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Tuesday, December 20, 2006

the Joys of the Season

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thank you so much Meg!

YES! I’m a little slow on the uptake, but lately I’ve been discovering first-hand what all the fuss is about. The adorable HappyBean herself, (hi Meg!), sent me some of her gorgeous handspun yarn and I’ve been knittin’ it.

The bitter cold is doing strange and wonderful things to my brain. I am actually getting a LOT done. My theory is that when you are forced to lurk inside, the Cabin Fever just might give birth to some glorious whim. SUDDENLY! You are furiously writing or stitching or composing or cooking – the weather just might free(force) you to create…

It is not unusual, when the cold spell lands, for me to grab multi-strands of yarn and combine. I don’t do this other times of the year but in the deep winter it’s like grabbing for the covers in the early morning chill and favoring your ears with their warmth.

My Ears.

Possibly the most vulnerable part of my body when I’m working outside. (Now nose and fingertips, do not whine – you are sissies too!)

So it became the plan to craft a chapaeu that would honor My Ears and warm my little head…

I mixed one strand of aqua worsted weight handspun with one strand sportweight Dale Sisik (chartruese) left over from these and knitted an earwarmer. I was going to stop right there but something made me tour the Stash and look what I found…

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So some more Mixing was unavoidable – and here’s something I haven’t done before – changed up from a much smaller gauge to a larger one in a different section of the work. EXCITING stuff to be sure but something that took a couple (cough) tries to get the proportion right.

I still have to finish the top of the hat BUT a dilemma remains – POMPOM noPOMPOM?


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Monday, December 19, 2005

  Monday Morning Mirth  

ReGIFT

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from WORDSPY (09/27/02): “Today’s word originated with that always reliable source of neologisms, the TV show Seinfeld. Regift (and the noun regifter) appeared in the episode titled The Label Maker, which first aired on January 19, 1995.”

PROOF (positive that everything I know, and you too, I learned on TV!):
Here’s the script snippet where regift was used in that Seinfeld episode (regifter was used earlier in the show; note, as well, yet another neologism: degift):

George: The wedding is off. Now you can go to
the Super Bowl.

Jerry: I can’t call Tim Whatley and ask for the
tickets back.

George: You just gave them to him two days ago,
he’s gotta give you a grace period.

Jerry: Are you even vaguely familiar with the concept of giving? There’s no grace period.

George: Well, didn’t he regift the label maker?

Jerry: Possibly.

George: Well, if he can regift, why can’t you degift?

Jerry: You may have a point.

George: I have a point, I have a point.”

OOOHHhh, my family knows me so well! I opened a shipped box from my Sis and found the above lovely pahck-ahge. Now, if you’ve been reading CK for awhile, you can find a Christmas theme in this label…

Every year I receive a Singing Toy! Last year, it was this, shown in this little movie. Be afraid – be very AFRAID.

There has been a veritable collection through these doors, and I must say the word THROUGH, because the biggest Joke/Gift of all is they ALWAYS become a ReGift. I had a caroling stuffed frog that was cycled around for YEARS and was only retired when my friend’s elderly Mom REFUSED to ReGift! She loved that Frog, with his croaky Jingle Bells, et al… and roundly told us all off when we informed her it was HER turn to pass it along…

I am dying of curiousity about this package but other family etiquette (MUST wait until Christmas Eve) prevents me from tearing into it. So I’m going to have to satisfy my craving by asking YOU:

What’s the best ReGift you’ve given/received?


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Friday, December 16, 2005

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not only is Sheila a Tart, she’s a Fierce Tart…

Okay, okay so I’ve been watching ANTM5 and can’t get up! Although my (ex)husband accused me once of learning everything I know from TV (like that’s a bad thing?), I know this is Going to WORK.

Its glorious silk taffeta & ombr


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