Stitchy McYarnpants

Confessions of a husband-neglecting, cat-shooing, yarn-hoarding knitaholic. But in a good way.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

A Blogging Flogging

I suck. I do, I know I do. I am a bad blogger. And a bad knitter. And a bad person in general. I forgot my dad’s 65th birthday on Wednesday! How crappy is THAT?! I mean, as far as birthdays go, 65 is right up there with 1, 21, 30, and 80. It’s a big one. And I forgot. Luckily, my father is a lovely and forgiving man. And good-looking, to boot (yes, he reads my blog). So I’m hoping he’s not too disappointed in me. He said that he’s had so many birthdays already that he’s stopped counting, but I think he was just being nice. I’d be annoyed if my ungrateful daughter forgot mine. I did my best to make it up to him by sending him some filet mignon and stuffed potatoes from Omaha steaks. Plying him with meat and taters may be the only way to fix this. (*just wanted to add that as of posting, he received his steaks and all is well. Yay!)

Have you ever looked down for a second, only to look up and find that it’s a month later? Freaky, man. It’s been that kind of month. I think all of the non-stop rain and grayness was really affecting me adversely. I was feeling pretty crappy and bummed out. Not depressed, really, just sort of like a lump of boneless chicken with no motivation. Even if I had felt like blogging, you probably wouldn’t have wanted to read it. I was actually too much of a slug to even knit. Bad. Bad. Bad. But the sun is out, the sidewalk is dry, and it’s all good.

Thanks for all the great feedback about the quilters! I’m going to put together all the links into a post and link to it on my sidebar. It’ll be easy to keep tack of and update that way. And no, I still have no plans to take up quilting. But I do want to just sit in the middle of a room cutting out little shapes with a shiny pair of razor sharp shears. That’s the part that most appeals to me. But since most of those little pieces would go missing in a matter of minutes, I’ll hold off.

Also, I just want to give a shout out to my girl, Bookish Wendy, for hosting a swell Taste of Yarn party. It was a great break from being crabby! All that amazing food and lovely knitters and tasty yarn were just what I needed. There are lots of accounts written by different bloggers who were in attendance, so all I’ll say is that I’m in love with Future Man (pictured very provocatively in the linked post) and leave it at that. At the party, the ever-delightful Melanie gave this gorgeous wool for spinnin’. She got it at the NH Sheep and Wool Festival. I think I would have picked this very thing out of everything they surely had there. The colors are spot on. She’s trying to suck me into that whole world of spinning. It may work.

And lest you think I haven’t been knitting at all, I have been. A little. I started a Flower Basket Shawl with some red Koigu I had lying around (I know! Koigu. Lying around. I told you I’m a bad knitter). But I just can’t concentrate on a chart right now, so I’ve packed it up for a while. I need to fix my botched Branching Out scarf before embarking on another lace project, anyway.

So because I’m having a tough time focusing lately, I’ve been doing simple stuff. The two projects I’ve almost finished are both felting projects. The knitting part is done, I just need to toss them into the machine. The first is a cute little rose from Two Old Bags’ booklet “Wooly Embellishments”. There are lots of cute flowers and vines in here that are silly and fun. They’d be good for felted bags or hats or any number of things around the house that need wooly embellishment.

The other thing I’m almost done with is a purple felted bag. Pretty straightforward. It started as a Booga Bag , but it’s a lot smaller than it should be, so it’s more of a Booga purse. The yarn is something extra scratchy I got for 5 bucks at Rhinebeck. I can’t remember what it is. Let’s hope it felts . . .

Oh, and I need to thank Maryse for sending me some great pattern books recently. I think she has a fetish for knitted bathroom paraphernalia, since two of the books have an entire ensemble du toilette within. I sent one of the booklets to Marnie as part of her prize package, so she should be making a toilet cozy real soon. Merci, Maryse! mwah!

Ok, I feel better now that you all don’t think I’m dead or have ditched you. Bear with me and we’ll have a new MOKS in no time!


Anonymous CatBookMom said...

Glad you're back, and feeling less like a lump. Missed you. BTW, I've been there, did that, lost the days.

I've come across any number of knitted or crocheted items that should be in your Museum, one of which is the cover picture on the 'new' Knitty. But that's just me, as they say.

Knit on!

6/04/2005 07:07:00 PM  
Anonymous jamie said...

Glad you're still kicking!!

6/04/2005 07:27:00 PM  
Blogger claudia said...

Delicious fiber. I see you are well on your way to accepting your spinning fate.


6/04/2005 07:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Robby G said...

Dearest Stitchy: Glad to see that you are okay and just under the "weather". Hope all the McYarnpants are doing well. Be watchful of Dot as she just may give up the fiber for the hottie "Futureman". She has a reputation to keep up!

6/04/2005 08:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Dharma said...

I was just about to give up on your return, but somehow knew you wouldn't abandon us. ;) Looking forward to another installment of the MOKS, although how you're going to top the previous editions is beyond me.

6/04/2005 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger katya said...

If you're tired of the weather, you should come visit your drooling fans out here in Sunny California! Baby, we'll treat you right.

It's sure nice to have you back!

6/04/2005 11:35:00 PM  
Blogger Elisa said...

We were talking about what you were up to yesterday up at Hair Club - there was much discussion of "vacation" and "crazy".

I'm glad to hear that it was just a Stupid Boston Weather induced hiatus. ;)

6/05/2005 08:40:00 AM  
Blogger Micky said...

I was beginning to think we needed to send out a search party for you. I popped on here today with the idea that if you hadn't posted, I would ask everyone that I know reads you if they knew if you were ok. I am glad you are!

6/05/2005 12:52:00 PM  
Blogger Stinkerbell said...

glad you are still breathing and I LOVE that Koigu color. Now to see if I can figger out which one it is :) and to see your finished project!

6/06/2005 07:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Lee Ann said...

Koigu lying's the weather. Definitely. Montréal's been doing the same thing...apparently, I didn't escape the spring shitfest by moving from Boston ;-) And I have Lorna's Laces lying around. It's a tough disease to beat, this lying around....

Really glad to see you're back, knitting, and plotting another exposé. And welcome to the spinning black hole. I blame Cassie and Claudia.

6/07/2005 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

Hey it's your blog, post as you want when you want, and don't feel bad when you don't. I really enjoy reading your blog, but life is busy and sometimes well just sometimes we need a break from technology.

Oh love the flower to be felted, I'm envisioning that on several things. Of course I have a feeling I'm going to be a tacky old lady once I'm old.

6/07/2005 01:00:00 PM  
Blogger stephanie said...

If you enlarge the chart, you won't have to concentrate so hard on it. The lace repeats are pretty easy and it moves along quite quickly once you get past the first chart. I'm using Koigu for this as well and am loving it!

6/08/2005 09:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Good to have ya back and glad to know I'm not the only blog neglecting blogger out there....


6/08/2005 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger mf said...

the colors look wonderful to spin up!! Come on over to the dark side withthe best of us!!! Once you start you won't want to stop!!!! LOL
I love the colors of your booga bag hoep it felts for you niely!

Happy belated Birthday to your Dad! birthday just remind us of how old we are....yak!

6/08/2005 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, and i was beginning to think it was something I said. Hang in there, girl. We'll wait forever if necessary to hear what you have to say.

julia fc

6/10/2005 03:28:00 AM  
Blogger Ainsley said...

Hi there.
I read your blog and I like it.
I would love it if you would read my blog and see if you like it.
Any other readers out there with blogs: How 'bout a reading exchange? You read my blog, and leave your address in the comments, then I will come read yours. It'll be like those shoulder massage circles they always make you do at the office in "team building meetings," only without the weird sweaty guy ending up right next to you and trying to pretend that your boobs are actually aching muscles dying to be rubbed senseless.
Read you soon,

6/10/2005 06:46:00 PM  
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