Saturday, November 29, 2008

Fortune From MIsfortune

Realizing (belatedly, as usual) that I need to have a gift for The World's Greatest Stylist And Life Coach in very short order, I made it my mission to finish up the handwarmers I'd planned to knit for her.  I work very well under pressure, you see.

Except, of course, when I don't...

The handwarmers crashed and burned.  You could probably see the column of smoke rising from wherever you happen to be at the moment.  It was really rather spectacular and reminiscent of any number of effects-laden films out there these days.  Once I'd recovered from the trauma, I began the process of regrouping my knitterly self and trying to come up with Plan B.

It occurred to me at that point that TWGSALC is not so much a fan of the wool.  I've actually gone yarn shopping with her in order that I might complete a project for her so I know this firsthand.  In fact, she has even been known to scoff at wool in both its spun and unspun states.  I cannot convert her.  She is committed to the acrylic path.  So why was I struggling with projects made from the sheepie stuff?  Why not knit something simple and in a fiber she would actually appreciate?

I know.  It is not a pretty side to her character.  But it is really her only shortcoming and she is my stylist, after all.  Good stylists don't grow on trees these days.  I overlook the fiber issues...

I did what any good salon patron might do at that point:  I put on shoes, tucked my turkey-enhanced tummy into my jeans and headed out to the Dollar Store.  If I'm going to knit in acrylic, I'm going to do it with dollar yarn.  That's my new motto.  I'm probably going to put it on t-shirts and stuff.

The store of cheap goods did not let me down.  They get all sorts of overstocks and discontinued items.  Even yarn.




Caron Bliss!  Made entirely from things never before seen in nature!!!


It even came with a pattern for one of those weird curly-Q scarves.  In crochet!  I can crochet!  And it's faster than knitting, in my experience.  Let the wild rumpus begin!  Or wild chaining...whatever.  I can knock this thing out of the park before the weekend is done.  In fact, I've almost already done so.  And I may even have enough left over to trim some simple mitts should fortune and finger dexterity finally start smiling upon me.

I feel kind of good about the fortune thing.  I'm not normally one for signs and stuff, but I think I was actually rewarded for my having put on shoes and taking the feelings of the knit-wear recipient into consideration.  Remember back in September?  When I had to return to my work-a-day life as a teacher?  And I was all worried about leaving the poor Absurdly Gi-normous kitty all alone for the day?

In an attempt to distract him from all the abandonment, I gave him a cat cave toy that I found at the Dollar Store.  I wasn't certain that he'd like it, but I figured that for a buck it was worth a try.



He loved it.


He loved to sit in it.  He loved to pull it over his head.  He loved to use it as a launching pad for his sneak attacks on his sister.  In fact, he loved it so much that he pretty much shredded it.  Sadly, the Dollar Store had no more of this particular item and I was reduced to buying a ridiculously huge thing from the pet store as a substitute.  He loves that, too.  But it's not the same.  He can't flip it over his head and the run around blindly or wear it around his middle like a tube top.  It's just not built for that sort of thing.  ::sigh::

Guess what I found at the Dollar Store today?  Yep.  Cat caves!  Right there where they used to be back when I didn't know enough to stock up.  You can rest assured that I won't be making that mistake again...


I bought five.  


That should hold us for a little while anyway.  Fortune smiles on she who buys the right yarn...

SA

14 comments:

Kath said...

You only bought five? Oh, I get it, that was all they had in stock right? Kidding! (sort of)

I agree, that is a very impressive recovery from an unfortunate episode of knitting that falls down and goes boom. I've long ago given up on the wool-haters, if they wants artificial fibers, they're gettin' it. Leaves more wool out there in the world for me and the others who appreciate it!

My never-fail trick for an emergency scarf gift is two strands of Homespun in different colors, held together and knitted in garter stitch on massive size 19 needles. Works up wicked fast and well!

Anonymous said...

I see only Happy Times for that boy. You will have a lot of Blog material from him. BFK had better watch out.
My verification word was"reign", and that is what will happen at your house once he gets himself dressed up in one of those .
Mom

Bridget said...

I'm glad you had your light bulb moment, and that it worked out. The yarn in the picture should make a pretty scarf.

I have been looking around at the Dollar Stores around here for kitty caves, but so far no luck. But as there are plenty of Dollar Stores, I'm hopeful ...

Anonymous said...

Love the kitty caves. Must get some for cousin Lilly. Are they at the Dollar Tree or someplace else?

Auntie Sheep

Jeanne said...

I knew that the caves would return one day to the Dollar Store! Good call on the gift.

No more "worisses" (my verification word, which I can only assume is some sort of LOLCAT definition of the word "worries". Or Walruses.).

Karen said...

You always manage to find the best items at the dollar store. I can't wait to see photos of AGK in his new cave.

trek said...

Five cat caves!!! Way to go, Sheepie! I can see how when you go to the Dollar Store you end up dropping a twenty :o)

And my word verification is "sluma" which is LOLspeak for what the AGK was doin' when the original cat cave shredded, "slumming".

catsmum said...

poutpout
more pouting
no nice cheap cat caves at my cheapie store


ever!

kmkat said...

I don't let my cats near the computer when you post pictures of AGK and his cave. If they saw that, they would each want one. And one for the dogs.

Leigh said...

Oh yes, I love the dollar store. Dollar Tree is my favorite (I know them all). It is soooo much fun to find a humdinger of a bargain there.

Donna Lee said...

The local dollar store had a ton of lion brand yarn in all sorts of colors so I bought up most of it and gave it to my cousin who makes lap blankets for nursing homes and blankets for preemies. They have to be easily washable and the lion brand fits the bill. In fact, I am going there this morning to find some sparklies for christmas decorating.

Mel said...

If only I'd known, I'd have had you grab me a couple or three. Ours do pretty well with boxes, though, and we have plenty of those for free.

The Kelly Green Rogue said...

oh happy day for AGK! maybe you should have save them for the visit from Santa?

Anonymous said...

I think I can hear AGK singing, "Merry Christmas to me, Merry Christmas to me...."

Sheila Z