Monday, May 07, 2007

The highs and lows of knitting in the classroom.
I went into the school last week to help with the show and um, block some lace since there is no floorspace at home. After forming a knit and crochet model universe for the show 2 years ago and faux armour for last years play the kids kindof trust that I'm going somewhere with things when I curse in the corner and tangle set pieces in the yarn that seems to sprout organically from inside my high heels so when I had to wind 220m of wet wool around the tv stand everyone was pretty cool with it and even helped.

I don't know how it got wet. I know it happened at the Golden Rooster downtown, but I don't know how. (Golden rooster, not Purple. Long Story.)

So the flipside of working on things at the school is that it sometimes results in some premature steeking. How could I have knit colour work (and more than 2 colours in a single row at that) for this long and not have realized that I was making a mobius strip? Serves me right, trying to squeeze knitting into every available moment. That's me, always takkin' my makkin'.

Ah well, crochet steek to the rescue. The sweater will have a split yoke anyway so I only have a few inches to stitch back up. The crochet steek is my favorite, and not just because of my crochet bias. It's the most demonstrative steek and the easiest to use if your cutting was...unplanned for. If you weren't purposely knitting bridge stitches to be steeked and so couldn't have used colour to indicate your stitching and cutting lines, than the crochet method, with it's tall single crochets is the easiest to see. Also, the action of picking up stitches either side of the cut line can not help but show you how the stitch is formed and prove to you that you are not loosing any ends but are locking each stitch in place. But maybe that's just me?

In other news, I've been getting some emails in regards to the famed "Come as Your Madness" Party which I blogged about this winter. I still have no footage of the party itself, but if you look atn the tv screen in the photo above, I'm watching "Anais Observed" which contains a brief excerpt from Kenneth Anger's "Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome", inspired by the party. Anais doesn't have a birdcage on her head though, so if that's what you're after, no dice. I'm still looking though.

Soundtrack: Check out the new youtube feed I added to the bottom of the blog. I gave it many different topics to choose from, so if you don't like what you see wait or click refresh for more. Remember that the video will play up at the top of the page. I love this thing but sometimes it gets it wrong so watch out.


meegiemoo said...

Is the Sleepless Goat still around?

The Ninja Knitter said...

The Golden Rooster! Oh, such happy memories of that place. One of my first dates with Mr. Ninja was lunch at the Rooster and then wandering though the 2nd hand bookstore just down the street. (Wayfare? I think?)

You are a lucky lucky woman, Morg...steeking notwithstanding. :)

Dunk Da Funk said...

ya the sleepless goat is still around and rocks and hey this blog rocks lots of good stories and great tips for knitting. way to act quick to save ur wool and i say take advantage of what you can use the school to ur advantage.i know i would

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