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A weblog, mostly about knitting but other topics appear

Will It Rain? July 2, 2018

Filed under: Clouds,Rain,Weather — Janet @ 7:13 pm

IMG_2393  cloud seen from my back deck approx. 10 a.m.

The cloud looked very threatening but it just rolled by and here it is noontime and there have been more dark clouds and also blue sky – no rain yet.

 

Immersed In Memories

Filed under: Family photographs,Family Photos — Janet @ 6:48 pm

I have a huge ongoing project to digitize all my photographs.  The photographs have been extracted from albums and a preliminary sorting by topic has been completed by Susan (my daughter-in-law).  There are 20 white boxes.   Scanning has been started – this morning I finished one box, mostly Miller family photos going back to my childhood and beyond, e.g. a baby photo of my father dating from his 1st birthday July 16, 1892.

2018_07_02_09_42_55.pdf035  Joseph B Miller, age 1, July 16, 1892

 

 

 

 

 

Hats

Filed under: Janet,Knitted Hats — Janet @ 2:17 am

IMG_2386  Results from my current knitting project – hats in shades of brown

IMG_2365   Me modeling the latest hat

 

Three Examples of Excellent Narrative Pattern Writing June 30, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 1:53 pm

The Sweaty Knitter, Weaver and Devotee of Other Fiber Arts

I love the reductionist-style knitting patterns from Continental Europe. Drawing from the Norwegian knitting patterns of my youth and the reductionist-style German knitting patterns, I created my Neo-Norsk pattern construction method. (See my blog posts The Reductionist Pattern, A Very Reductionist Pattern, Deconstructing the Very Reductionist Pattern, and The Neo-Norsk Pattern Construction Method.) But many (many) knitters are more comfortable with the narrative form. Well-written narrative-style pattern also takes skill; just because one is able to write in English doesn’t mean s/he can write a good pattern.

Following up on my dissection last week of Bay Bay Poncho, this post compares the commonalities of three patterns written in narrative format by skilled knitwear designers – ones who also write excellent pattern instructions: Linda Marveng (Norway), Wei Siew Leong of Kiwiyarns (New Zealand), and Kate Davies of Kate Davies Designs (Scotland).

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Back To Knitting June 28, 2018

Filed under: Africa,Ceramics,Knitting,Voodoo Masks — Janet @ 9:11 pm

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IMG_2327  a sampling of the ceramic masks hanging on my backyard fence.  The masks are made by a local potter named Faye.  I’m attempting to transfer the Voodoo Mask idea into knitting.  And I’m working with shades of brown.

 

A War Book But Not…… June 25, 2018

Filed under: Books,World War II — Janet @ 10:39 pm

IMG_2237  1944 Diary is set in the Dutch city of Delft  during the 2nd World War. But the War is very much in the shadows. just a backdrop. It is more about the author’s struggles and doubts about his ability to be a writer, his inclination to be a doctor, and the conflicts of his feelings for his wife and child and his mistress.  The author, Hans Keilson, is a German of Jewish faith.  He is in hiding in Delft.  Not to spoil the ending, he survived the war and lived to age 101, a significant writer, poet, doctor, and psychoanalyst – he died in 2011.

 

The Latest …… June 24, 2018

Filed under: Cats,Katerina — Janet @ 12:39 am

IMG_2227  Katerina watching closely