M is for Mastery

Last week Alphie, the ballet master from the Julliard, came over to hang out and knit (along with Jane, who is making a fish face in this post). Alphie talked about visiting the Helen Keller school on long island, and watching two blind women knit… I think it was something with cables. He asked them how they do it. By feel, which makes sense, and they are always checking their work, so they will notice a dropped stitch sooner rather than later. Then they wanted to feel what he was knitting…

mmmm, nice even stitches…. mmmm, fair isle… mmmm, you carry your yarn in the Swedish method.

Alphie asked if they knew colors, and they said yes… this is navy and white! Alphie said the sweater was actually navy and off-white. The womean said that different colors cause the yarn to feel differently, and that they can’t always tell exactly what color something is (but really, can sighted people always tell?), but that they know groups of colors. Mastery, eh?

kid proverbs

Two today, because I missed last time…

All good blankets must come to an end.

Actions speak louder than lying.

what I made and what I started this weekend

Actually, just yesterday since I worked all day on Saturday…

A shoulder/tote bag, from a skirt I got at that yard sale a couple weeks ago for maybe 50 cents!

bag_neatside bag_messyseam
the neat inside side, and the not so neat inside side

You can see that I just sewed a tube, closed the bottom, and folded up the corners (under the straps). I used only half of the skirt for the bag, but all of it for the strap… The seams across the strap are for little pockets, one for my key card and one for my glasses.

bag_full bag_stuff
full, and what it’s full of (don’t you like the waggy dog tail?)

Actual knitting!

Started these,
Gotta say, knitting the hemmed cuff closed was a pain in the butt!

Also finished the pair of maine morning mitts from the handspun, and have enough to make a second pair (if I start them with a couple rows of some other yarn…).

6 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    June 30, 2008 @ 7:09 am

    That IS mastery. Wow. Spiffy sewing skills there yourself.

  2. 2

    mia said,

    June 30, 2008 @ 7:48 am

    That bag is AWESOME! I sure wish I could sew. I bought a brand new sewing machine a few years ago, but couldn’t get past trying to figure out threading the bobbin. I gave up. ::sigh::

  3. 3

    Sue said,

    June 30, 2008 @ 9:24 am

    How cool is that, about the colors?? I’m way impressed. And the bag is really fun, I’ll have to start paying attention to skirt fabrics…

  4. 4

    Julie said,

    June 30, 2008 @ 12:03 pm

    Amazing story!

    Love the tote.

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    kmkat said,

    June 30, 2008 @ 1:38 pm

    That color thing is wild. True mastery.

    Love your bag!

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    July 1, 2008 @ 9:18 pm

    Wow – cool bag, cool knitting story, and I must say I can’t believe that I missed Mr. Keeker’s knitting advice from last year! Thanks for linking to the fish face…

    Hope to see you tomorrow – pray for a short inspection!

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