Monday, January 29, 2007


Monday, January 15, 2007

MLK day


Thursday, January 04, 2007


Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Twist presents Lauren Kussro: a handful of tranquility

Lauren Kussro: A Handful of Tranquility
Opening Saturday Jan. 6th at Twist
kussro Just what you need after the frenzy of the holidays. . . . Knoxville artist Lauren Kussro's tranquil interactive environment will transform Twist's Main Gallery during the month of January. Please join us for the opening reception Saturday, Jan. 6th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Our regular hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please note our phone number has changed to 1- 888-535-5286. For more information or directions, call or email Cheap parking is available at the Downtown Library Garage, which is just two blocks away or metered parking is available free of charge on the weekends.

Map of 73 Arcade
Nashville, TN 37219-1905, US

Affordable Art Continues
tshirt Due to the popularity of our Sugar and Spice Affordable Art Salon, we will continue to offer affordable artist-made originals in our back room gallery. Available items include small paintings and drawings, t-shirts, jewelry, scarves, purses and candles priced $5 to $150

These select small works are available for immediate purchase. We accept all major credit cards, checks and cash.

Also Opening This Month
Spirit of Nashville at Vanderbilt
spirit of nashville On view January 9th through February 27th at Vanderbilt's new E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, this exhibit will focus on the original art and artistic techniques behind the award-winning print series.

A reception will be held February 8th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The public is invited. The gallery is located at 1204 25th Ave. South in room number 204 on the second floor.

Binary Knitty

by Christine Dumoulin

Knitting may be a centuries-old craft, but the results can be quite high-tech. For example, it's now possible to store data on a scarf. And the good news is, the construction is completely open source. But performing computations on it, unfortunately, is another matter entirely.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with data storage in computers, the smallest piece of data computers use is a bit (short for binary digit), which comes in two flavors: one or zero. But that's only useful for storing things that have two options, like on/off or yes/no. So bits are typically grouped in sets of eight, making up the data unit known as the byte. There are enough unique eight-digit combinations of zeroes and ones to represent our alphabet and several others besides.

By my calculations, Binary holds an astounding 122 bytes of your finest information!

Binary is a flattened stockinette tube. As such, it has no visible stranding and is extra warm. Although it looks complex, the fair-isle pattern is broken up into small pieces that require minimal chart reading.

The scarf is essentially made up of lots and lots of digits strung together. It's much simpler to think of the digit (rather than an entire row) as a single unit of the pattern. It's a good idea to swatch this out beforehand to get a feel for the digits and spacing.

model: Christine Dumoulin photos: Holly Wood, Christine Dumoulin


Length: 72.5 inches
Width: 7.5 inches


Red Heart Supersaver [100% acrylic; 364yd/ 333m per 198g skein]
[MC] #0312 Black; 2 skeins
[CC] #0672 Spring Green; 1 skein

1 set US #9/5.5mm double-point needles

18 sts/ 21 rows = 4 inches in stranded color pattern


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here]

Since rows of digits are a fairly prominent aspect of the design, I'll refer to them as 'rows' (as opposed to rounds of stitches). Each row consists of the 4 rounds which make up the digits, plus 2 rounds of MC.

You can choose the order of ones and zeroes any way you like; I find it's easiest to do it randomly. But if you're ambitious, you could knit up a message in UNICODE.

Using MC, CO 66 sts. Divide sts between needles and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.

K 2 rounds.

Note: For the first row of characters, CC is joined at beginning of cursor, and broken at end of second digit. This prevents long yarn floats from pulling across the WS of the work, which would distort the fabric.

First Row of Characters:

Rounds 1-3: K21 using MC, join CC, work Chart A (cursor), work two characters of your choice from Charts B and C, break CC; k9 using MC, join CC, work Chart A (cursor), work five characters of your choice from Charts B and C, break CC.

Round 4: K21 using MC, join CC, work Row 4 of charts as set, break CC; k9 using MC, work Row 4 of charts as set, but do not break CC. Carry CC loosely along WS of work while working Rounds 5 and 6.

Rounds 5-6: K all sts using MC (rounds 5 and 6 of Charts).

Next Row of Characters (First Half):

Rounds 1-4: [K1 using MC, work eight characters of your choice from Charts B and C] twice.
Rounds 5-6: K all sts using MC (rounds 5 and 6 of Charts).

Work subsequent rows of characters in this way until you have worked 30 rows of characters, including first row. This point is the middle of the scarf; if you want the finished scarf to be longer than double its current length, work more rows of characters.

Second Half:

Work rows of characters as for First Half, EXCEPT choose characters from Charts B and D. This will ensure that all the Ones are right side up when the scarf is worn.

Continue working rows of characters until 60 rows of characters have been worked (30 rows in each half).

BO all sts.

It is unnnecesary to weave in ends, as they will be hidden inside the scarf. However, you may wish to tie the cut yarn ends at each side of the first row of characters, to keep the stitches at the edges of these characters from loosening over time.

Cut 66 strands of MC and 2 strands of CC, each approx. 13 inches long.

Use these to make a fringe at each end of the scarf, tying the CC strands below the cursors in the first row of characters. (When the scarf is laid flat, the cursors should line up.)

If you are unfamiliar with making fringe, instructions for tying a fringe can be found here.

Christine has been known to discuss knitting and sock construction with strangers and homeless guys in the subway.

She can be found here.
Pattern & images © 2006 Christine Dumoulin. Contact Christine

the rules of the game preview

The Rules of the Game at the Belcourt

The Rules of the Game

Wed - Tues, Jan. 3rd-9th
Wednesday, Jan. 3rd @ 5:00, 7:30***, 9:45
Thursday, Jan. 4th @ 4:50, 7:00, 9:10
Friday, Jan 5th @ 4:50, 7:00, 9:10
Saturday, Jan 6th @ 2:30, 7:00, 9:10
Sunday, Jan 7th @ 12:10, 4:45, 9:20
Monday, Jan 8th @ 4:50, 9:20
Tuesday, Jan 9th @ 5:00, 7:10, 9:20

***OPENING NIGHT Wednesday, Jan 3rd 7:30 pm screening, the series kick-off, will be introduced by Jim Ridley, senior writer for the Nashville Scene

View the Trailer or the streaming trailer below

At la Colinière, the deceptively idyllic country estate of a wealthy Parisian aristocrat, a selection of society’s finest gather for a rural sojourn and shooting party, and over the course of the weekend reveal themselves to be absurdly, almost primitively, cruel and vapid.

It took decades for Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game to be recognized as a masterpiece. The film received terribly negative reviews and even provoked near riots in Paris upon its release in 1939. As a result, Renoir cut twenty-three minutes from the original version. And even then, it was banned by the French government. The original negative was destroyed during World War II, and only in 1959 was the film fully reconstructed from surviving prints and embraced by audiences and critics alike.

Now, thanks to an unprecedented complete digital restoration, audiences today can see the film as Renoir originally intended. Playing with the lightest of touches, yet stinging like the greatest of tragedies, The Rules of the Game has come to be regarded as one of the finest movies ever made.

Jean Renoir, France, 1939, 106m


Monday, January 01, 2007

the accordion and the skateboard ..........