Current reading – in the last week with David on holidays, and therefore less running around, I’ve finished the second book in the Dresden Files [ Fool Moon ] as well as book three and I’m now onto number four [ Summer Knight ] It’s less than a year since I read these the first time but I’m enjoying the re-read.
Next cab off the rank, once I finish the Jim Butchers, will be one of Lisa See’s … probably Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.
Quilting – still making triangles for the vase quilt’s border. I’ve decided to cut the purple inner border from 4″ [ two triangles wide ] to 2″. It looks much better. I tried the charcoal as the inner border [ just looked flat and dead ] and also played with placing a narrow charcoal one inside the purple… that didn’t work either… the colours are just too close in tone.
Knitting – As soon as I started reading Knitblogs, I also started seeing references to EZ and BSJ. Huh??? What was this? Some secret code that only the cognoscenti understood? Well eventually I worked out that EZ was Elizabeth Zimmermann, an American based, British born knitwear guru that I had been marginally aware of in the last great knitting wave of the 70s and 80s. The mysterious BSJ is her fabulously clever Baby Surprise Jacket, which is a classic from the early 70s and probably the cleverest piece of knitting engineering on the planet. Now I understand. It takes a long time to type in Elizabeth Zimmermann Baby Surprise Jacket so I guess it’s not a conspiracy to make the rest of us feel foolish after all, just a desire for brevity. [ yeah well there’s probably a teensy bit of the ‘wanting to be one of the cool kids who knows what’s what’ involved as well]
Anyhoo, thanks to some rare and handy enabling from Chris and Maz, I have my very own copies of two of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s classics: The Knitter’s Almanac and The Knitting Workshop [ which contains the aforementioned BSJ ]
What did it matter that I was about nine tenths finished on a baby top down raglan? Restraint? Pshaw! I scoff at restraint!
I scoured the stash, dived on a ball of lovely Opal Prisma that Nora gave me through GoodYarnKarma and cast on the BSJ on Thursday night. On Friday morning it looked like this:
Yesterday was mostly spent looking after David who was throwing up uncontrollably but I still managed some knitting in between the bouts of washing down the loo walls when he didn’t quite make it in time. [ TMI ??]
anyway by the time I finished the last Ruby feeding and tidied up, it looked like this:
a couple of folds and presto chango:
the woman is a bona fide genius.
and I have to tell you something: whoever said that they’re like potato chips wasn’t kidding. You really can’t stop at one. This morning I cast on for BSJ2. This time in an 8-ply / Sport [ Patons Zest ] that I just happen to have the right amount of in the stash.
I haven’t sewn the first one up yet because it’s Purl’s Princesses on Tuesday and if I’m still knitting on number 2, I want to be able to show them how that strange looking object becomes a jacket.
and btw David is a lot better today although a bit pale and tired. The downer is that it means we had to miss my aunt’s 80th berfday bash in Melbourne. I couldn’t put him through two lots of two hours in the car, plus he couldn’t have eaten anything at the Bistro with a dodgy tummy anyway. We don’t get to gather the whole clan all that often. Bugger.