September 16th, 2005

The Librarian

Decadent indulgence ...

Back in March, I posted about a luscious giant chenille yarn, called Mama Mia, that I'd seen at the local yarn shop. It has continued to fascinate me over the months, but, after a bit of petting, I always passed it by because I couldn't figure out what I would possibly do with it. The only commercial patterns in existence for it are for a blanket/wrap (in two sizes), a hat (I HATE wearing hats, 'cause my own hair is insulation enough and they make me swelter), and a scarf (I'm not much of a scarf wearer, and I've knitted three now ... that's enough).

Today I had to drop in to the shop to buy a new 6mm circular needle ... the one I was using to knit my Issey vest developed a crack in the plastic coating on the wire cable and it keeps snagging my yarn/stitches (the poor ancient thing is nearly twenty years old ... it has served long and well, and the newer needles have far more flexible cords, sans metal core, so I'm not terribly upset). Once again, I stopped to pet the Mamma Mia ... they had a bunch of new, vivid colours ***whimper***. And suddenly, while I stood there, petting and coveting, inspiration struck. Maybe, using the principles of the bog coat, I can make a cozy, cardigany thingy ... cast offs/cast ons and grafting instead of cutting and seaming!

I have a vague notion of how I'm going to do this, but it's still in embryo stage in the dark recesses of my brain ... it'll pop out like a baby alien out of John Hurt when it's ready. Decisions to make: what stitch to use to best show off the yarn? knit vertically or horizontally? (I DO love the look of side-to-side sweaters)

In the meantime ... (a couple of clicks and the pictures grow big enough for you to read the ruler)

And you thought the orange nightshirt was vivid!

Three giant hanks of cuddliness.

To give you an inkling of the size of the yarn

The Librarian

Mentioned ...

... bog coats in my previous entry and realized that not everybody has seen mine. Easily rectified ...

The bog coat The bog coat

Sewn from a length of reversible tapestry that reminds me of melted stained glass. This one is nearly ankle length ... the knitted edition will be MUCH shorter.


From the Cataloguer's Desktop

Yes, another one already! This has been a VERY good week! :-)

Rosa's District 6, by Rozena Maart.

Multicultural manners : essential rules of etiquette for the 21st century, revised edition, by Norine Dresser.

The pirate wars, by Peter Earle.

Chatter : dispatches from the secret world of global eavesdropping, by Patrick Radden Keefe.

Better off : flipping the switch on technology, by Eric Brende.

The weekend novelist, revised & updated edition, by Robert J. Ray and Bret Norris.

Cajun low-carb, by Jude W. Theriot.

The Africa house : the true story of an English gentleman and his African dream, by Christina Lamb.

TWentieth-century American fashion, edited by Linda Welters and Patricia A. Cunningham. I have a nagging suspicion that this title might be a repeat ... I'm cataloguing for four different libraries right now and can't always remember what I've seen before ... but I figured you'd all forgive me if I lapsed. ;-)

House of lies : how management consultants steal your watch and then tell you the time, by Martin Kihn.

My depression : a picture book, by Elizabeth Swados.

Smashed : story of a drunken girlhood, by Koren Zailckas.

The voyage of the CSS Shenandoah : a memorable cruise, by William C. Whittle, Jr.

The unfolding of language : an evolutionary tour of mankind's greatest invention, by Guy Deutscher.

Embroideries, by Marjane Satrapi.

Second-time cool : the art of chopping up a sweater, by Anna-Stina Linden Ivarsson, Katarina Brieditis, and Katarina Evans.

Stuff and nonsense, by A.B. Frost.

Peculia and the Groon Grove vampires, by Richard Sala.

The natural history of Vedovamazzei, edited by Mirta D'Argenzio.

Fashioning film stars, edited by Rachel Moseley.

Written in the flesh : a history of desire, by Edward Shorter.

The Devil on Fever Street, by Lance Tooks. Volume one of "Lucifer's garden of verses".

Basquiat, edited by Marc Mayer.

Carnal art : Orlan's refacing, by C. Jill O'Bryan.

Japanese horror cinema, edited by Jay McRoy.

New punk cinema, edited by Nicholas Rombes.

Queer cinema : the film reader, edited by Harry M. Benshoff and Sean Griffin.

Lessons in taxidermy : a compendium of safety and danger, by Bee Lavender.

Garbage land : on the secret trail of trash, by Elizabeth Royte.

Chocolate : a bittersweet saga of dark and light, by Mort Rosenblum.

Bright boulevards, bold dreams : the story of Black Hollywood, by Donald Bogle.