Now throw a knitting conference!

I spent most of the day at the Boston Colonial Embroideries symposium at the MFA (thanks to Thistle Threads for publicizing the event, which was such a treat), and was one of at least three knitters in the audience. I wonder if we’d all embroider at a knitting symposium…? Probably not. It’s hard to do in the dark. One woman stopped me at lunch and said she was jealous I brought my knitting in, because they made her check her knitting bag. Apparently you’re only supposed to have one bag in the museum, which I never knew, but I guess I never tried to bring in more than one.

It was a perfect day to be out in the city. The garden was open for al fresco lunch in the courtyard, and the Charles only lacked boats to make it as gorgeous as I’ve ever seen it. On my way home, I stopped by the Harvard Coop to pick up my graduation regalia, and I know it would be too much to ask that the weather be like this next week. Isn’t that always the way? The weather is always wrong for graduation. Too hot, too cold, raining… I checked, and I will absolutely be able to hide knitting in the long sleeves of my gown. I don’t know why I never thought of that before, but it definitely takes some of the tedium out of a full day of speakers and ceremony. I actually do like commencements, but these exercises are going to be lengthy.

I’ve been knitting like I can stave off the hot weather by sheer force of will. My cousin’s baby blanket is over half done, and I did most of a hanging towel today. I don’t know what’s coming next, but I only have to have about a million more weeks like this one, and the bags of yarn in my room will be totally gone, so…that’s the plan. I think I’m going to turn my leftover wool into blankets. I used to think that knitting blankets was rather ridiculous, but lately they just look so amazingly comfortable.


Mars Needs Knitters!

…It gets really cold there, I hear.

Big changes are in the offing in my life. I can’t really talk about any of them, but change freaks me out, so I’m trying to cope with that by knitting. Rocky Coast is done! And the weather’s turned so chilly and gloomy that I’ve had more occasion to wear it than I thought I would, given what a warm winter and early spring we had. Few have noticed it, though, so either they thought I always had it or it looks terrible and nobody wants to tell me. Isn’t it funny; I normally don’t like my clothes to be that noticeable, but when I finish something I made and wear it, it’s almost painful to be out in it and not yell, “ASK ME ABOUT MY SWEATER BECAUSE I MADE IT WITH THESE MEATY PAWS OF MINE!!” Maybe that’s why I give away so much of what I knit. Hrm.

Speaking of, I have started a blanket for my adorably pregnant cousin, who is having #2 sometime in July. For a change, I’m not just late; it felt like bad luck to start sooner. But this baby is really coming. Bursting out the front, if necessary, from the looks of things. It’ll be like Alien. She’s getting a Go Baby Go from a kit I purchased long enough ago that I thought I was making it for my now-toddler. Twelve feet of i-cord, and people tell me an EZ-Knitter is no good on worsted weight. I may not have thought this through.

I also have to eat my words re: summer knitting. I really was going to stick to this, but the bag of cotton/CotLin/Louet Euroflax in my bedroom is glaring at me. And then the summer Twist Collective came out, and there was Sanderling and I started thinking about how nice it would be for work this summer, and…

…now I’m committed. As I probably should be. I was sucked in by the fact that this yarn is made from recycled denim and gets softer as you machine wash it. That’s a concept I can definitely get behind.

Cabinet of Curiosities started yesterday! I’ve spent most of my free time today reading the first month’s materials. She’s planning on running an encore if you fall in love and decide to become a giant nerd about it. God knows I crossed that line years ago. It’s well worth it. Her research is impeccable and she’s truly assembled the most comprehensive information available. A few years ago, I wrote a class paper about Tudor-Stuart-era domestic embroidery as artistic expression, and there is so much new information here for me. If you do get into it, see if you can get your hands on a copy of the exhibit catalogue from “Twixt Art and Nature.” It was at the Met in 2009 or so, and the book is amazing, with tons of pictures and really informative essays. Now I want to pull it off my shelf and spend several more days reading it again.