Thursday, February 28, 2008

Move over, knitting...


I can't fully explain how I did it, and one day anthropologists will study my jiggery-pokery and make fascinating conclusions. My evil powers of manipulation and general skullduggery have somehow allowed me to work my magic and convince the other adult in this household that this summer we will spend 10 days in Paris. Those that know this other adult will immediately comprehend the masterstroke that this event represents, especially given that he spends his waking hours fretting about the imminent financial collapse of our nation and thus reusing kleenexes in order to maximize our chances of not perishing in Thunderdome. To break it down in terms we can all understand, this would be like getting Jared to knit with fun fur, or
Pam to suddenly quit sewing and start buying all her clothes from Merry-Go-Round, or Ashley to callously dump her beloved Bailey by the side of the road. You get the picture. This is, as Christian would say, kind of a big deal. So knitting has now taken a back seat to my new best friend, Tripadvisor.com. Have you seen this site? I am an expert because I've spent about 17 of the last 36 hours maniacally reading hotel reviews. It's like Ravelry for travelers...so fyi: I'm going to be insufferable for the next five months. You've been warned. [N.B. the above pic was taken by my brother, who went to Paris with his partner last fall, and since he went, I have to go, because I am locked in a caged death match of one-upmanship for life]. What are your summer travel plans?
A Better Bucket
But there has been SOME knitting. I have, in fact, completed a hat. I know that I wasn't technically supposed to start this project before the Malabrigo March Madness A Better Bucket kal on Ravelry, but I got a little over zealous.
A Better Bucket
The Specs:
Pattern: A Better Bucket by Amy Swenson
Yarn: Malabrigo worsted in Azul Lindo
Needles: addi size 7
Mods: none at all
A Better Bucket
This is the ultimate Malabrigo pattern. The color way azul lindo was just a little too variegated to make it a good choice for a Koolhaas (not that I need to make a fourth one, however it remains my new gold standard), but it is perfect for this pattern. This pattern also allowed me to do my first provisional cast-on ever, and I love it. What took me so long? The brim is folded under and then attached by knitting it together with the working edge, thereby making the brim extra awesome.
To be a good kal participant, I'll be making about fifteen more of these, in the colors below:
Malabrigo--Butter
Malabrigo Worsted: Shocking Pink
Malabrigo--Geranio

49 comments:

Jodi said...

Mmmmalabrigo... always an excellent choice. Cute hat!

Paris sounds just lovely. I think we're off the international travel this year (2 trips to Italy in the past 3 years took a big bite out of the travel budget), and planning to do the Pacific NW or the Canadian Rockies instead.

Strikkelise said...

Lucky you! And a whole ten days!
Cute bucket. I've never tried the Malabrigo, but it looks good.

gradschoolknitter said...

Did this take a full skein? I have some left overs but maybe only 3/4s of a skein (maybe a bit more...)

kim said...

I bow to your skills, both in travel negotiations and in hat knitting. Where did you find this hat pattern? I love it, and I need an excuse to buy some Malabrigo :)

Lollybug said...

My summer plans were just decided - I'm going with you!!

Veronique said...

Wheee! What a fun trip! Do you think you'll leave Paris to check out other regions?

Carrie said...

Wow, what a hat! Isn't it funny how something doesn't catch your interest until you see how someone else does it, then you can't stop drooling??

Have fun in Paris! I've been there for a weekend, and it was great. 10 days should be awesome!

Jess said...

Between the hats,all that malabrigo, and the vacation (to paris no less), sounds like stuff is really looking/being pretty fierce for you right now. Jealous.

SJ said...

Paris? Sigh. Jealous, very jealous.

If this house thing works out, I will be spending my summer vacation in ... my new house. Maybe I'll put a lawn chair out on the back patio so it at least feels like a vacation.

Kristin said...

Well, of course you have to go to Paris, just look at those croisants. You can't get baked goods like that just anywhere!!

I LOVE the bucket hat. I am going to make me one of those pronto. My baby girl has a cable sweater the same colorway.

Yarnhog said...

Oh. My. God. (And I don't use that construction lightly.) We spent a week in Paris summer before last to celebrate our tenth anniversary and it is my new favorite place in the world! Give serious consideration to spending a couple of days in Versailles. (Take the train from Paris, not a cab. Much faster and a fraction of the cost. Fun, too.) We stayed at the Trianon Palace Hotel, just outside the gates of the palace, and it was the absolute highlight of our trip. You can rent bikes to ride through the woods or a boat to row on the canals on the palace grounds. The town is gorgeous and very different from the city of Paris. Not at all touristy, with great bakeries and restaurants and beautiful places to walk.

Oh, and you can buy a multi-museum passport at any of the museum box offices in Paris that not only gets you a discount on individual admission, but also lets you go in through a special entrance that bypasses the very, very long lines. No one will tell you this; we discovered it by accident and were astonished that we could avoid two-hour-long lines just by buying one.

Take good walking shoes and use the Metro. We walked about ten miles a day, and even though we never stopped eating, I lost three pounds in one week.

Em said...

Oh dear. I'm not even going to click on that link,lest the temptation overwhelm me to drop everything and fly to whereever, but I feel some bucket hat knitting coming on real soon!

Kim said...

C'est tres bon! J'aime Paris. Je suis la plume de mon oncle. Comment cher la dentifrice? Phillipe es a la picine avec Anne.
The blue bucket hat is DA BOMB! Malabrigo is the best yarn for hats, in my humble opinion.

Zarah said...

I love the hat! (Running to sign up for Rav KAL). I'm totally jealous of your trip, too. I've been scheming something similar for a certain big birthday next year, though. We'll see......

weezalana said...

Oh, lucky lucky lucky! We went to Paris in November 2006 and it was the most amazing trip EVER. To this day, I still wake up longing to return.

tiennie said...

Fantastic hat! Now I'm going to be obsessed with tripadvisor.com too!

Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

Yeah! On all counts. Paris sounds to die for. You've discovered Amy...and her better bucket... I love her other patterns too, Greenjeans and Emerald. She is lovely (and my local yarn enabler which makes her extra awesome). Great bucket!!

nicole said...

Nous aussi nous pensons aller à Paris cet été! On pourrait aller à la Droguerie (http://www.ladroguerie.com/) ensemble!!!

Ton chapeau "seau" est très mignon!

Spinning Ninny said...

congrats on the parisian trip. i haven't been since two years ago, and i swear, if i could find a way to simply just be there as often as possible, i would be as happy as a clam.

Erin said...

Yea!!! What awesome news. I am actually going to Paris in May--part of a multi country trip I am taking with my sister but I have never been to Paris before and I am SO excited. Let me know if you get a great deal on a hotel!

Denise said...

We'll be off to England this Summer :-) It's where I'm from ;-)
You'll love Paris!
Lovely Hat too!

guiltypleasures said...

I got sucked into tripadvisor about a year ago. It's a wonderful thing to help with travel planning. Have fun.

Love the bucket hat!

Sophie said...

Yaaaay! I don't know how much negotiations were involved in the Liege process, but certainly Paris makes for an impressive upgrade! Ten days!! Plenty of time for the DMC to visit La Sorbonne and stay locked in Les Ursulines... while you go shopping ;-)
Lovely hat, très chic parisien.

Robin said...

OK, I just totally could not stop laughing at the entire first paragraph of this post!! Go you for negotiating this trip! I can't wait to hear about it. I've been to southern France (Nice and Cannes) and western France (Etretat) but have not actually been to Paris yet!

Robin said...

Oh, and I forgot to say that I love Juliet on your daughter! I say the two of them are even now, so it's time to make something for yourself! then again, i'm selfish like that.

Janet said...

Oh, for pete's sake. Would you stop producing FOs that I am jealous of at such an alarming rate, please? Nevermind that I'm already signed up for Koolhaas, Tudora, and Herringbone Mittens... that bucket hat is definitely going to have to go on the queue.

Sally P. said...

LOL THUNDERDOME!!

c'est rigolo, ça!

Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

Oh BTW, since I read your post, I've had "THe Ballad of Lucy Jordan" stuck in my head. Do you plan to ride through Paris in a sports car with the warm wind in your hair? Sorry, just HAD to ask :-D.

a friend to knit with said...

hahaha. i can't believe my husband hasn't thought to reuse tissues!!! :)
lucky you!! that is going to be a fabulous trip. and think of all of the knitting time on the airplane!!

LOVE the bucket hat..........so. darn.. cute!!!

peaknits said...

So jealous - first of your Malabrigo - nice pinky pinks! But then Paris *le sigh* that is (as Christian would also say) FIERCE!! Yay!

Emily said...

Lovin' that Mmmmmmalabrigo hat.

Faith! said...

I am going to have to avoid your blog until you kick this Malabrigo habit, lady. It's killing me here! Killing me! (Must. Buy. Malabrigo.)

Craptina said...

oh la laa suuch a tres chic hat!!! Congrats on managing to get the Other Adult to agree on Paris! will it be *sans* children?

Sonya said...

So. Freaking. Jealous. What a wonderful trip to look forward to! BTW, the economy is going to collapse and those of us not reusing kleenexes are going to regret it. ;o)

Sereknitty said...

I currently have the malabrigo bug, as well ... such amazingly soft yarn, with wonderfully rich colours. Sigh!

I only had 24 hrs in Paris, but would happily go back in a flash! I recently discovered a webpage where trips for knitters are arranged ... sounds like fun!

BTW, I've nominated you for a 'you make my day' award which you can collect at my blog!

Amber said...

Yay for tripadvisor. We did a trip from Arkansas to Alaska last fall and it saved our asses! We were able to find nice hotels to stay in that weren't super expensive all because we were able to read some honest ratings. Your trip is going to be amazing!

Kirsten said...

Bravo on your brilliant powers! I'd love to know some of your secrets! Since my DH is in the same camp as yours with regard to the imminent collapse of our economy, we will be staying in beautiful New Jersey this summer. Although, my indulged son will no doubt be able to weasel a trip to some exotic port out of his father in the name of furthering his education. (Right now the object of his desire is Iceland.)

Thanks for the heads up on the KAL. I've got that pattern in my queue and there's some Malibrigo burning a hole in my stash. Off to sign up.

Ashley said...

Did stupid blogger eat m comment? IT was this: I would totally ditch Bailey by the side of the road for 10 days in Paris. Mais oui!

Lolly said...

tres excellente! we initially planned a france trip this summer, but we regrouped and decided to do a canada trip instead - we are doing nova scotia in may/june. i am planning for it now, and I am so excited! all about nature, hiking, photography... i wish i was there now! you are going to have a fabulous time!

...and i love that hat! it is my queue, and i may need to bump it up :)

pamela wynne said...

Yay for you all! You'll have such a great time. I mean, Paris in summer? Sigh. I'm going to be trekking around the US in a van with a bunch of smelly dudes. And, let's face it, not smelling so good myself.

& I LOVE the shape of the bucket hat. So cute.

Amy said...

Ooooh, yummy croissants!

Hopefully, we'll be moving back to Boston this summer and spending maybe an extended weekend in Montreal. :)

Anonymous said...

I live in Paris and if you're here in the summer I recommend a walk in the evening along the quays level with the Seine down below the Institut du Monde Arab where there are all sorts of dancers and musicians every evening -salsa, tango, rock and roll, traditional French dancing, etc. You can bring a picnic and join in the fun.
You don't want to miss the Vélib either. You can rent bikes all over Paris and if you don't keep them more than 1/2 hour they're free once you've paid the initial rental fee.

WonderMike said...

SO. INCREDIBLY. JEALOUS. THAT. I. CAN'T. TYPE. LOWER. CASE.

Okay, I've meditated and seen that your fortune only makes the world a better place and not me a bitter boy. I'd like to ask a favor and tell me if you see people in wheelchairs. I have a fear of planning a European trip and having to navigate cobblestone streets with a manual chair. Not my idea of fun.

Oh, and could you please stop altering space and time and stacking up so many FOs?!!! Zut alors, cherie!!!

p.s. J'adore Malabrigo.

Knitting Bandit said...

Ahhhh...Paris. I know you're not going there to knit, but I know where there's an awesome yarn shop (well, yarn/buttons/beads/ribbons shop). I bought the most gorgeous bamboo there...

Knitterella said...

Great hat and it's free - cool, thanks for the link!

Wow! 10 days in Paris… so jealous. Have a safe and fun trip!!!

Shelley said...

Love the hat! I've added the pattern to my list of to do's on Ravelry.

Have bookmarked your blog and will be back again!

aquaknits said...

Congrats on your trip!! And your bucket hat is super chic! Can't wait to see more, all that Malabrigo (I swear you've got every color stashed---jealous!)

...Sarah said...

I am a big fan of the bucket hat. Thank you for the link.

Knittymuggins said...

Hooray for you and Paris!! You must be peeing yourself with excitement (I would be :) And that Bucket hat is awesome! Must.search.Ravelry.now.

BTW: Jiggery-pokery is *the* best word ev-ah!!

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