Thursday, December 27, 2007
There Will Be Yarn
I am pleased to report that the Curmudgeon and I are spending a lovely winter break with Peeper-Lou and Tween Thing in the Land of 10,000 lakes, where we have been enjoying many holiday delights such as….
Yorkshire Pudding i.e. Popovers:
Seeing movies every night: So far we’ve seen No Country For Old Men—grim but fantastic, There Will Be Blood—the Curmudgeon’s favorite director, a spectacular film, Juno—a Minneapolis stripper/screenwriter hits the big time(!), and tonight it’s The Savages. Philip Seymour Hoffman. Need I say more?
There has also been knitting, talking about knitting, and the giving of hand knitted gifts. None of the A.D.D. Knitter Holiday Hand Knit Gifts of 2007 ™ are overly impressive in any way, mind you, but they were appreciated by their recipients and therefore fit the bill:
Worsted Weight Big Stripe socks
Yarn: Schoeller and Stahl Big Print
Pattern: Just Basic Cuff-Down Socks
Needles: Size 6 Magic Loop
Comments: For my 81 year-old dad who is slowly fading away due to Alzheimer’s disease. He loved these socks, and so do I.
Rowan Chunky Tweed Hat
Yarn: Rowan Chunky Tweed, lost the ball band ages ago and don’t know the color
Pattern: From Ann Budd’s The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns
Needles: Size 8 addis
Comments: During this trip we have learned that ages ago there was a huge flood in Holmfirth (where Rowan is produced) that killed several of my mother’s relatives, so the yarn was a point of conversation and allowed everyone to note how lucky some of us have been in our lives.
Rowan Tweed Almost Meathead
Yarn: Rowan Tweed, one ball on sale at the Skein Attraction
Needles: Size 15 addis
Comments: I ran out of yarn before I could give it the full-on pointy head treatment, but this hat took me about 2 hours to make from start to finish, so naturally I love it.
Of course no trip home would be complete without trips to Borealis Yarns and The Yarnery in Saint Paul, so stay tuned for an exciting account of gift certificate tomfoolery!