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Log Cabin-ing July 8, 2010

Eleven Logs later…


If someone had told me how much fun this is awhile back, I never would’ve believed them!

This knit is almost better than a puppy; it’s easy, it’s amusing and you don’t have to housebreak it outside! Which lately, is a great thing — it’s either pouring or steaming.

It’s quite fun to be able to unwind with a simple project (and a little TV).

Currently am on a DEADWOOD bender — lots of dvd’s from ye olde Netflix. And, our local station played “Wild Bill” last night for their evening movie. Although my hero, Roger Ebert, gave it a lukewarm review, in light of my fascination with the series, it was a great edition of the last chapter of W. Bill’s life in the fast lane circa 1876, in Deadwood, gunned down, shot in the back holding the now famous Dead Man’s Hand of Aces & Eights. He was only 39 years old.

I love looking at pictures from our American West, a time in our history that was sophisticated or almost primeval, depending on your location. On the East Coast, high culture ruled; in the Wild West, anything goes. Check out this book called Prisoners (by Arne Svenson: “A collection of portraits of 70 turn of the century prisoners that were discovered in a small California town. Each photograph is accompanied by an account of the accused taken from the local newspaper reports, with details of their crimes ranging from the petty theft of a pair of shoes to cold blooded murder.” (Svenson might be most known for a fabulous book on Sock Monkey portraits he shot, which is equally dramatic.)

More Mugshot History: this historical site called “Hidden from View” gives an intricate look at early crime recording and urban city business in last quarter 19th century New Orleans.

This bathmat I’m knitting has a really basic, homespun kind of goodness it. I think it would’ve played well in 1888 or bump it up to 2010! The gorgeous texture of the garter stitch, with its valleys of light and dark make a simple but really pleasant design that transcends the timeline.

I’m trying to make my Absorba Jr. as big as an old rag rug that I have — am using that as the template.


I have 8 Logs to Go… ;p

PROJECT: Absorba Jr. (from Mason-Dixon 1)
YARN: Aunt Lydia’s DENIM (triple-stranded)
NEEDLES: Size 11
COLOR: 1021 Linen

13 responses to “Log Cabin-ing July 8, 2010”

  1. Rose says:

    Looking good! I can’t knit too long on that size needle and cotton without my hands hurting, but I love that project!! The weather has been tough here too, high 90’s, no rain. Ugh. Thank goodness for AC and lace knitting!

  2. Love this! Be sure to show it again when you’ve completed the project!

  3. caroline says:

    Looks like fun. What yarn is that?

  4. Debi says:

    If you like westerns check out BAD GIRLS, I think it was a late 80’s early 90’s flick, I personally dont care for them, but this one was great.

  5. Barbara says:

    I loved the Deadwood series! Wish it hadn’t ended as it did, it was almost as if they expected to do another season. I heard murmurings that a movies was in the works that would put finality to the series but nothing came of it.

  6. Sandra Milton says:

    Hi, Bonne Marie….your bathmat looks fashionably great, very expensive and of very good quality. I have always LOVED western movies from my childhood days, even though I come from Oz……have been caught up in the old David Carradine Kung-Foo type westerns of late which were lent to me, due to being laid-up from a bad accident….they contain so many great words of wisdom and lessons for life. Am living impatiently for sight of your new Fall designs also! Best regards.

  7. Jennifer says:

    I love the way this looks! Count me as another fan of Deadwood. It was wonderful – Barbara it’s my understanding that they did plan at least one more season and it got cancelled, which explains the suddeness.

  8. Kathy says:

    Looks like it would be a fun knit. Those are the best kind in my opinion. That yarn is a great, durable dependable staple, but I got rid of all of mine. Darn! Keep us up to date with photos and such. I like that you are using smaller needles, at least I think you are, to get a tighter fabric. I like to knit my cotton dishcloths in a tighter fabric also, as I think they hold up better.

  9. Bonne Marie says:

    I am using smaller needles — the yarn is skinnier than the one used in the original Absorba (my other post explains the journey to there!! Lot’s of frogging.)

    I wish they hadn’t canceled Deadwood either — it seems like one of those tales that could’ve gone on and on. Who knows why the Execs make the decisions they do. I really liked ROME: the First Season but then they diluted it the second season, then they canceled it. It probably is hard to build an audience then have to retreat — big bucks too on those Period Piece Dramas. (Then the rumors (wishful fan-thinking methinks) start about “the Movie”. Heh.

    My one friend made fun of me for liking DWd though, because she said it had enough swearing per minute of dialogue to be a D. Mamet play instead of 1876. ;p

  10. Sarah says:

    So glad you are loving Deadwood. I always say that the last episode of the first season was the most satisfying hour of TV I’ve ever watched. Loved it! If you are crushing on Seth Bullock/Timothy Olyphant you might want to check out Damages, which is also awesome. He doesn’t show up until season 2 but it’s oh so worth it!

    Loving the log cabin too- I’ve been intrigued but am now inspired!

  11. ivyleaves says:

    Timothy Olyphant is way better in his new series on FX – Justified. Don’t miss it.

  12. ivyleaves says:

    If you run over to you can catch the last 2 episodes of the first season.

  13. Tracey says:

    Looking good!

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