I was going to make a Chernobyl joke, but it’s still too soon.

I’ve been doing a lot of this lately:

Walk, Don't Run!

In the past five days, I’ve watched four Cary Grant movies. I started out with An Affair to Remember, next up was People Will Talk, then The Grass is Greener, and Walk, Don’t Run. I started Charade last night and will probably finish it this evening. The bowl you see in front of the screen isn’t for ice cream or coffee (or circus peanuts or cubes of cheese or Swedish Fish or wasabi peas). It’s a bowl that Gina made (she’s a potter!), and it keeps my yarn from falling off of the computer stand. It’s brilliant. Let me show it to you.

Yarn Slit!

The side of the bowl has a spiral slit. You pass the yarn through the slit, and that allows the ball of yarn to spin and flop all over inside the bowl, but it never pops out onto the floor!

Yarn Bowl!

(I’m currently working with brown alpaca yarn. I’m making one of these hats for the sister of the lady who cuts my hair. Crazy, am I right? I’m not! I am.)

Anyway, when Gina first asked what I thought of yarn bowls, I mentioned that one of the local yarn stores carried them and although I really liked them, I couldn’t quite get past the cutesy sheep painted in the center of their bowls.

When Gina’s bowl arrived, she included something awesome just for me.

Goofy Sheep!

Once again, I love (all but one of) the people who stop by Fluid Pudding. (Don’t worry. It’s not you. And it’s not ewe, either! Ha ha Ha HA HA!!! (I’ve been drinking.) ((No I haven’t.)))

By the way, as soon as the hat is finished, I’m going to get started on this sweater. For myself! In that same exact color! (Do you think I should add three or four inches to the length, or should I focus more on losing five or ten pounds? I really love the Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips!) ‘ ‘ ‘text/javascript’>

17 thoughts on “I was going to make a Chernobyl joke, but it’s still too soon.”

  1. Thanks for making me feel all warm and woolly! Glad ewe are liking the bowl!
    P.S. Bring Trader Joe’s to Idaho.

  2. you are SUCH a generous knitter! you make me look like a stingy old troll. cute hat, bowl & sweater!

  3. I’m such a huge Cary Grant fan, particularly of his older stuff. You should run, not walk, to Netflix and throw ‘Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House’, ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’, and ‘Notorius’ on your queue.

    I was in St. Louis coming and going recently, but in too much of a hurry to stop this time. I stopped at the fancypants Starbucks in downtown Clayton, poured part of my coffee onto the floor in front of a woman wearing huge sunglasses, and screamed, ‘FLUID PUDDING 4EVA! I’M THE 99%!’

  4. That is one cute bowl! Make the sweater a little bigger so you don’t have to put pressure on yourself…and enjoy those chips!!

  5. I’m doing an annual de-lurk to say thank you for loving me, I love you too from almost as far away as you can get. You don’t need to add any length to that jumper, you’re fine as you are – unless you suffer from a chilly bottom, then add the inches, there are few things worse than a numb bum. Clever wool pot! And cute sheep (I know about sheep). I’m thinking of wielding the needles again after a gap of um, 15 years? Exciting!

  6. I always add inches (and inches and inches) to sweaters.

    I am six feet tall. (Not a lie). I also have ridiculously long arms, which is why I started to knit in the first place. Tired of calling everything “bracelet length”.

    It’s a LOVELY sweater. I’m a little jealous, but am committed to my Swirl.

  7. So much easier to adjust the sweater to you. Don’t change yourself for a sweater. The sweater is the problem. Not you. Happy New Year! :)

  8. I’ve been on an old movie kick too. I watched the Grass is Greener (love the speech Cary gives when they’re in the restaurant) and Charade, and then I got on an Edward G Robinson kick after I watched Double Indemnity.

  9. When you’ve finished the sweater, you should model it while holding Gina’s yarn bowl– they’d look lovely together. I think that color is the wool version of a shade Georgette Heyer used to write about, “Bronze-green.” I don’t know if I could wear it, but I like it.

    I do think the sweater would look better a few inches longer. Also, a nice Cary Grant New Year’s movie is “Holiday.” It’s one of my favorites.

  10. I love Cary Grant, sigh. Every year about this time I rewatch Philadelphia Story and sing “Lydia the tatooed lady” for a week or so. I am not sure how it became an unofficial tradition, but I just get a hankerin’ for some Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn right about now.

    I love the yarn bowl! Does your friend sell them, I think it would be a perfect gift for my knitting mother who seems to have everything but a knitting bowl. And that is a gorgeous brown.

  11. Also….

    Watch “Mr Lucky”! Knitting is prominently featured! Knit one, purl two. It’s high on my Cary Grant Love List.

  12. Love you, love the sweater. It sounds like adding a couple of inches might make you happier.

    I’ve thought about getting a yarn bowl. maybe I’ll ask for one for my birthday. You have definitely made me want one.

  13. Oh my gosh those potato chips…there are wars started in this house over the last of those. Or the chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels.

  14. @Sarah, I think it’s because at this time of year, “they” show “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street,” which reminds you of classic B&W movies and actors therein!

  15. Definitely a couple of inches on the sweater. If it were me wearing the one in the picture, I’d be constantly yanking it down. Love the yarn bowl… still envious of your knitting!

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