Nath Knits

and should probably be doing something else.


Any ideas for leftover turkey?

First off, for all those of you who found me because I updated my website on Facebook, welcome!

Productive week here, so far, though some of that productivity is going to be undone (I’ll explain). First off, The Bird:

Big Bird

I wish I’d put something there for scale. But trust me, it was big. 25 lbs, approximately (that’s about 10 kilos). In the background, is R’s kick-ass noodle kugel. All the side dishes provided by the guests were delicious! We pigged out (or turkeyed out, I guess), and then did it again with dessert.

It was fun to have everybody here. All told, there were 7 kids and 9 grownups (pretty good distribution, I’d say).

Dudipede (*) was off wandering somewhere, so he’s not in this picture, but, look, we made these! It’s amusing to me that these are all kids of people I hung out with in university. It’s like we’ve become these respectable adults, or something.

I have scaled back the knitting a bit, to give my wrists a chance to recover from the Afghan of Death, and because there were other things that needed doing that I had been putting off for weeks. I did, however, finish the Spring Shawl Surprice (sic) – renamed Mother Earth Shawl by the designer once the theme was revealed. And while the theme leaves me cold (yes, I’m an environmentalist who doesn’t go in for all that touchy-feely earth mother stuff. There you go.), the shawl is quite lovely. It weighs less than 125 g, and feels very nice on my shoulders.

I’d never made lace that I actually took through to completion and blocked. It’s very cool to see this:

Turn into this:

The lace was a lot of fun to knit up, and was challenging enough to have me cursing in a few places. These were lace patterns that had you do lace knitting on both right side and wrong side rows.

The blocking process was long. I have wire blockers, but not long enough for this, and when I started, the though of threading them through seemed tedious. Which is dumb, because putting in a zillion pins was pretty tedious too.

I liked making this so much, that I’m going to make another one. Remember the Malabrigo laceweight I bought at the Cloth and Clay closeout? (it’s at the bottom right of the picture) I’m going to make a triangular shawl out of it, and bring it with me to France. I’m still deciding on what to make. I’m thinking maybe this, or this. I’m trolling Ravelry to see if I find anything I want to do.

Did I mention? I’m going to France in June. Me and Dr. Thingo and no kids. For a week! My dad bravely offered to take the kids while I’m gone. Not only that, but he and my equally brave stepmom are coming to get the kids and taking them back to Ottawa with them. My also brave brother and his heroic (she’ll be 8 months pregnant!) wife will look after them while my dad and stepmom work. Dr. Thingo and I will hang out in Annecy for 5 days, then he has to go to Hungary, and I’m going to go to Paris alone for two days. I will return from Europe on the Sunday, and the kids will be delivered back to me on the Tuesday.
It’s the best vacation ever! Anyway, I need a knitting project that is interesting but not too bulky. A lace shawl would fit the bill pretty well, I think.

Oh, and the undoing of things. The Mini-Clap I started is too narrow and long. So I’m going to start it over and make it a little wider. No big deal. It knits up fast and is fun to do. I also started a Bonsai Tunic with some green yarn that’s been in my stash forever. The yarn is fairly fine, but it’s acrylic and it feels awful knit up. So I’m undoing that. I only started it Sunday, so it’s not such a tragedy, but it’s the only yarn I have a large enough quantity of in my stash. But it’s really unpleasant. Maybe I’ll try to give it away on the Ravelry stash swap, because I don’t think I’ll be using it for a garment myself.

And my kids have just gone outside to play, so I think I’ll get started with the remaking of the Mini-Clap.

(*) Of course, not his real name. Nicknames used to protect the innocent.

** Edited to please the pedantic and way-too-smug Dr. Thingo


Local knitter smothered by afghan – story at 11:00.

AoD Eating Nath

This is pretty much what it felt like this afghan was doing to me.  But it’s done, by golly!  And I really liked it.  So did Dr. Thingo – who said: “that one’s nice.  You should knit one for us now”.  Funny guy.  Here’s a full-length shot:

I’m going to bed.  My evenings for the next couple days are not free, however.  There will be 13 extra people here on Saturday night to help me eat a 25 lb turkey, so I have some cooking to do.  More on that later.

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I finished something!

I finished these at the coffeeshop this morning, while Zebula finished her vanilla steamer.  And of course, this afternoon, I immediately cast on a Clapotis.  Finally.  I’m the last person in the universe to make one.  I’m using 3 balls of Noro Kureyon, so it’ll be a mini version.  It’s fun, so far.

Four days left on the afghan, and 14 squares.  Go, me!


What is this strange sensation?

I feel hot.  And a little sweaty.  What a concept!

It’s so nice out.  The birdies are singing.  I have an incredible amount of yard work to do.  I’ve been using my barbecue a lot in the past couple weeks.  I’ve already had two gin and tonics this year (I’d have more, but I’m out of tonic water, and I keep forgetting to pick some up when I’m at the store).  It’s spring all right.

The knitting is progressing well, but hasn’t appreciably changed in appearance.  I have a week left on the afghan.  Then I’ll probably cast on four different things, just to have some variety.

Completely unrelated to knitting, first tulips:

Wee tulips

These are tiny.  They’re only about 5 inches high, and are always first.  There are daffodils that are epsilon away from opening.  The crocuses are all limp.  And the lily of the valley is starting to shoot up.

Here’s the front lawn today (I want to take one of these every month, to show the garden’s progress over the season):

front garden, april 18

I don’t know what those blue flowers are.  In five years, I’ve never gotten around to finding out.  Anyone out there know?

And, for posterity, before I rip it all out and turn it into an herb garden, here’s the only grass in the front garden, left by the previous owners for no reason that I can guess at:

front grass, april 18

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I’m halfway through the afghan!  I still like how it looks, but the deadline is hanging over me like a dark storm cloud.  Which is a shame, cause it’s nice and sunny out.  On the plus side, I’m watching and listening to a lot of good stuff, including Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.  It’s delightfully cheesy (it was the 70’s.  What can you do?) and chock-full of fabulous info.  I was considering Astronomy long ago, when I was deciding on a university course of study, and settled on Math instead.  This series makes me want to get a telescope.

Anyway, yes, halfway. Whee!


Crocuses, tulips and grass (oh, my!)

Yes, it’s spring!  Look at this!


Cute little crocuses (crocus? croci?) popping out in my front garden.  I love them!  They’re the first bit of colour we get in our garden every year.  And they keep popping up in unexpected places.  There are a couple in the boulevard in front of my house, as well as in the periwinkle bed.  Probably moved there by squirrel gardeners. I always seem to forget them over the winter, and it’s a pleasant surprise to find them every year.

I was also surprised, after last week’s thaw, to see these:

tulip shoots

They don’t look like much, but they’re important!  The previous owners had a lot of tulip bulbs scattered around the periwinkle.  And I liked them, but they were getting a little clumpy.  So I dug them all up in the summer and split the bulbs.  Then I replanted them in the tomato bed right outside my front window.  I was half expecting that I’d killed them all.  But, no, there they are!  They managed to start sprouting even when they were covered with snow.

The grass is starting to turn green in some people’s yards.  Mine, however is still covered with last year’s leaves.  I stopped raking them a couple years ago, in favour of just running them over with the lawn mower in the spring, which works pretty well, but this year, I’m planning on taking out the remaining grass out of the front yard – the previous owners turned the front yard into a fabulous perennial garden, but decided to leave some grass, for no apparent reason.  It’s a small patch, and hard to mow.  So I’m going to take it all out and plant an herb garden.  The back yard is still pretty wet since it’s east-facing and doesn’t get much sunshine, so I’ll let that go for a couple weeks.

Other milestone:  I hung a load of laundry outside this morning.  Yippee!

Oh, and I tuned up my bike, and got a Trail-Gator for Zebula.  Look at her!

Zebula's biking

I’m all giddy from sunshine.

Oh, knitting.  It’s all afghan all the time.  Picture what you saw in the previous post, only bigger.  It’s taking all my spare time.  Aiee.  Oh, and I might just leave that mistake I talked about last time.  Knitteopath, who was at “book club” on Friday said she couldn’t figure out where the mistake was in the picture.  So I’m torn.  Should I just leave it, and not bother, thinking, “it’s 50 by 60 inches, they can drape it in a way where it doesn’t show in the picture”, or do I let my conscience get the better of me and spend the hour it will take to fix it.  I guess that all depends on just how sick of it I will be after the knitting’s all done.

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April is the cruelest month

And, apparently, it is the month of clichés.

I was wrong when I last posted.  I have to do six squares a day, roughly, to make this afghan finished by the deadline.  And I was wrong about how long it takes to knit five squares, because it took me three hours to knit six squares yesterday.  This is going to break my wrists.  But I like it.  It’s like art deco stained glass.  Plus garter stitch is super-fast to work up.  I just wouldn’t try to make one of these in less than a month, ever.  And the astute observer will see that there’s a bad mistake in it.  If you look at the light purple square in the upper left (it’s the first full square in the picture, in the second row of squares from the top).  Yeah, those stripes are supposed to be the light purple, not the purple in the solid part of the square.  I feel terrible.  And I’d have to undo seven squares to get back to it and fix it, and there’s no way I’m going to do that.  I’m going to try to duplicate stitch the offending square, but I’m not holding my breath (duplicate stitch almost never looks good).  If that doesn’t work,  I’ll send the designer a note and apologize a lot.  I’m sure they can disguise it in the picture.  Argh.