Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Coming Up for Air

Hey Flan,

I would apologize for being incommunicado for the past 6-8 weeks but I'm too exhausted. I had forgotten about how The Job morphs in the summer, having totally repressed all memories of last summer into a nice black haze. Total stressful and exhausting chaos regins supreme.

Enough about that though. Knitting news! I decided to make a passel of hats for The Future Niece/Nephew. Given that we don't yet know if it is a niece or a nephew I decided to hold off on the blanket making. However, I could not repress the urge to knit for it, so hats it was. Someday I'll find the camera and take pictures, they're totally adorable. Also instantly gratifying as they're small and go quickly.

My new knitting obsession is knitting on small needles. I'm currently making a super secret project on size 3s. I've been officially judged mentally unstable by all the knitters who think that making grown-up sized garments on baby sized needles is an undeniable sign of crazy. I think it's turning out rather well.

Around Memorial Day one of the knitters and I sojourned to a not so local but oh so delightful yarn shop. The people are fantastic and very nice and there is a wonderful selection which spans from the usual and economical to the crazy expensive but so very covetous. I was lured in by some Malabrigo and some Blue Sky Alpaca Cotton. Yarn shopping was in the budget, but still I felt extravagent and a little guilty spending so much money on yarn.

However, last week I was listening to NPR and they were talking about the golf course at which the PGA was having their contest and how it was at a public golf course. For the shockingly low price of $38 you too could walk the 18 holes where Tiger had played. I heard the statistic and thought, "$38 for a single game?? That's 3 skeins of Malabrigo and it'll take me far longer than a couple of hours to knit that up." At the end, those guys will have had a nice walk spoiled, but at the end of mine I'll have a scarf, hat and possibly mittens. I stopped feeling guilty.

One last thing, Franklin has a compelling post for today.

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