and wowie kazowie!
today was my first day out of the house in nine days, and what a fun day it was! we hit two garage sales and an estate sale before lunch and scored four fabulous 1950s end tables, a 1950s foot stool, a hip little floor lamp of unknown provenance, and a set of bakelite-ish squareish dishes for the upstairs kitchen (though rumor has it that my stepmother is bringing me a bunch of russel wright dishes from her deceased parents' house some time in the foreseeable future!). the new end tables inspired smartboy to bring up the three armchairs (all of which need reupholstering before they are usable) from the basement. we actually have furniture upstairs!
then we went to ikea in search of some dressers for me to use as organization and storage in the craft room. i wanted four, to line two walls, but smartboy (being smart and all) wanted to start with one and see how it works, then go back for more if we still want them. so we bought the malm for my yarn and knitting notions.
and get this: i was trying to describe to him my difficulties in finding a good way to organize my needles, how nothing i'd seen was ever satisfactory, and how i'd had this idea for one, which i also described. but he came up with something WAY better and said he'd make it for me--i am so excited, and sorry, ladies, but he is all mine! :)
finally, we went to costco and spent way too much money. we have a chest freezer and a regular freezer completely packed with food, as well as nonperishables out the wazoo. we also did some christmas shopping.
and to top it all off, when i came home, what was waiting for me but my kpixie order--not only fast (less than 48 hours since i placed the order) and correct, but get this: they packed it in a beautiful black silk bag with "tilli tomas" embroidered on it *in the same color as the tt yarn i'd bought*. i heart kpixie!
so after we unloaded all of our treasures, i dug around upstairs for the needles, and i'm about to cast on for the sahara sweater (i'm making the long-sleeved version shown in the top photo, and in that color, which is called atmosphere; pattern by wendy bernard of knit and tonic fame, sold by stitchdiva). i am so excited to have another sweater to knit this cold weekend. my goal: to wear it to a party in two weeks.
anyway, i had a couple of times when i felt yucky and had to sit or take a break, but overall i felt wonderful getting outside and walking around. and it's the first day i haven't taken a nap in ages! (oh, and speaking of being a grown-up: i had to tear myself away from the softest, snuggliest, most adorable stuffed eeyore at costco...omg. smartboy kept asking if i was sure i didn't want it, but i said, "i'm 40" and put it down. he said, "luxo would probably try to eat it anyway," and then i started getting irritated that i *couldn't* have it, and he said, "we could train him not to, i'm sure." what a good bed buddy that eeyore would be. if i still covet him next time we're there and he's still there, maybe i will. when i was little, my best friend in our neighborhood--the only other girl--was marianne graeber, and she had a beautiful, soft, felt eeyore with a real buttoned-on tail, just like in the book. i wanted that eeyore so much. and of course, ever since then, every time i've seen a stuffed eeyore, even though i love the character pooh to pieces, i just hug that eeyore so hard and think about playing with marianne and what a good friend she was to me. some day. for now, though, smartboy and i just work together on our own house at pooh corner.)
christopher robin and i walked along under branches lit up by the moon, posing our questions to owl and eeyore as our days disappeared far too soon. but i've wandered much farther today than i should and i can't seem to find my way back to the wood, so help me if you can. i've got to get back to the house at pooh corner by one. you'd be surprised--there's so much to be done: count all the bees in the hive, chase all the clouds from the sky...back to the days of christopher robin and pooh.
winnie the pooh doesn't know what to do--got a honey jar stuck on his nose. he came to me asking help and advice, and from here, no one knows where he goes. so i sent him to ask of the owl, if he's there, how to loosen a jar from the nose of a bear. so help me if you can--i've got to get back to the house at pooh corner by one. you'd be surprised--there's so much to be done: count all the bees in the hive, chase all the clouds from the sky...back to the days of christopher and pooh.