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Sunday, October 10, 2010  

Time for a Cool Change



In 2003 I created LikeTheQueen, and for the first 5 years I made almost daily posts to it. In those days I had no digital camera and only a flatbed scanner so I tried to paint word pictures for people to see what was happening in the Life-0-Bess at TheCastle. You have read with me through my AdventuresInSpinning, A Trip to England, the early years of the Knitters Review Retreat, Maryland Sheep and Wool, and a host of other fiberish travels. You've know how I met BD, you've seen pictures of LD, you've been with me through weddings and funerals and you all know about the Wheat Dolphins.

By the time Blogger moved to the New Blogger - LikeTheQueen was so big it wouldn't transfer to the new format. And this newer, supposedly easier to use format turned out to be NotSoEasy for me. I've fiddled with it on and off for the past year and haven't yet figured out if I like it or not. But lately some faithful readers have complained that the old blog triggers a virus warning when they log on. The e-mail account I used to start that blog was compromised many times and I finally abandonded it for a @gmail address. I believe it is time, now, to lay LikeTheQueen 1 aside for the LikeTheQueen2. I believe, my friends, that it is time for a cool change.

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posted by Bess | 4:46 PM

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Great looking sock! I really like the pattern and I love the colour as well!

By Blogger KathyR, at 6:53 PM  

Happy belated birthday, Bess! Pretty sock, pretty color. Did you make it to FFF this year? I was there on Sunday but didn't see you. Hauled home plenty of spinning fiber, though. :)

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Thursday, September 23, 2010  

FO


Here is that completed lace sock I knit for Spirit Trail. You can see it at her booth in Rhinebeck next month.



Now it's time to finish up that shawl collared vest - and the other two summertime UFOs in my bag-0-shame. But after that I believe I will use the lace stitch in this sock to make a pair of gloves. I've been wanting to try that i-cord glove technique of Meg Swansen's. I've got the yarn, I've got the stitch, I've got the needles, thanks to a wonderful BD who bought me the entire set of StitchBerry wooden circular needles for my birthday.

Btw. The size zero join is not as smooth as all the other sizes ... but lawsee - they go up to something like size 15!! all with silky wooden tips and smooth joins. There is a winter full of comfortable knitting up ahead.

Ta!

posted by Bess | 6:56 AM

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Happy Birthday! May many of your dreams come true this year - but may you have many more to look forward to in the coming years!

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010  

It's My Birthday



and as of 3:16 in the afternoon, I am having the best most splendid one ever. There have been phone calls and cards and presents. There has been some productive work (always makes a Virgo feel good to have a bit of productivity in her day) but I am also skipping out a wee bit early to play with loved ones, of the 2 legged variety and the 4.

And just in case you want to see where I am when I am just about to go home from work - on a birthday - Here is the view from my desk.



J has 10 on Tuesday blogpost today and it's about birthdays - that led me to Carol who's 10 are surely worth reading.

But my 10 on Tuesday Birthday list would include

  1. Have some Great Coffee first thing in the morning
  2. Be present - be where your tribe is - and give them a chance to wish you Happy Birthday - because, hearing the words makes it so Make sure you've bought yourself a treat - because you ought to love yourself at least as much as you love everyone you also give presents to
  3. Dress up. Wear something that makes you feel sparkly
  4. Hug someone you love
  5. Don't cook - unless you want to
  6. Remember the things you did the past year that you are proud of
  7. Think of something wonderful you'd like to do while you are this year's age
  8. Thank your mom (or your parents)for giving you birth
  9. Eat Cake
  10. Come back next year for another one











posted by Bess | 3:13 PM

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Yet another 'Been There, Done That' post! I have, right at this moment, all the pieces to the Braided Pullover from IK sitting waiting to be sewn together and the neckband completed. How long has it been like this? For only about four months! I could really have done with this jersey over the winter we've just had, too.

I won't tell you how long it had been sitting prior to this, waiting for me to make a decision and complete the top of the sleeves. Yup, you could say I have a problem finishing some things, too!

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Sunday, September 19, 2010  

Lack of Knitting Progress

I find it odd that I will start a project, knit away on it like a fiend, get almost done and then come to a crashing halt. It isn't strange to me if I know I've skimped on the KnittingMath and am making something for a smaller, slimmer version of myself. Waiting for that splendid day when I am the size I want to be - the size that fits the garment I've knitted. Sure. That makes sense. But to just crash to a halt on something that's almost done and will be exactly what it should be is a little puzzling. It reminds me of all the homework I didn't do as a child. I could do the homework. It was neither hard nor even onerous. Often it was fun. But it was required. I had to do it. I believe that, for the ENFPers out there -those of us who really get no glory from completion - crashing into those last 6 inches of knitting is a constant and ubiquitous danger.

I did get the heel done on the green lace sock that is due by Friday - you will see it at Rhinebeck if you go there - a sample sock for Spirit Trail Fiberworks. but I don't have photos. Yet. I promise one will show up before the week is out.

Birthday gifts have begun showing up in the mailbox. The package from Schoolhouse Press that was delivered on Saturday has to be from LD because it was addressed to Bess Haile and when I have to use my own credit card I have to use my given name by which I am known to the IRS. Nicknames are always such a conundrum because they are nearly always who we think we are, who all our friends think we are and yet - they are never on any official documents to prove that we actually are who we think we are.

Ahh well. Obviously when I get down to nattering about nicknames it is obvious I have nothing valuable to say. And since I have no knitting progress photos to make today's post interesting I would do better to go knit instead of write. Or vacuum. Yes. That is probably more necessary than even lace sock knitting. But there will be Finished Objects to display within the week. Till then - how about a cute kid taking a whack at it photo

posted by Bess | 7:34 AM

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Ha, ha! This is a post I could write - if I didn't procrastinate so much myself!

When I was in my first week at high school as a sweet, innocent 12 year old my Latin teacher (yes, my mother made me take Latin - for 2 years!) made me write out 100 lines for not covering my excercise books in plastic on time. The lines? Procrastination is the thief of time. What did I hear her say and subsequently write 100 times? Procrastination is the theme of time. (I had never heard of procrastination until then - see sweet and innocent above) Sigh! And so it has been ever since...

By Blogger KathyR, at 6:30 PM  

Ha! Well, at least knitting is one thing I tend not to procrastinate. :)

By Blogger cathy, at 12:20 PM  

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Thursday, September 16, 2010  

P R O C R A S T I N A T I O .... oh I think I'll finish that later



If I have a besetting sin, it is procrastination. Hmmm. Perhaps others might say I have other flaws, but I am talking about a defect that gets in my way. I am not talking about other people's happiness. My bedeviling imp is procrastination and I have been giving some serious attention to it the past few weeks.

In the back of my head I hear Carly Simon singing
Procrastination, procrastina ay tion
Is makin' me late
Is keepin' me waitin'
And I think about how much of my life sits on hold waiting for me to get going - and not getting going. It happens in my work life, in my household management, my physical health, my knitting ... I am positive that procrastination is what makes us amass so much stash. If I knit as much as I shopped I would probably have a wardrobe of sweaters and an empty chimney.
I've been working hard in my job to follow Ivy Lee's advice to Charles Schwab - to write down, at the end of the day, the 6 most important things I have to do to get where I want to be in work life and the next day start with #1, and work only on that till I finish. Then move on to #2. At the end of the day, whatever is still on the list goes to the top of the next day's list.
I have to say -that is helping me get a LOT done and moves me to new places where I get to do new and different things - until
Until, that is, I hit something I know needs to get done and I don't want to do -or am afraid I will fail at. and boy - then can I procrastinate! And boy is it stupid to do that - because the suffering of procrastination manifests itself in anticipation ... of the ax falling on my head. It always looms heavier than it really is - that Dread Activity. Yesterday I punched through that paper wall of fear and went out soliciting donations for a project I'm working on and the ease with which I succeeded really made me feel stupid. Acting instead of procrastinating also helped me see that I really had wasted 2 beautiful fat rich days of productivity. Had I acted instead of cowered, imagine how much I could have accomplished this week.
Ah well. Interesting place to be, right here, feeling good about accomplishments and foolish about tossing away rich hours of my life by playing with fake fears.
Let's hope I slowly (but surely) wean myself from the procrastination bug.
Now - where is that green lace sock I want to finish by next Friday .....?

posted by Bess | 6:53 AM

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Hi Bess! Haven't visited in a while, but it's lovely to see what you've been up to. That vest shaping is very clever; it looks frighteningly lifelike with all the stuffing. :)

By Blogger cathy, at 9:20 PM  

Ah, dear Bess, your "full on" shot, with stuffing -- !! I'm still chuckling. What would Jane Russell think?! Full-figured hand-knits...!

Hugs!

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Monday, September 13, 2010  

Progress



Here are some photos of that shawl collared vest. I was surprised to see how little I got done this week till I remembered how freaking hot it was the first half of the week. I had Other Knitting to do - well, who doesn't always have OK2Do? - so I was busy enough, but I would really really really like to cut those steeks tomorrow. Can I knit 5 inches today & tomorrow? If I pack my lunch and knit through lunch hour? If I stay up late? get up early? Well. we'll just have to see.

But for now - voila!

Here's a profile view. You can see how the decreases for the V-neck are making it narrower and note how the right side bulges forward like a nice fat barrel? That's caused by the short row bust darts.



A front-on view shows the extra fabric those bust darts created





With a bit of newspaper stuffing you can see a more realistic view of the whole shape





Here's a side view against the background of the screened porch - since BD was so kind as to sweep it.





So. Rather than chatter here some more, I will see if I can knock out a few more rows of this sweater before I go to work. Happy progress this week, now that Mercury is no longer retrograde.

posted by Bess | 7:54 AM

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Some nice choices there! I like buying, and reading, books too as a peek at my Ravelry library will attest to. It's such a pity that the shipping is so expensive these days - makes it special when I do buy, though.

Enjoy those you receive for your Birthday!

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Sunday, September 12, 2010  

Hitting the books at Schoolhouse Press


Warning - Long Post

It's September, and along with it being TheBirthdayMonth!!! it's back to school for vast numbers of folk and it feels like it should be back to school for many of the rest of us. Only over the past year or two have I begun to loose that urge to buy New Notebooks and Pencils, a fresh box of crayons and new shoes. And I've only begun to loose it – it's not all the way gone yet.

But with the change in routines, and this year, with the advent of crisp days (after a summer of unimaginable heat and drought) my knitting juju has surged to the forefront. First came the stash winnowing, the upstairs bedroom stash winnowing, that is. Then came the familiar and oh so pleasurable longing to get to know my knitting library again. Like reuniting with classmates after a summer spent at Camp Far-Away, opening up these old friends was joy filled, intriguing, and stimulating. I rarely knit something in a book or magazine but I will use elements of other people's work in something I've adapted or even created myself. I have a fairly substantial library divided into three sections:

  • Techniques and stitch patterns,
  • Strictly Pattern Books, and
  • lordy – 4 feet of back issues of knitting magazines.

Whenever I need to prime the pump of my imagination, I've got the supplies. An afternoon spent perusing these treasures will have me soaring with creativity.

I've never kept a wish list of books I want to buy – trusting to serendipity to reveal to me ThatWhichMustBeBought, but a chance comment on KR prompted me to peek into the book list at Schoolhouse Press and Oh My. So many opportunities to indulge! And so, perhaps I shall list these objects of desire and ponder out loud about them.


Starting from the top – with New Titles:

Knit One Knit All (January) Elizabeth Zimmermann's garter stitch designs
Well. Oh. Dear me. Meg promises that there are EZ geometric miracles that we've never seen before. These will not just be new interpretations of her already revealed masterpieces. This will be a Must Own – although I am not a big fan of garter stitch. Not because I don't adore how it looks. I think it's gorgeous. But it is slow. Not as slow as seed stitch, which, as a combination knitter, isn't all that slow. But it is slow. The rows are just so short compared to the stitches that to knit garter stitch in anything smaller than worsted weight yarn takes forEVER. Ah well. I shall buy this for the library and later, if I must own it, I shall.


Diagonal Knitting by Katherine Cobey

Oh. Well. There is nothing more to say except that it will be delivered to me as a slightly late birthday gift from me to me. It won't be out till October but I can wait. I have a lust and longing and passion to explore diagonal knitting more deeply. I have already got the yarn I intend to knit into a diagonal sweater with plain sleeves. This was an irresistible no-brainer.

Spinning Around: spinning, dyeing & knitting the classics by Jeannine Bakriges
There were a couple of buzzwords in that title that got me itching to turn the pages: Spinning, knitting classics – yeah – I'd really love to have a look at this book, but I will probaby resist purchasing it. Mostly because I have a LOT of solid material about classical knitting and shaping. But I will look through it. My mind is quite capable of being changed, given the right stimulus.

The Complete book of Traditional Knitting by Rae Compton.
As above – I probably could resist this, but again – there is a tempting statement in the description “classic knitting books are being reprinted in such great number”. Goes in the curious about pile.

Norwegian Patterns for Knitting – Mette Handberg
oh. well. I am a complete sucker for norwegian knitting – I so seriously heart stranded colorwork, be it Norwegian, Faroese, Shetland, Turkish, Peruvian or my own home grown designs. I just drool at the thought of lavish all over stranded patterns. But, I peeked at some inner pages on Amazon dot com and wasn't sure there were enough patterns that I ached to own to justify buying it. I'll look through it at some autumnal woolish gathering and decide then. I already own a LOT of stranded colorwork knitting patterns – including Alice Starmore's Fair Isle Knitting. I don't own a LOT of bookshelves.

Portuguese Style of Knitting – Andrea Wong
The cover photo is of designs in knit and purl stitches a la Gansey knitting. I am alwayslooking for ideas, patterns and stimulation about simple knit and purl designs. This may have to come live here in VA with me, but I will have to look through it first. Many a cover photo lured me in to a disappointing purchase.

EZ's Tomten Jacket – gang at Schoolhouse Press
I want, first, to have a look at all the EZ/MS books I have easy access to. If one of their hardback books has an adult Tomten Jacket knit in something smaller than 3.5 stitches per inch I will pass on this. But that option to knit this for any size in any yarn is a great temptation and if I don't' have that information elsewhere, I will buy it.

Omas Srickgeheimnisse – Erika Eichenseer et al
Okay – these are the Bait Words in the description: “Not new, but back in stock after a long lapse! This wonderful book contains some spectacular and unique stitch patterns for both lace and texture; some of which I had never seen before” HA! If MS hasn't seen these stitches ... they must be unique. Who cares about how tricky the charts are. New stitches! I mean – New Stitches. Yeah.

The Haapsalu Shawl - from Estonia
Well now. I have already put in a birthday present request for Knitted Lace of Estonia to the sort of friend who will actually buy me what I asked for. I am not sure I need this shawl book – but I certainly want to look it over.

Twisted-Stitch Knitting — Maria Erlbacher
I love twisted stitches and I do always think of Austria and Switzerland and Tyrolean elves on mountainsides when I see them. And Meg & Amy Detjen have worked to make the material in this book American Friendly. Very tempting.

Sweater 101: How to Plan Sweaters that Fit —Cheryl Brunette
Glorious knitting and magnificent patternwork aside, fit is, in fact, the most important part of knitting a garment. If I look like a lumbering troll in a garment I will never wear it. I notice that people are willing to cut an unflattering garment a lot of slack if it's handknit – especially if it is elaborately hand knit. I will not. No amount of artistry is enough to make me display myself unflatteringly. I've seen Cheryl Brunette's video on finishing and I am completely confident that she can teach me things I don't know but need to. In fact, I believe there is a Perfect Angel Baby Darling Only Son who would like to buy his mama a birthday present. I think an email is in order.

Flawless Knit Repair —Rena Crocket
If you wear clothes you must mend them. If MS recommends this I'm pretty sure I could use it. It's also very inexpensive. This might ought to be (don't you love colloquialisms?) in the library.
Whew. Well. This thing is already almost 3 full pages of lust-inspiring chatter about knitting books – I believe I will stop here – although I have not even touched the Arans, Guerenseys and Fair Isle section, nor the Norwegian nor Lace sections and I know there is at least one lace book I must own – which I will use to close this long blog post.

Knitting Lace —Susanna Lewis
I've read through this book, which I had to borrow from a distant library. I knew then I had to own it. It will have to go on the Christmas Wish List. And oh dear – now that I've opened up the lace book section of SHP's catalog... oh la! Too many books! Too many books! But I will stop here because the coffee has perked and I think it's time for me to put the credit card down and back away from the computer.

posted by Bess | 7:31 AM
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