dear internet,

… what do you think?




I believe my love for a contrasting edge is well documented.  So last night when the opportunity presented itself (or, rather, when I remembered that I had some Ultra Alpaca leftovers in charcoal and in between episodes of Rock of Love) I decided to give it a try.  After all, I’m going to have to buy another skein of yarn no matter what.  But does it work?  Or is it just contrast for the sake of contrast?

It’s a bit like the coffeshop dilemma: I want to be all hip and stylish and monochromatic, but there’s that part of me that just can’t do it and must embrace my (secret) flashy tendencies.

Also, for some reason these colors makes me think of Jem and the Holograms.  I’m okay with that.

alice considers

Alice is thinking it over.  She’ll get back to me later.

today's project

And now, since I’m out of yarn, I’ve got to get on to today’s main project.  (Could I knit the albers shawl in all that kidsilk haze I’m probably never going to use for the dreamy wrap?  A high-stakes move, since kidsilk is both expensive and impossible to frog.)  No, must stay on task.  I’m going to talk about etymology: I love etymology.  Not as much as I love kidsilk haze, but … let’s be honest, Derrida does not write much about mohair.

It’s bird by bird for me:

“So after I’ve completely exhuasted myself thinking about the people I most resent in the world, and my more arresting financial problems, and, of course, the orthodontia, I remember to pick up the one-inch picture frame and to figure out a one-inch piece of my story to tell, one small scene, one memory, one exchange.  I also remember a story that I know I’ve told elsewhere but that over and over helps me to get a grip: thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day.  We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead.  Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy.  Just take it bird by bird.'”

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (New York: Anchor Books, 1994) 18-19.



10 thoughts on “dear internet,

  1. sigh. bird by bird it is. (or anti-imperialist by anti-imperialist over here.) love the Jem reference.

    i like the constrasting edge, but i also sometimes accidentally knit things that i later realize i’ll never wear. i would encourage draping the shawl as much around you as you can while it is on the needles, and look in the mirror. if you can imagine feeling awesome in it, do it. i think there is a possible danger here in that the garter ridges and rustic texture of the shawl can give it a folksy feel (i’m down with folksy, but not everyone is) — and so the monochromatic element ups the classiness. but then again, your purple yarn is less rustic and textured than mine, so the contrast could be the best thing ever.

  2. I like the contrast! It’s charcoal, so I don’t think it counts as flashy.

    Also, that quote is just lovely. Bird by bird. Love it.

  3. Derrida and Heidegger? It’s not a lazy Sunday morning for you either. I’m adrift in a sea of narratology this morning, and the reminder to proceed bird by bird is much needed.

    Hmm… contrast. The combination’s not really working for me, as I think the lighter purple would show off the lace pattern better. But I’m also risk-averse, perhaps to a fault.

  4. Like the contrasting edge! I don’t think it’s too much, but that’s just my opinion. I do mix green, orange and turquoise, though… 😉
    And boy, Derrida on a Sunday morning – hats off!
    I really love Etymology – do you know the “Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache” by Kluge / Seebold? One of my favourite books. I’d love to read your paper! Would that be possible?

  5. The shawl would be pretty either way. I think I’m leaning towards contrast.

    P.S. Seeing your conundrum over needing more yarn, I’m glad I got another skein of yarn to make that shawl.

  6. I love the contrast, then again, I just love charcoal grey, and cannot think of anything that should not be edged in it. Truly though, I think that grey is a subtle enough colour that it doesn’t make terra look all keraaaazy (which, as a pattern, it isn’t, and i’m generally inclined to stick with that). Those two colours are lovely together, but go with whatever your instincts are. I have to say, sometimes if your instinct is ‘I’m not sure’ then that’s basically a no.

    “Derrida does not write much about mohair” – ha!

    Bird by bird, bird by bird. I still so love this!

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