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Kimono_014_2 I’ve been thoroughly enjoying listening to the Knitpicks Podcast over the last few months.  Kelley Petkun provides fascinating insight into the yarn business, fun book reviews and remarkably clear knitting instruction… I for one never thought I could learn much about a new knitting technique just from listening to a description of how it is done.  She also gives an update every week of how her many projects are coming.  For several weeks she was working on (among other things) 7 baby kimonos for upcoming grandchildren (I’m not sure if there were actually 7 grandchildren or just 7 kimonos).  After a while I was curious, and pulled out my own copy of Mason Dixon Knitting to look at the pattern.  So sweet and simple,I decided to make one for a friend’s preemie newborn.  That was so much fun that I had to make another, for yet another of my-not-so-little one’s friends welcoming a baby sister this week.  I already have a request for another Kimono in a slightly larger size… for my not-so-little-one, who has also  suggested that perhaps I should attend a knitting school… to learn to knit faster 🙂

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It has arrived! (in my very own physical mailbox, no less), "it" being the print issue of Black Purl.  The cover, graced with Xenobia Bailey’s crocheted manadalas, is gorgeous.  The pixelated image here doesn’t do it justice.  This is a coffee table cover if I ever saw one.  And what’s inside doesn’t dissapoint either.  Quick gifts, handy tips, inspiring articles and felted items abound.  Of course, I had to get my two cents in too: my mini-stocking pattern is on page 24.Stocking_014

Dscn2894 As always, we have much to be thankful for: family, friends, good health and lots and lots of food…

The Menu:

Tacos al pastor (with pineapple salsa), Asparagus, Rosemary Potatoes, Acorn squash filled with Mom’s famous stuffing, Blue Cheese Apple Salad, Sweet Potatoes, Pineapple Cilantro juice, and homemade Pumpkin pie, yum, yum…

Halloween_07_003 Meet the start up sock.  So called because I work on it pretty much exclusively in the mornings at work, while my computer is "starting-up." Just to satisfy my curiosity,  for the second sock I plan to knit exclusively during morning start-up, without skipping days as I do now. How quickly will these little bits of knitting time add up to one sock?

I bought the lovely self-striping yarn with the idea of producing some effortless (well, almost), beautiful and functional socks.  I scoffed at those obsessive knitters who carefully choose which section of the yarn to begin with, who knit and reknit looking for the pattern that best showcases the unique stripeyness of a particular yarn.  I began at the beginning and started knitting the bare bones of the basic sock recipe I learned when I first started knitting.  Then the obsessive knitter in me kicked in "Not sure if the I like the way the stripes are lining up for a small ribbed cuff to transition to stockinette, maybe I’ll extend the ribbing all the way down; maybe I should start again with a wider color band; maybe I should try a different heal turn to have the colors be less blocky; wouldn’t this look cute with a picot edge and eyelet lace pattern down the front?"   So, my apologies to all of you obsessive sock knitters, point taken.  For this round, however, I’m still holding my ground and knitting this as simple as I can.   

Ideas_001 I still have bit more sock yarn in my stash though 🙂  so there’s plenty of opportunity for fancier sock knitting.

Oct. 27th- I was caught by surprise… and arrived at the scene of Austin’s annual day of the dead parade, this year celebrating Frida Kahlo’s 100th birthday, sans costume, sans camera and with a car full of groceries that had to be whisked home shortly after the procession.   And so it is that you will have to imagine the sight of the 6 foot paper-mache bust of Frida with enormous wobbling, skeletal hands outstretched, mounted on a truck, leading the procession.  Behind her was the usual parade of costumed chihuahuas and their owners and dozens of Frida-look-a-likes.  It was over in about 10 minutes, then we proceeded home to unpack the groceries and set up the altar.  We had spent the day before mass producing paper marigolds for the purpose. 

Oct 31st- Rapunzel, the devil who was not wearing a red dress (to the disappointment of some), el Santo, and a granny witch met up with scooby-doo and the grim reaper to trick-or-treat.

Nov 1st and 2nd- We light our candles for the departed.   

Nov 3rd- We are off to the International quilt show in Houston.  Once again, I find myself without my camera (I have no excuse this time, if the prints from the disposable come out I will post later meanwhile you can see some of the quilts here ).  It was truly a feast for the eyes.  We spent all day wandering up and down the convention center, gorging ourselves on inspiration and trying to show restraint as we worked our way through the hundreds of vendors stalls.  Here are my spoils:

1. A book detailing the artists, techniques and cultures showcased in the Quilt of Belonging: a beautiful installation quilt, with each block representing the ethnic textile heritage of each of Canada’s aboriginal people’s and every nation in the world.

2. A box of 260 pre-cut squares in 1930s reproduction prints.  As you may have noted, I’m not really a quilter and lord knows I have enough other half-baked projects in my craft corner, but that’s never stopped me yet!

3. A pair of silver earing’s with mounted with tiny coral stones.  Not fiber related at all, but I couldn’t resist.

One of the truly wonderful surprises of the show for me was to discover how many wonderful Japanese quilt artists there are out there.  This led me to subsequently discover these fabulous quilts shown at the International Quilt show in Tokyo: http://flickr.com/photos/movinghands/sets/72157594488104676/show/

Ah, what a week…