A couple of weeks ago, I was in the mood to try something new for dessert. I usually don’t eat dessert after dinner, but rules are made to be broken. I found a fourteen year-old Sunset Magazine recipe that tantalized my taste buds…chocolate shortcakes, fresh raspberries sitting on top of creme fraice mixed with heavy whipping cream, and drizzled with raspberry sauce.
With a dessert this scrumptious, I decided to go all out for dinner.
Six slices of prosciutto placed side-by-side topped with six fresh sage leaves,
wrapped around a pork tenderloin roast. Baked at 450 degrees until meat thermometer reached an internal reading of 150 degrees.
The roast was served with potatoes baked in coarse salt placed alongside broccoli.
Today, I dusted off the box of my Lk150 Kntting Machine and went to class. The class was an introductory class with guest designer and instructor, Mike Horwath of http://www.onehookproductions.com at Purlescence Yarns in Sunnyvale, CA.
An introduction to the machine parts and purpose familiarized us with the set-up of the machine. Immediately, the machine was threaded beginning with a cast on edge. The test swatch included stockinette stitch, increasing, decreasing, performing purl stitches, unknitting, fixing dropped stitches, and binding off.
Switching from knitting needles to using tools was a bit of a challenge for me. I wanted to manipulate the yarn with my hands, instead of using the transfer tools and tappet tool.
By the end of class, I started to get a bit more comfortable working with a machine versus the relationship between knitting needles, the sensory touch of yarn and my own personal rhythm with the needles and yarn.
Sometimes, the best adventures are those not planned. On the spur of the moment, my husband and I decided to take a day trip to Point Reyes National Seashore.
The main attraction for the day was the Point Reyes Lighthouse.
After evaluating the path down to the lighthouse, my husband decided to wait for me at the top. So, I began the journey step by step. Along the way, I captured beautiful photographs. Here’s one of them.
I successfully reached the lighthouse, and began the journey back to the top. On my way up to the top, I noticed each step was numbered. There are 308 steps down and 308 up.
It was sheer determination that motivated me to walk down to the lighthouse. For the last five years, I’ve realized how determined I am. Specifically when it comes to learning something new with challenges. Take for instance, I attempted to knit a pattern with short rows twice. I’ve decided to try the pattern again. Perhaps the third time’s the charm.
Silke designed by Julie Weisenberger of Coco Knits “is a drapey, flattering tunic with front points that hang down lower than the back” in a slip stitch pattern. With this attempt, I decided to knit and block the swatch due to the linen content in the yarn.
The damp swatch was pinned vertically to test the effects of gravity on the gauge. This makes sense to me because the garment hangs vertically when worn.
I’ve cast on 226 stitches using a Size 7 needle in Schoppel Leinen Los 70% wool, 30% linen, Col. 7653M. The tunic/cardigan is knitted from the bottom up in one piece.
I need to work straight until piece measures 9″ from the CO edge, and then the cardigan fronts are worked independently. I am determined to knit this pattern step by step.
This week, I had the opportunity to attend an event sponsored by the Silicon Valley Chapter of IEEE Photonics Society. The event entitled, Computer Vision In The Study OfArt: New Rigorous Approaches To The Study of Paintings and Drawings, presented by Dr. David G.Stork, Rambus Fellow.
The two-hour presentation by Dr. Stork basically examined the recent controversies in the study of art, especially David Hockney’s assertion that 15th-century painters achieved a new level of realism with the help of lenses and mirrors. Works by Caravaggio, Vincent van Gogh and Mondrian were discussed, but the focus of this post concerns Jan van Eyck’s, Giovanni Arnolfini and His Wife.
An excerpt from an article written by Sarah Boxer for the New York Times, December 1, 2001, mentions,
David Stork, an associate professor of computer science at Stanford University, considered the little convex mirror in van Eyck’s Arnolfini wedding picture, the mirror that, Mr. Hockney suggests, van Eyck could have flipped over and used as an optical device. First off, Mr. Stork said, a mirror of that size would never have worked. To get a lens that would ”hold Arnolfini, his wife and dog,” he would have needed a huge mirror, sliced from a sphere seven feet in diameter.
And that is just the beginning of the trouble. If van Eyck had used the lens in a camera obscura, he would have had to paint upside-down, Mr. Stork said. Then there is the lighting problem: the projected image in a camera obscura would have been too dim. ”To mimic the conditions indoors on a gray day in Bruges,” he said, would require hundreds of candles, and then, even if the artist were to survive the fire hazard, ”the color looks wrong.”
I am in awe of the technological talent needed to develop computer methods which reveal a different side of a painting or drawing. The art historian and viewer can begin to see below the surface of a painting/drawing. Given the current analysis, Jan van Eyck did not use optical devices. Stork further explains, “A constellation of reasons lead to the increase of realism in Renaissance painting round 1425 – some technical, some cultural and there may even be an optical reason.”
Happy Sunday! Hope your day is going to be filled with fiber goodness! Yesterday, I was chatting with a couple knitters about the history of knitting. I suggested this video from Makeful, thinking it would be easy to find. Somehow though, searching youtube for ‘secret history of knitting’ didn’t return this?? I had to scroll […]
Recently, I took the plunge and purchased a new Baby Lock Ovation serger. The Baby Lock Ovation has an exclusive “Thread Delivery System” which eliminates the daunting task of manually threading the upper and lower loopers and eliminates the inconvenience of tension adjustments.
For the last thirty plus years, I’ve been using a Bernette for Bernina Funlock. Over the years, I’ve grown quite attached to my first serger because together we have enjoyed the pleasure of constructing Halloween and dance recital costumes along with child and adult clothes. But, I’ve decided it’s time to charge ahead, in order to create and construct new garments using current technology.
At first, I was intimidated by the size of the Ovation. I removed it from the box, sat it on the dining room table and just stared at it. “What was I thinking?” I decided to take a Sewing With Knits class at Eddie’s Quilting Bee with Sally-Ann Flak.
Using a Nicole Miller graphic print fabric, I constructed the complete top with my Baby Lock Ovation serger. The fit is amazing and the fabric is beautiful.