Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Ok, my favorite vice in the casinos is really craps, but blackjack holds a close 2nd. Taffy on the other hand, I'm not so keen on. Gets stuck in your teeth, takes FOREVER to eat, and until that taffy is in your mouth and your jaw feels wired shut, you don't really know if you like that particular flavor. Better hope you DO because did I mention it takes a long time to eat?
Anyways, now that you know what candy NOT to get me on my birthday (I prefer gift certs. to a dayspa for a good massage), I remind you of the colors of taffy. Specifically, BlackJack Taffy like the kind shown here:

Now, a very nice gal in the FlockSock Sock Club, mentioned that on her yarn wishlist she was hoping to find yarn that sounded familiar in a flavor sort of way. This was odd for a "color of yarn description", as I normally don't eat much yarn. So, I set up the dye pots. When I was finished, I realized why the yarn looked good enough to eat:


The skein in the middle is a one-of-a-kind so forget it, I ain't doing THAT again. Now this really still sounds good. Knit to a section with pink yarn. Come to that section again, but instead of more pink, you have black. Or white. Reality? Amazingly huge pain in the arse to dye. Sections of skein grouped into smaller, random sections for tiny dye pots... well, let's just say that it sounded good in my head but outloud? not so good. Yarn in tiny dye pots of different colors, (while trying to maintain white sections as color in and of itself) spells disaster when you need to REMOVE from tiny dye pots, transfer to sink, and RINSE little sections by color and keep them seperate until completely rinsed. And away from white sections. Ya, we're not doing that again. (P.S. anyone need some 'tiny' dye pots, you just let me know.) My favorite is the one on the far right side. small color repeats over the whole skein. I plan on taking 5 minutes (see previous post) tomorrow and knitting a swatch from this one.

I think this might be the valentine yarn that goes up for sale, what do you think? Take your pick of skein 1 or skein 3. Forget skein 2, unless you offer me gobbs of legal tender. Gobbs. Large, huge, stuffed pockets.

Sunday, January 28, 2007


SO, has anyone seen my missing 5 minutes? You know when someone says "can you just put this frozen 100 feet of garden hose in the bathtub to thaw so I can finish watering the flock, honey? It will only take 5 minutes..."
Somehow, there is a timewarp in my house. I come out with 4 year old in tow at 7-ish in the morning with lots of Plans (note capitalized word, this implies importance). Most of the Plans, are small things on the 'to-do' list. Most don't really take more than a few minutes, but before I know what has happened, it is time to start dinner and several Important Planned Items are as yet, unfinished. Most not even begun.
And, if you live in my timezone (aka timewarped house), you know that the day is not over. It is in fact, never over. Much like some lost episode of the Twilight Zone, I am always able to convince myself that 'as soon as I finish THIS, then I'll have time for THAT.' But I've noticed that before I finish THIS, something else becomes the THAT which immediatly becomes the current 'THIS'... and I never seem to get to THAT.
It is 11pm, I am on day 2 of a migraine and did I mention it is 11pm? Most meds don't work, so I use codeine occasionally, and while it works doesn't-do-anything-but-I-feel-like-I'm-making-an-effort-by-taking-it, it tends to keep me awake of all things. So, here I am at the dyepots finally getting to the THAT which was my PLAN for the day. Orange for Lisa for Swan Lake, Lager/dark beer for Oktoberfest's upcoming toast to St. Pattie's Day Beer Drinking Festivities, and some very interesting ideas from some Club Member's wishlist.
Please don't ask for pictures tonite of any of this, or the THIS and the THAT will never become the OTHER (there is always OTHER to be done. Like taking pictures, that will only take 5 minutes... wait, I've heard this song before...)

And, as a note to Lisa, nice clean pillow case. Hows' about I send you my laundry to wash use for felting projects?

Now, I'm off to rinse all the freshly-dyed yarn so I can go to bed, I PLAN to take pictures in the morning of the fruits of my laobr tonite for all to see.