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As long as there’s Sea Silk, the world is a happy place. Right?

October 2nd, 2009 · 15 Comments · Crazy Cat Lady, Daily, Just asking, Out on the Town, Sticks and String

Our annual neighborhood street party took place two weeks ago. While the girls were off playing with the other kids, Jeff reached over from his lawn chair and touched my hair. Naturally, I thought he was feeling amorous, but I covered.

Me: Did I have a bug?

Jeff: No. I was just noticing the gray.

Oh, Internet. It’s been happening for a long time, but it never really became Real until that moment. I Am Getting Old. I am no longer able to change the shape of my body. (I’ve been trying unsuccessfully for over a year now, and sure: I have been known to eat handfuls of chocolate chips, but for the most part? I am a healthy eater. AND, I’ve once again been working out every day. Still, the pants are too tight and the scale never changes.) I am The Shape of a Mom. And it sounds like I’m complaining. I’m not complaining. I believe I’m really just sort of sighing and realizing that I can’t get out of bed and look fresh anymore. (The sad thing? When I was in my twenties, I could get out of bed and look good. AND, I looked better as the day dragged on. By 11:00 at night when it was time to go out? A little bit of eyeliner and some shoes of questionable height would often score free beverages for me! It’s not like that anymore. It’s not  like that At All.)

But that’s not really what I wanted to talk about. What I WANTED to do was share my Friday with you. This morning I dropped Meredith off at school, I’m currently drinking coffee while Harper plays a game, and in about two hours I’m going to The Loopy Ewe to pick up a skein of Hand Maiden Sea Silk 150. You see, the Sea Silk normally comes in 437 yard skeins. HOWEVER, every once in awhile things go happy crazy, and some skeins are created that contain 656 yards! And because Sea Silk is my all time favorite yarn, this happy crazy event often feels like the smiliest part of Christmas morning. For me, at least. (Side note: If you order a skein of Sea Silk 150, let me know. I can provide a list of possible patterns for you! I’ve been doing some research! I think I’ll be making one of these!)

After my yarn pick-up, Harper and I are going to the mall with my mom to grab a bite of lunch before she gets her monthly B12 shot, and then we will be returning home so I can get my bag packed for an evening of Houlihan’s and scrapbooking. And that’s funny, because I don’t really scrapbook as a verb. However, I *do* enjoy Houlihan’s with friends (although the apostrophe S is really bothering me today for some reason), and I haven’t carried my goofy scissors into a mall in over a year, so there you go. (I’ve been putting a note in Meredith’s lunch box every day for the past three weeks. I believe my evening will be spent stockpiling a bunch of those notes. Right now, I tend to simply draw a backward cat out of a Q and then write something ridiculous like “This cat wishes he could wear your candy corn shirt!!!” Yeah. I’m struggling.)

So, what’s your plan for today?

(I offer my apologies for being so bland. What do you want to know?)

Edited to Add: Aaaaahhhhhhhh.
Salt Spray

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 evilsciencechick // Oct 2, 2009 at 10:12 am

    *droooooooool* seasilk!!! I have one of the regular sized skeins in a gorgeous purple. I take it out every once in a while and pet it – but I haven’t found the PERFECT pattern for it yet.

    Maybe I’ll find someone selling the 150 at SAFF this year….then I’ll have another skein-pet!

  • 2 Kaitlin // Oct 2, 2009 at 10:32 am

    That is so sweet that you put a note in Meredith’s lunchbox everyday. My mom did that and I think about how good that always made me feel and I want to make sure I do that when I have kids :)

    I want to know how you learned to knit – every time you show us about the beautiful things you make, I get so inspired to learn, but I don’t know where to start!

  • 3 Carroll // Oct 2, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    “Just noticing the grey”.

    Oh, Jeff.

    Jeff, Jeff, Jeffffff :-(

    What it is with men? (I ask, quite rhetorically.)

    A number of years ago (a large number, if you must know) my beloved husband and I were driving along, happily in our own meditative worlds, on a long car trip, and my hand happened to be resting on his knee. At a stop light, he picked it up, kissed it fondly, and then (the memory is as vivid as if it were yesterday) frowned slightly, held it out away from him for a moment studying it closely, and then put it down so he could hold his own hand out to study it too.

    “Something wrong?” I innocently inquired.

    (Fungus? Fleas? Foul odor??)

    With a sigh I can hear hissing balefully in my ear even now as I type he said “We’re getting old!”

    What, he could FEEL the wrinkles with his lips?? Was that the first clue, confirmed to his amazement with closer visual inspection after the fact?

    Aieeeeeee!

  • 4 beyond // Oct 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    i don’t know if you will be dying your hair… i personally really like women with grey hair. (especially young non-grandmotherly types.) they’re so beautiful and different and rare.

  • 5 kristin // Oct 2, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Today…today I am working. But once that’s over with, I fully intend on climbing onto our horrible uncomfortable loveseat, watching Project Runway, and casting on 240 stitches. Provisionally.

  • 6 flatflo // Oct 2, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Your Saltspray is now listed in the out of stock, so you must have bought ‘em out! I think I am in love with the Aurora and the Peridot. I do not knit or crochet, but those two colors and the description of the feel make me feel more tempted.
    Oooh, and what a lovely shawl you will be making. May your hands be swift and sure!

  • 7 blackbird // Oct 2, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Gray? What gray?
    You could make just about anything with that yarn and I’d love it.

  • 8 April // Oct 2, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Ooooooh. That’s pretty. I just bought some Alpaca/Silk from this super nice lady: http://www.kangaroodyer.com/ and am looking for a pattern. I want to make a wedding shawl, and that looks perfect. My other choice is this one http://abitofknit.blogspot.com/2009/06/percy-free-pattern.html, which is great because it’s free and I’m an impoverished grad student. Anyhoo! Sea silk! I want it too!

  • 9 Summer // Oct 2, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    It has *never* been Like That for me. So, pffffffffffft!

    (I’m blowing a raspberry at you, pretty lady. Although ‘raspberry’ seems too dignified a word.)

  • 10 Marianne // Oct 2, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Oh, my. SeaSilk. It’s one of my fantasy yarns. And that color is so beautiful.

  • 11 Badger // Oct 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Oh, dude. Yesterday I was looking at photos taken on my most recent birthday (43! officially middle-aged!) and I came to the sudden and horrible realization that yes, indeed, my neck really DOES look like that now. And it will never look any BETTER than that from now on. And so I feel your pain, as it were.

    But that’s not important right now. What’s important is that HOLY JIMMINY CHRISTMAS, are you saying the girls actually agreed to GO to the street party? And that they played with other kids there? That’s kind of huge, isn’t it? Definitely worth a yarn binge!

    Oh, and that color would look great with grey hair. Just sayin’. What?

  • 12 Rhi // Oct 4, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    I really want to touch that yarn. I promise, my hands are clean.

  • 13 Wendy // Oct 4, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    just focus on the yarn. it is beautiful. and be grateful you haven’t started getting what i like to call “the big freckles” otherwise known as…age spots. ugh.

  • 14 Kristen // Oct 4, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    I’ve got to say that seasilk is a yarn that I always consider a splurge but somehow I always am able to justify it’s purchase. Funny that. I loooooove that color, and also noticed that it’s out of stock. Probably a good thing for my credit card.

    I’m curious how to draw a cat with a Q? I can see the tail, but do you add a head and ears? I don’t have kids (yet), but have been known to entertain little ones in the office or ER with blown up gloves turned into fish or paper airplanes. Adding a cat drawing to my repertoire would be a lovely thing.

  • 15 Amy in KC // Oct 5, 2009 at 9:30 am

    I was 32 years old when I gave birth to my twin boys four years ago. Apparently the pigment in my hair decided to leave my body along with them. This same thing happened to my mother and my sister. They warned me.

    I color mine – my hair is past the shoulders and curly right now. But one day in the not too distant future I will decide the cost is ridiculous and will just grow it out and leave it As Is.

    But not today.

    Maybe the cat could say things like “What lovely eyes you have!” or “Bet I can make you smile!” 500 Mommy Points to you, FP!