Monday, August 22, 2005

Xtreme Knitting; and, a Blogging Plan

I've been thinking about all my blogs - you can read about them here, if you aren't aware of them already - and how best to manage them. I've come up with a plan that will help me to keep interesting material passing through most of my blogs on a very regular basis.

What that means for Folkcat's Fiber Crafts is this - I'll be posting every day from Monday through Friday, barring unforeseen events or trips. I'll give myself a break on weekends, though I may still post if something notable and beady happens.

I gain from this because it means I have to keep on top of my knitting and other fiber crafts, and not let the beadwork take over my life completely - which it could easily do, given the chance. It's good for me physically, too - I don't sit to do beadwork in the same place or way that I do for anything else. Forcing me to mix it up more means I'm less likely to get cramps and strained muscles from doing one thing for too long.

You gain from this because you can have a fair certainty that there will be something to read about here five days a week, even if it's not all gems. I'll do my best to keep you entertained and informed, I promise!

The other blogs that will be posted to daily are Life & Times of a Winged Cat, Confessions of a Chantraphile, and Folkcat's Craft Library. I hope you'll take the time to drop in on those entries when you're done here.

On to actual knitting content. Back in July, about the time I first began reading a large number of other knitters' blogs, I came across the Knitting Libran, Teri. She had heard recently about Extreme Ironing - people who take pictures of themselves, with irons and ironing boards and clothes, ironing in unusual places. And I mean unusual - for instance, underwater ironing in Madagascar.

Teri decided that there had to be knitters out here in the wild who are every bit as daring as those Extreme Ironers. So she issued a challenge to her readers - send in pictures of you knitting in a place no one has knit before.

Her e-mail promptly started receiving photos of a scuba diver knitting underwater; mountain climbers, pilots, and more, knitting on top of cliffs or in the cockpit of a 2-seater plane.

Well, I'm no mountain climber. Not a scuba diver. Definitely not a sky diver. I was starting to get discouraged until I saw pictures of people knitting with the waitresses at Hooters, or in the full Sunday garb of an Episcopalian priest. And that's when it dawned on me - Duh! you don't have to climb 10,000 feet to be an Extreme Knitter!

Yesterday, I enlisted Gryphon's help with this project. After all, I need someone to take the pictures while I do the Extreme Knitting. And we began with something that's actually a little more risky than I might have expected.

A little East of us, along Route 101 in Milford, there's an old automobile bridge that's no longer used for traffic. Gryphon, who's lived in NH 11 years longer than I have, calls it the "Savage Bridge". This used to be the only way that automobile traffic could get across the Souhegan River in this region.

As always, please click on the photos to see a larger, more detailed image.

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Barely Two Cars Wide
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And Plenty High

Now, the ends of the bridge are gated off and completely closed to automobile traffic. You can walk out on it, though. And that's what we decided to do.

At least, I did. And I climbed on the railing, and perched myself there with my knitting. See that little, irregular black spot up in the "V" on the bridge? That's me!
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Precarious Perch for Knitting

Look closer, it's really me!
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A Closer Look

Gryphon had to climb down the river banks and find a spot on the rocks below to get the pictures.

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Gryphon, Contemplating Rocks, Rivers, and Bridges

We're not going to rest on our laurels with only this one picture. Gryphon and I have been brainstorming a number of other ideas that should be easy for us to pull off, yet interesting enough to count as Extreme. For instance - this coming weekend, I'm going to be photographed knitting in one of the original vaudeville theaters (and oldest continuously-operating movie theater), in front of an audience, on a stage that's been in use since the 1880's. How's that for cool?

We have some other plans, too. I've decided to make this an ongoing challenge to myself - to be photographed knitting in unusual places. A sub-challenge will be to see how many of them can be within a block or two of home - I already have at least three ideas for those, including the theater stage mentioned above.

By the way, the piece I'm knitting on the bridge is Wearable Hug 11 (WH11). Between knitting on the bridge, and knitting at home, I have over a foot done.
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Rapid Progress

We just have to wait and see who it's for - I'm sure I'll know when it's finished!