Friday, July 08, 2005

Puking, Planning, & Porno

So Fridays are for Cleaning damn near killed me - when you combine a lousy housekeeper (me) with a hard workin' coal minin' man (him), the shower gets some friggin' grimy. I scrubbed for over 20 minutes (entire time spent in the shower stall, with various different brushes, scrubbers, and chemical compounds), and was unable to get the coal muck completely cleaned up. In fact, I used so much "thick bleach" that I threw up (in the shiny clean toilet). At least I made it out of the shower before tossing my toast and tomato. Ugh. So, I quit. The task I didn't get done today was the laundry. It will have to wait until tomorrow. I figure I can stop cleaning when I've made myself barf. But yes, cleaned up all evidence of toast tossing.

So, after a long hot shower (in my shower, not his - his is still in treatment) I felt a bit better, so settled myself down for some fiber therapy (no, not the dietary kind). Here we have a small piece I'm still working on (working title: Temperature Study in Brown). It needs beads or a mesh overlay or stones or something. Not sure what yet. I'm listening attentively - when it finally speaks up, I'll be ready.

In the mean time, I've been gathering a pile of hand dyes and coordinating bits and pieces. I have no idea what it will end up being, quilt-wise, but even just looking at the pile is giving me all sorts of quilty joy.

Now the porno for knitters: today I started my first ever toe up sock, did my first ever waste yarn cast on, and turned my first ever short row heel. Even though the sock is for DH, I had to model (yup, I've got the seriously large feet happening here folks). Sexy, no? Especially with the bright green Swallow Casein needles. Kind of pathetic when I get turned on by a half done sock and some colourful needles.

When I grow up, I want to make socks like this one. Mom made me a pair (yes, I have two, but I had to keep one foot on the balcony for balance while dangling the other out in thin air over the grass for the photo op) 4 or 5 years ago. I rarely wear them, as I would hate to wear them out or wreck them. Instead, I put them on (indoors only, with occasional patio time) when I'm feeling frisky for the knitteds.

Finally, I balled up the skeins Mom sent earlier this week, and this is my favorite. Hand painted 100% Merino, this one was labeled "Blackberries". I'm drooling. Really want to start knitting this, but promised DH the socks first. Good thing they turn me on, too.

8 comments:

Deb R said...

I really like the start you've made on the quilt!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog and your quilts. There is a product for cleaning bathtubs made by Rubbermaid (you can get it at Walmart). You spray it on, leave it for ten minutes and the gunk just wipes off. I know what you mean, though. I nearly asphyxiated myself removing mildew from my bathroom ceiling last week.

Carolyn (www.yarnhead.com/curlypurl)

Sonji Hunt said...

That hand painted yarn is to die for. YUMMMMMMMMY.

Lisa, Procrastinator Extraordinaire said...

Your Temperature Study in Brown is wonderful! What a great idea! I love browns.

San Pan said...

Your Temperature Study in Brown is crying out to me for some reed or grass-like textured overlay.

Pangaea said...

Your Degrees of Brownian Motion piece has been teasing me all weekend. How about adding ecru, copper, and chocolate hardanger over-pieces? Some could be very fine and airy to showcase the background; some could be heavily embossed--even with beads and bits of metal--so as to get that temperature garnish going three-dimensionally. Or use that handpainted merino for straight stitch embellishment.

For a back-to-nature treatment, the circles look like the bird's-eye-view of reed cigars (slough cattails) to me, and could do with some fluffy bits coming out the sides, mosquitoes, dragonflies, and a red-winged blackbird. Enough ideas already?

No matter what you decide, I know it will be great.

Logan said...

Oy. Did it take you long to plan that comment, Pangaea? Sorry, but the more embellishment you suggested, the more I leaned toward leaving it as it is - simple, yet effective. Degrees of Brownian Motion. Oy.

pangaea said...

Thought that would get a rise out of you! ;-) No, that comment came out of the blue, didn't take long and didn't cost much. Sure made me giggle as I typed it, though, trying to stay all serious in words, yet laughing out loud at the same time. Emotional multi-tasking while typing--gotta love it!
OI!