Carrie referenced the BigAlice List of Positives in her comment to my last post. She said, "Make your own list and tell me you're not grinning by the end." Carrie, just so you know, despite this beyond-crazy week and our amazingly crappy weather, I'm smiling before I even insert the first bullet in my bulleted list.
Random Things I Like...
- The smell of lilacs on a May breeze
- Snow days
- A clean(-ed by someone else) house
- Fresh flowers
- Watching my garden wake up -- especially when the hostas, bleeding heart and bloodroot begin to emerge
- Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss beer
- Knitting with friends
- Freshly baked cookies
- Rock 'n Roll (loud, on the car radio, rockin' down the highway... with the windows down... I could drive straight through to Texas if the music held out)
- Sun-warmed, just-picked tomatoes
- Rich coffee
- Laughing 'til I cry
- Full body massages
- Having my hair washed
- Big fat snowflakes, falling thick and soft
- The smell of fresh-sawn lumber
- Big family gatherings
My brother called from the nosebleed section of the Bradley Center on Wednesday night -- they were up so high and, he said, my SIL was experiencing a bit of vertigo and was so scared that he didn't think she'd move 'til the concert was over, even if she had to go to the bathroom. I can definitely relate. I think he called all of us at some point during the day, just to say, "Hey" and "Thanks." There are certain things he doesn't take for granted anymore, that's for sure. None of us do.
Though my knitting time has been severely curtailed this week, I plugged along and finished Williamsro last night -- back and forth on circs is not my favorite and definitely not speedy, even if it is doubled-yarn-on-big-needle-stockinette. So far, I am happy with how it turned out -- I not only picked up fewer stitches for the bottom part, I also made it just a wee bit shorter.
One thing is for sure, my love for the Noro Blossom yarn may even have grown -- I particularly love this color (#4), but I'm itching now to knit the Blossom Vest that I first saw at Julia's. The itch is such that I even went searching for the stashed Blossom (#8) over the weekend. When I found it, I remembered that I may not have enough yarn, especially given Julia's noted overage. I've been meaning to consider mods, possibly incorporating another yarn, but it's occurred to me that it might also make a fantastic Rib Warmer. I've been wanting to do another since my first, using the pattern from Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Workshop, turned out quite, um, smaller (truly a rib-warmer) and quite form-fitting with the shaping (also bringing to mind Glampyre's famous Boob-holder from a couple of years back, except this is definitely less -holder and more -warmer). Peg has knit all hers the Wool Gatherings/Spun-Out design -- and there are variations. I don't remember which specs KnittingJones used, but she added an edging that looks great. I haven't even looked at Zimmermania.
I'll be getting back to my mittens now, but I've made some well-placed orders and don't be surprised if there's some vesticular* action around here soon.
While perusing the bad picture phone photos I'd taken this morning, I discovered these two that were snapped at an antique mall in Madison when I was there a couple of weeks ago for the garden show and a Mack fix. Imagine my surprise when I came 'round the corner to find this -- I have no idea whether it's an actual "antique," it may or may not have been used as an actual dress form, and it could possibly be someone's art project, but it was fascinating no matter its origins -- made entirely of paper strips, all very deliberately and artistically placed. I hope you can see some of the details in the photos.
*Inspired by Norma's post today... vesticular adj : of, relating to, or functioning as a vest
ETA: Oh, things I don't like -- centered, bulleted lists. HOW DO I FIX THAT??? My html fixes thus far have failed...