Wednesday, March 26, 2008

You know you're a knitter when. . .

Last Monday, I finished my legwarmers. Legwarmers? No, I don't dance. I used to, but once I hit my infamous teen years "formal" extracurricular activities were tossed aside. I'm not attempting to relive the Flashdance style of the eighties. It is all about the yarn. Seriously. Of course it was Malabrigo and of course it screamed to me every single time I walked past it in the shelf of the shop. It was Malabrigo worsted in the colorway "Mariposa", which means "butterfly". Beautifully stunning greens, greys, purples, yellows STUNNING! The problem? It looked like poop held up to my face. Poop, I tell you. I was CRUSHED. The solution? A hand knit garment in my favorite yarn that would be nowhere near my face and definitely NOT a bag!! What else but legwarmers? Quick as a bunny I snatched up 2 skeins and cast on ~ one skein per leg heh heh, talk about COZY!!! Lickety split they were done and perfect! But, what oh what to wear with with them? So, last Tuesday, I went shopping. I own a fairly cute denim skirt so all I really needed was a shirt. I poked and poked and poked around Macy's for what seemed like an eternity until it literally jumped off of the rack and slapped me across the face. I am the epitome of casual, really, I am. So, the shirt I picked is a long sleeved heather grey tee shirt with embroidered details. A perfect match. I had to wait until Saturday to wear the whole ensemble to the shop, but I tried it all on for my dear dear Eiley. "Oh mommy, you look beautiful." (my poor kids NEVER see me in a skirt LOL) "Thank you, Eiley, but what do you think of the legwarmers?" She looked down and back up at me and said "Mom!! Those are filthy! How 'bout you buy some new ones? In purple!" Seriously, my family does not understand my love for color.

Saturday morning I was off to work. Cute new shirt, great denim skirt, some funky striped tights that were hidden by me kick butt legwarmers, and my beloved Earth boots. Yes, I said boots. Yes, it was snowing AND it was icy out. Can you tell where I'm headed? Yes, I fell. Big bulky knitting bag, purse, and a little butt wiggle to my walk = slipping & sliding on ice and falling. I felt it coming. I saved myself twice, but the third time threw me way off balance and I fell on my right knee. Hard. It could've been much worse and I suppose it hurt a lot. But, I was concerned with one thing and one thing only. My right legwarmer. A couple cars watched me go down so I had my pride and I couldn't stop and make sure it wasn't *gasp* TORN! I made it to the Shop without any tears or limping. I immediately threw my stuff down and examined my gorgeous leg warmer. Oh yeah, they are soooo long they go up to my lower thighs with some slouchy room by the ankle. It was fine. A little snow covered, but fine. Phew!!! The outfit was a hit, at least I think it was. I received compliments all day and I'm not sure if people were just being nice or if they were sincere. It doesn't matter, I took them all to heart and held my head high all day. Sadly, I totally forgot to ask someone to take an action shot.

The next day I was so achy I couldn't figure it out until my mother pointed out the fact that I took a digger. Yep, it's in the books. I'm old. I'm so old in fact that a little fall damages me for days. I honestly never thought I'd see the day. I suppose I'd be bed ridden if I fell as much as Lilla. Lucky Little Limber Lady!

Soooo, you know you're a knitter when you knit an object and THEN go out and purchase clothing to match. I know I'm not the only one. Fess up.

If you haven't seen Harold & Maude, please do! It will change your life. My mother kept telling me to watch it, and about 4 years ago I finally did. Last Friday Tammi came over and she watched it for the very first time. It is NOT child friendly in any way shape or form, but this first clip is ;) It is the song from one of my favorite scenes in the movie, this clip just makes me smile. The second clip is NOT child friendly.

Friday, March 7, 2008


Yes, I'm a slacker. It's been a long time since I posted, and I apologize. Lots to talk about today, however.

I've been a knitting fool and I've got pictures. First, though, lets discuss how well the Ganomey hat went over, shall we??? He was really surprised that I actually knit him something. He said he liked the hat, he said he loved the color. All the while I was snickering. I don't think I mentioned the fact that I made the ganomey in hopes that he would be guilt ridden into wearing it and look ever so slightly ridiculous wearing it. Wear it he did. For about a week. For the last three days, he tucked the top tip into the hat so as not to look so "ganomey". Then, he said I knit it at too loose of a gauge and it just wasn't warm enough so he had to go back to his Target hats for a while. Ummm hmmm. Since then he hasn't asked me to knit him a single thing, although, he has hinted that he wanted socks ~ whatever. . .

Now, onto my current projects. Remember Auntie Kay got my house in some serious order? Well, she's back in town and I knit her a pair of socks and mittens out of Spunky Eclectic Beefy Sock in the Firecracker colorway. Super quick on a size 3 needle and oodles of fun!

Then I kinda got obsessed with neckwarmers. I made one for my friend Cherity (her birthday is today) and one for me. Cherity's is pink because pink is girly and Cherity is oh so girly. Made from Malabrigo worsted in Cactus Flower and double stranded. I also made one out of seagreen chunky Malabrigo for me. And, I made a Calorimetry out of the same pink and it's stupid. Just stupid. Wayyyy too big. . .

And now onto what I'm currently working on. I decided I wanted to make a poncho. I've never ever liked ponchos and I've never owned one, but for whatever reason, they work on me. The spectacular Kristen made a capelet out of Wrap Style and before seeing her completed project, I totally copied. She used Rowan Kid Classic and it came out amazing!!! I, on the other hand, am using Malabrigo (huge surprise there, right??). I am also striping mine. I'm not using traditional colors because, well, I need some funk in my life. I chose a stunning purple and yellow.

I asked Obra for his honest opinion on the colors last night. Believe me, this will be the last time I do THAT!!!

The very first words out of his mouth were, "Whose school colors are those?" side note, it turns out they are actually previously mentioned Kristen's school colors *sigh*

I shot him a look and he continued. "The colors themselves are beautiful, but they don't work together. They are dull and from afar will look brown. They are wimpy."

At this point I'm staring at him with a gaping mouth in shock. Wimpy??? I consider myself a pretty tough girl and to call my knitting wimpy is pretty bold. On the same token, I am a girl and wimpy is okay in regards to my knitting, right? So I say, "Alright. You don't like it. I don't need anymore opinions. I really dig the colors and Lord knows YOU won't be wearing it."

He continued on with his artsy fartsy color analysis (I must say, he really is a very talented artist so I should be taking his opinion a little more seriously) but at this point I was blocking him out. Until I heard one word. Walmart. Yes, ladies and gentlemen my own husband compared my hand knitting to WALMART. Sadly, I was so stunned I can't remember his exact phrasing, something along the lines of "One word, Walmart." much more witty and piercing I'm sure. I was frozen, literally. In the kitchen in front of the counter with my back to him, I honestly could not move.

Now, do any of you really think this man will ever get anything else knit out of love? Hrmph