If I may say, I've got a head of hair that just won't quit -- sometimes it's just too much and I really wish I could give some of it away. I used to wish I could trade hair for boobs. It's one of my best features, though, beginning way back in my days as a towhead toddler right through to the big-hair days in the '80s. I've held on to most of it through three pregnancies and it's beginning to gray a little. It's thick and healthy and there's lots of it -- always has been and, hopefully, always will be. I haven't had a perm in a while, but it used to be that I'd have to book an extra half-hour just to roll it all up. The worst condition my hair was ever in was after getting a Barbra Streisand perm -- inspired by either A Star Is Born or The Main Event (I don't remember which) and hating it so much that I demanded it be "removed." Then came the scarecrow period.
My hair was very blonde right up 'til junior high. Mom used to rinse it with lemon juice sometimes when I was little to keep it blonde. As a teen, I recall treating it at various times with egg, mayonnaise, and beer (yeah, I remember washing my face with Tide, too, and it wasn't the liquid version). Nowadays, it's usually just shampooed with whatever's on sale and rarely even conditioned. I don't color it and I don't perm it anymore, mainly because I refuse to spend an entire afternoon in a hair salon every 6 weeks. I tried to do a home perm once and it was pure hell -- trying to keep Roller #1 to stay while working on Roller #2 (did I mention that my hair is straight -- and stubborn?) resulted in a big waste of time that ended with tears and tingling hands and arms -- and I never even got beyond battling those two rollers. I have tried to color my hair at home, but I'm so afraid of turning blue or lavender or green that I'm ultra conservative in my color choices and there's never any noticeable difference. That seems like a big waste of time, too. It definitely helps to keep my head and neck warm, and my hearing usually improves if I tuck it behind my ears.
So here's the new 'do. Sorry for the not-so-good "after" pictures. I did have a before picture snapped of the back -- it really was getting long! It was basically taken up to the shortest of the grown-out layers and then layered and thinned a little more. When I was asked how I wanted it styled, I was a little confused. I haven't thought of my hair being "styled" in a while -- it's usually wash 'n wear around here, worn down or in a ponytail. She said, "Straight or curly?" CURLY??? Me? I haven't had curls in I-don't-know how long, so I opted for CURLY (then was immediately sorry because, you know, I have all this hair). But I tipped her big for my great big, soft, bouncy curls that I loved so much, I'm almost ready to dig out the electric rollers and see if they still work!
There's a coup going on over here!!
The Peace Fleece Coup d'Etat Cardigan has one completed sleeve and the other is underway. I'm not sure about all those white specks... I love the black/blue/sometimes-even-brownish-gray main color, though. This is intended to be an everyday cardi and it's going to look fantastic with jeans. It'll also look quite nice with black pants, or brown, or gray... you get the picture. This is a swatch, and it's actually my second. The first was done with smaller needles and also had a seed stitch body on either side of the cable, as written in the pattern. There's no way my wrist and arm would survive knitting nearly an entire sweater in seed stitch, so the second swatch was done on larger needles and I opted for plain ol' stockinette. I like it a lot. I think it'll improve greatly with the eventual soak and block.