Friday, May 19
Mr. Mary has run off to Cuba on another research trip for his book. Yeah, I just bet he's doing a lot of fact finding at La Floridita, The Tropicana and the Hotel Nacional. In the meantime, Mousetress Mary has stocked up on Squirt, microwave popcorn, vin ordinaire, take-out menus and lots of chick flick videos for a few days of neglectful parenting and obsessive knitting.
I even picked up the June issue of Vogue, drawn by the silvery top on the cover. I'll save you the $4: Silver acetate-and-polyester mesh top, $945; Maison Martin Margiela, NYC. I guess that acetate and polyester is harder to come by these days than $2 gas. On page 138, there is a cute woven grass basket from Crate&Barrel, $40, that has knitting written all over it. I would probably line it with some fun fabric to prevent snags.
Soooo, I'm flipping through Vogue and there's this spread, "What do you pack for your summer escape?" with the contributors' lists of exquisitely precious items from farflung and/or expensive sources. You know what's coming....
"For my frequent trips to my family's suburban backyard in Austin I bring a large can of Deep Woods Off, my Green Lantern t-shirt, the one bathing suit that sorta still fits, a dingy pair of Old Navy shorts, CVS waterproof sunblock SPF 30, a copy of "Take Me," by Bella Andre and a six pack of either Safeway Select Refreshe bottled water or ice cold Shiner Blonde."
I have good reason to hang out in my backyard--it's finally back to normal after a week's worth of stump grinding, tree removal, fence and sprinkler system repairs. This ordeal has yielded unexpected dividends: we now have a new spot for lanyard making and sing-a-longs at Camp Dystopia with custom chainsawed seats for Grumpy, Jumpy, Lumpy and Frumpy. Unfortunately, next door at Camp Wilson things went from bad to worse when this rotten old oak gave up the ghost in highly dramatic fashion at 3pm the other day.I'll admit it was practically impossible to repress my wicked glee when I saw this. OK, I'm petty and childish...I hang out with 2nd and 3rd grade boys for cryin' out loud and nobody got hurt.
Here's my progress on the Giotto shrug: I've finished the back and am now increasing for the sleeves. There's a lot of basic shaping involved and the double moss/seed stitch is fairly mindless. I know the dark color obscures some of the texture, but that will change with blocking and a light t-shirt underneath.
I joined Sundara's Petals Collection where 2 skeins of hand dyed sock yarn ambrosia shows up at your door. This is pure indulgence, especially since I haven't cast on for my next pair of socks. HPNY is not helping matters any when she posts all sorts of pattern and yarn links. We're actively mulling over the Team Sock Blog--I really need it because on top of all the new sock yarn, I'm finding new pattern sources. One of them is Dawn Brocco. I was intrigued by her Curvaceous Cable Collection which led me to her site.
This is what I've been reading while waiting for the boys to get out of school. Charting Your Way Through Heel Turns, Heels and Toes Gazette #14 and 15. Real page turners for us new sock zombies. The H&T Gazette has Turkish socks and a lovely Sherbet Stripe Socks pattern that I'll do with a variegated yarn. I really like the fact that she includes multiple sizes--very important for my honkin' big pontoons.
And now Mouseketeers, it's time for to sign off with today's yarnprOn:
A.L. de Sauveterre Estrelle cashmere,'Muench' and Sundara Yarn aran silky merino, copper on brown.
New and improved shots of last weekend's dye pot experiments.
Posted by Mary, Mary... at 9:17 AM