Archive for the ‘Latin’ Category

I apologize profusely for my absence, both to you, faithful and possibly imaginary readers, and to myself, since really you are always the one who loses when you don’t meet your own goals. In my defense, it has been an absence full of classics, hard work, and even some sleep, so it’s not like I wasn’t accomplishing anything. However, the same forces that have kept me from blogging have also kept me from knitting as much as I would like.

I have finally managed to finish up my Opus Spicatum, though I have not as yet managed to take any very good pictures of it.  Here is a photograph that I took before I left for spring break; notice the poor lighting and odd angle from which it was taken.

Opus Spicatum, photographed quickly and at an odd angle.

As of yet, I have not managed to take it outside to take better photos (of it, or my new haircut. I have quite short hair now!) It was a lovely little project and I would highly recommend the pattern; it’s well written, easy to follow, and generally quite simple. It isn’t a particularly slouchy beret- this is good for me, because I’m actually really not a fan of slouchy hats in particular, but if you are you might want to take this into account when you are knitting it and use a slightly larger needle size for the body.

Since the end of that project, I have had several other projects going. The first was a Selbu Modern that I made for my friend Claire over break- this was also a fun knit, but since I didn’t take my camera on break with me I have no pictures of it and so cannot show you the finished results. Claire assures me that pictures are on the way. The second project has been a massive scrap blanket.


A closeup of the blanket- it is going to require some serious blocking.

I have taken all of my wool or wool blend worsted scraps, placed them in a box, and started knitting squares. The squares are all roughly six by six inches, and I intend to keep knitting until I have run out of scraps, or possibly patience, whichever one comes first.

And that is all for now!


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In an attempt to accomplish goal #3 (that is, the diminution of my stash) I have been working on some small colorwork projects that require small amounts of several different yarns. This is good for my knitting soul. Conveniently, these projects have all had Latin names. This is good for my classicist soul. Today, everybody wins!

Quo Vadis? Mittens, finished.

The first project was a pair of Quo Vadis mittens, made for my lovely housemate Jess. I liked this project mainly because it was very quick, fairly amusing, and used up lots of random bits of yarn that I had forgotten that I had. Actually, it was a lot of fun to remember which projects different colors came from- the cream came from a hat for my brother, the teal from a pair of gloves for my sister, the various colors of Wool of the Andes from many pairs of French Press Slippers, the light yellow from a skein of Lamb’s Pride that just won’t end…

Though I’m not entirely sure where the name Quo Vadis came from, in this context, it did make me think of the movie Quo Vadis, which is one of those movies that as a classics major you get roped into watching at least a couple times, much like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum or Ben Hur.  (Though I love A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and have never actually seen Ben Hur.)  I’ve watched Quo Vadis about three times now, and that is enough for one lifetime.

Project number two is not quite finished, but in an effort to take more knitting photos I do have a shot of it in progress.

Opus Spicatum, in progress.

This is the first half of anOpus Spicatum beret, which I first queued 2 years ago and have never gotten around to knitting.  It’s knit with wool of the Andes in fedora and some more of the skein of light yellow Lamb’s Pride that really apparently is never-ending.

Opus spicatum, if you are wondering, is a kind of masonry construction technique where bricks (or rocks or what have you) are laid in a herringbone pattern.  It’s often used for pavement.

Now, the funny thing is that, despite the fact that I have over 3,000 pictures from my time abroad in Rome, I can’t find any pictures of actual ancient opus spicatum. What I found, after extensive searching, was this photograph:

Opus spicatum on the stairs!

This is a picture from a museum (I suspect the archaeological museum in Tarquinia) and if you look on the stairs you can see some of the herringbone pattern that is opus spicatum.

There are many days when my classics life and my knitting life do not overlap, but sometimes they do and on these days I am happy.

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