Saturday, May 26, 2007

That's one messy bathroom...

I am currently in some major denial about my Cozy V-Neck Pullover. It is finished theoretically, but it needs some help to make it work. Turns out, although I've really gotten to know how to knit for my body in pieces, I haven't yet been able to make that transition to knitting top-down.

I have fairly square shoulders (swimmer's shoulders we decided this afternoon), so somehow I need to learn to allow for space for them, but at the same time not allow too much space for my "conservative" front. Basically, by the time I got my pullover big enough to fit comfortably under my arms, there was way too much width across the chest. Unfortunately, this was a difficult thing to spot while I worked because of the big gaping v-neck. I pretty much had to finish everything before I knew how it would fit. In fact, I couldn't even tell the extent of the damage until I seemed up the sleeves and closed the hole under my arm. I am hoping that I can do something to save me from having to rip out the neck band and re-knit the body. After some thorough discussion this afternoon, I think we've figured out what to do so wish me luck!

In the meantime, I will distract you with some other things. First, B and I recently joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) group here in San Diego called Be Wise Ranch. Every week, we get a box of local (at least as much as possible), organic veggies at a pick-up location close to our house. So far, we've been very pleased with the service. We opted for the small box since there is just the two of us, but there has still been so much food! For example, this week we got a head of lettuce, one bok choy, a large bunch of red chard, 2 onions, a bag of carrots, a bag of zuccini, two boxes of strawberries and an avocado.

The chard was one of the most beautiful veggies I've ever seen. The contrast between the deep red of the stalks and the large rich green of the leaves was striking. Pretty delicious too!

The other thing I wanted to share was an interesting class project B was working on for his art history class. I came home to a proclamation - I'll clean it up. What? - I asked. And then I saw this:

If you've ever been to our place, you may recognize this as our bathroom...which B turned into an art installation. All the objects were carefully chosen and arranged to tell the "history of B". He took a photo of the installation then took it into PhotoShop to add additional elements like superimposed photos and other images. Believe me there is not one thing in that bathroom that doesn't mean something whether literally, linearly or iconographically. I thought the finished piece was really cool and wanted to share it.

It looks really great printed and B is looking into getting a larger version printed for class. It's definitely one of those images that the more you look, the more you see. I think it's worth an 'A', don't you?

10 comments:

The Stitchin' Sheep said...

All that food looks yummy.

And, I love B's project. I wish I could see it more closely. Maybe you guys could send me a copy via email. I would love to see all the details.

I'm getting teary-eyed just looking at it. It makes me so happy to see him get so completely involved in his school work and be loving it so much. I know, I'm a geek. So what! I always liked higher learning. That's not a crime.

The Stitchin' Sheep said...

Okay, I just clicked to see it bigger, and I'm going to really start crying soon. I see a bottle of P's wine in there. You've got a sweet husband, you know?

The Stitchin' Sheep said...

Ooh, I see you still have some Djebel. You might be able to make a couple bucks auctioning that off. You've got some of the only bottles in existence. We're currently out of stock on that one, and I know there are customers who really miss it.

How many times you think I'll comment on this same post?

Mouse said...

Very cool. I'm always afraid when I hear "I'll clean it up"!

Mercedes said...

Oh, it looks like we will be back in SD sometime in August/September. I'm definitely going to sign up for the CSA. I was reading about them and it sounds great.

Jennifer said...

B's project is so cool! It definitely deserves an "A".

About the top down problem, maybe you need to do steeper increases? I'm sort of thinking while typing so pardon the blathering. I'm thinking instead of increasing every other row, maybe every third or fourth row to make the arm holes deeper, but not increase the width too rapidly. The One Skein wonder may not be your thing garment wise, but you could use that project as a swatch of sorts to try different rates of increasing to see what works.

amanda cathleen said...

Love B's project! Your veggies look yummy, and I hope you can get your sweater worked out

Nonnahs said...

Go, B! What a cool project! I can't wait to see your sweater!

Theresa said...

I love the CSA idea. When I get to start cooking on a regular basis . . .

Kim said...

We belong to a CSA also, and we love getting our veggies! I only wish we ate more of them - we get so much we can't eat it all before the next week! I love the chard.