Wednesday, 24 January 2007





Tuesday, 9 January 2007

the wasabi jumper


this is my new project which i have renamed the wasabi jumper. * **


i realize these are crummy photos, but i assure you that the finished garment will be gorgeous. how could it not be when it's made of kidsilk haze and scottish tweed?!


i am knitting in the round, which means that i committed myself to an entire sweater in stockinette - but worse yet, i don't even get to purl every other row! on the plus side, however, it is super easy to pick up and put down again since i am still at the stage where i don't have to think beyond, "K [K] K until body measures 14 inches from turning ridge." i still have a good 10 inches or so before my brain needs to start working in conjunction with my fingers.

* wasabi: japanese horseradish, often colored bright green. it forms a significant part of my work, believe it or not. since i am knitting the bulk of this jumper during my lunch breaks, wasabi seemed appropriate in more ways than one.

** jumper: britishism for sweater. i'm planning an entire blog soon about the differences in names for clothing items in the US/UK. stay tuned!

Monday, 1 January 2007

auld lang syne

somehow it seems an appropriate beginning to the new year to have spent the last two days with long-lost friends.

ok, i exaggerate slightly for effect, but it has been a while since we were all together.

c, on the left, moved to beijing in october 2005 after we finished our master's degrees. k, on the right, put off her new year's painting plans to come join us for a drink and mini-SOAS reunion.

m is in london visiting from san francisco, where we used to work together. those in the know will be eating at blue mirror this summer.

it was great to catch up with my amigas. we keep in touch with email and skype, but it's still best to see each other in person.

in case you're wondering, i haven't really made any new year's resolutions, but i have a few personal and professional goals, including getting a UK driver's licence. stay tuned for more in 2007!