April 03, 2006

STILL LIFE WITH KNITTING

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Still life with knitting, digital photograph, circa 2006. This photograph captures a moment when the knitter has just stepped away, perhaps to fetch the contrasting color of yarn since the knitting chart (so prominent in the foreground) indicates that the work will be stranded color knitting. Her work, which rests in a circle at the lower left of the photograph, shows a garment in that liminal space after the casting-on and ribbing, but before the main, colorwork portion, begins. What does it all mean?

Clockwise, starting from -- why not? -- the clock: Clocks typically symbolize time. Is this knitter knitting against a deadline? Or simply time-conscious?

Super sticky Post-it-Notes: A new package, yet to be opened, would indicate that this knitter was only recently introduced to the Super Sticky version of this useful tool.

Ruler, and knitting chart: The chart is several enlarged photocopies cut and pasted together, for speedy, easy reference while knitting. We recognize this as a traditional Fair Isle stitch pattern, copied undoubtedly from a reference such as The Complete Book of Traditional Fair Isle Knitting. The ruler is underlining the first row of the chart, a further indication that the colorwork is just about to begin.

Knitting: A modest circle of Jamieson's Shetland wool, knitted in a 1x1 rib.

Mug: We can assume that, for this knitter, the act of knitting and the drinking of coffee go hand-in-hand, as it were. This mug depicts a breed of dog, the Border Collie, so named because they are a breed originating from the border between Scotland and England, and are often used for herding sheep. A handmade mug such as this one was no doubt carefully chosen by the knitter in response to some especial fondness for a border collie in her own life.

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Upcoming events this week:

Monday, April 3 - Feral Knitters
Tuesday, April 4 - Allegra's birthday
Friday, April 7 through Monday, April 10 - I'll be in Seattle, attending workshops on Couture Knitting taught by Catherine Lowe
Saturday, April 8 - Abby's wedding

Posted by Karen at April 3, 2006 08:34 AM
Comments

Excellent interpretation of that very difficult photgraph ... A+!

Posted by: DD#1 at April 3, 2006 11:08 AM

DD#1 is such a smarty pants. :-)

Posted by: Jewel at April 3, 2006 12:49 PM

I felt flattered that DD#1 was actually reading my blog.

Posted by: Karen at April 3, 2006 10:24 PM

I love the still life! How fun. Sorry I didn't see you more at the wedding! Let's get together and KNIT soon, now that the pressure is off.

Love,
Abby

Posted by: Abby Wendt at April 10, 2006 12:21 PM