Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Like I Need A Hole In My Head...

I wanted to go to a movie, a chick flick to be more accurate. Sensei, although very willing to accept my movie choices for the most part was not thrilled about seeing the Changeling.
So I called my friend Karol and set a plan. But that is like 2 hours with sitting and no knitting, not something I can do easily. The only projects that I have working currently are not dark movie theater friendly, cables and lace, I think not. Unfortunately I was no where near home where my rather large and out of control stash is currently spilling over into other rooms of the house and pick out some yarn and start a dark movie theater knitting project. What is a Dark Movie Theater Knitting project you may ask? To me that is this seasons hottest accessory, a cowl, plain stockinette in the round. Currently I have two others working but they are not Dark Movie Theater Knitting, has cables and the other is double knit. Fortunately I was at my LYS when I made the movie plans and I strolled over and picked out some yarn to start ANOTHER project (the 7th now on the needles, but who is counting?!?) I purchased 2 hanks of Manos del Uruguay Manos Silk Blend and I was already carrying with me a 16" cable US 7 needle (doesn't everyone?) so I was good to go with the Dark Movie Theater Knitting. Now, here is a tip about Dark Movie Theater Knitting so you may be more successful, sit in the back row of the theater. Why do you ask? So when you drop a stitch you can use the light from your cell phone to see when picking the stitch back up with out drawing attention to yourself. Oh and it is most helpful if you have someone to hold the phone open while you are picking up your dropped stitch otherwise you may have to resort to the Daniel Day Lewis-My Left Foot move.

The movie was good, a true story that spanned the late 1920's to the early 1930's about a woman who's child had been kidnapped and her fight against the LAPD to find her son. I really thought that I was going to break down and cry several times, I usually do, however I did not in this movie. Trust me, it is a moving/touching story, but to bring me to tears, not this time.
The cowl, I was going to call it LINAHIMH (Like I Need A Hole In My Head) Cowl, but after writing this blog post, I have decided to rename it Dark Movie Theater Cowl.
Oh and I need to mention, Angelina is wearing some fierce red lipstick in the movie. I have been in search of the best red lipstick and by god I think that was it on screen. Some please tell me what brand she was using in the movie!

This will be my last blog post until after Thanksgiving, I will be with out Internet for a few days. And my birthday is next month, time for another contest-giveaway. I like the "scavenger hunt" type of contest, answer questions from my blog to win a prize. So keep an eye out for that. Have a safe and and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Au Revoir and Danke

Sunday I attended a going away party for a fellow knitter friend of mine, Jeni. She is moving to Omaha, NE to be closer with her family. Jeni is a great knitter, designer and friend. She was one of the first few knitters that welcomed me when I started knitting and I will always be grateful to her for her kindness towards me, I will miss seeing her weekly at the Boba Knitting. Wow, this is starting to sound like an obituary...she is very much a live, you can see here and here (forgot my camera so I have to direct you to other blogs) and she will be back for visits and for STITCHES!! Jeni, don't forget to knit our Hazel Knits sock yarn in time for Stitches. So that was the Au Revoir part, now to the Danke part...

I fully support my favorite LYS's, Purlescence Yarns and Bobbin's Nest, and you too should support your favorite LYS, it is good karma. But there is no reason that our favorite online stores can't get some love too. Remember this purchase by my boss? Well Kathy Elkins of WEBS was alerted to my blog post and commented. To my surprise she enjoyed the story and wanted to thank me for "creating" a huge sale, a few days later I received this...
A very nice "thank you" gift no? In the package is seven balls of Valley Yarns Hadley, a 50% wool and 50% silk blend in the Elderberry colorway (the picture is showing it a little darker than it really is) also included is a Lantern Moon silk project bag a pattern for a shawl and scarf that I can use the Hadley with and a nice handwritten note card. It was all unexpected and very gracious, thank you Kathy, see you at Stitches West?!?

Now, my latest project that I have cast on for...

Yes, it is red, my favorite color and I realized that I have not knit anything for myself in red. So I am now. The yarn is Plymouth Suri Merino that I bought at Purlescence Yarns almost two years ago. It was my surprise birthday present from Sensei that year. I went into the shop and and they said, "Oh Lisa, there is an envelope for you here" and when I opened it I found a gift certificate for $100 from Sensei. I know, all together now, AAHHHHHH. At first I was going to knit the Refined Raglan from Interweave Knits Winter 2006 but after reading some of the Ravelry posts about the yarn being REALLY warm, I thought that a pullover would not be the best option. I am hoping to have this done and ready to wear for Thanksgiving. Here is to best laid plans.