In conclusion, I’m so glad we didn’t talk about hypotenuses today.

Today I intended to bore you to death.

Today I intended to share with you my progress on the Half-Square in Trinity Stitch. I wanted to show you this wonderful stitch pattern – textured and three-dimensional when freshly knit, but resembling a matrix of round spider webs when blocked. I wanted to share with you the interesting way in which this shawl is constructed – there would be diagrams, talk of right angles and hypotenuses, mention of a garter stitch edge and why I feel it’s imperative to nix it in this project…

In other words, today I intended to bore you to death.

But it’s Friday, and I got to go home early – maybe you did, too? – and it’s sunny, and my mind is abuzz with all kinds of random tidbits I’ve been meaning to share, and writing the word “hypotenuse” on a day like today should be a crime against humanity. Besides, I’ve got many more rows of Trinity Stitch to knit, so there will be many more opportunities to return to this topic.

So, I declare today Random Friday with a pinch of Eye Candy. Let’s see if you find anything I write today even a tiny bit interesting ;).


Thank you deeply for all you compliments on the Drifting Pleats scarf. It was extremely flattering to receive a note from Melanie Falick herself about it (and, wow! I may have been tempted to pee in my pants from the excitement). This kind of personal connection is very cool.

Melanie brought to my attention the Knitting New Scarves KAL, which I joined immediately, as well as the KNS scarf gallery on her blog. If you weren’t satisfied with the handful of photos I shared in my book review, you can see all 27 in the scarf gallery! It’s also nice to have the whole bunch side-by-side when selecting a project in addition to being able to flip back and forth in the book.

The book’s author, Lynne Barr, will be at the KnitWit Yarn Shop and Café tomorrow (details here), and if I happened to be anywhere near Portland, ME, I’d be there in a second! I’ve been in Portland only once in my life, but I made sure to stop by this shop, which was warm and lovely. So, I say, you go on my behalf (if you can), then tell me all about it ;).


In the Eye Candy Friday portion of today’s program, I’d like to share with you the following “before and after”…


…and praise the powers of the Photoshop Gods. It’s wonderful to receive compliments about my photos – thank you. I think it’s so interesting to differentiate between a good photo and a better photo as a result of extensive processing. As you know, I’m a self-taught photo-taker (the term “photographer” does not yet apply, I’m certain), and a self-taught Photoshop junkie. I futz around, keep only a fraction of the photos I take, and use the Photoshop “Step Backward” function almost exclusively. I’m honored that my photos combined with my post-processing are now warranting compliments. Truly honored.


I was a little hesitant when Knitting Contessa Tina asked me for a Holiday interview for her blog. Okay, more than “a little” hesitant. Perhaps “highly resistant” is more like it.

“Holidays” are a strange time for me – coming from a mixed and largely-forgotten religious background, being raised in a Soviet Godless regime, hating the craziness of Department Stores this time of year… But it’s not strange to pause and think about our lives and our gifts, both given and received, at any ol’ time during the year. So, I agreed, and my thoughts will be featured on Tina’s blog coming up soon.

Now that Tina has made an official post about her Knitting Contrisstmas I realize that all she had to do to get an enthusiastic “Yes, I’ll do it!” out of me is tell me the other participants. Because, come on, look at the other gals being interviewed!!! I’m so flattered to be included!


Speaking of Christmas-y things, I find my burning desire to knit these absolutely ridiculous:

Judy’s Colors Christmas Stockings | St. Nick & Red Velvet | for sale… almost everywhere

Why do I want to make these? What is wrong with me? Faith and hope and love are one thing, but Christmas stockings are absolutely nonexistent in my culture and traditions. WTF? I’m going to justify this crazy obsession by waiting until after Christmas to get the kits. Whey they’re on sale, of course! They’ll be on sale, right???


In conclusion, I’m so glad we didn’t talk about hypotenuses today.


33 thoughts on “In conclusion, I’m so glad we didn’t talk about hypotenuses today.

  1. naomi

    One of my favorite things about how much time I spend playing with Photoshop for fun is when I get to use things I’ve learned on science images.

  2. Christy

    good to see I’m not the only one with a bizarre desire to knit those stockings!

    and I agree – you gotta love what Photoshop can do for you!

  3. Bertha

    Ooh! I love that stocking on the right! Maybe I’ll make stockings for my husband and I next year…that one on the right is so me!

  4. Erin

    Oooh, those pictures are just about pushing me over the edge to saying I’ll knit all three of us new stockings this year. Why the baby can’t have a non-matching stocking I don’t know!

  5. Stella

    It’s been so fun to watch your photos improve over time. Lately they’re just gorgeous. I’ve been getting a bit better at photo-taking, but am still a surgeon with a meat-cleaver when it comes to photoshop. But that before and after may just inspire me to spend some more time futzing. 🙂

  6. Anna

    Photoshop is really worth the money, time, and effort when it comes right down to it. Not the ability to do collages or anything like that, but color correction. Though I do recommend that you keep a master copy of the photograph in case something goes horribly, horribly wrong. 😉

  7. Bella

    I liked the scarf photo to begin with, but now that we have a before and after, I feel that your work warrants all the more oohing and ahhing.

    As for the hypotenuses… was I the only person whose ears perked up? Bah, I’m such a nerd.

  8. Annita

    Your boring log got me from the beginning to the end. I love those christmas stockings, beause of teh colorscheme. Why not make your own socks from a pattern like that.

  9. maryse

    i’m a little disappointed — i was looking forward to reading about the hypotenuse. i love geometry.

    anyway, i’ve been eyeing those stockings and may very well have to knit them at some point.

  10. danielle

    Have you tried Adobe’s Lightroom yet? I haven’t mastered the photoshop learning curve, but Lightroom is specifically for handling and managing photos and might make you even happier than PS. 🙂 I was able to make things work far more quickly than I ever have been able to with PS….

    Love the stockings. I need to make one for my husband sometime….

  11. Beadknitter

    The only excuse you need to knit those stockings is the desire to do so. I’ve knit lots of stuff just for the fun of it. I made a beaded knit evening purse a few years ago, and have absolutely no place to ‘wear’ it in my lifestyle. So I hung it up on the wall, along with the ribbons it won at the fair. Looks really nice there. 🙂 After all, it’s art.

  12. Susan

    Since Christmas stockings aren’t a part of your tradition or culture, maybe order the kits and convert the patterning into a scarf or two or few? Or smaller socks for wearing. Or bears or stuffed animals. That way, you get all the practicality and functionality and you can enjoy the pleasure of knitting with a purpose…. Unless of course, you’re thrilled with having the stockings just the way they are. I just figured it might be a nice way to enjoy the colors, the patterning, and get some cool scarves (or whatever) out of it at the same time.

  13. Jocelyn

    I’m with you about those stockings — they’re wonderful! I’d say that you could call them process knitting, instead of holiday knitting, and get to buy the kits as soon as they’re on sale 🙂

  14. Teresa C

    I’d love to be able to figure out what you do to photos. I am so frustrated with mine.

    And stockings that beautiful would be reason enough to somehow fit them into new traditions, do you think?

  15. Amy S.

    No harm in knitting a stocking for someone else as a gift for their holiday–even if it’s not your holiday.

    My niece, who celebrates Christmas, is getting the Composed Mitts from Interweave as a (requested) present from me, and I took a great and unexpected pleasure in how surprisingly Christmassy they looked as I knitted them up, though I don’t celebrate Christmas myself. (I’d never have knitted them for myself either.)

  16. Christine

    If you love Photoshop, try Lightroom. Oh goodness, it makes me swoon. I loooooooove it. I rarely use Photoshop unless I need to run a specific action these days, I love it so much!

  17. bwilliams


    I have been pleausrably lurking about your site for a couple of weeks and felt guilty about not posting sooner. Today was a good opportunity, since the entry re the trinity stitch struck a familiar cord. Saturday in the midst of Christmas shopping I forced my better (truly) half I needed to duck into a yarn shop. My purchases included a couple of balls of Rowan Kidsilk Night in the gold colorway. Yesterday I used a picot caston to begin a rectangular prayer shawl using trinity stitch. This will be a gift for my beautiful auburn haired sister-in-law who has not had a great time of late. Trinity is such a nice stitch with such significance: you/me/us, mind/body/soul, yesterday/today/tomorrow, Father/Son/Spirit.

  18. J Strizzy

    I’ve been feeling the same way about the fair isle stocking in this year’s IK holiday issue. I have absolutely no use for a Christmas stocking, nor really even anyone to give it to as a gift, but it’s so pretty I just really want to knit it anyway.

  19. Seanna Lea

    Ah, but if you are like me you want to knit the stockings because they are hugely oversized and kind of crazy looking. A good mix of form (I hesitate to include function) and silliness in a time when people sometimes get too stressed and serious.

  20. Leslie

    Actually, plane geometry was the only math class I ever enjoyed and still look back upon with pleasure. I will admit to a certain pleasure when working some stitch patterns because of the geometry… We all have our weaknesses 🙂

    And yes, I may get a kit – on sale – December 22nd or so! Never buy full price!

  21. Brenda

    I’ve been watching your progress on drifting pleats, but neglected to comment last week because I’ve been so busy that I’ve been doing drive-by blog reading. But I really wanted to touch your scarf, feel the texture, examine the construction. Last Saturday I was in a yarn shop in Portland, ME, and there was a table full of women knitting scarves, every one of them had very interesting construction, and drifting pleats was there! Well, wasn’t it a workshop by the author. We spoke at length about her construction techniques and I got to fondle about 8 of the scarves from her book – the same ones that are in the photos in the book! Of course, I bought a signed copy and will be ready to cast on for at least one of them after my holiday knitting is complete. So thanks for the inspiration!

  22. Beth S.

    I want that orange-and-green stocking. It looks like someone cut up an Oleana sweater to make it. Fantastic colors!

    Thank you for the links to the scarf gallery–I have been trawling Ravelry for pictures of projects from that book, but they are a bit thin on the ground just yet.

  23. Heide

    Hey there, you’re an American now. That means you can pick and choose from the ecclectic traditions of everybody and make them your own. I say knit the stockings! I was excited when I read you were coming to Portland but then I reread that and discovered it was Portland, Maine and not Oregon. Drat!

  24. Megan s


    Your love for 3D scarves seems to be popping up everywhere. Lately, on the streets of Berkeley i’ve been noticing some scarves (not handmade, I believe, perhaps from Urban or wet seal) that have that third dimension. They look to be done in the round with bulky yarn and big needles, so that they look like one big braided or horseshoe cable. It’s neat, and I thought you’d like to know!

  25. Barbara

    I’ll have to watch for your interview. My husband also grew up in Soviet Russia, and I’m about to submit him to a full and busy family Christmas. He’s wonderfully patient, but I’m sure it will be very strange for him 🙂

  26. Kate

    Good one. Now I want them, too. I recognise the urge to knit them – it’s the same urge that’s telling me that it doesn’t matter that I live in Australia, that we don’t have a winter cold enough to warrant it, but that I absolutely must must must knit mittens.

    Knitters logic strikes again!

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