It's Thursday! Enough moping about no job and cars not passing inspection (which cost me $365, not $250 like I originally thought, WOO!)!
After I took a nap I decided to head out with El Chunko and purchase the yarn for this month's KAYE drawing at the local yarn store.
Holy crap! What a great place! It was like the love child of my beloved (and gigantic) Threadbear
and some of those teensey NYC stores we visited on Sunday. It was big, but not too big. They had a great selection of sock yarn that reminded me of Rae's
store that I also still miss.
Nothing like buying some yarn to get you out of a bad mood right? And the best part is because it's not yarn for me! Guilt free yarn! Who would have thought such a thing existed!
If you're just tuning in, the reason this yarn is guilt free is because it's all in the name of the Kootchie Awareness Yarn Extravaganza!
This weekend I'll be pulling a name for March's winner. Click on the link in the sidebar for rules or to get my email to send in your entry if you've already been in this year for your annual cooter rootin' or have spread the word if your cooter for some reason can't participate.
What does the winner get this month?
Why that would be a skein of Malabrigo.
Pardon my poor yarn porn skills!
This stuff is SOOO soft!!! The color is special too. It's Azul Profundo, but better than that, it was hand-selected by Chunky!
The color is more true to this blurry picture.
And since this is the end of the quarter I want to show you something else.
Along with you guys pimpin' the contest on your blogs, at the hairdresser's, or to your other real life knitting friends some of you have sent in donations.
Now, I want you all to know these donations were all completely unsolicited. You're under no obligation to donate. They're just a testament to how generous knitters are.
What I've decided to do is at the end of the year in December draw one name out of the year's participants and award the donations as a "grand" prize all in the name of Kootchie Awareness. It will be like getting your own mini-stash!
Check this out!
From the top going clockwise:
1. That's a skein of "kootchie pink" Cascade 220 from Weezalana
. I'll blame her for dubbing it that color. ;-)
2. My fraternal name twin Kay, a/k/a The Cheesy Knit Wit
sent the large green skein is Farmhouse Yarns Single Ply Worsted Yarn, the KP Alpaca Cloud, and skein of KP WOTA Peruvian Mist yarn.
3. Our favorite Mistress of the Soap and
knitting The Soapy Knitter
(Rosi G.) sent the two balls of Regia there. If you've got kids and knit, go check out her latest blog post. It's a riot. Hell, even if you don't have kids go read it--it will prepare you for what it's like if you ever want them!
4. The three balls of Sport & Strumpfwoll Extrastark was sent in all the way from the Fatherland by Linnea
. I don't know the exact translation of that label, but it's sock yarn and I am guessing it's extrastark-y!
5. Finally bringing up the end of the alphabet with a skein of Heelside Farms yarn is a donation from Zknitter
You guys rock. Seriously.
Alright, now that we're done looking at pretty pictures we'll look at some nasty ones.
Remember the mouse
I had the sneaking suspicion that there were more of them--living in my stove.
At night Squeaky will sit right in front of the stove staring at it intently. Sometimes she'll jump up on the counter and gaze at the burners. I concluded that either the stove was haunted or it has mice.
During our trip to Home Despot earlier this week, I picked up some snappy traps.
I loaded the bait-plate with some Skippy Extra Chunky peanut butter and set them out around the stove near the burners and on the floor. I've learned from my mouse hunting days working as a legal secretary at Scheister, Shafter, Conniver & Dodge, P.C., that it's best to put something sticky on the bait-plate. If you don't, those damn little things will grab your ritz cracker or whatever you put on there and get away with their lives and a free meal!
On Tuesday I had my first kill. A large brown mouse.
Yesterday I got nothing.
Today I got this, and yes, my dead mouse porn pictures are just as bad as my yarn porn pics:
Looks like he popped up from under the burner for a little snack. You'll never eat Skippy Extra Chunky peanut butter again will you?
Just call me Bezzie the Mouse Slayer!
Which allows me to segue to some knitting!
Being married to a geek will change you. Growing up, I always thought I was a geek.
Then I married Dr. Mad Scientist who puts me to shame with his uber-geekiness.
As such, we've always been fans of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
There, I said it. I've been hanging out with him for ten years now, his uber-geekiness was bound to wear off on me.
Through my blog surfing over at Knit-Think
I came across the Buffy KAL
I of course joined the KAL.
I've decided to knit a sweater I've always admired worn by a character in an episode.
Here's what I've been able to find of it off YouTube:
Crappy pics all around today, I know.
But if you saw the sweater in whole, it was this bizzare attempt at a fair isle sweater. I've read descriptions of it online as it looking like "a freebasing grandma put it together."
This KAL discovery coupled with my desire to knit that sweater, and the fact that Chunky doesn't have a spring jacket (and I have no idea where the nearest thrift, mall or department store is) I thought I would knit my own spin-off of this sweater for Chunky.
It's my first attempt at fair isle (if you can even call it that).
Check out the back! Yes, not as neat as most of you could probably do, but I'm way impressed with it. You should see the back of my cross stitching attempts!
I think I can make it look as bad as a freebasing grandma or at the very least not as bad.
Labels: KALs, KAYE, NJ Apartment, WIPs