I am enjoying a well deserved lazy Sunday morning after a whirlwind weekend. Since arriving Thursday we have managed to get lots done including starting our residency paperwork which required being finger printed at the San Jose's 5th precinct.
Despite being busy as a bee, I have been knitting away with varying results. My second One Skein Wonder (OSW) had to be frogged after I saw a mistake early on in the increase section. The mistake was likely the result of my nervewracking experience on the plane.
I had the misfortune of sitting one row in front of the exit row which meant no reclining seat. To make matters worse the drunken caveman who sat in front of me kept tossing his giant hairy meat-paws over the back of his fully reclined seat and scaring the hell out of me each time. The frequency of this movement increased with each little Jack Daniels bottle the flight attendant brought him. By bottle #12 his meat paws were threatening everyone in our row. As you can imagine I found it hard to relax or concentrate since every few mintues a giant hairy knuckle would woosh past my face. I wanted to poke him with Addi needles. I should have.......
The headline says it all. I am one of those nutty to do list devotees who derives indescribable pleasure from checking something of a list. So it seems only fitting that the "do-s" of the to do list should have thier revenge..........I made up quite a list in preparation for the upcoming trip. Currently the list is kicking my ass and I can only assume lovin' it.
The list has things like take pants to be hemmed, choose on plane knitting project and (this isn't a lie I swear) buy bran muffins. I say this with sincerity I love the taste and I don't mean it in a "I read Playboy for the articles kind of way."
So why am I blogging instead of doing? Because one "do" is procrastinate. Ah, yes another check off my list. SWEET!
Van got a lovely cake. It was delish. So delicious that it had to be tossed out for our own good! I got a gorgeous red, gray and purple scarf from Koshka and Ellie. The cards were beautiful. One had a little girl sitting on the steps of a stoop knitting away with her faithful pooch companion nearby. It got me a bit misty. Van gave me the cashola for a pair of AMAZING boots at Bannana Republic because when he went to the store he was told they wouldn't arrive until tomorrow. He gets bonus points for actually going to store and looking for them. Of course now I wonder about the wisdom of buying boots when you are moving to the tropics and currently live in the desert. A topic for a later post.
Finally, here is the progress on my Loop-d-Loop corkscrew scarf. I am making it out of Lion Brand Microspun. I have no idea when or where I got the yarn but the color seemed perfect for this project. According to the directions I have 10" to go but I think I might make it a smidge longer.
It is my big day today. And if you think this is a shameless attempt to get lots of happy birthday comments on my blog, you are 100% right.
Van took me out to my fav breakfast joint and now we are getting to take Koska for her morning walk. I think she might even leave me a special birthday present during the walk and sadly being the birthday girl does not relieve me of my official pooper scooper duties.
Saturday night I decided my blog needed a new look. So I started going crazy and ended up with this new design which I don't like. I've gotten a few positive comments but it doesn't appeal to me. So back to the ol' drawing board. I wish I could find someone who specialized in knitting blogs. Heck, I'll even pay in yarn.....I've got some Rowan cotton, sari silk yarn and a baby alpaca that is to die for!
Be patient things will look less smooshed and cluttered soon.
I am stressed no more. I have decided life is too short to fret over every detail so why not relax and knit?!?! And I have all kinds of new projects making thier way on to my to knit list. Mid-week I got a suprise birthday package from my friend Julie. It was Knitting with Beads and the projects are unbelievable. Knitting and beads are a power combo.
Last night Van took me out to Buca Di Peppo for calamari rings and salad. I topped it off with a delicious glass of chianti. Being a notorious lightweight, Van was not suprised when I announced I was tipsy after half a glass. Next we headed to Barnes and Noble for coffee and book browsing. I decided to finally treat myself to Loop-d-Loop. The projects are gorgeou!!!! I plan to make the ballet tee but think I'll start with the ruffle scarf to learn about short rows. There are literally ten other projects in the book that I don't think I can live without. Now I just need to get the yarn!
Speaking of learning, the DNA Cable scarf is kicking my ass. It is is my first cable project and I chose a dark smokey grey yarn that makes fixing mistakes tough as nails. Look at the concentration and that is just the cast on!
I have an announcement to make that isn't likely to come as a shock to anyone, I am stressed. Stressed beyond my normal limits and badly in need of a break. But how can I take a break with our upcoming trip, the move, real estate school and my regular household duties? Well my friends I think I have found a way. I am going to fake my own kidnapping and take a relaxing road trip.
I'll call from a payphone and claim to have been kidnapped by three crazy Canadians. I'll desribe the torturous treament like being made to drink Labatt beer and say things like "aboot" and "aye". And how they forced me to get a tattoo of Wayne Gretsky on my ass. They even put me in a flannel shirt and keep calling my knit hat a toque. I'll be sure to mention that they play Bryan Adams, Avril Lavigne and Celine Dion non-stop. Sure I believe in the values of socialized medicine but how I can survive I don't speak French and don't believe curling is a real sport?
Of course, I won't be with Canadians. I'll be cruising the country, enjoying Stuckey's Pecan Rolls and getting truckers to honk thier horns. I'll finally see the world's largest ball of twine and maybe even eat a Denny's Grand Slam breakfast or two. Ah, life on the road free as a bird and happy as a lark juiced up on sugar from pecan logs. So what if a few innocent Canadians must pay the price?
Eventually I'll be found out and groups will call me names for slandering Canadians. Van and I will go on national television to tell our side of the "Runaway Wife" story. The tears will flow as I talk about the stress and pressure I was under. There will be the inevitable book deal and Lifetime movie. I think I'd like I'd like Jennifer Garner to play me but she is going to need stunt curls to pull off my look. I will of course apologize to all Canadians.....in English and French (damn you Quebec!). Then I'll go on with my life hopefully a bit more rested and with the forgivness of neighbors to the north. Canada, oh Canada!
Today I went to my mailbox and found a big fluffy package from Natasha. It was full of yummy goodies like a Hello Kitty pez dispenser, eucalyptus-basil soap (smells fabulous, a totebag with a pocket, Beatrix Potter stickers, Dana Simon stickers and a yellow gingham waist tie apron with smocking. AND a skein of gorgeous fuschia and dark turqouise sparkly handspun yarn!!! As in handspun by Natasha herself. Can you see the sparklies?
This yarn is so special that I need consider carefully what I knit with it.