Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Apropos of Nothing

I once had a friend who always spoke to her husband in baby talk. It was very uncomfortable for those of us in the same room, yet she never seemed to notice that anything was odd about it. Calling your significant other "sweetie" or "honey" is one thing, but asking them in a drippy, lilting voice, "Do you want me to bring home a piece of pie from the restaurant? Would you like that? What kind would you like? You can have whateeeeeever kind of pie you want! Would you like me to bring...cherry pie? Or...strawberry cream cheese?" and on and just plain weird. If you are guilty of these infractions when other people are present, PLEASE for the love of all things holy and good: CUT IT OUT!!!

I'm really not sure why memories of that couple popped into my head today, because I have mostly been working on knitting projects. To start with, I finished off my Soleil tank top.

Pattern: Soleil, from Knitty Spring 2005
Yarn: Rowan Handknit Cotton, Color 305 (a pale purple)
Needles: Size 7, Knit Picks Options
Size: S (33-35")
Mods: I added an extra repeat of the lace pattern at the bottom, since other people on Ravelry kept saying it was too short. I also added about half an inch to the body. In the was still too short for my liking. It will probably look fine over some of my higher-cut shorts or skirts, but not over my everyday lower-cut jeans.

Technically, it's not quite finished because I still have to add the single crochet trim around the neckline and arm holes, but I tried to figure out how to do that and got stumped. I'm hoping my brother can help me figure it out tomorrow when we hang out together. He doesn't know that yet though. :)

So...last night when The Brain and I were walking to a local pizza place for dinner, this ginormous bee came zooming at me out of nowhere and jabbed his rear into my thumb! Seriously, I have never seen a stinger that huge--at first I didn't even know what it was, it was so big! The Brain said it had a fluffy white thing on the end of it too, so who knows--maybe I got stung by some mutant cotton ball? I have only been stung by a bee once before and my leg was swollen and itchy for over a week so I was a little nervous about what this might do to my hand. It's actually not too bad today. It's a little swollen and red and itchy and achy, but it's better than the alternative--my dad is deathly allergic to bees--he's an epi-pen-carrying, medalert-bracelet-wearing member of the club. I'm glad that all I have to deal with is a little pain...and that I can still knit, of course.

So, what to knit now that the Soleil is finished? Well, my Addis came in the mail today! YAY! (Btw, sorry for the crappy photography. I wish I could make excuses and say that my camera is crappy, or that I just don't have good natural light today. But the truth is that I'm just a crappy photographer. I'm over it.) Now I can start swatching for my B Side. Then, when my swatches are done and being soaked and dried (see what a good swatcher I am?), I can plug away on my Auburn Camp Shirt and finish that off. It means winding up another skein of laceweight (ugh), but I'll survive.

I love that the Addis say "KNIT FASTER with the amazing ADDI TURBO". It kind of reminds me of old circus barkers or something. Not to disparage what is clearly a superior product, but something about it seems quaint and old timey.

Some people (and by "some people" I clearly mean my brother, who was my only commenter) left a comment asking what I am planning on using my silk laceweight for. I have a plan for that, but I'm going to save it for another post. Can't give all my secrets away at once, you know!

All right, that's enough blathering from me for today. I'm off to do some mad swatching!


Kristen said...

LOL at "maybe I got stung by some mutant cotton ball?" :) love the tank! i would add it to my endless queue, but now as a rule i don't do anything that involves crochet trim, because crochet and i are completely incompatible.
so many posts in the last few days, i love it!

Yarndude said...

Hmmm. I've never done a crocheted trim, so we'll see if I will actually be any help. I can't wait to hang out with you tomorrow! I can't believe you finished your Soleil so fact! I assume from the fact that it is done that you had enough yarn?

leann said...

Soleil looks great! Loving the comparison of the Addi turbos to the circus yellers (or whatever they call them) and boo on the mutant cotton ball sting! Hope it heals fast!

Deb said...

I love your blog. I've been reading your brother's blog for a while now. If you like Addi's Turbo's....check out Knit Picks Cirs.

I use these all the time & I love them & their prices, too!

Jacey said...

Your Soleil looks great! Does it fit you well? It's nice that you're using your free time so wisely!

Sorry to hear about the bee sting; my mom got stung this weekend as well.

Sarah said...

Yowch! Sorry about the bee sting, those hurt like the dickens. Your Soleil looks adorable!

amanda said...

The soleil tank looks really nice - great color!