May 9th, 2009


Poem (not mine)

I get a Poem-a-day email every day from Today's caught my eye especially:

Poetry as Insurgent Art [I am signaling you through the flames]
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I am signaling you through the flames.

The North Pole is not where it used to be.

Manifest Destiny is no longer manifest.

Civilization self-destructs.

Nemesis is knocking at the door.

What are poets for, in such an age?
What is the use of poetry?

The state of the world calls out for poetry to save it.

If you would be a poet, create works capable of answering the challenge of apocalyptic times, even if this meaning sounds apocalyptic.

You are Whitman, you are Poe, you are Mark Twain, you are Emily Dickinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay, you are Neruda and Mayakovsky and Pasolini, you are an American or a non-American, you can conquer the conquerors with words....

Today's poem is from Poetry As Insurgent Art, published by New Directions. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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Knitted circle

I recently knitted a sleeve/cosy for my Camelbak out of 100% cotton 4-ply yarn so that it would catch any condensation that formed on the outside when I have ice inside and also help the ice to stay frozen for a little longer by insulating the single-walled plastic water-bottle.

ETA: Here is how I made the cylindrical part of the Camelbak sock:
2.5 mm circular needle (magic-loop used).
Top down, starting with a long-tail cast-on over two needles held together.
48 stitches, joined in the round (24 per needle).

Mistake Rib:
R1: * K2 P2 *
R2: P * K2 P2 * K2 P

I could not work out how to knit a circular bottom to the cylinder and even considered crocheting the base because I know how to crochet a circle. Instead I decided to try to work it out for myself and, after a failed attempt that was to tight too quickly (knitting from the edge into the centre) and then making a similar sleeve for hubby's sigg water-bottle, I finally worked out a pattern for the base that worked (on his first and then I fixed / re-knitted the base of mine).

Here is what I came up with, written out as a pattern:

Circular base of a 48 stitch cylinder.
Knitted in the round. In my case using magic-loop.

Row 1: K48
Row 2: K48
Row 3: * K6 K2tog *
Row 4: K42
Row 5: * K5 K2tog *
Row 6: K36
Row 7: * K4 K2tog *
Row 8: K30
Row 9: * K3 K2tog *
Row 10: K24
Row 11: * K2 K2tog *
Row 12: K18
Row 13: * K1 K2tog *
Row 14: K12
Row 15: * K2tog *
Row 16: K6
Row 17: * K2tog *

Break yarn and thread it through the remaining three stitches. Weave in ends.

This is the first knitting pattern that I have designed and written out. I am sure that it has been designed/defined before as a method but I could not find anything and so worked it out for myself!

Some photos in this post and more over at flickr (click through).