Tuesday, March 27, 2007

NYC Knitties

So I bit the bullet and just hopped into the tepid puddle I was unable to bail out and took a shower late yesterday afternoon. I tried getting the plug plate off like y'all suggested, but the one screw that is left on there is soap scum welded in there.

Still nothing from Zorba on this subject. But somehow I got roped into driving him to the Social Security office today at 10:00 a.m. When he called last night I was so shocked at what he was asking me, I completely forgot about the tub.

And of course I told him I'd give him a ride. Sigh. I'm such a passive agressive bitch. But now I'm wondering why Natasha, his live-in nurse, can't drive him.

But onto happier things!

On Sunday I went into the city to meet up with some knitters I had only ever "met" in cyberspace.

The Harlot's big hooptie on Thursday kind of spawned the meet up. I'm not a big enough Harlot fan to have attended the big talk she gave in NYC on Thursday night and various other crapola her visit created. But when given a chance to meet people like Cooknknit, LaBean, Mikomiao, Val, and Erica, on Sunday how could I resist? (I know I'm missing a ton of knitters that also showed up so I apologize that I can't remember you all!)

We started at The Point which was very quaint. I guess I got spoiled by Threadbear in Lansing so these teensey little city yarn stores are kind of cute to me. They sure do maximize their space though--yarn up to the ceiling!!!

Then we hit Purl Soho and literally stuffed that store with our presence. They had a wall of Koigu. I guess I never really understood the allure of Koigu until then. So soft and pettable!!!

And speaking of Koigu---look what Karen (Cooknknit) made me!


Pomatomus (although I always want to read it Potamus) socks in Koigu!


God, they're so damn pretty!


And yes, these socks literally knock my socks off. There's no way I could knit socks for someone else. I could never compare to these!

After Purl Soho, we broke up into a couple of groups. One group headed for the Yarn Tree in Brooklyn while Karen and Tamara were nice enough to stay behind in Manhattan with me. (The train schedule to Brooklyn and back would have meant as soon as I got out there, I would have had to turned around and took the train right back so I could catch my 4:15 NJ Transit train from Penn Station back to Seacaucus so I could get home at a decent hour to feed the boys).

We hit M&J Trimming--which was like the mecca of all ribbon, beads and buttons you could imagine.

Then we grabbed a late lunch and helped Tamara ogle some shoes. (Yes, people, shoes and yarn shopping in one trip--how long has it been since I've done these without a male presence??) After that it was back to Jersey for me.

I had a great time. I wish I had remembered my camera, but I never do for situations like these. Besides, I wouldn't want to have looked like a tourist and had Karen yell at me.

Oops! I promised her I wouldn't mention that! ;-)

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Blogger Penny Karma said...

Ooooh, I know! You could offer Zorba a RIDE to the DAMN HARDWARE STORE so he can get whatever shit he needs to fix your tub! I think you're a savvy enough negotiator that it could totally work.

Those Potamus (that's how I read it too) socks are RIGHTEOUS!!!

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Emilee said...

Oooh, those Pomatomi are loverly! And such a happy springtime color!

10:03 AM  
Blogger Cindy in Happy Valley said...

Re: the welded screw...(sounds like a porno title, no?)

WD-40--my tool of choice.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

My name is Karen and I like to yell at tourists. :)

10:51 AM  
Blogger Sherry W said...

Oh my gosh, you drove Zorba!!!! I'd hound his ass good now on your tub.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Cheesy Knit Wit said...

The socks are absolutely gorgeous, and I am glad you got to meet some of your knitty friends!


11:07 AM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Sounds like a fun time! Gorgeous socks!! Well, now Zorba owes you one! :)

11:37 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Funny how Zorba materializes when he needs something. Nice score on the socks girl! Remember, keep your friends close but your enimies closer. You'll have Zorbie boy paying you for road trips!

11:53 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

YAY! Karen Socks!

Those are so Damn cool.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Starfish said...

Let me know when you're ready to hit Seaport Yarns - I work right next door!

12:20 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Truly gorgeous socks!

I suggest you pick up some pastries from the best bakery near you and pop down to Zorba's apartment for a little social visit, in which you might mention that if he notices any water streaming through his ceiling, he shouldn't worry too very much, since it's just from your overflowing bathtub and not anything serious like the roof leaking. And suggest that it would be nice if the tub could be fixed.

Or call the plumber back and tell him you are the owner and the elderly man downstairs is your tenant. Then send Zorba the bill.

Sounds like a great time in the city with the girls. I know for a fact that Karen and Tamara sometimes take pictures out and about in the city, so don't let them intimidate you! Bring your camera next time!

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! Am I ever Jealous!!!!!! GIRL SHOPPING WITH THE GIRLS!!!!!! Boy! Do I ever miss my three girls!! I went shopping with your SIL and YS but we had your YB with us and started so late that we had to start back it seem like before we started. Well now Zorba owes you two things. If that one screw is totally stripped it may have to be drilled out. Hang in there! Love, Mom

1:00 PM  
Blogger Macoco said...

Those socks are just stunning. What a nice gift!

2:24 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

I just mis read Elizabeth's quote as "Pick up some PASTIES...and go visit Zorba"

3:57 PM  
Blogger LaBean said...

LMAO that would have been hilarious if K had gone 'tourist' on you. It was great meeting you, Bezzie. Do come back. And BRING YOUR CAMERA!

4:30 PM  
Blogger Rain said...

Ha ha I always read it Potamus too. They're gorgeous.

Sounds like you had a fab time.

5:08 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

wow, I missed a few days, and dang girl! you sure live the life!! those socks are amazingly beautiful, what a great gift!!!

8:01 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Those socks are so so nice. What a nice treat for you!!

10:03 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Ooo, great suggestion from penny karma! "Oops, took a wrong turn. Oh hey, lookit that, we're at Home Despot..."

knitty meetup, yarn crawl, AND shoe shopping? I'm as green as those Pomatomus, which by the way, are GORGEOUS!

10:34 PM  
Blogger Linnea said...

Ooooh, those socks are stunning. And I admit that I'm jealous that you got to meet other Knitties! Lucky you!

And Penny Karma is totally right about Zorba and the hardware store. So right, in fact, that it strikes me as brilliant. And perhaps if you ply him with pastries and give him rides, he'll transform from grouchy to perfect grandfather. Perhaps.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Ooooo that bright green makes me drool, so spring-ish and yummy.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Bufanditas said...

Those socks are beautiful!!!

7:10 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Hee hee! I knew she was making them for you but I nearly forgot all about 'em! I love the color she chose! Yay! Bezzie gets her own insanely complicated socks!

Remember, when someone asks you if you made them you say "No, but I could have."

7:59 AM  

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