Monday, April 19, 2010

Keep an eye out...


Between Goldman Sachs and the volcano it has been an interesting period in my world....
But time for some new knitting news...
I really enjoyed this project.. but only after the bottom part sat on my side table for 6months......
This had started this as a square for the learn to knit afghan....by the AWESOME Barbara Walker. The short rows square....
You knit 1 row straight..then you zig zag for 3 or 4 rows and continue... to make the "eye ball " shape... but knitting short rows(4 to 8 stitches and reversing direction as well as flipping your work) gets very old... so i knit backwards...
This is worth learning for short rows... you dont flip the work..you just work from left to right rather than right to left... here is one sample video instruction..there might be better ones to learn from.. but anyway...
However the square was so beautiful I was thinking maybe it would be the start of a short rows afghan, i think this is called Lizard Ridge on Ravelry.com -2/3rds of the way to scarf/afghan length... here is FREE pattern...
I realized that I DETESTED the short rows......( substitute detested for hated...as hate is such a hateful word.. it should be saved for something truly hateful...)
SO.... to make a long story short...I folded it and made the base of a bag... picked up and knit around... then some more Barbara Walker mosaics from the same book Learn to knit Afghan.
then some initials and a flower, button loop... a toss in the wash...2 leather straps and a felted handle..et VOILA!
Side bar- The Learn to Knit Afghan book by Barbara Walker is a must.....have a look at it when you have time...
Back to Goldman Sachs... I remember when Drexel Burnham was the target of a government"investigation"... bankrupt not many years after...Not sure what happens to Goldman Sachs, but in the court of public opinion they are not looking too good...Betting against the American Dream is not a good idea...for anyone... least of all well paid individuals whose government(taxpayers) kept them afloat...
The last time a large volcano erupted the sunsets became more unusual and beautiful around the world..keep an eye out....