In no particular order of importance (but don't go all the way to the end if you don't want to see something PRETTY Miss L):
1. It's two weeks until court. I found out today on the kids' school calendar that Sept 20 is an early release day. They get out of school at 1:30 - our court time is set for 1:30. If there's any reason for them to appear (talk to judge or something) they won't have to miss a minute of school for it.
2. It's incredibly easy to transfer the kids to a new school.
3. Two sick babies + one sick mommy = no sleep. We must be getting better because I didn't get up in the night to help a baby who couldn't breathe through her nose but didn't want to sleep without the pacifier in her mouth. I really don't feel much better yet and now Daddy's feeling a bit *bleh*. Sorry dear, blame us - not your crazy work schedule. *smooch*
4. I like starting new knitting projects.
5. Picture of Emeline not feeling entirely thrilled about showing off the new scarf:
6. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Or the knitter. My friend Miss L, who is selling that
darling PomPom yarn + pattern on the Destash blog, which I just discounted today SOLD.... yes, that friend.... Miss L had a major stash building splurge when she was vacationing in Wisconsin in July and brought home some very interesting stuff! She brought me a big-o bag of beautiful yarn including two skeins of Trekking XXL and two balls of Cascade Fixation sock yarn and also two 50g skeins of K1C2 Wick! Wow this is so soft and really really cool - it's 53% soy, 47% polypropylene - color 516 (chartreuse). Wowee. Pretty color - I was thinking I'd like more for a summer tank or something like that. Chartreuse is a pretty extreme color for me but if you call it Apple Green it's much easier on the brain.
So Miss L bought all kinds of cool yarn for herself too - one skein in particular was very very *interesting* and very expensive. This stuff was $50 for one ball. Probably about.... oh maybe 100g... no.... 75g? She brought this ball of yarn on her show & tell day after the vacation and was fascinated with it. It's 100% novelty yarn - we suspect 100% synthetic materials. The skein is made up of about 20... 30.... 40.... I don't know how many different novelty yarns in various lengths, all knotted together into one long piece of what Miss L calls "trash yarn." She was absolutely smitten with it at the yarn shop where they had a scarf made up with it and little charms tied on at various locations (probably with the tails where the yarn knots joined each random length of novelty yarn). The colors here are varied - pinks corals golds, blues greens violets. Nothing harsh, yet lots of metallics, eyelash, chenille, rayon, shiny stuff, fluffy bits, one mock feather, ribbons, tapes, cables, tubey stuff - various glittery bits here and there. All completely random novelty yarn, mostly variegated.
Miss L started a scarf with the yarn on an angle, you know - like a diagonal scarf - increase one side, decrease the other side - probably 20-25 stitches wide. The varying textures made it irregular in width, blah blah blah. She was not feeling the love for this skein of $50 yarn. Not at all. She emailed me and said "if you want it you can have it - otherwise it's going in the trash."
GAH! NO! No - throwing away a $50 skein of yarn is not happening if I have ANYTHING to do with it. So last night she brought it over, handed it to me and said, there's just one rule - if you turn it into something pretty I don't want to know about it.
Time to turn away Miss L.
Chartreuse Wick..... Meet Funky Novelty Yarn.
I was just looking at this thinking OH wow, GRAY yarn for a main color would look incredible and give it an entirely different appearance. I'm actually thinking of giving this to Suzannah for Christmas. It's right up her alley and she loves this color of green. It'll go with her powder blue coat very nicely too!! Making this scarf is giving me all kinds of ideas for using random balls of same-type yarn mixed with novelty yarn for scarfs (think knit longways!), summer tanks, oh, lots of things! I know. There are no new ideas. People out there at the trendy knitting shops are already doing cool things. I'm just out here in the middle of Kansas with a boring LYS where they've had the same exact knit samples for the whole 10 yrs I've been going there. Bleh.
I haven't seen too many of various scarves being worked on for the Funky Scarf Swap but this would definitely be something I could see working there. My first thought about that swap was "I don't want a funky scarf" because it's not very practical for me. This, however, has helped me a little to think outside of the box. You really have to be able to take a leap beyond the obvious when you're a designer and when you're trying to find a way to make one man's trash into another man's treasure! Does it sound like I've been watching too much Project Runway? hehe
One more word about this novelty "trash" yarn. As random as it appears, I think the creator was very thoughtful about how she put the random strands together. No two eyelash yarns too close together, nor metallics, etc. Thick and thin are at random intervals. A lot of work goes into making things appear random when they're actually very intentional. A lot like quilting and sometimes knitting too (thinking of Jon's Rosetta baby blanket).
I hope everybody out there is feeling well. No word yet on whether papers have been served to X. I talked with the kids last night and it didn't seem that it had happened but we won't know until the guy tells our attorney it's been done.