Monday, March 12, 2007

Revealing

Stumbling out of the house this morning in the darkness brought about by the advent of Daylight Savings Time and the fact that it is really an hour earlier than I am supposed to be up and functioning, I had me a little epiphany. Early morning epiphanies don't always work out. It's early and I don't always catch them. But, they come when they come so a Sheep has to adjust.

This morning I learned that I may not be as crusty and hard-boiled as I thought. I might actually be a little on the mushy side.

The clerk who sells me my coffee, gasoline and breakfast-on-the-fly practically every morning at the little convenience store down the street has decided that it is time for a change in our relationship. She would like us to be on a first-name basis. It only makes sense really...I see her as much as I see anybody else in my life and she is far nicer to me than most people are at 6:30 in the morning. But, for years now, she has called me "dear," "hon" or "sweetie." There was one time where she went to a rather scary place and called me "honey bunny." I'm not normally one for the overuse of endearments, particularly those that come from the people behind the counter.

But she is really quite good at it. She has the knack. She can pull it off. And I sort of like it when she makes with the gushy talk. Sure, she probably does it to everyone. It's not like I'm really her honey bunny or anything. But it was a nice touch so bright and early in the morning. Made a Sheep feel special. Today, though, she asked for my name and introduced herself. Now we are on a first name basis and I will not hear my morning mushiness.

I feel sort of odd knowing that this bothers me...

While you are sitting there digesting this disturbing piece of information and trying to decide whether or not to think less of me for my "endearment neediness," I'll give you a little something to look at. I mentioned yesterday that I was doing a test knit and was waiting for the pattern-mistress to give the go-ahead for posting the picture. She did, I did and here it be:




The Arched Bag With Zipper!
That's right...a zipper! I hand-sewed a zipper all by myself without any help from anybody and only one pin-related injury! This pattern came to me from Annie who is starting up her very own on-line store. I was thrilled to be able to test the pattern and am pleased to report that it is flawless. I took my time with this, knitting here and there whenever I had a minute and still finished it in a week. Real knitters could pull this off, complete with felting, in a weekend. I used Patons Classic Wool in merino and very little of it at that. It was really a pleasure to knit up and I'm just thrilled that Annie let me try this out. I don't just throw around the word, "clever" all willy nilly. But this pattern is just that: clever. Any time you can make your knitting bend, it's going to be a fun day.
That might even be better than being called "honey bunny" by convenience store clerks at 6:30 in the morning. In fact, I'm pretty sure that it is.
SA

18 comments:

Beth said...

The bag turned out great! Congratulations on the zipper, too.

Is the cashier older than you? It always catches my attention when the person calling me "hon" is my age or younger.

Julie said...

What a lovely bag, Honey Bunny ;-)

Mouse said...

Awww Sweetie.. what a lovely bag! (you know that your comments are going to be laced with mushy terms of endearment for about the next two weeks until some of us get tired of the joke.. right?)

kmkat said...

The time my dentist -- at least 20 years my senior at the time -- called me "kiddie" and heard "kitty" I decided that dentistry was not all about torture :-)

Sheila said...

That bag is pretty cool looking, shweetie-pie.
Perhaps you could do a 'zipper-sewing onto a knitted fabric' tutorial sometime?
It is Spring break week, and the littlest one and I slept in until 9 this AM....I was so embarrassed (but well-rested)!

laurie in maine said...

In light of the new mushiness. And because for some really creepy reason when I see underpants I think of you?

Knit this yet? warning PDF!
http://www.interweaveknits.com/freepatterns/pdf/spr_07/lacy_thong.pdf

laurie in maine said...

damn.
rest of url
spr_07/lacy_thong.pdf
(don't repeat spr)

Need to revisit tiny url school.

Anonymous said...

The bag is wonderful!
It's nice that your convience store employee is friendly. Ours don't even get off the phone when they wait on us.
Karen
http://nothingbutknit.blog-city.com/

Mia said...

oh sheepie... you'll always be OUR little Honey Bunny *grin*

trek said...

No mush here. I'm still callin' you Sheep. Or Sheepie, if the mood is right.

Anne said...

Fun and very cute bag! Do you get to keep the sample?

The flip side, of course, is when you feel FAR too young to be a "ma'am", but someone calls you that. Stops me in my tracks every time.

catsmum said...

awww who's a clever, sweet widdle sheepie then ?

Bobbi said...

ah! blogger ate the long comment I wrote. I am too annoyed to retype.

The bag looks great!

Olga said...

Now you MUST change the name of your blog! Little sweetie pie Annie's honey bun blog. Cute purse. Now you must fill it with cement to whack your stalker when she shows up at your door. Just sayin....

April said...

Snookums, the bag looks marvy. You're so talented, my sweet little boobaloo.

Brenda said...

I don't know what made me laugh more: your post or the comments. You are never going to live this down.

The bag is cute!

Lazuli said...

I have to agree with Brenda, the comments were as funny as the post! Though since I don't usually indulge people other than family members in mushy terms of endearment, I'll refrain from joining in that part of the general amusement. It's a very pretty bag!

mehitabel said...

Sheepie sweetie, I'm late to the party, but here's my quota of sugar for the day!