to right hand needle, remover marker, place slipped stitch back to left hand needle and K2tog. (34 stitches)
Knit next round even.
I chose to knit this project without setting the twist first. I knit it at a very tight gauge for the grist of the yarn and soaked the finished mittens in hot water and wool wash. This allowed the yarn to bloom and make a dense, wind-proof mitten. I recommend it highly to anyone spinning yarn for this project.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Autumn is here. I noticed today that the light has shifted from bright to flat. The air has a chill. The leaves are finally changing. Walking to meet my daughter at the bus stop reminded me of the beginning of Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Monday, October 6, 2008
It's Socktoberfest! I came up with a perfect sock for my husband. What else can you knit for your hero but cartoon colored hosiery?
The socks are so big. Why do men have such huge, wide feet? I used some self-striping Regia with yellow contrast. I'm embroidering the crest on with duplicate stitch. I found the chart on Ravelry, but I'm too lazy and tired to look it up now. Search for "Superman Knit Chart," and you'll find it right away.
Duplicate stitch is fun.
- David is my hero. Even before he was in the military, he was a firefighter and an EMT. He has a strong need to serve the community and do what is right, good, and helpful.
- David has patient sea blue green eyes that don't judge. He listens. He tilts his head in this affectionate way when he watches me knit and tells me how happy he is to see me counting stitches on the sofa.
- David was in the basement when I got the phone call that my brother had died. He was upstairs holding me before I even understood what happened. He held me for 8 solid hours that day, then for the next week after that.
- David picks me up when I feel like the worst mother on the planet. He believes in my parenting skills more than I do.
- David would eat anything I cooked, no matter how terrible. Even if I burn dinner. Even if I add a toxic amount of salt to the vegetables. He will eat anything I make him with a smile. (Gotta love a career military man.)
- David loves me and I am a hot mess.
Happy Socktoberfest! My hero needs a second sock! I only have a few days to finish these to make sure he has a bit of Halloween. It won't be the same sugar-induced coma without him.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I have been packaging up my roving for the shop. I like to pick over each piece to pull off imperfect bits and ugly parts. Then I throw the scraps in a box and card all the colors together at random. I grab the batts at random and start spinning.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
This sweater didn't turn out the way I wanted it to. I thought it would be a supercute little baby ringer tee. Um, not so much...
The mohair didn't do what I thought it would.
I knit a halter top underneath to give myself a bit of modesty. However, it's so freakin' itchy that I can't wear it without a tee shirt anyway. I have reworked this dang thing three times. I'm going to get rid of the ringer detail or lower the neckline and shorten the sleeves, then I'll give up. I'll felt it and make it into a tacky purse.