Tuesday, May 20, 2008


I've decided that I need a new project to get the whole summer knitting thing started. When most people think of summer knitting, cotton, linen and hemp spring to mind.

I think wool. Light colored wool, but wool nonetheless.

I had two almost full skeins of Lambs Pride in "Oatmeal", a copy of the Oppionated Knitter and a friend who's getting fatter by the day. Enter the Baby Surprise Jacket:

baby jacket

For some reason, I thought I could cast on and knit a baby sweater in, like, twenty minutes. Not so much. But hey, it's garter stitch, and I just happen to think that garter stitch is super fun.

And look at the wrong side decreases!

baby jacket

I'm off to the ATL this weekend and I'm totally procuring more yarn I won't knit for about three years. Wish me luck

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Summer Vacation

The end of the semester is nigh. This means one of two things:
1. I spend the summer reading, baking bread, knitting, blogging etc. I could take up running, I could visit family and friends and tend to my garden. I could explore all of the botanicas in chi-town to see who has the best selection of candles, fresh herbs and livestock (sometimes a man needs a new rooster) or I could catch up on all of the theory readings I didn't understand this semester and produce a grand body of proposals for the upcoming school year. Any and all of this could be done while enjoying the beautiful Chicago summer.

2. I get a second job. I spend said glorious days in a kitchen making food for the million people enjoying the beautiful Chicago summer. I pay off some credit card debt, buy a new camera and restock my savings account during the absolute last summer vacation of my life.

We shall see.

Speaking of summer and school, I have produced some work that, while existing in the dark gloom of my studio, can be reproduced through the magic of photography fo you, my dear friends.



This project doubles as grad school studio work and my summer garden. Priceless.

I have been knitting, covertly. There's alot of pressure to be focused 'round these parts. I guess that has something to do with learning, credentials, etc. I, however, being the flightiest, most prone to daydream weeks away at a time, need to present the outward appearance that I'm avoiding distractions.

Imbetween these boughts of posturing, I knit this:


I have an eight hour departmental meeting on Saturday, so I plan to really blast through this sucker.
Well, that's the plan anyway.