Friday, October 29, 2004

You got me turned inside out

I was out of town yesterday so no blogging for me. I was tired, exhasted in fact. Six hours on the road, six hours in meetings and five hours of sleep the night before (thanks to the damn grandfather clock that GMIL bought us that chimes on the hour and half hour) didn't contribute to my problem. I shoulda just crawled into bed. Could I have slept peacefully? No, because DH was a screaming maniac while the Hokies were getting their asses handed to them by Georgia Tech * (H, go to the next star to skip the football banter - tee hee). I admit that I'm a raving lunatic about football so I had to stay up and see who won. The Hokies couldn't lose in front of Michael Vick. Oh, the shame. I couldn't forsake my boys and they needed a lot of good Karma so I ran upstairs at half time, put on my lucky Hokie Jammies and willed them to win. By fourth quarter the mojo began to work, and they pulled off a serious comeback to spank Georgia (If I've offended any GT fans, please accept my apologies). The Jammies rule! I will use them again in the future to fight the evils of opposing teams. * But wait, there's more. If I was going to stay up to watch the game, I HAD to knit. Houndtooth bag was whining and I'm determined to conquer her. I begrudgingly picked her up, took a deep cleasing breath and began to knit away. And you know what? I got the hang of this two stranded thing! I was trying to make things too difficult, twisting my strands to force them to lock together. Now the stitches lay flat with little or no pucker. Here's the inside so you can feel my pain...

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And here's the outside...

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I really like green eggs and ham, I really like them Sam, I am :) I'll have to put Houndstooth away for the weekend since Mom will be here to visit :( But I've stopped calling her names and we understand each other better. I guess I'll be casting on another project for the weekend since "Moon" is probably going to my GM and she'll be here too. So many choices, so little time (that knitting days counter is stressing me out).

Got in a little S.E.X. whilst in Richmond yesterday. I bought this little cutie - a skein of Manos - for me for my birthday (happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me).


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I can't decide if I want to stir it in with the alpaca silk...

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or frappe it with this other skein of Manos...

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Or fold it with this Cascade 220...

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Okay, I now realize that there's too much Burgundy in my stash. I was a bit disappointed while visiting this yarn shop (which will remain nameless to protect the innocent). I had a wonderful conversation with the woman working the store, their samples look great, their selection is growing and is impressive. The smell of cigarette smoke completely gagged me while I was there. I'd read at KR recently about someone who had a similar experience. I'm not sure if its the same store or not but I just wanted to cry for all of the poor skeins subjected to this torture. It seemed like the smell was coming from the back room. The clerk reeked of it which leads me to believe that she's the culprit. She went into the backroom to retrieve a photo of a sweater that she's designing and even the picture reeked of smoke. Ugh, I'm not sure that I'll go back. The second I left the store, I smelled my poor little skein. She's fine, don't worry, but I was so disturbed that I didn't buy more yarn for the fear that my car would smell on the three hour trip home. I love visiting this store because its easy for me to get to, has great hours and I can stop by on the way back home. Should I say something to the owner? I'm torn. I've never had this problem before.

Well, I've gotta run to prepare for the weekend invasion. The tween invasion Halloween party is from 7 to 11 tonight. 5 boys, 5 girls all under the age of 12. Raging hormones for four hours. Mom, GM and Dad arrive from Chesapeake at noon on Saturday to see our new house for the first time since we moved in. I've also decided to have "Thanksgiving" with my family - because you can give thanks anytime, right? - since they won't be back up in November. And yes, its a surprise (I'm in surprise mode this month for some reason). What was I thinking? Can I whip the house back into shape in 12 measily hours after the tweens scurry out of here? Will IM survive the weekend? You may find me rocking in a corner come Sunday night. Stay tuned for the update on Monday.

4 comments:

h said...

Oh Darling you are too good to me! thanks for the star! :)* glad you had good jammie vibes!*

WOW look at the inside of that bag...hats off! I am impressed

Hey did you notice we picked up the same DB Alpaca Silk color? We are so cool! :) great minds think alike...

Survive your weekend...and try to enjoy the turkey...:)

HUGS!!

jenifleur said...

oo that's a tough one, I don't think I'd have the guts to say something about the smoke smell. Truly, I believe she should know, but I somehow have a way of coming off rude when I try really hard to be constructive and so these days I mostly keep my trap shut. I myself am very sensitive to smoke smell and have asthma, so I just wouldn't shop there, but then I have the luxury of having about a zillion LYS's in my area.

Lauren said...

Wow it looks fantastic. All of your coordinated skeins will leave you with some amazing scraps someday!

Anonymous said...

Happy, Happy Birthday! Hope you had a great one.

I love the Houndstooth. Very smart looking.

Happy Halloween!!

Eilene
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