At the request of Heidi and Wendy - who are sick of looking at my vomitastic purple NYNY bedspread, I am finally getting off my jiggly ass to post an update on what is going on Chez Bird. Doesn't the arbitrary injection of a French word here and there make me sound so elitist? Mais bien sur mon petit chou.
So last last Sunday I went up to the little LA bloggers meet up that Lauren is so great about organizing when she's out on the Left coast. It was a nice crowd and the food was as good (Buster's in Long Beach) as the company. Christina has a list of the attendees, cause the rest of us are too lazy to look up all the blogs ourselves. I had a delicious seared tuna appetizer, and then a huge fried banana dish with a couple of macademia ice cream testicles. (The ice cream was better than the 'nanas which then left me with 2 large penile shaped fruit and a single ice cream ball, the ratio was just.. off).
After gorging on food - there was much gorging on yarn. Alamitos Bay Yarn Company was conveniently right next door, so the mob of us descended on the shop and packed it to the rafters. I was reasonably good and only left with two skeins of deliciousness, Curious Creek Fibers Serengeti superwash merino wool yarn in the happy happy joy joy colorway of Sunrise on Daffodils. The yarn is squishy goodness, and I turned it toute suite (more bad French for you) into a pair of Thuja Socks from Knitty. The worsted weight socks flew by on size 4s and made for a nice firm thick fabric, and the pattern was pretty basic - a seed stitch rib with 1x1 rib cuff and a slip stitch heel. Not too terribly challenging and was an easy item to knit in the car, in line at Jerome's, curled up on the couch watching TV.
Here they are - blocking on my Fiber Trends sock blockers which I <3 and the photo on the left is the sock in action on my mom's foot. These will replace the Lorna's Laces socks which the evil Oscar puppy chewed through. Bad dog! They make for some awesomely snug and warm house socks.
Also at the Bloggers meetup I saw Jillian's lovely Shop of Pretty bracelet and of course I had to have one. I ordered the Harvest Glam bracelet which was lovely in person, with quick shipping and Heather is aways fun to talk to. Go now and empty out her inventory!
I was sick for the last week or so and put down Eleanor while I was phlegmiful. The last thing I was needing was for bunny fur to mingle with my congestion, but really - it was all about those socks. I couldn't pull myself away even if I wanted to. Now with the sock indiscretion all over and done with, I can slink on back to Eleanor and pump out a couple more skeins.
I spent the weekend at the new house - (got our keys on Thursday!) and test drove some paint colors. I'm going with this nice buttery sunny yellow for most of the house, and a greyish blue green for the guest bedrooms and the downstairs bathroom. This week the painter is there, and the week of the 27th will be the floor guy to put in some wood, cause he's you know.. good with wood. We are going with an exotic wood "Kempas" which is a pretty reddish color and since that is the natural color of the wood, and it isnt stained, the color will have some variations in the planks which I think will look really nice.
So March 25th my family and I will be running (some running some walking for me) the Autism 5K Run/Walk in Balboa Park, and I setup Team Patrick - my cousin has autism and this fundraising/bonding/exercising/heartattackpossible event is for him. Wendy and Mr Wendy are going to run it with us too - so if anyone out there would like to donate a bit of money to our cause, I'd be thankful and so would Patrick.
Ok... knitting update, check.. snotty French, check... beg for money, check... my work today is done. A bientot!