Monthly Archives: August 2011

They’re gunning for me

Remember those knitting fairies from last week? Yes well, after lulling me into a false sense of security by allowing  me to finish the silk cami, w/o much trouble, they teamed up with the fairies of painful and painfully expensive dental work and laid me out flat for the week. I told you guys I heard snickering. I am now on a serious yarn diet, it appears that along with my children, sometimes my husband, and my sister’s maraschino cheesecake truffles, having teeth in my mouth is among the few things I treasure more than yarn, who knew?

This is going to seriously impact my list, as I have to use stash yarn and most of what I have left is not very good quality acrylic in ridiculous colors

that I picked out when i was a teen first learning. ApparentlyI was either incredibly tacky at 15 or I was color-blind. I mean, homeless pigeons would not crap on this stuff.

I was able to go to the zoo with my family yesterday. We had planned for this trip since Livy was born and so I was very excited to be able to take her to see all the animals. It was amazing! If you are in Florida or are planning a trip there, please take time to visit the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. It is worth every single penny.

In addition to this gorgeous Florida panther, (of which there are fewer than 30 in the wild) they have many fiber animals, there were llamas, camels and goats. I wanted to volunteer to groom them just to collect the fiber. I was very tempted to shear those “poor, sweltering” walking sweaters animals, but I decided not to get thrown out on my first visit. Because I showed so much restraint, my husband bought me my first llama, that Olivia immediately commandeered. She’s got her very own drama llama, now.

 

I am also taking the time to make my costume for the not so scary mickey party which we are already committed to, thank goodness, because I would have been very sad to have to give that up.  I’m going as my alter-ego “The Evil Queen of the Universe.” The story behind that title is that my nephew went to pre-k with my picture when he was 4 and during show and tell stood up and announced “This is my Aunt Mist, she looks really nice, but she’s actually an EVIL SUPER GENIUS.” I swear, you make a kid clean his room once, and it’ll haunt you for life.

Since I don’t sew, it makes sense for me to choose the most complicated pattern I could find right?  I mean the evil queen of the universe has her standards.  I leave you a picture of me and the cutest of my knitting obstacles in hopes of appeasing the fairies before I’m zapped by the fairies of ending up in traction. …

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T minus 8 and counting

This is it, I’ve made it through. I haven’t exploded, no one has been arrested, gone to the emergency room, or the insane asylum. Heck. no one has even gone to the bar. Tomorrow is that beautiful halcyon day called THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!! Tomorrow, unless the boys’ hurricane dance pays off, they will trudge off to the salt mines and Shel and I will have one child apiece!!  Oh. the possibilities.

 

On the knitting front, I have finished the back and have 2 inches left to knit on my silk cami. Also, the windmill bag has a mere 100 rows left to go. I should be able to get both of these off the needles by the end of the month. The knitting fairies are snickering, I can tell. I do have a major decision to make about the silk cami. It calls for straps made out of these really elegant seed pearls. But, I’m not really a pearl kind of girl. I’m more of a fun beaded strap kind of girl. I’ve got to decide whether or not to leave it as is, or personalize it a little.

 

I’m hoping that since (say it again) school starts tomorrow, I will have a little more time to focus on knitting and also doing a better job of reading everyone’s blogs. That somehow got away from me last week. If I missed you last week, this week I solemnly swear to do better. I’m going to try to make this week all about catching up. At least, I haven’t started another new, non-YOP project, right?

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I think I’ve angered the knitting fairies

 

Thursday was not a good day knitting wise. It all started when my charming husband rushed me out of bed and out the door w/o makeup or knitting bag. In my little world that is a hanging offense. I am the product of a long line of cosmetologists married to a guy who has literally had the same haircut since birth. He’s never going to get it. Fortunately, he takes out the garbage w/o being told and cheerfully will occupy our 2 year old  on all yarn shopping trips.

So,I had to drop him at work and it happens that my sister lives in that direction.  i had planned a knitting night at her house and here I was w/o anything to work on. This is not good. At my sister’s house there are 4 lovely boys that will allow Livy to boss htem around to her heart’s content. This is awesome knitting time. 8 hours of it, wasted. I began knitting a voodoo doll out of the scratchiest acrylic I could find in the girliest pink I could find. Tonight I’m going to pluck his chest hair out, one by one.

Perhaps it was the bad karma I courted while plotting mind control of my biggest knitting obstacle that led to the next problem. I had to go get SOMETHING to knit, right? I bought two skeins of yarn on sale at Joanns, and I cast on three different projects and hated them by the third row. Meanwhile, my sister has become obsessed with knitting rag rugs. She went through 7 bags of clothing to find the right colors, at one time demanding the shirt off of her son’s back because it matched her color scheme in her bathroom better than the one she had.  They are used to our crazy, it’s okay.

Her rag rug was gorgeous, all turquoise and sand with some navy and white thrown into to balance it nicely. Mine was hideous, there are no pictures. I would whine about how she took all the good stuff, but since her money paid for the clothing, I won’t. In the midst of all this, I decided to do some work with my spindle and show Shel how to spin when the yarn I was (over) spinning broke and the spindle fell to the floor and shattered. I decided to call it a night.

I have made some progress on my silk cami, however. The back is done and I have cast on the front.  the windmill bag is also coming along nicely. Hopefully, one or both of these will be off the needles by the end of the month. I really want to start reworking my tunic in Sept. I’ll need that around November and I want to give myself plenty of time to finish it. I also want to finish the fiji wrap. In October, I’ll start my Christmas knitting. That is the current plan, subject to change w/o notice, void where prohibited.

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I’m late, I’m late for a very important date.

Sorry guys, My weekend was a little bit crazy, my husband is getting a little bit jealous of the time I spend knitting. I’m not sure how to feel about that. The only thing that I can think of as a reason for him to feel this way is that he has been working insane amounts of overtime for the past few weeks. This is completely out of character for him.

As a result, I have spent most of my weekend trying to appease his need for family time. I did finish the third repeat of the Fiji lace wrap. I think I am going to shorten it considerably. the pattern called for 11 repeats but it is a 28 row pattern and I am only 5’3″. I think 7 repeats will more than meet my needs w/o making me feel like a mummy.

Also. in the miracle corner, my mom has actually asked me to make her a scarf. My mom has few flaws, but one of them has been an unnatural prejudice against knitting. I think it dates back to my great-grandmother and her love of mixing orange, brown, yellow, and purple into concoctions that would make your eyes bleed. So now, I am adding the shibori scarf to my list. It’s my first beaded project. Any advice is much valued. Remember when i said I was going to be selfish with my knitting this year? Apparently, I’m not as good as that as I thought. Except with strawberries and chocolate. Hope everyone has had a more productive week than me.

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