Monthly Archives: February 2009

The weaving nomad…

I proudly present the “Urban Aran Cardigan” that I made for my husband… This project took me about 20 days to complete…
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Urban Aran Cardigan by Jared Flood
Original Pattern: Patons Street Smart“Urban Aran Pullover”
“modifications used are on Jared Floods website”
Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Chunky
Color: Mocha Heather, 18 skeins
Needles: 10.5 US for body, 10 US for ribbing, 9US for collar
Size:Large (female large in pattern, 2″ longer arms and 1.5″ longer body)

 

This is the 1st time I put in a zipper for a knit project… It was easier than I thought, but I am glad that I made the research on the Internet beforehand.

I was also a bit nervous for the collar. Even Jared had problems with the color, so I knew I had to start decreasing stitches for the collar somewhere that made sense… I didn’t even really like the way the collar looks on the pattern itself… So I really tried come up with how Jared made his from the pictures and I think I was able to knit a good representation.
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I am very happy that my husband actually wears this. He is not a big fan of wool, most of them scratch him… This yarn is soft, and doesn’t rub him the wrong way I guess…

Last but not the least, here’s the afghan I made him as well… It’s about 5.5 foot in length and 4 foot wide… This is a crochet pattern from an old book that I checked out at the local library.
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I am really in a knitting frenzy these days. It might be due to a few things… Here are my theories:

i) the knitting season is approaching it’s end for me… for the past 15-16 years I really didn’t knit anything during the summer… I might knit a few things during spring, but I am not a summer knitter…
ii) I have been getting lots of compliments on my knitting… so “positive reinforcement”, or Pavlov’s dog syndrome might be the very reason…
iii) the latest incidents have pushed my emotional state to it’s limit… there is really nothing more mind-occupying then following a pattern. This might also explain the projects that I am attempting now. I am knitting a lace shawl for my mother-in-low… and Koolhaas hat for my brother-in-law. The hat might look simple, but there so many mini cable stitches hiding in this pattern that it takes a lot of work to make this hat… I also have 2 cardigans in queue for the kids, and I need to turn a sweater that I made for my brother in law 6 years ago into a cardigan… So much to knit, so little time… and when I am occupied I don’t think about other stuff…
iv) it might all be written in my genes… My father says my grandma’s side was “yoruk”. Actually after he has seen some of my knitted work, he said I was very much like his mother. She would see a sweater on someone and could come up with the pattern. I am not that good, but I think I am close. I mostly knit without patterns if I cannot find one. Yoruk women are known for their yogurt making abilities 🙂 and their weaving techniques… the most beautiful kilims that are in my parents’ house came from yoruk families that still live in Toros mountains… Unfortunately, with modernization, most of them have been forced to settle and stop traveling… a few families still keep insisting on living the way they lived for centuries though.

Coming back to my yoruk roots… here’s a link that explains who they are. I would like to direct your attention to where it says “….A people passionately devoted to their freedom, the Yörük are like birds of passage. Until the early 19th century thousands of Yörük nomads lived in the Ottoman territories of the Balkans and throughout western, southern and southeastern Anatolia. They spent the summer on the high pastures, autumn at lower altitudes, and the winter months in sheltered encampments with their flocks and herds.”
That part of my being also came out under pressure I think. We are leaving to go back to Turkey by the middle of March. We are planning to go to my husband’s hometown for a few months, then to my hometown for a few months, then maybe to Antalya for a few months… We are planning to come back to the US in November… I just think that we will be happy like that. Both my husband and I love living here and there… we kind of find something that we like about everywhere we go… his grandpa also had “yoruk” ancestors… I guess we are a good match in that sense. I think I am worse than he is though, I really cannot stand to stay or live in the same place for too long.

Life goes on in our house, with lots of… maybe too much knitting…

Until next time,

Hugs… g.

Dali and socks…

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Here are the socks I made for my best friend… She has always been the one behind me, supporting me, kind of like “the wind under my wings” since we met when we were 11…

Red lips and exposed breasts in the background. Freud would love this picture...

Red lips and exposed breasts in the background. Freud would love this picture...

My Mom asked my friend to take me to the Dali exhibit when I visited her back in November. We visited the Picasso Exhibit in the same museum with my Mom a few years back and had a great time. I guess she knew how much I wanted to go. So after she passed away my friend told me my mother’s wish and on my 2nd day in Istanbul, while I had so much stuff to take care of instead we went to the Sabanci Museum to see the Dali Exhibit. It was a rainy day… a very very rainy day… we first ate at the museum restaurant Muzechanga-which is a bit pricey but nevertheless has impressive food- and we only had 2 hours to see the exhibit before closing. They brought so many pieces and we kind of walked through everything really fast. In the bottom floor, there were illustrations of some of his later work, and the red “lipstick sofa” was the perfect spot for a photo opportunity. It was taken using a cell phone by a security guard and no flash… this photo reminds me so much about my love for my friend, my love for my mother, my feelings of her loss and pushing to move forward in life… I guess this kind of explains “the wing beneath my wings”… sometimes we just need a good friend to pick us up, and take us through life… I am so lucky to have her…

So fittingly… The first ever socks I made goes to her… I started them on the plane. -who needs “personal video device” when you have sock knitting project with you?-. I am not sure if she can wear them since I never made one for myself, but I still wanted her to have them. They came out pretty good I think. The yarn is Koigu Premium Merino #821. I used 1.5 skeins. It was very easy to knit with and it’s a very high quality yarn. You can find the pattern for free here.

Dali would have liked the color of the socks I think…

back up has arrived…

Grandma is here… E’s Mom arrived yesterday and the kids are just happy, happy, happy… There is one more person that is happier.. and that would be me… After I had my kids, it made more sense why for generations families lived in the same house with their elderly… Grandparents are just so wonderful and crucial to help raise the kids. They are just built-in support systems…

Here’s a wonderful nanny ad that would describe the work of a dedicated grandparent:

“Educated, young family looking for a nanny for 22 month old twins. The right person should be willing to work from 7am-8pm… There is no guarantee that the work at hand will be done by 8pm. There is a possible 2 hour break from 12-2pm where you can go to the bathroom, eat and smoke a cigarette, or have coffee. However during that break you need to clean up the toys and clutter, do the dishes and laundry.
During the day you are required to be on foot at most times… you have to serve and plan 3 meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner.. and your customers will be picky and whiny…You also need to change diapers at least 12 times a day… the right person needs to be creative in play, has to know children’s songs and be willing to sing the same song more than 5 times… last but not the least, there is no monetary payment. Your payments will be paid in terms of slobber, dirt and food on your clothes.. once in a while hugs and kisses will be given at the toddlers’ wish… The family is desperate need of help and looking for the right person”…

So if there are any women/mothers out there reading… become good friends with your mother in law and your mother… you will need help… they are willing to do the job, if you are willing to cooperate… even the best nannies cannot be there for you all the time, and most of the time they are not as willing as the grandparents to do the job… grandparents just jump on all opportunities to interact with a baby, a toddler, a teenager… as long as the child shows them a little bit of attention…

I feel like, this is one of those times that a child needs their parents again… I didn’t feel like I was dependent on my parents since I went to college, until I gave birth… and for weeks… just today, I took a much needed morning nap while grandma played in the background with the kids.. it’s so funny, my kids have not been around their grandparents that much.. but they ask for them each day.. and when they see their grandparents they have hugs, kisses and lots of things to share… they know and feel that they are loved… my kids are good with their babysitters, but they still come to me and ask for my attention when we have sitters. When there are grandparents around though kids could care less if I am giving them any attention or not…

So back up has arrived… we are so happy and we all love E’s Mom. She brings much joy and energy to our house each time she comes to visit us.

For those of you wondering about E’s health… We went to E’s doctor yesterday and his arm is healing well. He is back at his old self… At one point, he was so pale and he had so much bruising on his body that I got very very worried… but this week he is a different man. As his usual self, he rejects all forms of help and tries to do everything with one hand. He has even been playing his video games for the past 2 nights… He also attempted to get into the shower (tub shower that is) by himself and got burnt a bit my me… I don’t need a man with a broken arm and a cracked skull…

As far as knitting and cooking goes… I have 4 knitting projects that I need to post… The more stress I have, the more productive I am in my knitting… I have 2 afghans, a pair of socks and a cardigan that I will be posting. My photographer has a broken arm and cannot take photos with a left hand??? The back up photographer has been helping me as the right arm of the 1st photographer so he couldn’t take pictures either… I am hoping this week, we will get things going on this blog as well…

As for cooking… I have been doing lots of it this week. Makes me feel so normal again… Just need to make time to take photos…

Until next time,

g.