Things that Go BUMP in my Mind

Knitting, stitching, reading, gardening, cooking--I have no time for any of it.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Neener neener

Lookie what I got:

The vastly fabulous Rani has blessed me with two skeins of Lorna's Laces sock yarn in the "Lakeview" colorway. Truly, I am not worthy. Andy latched onto it when I pulled it out of the package, and I must admit that my retrieval of this wonderful stuff was accompanied by a rather possessive and less-than-motherly snarl. I'll make him socks--just not out of this stuff. This is all mine.

In other good news, my mom's surgery went fine. I haven't talked to her yet because she's still pretty doped up.

And last, a little housekeeping. I have been remiss in posting a picture of the sweater I made for my nephew this summer. Here it is:

The pattern is the Fisherman's Sweater from
Oat Couture, knitted in some kind of fingering weight merino. The pattern was great--clearly written, no mistakes. The only change I would make is to make the button holes a little bigger so I could have used a bigger button for more cuteness.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

You make my heart sing...

So, I spent the weekend in Maryland attending my friend Kelly's wedding. I had a generally fabulous time, despite the fact that when I left South Carolina it was 85 degrees and sunny, and when I arrived in Maryland it was 65 degrees and rainy, and I had brought not even one pair of socks with me.

Upon arriving at Kelly and Graham's, my "niece" Mara introduced me to the Wild thing that lives in her fourth grade classroom and who gets to go home with the students for birthdays and other special occasions. The wild thing had been invited to the wedding but did not have proper attire, so (Mara informed me) we were going to make him a tuxedo. More to the point, I was going to make him a tuxedo. Um, yeah.

Much to my amazement, I was actually able to craft a garment that somewhat resembled a tuxedo, and after Mara had combed his hair, he actually looked quite presentable:

The wedding was on Sunday morning at Brookside Gardens, in the Japanese Tea House (scroll down a bit). Atmosphere was provided by God and a small army of horticulturists and by Daniel, who knows his way around a Bach concerto.

The ceremony was just lovely, with cute kids,


and general gooshiness from the bride and groom.

The wild thing, true to his nature, was really only interested in the cake:

This will probably be my only entry this week, dear readers. I'm heading to Bellingham on Saturday (mom's surgery is tomorrow). Thanks to all who have sent cards to my mom. I can't wait to tell her about all the wonderful friends who are wishing her well.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

A trip to the yarn store...

A photo-blog by Andy.

This is what happens when you hand a digital camera to a five-year-old in the desperate hope that he might allow you to spend a few precious moments browsing in the yarn store....

First there were a few self portraits,

And a couple of pictures of the couch and floor (I have spared you those. For the morbidly curious, the couch is red and the floor is taupe carpeting).

Then there was this fascinating study of perspective, which (my memory card indicates) took numerous shots to perfect:

And, just so you have an idea of what the store looks like, here's a shot of the yarn itself:

This store arranges yarns by color, which is at times perfect (e.g., when I wanted to find red yarn for a sweater for Andy) and at times perfectly infuriating (when I wanted to find a particular brand of yarn in all of its shades).

Diane has, however, separated out the sock yarn; Andy sought me out there...

I sent him away, but not before he caught me fondling the Lorna's Laces ...

Alas, fondling is all I did. Until I am an uber sock-knitter (not gonna happen any time soon), I will refrain from the wonderfulness that is the Lorna's Laces. *sigh*.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Long time no blog

Sorry, dear readers. There has been much busy-ness lately. A quick update...

My mom is scheduled for surgery on October 26. Chemo finished two weeks ago yesterday, and her hair is already growing back. She never really felt sick, just really tired after the last several sessions. She is utterly nonchalant about the surgery, which I guess is a good thing. She doesn't even want me to be visiting while she's in the hospital--she told me to wait until she's home so that we can have fun. So, I'll be heading out there on Oct. 29 for a week-long visit.

Andy is so excited about the upcoming weekend that he can hardly contain himself. He's got Zoo Camp on Saturday--all about dinosaurs, currently one of his favorite subjects. Then we have our annual pumpkin painting extravaganza on Saturday. If everyone who hasn't declined shows, we'll have 26 kids and at least that many adults; I'm guessing the actual number of kids will be closer to 20, but still--gonna be a big party. Fortunately, having done this a few times, I'm not the least stressed about it--this party practically runs itself. And, since Chuck and I are going out to dinner Friday night (with a sitter and everything!), I have an excuse not to make any of the food myself. Wahootie!

And then there's next week, which will be crazy busy between Monday and Thursday, and then on Friday I head to Maryland for a wedding. Phew!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Photo of the day...

Constipated butter Elvis. Really, I'm not kidding. Go look.

Much better.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

I give up.

For the past week, I have frantically been trying to finish the wedding sampler--late nights, much gnashing of teeth, etc. Unfortunately, the frogs came to visit. Many of them. Last night at 11:30, as I was frogging three days' worth of work, I had an epiphany: I will not be finishing this thing in time to get it framed. Although I can do many things, I cannot bend the space-time continuum in order to create the number of hours necessary for me to finish this thing in time to get it to the framer's before the wedding.

So, my goal now is to finish it before the wedding, show it to Kelly and Graham, and then bring it back home for framing. I am really, really disappointed about this, but it's my own fault--I should have worked on it more this summer, when I had time. But, in my defense, this summer when I had time Kelly and Graham weren't sure they were ever going to solemnize their relationship, and in any event there was no indication that they would pick a date only six weeks out.

Even though it's my own fault, I am naturally angry at the piece itself. How dare it betray me by not being easier to stitch? (I know, I know--because beautiful and easy/fast do not go together. Hmph.) So now I don't want to work on it at all. I want to pout and make it feel rejected for putting me through this. So it's going to be in time out for a little while. I think I'll work on a nice, easy scarf instead.