ABC-Along 2008 Schedule
Get your cameras ready!!! Eventually, I'll make a better button or two, but this will do for now. The background is hard to make out, especially at such a small size, but it's the ABC part of the "ABC Sweater" that I never finished... should do that soon for Addison. Influenced by recently viewed cinematic selections, and because it amuses me -- and maybe you -- I deliberately chose the typefaces: the A is Arial Black, the B is Brush Script, and the C is Clarendon; the "ABC-Along 2008" is, of course, Helvetica. Because it's everywhere and must be here.
I run a very loose whatever-along ship, so the "rules" are simple: It's a year-long group where participants post a photo to their blog and/or the ABC-Along 2008 Flickr Group every two weeks to correspond with a letter of the alphabet. Photos should reflect the personality of the photographer; the subject should be of importance or meaning to them; photos can be related to fiber, but it is not required. Post at least one photo in each 2-week period to match the corresponding letter of the alphabet. There are 52 weeks in a year and 26 letters of the alphabet, allowing two weeks per letter (Weeks 1&2=A, Weeks 2&3=B). Example: - "A" is for... Alaska, asparagus, alpaca, astronomy... Whatever you choose, it should have some meaning for you.
That's it! I've even figured out the posting schedule. ; )
The first “two week” period is actually almost three, which allows a little extra time for sign up. Invitation requests will be accepted on Flickr through January 19th. The Flickr group is public (can be seen by all), but membership is by invitation only. You can make me (Vicki Knitorious) one of your Flickr contacts and request an invitation, or send me an email (vknitorious @ gmail . com).
A = January 1 to 19
B = January 20 to February 2
C = February 3 to February 16
D = February 17 to March 1
E = March 2 to March 15
F = March 16 to March 29
G = March 30 to April 12
H = April 13 to April 26
I = April 27 to May 10
J = May 11 to May 24
K = May 25 to June 7
L = June 8 to June 21
M = June 22 to July 5
N = July 6 to July 19
O = July 20 to August 2
P = August 3 to August 16
Q = August 17 to August 30
R = August 31 to September 13
S = September 14 to September 27
T = September 28 to October 11
U = October 12 to August 25
V = October 26 to November 8
W = November 9 to November 22
X = November 23 to December 6
Y = December 7 to December 20
Z = December 21 to December 31/January 3, 2009
In other news, I've almost finished the back of Oblique! Here it is in morning snow. I knit the entire second skein, without incident, using the Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton method. I've got to tell you, there's something about pulling off a length of yarn from a hank draped over my knee/knees/lap without the yanking and pulling -- a gentle sweep of the hand, a little wiggle of the hank -- very elegant and soothing and, yes, refined -- as I suspected. The biggest drawback is that one has to pretty much sit still and like a lady. I can't just tuck my leg under or switch which leg is over which knee -- every movement has to be thought out and calculated. The ball of yarn is the untangled portion of the first hank -- the part I'd had to just cut off because it was so knotted up -- the one that taught me to be more mindful. ; )
Okay, asking for good thoughts for Maddy this afternoon as SHE'S INTERVIEWING FOR A NEW JOB. This would be Plum, in so many ways, drawing on skills and nurturing creativity. It would be a little bit before she'd start. (In the meantime, I think I've found a cleaning lady.) Thanking you in advance.
Katie will be heading back to Madison tomorrow, her nice vacation comes to an end when she reports on Friday for her first shift since Christmas Eve. It's really been fun having her here. Good thoughts for her, too, while I'm at it; all the good vibes needed to STICK IT OUT FOR ONE MORE YEAR. She gets all wishy-washy and, I swear, if she wasn't locked into a lease until August, she'd probably be moving home right now. She knows that the best thing is to finish what she's doing -- and she can do it. ONE MORE YEAR.
And, you know what, as long as I'm at it, let's think some good thoughts for Ali, too. She's been so quiet and even seems a little preoccupied the past several days. I keep asking her Is something wrong? Is everything okay? and she says No and Yes (respectively) but she's SO QUIET -- AND SHE KEEPS THINGS TO HERSELF (huh, wonder where she gets that trait) and, well, basically, I DON'T BELIEVE HER. But I'll have to wait 'til she's ready to share.
Good thoughts for all your girls - and you of course. Oblique looks great! You're speeding along! I finished both fronts but have yet to cast on for the arms. I want this sweater done NOW.
Good luck with ABC!
Posted by: Cara | 02 January 2008 at 11:27 AM
good thought are coming your way for all the girls!
ps. sweater is looking great!
Posted by: ann | 02 January 2008 at 11:28 AM
Thanks for the ABC schedule. You know how I like a good schedule.
Good thoughts for all your girls. I have worry enough with just one, I can't imagine having 3!
Posted by: Carole | 02 January 2008 at 11:29 AM
Thanks for "hosting" the ABC-along! I've already taken TWO 'A' pictures and have one more in mind, so I'm glad to see the phrase 'at least one' in the guidelines! And there happen to be 3 Fridays in the first two week period, so perhaps some Eye Candy Fridays are in order.
Good thoughts for all the girls (thinking hard to float them up by you).
Oblique is looking good.
I too have been knitting from the skein some lately -- and my friends keep asking me why. Mostly because I'm too lazy to wind it, or too impatient to get to the knitting part, I guess! And it's not good if for some reason you find yourself using the restroom a lot. But it works better than I would have thought, and easy enough to twist it up again when done.
Posted by: Cathy-Cate | 02 January 2008 at 11:57 AM
Many good thoughts for all three girls and a special one for the one who cares SO much for them!! Looking forward to ABCing!
Posted by: deb | 02 January 2008 at 01:32 PM
I am really looking forward to participating in the ABC-along! And your Oblique is looking fabulous! I am sending positing thoughts your way for you and your girls!
Posted by: nova | 02 January 2008 at 01:42 PM
ABC!We are going through the same thing here, in terms of the offspring. It's hard for them, Vicki. We just have to love them through it.
Posted by: Celia | 02 January 2008 at 03:05 PM
I love that Oblique, it looks like fun knitting.
My thoughts go out to you and the girls. I have one like Ali. Never know what is going on in her head, only that something always is. Makes it hard. Good luck.
Posted by: Teresa C | 02 January 2008 at 06:15 PM
I should practice that skein method for those times when I don't have access to my winding tools and NEED TO KNIT.
We had issues from the other end of the spectrum come up during our holiday trip - parental changes and plans. Here's hoping we can find solutions that make parents and siblings lives what they want them to be and that your girls get what they want out of what they get.
And I just realize that this morning I signed up for a pair of Cat Bordhi workshops that fall smack in the middle of B Period. During the last few days I'll be checking out some Bead Shows at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows.
Now, what to do for A?
Posted by: KarenJoSeattle | 02 January 2008 at 06:38 PM
Good thoughts for you and all your girls. Thanks for the ABC-along. I'm pondering my A right now...
Posted by: kmkat | 02 January 2008 at 08:14 PM
Good thoughts to you and your girls.
Posted by: Tonia | 03 January 2008 at 12:46 AM
looking forward to the ABC along - I enjoyed 2006 so much :-)
I to have been knitting from the skein, I don't know why, but when I saw the pics on the harlot's blog of that lady knitting with the skein draped over her shoulder a little light bulb came on.... and I thought, why not?
Posted by: Janine | 03 January 2008 at 03:35 AM
Good luck to you & all your girls in 2008! And thanks for the Brigaderios recipe. It's so simple and yummy.
Posted by: rachel | 03 January 2008 at 07:44 AM
Good karma to maddy, Katie and Ali-coming in threes huh? I'd love to join ABCalong! Please? Oblique seems to be the new Clapotis and yours is gorgeous!
Posted by: Carol | 03 January 2008 at 11:37 AM
Hi Vicki! I'd like to participate in the ABC-along, too............can you send me a Flickr invitation? Thanks!
Posted by: Rebecca | 06 January 2008 at 02:23 PM
Is there room for one more? I'd love to play ...
Posted by: Ruth | 11 January 2008 at 09:18 PM