Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I dreamed I got something right, but I was wrong

Last night, the weirdest thing happened. I had a blog-related dream. My first! Most of it is a little fuzzy now, but the most important part was that I went to visit Becky. She was at home and wasn't expecting me, but I knew she had people dropping by all the time and I wanted to meet her. So I went to her tree house, where she lived. Of course. When I got there, Buck was already visiting which could have made things crowded, but I knew he'd be staying in his RV so it wouldn't be a problem. They were watching football and we all sat around and tried to figure out who the players were and where they were from and what the league was because, as everyone knows, the Pro Bowl was last week so regular NFL football is over. Much to our dismay. Then Becky announced that she had to go to her other house in Minnesota and Buck and I would have to leave. I got mad at her because Minnesota is much closer to my home than her tree house and I could have saved a lot of travel time, had I known.

The end.

Perhaps I spend just a smidge too much time in the blogosphere. Ya' think?


In news of the more, oh, I don't know, sane, I finished the Baby Girl's First Christmas Stocking and it's all ready to be sent to my former professor and join the one I made for her baby boy in 2006.

I think these are pretty, especially for how quick they are to make. I think I may have to start making them for adults, too!

This project finished, I was itchin' to get started on the latest baby gift -- an afghan for my labmate who recently announced she's pregnant with her first child! I'm so happy for her! She is from China, and I had thought that I would find a way to incorporate something about the Year of the Rat, but I couldn't really figure out how to do that attractively. Then I read that, aside from have the 12-year animal cycle, the Chinese also observe a 4-year elemental cycle. Each year is a year of either water, air, earth, or fire. This year is an earth year, and the color for earth is yellow. Perfect! Subtle, appropriate, pretty, and non-restricting (from a knitting perspective)! I have never knit an afghan, I've always crocheted them, but I've been itching to knit something large from Cotton-Ease, one of my favorite yarns. I just love the way it feels. And it comes in a rich yellow called Maize, which I love. It just all fell into place!

I got the yarn, cast on Sunday morning, and this is how far I've gotten so far in my fun and pretty feather and fan pattern:

I really like it so far. (Click pic for biggie view.)

Then, yesterday, talk in the lab turned to the Chinese New Year (which was just last week) and the Chinese zodiac. I brought up the 4-year elemental cycle and my labmate said, yes, there was something like that, but no one paid attention to it. LOL! Foiled again! Oh well, at least it's just a color choice -- and a pretty one at that! I think it's hilarious.

Maybe someday I'll visit her in her tree house and tell her all about it.



Anonymous said...

I am too much of a coward to knit an afghan. I know I CAN do it, but darn I'm afraid it will take too long and I already have severely limited knitting/crochet time. Yours looks lovely so far, perhaps I will knit one by proxy through you. ;)

Anonymous said...

That's a hilarious dream! You can come out to Madison any time you like--just call ahead. Our third floor porch looks like a treehouse in the summertime, but, well, you definitely don't want to be hanging out there now.

Anonymous said...

Dreams are always so weird, aren't they?! Love the stocking! It's just so darn sweet! Oh, a knitted blankie, very nice start. What pattern are you using? It's so pretty.

YarnThrower said...

Your stockings are adorable! I'd **definitely** say that the **thought counts** regarding the blanket! It sure looks great so far! She'll love it, and perfect for a boy or a girl (though better not be twins, because that's probably more of a commitment than you were making when you started the one blankie.....)

Becky G said...

Oh, my gosh, that dream is so funny! I live in a treehouse? Too cool! Football in the off season would be way fantastic. And Buck there, too! I'll have to tell him to pop on over and read this.

The stocking is too cute. The afghan looks great so far.

Buck said...

A blog dream? Waay-cool!! That's a first for me, and I spend a lot o' time in the blogosphere, LOL! But then again, I may or may not have had one, I dunno. I'm the type that never remembers dreams, unless they happen to wake me up.

Thanks for the shout-out, Sus.

Molly Bee said...

I love the stocking! I'd better get busy. I've got three workers with babies due this summer and this would be a great gift!

jmk said...

Love the crazy dream, (what part of our brain switches off so that total bizarreness seems perfectly normal?) love the stocking, but, oh, that blanket is byoooootiful! Makes me wish I could knit - almost ;-)

As it is, I have enough to do with crocheting. Like snowflakes, hint, hint... (it is Monday; you did nag).

DawnK said...

What a cool dream! The afghan is pretty! I've never made an afghan. I bought yarn to crochet one once, but I never got very far!

DawnK said...

I forgot. That stocking is gorgeous and so feminine-looking!

Molly Bee said...

Hey! Is your fella Gator the brother of my favorite Barista here in Verona? If so, when are you coming to a Knit Night at The Ear?

Dorothy said...

Love the stocking! Very pretty.

Your dream is hilarious although, watching hockey in a treehouse in the middle of summer... Dream for me! ;)

The blanket is beautiful. So funny you worked so hard to find something to tie it to and she wouldn't have gotten it. Ah well, you tried.