The folks at Elmore-Pisgah must love me! I had to order more double-worsted for the bathmat I'm knitting, and today's box included some free patterns and the tackiest... uh... thing I've ever seen.
Yup, it's a front panel for a sweatshirt, featuring pink hearts and a baby blue border. Oh, yeah, that's totally my style... if I were 72 and a proud member of the Kiwanis Ladies' League. Sweet of them to send it, though. They're a great company, overall. The yarns are insanely cheap, but the kicker is the $7.13 flat rate UPS shipping. On the plus side, I ordered Tuesday night both times and received the yarn on Friday. So hey. For what it's worth, here's the bathmat in progress:
The original plan was to use the log cabin patterns from Mason-Dixon Knitting, but my first attempt last week taught me that a finished version would be a mess. Now I'm just randomly creating stripes. The MDK book claims that triple-stranding the Elmore-Pisgah 100% cotton double worsted will create "a bathmat that'll soak up twenty gallons of water". Don't know about that, but it really is quite thick. I love the colors, since my bathroom is all about the reds and oranges and yellows. At least the yarn is cheap -- eight balls of each color still only added up to a total of $20 plus shipping. Oh, and despite how small it looks in that photo, it's currently 13" long and 24" across.
BTW, I'll put in another plug for Denise Interchangeable Needles. My parents gave me some for Christmas, and they really are divine. The $50 cost seems steep, but they're worth every penny. Basically, it's just a bunch of cords in different lengths, and 6" needle extensions in a variety of sizes. You snap them together to make circular needles in any length you could possibly need. VERY handy, and highly recommended! I barely even use my straight needles anymore. :)
Am quite bummed that 30 Rock is going on hiatus for five weeks, even if it's for Jane Espenson's new sitcom. Last night's episode was very surreal, but not in that fun Michel Gondry-esque way. I did love this line from Tracy: "I believe vampires are the best golf players in the world and that their curse is that they'll never get to show it!"
I just started reading TWOP's "Maelstrom" recap, and... I'm not quite sure what's going on there. Here's a sample paragraph from the early scene with Sam:
In every house there's a little room we don't know about. And inside that room, there are insects and darkness and the sound of scratching, and a hot red heat at the back of your eyes. And a lot of us don't ever open the door, so we're surprised when the monsters in that room take us down. In the apartment on Delphi it was hidden behind the Eye of Jupiter and a poem about Socrata, and sex, and death. On Galactica they call it the brig. On the Pegasus they put up a sign: "Please Disturb." But if you open the door, and step inside, you'll find that they're just...well, we'll get there. The truth would only scare you. For now, remember: if you pretend that door's not there, it's going to open by itself, and if you're not ready when the door opens, you can do some fucking horrible things to the people you should love most. Like your kids. Or yourself: "You must have caught hell for that," Anders says, and her voice is pretty light: "She grabbed my hand, held it in the doorjamb and slammed the door." Anders curses; Starbuck smiles: "It was worth it, though." It was an imaginary mongoose: always worth it. Human psychology is based on projection.
BZUH? Okay, look -- I *love* analysis. I generally Jacob's recaps because he has a very unique outlook on the show. I don't even mind when he gets a bit pretentious, and I don't need play-by-play recaps because I've already seen the episode. But that? Yikes. I understand what he's saying, but it's written so thickly and self-consciously. And while he strikes me as a genuinely nice guy who often has some great insights, this sort of thing seems more off-putting than engaging.
Anyway! I've got quite a few links saved up for tonight.
-- Fandom stuff: The interwebs are jumping the gun! Space has posted trailers for "The Son Also Rises" AND "Crossroads I" (spoilers in the last one, natch.) EntWkly has already posted their TV Watch for Sunday's ep, and the podcast is already online. Hee!
-- According to the Jack Bauer Kill Count, Jack has only "killed" seven people thus far. Um... yay?
-- Did you know that U2's The Joshua Tree is 20 years old today? Wow.
-- Metatu.be is a very cool blog aggregator that compiles blog posts for various TV shows. The pickings are a bit sparse thus far, but it's still interesting.
-- Next week's EW cover story is on Ugly Betty. And, in honor of BTVS's tenth anniversary (wow!), EW asks how Buffy changed your life.
-- How fast can you name all 50 states? I did it in three minutes. I'm such a geography geek.
-- Finally, this NPR story about a couple who used pancakes to speak "the language of love" is the sweetest thing I've read in weeks. :)