May 29, 2007


We spent Memorial Day weekend at our cabin in the San Juan Islands. One of the first things I went to do when we arrived was to make some coffee. I started the water in the kettle, and picked up the one-pound package of Starbucks from where we keep it on the kitchen windowsill and was turned around facing into the main area of the cabin, talking with Scott, who'd come in behind me. Suddenly I looked down, and I noticed little feathers down the front of my polar fleece jacket. How strange. Then I held the Starbucks package away from me so that I could see the bottom of it. I interrupted our conversaton to ask, "How'd this get all coated in feathers?" Very strange. Then I turned back toward the kitchen window -- and there on the sill was a dead bird. I screamed, "There's a dead thing!" and ran outside, Allegra right on my heels. Thank goodness Scott is not squeamish, and cleaned it up, including using some chlorine bleach and a flamethrower to sanitize the windowsill.

Scott spent much of the weekend on his Kubota:


I think he has just as much fun moving dirt around as I do moving loops of yarn from one needle to the next. Simple pleasures.


Simply Shetland was kind enough to send me an advance copy of Eunny Jang's pattern so that I can make a shop sample, so I spent some of my weekend swatching for the Autumn Rose pullover. Above, you see the swatch laid out on a towel to dry. The coloring is basically gold and yellow-green, with some jewel-toned reds, greens, and blues worked in. Because the pullover has raglan shaping, I was especially concerned with getting row gauge; I'm a tight knitter, but I found I could get both row and stitch gauge on size US 4 needles. That was a pleasant surprise.

Saturday evening, after Scott had spent hours moving dirt around and I'd spent hours knitting, as we all were getting ready to sit down to the table for dinner, Scott put his iPod in the dock and cranked up the music:

She thinks my tractor's sexy
It really turns her on
Shes always staring at me
While I'm chuggin' along
She likes the way its pullin' while we're tillin' up the land
She's even kind of crazy 'bout my farmer's tan
She's the only one who really understands what gets me
She thinks my tractor's sexy

Allegra and I did a double-take, and we all burst out laughing. I'd never heard this song before, but Scott was quick to inform me that it's a Number 1 country-western hit by Kenny Chesney. You can read the complete lyrics here.

Not all surprises are unpleasant, like the dead bird on the windowsill, or hilarious, like discovering that your spouse has a theme song. On Thursday I found out that a very dear friend, who'd been earlier diagnosed with breast cancer, is going to have to undergo some aggressive chemotherapy. What a sad surprise. So I spent much of the weekend working on a Shedir chemo cap:


Long-time readers of Ideaphoria will recall that I made one of these caps about a year ago, for someone else. The yarn is Rowan Calmer in the new color Cork, a very pretty brown that I think my dear friend, who always wears earth tones, will like.

Posted by Karen at May 29, 2007 12:59 PM

wow, those swatch colors are stunning!
i'm sorry to hear about your friend.

Posted by: vanessa at May 29, 2007 03:52 PM

You handled the bird situation much better than I imagine I would. I agree the swatch colors are gorgeous. Lucky you for previewing it before it's published.

Posted by: Jewel at May 29, 2007 03:57 PM

So sorry to hear of your friend.

That song is hilarious. :)

Posted by: Romi at May 29, 2007 08:55 PM

Greetings from Bonaire!

Too funny about the song!!

The shedir is a lovely gift. It looks great in that color.

I love the Eunny Jang design but too much yellow for my coloring!

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I will send her some healing thoughts. Sometimes I just hate cancer...has affected far too many people I have known.

Take care and hope you are enjoying your time in the San Juans...

Posted by: Naomi at May 30, 2007 08:54 AM

How in the world did you get the tractor onto the island??

Posted by: Diana at May 30, 2007 11:56 AM

Eek! (the bird) Gorgeous! (the sweater) Jealous! (San Juan Islands - my fiance's parents have a place there though, so someday . . .)

Posted by: Theresa at May 30, 2007 05:19 PM