Saturday, April 19, 2008

Pardon me, my water needs lemonating

I have a very excellent story for all y'all, and I'm going to intersperse it with pictures from the sheep shearing (which was really more of a "farm-based colonial re-enactment" deal) that I attended last Saturday.

So! Three days last week I hauled over to my brother-and-very-pregnant-sister-in-law's house in the early early morning to let in their contractor who was fixing their drywall. As thanks they took me to a local hibachi restaurant named, conveniently, Hibachi.

Natural dyeing

As per usual in such places we shared our table with other groups, one of which consisted of three women. Our waiter came over to take our drink orders, and the first woman said she'd have "Water, with like six lemons." The waiter raised his eyebrow but kept going, which got the woman all flustered. The second woman ordered the same, and the first woman blurted out,


-- are you ready for this? --

O hai

"It's to dilute the poisons in the tap water."


My eyes slowly widened, and I turned to meet my brother and SIL's widened eyes looking back at me, as we suppressed guffaws of laughter. Don't get me wrong, I've said and believed more than one stupid thing in my life1, but this is so many layers of absurd that it's just totally delicious2.

(This rug had me covet all the necessary tools for rug-making. It was made by pulling loops of long, thin strips of recycled clothing up through woven cloth, instead of pieces of yarn through plastic mesh, like I did once upon a time).

We've gotten a LOT of humor mileage out of it ("I take my water lemonated, thanks").


Anyway! Yes. So. The chap on the left in this picture is Tank (the gentleman on the right is his father, who is interviewing the spinner for a local radio station), who alerted me to the sheep shearing opportunity. He was totally fascinated by the spinning process, and I have a (vague) plan in place to make him a spinner. It'll happen.

And no, I didn't come home with any wool. I know.

In other exciting news, I met up with Stacey and her fi-yon-cé while they were in Philly visiting his family.

Me & Stacey

We sat and barely drank our coffee and yammered for a long time about spinning, knitting, and everything else. I'd really only seen her two or three times before, and let me tell you, she kicks a substantial amount of ass. AND she gifted me some superwash roving, which I can't show you because I'm too busy spinning it.

I also (finally) finished some socks.


Final successful cast on: March something.

Finished weaving in the ends: April 19.

The originator: My own pattern.

The string: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Vera

The sticks: Size 1 dpns.

Pattern shmattern: Toe-up, garter ribbing, purl ridge near the top (à la Roza's Socks), 2-stitch increases to accommodate my Curvy Calves and this experimental heel:

Y heel

I'm calling it a Y heel because I've never seen one like it (has anyone else? I know it's a little hard to see in this picture) and it's shaped like a Y. I'm nothing if not clever. It needs some tweaking, but could end up being a really good thing.

1 Like that being an English major would be a wise career move. It's a lie, by the way.
2 Especially because the news has recently been reporting that lemons tend to be the most germ-tacular thing in restaurants.


Janice in GA said...

Is that kinda like a short-row heel with some extra heel room? That DOES sound like a good idea! I don't think I've seen anything else quite like that.

And I want a great wheel so bad I can taste it. It doesn't matter that I don't have room for it. I WANTS ONE!!!!

Heather said...

There are so many wonderful things about this post, I don't know where to begin. I think the shearing photos in the midst of a Hibachi story is high-larious. Also, nice to see yours and Stacey's smiles!

grace said...

That's right up there with, "You need to cover your food before you put it in the microwave to protect it from microwave germs."

elizabeth said...

That Y heel actually looks like a heel devised by Merike Saarniit but I'd have to examine it more closely to be sure. At any rate, it looks great! I love LL.

Nik said...

What?!!!! I thought everyone knew about the poisons in the water being neutralized by the addition of the lemon juice antidote.

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