Thursday, November 15, 2007

Taking on Too Much

It looks like the tattooed (do you know how hard it is to type that word? It's like my fingers have dysgraphia or dyspraxia or sumpin) what was I even saying?

It looks like the tattooed stitchers are not nearly as rare as WHSV in Harrisonburg thinks. And, frankly, I am not surprised. We're creative! We love needles! (except maybe CinDC) We love color! If cross-stitch needles had ink in them, I'd look like Kat von D. It's true, I've actually pulled floss through my finger and stitched myself to a piece of fabric. (Lest you think I'm walking around with a big piece of linen sewn to my hand, I unstitched rather than breaking skin.)

Where was I going with this? I am brain dead today. The weather outside is frightful. I always do better with the sun out. Why I left L.A. I'll never know. And I just spent the past three hours proofing a donor report. There were about 10 pages of short text and 20 pages of columns of names. That's the worst. What totally freaks me out is that I actually caught mistakes in the lists.

My bil informed me that my nephews are totally into Harry Potter. They want some $20 wands for Christmas. I would so much rather make something so I am thinking about making "Weasley sweaters" only buying the sweater and duplicate stitching the monogram since I go to England three weeks from yesterday. Oh, and has the dude made any arrangements for this trip (beyond plane tickets)? Well, yes, we are staying with his sister for two days. Where we'll be for the other 5 days, (shrugging), who is to say? Ah, the dude being all dude on me. It's really best just to go into a sort of Zen state when he's having organizational issues that affect me. Pushing only results in stubborn. ("And even if he's a lazy man - and the Dude was most certainly that. Quite possibly the laziest in all of Los Angeles County, which would place him high in the runnin' for laziest worldwide...")

So anyway, if you know some good patterns for monograms that will fit on 6 year-old boy chests let me know. Man if you made it this day far, you earned yo'self a P-haitch-dee in modernist literature. You should go pick up some Joyce. (Y'up, I really wrote "day" for "far"...I've got to go home.)

9 comments:

Michelle said...

I've seen several photos of knit Weasley sweaters. You should be able to google for it. Also - there is that book - Charmed Knits (I think) - that has HP patterns in it - including a Weasley sweater. I think that's a great idea! It's beem a helluva day here too. Off to the gym in 10 minutes...ugh.

Nic said...

How about using The Sampler Girl freebie Hedwig's Four Patch?

http://thesamplergirl.homestead.com/HedwigFREEBIE.html

- You could make it into a straight line for a bookmark and then maybe add some other Potter stuff, notebooks and stuff?

Coral said...

Brilliant post!

Time you had a pan - I mean nap!!

Isabelle said...

Weasley sweaters are a great idea.
And now I want to watch the Big Lebowski again.

Barbara said...

You've totally cracked me up - thanks, I needed that!!

jo said...

Easiest P-haitch-dee I'll ever earn. I, too, was brain dead with the rain yesterday. And depressed. Today is some much better!

I've always meant to attempt Finnegan's Wake, but I'm a chicken. I read his other major works. Now suddenly I'm hearing Frank Zappa's song Genius in France in my head...

Cathy said...

Charmed Knits book of Harry Potter themed knitting patterns.
http://www.bestprices.com/cgi-bin/vlink/0470067314?source=GBase
Man, I wish I knew how to knit.

Anna van Schurman said...

I can't believe so many people made it all the way through this post. I contemplated deleting it, but that meant I would have had to rewrite when I got home, and I needed all my energy to make black bean soup.

I think that Charmed Knits only has the "H"--I was thinking I could make them their own initials, but do you think they'd like the "H" better? Apparently Ben thinks he is Harry.

Cathy, you may not know how to knit, but every cross stitcher can duplicate stitch--it's a v instead of an x. Go for it!

C in DC said...

I'd recommend going for their own initials. After the 100th time, Ben and his brother might get tired of explaining the H on their chest.

My dislike of needles only applies to sharps that are intended to stick me. Blunt needles are just fine. I think I hate beading mostly because of the needles involved....