Sunday, September 17, 2006

I re-read some of my past entries and wanted to clear something up. I seem to be making a big stink all the time about how much I loathe certain things: knitting sleeves, intarsia, kitchener stitch, short-rows. What a negative impression that creates! And that's not me by a long shot. So I'm going to turn over a new positive-minded leaf about these things. Repeat after me:

1. I LOVE knitting sleeves!
2. I LOVE intarsia!
3. I LOVE kitchener stitch!
4. I LOVE short-rows!

Without all these lovely things, we would have cold arms, no properly-orca-colored mittens, bulky seams, and no shape. And what kind of world would that be?

Now apparently I need to repeat my mantra a little bit more intensely because I have not knit any more on the BCP sleeves nor have I cast on for the second Orca Mitten. Instead, the siren song of my laceweight yarn stash drowned out my chanting. I bought this handpainted laceweight yarn here ages ago.

I'm not going to take a million pictures to try to capture the color on camera. It is the most intense bilious mustardy chartreuse you can imagine. It is SUBLIME. I can't stand how beauteous it is!! So anyway, the insanity of the color does not lend itself to use in traditional "shawl-y" type patterns. So I decided to try this pattern.

"Half Pi Shawl" from, yes, ANOTHER LYS. But that's okay - it's good to spread the joy. The pattern is pleasantly mindless and shows the demented color to wonderful effect. And this yarn is soft!! BONUS!

Phillies keep on winning! Yesterday, this guy (cole hamels):

took a no-hitter into the 7th inning. He's exactly half my age, born AFTER I graduated from college. Oy. But hey, he doesn't have to marry me - just keep pitching the way he has. My erstwhile friend Pat Burrell went 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts (OUCH) and is back in the MM Doghouse, after poking his head out briefly when he hit a grand slam on Friday. And apparently I jinxed Ryan Howard by putting that home run counter on the blog last week. He hasn't hit one since, and yesterday he did hit one, but some little punky Astros fan reached out and knocked it back into play. Phils are still 1.5 games behind the Padres, but they're starting to pull away from the other folks. CROSS YER FINGERS!!

I teach the second half of my spinning class this morning. We'll be learning to ply. Ha - that reminds me of one of my favorite Tom Petty songs, "Learning to Fly". Well, if you were all huge Tom Petty fans out there, I'd make up some unbelievably clever parody song about spinning and plying, but you'll be happy to know that I'm not going to.


Blogger DMJ said...

The three most vivid pictures of the 2006 Phillies' season:
1. Aaron Rowand running face first into the centerfield fence after his gamesaving catch against the Mets.
2. Aaron Rowand running into Chase Utley as Utley was catching a pop fly to short center field, sending Utley, glove, and ball flying and breaking Rowand's ankle.
3. Aaron Rowand crashing into left-center fence to catch a ball, then bouncing off into the back of Pat Burrell's legs, as Burrell (who didn't seem to be much interested in the play, having his back to it) looks annoyed.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Francesca said...

I'm trying.

I love intars
I love intarssssss

It's not working.

But you are correct that a positive attitude helps. And I have discovered that once shown the light, even once loathed jobs become fun. Like seaming.

12:40 PM  
Blogger diana said...

Int"ars"ia - HEE HEE HEE HEE!!!! Hey look - "Kitchener" has "itch" in it! And "sleeves" has "leeve" in it - like "leave", like "leave me alone!" See!

Oh wait, I LOVE all these things!!! Right, I love all those things. I love all those things... I love all those things....

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