Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Color is King

And Kaffe Fassett is the King of Color.

"I love the structure of geometric things, but let color be King."

Kaffee Fassett had a book signing at Knitty City this evening. OH MY! Many of his designs may not be my cup of tea, but I have to admire the creativity and genius of his designs and colorwork.

Kaffe (rhymes with "safe"), makes it all look so easy. Have fun, play with color is his message. Says he, "Take my designs and put your personality into it by using your own colors." "If you can count to 10, then you can follow the charts." "There's not much to knitting. It's all so easy, once you learn the technique."

The Gridlock Throw:

The Dark Daisies Sweater:

The Houses Vest:

Foolish Virgins Scarf:

Brandon Mably demonstrated how to link one color to another by twisting the yarns around each other where they meet on the wrong side.

And did I mention how blue Kaffe Fassett's eyes are?

I bought Kaffe's new book and took some time looking through it as one would peruse an art book. Like I said above: OH MY! I could spend the rest of my life studying the designs and colors of many of the items.

I'm not exactly going to cast on any of them, however, perhaps a very small colorwork project inspired by these incredible items may be on my knitting agenda soon.

Kaffe Fassett will be making another NYC appearance this week on Thursday, November 1 at 6:00PM in the Haft Auditorium at FIT. (West 27th St, Bldg C). Neither pre-registration nor tickets are required.

And check out Margaret's blog for a peek at her gorgeous Kaffe Fassett sweaters that are on display at Knitty City.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Summer Memories

Remember way back in July? The feather and fan shawl I started--nice and boring. The blue of it reminded me of the North Country's sky and the ripples mimicked the ripples in the lake where we vacationed.

Well, it's finished!

As these NYC days grow chillier and darker, I'll remember those boring, lazy summer days of sky, sun and water.

As I wrote in July:

"Trees, rocks, water. Ducks and canoes. The daily visit to the ice cream stand. BBQ on Saturday night. Logging trucks. Motor boats. Sitting in Adirondack chairs on the dock. Jewel-toned sunsets. Drinking coffee on the porch. Bears everywhere!"

Happy memories to wrap around me this winter.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Fall Farm Goodies

Apples and

a pumpkin.

Friday, October 12, 2007

October Dreaming

Cool weather is finally here! And that means handknit wooly socks are being worn.

And socks are being dreamt of that are

the color of fall flowers.

October Snit:
The baseball season may be over for this Yankee fan--but, I'm dreaming of Pitchers and Catchers.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Comeback Socks

The renamed Tabloid Socks -- the Comeback Socks are done!

Let's hope the Yankees aren't.


Sunday, October 7, 2007

Baseball Knitting

Eight hours of baseball today!

Let's see I have:
*hot dogs, diet Coke and chips ready
*my Yankee fan niece who lives in Boston on speed-dial
*nasty emails ready to send the Boston fan stepdaughter who lives in NYC
*my Bernie Williams lucky tee shirt is on
*Tabloid Socks that will grow toes during the games and are ready to be re-named the Comeback Socks


Wednesday, October 3, 2007

UFO Confession

OK, I'll admit it. I did it. I took some perfectly fine knitting projects, shoved them into plastic bags and forgot about 'em.

We all know about The feather and fan shawl and the Tabloid Socks. Technically, they're WIPs. They're on the top of the pile and being worked on.

No, I'm talking about the abyss of UFOs. A place where UFOs go to die. A scary place. The bottom of the knitting bag. And what are these unfinished and unloved objects?

Sundara's Petal Collection Calla Lily sock. Enthusiastically knitted the first sock. Forgot that socks come in pairs.

Digging deeper. A scarf. Started during the fall of 2005. Nice yarn--thick and thin. Good color--deep, dusty purple. But the fabric feels dense and I really don't wear long outer scarves.

I think this scarf will be frogged.

Digging into a place I don't want to go.

Fingerless gloves for the hubster that were started in the summer of 2004 or was it 2003? Whenever. All I know is that I began these when I had no idea of what it meant to pick up stitches.

They've become a joke between us. Not to be frogged--I'd rather keep an element of mystery in our marriage.

Somewhere between a WIP and a UFO is this--

the Honeybee Stole. I love the yarn, the pattern and love the five rows I've done. No excuse for not working on it!

I know my UFO pile isn't all that deep--but, not to worry--I'm planning to start another project or two or three that are sure to be UFOs! The list will grow.