Thursday, March 29, 2007

KAYE Update

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 a/k/a Zonda!

You guys rock. Seriously.

Alright, now that we're done looking at pretty pictures we'll look at some nasty ones.

Remember the mouse Squeaky caught?

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:

sweater detail

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.

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Blogger ZantiMissKnit said...

Hey, you're up early today! Thanks for the Buffy KAL link. I'll have to check that out.

Ewww, mice in the stove! I haven't seen evidence of any critters in my new place, but y'all probably know what will happen to them due to Zelia and Solvie the Mouse Slayers. My cats are baaaaad-asssssssss!

7:56 AM  
Blogger Penny Karma said...

It's alarmingly easy for me to visualize you as a freebasing grandma.

8:13 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

Hopefully there isn't a nest of mice in the oven! That sucks about the car!

I'm looking forwar to seeing the freebase sweater progress.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Oy, mice in the stove. I would be crying. BUT, you have malabrigo to pet!! Mmmmmm.....malabrigo.....Must pet the malabrigo.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

When I went looking for thrift shops in your part of NJ a few years ago, the pickins were mighty slim. My BIL and his wife life in Summit and we were visiting. We drove a long way to a very overpriced Goodwill in another suburb. A different day, SIL and I went to a thrift shop in Newark that was much more my style. We picked up a lost male flight attendant in training on the way and gave him a ride to the thrift shop and back home with his small cabinet. SIL and I always have adventures when we go out in the car unescorted.

Hope you get the whole mouse family. I'm sure the rest will move out when they get the drift: cat, snapping traps: Not Welcome Chez Bezzie.

10:04 AM  
Blogger LilKnitter said...

There is a WHAT?! A BUFFY KAL??!! Ooooohhhhh.....

Mice in the kitchen? Yuck. Mice living in the stove? Extreme yuck. I wish you good luck and god speed in the slaying of the mice.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! All the COOl yarn! And I am not even a knitter!!! But I am a feeler from way back!! Nothing like going into the fabric section of K-Mart and just touching the fabric. And YES K-Mart use to have fabric. I never went to a "Fabric Store" till I was in AK!!! All that yarn makes me want to reach out and touch it.

As for the mouse....well I think that I would throw the whole trap and all away! But being a cheapass like your self I would invest in some heavy duty rubber gloves and use them only to handle the traps and mice. Love, Mom

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Amby said...

You have given me the courage to post pics of any rats Mickey kills this summer...he's always so proud of himself, and I'm proud of him, so of course I take pics of him posing with his "trophies." :-)

11:43 AM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

We had mice when I was a student condo dweller in San Diego--brings back memories.

Good luck on the freebase fairisle! Lookin good so far.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Cheesy Knit Wit said...

You nut!

12:41 PM  
Blogger Cindy in Happy Valley said...

The mousie eeped me out more that I can describe. Especially after I found one settling in, in my pasta drawer last November (before my low carb journey, poops--it made it so easy to dump everything in the drawer). I used those glue traps and when he came back and got stuck, he scared me so badly, I ran through the sliding screen door in the kitchen. Explaining that to my DH was fun.

1:34 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

wow, that's alotta gift yarn there, Ms Bezzie!

we have mice moving in lately. ah, country life! the photo is a classic! I once photographed a dead rabbit that was lying in a friends driveway, over a few weeks, in the winter, as it thawed out... ahhh.. morbid fascination!

2:02 PM  
Blogger janna said...

My mom accidentally baked a mouse once. It really stank, and it took numerous oven cleaning before we baked again!

And there are lots of Buffy fans in the knitting world.....

(your word verification hates me)

3:26 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I purposely got a Buff Orpington chick so that I could name her "Buffy the Grub Slayer."

We have mice in our stove and in our ceilings and in the walls .... I wish my cat would catch them. She tried once, but she has no teeth. The mouse bit her. It was kind of funny in a sad sort of way.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Poops said...

My cats killed two last week. Now I don't hear quite so much activity in the walls. I like to think the others have responded to the slayings like mob hits and got the message that Spring is here and it's time to go back out their digs in the field.

But I hope the IRS doesn't find out since I was claiming them and their rodent brethren as dependents.

9:27 PM  
Blogger T. Budnik said...

Um, maybe it's a good thing you don't have an oven knob. I'd be afraid to start that thing up. Baked mice for dinner, anyone?

Happy hunting!

10:42 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

I love it! Bezzie the Slayer! But bummer about them!! The fair isle looks good to me, way better than mine would for sure! :) Go Freebasing Fair Isle! :) to unforseen timing of certain things...I'll have to join KAYE next month ;) Good yarn choice though!

11:05 PM  
Blogger Linnea said...

Bezzie the Mouse Slayer has a nice ring to it. I like it. And, that Mmmmalabrigo looks wonderful. Chunky obviously has good taste!

2:24 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Oooo, nice pr0n!

Euww, icky mice!

Cool, fair isle!

11:33 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Love those KAYE prizes. How awesoome to have so many great knitters donate and on board!! Fantastic!

The mouse porn has me dying...too funny. Poor bugger. In another life I so hope I don't come back as a mouse or a snail.....I have seen what happens with snails through my 5 year old. You get plucked from your comfy spot in the garden....usually your dragged to another home...often a tin can with grass. Sometimes your dropped on your!!

I have a mouse tail (snicker) for you. At my grans one time I was searching for the mouse trap that had gone missing from her pantry. I am thinking what the heck where is it. Well I found it outside the the mouse had dragged the trap under the door....and there was no mouse but there was.....a tail.....yep the mouse chewed off his tail. I 'bout barfed right there.

I think your doing great for a first attempt at fair isle.

1:02 PM  
Blogger LadyLungDoc said...

More yarn en route - finally made it to a post office on Thursday.

9:08 PM  

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