Here are some different ways it can be worn… and I don’t know what’s happening in that one outtake shot with my hands up, but I kind of like it so I threw it in the mix! I also like when it’s up a certain way and I look like some kind of sculptural performance art piece or something :-p
Reminder that through the end of cyber Monday today these very limited print pattern packages are super discounted in my etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/leethal) - more details are on my leethal.net blog :)
I’m trying to clear out my stash of these old, full-color print patterns, from back when I used to distribute them this way, by selling them in packages at super discounted prices (with ravelry download codes attached!) - check out my etsy shop to see what’s available, and my blog post for more details. Happy holiday weekend!
We saw Quasi at the Doug Fir on Saturday, and it was awesome and fantastic and I almost didn’t want to go because I’m old now and don’t get so excited about shows like I used to, but I’m SO GLAD I sucked it up and went!! And then Pete reviewed the show over here on KPSU.org. And you can check out more photos by me on flickr over here. And, their cover of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now was pretty much the greatest thing I’ve ever heard, ever. Pretty much.
When Creative Cloud was released, Adobe let owners of previous Photoshop versions only pay $9.99 instead of the usual $20.
If you don’t already own Photoshop, but still want that sweet price, Adobe is letting anyone grab a Photoshop-only subscription for $9.99 until December 2.
via Digital Trends
I just got in on this! Woohoo! (A few more details in case you’re wondering: the 10 bucks a month lasts for 1 year, then the monthly price will go up to whatever it currently is, which will be $20/month if it’s the same in a year as it is now. That price, with a 1-year contract, gets you the Photoshop and Lightroom applications, and Creative Cloud stuff which I don’t fully understand yet since I haven’t used it yet - there’s some cloud storage involved, and collaboration possibility with other Cloud people, etc. You can use the apps offline.)
So, Pete and I were just playing six degrees in the car, and we connected Gwyneth Paltrow to John Travolta using the movie Six Degrees of Separation. Do we win the game forever?
White guys are so proud of their ability to be not offended. When one of them tells a rape joke or uses a racial slur, they wink and pat themselves on the back and give endless attaboys for their superior skills in being not offended. They decry the “politically correct” society they find themselves in and look down on anyone who has the lack of fortitude to be offended by anything.
Of course, what allows them to be not offended at rape jokes and racial slurs is that they are not targeted at them. For white guys, these are fun toys to play with; while for much of the rest of the world, they are tools of violence and oppression. Not just relics of the past, but very much alive and well today. So, then, the magical quality that allows these guys to remain so aloof and above-it-all is, quite simply, privilege.
And if you want to watch hypocrisy and cognitive dissonance in action, simply bring up privilege to these not offended white guys and see how fast and hard they become offended. Privilege is a concept so simple and obvious that most social scientists take it as axiomatic, but the mere mention of it gets these guys worked up into a rage. They’re so proud of their ability to be not offended by oppressive language and stereotypes, but they’ll be damned if you point out why. Funny. It’s almost as if they are the beneficiaries of systems of oppression and want to subtly encourage those systems so as to continue benefiting, while simultaneously stifling all mention of those systems, so as to mollify their fragile egos and underused consciences.
But by all means; continue to congratulate yourself on your superior ability to be not offended by oppression and cruelty.
For our wedding anniversary, Pete surprised me with dinner reservations at Portobello Vegan Trattoria, which was amazing, and then we swung by New Seasons on the way home and got a giant gourmet version of a hostess cupcake and some Elysium pumpkin ale! What a delicious night!!
In light of yesterday’s first chilly fall temps here in Los Angeles, I pulled out all my hand-knitted garments from storage and decided to put them all together in one post to inspire all the yarn lovers out in tumblr land (myself included) to whip out those needles and start purling! These are not all the garments I have made, but they are the ones I have made for myself that I wear the most. Not pictured are my favorite chunky cowls and Claire’s birthday sweaters from the last three years. Maybe I can get her to pose for me so I can show those off, too. When I finish my Paperdolls sweater for myself, I am going to start on that wicked intimidating octopus sweater for Claire; we bought her yarn last week and I am super excited to dig into that pattern. For all you would-be knitters out in the world who think the artform is too intimidating to learn, trust me: YOU CAN DO IT! I learned years ago from the first Stitch N Bitch book, got frustrated and stopped for a couple of years, then picked it back up again and made my first top down sweater from a Stefanie Japel book. I have a distinct memory of teaching myself to read that pattern and throwing the entire project against the wall in a fit of teary frustration. Two weeks later I picked it up again and figured out the directions I was stuck on within minutes. My best advice for beginners: be patient with yourself, allow yourself to make mistakes and get mad, but don’t let the yarn win. DON’T LET THE YARN WIN!!!
Great advice, and beautiful hand knit garments! I so heart Jasika Nicole!!
(This really inspires me to hurry up and finish the 2 sweaters I have on the needles so I can cast on for a new one!)
Miscellaneous Monday by Lacey
Today’s designer is such a fun wild card. Her designs never look like anyone else; you can always spot a Leethal design in a crowd! Her design eye and mind is unmatched in it’s creativity. I’ve never knit so many things that I couldn’t predict the process on as when knitting for Lee Meredith. I’ve test knit for her a few times after becoming a fan, and I love every twist and turn her patterns have. They are striking, beautiful, and often simpler than they seem. Adventure Knitting: A Day in the Woods is her most recent work, and possibly one of the most exciting things ever! Do you remember those choose your own adventure books as a kid? Yeah, this knitting pattern is like that! You can take different design paths and wind up with cowls, hats, mitts, or coffee sleeves- all custom! Isn’t that crazy? The craziest part is it’s only $14.00 on Ravelry. Stop by her Ravelry store to see all of her great designs. Keep up with her at her site, on Ravelry, and on flickr. As always, thanks to Lee for taking the time to give such awesome answers!Designer Interview:How did you get into knitting and designing?I’d always been into different crafts when I was a kid and throughout high school, but I didn’t get introduced to knitting until college, when a roommate did a bit of both knitting and crochet and got me interested - I think she showed me the basics of crochet, and my mom (who had knit in college but didn’t remember much) showed me knit stitch and got me going on a scarf. Then I didn’t get really into it until after I graduated and had more time on my hands, so that’s when I got some books and started self-teaching beyond the garter stitch scarf. Since I was basically entirely self-taught, and because of my comfort with crafting and the way my brain works, I guess, I just always improvised from the beginning - I didn’t learn how patterns worked until I’d already been knitting for a couple years. So I was designing from the beginning, it was just a matter of figuring out that I could write down my designs and turn them into patterns that other people might want to use… Ravelry introduced me to that concept when I joined in early 2007, which was about the same time I discovered Knitty, and realized maybe pattern writing was something I could handle, and then I wrote my first pattern, and it was published in Knitty in fall 2007. I’ve been obsessed ever since!What is your design process like for a new pattern? Do you start with a yarn, a stitch pattern, or just an idea?It’s usually the idea, but it varies from pattern to pattern. Sometimes it’s a stitch pattern, and then the shape gets built out from there. Usually it’s more of a general shape/construction kind of idea, and I do lots and lots of swatching to figure out the best stitch pattern(s) and details to make everything work. Sometimes what I end up with is completely different from the idea I started out with!Do you swatch when you aren’t designing(truthfully?)?I very rarely knit things that aren’t for my designs - I’m not an especially fast knitter, and I usually make 3 or more samples per design, so that doesn’t leave time for other knitting. But, once or twice a year when I do, whether or not I swatch depends on the pattern/item - when I started a huge sweater project last year (still in progress!) I did swatch for that, because that would be awful if the whole thing turned out unwearable; when I started a loose-fitting slouchy shirt thing project, I didn’t swatch, because I figured it’s flexible enough, it’ll be fine ;)What is the worst finished object you’ve ever made? What was the fate of this FO fail?Hah! I made some hilariously hideous things when I first started knitting! I lived in Southern California, in the early 2000’s, before lots of cool LYSs started popping up (or, if there were some, I didn’t know of any yet), so I got all my yarn at Jo-Ann and Michael’s back then. This was also before brands like Lion Brand and Patons started making a variety of wool yarns that were easy to find at those stores, so I was knitting with pretty much only acrylic and some wool blends, and I was a victim of the fun fur genre a few times. I think the ugliest thing I ever made was an improvised (wonky) earflap hat and matching fingerless mitts with the now-discontinued (I am relieved to learn from looking it up on ravelry right now) Chenille Thick & Quick yarn. Oh, but those were crocheted, not knit. Worst knit thing… hmm… what comes to mind is the first prototype of what would evolve (after maaaany more tries) into my Either/Or mittens design - the first try was a giant lobster claw esque thing, but with too-big hands and too-small thumbs, and just extremely silly looking. Its fate was frogging, but not before photographing it - you can see it on the blog post http://www.leethal.net/zine/?p=1705.What are the big trends you see in the knitting/fiber arts community right now? Are you trying to ride the wave or swim away from it?I mostly try not to think about that, and just focus on design ideas that are exciting to me, though if I notice a design idea I have has a connection to a current trend, I might try to play up that aspect of it, or try to release it asap to take advantage of the trend! For example, near the beginning of the year, I had the seed of an idea for a striped shawl with short rows, and that happened to be a major trend, so I prioritized it and it turned into Robin, which has been successful, but who knows if it’s just a short-lived trend that’s about to end any second now. Since I had the idea and was excited about it, I decided to go with it, but I don’t try to force design ideas that are on-trend because that’s not one of my strengths and I feel that it would be a waste of time and effort for me to try to force that. So yeah, long answer, but I don’t really know what the upcoming big trends are… chevrons seem to still be big, and I have a design coming up soon that happens to involve chevrons, so I’m hoping that sticks around for a bit.What’s your favorite fiber/type of yarn to knit with?Wool! I love all wool, from soft merino to hardy shetland. I’m not picky; it’s all great.What is one thing you wished regular knitters understood about your patterns, indie designers, or your design point of view?Hmm… I think a lot of knitters think my patterns are too hard and are afraid to try them. So I guess my wish is that knitters would be less scared, and think of knitting as more fun, less intimidating - ALL knitting is pulling loops of yarn through loops of yarn, whether there are cables, or short rows, or colorwork, or anything else, that’s all it is. It doesn’t have to be scary. With my patterns, as long as you follow each step, do what it says to do (and don’t do things it doesn’t say to do), even if it seems weird, it will all work out, just trust the pattern :)[ I had to learn this lesson the hard way while testing for Lee. Do what the patterns say, and you’ll be golden. Don’t try to overthink it < my mantra! -Lacey]What type of project do you think you’ll be knitting if you live to be 100 years old, blind, and a little dotty? Why?Hah, umm… if I’m blind, something pretty simple. I’m terrible at knitting without looking. Maybe a crazy huge blanket with lots of mistakes but I can say they’re all design features!What are you currently working on (and can talk about)?Oh, so much! I’m finishing up two deadline projects this week… one is secret, but the other one I can tell you is for Holla Knits accessories, to be released in November. And then I have a huge project I’m working on which will be released in early November, that I can’t really talk about, but I am showing some sneaky peeks on instagram/twitter as I work on it. And I’m trying to squeeze in another pattern release in September, which will be the first design of a new pattern trio. And then I still have the slip-stitch colorwork shawl and lace shawl to finish the Betiko shawl collection, which are running behind schedule because of everything else, but I’m pretty excited about those designs. And, I hate even acknowledging this because I’m so embarrassed at how long it’s taking, but I still have yet to release the recycled yarn-making ebook part of my Remixed collection, so that’s coming later in the year when I am able to finish it (cringe, so sorry to everyone who pre-ordered!) So much to do, always!What’s next for you?More of the same for awhile at least; I always have tons of patterns in my design queue. The Short Stripes Trio worked out very well, so I have several more trios planned for the future, hoping to do a couple per year. Three patterns is a nice little collection, not overwhelming, enough room to play with the design ideas, fun stuff. And Adventure Knitting went very well, so my plan is to do an Adventure Knit-a-long every summer as a new leethal summer tradition! There are some plans I’ve been kicking around for a long while, which may or may not happen… I tend to get new ideas I’m excited about and the older ones never happen… So I don’t know what’s to come after this year!
Hey look, I was interviewed in tumblr-land!