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Friday, May 11, 2007

I'm a swap Hot Mamma!

This is what everyone with long hair looks like in my house today:

(notice the hair standing on end to allow for maximum heat escape)

The short-haired gentlemen look much the same, but, you know, with shorter hair. Trevor is just a little grey puddle, Oscar looks like the cartoon victim of a cement roller, but I'm not turning on the AC. This time last week, it was in the 60s, chilly enough for wool sweaters. It's supposed to be in the 60s and low 70s again next week, and I just plain refuse to turn on the air conditioning for two days, even if I do live in a metal box that could cure pottery right now. All four of us get ice cubes in our water, and are allowed a little extra grumbling time.

As for the sock/pattern debate, it was pretty much resolved after the first comment, when Ellipsis said it would look odd if it was a color, but since it's grey, she likes it.

Good deciding comment, since it's green (albeit a grey-ish green, that I didn't photograph well). She also said it was nice and cobwebby, and I do like that look, and may use it again (with true grey yarn) when I'm looking for a cobwebby feel, but that's not what I wanted here, so a-rippin' I will go.

I did decide I will likely buy a 12" needle to do socks for my husband.

I have no idea what yarn that is (it's been in a ball in my kitchen for about 18 months now, which isn't as frightening as finding a sock - on the needles - hidden inside a pan in the cupboard while I was talking to my brother on the phone)

But it's a sock for GB, right at the start of the heel (which I've actually already done twice, but changed my mind about how I wanted the pattern to move into the ankle, and it's just easier to start over at the beginning of the heel than to try to tink wraps.) It took me about the same amount of time it normally takes me to knit a sock for my own, sized-as-any-sane-knitter-should-have-sized feet, and it's about three inches longer and an inch or so wider. So yup, a good plan if he wants warm feet. Not that it's a high priority right now.

In my own life, I seem to have gone a bit swap crazy. I joined the Knitters Tea Swap (button in the sidebar) because the idea of new teas and new local-to-someone-who-isn't-me goodies sounded like fun.

And then Erin mentioned the Artist's Way Swap. I did Morning Pages for a while when I lived in upstate NY, and enjoyed them, and I'm thinking the process would be good for my soul right now.

So here I am, the anti-joiner-extraordinaire, and I've joined two swaps this week.

Next week, I'll be hosting a Scarf-a-long.

9 Comments:

Blogger Catherine said...

Oh no, I think that makes ME the Last Anti-Swap/Along Holdout on the Internet! It's the heat, it's getting to you - turn on the a/c, for the love of God, before you start a toilet-paper-cozy-along!

7:19 AM  
Blogger chacha said...

A sock in a pan in the cupboard? I don't want to know what was being cooked that led to this... ;)

10:25 AM  
Blogger Coleen said...

Can I use fun fur in the scarf swap?

12:21 PM  
Anonymous beverly said...

Glad you're joining me on the artist date swap!! Thanks for the fabu button, too!

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Borrow my 12" needle for as long as you like...
Cant wait to join your scarf swap. Will it be a potato chip scarf only swap? Or perhaps ribbon yarn scarf swap??

4:17 PM  
Blogger James said...

I'm really into that grey-green! Knitting men's socks kind of sucks. I think I'm going to just knit socks for my mom from now on. By the way, I am all about your scarf along!

6:06 PM  
Blogger Kadiddly said...

Melted cats, gotta love 'em!

Hope the heat breaks soon!

4:06 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Heh-heh, I had to giggle at the sock in the cupboard note. Sounds like something I would do!

I wish I had your resolve on the a/c. I'm a sucker for the cool blasts of air, though, and this menopause stage of life has me sweaty enough all on its own. ;oP

FYI, I put a link to your blog in my knitblog's sidebar at http://www.loopyknits.com; hope you don't mind. I don't comment often but enjoy reading along.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

That cat is adorable! Do you often store knitting in your kitchen cabinets? My stash is large but it hasn't come to that yet!
I've tagged you for the Seven Random Facts meme :)

8:07 PM  

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