Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Next Big Thing

Sorry there's been a lot of silence around here. There's a new self-published project in the works. Smaller than Craft Work Knit, which nearly destroyed me, and more of a collaboration.

It's four patterns, each of which is based on a chapter of Moby-Dick. It's an offshoot of the Ambergris pattern I did for Sanguine Gryphon this winter--once I started rereading Moby-Dick, the ideas came in a torrent. This first small booklet will be out at the end of September, and will be followed by a few other Moby-Dick volumes, until I run out of ideas or have designed enough patterns to create a lovely large hard-cover compilation book that no one will buy.

I'm thrilled to be using some of Matt Kish's illustrations in this project, which, combined with my sister's incredible graphic design skills, promises to be as much inspirational concept book as knitting instruction booklet. After Kathleen told me about Matt's Moby-Dick blog, I spent several days reading every entry and gushing about it to everyone I know. I don't want to share too much about my book, but if you like Matt's work you can pre-order his book, which includes all his Moby-Dick illustrations and will be released in October.

Yesterday the buttons for the projects arrived: All custom glass shank buttons from Shipyard Point Glassworks. Those large, deep red ones are 3/4" in diameter and so, so rich. Chinaski was getting way too curious in this photo; I think I was yelling at him as I took it.

Of course, there's also some new research.

I am thinking that my knitting will become more and more conceptual until it has no audience whatsoever. Things seem to be heading that way!

Monday, June 13, 2011


If you've been following my blog, you might know about my love for Ru Paul's Drag Race.

This past week I was fortunate enough to meet some of the ladies from Season 3 at Club Cafe in Boston... including Raja, in all her amazonian, gender-bending, fierce amazingness.

Here I am, trying to hold my own while she channels Ziggy Stardust:

Here she is with my friend Sarah, who scored us tickets to this event:

And here's a photo I can't believe I was able to shoot from the crowd:

There are a few more photos on my flickr site.

*Sickening: Something that is insanely good.