Friday, June 15, 2007

Even Rocky Had a Montage

The white pants of doom are done.

Pardon the picture. It was 6:30 a.m. and the blurriness matches my bleary eyes. And yes, his shirt is on backwards and inside out.

I finished them last night. What a nightmare. They were easy enough to sew, because hey, they're pants.

They were Boring (with a capital "B") to make. I had no motivation to do them and found myself finding reasons to finish another few pages of the book I'm reading or a few rows on the sock I take to work with me instead of work on them.

But I buckled down and didn't touch the sock at lunch and instead worked on these pants.

Chunky really loves them. I think that's mainly because they're flannel and soft on his skin. And I suppose he looks OK in them. When you're five you can get away with white pants.

For the record, some people look good in white pants. Mainly people with small butts and some men.

It's a small percentage though.

Alas I'm not out of the woods yet. I got a note from school that I'm "missing" black shoes (damn, I thought they wouldn't notice!) and a "rock star" outfit. What the hell does a rock star wear?

I think I might steal an old Metallica t-shirt from Dr. Mad Scientist, rip the sleeves off of it and slash some holes in it.

I don't know what else to do! Have I become so square that I don't know what an archetypal rock star wears anymore??? Should I paint some track marks on his arm? Maybe give him breast implants and a baby doll to smack around ala Brittney?

People say having children is expensive. I never really understood why (Chunky's a pretty low-maintenance child) until now!

I had planned to swatch for Tomato tonight as the pants were done. However, during dinner last night, Dr. Mad Scientist casually mentioned the baby shower for a knocked up coworker he works with being next Thursday. I had told him back in March that I would knit her something.

Of course I knew she was due in July, but holy crap time flies!

In a panic I had to come up with something to knit her--so last night I started a mini-mite hat. I think I'll also make the kid a Bronty (she's having a boy).

I thought about maybe a sweater but summer babies are so annoying (I'm a summer baby, so I can rag on my own). Yes, the kid will be about six months old when it gets cold out and time for a good sweater--however I know when Chunky was six months old, he wasn't wearing six month sizes. Try more like nine or even twelve month sizes! Plus I just knit a sweater for The Spawn. I'm baby sweatered out for a bit.

Finally, it's Friday, you know what that means! No, not yarn porn. Potato porn!

I think we're gonna need a montage!

Potato Week 4 Montage

We have had a couple of crappy cloudy days and the main "stem" has started to bend over.

Yes, I realize my oregano to the right needs massive watering!

It's not snapped, and it's not really wilted. It's really strange. I think it just needs some sun to perk up. This weekend should deliver.

Ok, well I'm off to scour Northern Jersey for a pair of black shoes and a damn "rock star" outfit.

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Blogger Magatha said...

F*** Yeah!
Now it's your turn to rock! Team America is my favorite movie of all time. (Yes, I am just that immature!) I'd give you my favorite quote from it, but innocents and nice people read this blog....(It's something like, "You had me at d****...")

OK. Rock stars wear black tight pants, jeans even and skin tight black t-shirts with bizarre stuff printed on them. Some times they wear strange jewelry, like rubber arm band and leather straps with skull pendants. The same missing black shoes will work. Good grief, do they want a pint of blood out of you too?

7:39 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

wow, those look different from my potatoes. I've got 6 in the raised bed, and they're big and bushy, not tall and skinny. And bugs are eating the leaves somewhat, but I think I'll just let them unless and until the plant doesn't like it anymore. :)

9:26 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Chunky looks like he should be cruising around on a yacht in Greece. :D

9:43 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Love the white pants. You done good ;).

Your garden looks lovely. I can't wait to read about potato bread with YOUR home-grown potatoes ;).

10:16 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

There are so many ways to be a rock star. Grunge, metal, Deadheads...

I think you should watch This Is Spinal Tap for inspiration, though. If nothing else, you'll get a laugh!

The pants turned out great!

10:56 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Nice pants! Geesh, what a PIA for school!!! I wish you much luck in the search!

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need to watch "School of Rock" to learn about rock stars. The pants look good, but I hope that you do not wash them or that you washed the fabric before you made them. Maybe since Chunkie is only going to wear them once it will not matter. Good luck on the shower gift, take some pictures of it for all of us. Love, Mom

11:52 PM  
Anonymous OLPP said...

Seriously, those pants rule!
Rock star, woman! Safety pins in his shirt, maybe some black nail polish! I remember one year for some Christmas thing Nolan had to dress up like a puppy. He wore Chloe's black leggings, a long sleeved black shirt, two socks stapled to a headband, and a black circle drawn around one eye.

You're an awesome Mama, you know that?

12:13 AM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

Jessica's comment made me snort out loud.

Ok, now that you've finished the pants, I wish I did live nearby--I love putting together costumes! I don't like to wear them. I think it's just the thrill of the hunt.

12:57 AM  
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2:02 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

D'oh! I forgot you can't edit comments, so I deleted and reposted. Effing Blogger.

Haha elizabeth! But...this goes to 11...

Sailor outfit, denim shirt, and a rock star outfit? Good lord, what play are they putting on? The Village People True Hollywood Story?

2:03 AM  
Blogger JRS said...

I love your "rock star outfit" ideas, especially the track marks. Not that that would suit Chunky, but still, maybe teach the school a lesson. He carries off the white pants well.

Did you know Jon BonJovi has his own line of baby strollers and they're called "Rock Star Baby" with fake tatoos and that dumbass name emblazoned all over them? Now that you're living in Jersey, I thought you should know!

4:14 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

The pants are fabulous. The fit nicely, and if they're flannel on top of everything else... flannel is a happy thing. To quote Mr. Batty: "If it ain't flannel, you ain't got it." But I digress.

Maybe you could get some of the cheapest imitation leather fabric and sew a pair of black pleather pants? Just a few stitches to hold 'em together and duct tape the hems to avoid sewing if you're feeling lazy.

Ripped up Metallica shirt is good. Rip off the arms, then use eyeliner to draw a tattoo on kiddos arm. Hairspray can be used to set the eyeliner. It's what we used in the good ol' days to keep the whiteface and buckets of eyeliner in place!

5:36 AM  
Blogger Cheesy Knit Wit said...

Boy, you sure got Magatha wound up like a cheap watch! Hee hee Maybe she is on a sugar buzz!

The pants look good! You do not give yourself enough credit on your sewing skills!

I've never seen team america. Lots of people have said it is funny.

Good luck with the shoes and "rock star" outfit. You know, you could send Chunky to school w/o a shirt and wearing a pair of jeans. Lots of rock stars do that ;)

OMG, better yet, make him into a mini Elvis! LOL We could call him mini-Elvi!

6:12 AM  
Blogger Poops said...

Those pants are awesome! They look really comfy. Oh! I bet they'd make great pj pants after the show.

Now, for the rock star look you send him in with a sweat sock on his giblets and say it's the Red Hot Chili Peppers look. They didn't say which rock star, now did they?

You could put him in a ruffled blouse and spray him with water and he could be Meatloaf. (Or send him with a dish of mashed potatoes and make them figure it out.)

Do you have an old slip and some red lipstick? He could go as Courteney Love.

Teach him a British accent, have him us the word "bloody" a lot, and make him a cardboard guitar to smash. Instant The Who.

Or keep the accent, add a black t-shirt and a gummy rat and say he's Ozzy. Bonus points if you too can do a Sharon Osbourne accent. Me and Penny can coach you if you want.

I can't believe the requirements for this! Truly he has to be the most anal-retentive director of children's performances ever, yes?

And do you see why my children are going to need therapy?

7:00 AM  
Blogger Meg Weaver said...

Rock Stars: spike the hair. They make spray in hair color (green, pink, blue). Big metal jewelry. Eye make-up. Painted finger nails. Tight shirts and tight pants. A very hoarse voice.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Remind me again what he needed to dress up for? Willow has had a few 'spirit' days that we had to cobble costumes for - like 50's day. Um, yeah... we forgot about that one. And there was one little girl who came with the whole poodle skirt... bah humbug.

7:11 AM  
Blogger 3goodrats said...

The pants look great! I think you can build a star out of things in your home, as others have mentioned. Ripped jeans would work with a ripped t-shirt, especially if you add additional items tied about the waist, neck, etc. Some rock stars just look like they are wearing so much STUFF (or did in the 80s anyhow - I'm a little out of it too!) But I agree that safety pins, hair product, and nail polish can go a long way towards achieving the look you want.

Also, your cat is adorable!

8:53 AM  
Blogger roxy =^o^= said...

Heh I remeber balcony gardenign when I lived in NJ :)

Great job on the white pants woop!

10:02 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Safety pins. Lots and lots and lots and lots of 'em. And eyeliner. Lots and lots and lots and lots of it. And a skirt that you could call a kilt. Seriously, rock star means you just go over the top with pretty much anything! Ask Chunky to make a rock star outfit from stuff at home. Take what he thinks of and multiply it by 10! or just put him in a suit and call it a day. (or a Beatle)

10:28 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

LOL! I saw that movie last night!

The pants came out great. He looks cute - like a litte sailor! I can't wait to see the rockstar getup you come up with.

WE never had plays like this when I was in school!

10:53 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

Back in the 80s it'd be no big thing to find white pants for boys...sigh...I am old.

Anyhow, Rock Star is far too vague. And something tells me that big hair and nail polish migh clash with the other outfits...I'd go with the all-in-black look.

Good luck!

1:23 AM  
Blogger Brena said...

Chunky looks great in white pants! When I think of Rock Stars I think of Band Hair, you know, the big cheesy hair. And acid wash jeans. I think I'm out of touch too, so maybe you shouldn't listen to me.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Awesome white pants...they turned out great!!

Get some chains for the rock star outfit.....and a dog collar with spikes...perfect!!

Can I say it seems like a lot for the school to expect. Holy Crap.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

You did a great job on the pants! Don't ya hate notes from school? As a kid, they meant trouble; as an adult they mean $$$.

6:25 AM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

Wow, I guess it never ends huh? I think the school performances and such are cute but it is a bummer when they require so much to do it.
I think the metallica shirt is a great idea if Dr. Mad Scientist doesn't mind parting with it. And you can just get some jeans at a thrift shop and tear and dirty them. Spike up the hair with some gel and get some fake tattoos and you're golden!

7:06 AM  
Blogger Rain said...

Arrr! He looks like he should be a deck hand on a pirate ship. In an outfit like that I'd set him to work in the kitchen.

Nice one for getting them done in time.

1:59 PM  
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