Saturday, August 16, 2008

Well-deserved Decadence

After years of lusting after one with nearly all my heart and soul, I finally took the plunge. I bought a chaise. It arrived on Thursday, and I have no regrets. It is every bit as wonderful as any chaise I have enjoyed in hotels and the homes of friends. It is mine, mine, MINE, and no arse but mine will come near it, unless the owner of said arse is very, very nice to me. Obsequious, even. I plan to do a great deal of knitting and writing in this locale.I'm working on the Bookworm Vest from Folk Vests, for a friend of the First-born's. So far it's a nice project, though not too exciting stitch-wise. Luckily, the First-born's friend takes the smallest size. I'm using Webs' Valley Yarns Northampton, which I hear was recently recommended by the Yarn Harlot. I didn't know at the time that it was a new fave of hers. It's now one of mine, too. Nice stuff, nice colors, good yardage, and a most pleasing price.
Here's Roisin Dubh in the foreground, wishing she could get her arse on the chaise. Too bad she only gets to rest beside it, on the fringes of my recycled shopping bag faux Oriental rug.

The rug, by the way, is incredibly pretty, if bright, and it suits the room so well. Bit by bit, the space is all coming together. It only took 13 years of living in this house to get my own room, but now I have it, and I'm not looking back. Again, no regrets. And no rug shampoo, 'cause the plastic rug can be laid out on the lawn and hosed off if it gets dirty, or one of the dogs decides to take a revenge piddle. It was a bargain, too, at $89.00 for full room-size. Click here if you're intrigued.

Well, there's a chaise calling my name again, and a vest that needs to be finished. Yeeeeee-haaaaaaa.....

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Playing with Sock Blanks

So, I decided I couldn't resist the lure of the dye-it-yourself sock blanks Knitpicks was offering. I was curious. Were they knit in tubes, or flat? The idea is they are knitted with a double strand of sock yarn, and you start both socks at the same time on one circular. O.K., I'll bite. Haven't started knitting yet, but I just dyed one of the blanks. No idea what the socks will look like knit up, but I like the way the blank looks, anyway. Bijoox, if you happen to stop by here, I think this one will be for you. I call it "Grateful Undead," which seems appropriate, considering where you and I met 11 years ago. I'll need your foot measurement, from heel to tip of longest toe.
I truly do not know if I will do as suggested and try to do two socks on one circ. I might just have my daughter help me separate it into two separate balls. Well, I have time to decide while the durn thang dries, yeah?

The dyeing was a heckuva lotta fun. Me and my Jacquard dyes and my squeeze bottles and my handy-dandy El Cheapo Job Lot rice steamer and a whole lotta Glad Wrap. Woo-hoooo!!!!