Sparkle Moxie

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Odessa! That was a quick knit.

I had lunch with D's aunt (who I love, love, love and am appropriating for myself) since I was having a rough couple of weeks and wanted her advice on things. To cheer me up, she took me by the Hen House, the yarn store she goes to in Spring. While there, I found a skein of Karaoke in this gorgeous colorway and had to have some. Although, at ten dollars a skein, I could only afford to have to have one, so a hat it was!

While I love the yarn, I hate the way the company skeins it. There was a knot near the beginning, another in the middle, and a very awkward color jump near that second knot, causing me to have to switch which end I was working from and then splice them together. Eh.

Yesterday, I wound up stranded at home instead of at school (long story), and in a foul mood because of it. I decided to make my mom's Noni bag, since it was for her birthday and that was oh, the beginning of August. But when I pulled out my Cascade to wind it, the purples didn't seem to match. At the store, I thought I had picked out a cool purple and a cool heathered lavender, but at home, the purple seemed more red violet. So my mood got even funkier, and I started working on the Zia shawl that I was supposed to have finished to have taken on my vacation (as an aside, the only time I would have wound up using it would have been in the car on the way to and from to shield myself from the sub-Arctic temperatures at which my uncle kept the air conditioning). Then today, when I took the yarn outside to photograph it so I could complain about it here, et voila! it matches again. Some days, you know?

But, in fabulous news, a week ago, D's brother and his wife announced that they were expecting triplets. In fact, the way N decided to tell me was by calling my sleepy self up and telling me to start knitting. In triplicate. That makes FOUR babies on their way into this family. So on the right, the pink/green/orange/yellow log cabin is for S& S, and the blue/turquoise/purple log cabin and the one and a half baby Odessas are for the triplets. They don't know what they're having yet, but I'm doing these colors because I know they're N's favorites.

Next year will undoubtedly be interesting. Stay tuned.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

I know what you're thinking. More freaking booties! But I couldn't help myself. These are for the incubating neice, so I absolutely had to.

And, as a warning, I have been sitting on this post for half a week, so, dated info is a-coming.

As happy as I was that Angela finally got kicked off Project Runway, and am even more happy that Vincent got kicked off. That man is a complete nut, and not in a fun, quirky, uses the phrase 'piss and vinegar' while he shells roasted peanuts and ruminates on his porch kind of way (I'm using my grandfather as a model, can you tell), but definitely in a creepy, grosses you out everytime he said that one of his crack-ass designs gets him off kind of way. Whatever Vincent, happy trails. But don't let us know about them.

Anyhoo, Natalie and I took a cabling class last weekend at Yarntopia. Much cabling fun was had by all. We were using Malbrigio, and I do believe that's my new absolute favorite yarn. So fucking yummy. So yummy, in fact, that I've already finished my scarf, I just couldn't put it down. I need to weave in some ends, and then block it, but I should have pictures up within the week.

The class was taught by Brynne Sutton of Samus. How cool is that? Brynne was very nice, very patient, and very funny. I highly recommend taking one of her classes.

But now I'm off; have to go to school to work on a project (on a Sunday, gah).