I can hardly contain my excitement. I mean, there we were, kiddo is passed out in the backseat, errands finished, perfect weather, billowing white clouds stalking their way over the Organ Mountains and the park…oh, wow. The trees are already starting to change color – ever so slightly. It’s not like we had to squint.
Fall is my absolute most favorite time of year. It marks the end of blistering hot summer and the beginning of crisp mornings. It also means that I get my knitting on. Heck, I’ve already had my first order of practically almost fall! So what does that mean for my shop?
This year I’ve realized that I am not the only one obsessed with gnome/pixie hats on wee little heads and because of that realization I will be making the usual cranberry red hats that we’ve come to adore as well as other varieties of fall colors…what? Yup. I will be making green, red, orange, mustard, brown, black, navy, cream, purple – all in a different variety of shades AND there will be stripes. I know, you may need a moment to compose yourself…I’ll just continue knitting.
Have you ever just cast on a random amount of stitches on your circulars and started knitting with no particular pattern in mind? A few days ago I did just that. I CO 84 stitches and just started working seed stitch. For about an inch. After that I wanted to carve my eyeballs out with a spoon. So I switched to stockinette, where you knit every row and when you’re doing this in the round it makes a nice smooth surface. After three rows of stockinette I put it down and haven’t been able to look at it without a sense of disgust. So booooring!
I’m going to frog it. I think. Eventually. I can do it without tears. Really!
“Don’t do what?” you ask. To put it simply, don’t try casting on and knitting something new with your very sharp but also awesome cubic needles. Especially with dark yarn.
Because if you do, it is inevitable that one or five bad things will happen.
You could drop a stitch in the middle of a row during the most adrenaline pumping scene in the movie…and there’s not a thing you can do about it.
You could accidentally stab yourself in the hand when the person behind you kicks your seat…still nothing you can do about it.
You could get angrily shushed by those around you because the clicking of your needles is distracting…still nothing you can do about that.
You might find yourself in the midst of a cable and suddenly have to pee…
So, my advice is not to knit in the theater during the movie. Instead, do it during those crazy advertisements trying to get you to buy coca cola and gum.
Oh! Have you guys seen that video on youtube where the person boils coca cola? I haven’t had a sip of the stuff since. Don’t get me started on gum.
Edit, because I can count to 5: You could drop your project on the floor…of the movie theater…oh my dear have you seen the stuff that gets slopped on a movie theater floor? Don’t look. Shhh. It’ll be ok…also don’t put anything on a theater floor except your shoes.
This morning I was really really motivated to knit some more. I got my knitting needle case prepped and in my purse, found my keys (yay me!), dropped the fam off at their respective places and, just when I’d ordered a nice hot chocolate on a sweltering morning, I opened my purse and realized I hadn’t packed my yarn.
REALLY?! Yup. So I decided to run errands instead. I mean, we did need milk and tea, some juice, and I was going to get oranges too but I have an aversion to rotten food in the grocery store. All bags of oranges were rotten. Yuck.
I did have a super fun talk with the Animal Control people today. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people leave their pets in a hot car. It was almost 90 degrees at 9:30. There’s no way that panting black dog with the cute ears was happy. Called animal control and was cut very short. They didn’t seem to care what the license plate number was or where in the parking lot it was. I did wait in the shade and terrified the older gentleman with my “You, sir, are an asshole” glare as he got into his hot car and drove away. Animal control never showed.
You know, forgetting my yarn today was probably a good thing if it means some random guy stops leaving his poor dog in a hot car.
I have the knitting bug as of late. I blame it on being confined indoors due to the severe heat – it’s supposed to be a lovely 108 degrees fahrenheit today. Just super!
Anyway, I managed to get my hands on some fantastic cubic knitting needles (cubic as in square vs the regular smooth circular shape) which were recommended to me by a woman in a local Stitch n Bitch group some time ago. I love them. I didn’t think I could love knitting needles…but I love lurve these!
I whipped up several pairs of kimono style booties in some nice vegan friendly yarn. That should go a long way. I ended up nearly buying all of the teal yarn I found at the local JoAnn’s a few days ago. Completely stuck on that color. I think it’s because it reminds me of the ocean and I really miss the west coast
Well, Spring hasn’t really made too much of an appearance this March. Some stuff is turning green. I used to love spring before moving to LC and now all I get is about one month to prepare for the scorching southern NM heat. It sucks. Oh, yes, I do have a/c in the apartment but it may as well be spewing glitter for all the good it does. And hey, at least with glitter it would be cheerful in the apartment with its institutional looking painted brick. I say “institutional” but what I really mean is – prison chic.
Oh, and this year, get this, we’re not allowed to grow anything in the backyard unless it’s in a pot. Super awesome since now I have to find a way for the pots to stay off the ground so they don’t become a breeding ground for…well, grossness. I mean, we can’t have potential students peering into the backyards of family housing and risk them getting offended by zucchini and tomatoes…oh, and I shit you not, last year one of the maintenance people thought my gigantic basil plant was pot.
Mommy & me duck face. As you can see, neither of us really manage it! Like the hat? Check me out @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/seejanebabble
Finally, it is off the needles, along with a few others like the Kawaii Kitty Hat for children. Love this design, definitely a great item for a photography prop. It is in my shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/seejanebabble