Pink Monkey Knits

Using my opposable thumbs to knit up a storm!

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Surprise! 


I got a digital camera as an early Hanukkah present, a most lovely Canon Powershot A75! I'm clearly thrilled!

Now that it's going to have pictoral representation, this blog is going places. BIG places. Damn straight.

This being a knitting blog and all, of course the first thing that I have to show is my current projects. First, we have the HCPFR scarf, which is about halfway done at this point.


That big hole looking thing? It's a totally sweet ladder and yes, it was absolutely intentional. Later this week, I'll have Cobra take us on a tour of the scarf's design features.

Next, we have my Kyoto sweater. Here are my two fronts and the progress on the sash portion, which is also about halfway done.


I love the color combination, the seafoam green is a really unique color. Looking at the pieces together makes me think of those delicious Grasshopper chocolate mint cookies so from now on, this sweater will be called Grasshopper. I'm going to try not to be culturally insensitive by asking if it was in China or Japan that people kept grasshoppers in the little cages as singing pets. I ask because it would be very appropriate if it were Japan as the sweater design also originated from there, ya see.

As exciting as this is, I also need to stay grounded. You may have noticed that I haven't been posting as much lately. This is because, in addition to being busy, as we all are, I've felt really off balance. I love to listen to music and I love to read, I've always been avid with both but I haven't been doing very much of either of those things in the last few months. Nor have I been taking care of a lot of the logistical things I need to (like cleaning my apartment) or putting as much serious thought in my life next steps. I've become very lacksadaisacal at work. In a lot of ways, knitting and knit-blogging have been an outlet for me to distract myself from these things, for better or worse and it's become a little too intense. I've taken advantage of the fact that I can focus on these things to the detriment of other parts.

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to bring more balance back to my life. Really, I have no choice as my job is ending along with 2004. What I've not formally mentioned on here as far as I can recall is that I'm planning to go volunteer and travel in India for a few months starting in January. I've picked an organization to go with, but before I go, I still need to figure out my financial situation, how long I'm going to stay, my flight arrangements, if I'll visit my brother in Israel along the way, if I'm bringing my computer, if I'll keep a blog when I'm there, my living arrangement for when I return, my moving plans for my current apartment, where I'll store my stuff, and....probably more that I can't think of right now. Of course, I welcome any comments, suggestions or discussion on any of the above topics. Just wanted to give fair warning that as my life become less knitting focused, this blog will probably follow suit. It's a very exciting time for me, though so I hope you'll stay tuned.

P.S. Wonkette is my new crack.

Friday, October 08, 2004

See Yinz in Da 'Burgh 





Off to Pittsburgh to see family visiting from the four corners of the globe. Have a great holiday weekend all, and don't be surprised if I come back with some exciting pictures...

Saturday, October 02, 2004

The HCPFR Scarf 

Last week, I got a bit bored with the monotonous k1p1 of Kyoto's sash. The night before, Cobra had mentioned to me that his rides on the motorcycle were starting to get a little chilly. Indeed, autumn has began here in DC and the night air, while pleasant to walk in, gets a little cold when you're riding through it at 50+ mph. So I brought out my size 11 needles and my black cashmere luxury aran from AC Moore (which you can see a picture of here on H's blog) and started casting on. After spending so many months really trying to master the skills I needed to read patterns, do shaping, basically FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS, I was ready to break out!

As I started on my furious stitching, I started channeling the great punks of the past...I thought about Sid Vicious, flying high on speed so that he could learn to play bass in one night...Debbie Harry pinning razor blades to the bottom of her dresses and fucking in CBGB's disgusting bathroom...Joe Strummer declaring his boredom with the USA...Iggy Pop cutting up his chest and rubbing the blood all over himself while bending over backwards exposing himself. I started making YO's and dropping stitches using the controlled ladder technique with the energy and whimsy the Ramones backed into their 2 minute classics, thinking how the dropped stitches looked like a scar from a teenage lobotomy. I added row upon row, increasing intensity like the increasingly anarchic viola in the Velvet Underground's Black Angel's Death Song. I took out my cable hook, grabbed stitches and pulled them left and right at will, at random, just as I had been pulled, pushed, shoved, elbowed at my first mosh pit at an Aus Rotten show when I was sixteen. These are cables that start and stop, going nowhere, no future for them. Did I care if my stitches were even? NO! Did I care if it lays flat? HELL NO!! I could take it or leave it each time. As with any perfect punk rock song, the overall impression is more important than the proficiency; I'm flaunting the holes, brambles, twists, ladders, imperfections. I'm breaking down the barrier of perfection with this scarf and I hope it's fascinating in its shock value. The Hard Core Punk Fuckin' Rock scarf is my three cord symphony!