It is by losing himself in the objective, in inquiry, creation, and craft, that a man becomes something.
– Paul Goodman
every once in a while david surprises me yet again with a new venture he has undertaken. the other day when my knitting class was on the way out, we found a box on the doorstep from endless, an online dealer of shoes and handbags. of course we giggled a bit about david ordering a purse and i quickly forgot about it.
then last evening while i was writing my blog post, things got awfully quiet in the next room and i wondered what he was up to. when i went through to get a coffee refill, i saw him all set up with supplies for putting together a pair of . . . well, shoes. hmmm.
and of course, my first reaction was, “can i take your picture—pleeeeze??”
(he just laughed and shook his head—why not? anything for the blog . . .)
david has actually been sewing a bit here and there since childhood, when he first asked his mom to show him how to work the sewing machine. he always mends and alters his own clothes; i don’t know that he likes it so much, but it’s a task that needs to be done and he’s capable of doing it himself. every once in a while he takes up a little craft project that involves sewing just to try something new or interesting (one year, he made me a sock monkey for christmas).
i dunno how he managed to run across a kit for making one’s own shoes (well, he’s a heck of a shopper for one thing; not like me), but once he saw it, i guess it captured his interest. and here he is, stitching shoe parts together, hahaha.
it’s apparently not as easy as the package makes it sound (oh, really??), but the parts do look sorta nice, so i’m looking forward to the results. i’m pretty sure though, that no matter what the package says, it’s going to take him longer than one afternoon to get his shoes.
i spent the morning roasting tomatoes for the freezer and getting through some email and paperwork. we’ve got the maze sweater pattern in production now and it’s well on the way to being something we can pass off to the test knitters.
i’ve been so busy that every day i don’t notice til evening that my calendar needs to be changed (i just put it on tomorrow’s date to get ahead of the game a little). i’m dying to start a few new projects but i really really need to feel more caught up on paperwork before i lose my mind. almost there—by tomorrow, i should be able to plan on knitting all weekend, yay.
this evening, beckie, susie, and debby came over to knit, which was an awesome break. we had a quick little dinner from the garden of ciambotta and bread, with pie for dessert and then we all got down to business. beckie ad susie are working on top-down cardigans, debby is knitting socks, and i worked on sewing in the sleeves of my gray maze sweater. i didn’t quite finish that up but i’m almost there.
speaking of which, i am closing in for real on nightingale and i’m pretty excited. i’m feeling like i have only about one more repeat of the pattern left in my yarn cake. we’ll see; i’ll put in a couple of hours later tonight on that and try to get to the end.
see what i mean? once you can see light through the yarn you know you’re in the homestretch. i’ve been putting in some serious late-night knitting time on this project and i think it’s paying off. i might even be blocking this piece by saturday (me hopes so!).
but all that late-night knitting has it’s drawbacks—it’s really hard to get up in the morning when i stay up til 4 am. i was on a great schedule while traveling of going to bed a bit earlier and getting up at sunrise, which i liked. but now that we’re home, we’ve gone right back to our night-owl habits, which don’t suit me as well, i’m finding. my energy during the day has been terrible. i’m going to have to work on that.
the other night i spent the evening working up a little baby cap to send my SIL nan, along with some yarn and instructions so she can copy it. i used some briar rose grace, a 50/50 wool/bamboo blend left over from the tudor grace scarf i knit last summer.
i thought it would be a fun switch from doing just socks. i wrote out a pattern as well, but she gets a lot from looking at the knitting, too. i have to be careful here—baby stuff is so fun and cute and quick, i could totally see myself falling off the deep end and not resurfacing for a while. and i have other things to do right now—i have to save that urge for another year. better to teach mom to knit them i think (though i am having daydreams about knitting a boy-sized whitfield jacket . . .).
today i got a package myself—before i left town in early august, i had discussed with michele at three bags full that i wanted a little tote made from a specific fabric i saw online. she took a look and agreed that she could make one.
it’s just the right size to fit inside my bike basket, so that when i do errands, my stuff is protected from dust and rain and motion (no more DPNs scattered on the road, haha). i wanted something bright and fun to take to the market or transport knitting projects—it fits perfectly.
i have a thing for inner pockets and fun linings and this bag does not disappoint
just the kind of ironic touch i love, hee-hee.
michele’s work is just beautiful—i have several of her project bags and they are made with the nicest quality i’ve seen. she uses beautiful beads for the zipper pulls and her stitching is always so well executed. she has a variety of different-sized bags made up is wonderful fabrics in her etsy shop. these bags were also featured at the dye dreams booth at sock summit, in case they look familiar.
well, i think that about wraps up everything i have to share today—time to go finish nightingale.