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December 1, 2008

Cat Bullet

Post Thanksgiving blahs

Filed under: Hobbies and Obsessions,Travel — Cat @ 12:25 pm

Camels
more camels. They make me smile…

Hi all,

Well, the blog was silent for a week while we went down to Dallas to spend Thanksgiving with my brother and his family. We had a good time, though were only there for a short while.

We did manage to see the traveling King Tut exhibit, and (to copy the words of British Archaeologist Howard Carter) saw “Everywhere the glint of gold”.

Or, to paraphrase Serenity’s Captain Mal… “Shiny”.

It was a lovely exhibit with nice displays. I appreciated the fact that the object descriptions and explanations were written above the display cases as well as on cards within the cases. That way, you could read the explanation of the items as you were waiting to inch up to see what was inside.

I’ve decided that I need some shabtis for my house. They are very decorative, AND supposed to be able to get up and do work around the house. That is, assuming you understand the hieroglyphics used in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Apparently you have to read the spell that is carved onto the shabtis in order to “activate” them.

I was somewhat tempted by a figurine of Bastet (the cat goddes), however, not having shabtis around to do the dusting, I decided to leave her in the museum store.

My nephews, of course, had fun with “mummy” jokes.

Ginger and I managed to sneak away on Wednesday and visited her local yarn store “The Wooly Ewe”. A delightful store chock full of a lot of yarns I’ve not encountered before.

Why yes, I did buy some yarn. Are you surprised?

She had a lot of yarns from Italy. I’m not sure the connection, but the colors were rich and saturated and the textures very smooth and soft. One of my prizes that I bought was about 1400 yards of lace weight merino dyed in a subtly variegated sapphire blue through deep purple (almost black). The store owner asked if I wanted her to wind it for me, so I said yes. It wasn’t too hard of a decision, actually, because I could tell that it wasn’t well skeined. They had a terrible time getting it wound, and, as a matter of fact, couldn’t finish before they closed that day. So, I left my address and they are going to mail it to me.

OK, I’ll be honest. I felt a little guilty dumping that task on her, but she DID ask. It was a mess… I wasn’t looking forward to winding it myself.

I got some other yarns. One merino, dyed in colors from yellow ochre through emerald green and dark grey. Again, Italian. Very pretty.

Oh, and apparently Cascade has SOCK YARN!!! A couple of skeins may have fallen into my shopping basket. Very soft, beautiful colors and washable. Just perfect for socks.

So, the impatient among you are wondering just how I entertained myself in the car on the way to and from Dallas (two days, each way). Well, in the morning, I slept. Exhausted from the sleeping, I immediately turned over to take another nap. Eventually there was lunch and then… another nap.

In the midst of all of the napping, I pulled out the Modern Lace Henley (red wool-bamboo yarn). After taking my time to figure out where I had left it (project wise, not location wise), I began to work on it. Quickly, I picked up the rhythm of the project and made great progress during the trip. I think that, since I was “forced” to focus on the project, I got to the point where I was able to throw the lace chart away and just knit the sweater without freaking out over what row I was on. That was a great step towards progress on the sweater. Currently, the back is almost done – I have to knit about three more inches and then bind off for the neck and the shoulders. I’m very pleased and looking forward to the very complicated front. Um, sort of. It looks hard.

In addition to the sweater, I also worked on a pair of socks using Nachaele’s hand dyed yarn. The color is called “Bird in a Cage” and is bright yellow, orange, red and black. I had originally started out using the “Koi” pattern from a new sock book called The Eclectic Sole, but it was a classic case of yarn/pattern mismatch. I put HOURS of work into the sock on the Thursday and Friday before we left, and then pulled it all out in the car on the way down. After a couple of tries of patterns from the sock bible (Sensational Knitted Socks), I settled on my old favorite, the yarn over cable. The sock is now progressing nicely.

The colors are vibrant, and the yarn smooth and workable. I amused myself the whole time thinking up multitudes of appropriate names. “Scarlet Macaw”, “Campfire”, and “Matchbox Car” all came to mind. However, I finally decided that the colors most reminded me of Dumbledore’s Phoenix from the Harry Potter movies. Therefore, I’m calling these my “Fawkes Socks”.

Ah well, I’d best be going. Hope you all had yummy Turkey Days and that things are going well for you.

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5 Comments »

  1. Good for you with the knitting and napping marathon! I will now go looking for Cascade sock yarn. Watch for my answer to your email earlier. Happy Monday.

    Comment by Donna W — December 1, 2008 @ 1:51 pm
  2. Modern lace Henley is going to be beautiful. Such a rich color and wonderful pattern.

    Comment by Mom — December 1, 2008 @ 3:33 pm
  3. Sounds like a perfectly wonderful week. I, too, acquired some Cascade sock yarn. It looks divine.

    Comment by Judy — December 1, 2008 @ 3:41 pm
  4. I’m glad you had a nice Thanksgiving! The yarn your purchased sounds lovely. Can’t wait to see pictures of the yarn and your Modern Lace Henley :)

    Comment by Terrie — December 1, 2008 @ 3:58 pm
  5. Sounds like a nice trip, I will have to check out that store on my next visit down to the bid D.I can’t wait to see you projects and am happy to hear you are progressing nicely on the henly, I bet it will turn out lovely.

    Comment by Claudia — December 3, 2008 @ 7:33 pm

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