Saturday, April 22, 2006

Many, many days off, very little to show for it....

.......other than possible return to close to sanity. I've been off for days and days and only managed to finish the Adamas shawl (last Monday) a book, (Tiger in the Shadows by Margery Allingham - I kept thinking of Chittavrtti's Life Of Pi Tiger), went to a movie (Friends With Money - not half bad and for being a fairly unrealistic portrayal of anyone it rang surprisingly true) and up to Sonora and Columbia for what turned out to be a daytrip (much to Sheri's dismay, I'm sure. She drove. But we did drive in the red convertible with the top down. (Oh, okay. Until me and The Movie Star whined enough about being cold and windblown and Sheri put the top back up. But it went back down later.)

The Movie Star.

The set: (somewhere on Hwy 49)

But most importantly, The Yarn Store in Sonora, By Hand Yarn. And I can't believe I didn't get a picture of the outside! It's evidently the old drugstore - because it has D R U G S embedded in the doorway - remember those? It's roomy and comfy and has multiple couches and gorgeous yarn (why didn't I get the Koigu there?) but I got this instead: (and it came in skeins and The Movie Star and Her Entourage wound it for me under the watchful eye of Patricia - who hails from Pleasant Hill, which is practically where I live. Small World.


Columbia would be a great day trip or longer. It's an old gold town with the original buildings along with homes still being lived in(!) and little shops and the historical mixed together. The Movie Star and Her Entourage hand dyed candles by dipping them, went into the jail (very, very tiny) dragged us up the hill to the old schoolhouse and the cemetary. They didn't get to pan for gold but they didn't seem to interested in it either. But you can.

Here's my Moll Shawl so far - out of the Misti Alpaca. It's so cool! I redid it once (I tried to frog it and ended up snapping the yarn in a fit of rage - I was barely started and it was being BAD, but it revenged itself on me by having a really wonky looking point this time out. It will either block out or I'll hang weights on it. I mean, beads.

The first attempt.

The latest. You know, I think every surface in this house is brown. Brown couches. Brown velveteen duvet cover. Butcher block island. Wood tables and chairs. Wood roll top desk. I might have to copy Jenla and cover everything with mosaics. Shades of brown, no doubt.

Okay, it looks better than that. A chair isn't the best pose, eh? I ran out to my LYS today to get wood needles - the metal ones were driving me crazy catching the glare outside. It was gorgeous! For approximately 4 days.

My poor twinset. I started it but really, I should use it as the gauge swatch. Because no, I didn't knit one - I've barely knit 5 rows other than the I-cord on the left front as it is and it's more complicated that I expected from garter stitch and I-cord. Darn that Lily Chin. But a good gauge swatch. If I ever knit it, because my original point was Marji's Tudor Roses KAL! (yes, I had a point. I usually do. I just never usually get to it).

Alice Starmore's Tudor Roses book. I love the Elizabeth but the Mary Tudor and the Katherine Howard and the Anne of Cleves..........but honestly, the Elizbeth is the only one I have half a prayer of both finishing and then wearing. Unless I move to a cold, cold climate.

Becky, thanks for those links! I like the capelet, that looks very Moll but I might make it for Wuthering Heights. Out of wool, no doubt, and knit it on the beach in June. Hopefully it'll be 102 by then. Oh, and Carrie, I got Richard Rhodes "Deadly Feasts: Tracking the Secrets of a Terrifying New Plague" because I'm all about plagues. The Secret History of Domesticity is HUGE! And Women of the 12th Century (Eleanor of Aquitaine and six others) is like 100 something pages. I would have expected vice a versa, for no apparent reason.

Stephanie!!!! You didn't tell me History of Britain was on ALL DAY LONG on Wednesday. Argh. I totally missed it. I've barely flipped the TV on all week (except I watched Dr. Who last night. I really like this Dr. Who, I'll miss him next season) and have been taping everything else. I thought I'd sit around and read but I've effectually sat around staring into space (see frogged shawl. See one book read. See one day trip. See girl with way too much time on her hands doing nothing with it.)

On the other hand. Blissful. Wasting time. What could be more fun?

Also for no apparent reason (other than Moll did) I want to say "effectually" all. the. time. but I can't work it into normal conversation. ~ Possibly because it hasn't been normal conversation for 300 years but mostly because I've been locked in the house with a cat, a book and a shawl and haven't really tried.


Blogger Stephanie said...

Doh! LOL! Sorry - if I had thought of it I would probably have assumed you had already seen anything Anglophile on tv. But I guess we will have to just make a bargain to give each other the heads up when dear old Blighty is on the telly. :)

I wonder if "effectually" is the 1600's version of "like" or "ummmm" in a conversation. Wouldn't it be awesome to have recordings of how people spoke back then? I'm always curious about that sort of thing...weird I know.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Jenni said...

I am so glad to see you knitting the Misti Alpaca! It looks great! You are so much more talented than me. I am not able to knit lace-weight yarn very well.

I also start writing like the authors I am reading. I was reading a whole lot of Hathorne a few months ago and found myself starting to write "He must needs..." I told my English class and they argued with me about whether it was grammatically correct (it is).

6:29 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

It looks like you had a good time! I like that area, but haven't been in years.

7:11 AM  
Blogger Carrie K said...

Well, I probably have seen it already, but not in a marathon.....

It would be awesome. I wonder if any of our recordings will last long enough. They already can't play some of the "saved" last words/languages of some tribes because the recording devices are obsolete.

Who says I'm knitting it well, Jenni? Perseverance, lol.

I bet I haven't been to the Yosemite area since I was in grade school.

11:01 AM  
Blogger RheLynn said...

Beautiful lake picture, and as always, jealous of LYS trips! Also as always -- envious of your lace abilities ;o) your shawl (although it was bad) is off to a beautiful start!

I am currently wishing for a 30 hour day -- just so I could get this house organized... the cats and the little stuffed bunnies just won't help out! ;o)

12:59 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

What a great day trip! A drive. A yarn store. And how perfect is it that it says "Drugs"? Very perfect, I think.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Oh, sounds like a great break after all the work inanity you've had recently. I especially like the "truth in advertising" yarn store. :)

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Janet said...

Oh, Sonora and Columbia! I went there on my honeymoon and first anniversary -- had a wonderful dinner at the City Hotel. Sonora's the first place I ever saw snow. And now that I know there's a YARN STORE there...!!!

6:12 PM  
Blogger carriescribe said...

That "wasted" time is one of the most precious things we have in our lives. Good for you for taking advantage of it.

Looks like a great time on your day trip.

Cool on the Richard Rhodes book! That was the second of his books that I read, and I luuuuurve it. Being a scientist, it was near nirvana for me. Prions are just completely fascinating for me. I talked to my kids about them alot, because they die back to chemisty is a great way. (Really! They do!) Very good read. If you are "all about plagues" then I really, really recommend The Coming Plague, by . .. . crap. Laurie someone? Too lazy to go look it up. EXCELLENT. Very detailed, and coveres all kinds of disease from the hemorraghic fevers to TSS. Spent a lot of time flipping to end notes and learned a lot. Well layed out for a layman, too.

In an alternate life, I would be an epidimiologist.

It's cool to me how yarn shops find their homes in the quirkiest places. Drugs on the door is just perfect.

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

Looks like a great day, that yarn store looks amazing.

1:18 PM  
Blogger AmyArtisan said...

Looks like an all around great break from work! :)

5:31 PM  

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