Milosz, FictionKNITsta update

Over the weekend I made a few decisions about the FictionKNITsta project. 
After having read the book and thinking about it for a few weeks, I decided a scarf would be the most appropriate thing to knit. Several times in the book, Milosz is found lying down with a scarf on his face; the scarf was left behind by his ex-girlfriend and he lies there with it on his face, as though he is trying to breathe her in. He lifts it up and lets it float back down onto him again, and it is such an evocative image. He misses her terribly but has no clue what to do to bring her back into his life.
So, the item will be a scarf. But what about the colour, the style, the yarn? I chose green because of the many references to growth, plants and gardening, and picked a plant-based yarn for the same reason. Cordelia loves scarves and she is very tall so this will be a super-long scarf to wind around her neck several times or wear very, very long. Since it is a plant fibre, it is very soft and will drape beautifully.
I chose this for the pattern. It is very lacy and open and light, perfect for the Spring tour. It looks complicated but is actually a four-row repeat so should actually be relatively simple to reproduce.(In theory! We'll see—as I've never knitted lace before, this could be interesting!) But I wanted something with a regular pattern because of Robertson, Milo's neighbour who is autistic and needs to see order and patterns in his life.
So, I have the pattern and the yarn. What next? Now to do some swatches with this yarn that I wound last night. It is VERY soft, so I think it will be a challenge to knit with. So, swatch with the good yarn, test the pattern with some scrap yarn, and start the scarf! Wish me luck and I'll keep you posted!


  1. I love your process of choosing what to knit that represents the the book, and your choice of pattern for the knitted object! I think the FictionKNITsta project is wonderfully creative, and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone develops. What yarn have you chosen?

  2. Oh, I'm loving this project! My yarn is Araucania Ruca Solid in colour 108, which to me is a light apple green. It does have very slight tonal variations because of being hand-dyed so I'll have to see what happens when I start knitting. It's made from sugar-cane!

  3. Sounds lovely - please do post pictures of the scarf!

    And here's a review request, I sincerely apologize for not finding the appropriate email address and place to put this. Might interest you, please let me know if it does:

    I'm Cristina Deptula with Synchronized Chaos International Magazine, and we've discovered a new and interesting author, Charles Ayres, who's just released a new humorous memoir, Impossibly Glamorous. Described as American Graffiti for those who grew up in the 90s, the short and readable book relates Ayres' childhood mishaps, journey through working and middle class Americana, his coming out of the closet as gay in Kansas, and his eventual career as an entertainment personality in Japan.

    As Charles says, this book shows how to overcome small and large adversities with a faux fur coat and a smile. It's funny, readable, and intended for the Sex and the City audience - but also touches on the types of issues addressed by the It Gets Better project, encouraging people to hang in there through discrimination, loneliness, poverty, substance abuse, etc.

    Most of all, readers can enjoy Charles' vibrant personality and storytelling - deep down, he's still a sweet Midwestern kid with a good heart.

    We'd be happy to send a paperback or Kindle copy for review and/or giveaway, please let us know. Thanks very much!

    Press release follows in this email.

    Cristina Deptula


    November 15, 2012

    Press Release:
    Hilarious and Heart-Wrenching: Impossibly Glamorous Release on Paperback

    “You can be flat on your ass, but still be a winner.”

    Charles Ayres heard plenty of Wizard of Oz jokes growing up in Kansas. After finding
    himself on some seedy dance floors of Kansas City, his quest for love and glamour − and
    his penchant for all things Japanese − carried Charles from Dorothy’s homeland to New
    York to Tokyo.

    Impossibly Glamorous follows his exploits with Goth raver lesbians, hot men, and not-
    so-hot men, culminating in a long term love affair with Japan. His journey from ugly
    baby to Asian media personality touches on tough issues such as coming out gay in
    Kansas, domestic violence, substance abuse, and how to bounce back from any kind of
    adversity with only a faux fur coat and a cavalier skip.

    “I enjoyed this book. It is breezily written and Charles seems like a really fun person.”
    Michael Musto, The Village Voice

    Charles is a translator, media personality, and writer published in Harper’s Bazaar Japan
    and Metropolis Tokyo. This is his first book.

    SALES CHANNELS: The print edition will be available on, including the
    US and Western Europe, and will be available through Ingram, the nation's largest
    distributor to bookstores. The digital edition will be marketed by Amazon Kindle,
    Smashwords., Sony, Apple, Kobo, Diesel, Overdrive, and other retail platforms.

    Impossibly Glamorous print edition available via Impossibly Glamorous Studios. Digital
    edition released with assistance from Fearless Books.

    ISBN (print edition):978-0-615-62048-0

    Contact: Natasha Foxx


    1. Hi Cristina, I'm quite busy right now but if you want to give me a way of contacting you we could get in touch.