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Something new

Even though I haven’t made much progress on the Citron shawl, I decided to start something new.

I’ve never completed a wearable sweater, so I’ve decided to start one in the hopes of being able to wear it come fall. Unlike previous attempts, it’s not very fitted, so it won’t matter if it comes out larger than intended (cough previous attempts cough). The pattern is Zora from Knitty.

The back, working upwards.

One thing I like about this pattern is that it uses sock yarn (for the non-yarnies, that’s fairly thin but not as thin as lace). Since I’ve knit many pairs of socks, I can gauge the progress I’m making in terms of that. The pattern is equivalent to slightly more than 4 pairs of socks, and I will have finished with the first sock-equivalent when I finish the ball of yarn pictured above.

Today Eli and I had a brainstorming session. We are going to attempt to build a spinning wheel out of PURE AWESOME and maybe some PVC and shit. So far we’ve got some highly technical plans and the capacity to order small parts off of Amazon with free shipping. So we’re pretty much golden.

HIGHLY technical.

Here’s a cool thing I read about today via the Mental Floss blog: Fayum mummy portraits.

These portraits, besides being beautiful in their own right, are interesting for a number of reasons. The portraits, generally painted on wood, were buried with the mummy of the person they depicted. The portraits date back to the first century BCE to the third century CE, though they look like they could have been painted yesterday.

The portraits were painted during the Roman period in Egypt. Yet, unlike the stylized head-in-profile images associated with earlier Egyptian tombs, these portraits are extremely realistic and lifelike. It is thought that much of Roman portraiture was similar, but the Fayum portraits are some of the only surviving paintings from the period due to the dry conditions of the Egyptian desert.

Check out the link above to read more and see more of the portraits.