Archive for July, 2010

A Zimmermann Moment
07/23/2010

I had the most amazing “Zimmermann” moment last night. But perhaps I should start at the beginning.

A friend of mine was privileged to go to Knitting Camp 2 – THE knitting camp put on by Meg Swansen and Schoolhouse Press. Ah, I know, doesn’t it sound glorious?

She arrived home and sent me an email and said, “Hey can you pop by the knitting shop.” I thought it was so that she could tell me all about the camp and I was ecstatic. Couldn’t pop by in the afternoon because we had the mold inspector coming by the house, but arranged with my husband to watch the baby if I left dinner for them both. So off I went — a night to myself, to hear the grand tales of knitting camp.

And lo and behold I get there and my friend surprises me with the new EZ bag – signed by Meg Swansen herself!

Talk about swooning. Actually, I’m told I screamed.  I was so excited. It totally made my year. What a jolt of happiness amongst such dreary house situations.

And, Tonia, my friend, also captured this:

Now, isn’t that just adorable? Meg, you are the cutest!

Tonia — I cannot thank you enough. You are one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I know. May you be blessed ten-fold for the blessing you have heaped upon me.

And to all the Knitting Camp knitters who have joined us, Welcome! We are just plowing our way through the mobius vest and are about to head into the Bog Jacket! Join us or offer some advice!

Happy Knitting to all!

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The Moebius Vest
07/20/2010

I can’t believe how long it is taking me to get through the moebius vest. I suppose that is mainly due to the fact that I decided to start over entirely with a different yarn and new calculations.

And due to the mold found in our house and the remediation going on in it we have been moving in and out of it during the last 8 weeks.

Although I will say, if you have a complicated situation going on a big project of garter stitch is divine. You can pick up and carry on or stop it at a moment’s notice. Also, the simplicity of the moebius vest astounds me. It’s simple, direct, yet elegant (once you choose the right yarn) because of the gentle shaping in the front with the short rows. Amazing.

I also have a new appreciation for EZ as a knitting mother. I wonder if she loved garter stitch or knitting in the round because it is terribly practical for a mother on the go.

I am also finding the rhythmic (almost monotonous) nature of the garter stitch to be therapeutic during this stress full time. There is something to be set about it’s repetitive nature, it’s deep texture under your fingers and the endless rows it creates… but anyways, I’m blathering.

Just checking in to let you know, I’m still here, in the midst of a moldy house full of chaos, but I do have the back and one side of the Moebius Vest completed!