A blog about my life, knitting, and other stuff.

November 5, 2004

What Really Matters

With all the commotion earlier this week caused by the election, we knit bloggers missed the opportunity to discuss something really crucial--Desperate Housewives. How could there not be a single blog post from the 125 blogs I read regularly (sickness, I know) about Gabriela and her murderous mother-in-law played by Lupe Ontiveros?

We first meet Mama Solis as she click clacks with icky giant aluminum needles on a icky giant garter stitch scarf. Her son comments on the beauty of her work (huh?). We can see the actress, who is clearly not a knitter, struggle along with her scene as she click clacks away. Later, armed with the same ugly scarf, she tells a story of how some thirty-plus years ago she killed her husband with her knitting needles. Okay, she doesn't come out and say it but we know. And she warns her philandering daughter-in-law of the same fate. Click, clack, click, clack. Then there is an inset shot of hands at least twenty years younger Ms. Ontiveros knitting dextrously. Click, clack, click, clack. Which leads to the most crucial question. How come after all those years of knitting she's still making a worsted weight garter stitch scarf?

I had a great knitting day yesterday. I had fun at work unpacking shipments of Cascade 220 Superwash, needles and notions. The sales rep from Elsebeth Lavold came to the store. It was the first time I was there when I rep was visiting. I got to listen in a bit and peek over the owner's shoulder. The new spring colors for Silky Tweed are lovely. The new colors of Silky Wool will surprise a lot of people. They are ultra-vivid. We will also get Cotton Patine and Cabled Cotton which felt so soft and had an unusual (cabled, duh) construction. There were a lot of customers to keep me busy and four drop-in students for the project class. I got to help a few people while filling in stock and helping customers. I really love working when the shop is busy. I just feed off the energy.

After work was the weekly Essential Baking knit together. We had so much fun. We talked, argued about politics (and everything else), doled out sage knitting advice and laughed and laughed and laughed.

I finished the right front of Butterfly last night and cast on (three times) for the back. I still have to knit the second sleeve as well. Paula is all knit except for one of the fronts. I think I may have to rip and reknit the tops of both sleeves. They look horrificly long. I didn't get row gauge with my yarn substitution but forgot to adjust for it. Whoops.