Friday, September 14, 2007

Playground Pusher...

Knitting Pals
Knitting pals!
Peeper-Lou and her pal joined me in the back garden yesterday for some afternoon knitting. Her pal called and asked to come over because "...your mom is fun, she knits....'. So after a cup of tea we sat down for a knit, only disturbed once by the old bag next door who crankily complained that 'our laughter was disturbing her'. I am normally deferential to elderly people, but I have recently given myself permission to act out my rage and hostility toward her and it feels GREAT. In any case, here's a transcript of our conversation once we got down to the matter at hand:
Me: "So, why do you like knitting?"
The Pal: "Well, it's just so much fun I mean when you're on the airplane and you're knitting and someone says 'hey whaddya doin'?' and you say 'hey I'm knitting' and you think to yourself, 'wow, I'm knitting' and you start with a bunch of yarn and then after a while you make something and you think to yourself 'hey I'm a knitter' and it's so much fun to hear the needles clicking, too."
Wow.
When we were driving her home she suddenly realized that she'd forgotten her knitting at our house. I suggested that my daughter bring it to her tomorrow and she said "Oh please, please can we go back and get it? I just won't be able to sleep knowing that it's not with me, and I'm planning on knitting tonight after dinner, after swim practice, and before bed". Ok, so she's an addict at age 10. I hope I don't get hauled in on some corrupting a minor charge. First one's free, kid!

WIP update
Clapotis in Brooks Farm Duet
I am experiencing a major love affair with my Clapotis. This is my first one ever and it is a sheer delight. It turns out a lot of other knitters have rediscovered this old chestnut from waaaay back in Fall 04 as there is a new second-time-around KAL for the Clapotis, called The Second Wave Clapotis KAL, thanks to Tiennie for pointing this out!

From the Lemming Dept.
Fleece Artist 'Somoko'
Apparently all I have to do is see a yarn mentioned on a blog and I will madly search the web until I get my grubby little hands on it. Luckily the Loopy Ewe is equipped for such moments, and in less that 48 hours and I had some Fleece Artist Somoko in my possession. It's gorgeous, natch! And a lovely combo of merino, kid, silk and nylon. The color here is fruit punch, and I can't wait to give it a whirl.

34 comments:

Jennifer said...

Rock on with that cranky neighbor! Too funny! But lucky you to have knitting kidlets. Also, nice Claptotis! I'd love to give it a whirl, but as I can barely move about my home for all the current wips - not to mention my allegedly sock-induced "nerve damage" issue -I'll probably have to pass for now ;)

Karen said...

Too funny!!! She's one of us, already!! As for the neighbor, if she thinks laughter is bad, I'd be happy to send down my next-door neighbors so she can really see what it's like to have terrible neighbors. Cranky old prune. (Okay, seems I've got some bottled up rage today!!)

kim said...

I love that story! I love it even more because the "little" ones who come to my house every other weekend know how to knit but show very little interest. It galls me! That is so cute that she couldn't sleep without her knitting.

That yarn is beautiful. You are not helping my addiction issues...

uberstrickenfrau said...

I love what that kid said, ought to make a card or something out of that.

Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

That's so cute, and lets face it... there are worse addictions. I want to start a clapotis in the worst way but I'm not done my wrap sweater (1/2 a sleeve and some i-cords to go). What would that poor old bat have if she couldn't complaine eh? Personally, I think there is nothing better in the whole world than children laughing!

kmkat said...

If it were the laughter of a bunch of drunken rowdies @ 2am she might have reason to complain, but the laughter of a mom and two little girls in the afternoon? Gimme a break, lady.

Maybe you should offer to teach her to knit. And laugh. It would do her a world of good :)

Whenever I have to deal with such a person I remind myself of what my husband says about that breed: if it sucks to deal with them, imagine how much it must suck to BE them.

Tammy said...

I would love to knit another clapotis. I compromised on yarn for my first one and even ran a bit short. I would really like to knit one with great yarn.

As for the Loopy Ewe... I am completely unable to resist their weekly sneak-ups.

WonderMike said...

Loopy Ewe is your pusher.... YOU ARE MINE.... but I still love you.... I think there's an After School Special incubating there. Or maybe more Lifetime for Women.

Zarzuela said...

Hook 'em while they're young. Love it! Your clapotis is looking great. Yummy looking yarn too. :)

Jessica

Katy said...

Adorable kid! Sounds like a great afternoon, sod the old witch. And your Clapotis is looking luuuuuscious.

Lone Knitter said...

Ow ow ow that Fleece Artist is gorgeous. Isn't it nice to get your coveted yarn so soon? I think more youth need knitting corruption. I'm happy that you're a yarn pusher. The world needs more people like you.

~Kristie said...

Someone complained about laughter? I don't even know what to say to that.

What a cute conversation and yes, YOU are responsible for that 10-yr old addict. I'm so proud of you!

I must know what yarn and colorway you are using for your Clapotis. It's so pretty!

Grace said...

Your Clapotis is beautiful. It is great to hear about a young knitter who is so enthusiastic! I wish I was into knitting at that age!

Erin said...

Cutest story ever. A little knit addict. So cute!

iSeL said...

You are such a bad/great influence!
Awww, she doesn't even know what she's getting into. How cute!

I have another Clapotis planned...see you at the KAL.

Kristin said...

Laugther disturbing her, that is one crankitudinal lady!!
Love the fleece artist.

Sonya said...

Your daughter's friend thinks you're cool. Now that's somethin'. Not that you aren't inherently cool; just that a kid would realize it. Awesome.

I can send my husband your way if the neighbor thing becomes too much. He's been know to drive people out of the neighborhood who are like that. Gently, of course.

Your Clapotis is gorgeous. It looks so soft!

amanda cathleen said...

you are the best kind of pusher, really you are : )
Lovely Fleece Artist. that colorway is lovely! Your clapotis is lookin good, I've been wanting to knit one of those!

tiennie said...

Your daughter's friend rocks! She would instantly become my fav! Sorry about the cranky neighbor!

Dipsy said...

Now, this story is ever so cute! I agree with Tiennie here, your daughter's friend rocks big time!

Jen said...

I love the part about the needles clicking. Too funny.

schrodinger said...

Neighbor sounds like a barrel of laughs - not! You need to stop being such a bad influence on our youth though - bad lady!! ;)

pamela wynne said...

Playground pusher, indeed! Bravo!!

I fully support the Clapotis revival -- it's a classic pattern that totally deserves the love it gets.

Also, I live next to gun-toting cocaine dealers. We should send them over to show Ms. Cranky what actual bad neighbors look like! :P

Diana said...

Lovely clapotis. I haven't made one yet but just might have to jump on the wagon.

nova said...

For the longest time I couldn't figure out if I liked the Clapotis or not (I know), I think I like it though. And that Somoko (especially in the earth colorway-!!-), it's as good as ordered....

craptina said...

Oh my god that is too funny!. Maybe The Pal has ADD, or maybe she's just an early crack addict. Great job. You are the cool mom, will you buy me beer?

Heather said...

I hope that if/when I have kids that they'll think I'm cool for knitting things. :) Love the picture of the two of them. It looks like they're having so much fun. What a great day.

Woman who knits said...

What a horrible neighbor! how can laugther ever be annoying??

Anyway Clapotis is looking great! I can't wait until we can see the finished product!!

Octopus Knits said...

Oh, man... that is an awesome story...

Your Clapotis is looking gorgeous, and I'm so glad you're enjoying it!

P.S. That's a wonderful colorway of the Somoko!

Romi said...

Hehehehehe. Get 'em hooked young, I always say!

robin said...

Clapotis looks beautiful - I love the colorway!

That kid cracks me up - yeah, next thing you know, she'll be blogging! I always say I would have stayed out of so much trouble as a teen if I had only learned to knit young!

Dove Knits said...

How funny! Start 'em young!

Valerie said...

Har har. I love those incredibly loooong run on sentences that kids come up with when they're excited about the subject and they have something to say, but they're not exactly sure what the point is but they know they'll get there eventually if they just keep talking about it, and hey! isn't it awesome? I'm riding the second Clapotis wave, too! See you at the bottom of the cliff... :D

a friend to knit with said...

so cute......! i love when people show interest and then get bit!!!! she has definitely been biten! too cute that she couldn't sleep without it neer her! :)

lovin your clapotis! and the somoko is smokin! love it!