Friday, December 27, 2013

A Galaxy of Inspiration

Inspiration for knitting comes from many places, some unexpected.

It's not unusual to start a new project after reading a knitting magazine or browsing Ravelry.  But, it can also come from more surprising sources.

 I recently attended a showing of "Dark Universe" at the Hayden Planetarium. Visually stunning and packed with information, you may want to see it twice so you don't miss anything.

My husband & I went with a few friends, including a Professor of Astrophysics from New York University.  After the show, she seemed to enjoy answering our numerous silly questions.

Around the same time I had come across a beautiful lace scarf pattern called "Milky Way".   I began thinking about what galaxies, such as the Milky way, are: A collection of stars such as our sun.  The pattern page shows the scarf knit in blue but stars come in a number of colors.

Stars can be blue, but also, orange, yellow, white and of course red.  So it made perfect sense to knit this scarf using the orange yarn in my stash.  Cephalopad Skinny Bugga in the colorway Bronze Moth.  My project here.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Too Much Knitting for a City Apartment

I just moved to a new apartment. A smaller apartment. If you've ever done this you will know the agony of editing all you own. And part of what I own is yarn and hand knit items. Many hand knit items.

I used to give away a fair number of items, but learned early on that most other don't appreciate the crafty items as much as the person who makes them. The fake thank you, they never wear it or some wont even try it on, as if it will burn their skin like acid. Even if you're not related you begin to feel like the elderly aunt who always gives everyone the ugly Christmas sweater with an appliqué reindeer on it.

The knitter sees the fun of a pattern, the feel of the yarn in ones hands, the cheerful color. The recipient sees an unstylish hat they wouldn't be seen dead in. Or they see someone who is too cheap to buy them a gift because they don't realize cashmere is $20 a skein and their scarf used two and half skeins. They certainly don't see the dozens of hours of work.

I haven't cut back on my love for knitting, just the gifting of it. But, now I have a ton of hats, scarves, tank tops, wrist warmers shawls, etc and a small apartment with no room to store all of them.

Most charities who accept knitwear have specific patterns they want you to knit. Patterns that are simple and therefore boring. Many also ask for specific yarn, often acrylic for longer wear and washing.

One of my strategies is to knit socks. Wool socks are often hidden way inside boots or under pants cuffs and people don't seem to mind crazy colors and patterns. And If they don't have standard size feet they are amazed at their pair pair of custom fitted socks.

For for now I'm not sure what to do with all my FOs ( finished objects). And don't say I should wear them. Because to tell you the truth, I won't want to wear a number of them either. But, they sure were fun to make.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I'm certifiable...

I mean, I am I'm certified. Early in March my husband and I flew down Tybee Island, near Savanah, Georgia to get some kayak training. It was on of the most difficult, exhausting, challenging and fun things we've done.

We took our classes and tests (yes two of them), at Sea Kayak Georgia. Our instructor and the owner Ronnie Kemp was professional, a great teacher and made the week fun.

Our plan was to get our ACA skills assessment level 2, so that we would be allowed to kayak at the new kayak club in our neighborhood, the North Brooklyn Boat Club.  Since they are on Newtown Creek and under strict scrutiny by the DEC, they want all kayakers to be at least level2.

Once we were down there and started talking to Ronnie, he realized by adding just one more day, we could become certified Trip Leaders as well.  Which we did.

So we're proud to say we passed both test and had a great time, too.