on my table

June 21, 2012

in case any of you worried about my week-long silence,

fear not!

i was fulfilling the familial duty required of all sons:
i helped clean out the garage.

now while for most people,
that would be a job for one person
and could be completed in half a day,
our garage is larger than most apartments.
it’s really more of a huge barn where the cars live
(it has a second floor)

my mother and i spent a few days
and tossing aside with reckless abandon a couple decades worth of all things found in a country garage. a dumpster that could house an elephant was our ally.

a weekend of generally manliness,
where my y chromosome shone with pride,
left little time to blog about my life of fiber.

this evening,
i’ll catch you up.
let’s see what’s on my table, shall we?

first, a f.o.
yarn – socks that rock medium weight
colorway – rare gem dyed by yours truly

this cowl has been done for ages but honestly, i’ve felt a little ambivalent about sharing it. this is my first go at a design (sort of). i learned a whole lot while i knit it, but it didn’t come out as i envisioned it. some things exceeded my expectations, others,
i couldn’t get to do what i wanted.

with a few tweaks,
i can imagine it being something i could be proud of.
time will tell.

next, another f.o.
yarn – luscious silk
colorway – copperline

now this, i’m proud of!
it’s a simply-woven scarf, true,
but there’s something beautiful about perfecting simplicity.
think about how long it took you to master your knitting gauge
and how lovely a flawlessly executed stockinette sweater is!
that’s what this scarf is about to me. (check out that sexy fringe)

i was really worried about the evenness of this scarf.
i’ve never woven with silk before
and it was difficult to manage;
it lacks wool’s forgiving nature.
it was especially difficult to maintain the selvages.
but for once in my fibery existence,
that shit blocked right out!

just in time to give it to its intended recipient.

and look!
i still have a whole other skein!
note that this is an older skein of luscious silk, over 300 yards.
newer ones only have 218 yards

this weekend,
i’m headed to the knot hysteria gourmet retreat (jealous?)
whenever i go to a fiber event,
i check my stock of business cards.
i use them to promote the blog (bien sur)
and make it easy for people to friend me on ravelry.
since i was running low,
i placed an order.
i may have over done it.
i don’t remember ordering this many.
i bet it was after midnight.
(the box is full too)

as you can see,
the loom is re-warped.
(the color in that photo is so off as to be laughable)
this is supposed to be a gift for this weekend.
i haven’t started weaving or anything,
but i can finish,

so i’m a little out of touch with reality. big whoop.
i mean, it’s not like i think i can finish this sweater.
but i am going to try to pull it off for rhinebeck.
let’s check the facts:
yarn weight – sport
needle size – u.s. 2 & 4
size – fuck that shit!
like i’m telling you my size.
let’s just say,
it’ll be dude-sized.

this will be an extreme test of my knitterly endurance.
but hey, it’s rhinebeck.

and it’s not like i’m the only delusional knitting blogger around.

16 Responses to “on my table”

  1. Susie Says:

    That scarf is lovely. I’m seeing that color all over the place lately, perfect fall color in my opinion. Oh don’t mention Rhinebeck, I start getting chills. I can’t wait and it’s months away!

  2. Knitterella Says:

    I am so jealous of your retreat. How awesome it’s going to be have fun.

    Your cowl is very unique. Nice work!

  3. I love your work, Steven. All of it. šŸ™‚

  4. Sally at Rivendale Farms Says:

    Definitely jealous of the retreat, but hope you have a fantastic time anyway. Bitch.

    The cowl is great – hard to tell from the pic, but are those bobbles?? Lovely, lovely color.

    The scarf is gorgeous – selvages are amazing and I love, love, love the twisted fringe!!! Can’t wait to see what’s next to come off your loom.

  5. Sue Says:

    I don’t even weave and I know that selvages are a bitch! hey- are you going to Allegan in August?

  6. Nicole Says:

    Loving your table and want everything on it. In fact, I’d be happy to go to the retreat for you and pass out your cards. ;o)

  7. lisabee Says:

    that copperline really shines (literally and figuratively) in the plain weave. so beautiful, and the fringe is gorgeous!!

  8. Janice Says:

    Well, well, you’ve been quite the industrious lad. Gorgeous work on the scarf, and, yes, that fringe is damn sexy (pardon me while I get my breathing under control), and, no, I’m not jealous over the retreat . . . because I’m going, too! See you there.

  9. cauchy09 Says:

    you’ve been up to lots of amazing things, S! i really like the texture on your cowl. what bothers you about it?

  10. First, totally impressed with your helping your mother clean out the garage! Extra points!

    The simple scarf is stunning! You are so right about simplicity having its’ own beauty.

    Gourmet food and fiber!! Yes! Jealous!!! Enjoy and take lots of pictures!

  11. Cinnamon Says:

    I love your business cards. Adorable. And that copperline scarf is gorgeous, especially the fringe šŸ™‚ I’m jealous you’re going to the knot hysteria gourmet retreat. Take pics and share please.

  12. Sarah Says:

    You can do it! Most of those sweaters are just plain stockinette. You don’t need to pay attention to do that, right? And we all know how fast and addictive colorwork can be.

    By the way — that fringe is totally sexy.

  13. Bobbie in AK Says:

    I swear I just read YH’s post before heading your way. Too funny. Your sweater? You have plenty of time!

    Love your scarf … lucky recipient!

  14. Anonymous, too Says:

    Oh, my gawd. Sexy silk, sexy color, and now sexy fringe. My living room is 2 inches deep in drool. The neighbors downstairs are complaining.

    The cowl looks like a very worthy first effort in designing knitwear. It also looks like it needs to be vigorously, strongly, and severely blocked (yes, the kinky side of yarn pr0n).

    And those business cards! I imagine the other side reads something like “Steven Ambrose, Chief Executive Officer, Bitches Get Stitches AND Mo, Chief Cuteness Officer and Chief Model, Bitches Get Stitches.” With separate e-mail addresses for each of you.

  15. Frankie Says:

    Love the cowl — beautiful color and the design is great. That scarf looks delicious! And your business cards? Full of AWESOME!

  16. Astrid Bear Says:

    Gorgeous scarf! You are becoming quite the weaver. Gourmet retreat — have a great time, I’ll just sob quietly in the corner that I’m not there, too.

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