Thursday, September 22, 2011

The box felt like a cinderblock

The wait is over and I have my copy. The only other book I've preordered and then anticipated with such impatience was The Pale King by David Foster Wallace.

It's absolutely overwhelming. The cover is beautiful, the paper quality is exquisite, it's HEAVY. (I recommend splurging a little and getting the hard copy.) In order to properly digest it, I've ordered the edition of Moby-Dick that Matt used for this project in order to read it with the drawings. I'm hoping to create the ideal Moby-Dick experience for this period in my life, when my own work is also connected to the novel.

Now, as a result of my plans to wrestle my life and environment into something that is not threatening to destroy my marriage and my sanity, I need to remove three things from the apartment. Rule: One thing in, three things out.

The first thing out is 11 skeins of Berroco Inca Gold. This yarn is soft and durable, and shiny, too.
$35 plus $10 shipping. SOLD! You guys are FAST!

Next up: One of my favorite yarns these days, Briar Rose Fibers Abundance. I used this yarn for Vert & Horiz in Craft Work Knit, and this skein is enough to make sizes XS-L. Abundance is also featured in White Whale Vol. 1. As much as I love this skein, it's time for me to design with another of Briar Rose's multitude of bases. $18 plus $8 shipping. SOLD!!!

Finally, a 60/40 Merino/bamboo blend from Yarn Hollow, a talented indie dyer from Michigan. This is a gorgeous hank of yarn, 620 yards, enough for a vest or fabulous shawl. $10 plus $7 shipping. SOLD!!!

Interested? Email me at And that concludes today's in-and-out, grey/purple themed destash.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Candles

All the yard-arms were tipped with a palid fire; and touched at each tri-pointed lightning-rod-end with three tapering white flames, each of the three tall masts was silently burning in that sulphurous air, like three gigantic wax tapers before an altar.

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Chapter CXIX, “The Candles”

In anticipation of White Whale Vol. 1, I give you The Candles, free in knitty Deep Fall 2011. The sea, the palid fire. A long, seaworthy jacket, just like second-mate Stubb would recommend:

They laugh at long-togs, so, Flask; but seems to me, a long tailed coat ought always to be worn in all storms afloat. The tails tapering down that way, serve to carry off the water, d’ye see.” (Moby-Dick, Chapter CXXI, “Midnight—The Forecastle Bulwarks”)

Thanks to The Fibre Company for the yarn, Shipyard Point Glassworks for the buttons, Caro for the photographs, and Amy at knitty for believing that I could accomplish this within the necessary time frame. I'm finding that it takes at least three or four inspired people to make a great design, and I couldn't have done this without them.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I Own Enough Yarn To...

knit hats for the entire Chinese army, if I had the time.

wrap around the Earth 18.2 times.

crochet an Empire State Building cozy.

Maybe an exaggeration, but I'm trying to purge while I'm between large design projects. I'm donating some of it, but I want to offer the nicest stuff to you guys here, for cheap! All this yarn has been stored in sealed bags, away from my cats. Today's theme: Yellow and yellow-green:

ETA: You guys are something. It's all gone. However, there will be more, grouped according to color, because I'm like that.

6 skeins of Malabrigo Worsted in Butter (light creamy yellow-natural): $20 plus $8 shipping: $28 SOLD

3 skeins of Fibre Co. Organik in Sulphur Springs (1 is wound into a cake): $15 plus $8 shipping: $23 SOLD

3 skeins of Sundara Yarn DK Silky Cashmere in Prickly Pear (160 yards each skein. I made this from just under 3 skeins of this yarn): $30 plus $8 shipping: $38 SOLD

I LOVE all this yarn, but I've made a project from each of these yarns, and just can't see myself using any of them for a second project, what with all the other as-yet-unused yarns I have.

So, if you're interested, email me at Let's get this party started!

Monday, September 5, 2011