Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Catch Up, Reminders & Tossin' Some Back

First up, Reminders (and I'm in no way following the order of the subject here). I guess there's only one.

It's May 21. Have you had your cooter rooted this month?

Only 10 more days to enter for this month's K.A.Y.E. prize. 1000 yards of green laceweight that's superwash and superdry. Although I've never heard of anyone tossing their lace-knits in the washer and dryer but whatever.

Ok, next up Catch Up.

AliceC also felt the need to baptize me with "fuzz":


That's Springs getting his huff on there in the beautiful fuzz she sent me. I am bummed I didn't get to meet Alice at Maryland Sheep and Wool. Someday though. I get the feeling we'll be in this timezone for a bit.

And then, I don't believe I mentioned this, but my Younger Younger Brother and his wife in Alaska are expecting a baby early next year. So check out what Dave from the board sent me:


Some vintage knitting booklets gifted to him by a veteran knitter. He reasoned since he doesn't have any babies in his life they'd see better use with someone who will. Let's just say I'm now even more excited to be knitting for family babies.

Well I should say I'm happy to be knitting for family babies in cold climates. My Young Younger Brother (older than the one who's expecting the kid) unfortunately lives in North Carolina where it never gets cold enough for me to knit for the little chubbanooches that they have.

The patterns in here--despite the dated looking photos you see there--are pretty timeless. I've already picked out a couple of things I'll have to paw through the stash to find yarn for.

And finally in the catch-up department, I finished some spinning last night.


Not bad huh? That's some corriedale I bought from Jennifer off of Etsy. I love the colors. She didn't officially name it, but it kind of reminds me of a sunrise you might see in a cartoon. I've got a 6 year old boy. All I ever watch on TV anymore is cartoons!

What fun to spin with! The corriedale is a bit "crunchier" (but in a good way) than the super lofty merinos I had been spinning up to this point. The crunchy factor gave me really good control over how evenly it spun.

It's certainly much more even all around than my last attempt, although you can still see where I got some thick spots in that picture.

Oh and for those who asked, that's a Morgan Dollar from 1887. I want to say my Uncle T gave each of us kids one. It's not worth much given the massive wear on it. But it's still cool to have around to show Chunky and stuff. He's into old-time things be they pirates or the Civil War or dinosaurs. Plus Uncle T is dead now so it's kind of a nice way to remember him, he was quite the history buff.

Finally, it's time to toss some goodness back into the karmic salmon stream of life.

I've got these four key-fob wristlet-majigs.


As long as you don't mind my piss poor top stitching skills, one of them could be yours.

All you have to do is leave me a comment describing the weirdest place you've ever had to use a restroom; or

If you could vote for anyone for President who would it be? (Now that BO looks to be in the lead I'm looking for a good write in candidate.); or

If you could be any yarn, what yarn would you be, and more importantly, what would you want to be knit/crocheted up into?

Just pick one to answer. The funniest two answers will be selected by me. The other two winners will be random draws.

I'll close the contest the same time the entries for May's K.A.Y.E. drawing are due--May 31 at midnight.

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Blogger Christina said...

The color of that fuzz is really nice! I love the richness of it. The spinning looks great...there's a big difference from the last batch you showed.

This isn't me, but its too funny not to share. When I was a kid, my grandparents took me to the cemetary to visit a relative's grave. It was fairly chilly and by the time we were ready to leave Grandma had to piss in the worst way. We hopped in the car and about halfway to the exit, Grandma told Grandpa to stop the car. She walked over to a large headstone, pulled her pants down and pissed on some poor dead person! She said it was good "fertilizer." I'm not sure what she was expecting to grow...the pissed on person was dead after all. Yeah, I'm traumatized.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Shelley said...

I'm a wimp, I'm going to pick the easiest questions (because I really am a wimp, I don't pee in odd places).

Of course I would vote for Obama. No question. Every time I look at him I just feel like there's so much hope for people. I know I'm stereotyping but I can't see what good feelings Clinton inspires in young kids in poorer areas, but Obama - I just think that he's much more of a realistic role model than she is, and people could actually relate to him. Plus, Clinton scares me. That comment that the U.S. could totally obliterate Iran if they make a move towards Israel - that scares the crap out of me. And Obama held an in-progress sock :)

As for what kind of yarn I'd be, I'd be a magic ball. Some acrylic, cotton, maybe a little linen blend, some soy/bamboo, a little bit of glitter, some bows and ribbons, and right in the middle, a teeny little bit of cashmere, like a little gem right in the inside. The colours would definately be brights - mostly deep golden yellow, splashes of wine red, a little bit of powder blue, maybe a little purple. It'd probably be as ugly as heck, but that's part of the charm - all these little bits making up the whole.

Now I really want some me yarn!

P.S. I really love that handspun. Nicely done, you!

9:14 PM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

Wow! You are going to be a rock star spinner. Looks great.

Well it's not really funny, but I'd be a washable worsted weight yarn knitted up into a blanket or afghan. Blankets are usually well loved and warm and comforting. I'd like that.

9:41 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Love those vintage baby patterns! Can't wait to see what you knit from there.

Okay, do you really need to ask what yarn I'd want to be :) Socks that Rock, of course! And, although my favorite is heavyweight, who wants to be heavyweight...I'd love lightweight for once...hehehehe. But I don't want to be knit up as socks...smelly... maybe a pretty scarf :)

9:47 PM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

In my high school, the write in candidate was always Jello Biafra from the Dead Kennedys. Personally, if I were to write in anyone it would be either Larry Flynt (who has been a presidential candidate in the past) or Henry Rollins, even Marilyn Manson. They all seem to be up on politics and would be much better at "change" than a Harvard-eduated lawyer (Obama), which doesn't sound like much of a change to me. I just can't vote for that guy, so a write in is looking pretty good to me.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Nothing wrong with a Harvard-educated lawyer running the country! Hey, would we really want an uneducated person running the country? At least Obama got in/made it through an Ivy League college with hard work and intelligence, unlike our current president, who admitted that he graduated from Yale with a C average, and only got in because of who is dad/grandpa are (legacy admission preferences).

Anyway, hmmm, the funniest place I've ever had to go the bathroom? I don't think I have one, but did I ever tell you about the old Woolworth's store in downtown Cleveland that actually had pay toliets? Seriously - you had to put a dime in a slot on the door to get in. I wouldn't use their bathroom, even if it was free - it was absolutely the nastiest, dirtiest, smelliest bathroom (public or otherwise) I've ever seen in my lifetime.

9:57 PM  
Blogger errs said...

I can't think of any good write in candidate except maybe Jed Bartlett. But the funniest place I ever had to use the bathroom -- well the place isn't funny 'cause it was a bar -- but I had to go and there were 2 men's bathrooms and a huge line for the ladies room. So I went into the mens and there was only a urinal, so I figured out how to use it...

10:10 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Your spinning is coming along great!

Here is my pee story.

Okay so I am one of those people that have to pee when I can't, like once I get on the highway I gotta pee.

So years ago we took my two older daughters to the African Lion Safari. Well the deal there is you drive through a compound where the animals roam free. So you have monkeys climbing over your car etc....all the animals running amuck. You can't get out of your car obviously and once you go in your about 40 mins. driving through. You have to drive like 2 miles an hour. So even though I pee'd before we went in, did I not have to pee as soon as the big compound metal doors closed. Fuck, was my thought.

So I gave the girls thier cookies and pee'd in a tuperware container in the front seat of the car.

Felt a ton better and enjoyed the rest of the ride. LOL

11:59 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Oh and in case your wondering I threw the container away!!! LOL

12:02 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Any president at all?? Real or Fake?? I am seriously considering writing in Josiah Bartlett for president. He was played by Martin Sheen on The West Wing, which is, by far, one of my favorite shows. Aaron Sorkin is a god....a coke head, but a god, none-the-less...

2:51 AM  
Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...

Well, I think Obama is full of hope and change....but for what I have no clue since he never gets down to the knitty gritty deets. Slick, isn't he? Lemmings have rushed to him though. Oh and shit. He is full of that too.

Clinton? Gah, no more repeats! 'Nuff said.

McCain, I lost all my respect for him when he and his other cronies tried to shove amnesty down our throats. Screw that is what I and millions of other Americans said.

So, who would I vote for if the field was open to anyone, not just those who have money, and are powerful and greedy? The homeless man or woman who busted their asses all their life to try to make ends meet just to have some shitty medical problem or job loss arise and wipe them out of everything they own. That's just one very good example of who should be president.

Or one of my dogs. I promised them all the pup pup treats they could handle if one of them ever made it into the polical arena. :) Considering our choices, Ms. Sisal Pig would do right well.

This is an abrasive post, and from the looks of the other comments, people will be offended because that is the politcally correct thing to be. If you want to remove it, go for it. I will not be offended by that ;p LMAO

4:50 AM  
Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...

Oh, I forgot the most important thing:

Fart! Tee hee

And cool looking fibers that ye have!

4:55 AM  
Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...

Oh just one more thang! Because I am so cool, I can say thang.

I love a good politcal rant, especially when I am the odd man out. Eep, there I go again not being PC. I should have said odd chick. Wait! That is sexist. Damnit. Odd woman. Yes, that is me to a T.

Love you lady. Crap. No, I am not coming on to you. Don't sue me for harrassment.

5:01 AM  
Blogger Westozcaat said...

hi bezzie, great spinning- almost forgot- add me to the kaye list for this month!


6:28 AM  
Blogger Connie said...

Your spinning looks great! I have vowed to never go down the path :)

I will not touch the political arena except to say that I want a "do over" - I don't like any of the candidates.

The weirdest place I had to use a restroom was on the side of a mountain in Kauii. DH and I were hiking, trying to find a waterfall (which we found out later was dried out) and I had to go to the bathroom. We were actually up so high we were higher than the goats! We had not seen anyone all afternoon and of course as soon as I assume the position and am finishing up...a family comes around the corner! Go figure - they must have been air-lifted in!

7:16 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Hmmm...anyone for president? Let's get Simon Cowell from American Idol in there. Not afraid to tell the truth, harsh as it may be, not afraid to take an unpopular stance if he thinks it's right--and after last night, not afraid to apologize and admit he made a mistake.

7:20 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I just wanted to say your spinning looks fabulous! Crimpy fibers are SO much easier for a beginner than merino, which is so short and slippery (and truth be told, really likes to be spun fine).

Ok, I am totally voting for Obama (and would have written him in if Hillary had gotten the nom) because I think what we need is a diplomat. The presidency isn't about being tough, or who will be a fighter for the American people, it's about who can best help America cooperate on a global scale, and improve our infrastructure so that we leave a better world for the young people. At least that's this political science major's thought. :)

But you really want to know about the bathroom, right?

The short version is that it was in Ireland, in a coin-operated stand-alone unit that did a full washdown and sterilization after you had been in. The strange thing was that you couldn't flush until you left and closed the door. I was so paranoid that it wouldn't actually work that way! :)

7:47 AM  
Blogger Disco said...

Oooh, I love Amy's answer just above. I can't vote yet, so I'll leave that alone.

I try desperately not to use public toilets. But, I was in a posh nightclub in Istanbul once and really HAD to go. You'd think because it was upscale they'd have regular toilets, but, oh no, it was a hole in the freaking floor. Needs must and I had to bite the bullet. Truth be told, they work remarkably well, if you place your feet on the marked areas and can keep your balance.

Onto nicer subjects....I like your spun yarn very much. The colours are great and the spin is nice and tight. I only could see 2 places where it was a bit thick.

And you know how I feel about knitting for babies - it's all sock yarn for me. You should think of cold weather clothes for NCarolina. It gets quite chilly in the winter.

8:02 AM  
Blogger Brena said...

I have no idea who I'd write in, so I'll just keep reading your comments until I find one. :)

The weirdest place that I've peed was in my Grandpa's 4-seater plane through a funnel into a half empty water bottle.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Secret said...

The last two presidential elections have gotten my favorite write-in candidate - Hustler Publisher Larry Flynt for his stand on freedom of speech. And I bet his White House parties would ROCK!

8:45 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

The weirdest place I have peed was through one of those hole in the ground pee-holes with feetprints painted on the ground. There was no door. There was no stall, it was a family bathroom, there were holes all around the floor and needless to say it was damn stinky in there. It was in Turkey and I was the only thing not wrapped in miles of fabric any where near. It was very weird but not all that funny. Not unless you could have seen the looks on the faces of the women who were watching me.

Your spinning looks great! I love those colors!

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! It looks like your spinning is coming along real nicely! As for the vote...Well I did one year vote for your Uncle T and Father...but with your Uncle T gone...I am at a lost. I just may vote for MM. the weirdest place I have peed is a coffee can in the back of a station wagon when I was a kid. Love, Mom

9:32 AM  
Anonymous fiberfool said...

Hi Bezzie,
Sadly I had unexpected "hershey squirts" in a run down neighborhood of Chicago and HAD to use the bathroom at a dumpy corner gas station! The bathroom was so filthy and stinky I almost threw up from the smell.

I also had my daughter get her gyn check up, I have no parts to check myself.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous birdie said...

Hey, remember that time we were driving back from somewhere (probably Anchorage) with the Old Man, and I had to pee so bad? He pulled into the Palmer Chevron, I think, and you went in with me. Well, the toilet seat was covered in pee and so you held me over the toilet while I peed! Haha! I probably left more pee on the seat than what was already there. Gross! Haha!

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Necia said...

Your spinning looks FANTASTIC. You've come so far, so soon! I'm kind of jealous! Lol. Anyway the weirdest place I've ever peed was on a highway, on the shoulder, in between the right passenger doors, both of them open to cover me! There I said it! I really had to go!

5:47 PM  
Blogger Red Dog Knits - Kristi and Otis said...

I've peed in a sorts of spots - the wierdest for me was in a hospital room using the cover plate from my dinner. But I think the best bathroom story was my dad on our wedding day. He was staying at the the same hotel as some MSU Alumni party (Marriot downtown EL) and crashed it and some spoiled potato salad. While going for a walk through MSU campus waiting to leave for our wedding, he realized he had to do the big nasty - he climbed into a dumpster behind QD and let it go - broad daylight - MSU and U of M football game traffic whizzing by and honking. This is how I remember my wedding day ;)

6:06 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

Hmm I can't think of any weird places I've had to pee but I can think of plenty of horrible places.

If I was a yarn, I'd be some cashmere fingering weight since I look more like Lambspride Bulky these days.

6:13 PM  
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6:13 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Your spinning looks great! Isn't it addictive?

As for the drawing...

Skinny Dick's Halfway Inn...

and I have the matchbook wrapped condom to prove it.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

The spinning is coming along really well! that looks great.

Weird place for restroom visit, huh? How about the Vatican? They have "squat toilets" there. With porcelain fixtures, but squat nonetheless.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I am too tired by my day today to rant on anything political. I will say you spinning looks stunning and as good as candy to eat!

My pee story? I'll just chalk it off as being young, stupid and drunk. It was at an AC/DC concert with my ex-husband,, his friends and their girlfriend/wives. We were partying in the parking lot and all prior to the concert,, drinking up a storm. One of my friends and I, once we entered the concert arena,, of course had to pee like we were going to explode. And of course the line was out the door for the stalls in the woman's room. So we did the only normal thing (what seemed normal to us at the time,, in our drunken stupor), taking turns holding our jackets in front of each other,,, as we went and peed in the sink. Hey when you gotta go, you gotta go. It was either that or have a terrible accident. What can I say,, Beer happens!

We did clean out the sinks after we were done at least.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

The spinning looks great! I need to practice more. Soon you'll be able to offer handspun yarn as a KAYE prize!

As far as the election goes, I am in a real quandry. I don't want to vote for BO. He reminds me of Jimmy Carter in the 70's. A good man who will be ineffectual in a job that demands strong leadership and strong political savvy. Obama is probably a great guy but so is my husband. That doesn't mean he should be president. If I could vote for anyone, it might be Gov. Corzine. I know he's unpopular right now but he inherited a mess and is trying to deal with it in a fair way. I can't think of anyone else, except maybe Gloria Steinem. Wouldn't she make a good president!

10:21 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

Hmmm weirdest restroom break... I was going to say the Vatican as well, just for location's sake, but the toilets weren't squat ones, by the Sistine Chapel for those of you who need that kind of info., so that's kinda boring.

There was the time back in my married and sailing days when we were anchored off of Treasure Island in the SF Bay. The old military area is some kind of a cross between NEW! AFFORDABLE! HOUSING! (yes, just like that) and a "retraining/reeducation" school.

We were semi-free to roam around the housing development place--we went into the office and pretended we were interested in housing to see what it was all about--and find a bathroom. The place was creepy in that "I'm on an Island in the Middle of SF Bay" kinda way. We got strange looks from the locals, this was about 2000/01, so we kept walking and got lost.

And of course, we'd still not found a toilet. We cut some corners/yards and stumbled into the training center where people were learning all sorts of things...I had other things on my mind so the only one for sure I remembered was all these kids in those checked chef pants that were being harassed by security for not having their badges showing...did I mention they were all wearing checked chef pants, white chef coats, and some even had the cool hats?

I finally found a WC and life was better, except as we were leaving? These really big burly looking security guards started semi-following us. They were part of the group that kept asking the people about their ID/Badges and giving them really hard times if they did not have them---they were everywhere. We showed our um ingenuity by going out a window and over a fence at that point, to get as far away from the education center as possible.

I think this fits the "weird" category for me for restroom breaks.

Congrats on the spinning, it looks great!

12:31 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

Kitty fuzz love, how cute is that? That's a great picture.

7:02 AM  
Blogger Olga said...

Do weird potty dreams count? Cuz, I must have a hangup about going to the bathroom because I ALWAYS have this dream where I have to go really bad and *of corse* the only toilet is out in the middle of a public place and everyone can see me and *of course* I have to go #2 and I'm so embrassed and then all of a sudden I'm sitting there naked.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Sherry W said...

Write in Clinton! (which I may end up doing)

10:25 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

Your spinning looks great! Love the rainbow sherbet colors, too.

10:26 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Let's see... if I were going to be a yarn, I'd have to go with quivut. If someone's gonna put their hands all over my innards and stick me with pointy sticks, I wanna know they paid for it.

Then, after I sat in their stash for a decade because I'm so damn pricey they couldn't decide what to knit me into for that long, I'd want to be some wristcuffs. I'd suffer very little wear that way, and on a cold day, I'd be tucked inside their coat sleeves. Plus, I'd make them feel like Wonder Woman. That'd be cool. Especially if they were for a man.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Holy @#$!, girl, that is some fabulous spinning - I guess you and the new wheel are getting along just duckily!

6:23 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Wow look at your spinning!! It looks fabulous!

7:44 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Wow, your spinning has a long way in a short time! Nat ur al! Fuzz and contests! WooHoo! I don't how funny it is, but I tried to get off a bus in Little Havana in Miami on our way to a football game. We were drinking beer way before and I was standing in the seat. The bus stopped for a red light and I thought I could pop off the bus in a corner bar and get back on without anyone noticing. My hubby (then boyfriend) wouldn't let me off the bus! Bad hood, I did not care! Needless to say, when we got to the stadium, I hauled ass (carefully) to the restroom.

5:09 PM  
OpenID bufanditas said...

Oh I can't wait to see the pieces you knit up from those vintage booklets. Like you say, the patterns are classics and can be so sweet.

Your spinning is looking great and I love the texture and colors of your yarn.

7:02 AM  
Blogger Amysatx said...

Weirdest restroom? Hmmmmmm...I used the restroom in this hole-in-the wall Mexican restaurant in Port Isabel (S. Padre Island) and the restroom was a little room with two little toilets..side by divider. I can't imagine using the restroom in front of anyone else...EVER!

Of course there was always that cornfield in my college partying days too!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Your spinning is amazing! And it's an wonderful feeling to see the fiber I dyed spun into something so pretty.

And thanks for provoking some pretty funny stories. Well done!

8:07 PM  
Blogger April said...

Oh Man Bezzie! Can I still get in on the cooter rootin action? I got mine rootered in April (yesh - in April cause its my name - makes it easy to remember and not as skeevy as for my birthday) AND in May due to some freakish lab mix-ups. (One entry is fine!)

8:30 AM  

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