Pink Monkey Knits

Using my opposable thumbs to knit up a storm!

Friday, March 10, 2006

I Loves Me Some Spring! 


Friends, today was the kind of day in our nation's capital that makes me really love this city. It was warm (I even broke a little sweat walking to work) and windy and clear. I would stop myself when I was outside just to breathe in the fresh air and smile. The good feeling was contagious, people were outside and were talkative and interactive with their fellow residents. It was really the kind of day that makes you feel good about humankind. When I was in college, I always loved days like this because everyone would just be outside in the central quad. In between classes, people would grab some food and sit and outside with friends, and you would run into everyone you know and have a little chat. Everyone strolled in late to class because they just wanted to stay outside and see everyone in their whole social network, play frisbee or even nap- like little kids who don't want to go to bed in the summertime because they want to stay outside and play all night. Ahh, spring. The wool sock that I'm knitting from these Trekking yarn (kindly sent to me by Laura) seemed grossly inappropriate on this flip flop day but hopefully if I finish the pair quickly, I can get a wear or two out of them.

My spirits were additionally buoyed today by the fact that I only had to work a half day and was actually able to have some time to enjoy the lovely day. Additional good news: my tax refund is going to be pretty decent this year and will help me pay off a big chunk of my credit card debt. I can hardly describe how much of a relief it is to know that I won't have to constantly be worrying about money - plus, I should be right about done by the time Sheep and Wool rolls around, so I can make some sweet purchases there (although not so many that I'll be right back in debt again!). I'll also be able to get some nice things for our new apartment. Yes, Cobra and I found a great place and we're going to sign the lease on it tonight! It was so easy, only the second place that we saw! It has a separate den/office and, best of all, access to a backyard. I'm so excited that I want to be living there now (although the prospect of the actual move and culling down of our unnecessary stuff is not fun). I feel like my life is starting to make the real upswing that I've been waiting for for what seems like a really long time.

The other really, really good thing, knitwise is that, as a result of the Springwater Superbowl sale and a recent stash swap held at Ann Fidget's house, where I got to meet many wonderful, exuberant local bloggers, I got a lot of yarn. Like, so much that I may have exceeded the stash expectations I set out for myself this year. Here's the booty:

lots of yarn!

Dang. Clockwise, starting at the bottom left corner.
2 skeins Reynolds Lie-Lope, black
1 and most of a 2nd skein GGH Soft Kid, light blue
3 skeins Noro Kureyon, colorway 100
1 skein cool Japanese pea green mohair
7 skeins Rowan Cotton Rope, Parma colorway
1 skein Wool in the Woods Duet, Playground colorway
1 Skein Muench Black Forest Yarns Naturwolle, aquarell colorway
1 skein SWTC Oasis soy silk, turquoise
1 Skein Rowan Summer Tweed, Denim colorway
1 skein Colinette Skye, not sure on colorway but it's probably on the website
1 skein brilliantly shiny silk/mohair blend, white
7 skeins GGH Domino, black and white
2 and a bit skeins Lambs Pride Worsted, raspberry colorway
And finally, in the center, 5 skeins SWTC Bamboo, electric blue colorway.

And, of course, the Catalina pattern book was a personal gift from the lovely Heather, to provide with some inspiration for all of this raw material! Some of the yarn was purchased with a particular project in mind, so it wasn't all blind greed. I exhausted myself just typing out that list but I would like to make it clear that I will redeem myself for having all this yarn by using some of it to knit for charity. More on that another time. Oh, by the way, this pic didn't include some of the yarn I got at Springwater because I already used it to whip up a scarf for my dad!

Dad's Scarf

Pardon the weird lighting, I have to go to some lengths to take a photo with any natural light in my current abode. With his current medical treatments, the cold is really affecting my dad adversely, so I willingly stepped up to create him a lovingly handmade item to warm him as he maintains his strength and good outlook. It was made with 2 strands of Harrisville Designs Orchid Line yarn in a 5x6 basketweave. This yarn was nice to work with, although it did have some planty bits in it and broke very easily. It blocked beautifully, however, and probably about doubled in length in the process. Sweet, wooly magic.

It's almost time to go sign that lease, but I'll complete the book meme that the lovely bugheart, illustrious founder of the DC Stitch n Bitch, tagged me.

Name 5 of your favorite books:
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
Naked by David Sedaris
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
What was the last book(s) you bought (or brought home from the library)?
I rarely buy pleasure reading books anymore because I already have so many that I haven't read and feel I should get through a bit first. Recently, however, I did get The Matter of Desire by Edmundo Paz Soldan, a Bolivian -American writer. From the library, I last got The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns by Anne Budd, Real Simple: The Organized Home (which is like total house porn, I'm obsessed with it) and one I'm a bit ashamed but I got because I'm really trying to improve myself: Speed Cleaning 101 by Laura Dellutri (the Healthy Housekeeper). Am I obsessed with moving much?
What was the last 3 books you read?
Paula by Isabel Allende
Straight Man by Richard Russo
The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
List 5 books that have been particularly meaningful to you.
Stitch n Bitch by Debbie Stoller
Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman
The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodges Burnett
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Diary of Anne Frank
by Anne Frank
I think that the fact that these were all written by women is significant in and of itself.
Name three books you've been dying to read but just haven't gotten around to it.
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
Amazing Adventures of the Escapist by Michael Chabon (all volumes)
The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J. Adams
I find that as I've entered more and more into the "adult" world of independence, I'm less inclined to want to read non-fiction that's about, like, topical issues, not knitting or food. Because, you know, my life is already so full of complications.

I hope you're enjoying your own beautiful weather!