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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

late late at night…

I’d like to think that the reason I’ve been really rather muddled
the last few days is because it is February. You
know, Phil,
his shadow,
all that …

Inspired by the fabulous Polly, I started a new project: Saffron, Rowan 25 by Kim Hargreaves. I’ve wanted this sweater forever and all it took was just one look at hers to get the party started. Deep in my UberStash, I found some cotton blend yarn that has been lingering for ages – it is (depending on the light source) a smoky aqua/blue. I bought it on eBay from some kind of close-out of a factory lot. It arrived in big wound-off Logs, perhaps from a super cone or something. I also bought it in smoky Olive Green (shocking).

It wasn’t too long into a sleeve (row 1 to be exact) that I flopped. oVER AND Over. This sweater has a little scalloped edge and I just couldn’t digest the instructions. It took 3 tries for it to *click* and then it was so obvious that if there was someone else in the room with me I would have been exceedingly embarrassed by the density of my brain. (And, perhaps, no not really, by the amount of VULGAR LANGUAGE that escaped my lips…)

But I wasn’t alone – the television was bringing Men’s Combined Skiing into my hut and some Skiers, in fact the top two seeds, were in some desperate straits of a much more crucial sort! Did Bode throw his yarn on the floor in a hissy fit and stamp his booted feet when he straddled a gate? Did Raich swear like a truck driver when he went OFF the Course (I’m convinced it is just too icy over there…) in the same race?

Maybe, but I couldn’t hear him from over here…

(I did hear Claudia, however. Damn, I feel your pain~!)

So when, 30 rows later, in the deep night, when I really looked at what I knit and saw LOOSE (not loose lips, ginormous GAUGE!) with the little scalloped edge facing wrong-side out, I did what any sane person would do: it was OFF with Its THREAD!

(On to smaller needles…)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


THIS is my most beloved knitting moment in the universe:
I give you the very heart of me –
the Turning of the Heel!

OOOOOxxxxxxx’s to y’all…

Monday, February 13, 2006

  Monday Morning Mirth  

Just the Name Facts, Jack…
The Mechanical Contrivium

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Bonne Marie!

  1. In a pinch, the skin from a shark can be used as Bonne Marie.
  2. Bonne Marie can squeeze her entire body through a hole the size of her beak.
  3. An average beaver can cut down Bonne Marie every year.
  4. The pharoahs of ancient Egypt wore garments made with thin threads of beaten Bonne Marie.
  5. Antarctica is the only continent without Bonne Marie!
  6. Bonne Marie is the traditional gift for a couple on their third wedding anniversary!
  7. Bonne Marie will always turn right when leaving a cave.
  8. Julius Caesar wore a laurel wreath to cover up Bonne Marie.
  9. If the Sun were the size of a beach ball then Jupiter would be the size of a golf ball and Bonne Marie would be as small as a pea.
  10. Bonne Marie is often used in place of milk in food photography, because milk goes soggy more quickly than Bonne Marie!

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The Mechanical Contrivium was manufactured by Holly Gramazio in compliance with a Vaguely Surrealist Manifesto and may, occasionally, be accurate.

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