Friday, September 07, 2007

Since last we spoke...

I've been busy.

We tackled the next round of renovations: knocked out some walls, rebuilt some other walls, and added a bathroom to the upstairs. (Yes, we got some professional help for this part.)

I married two of my best friends from high school. (Yes, i get a huge kick out of the fact that "marry" is both a monotransitive and a ditransitive verb. As in, "The Oregon constitution won't even let me marry The Lady, but I married two people this weekend!"*)

I spent a lovely weekend at my friend Lara's parents' place on the North Umpqua River. (Yes, Lara's dog Gypsy looks just like Bailey. But with one blue eye!)

I also fell even more in love with our friend Vaden, a little fellow with a temperament as sweet as his vocabulary is enormous. How many 2.5 year olds do you know who say "Stella, you should turn around, the water behind you is so pretty. Can we go down to the river's edge?" THE RIVER'S EDGE. This boy kills me dead.

Then I came home and felted my beautiful yarn. Ugh.

Just to twist the knife a little harder, the unfelted parts look like this:

Still nice and shuzzy, and a really amazing shade of coppery brown. Note to self, and anyone else who might be embarking on their virgin dyeing excursion: Use a pot large enough to stir the yarn freely, or else some parts of the water will get significantly hotter than others. Also, don't make your first attempt with yarn you really love.

It's not actually quite as bad as that first picture makes it appear -- I might still knit up a swatch and see what it looks like. Nevertheless, I feel very very stupid and disappointed.

On a happier note, Fifi is finished (actually finished, as of this writing, not missing a wee bit of sleeve as in the picture). Full FO report to come next week when I get modeled shots from the birthday girl (my mama).

* Uh, actually those are both monotransitive... but you get my drift.


Kristy said...

Oh, sorry to hear about the yarn! I'm been contemplating dyeing some yarn myself, and now I'm nervous.

That top looks great unblocked. I can't wait to see the FO.

JulieFrick said...

Welcome back! Missed you!

Ashley said...

If all 2.5 year olds talked like that, I might actually want one.

Courtney said...

Finally a new post girl, you must be busy. The house looks great.
Sorry about the yarn, it also makes me nervous to dye my own.
The Fifi looks amazing!

Courtney said...

Oh by the way, kids say all kinds of stuff, I think it's the hormones talking ;)

Alice said...

Wow, you definitely have been busy! The bathroom looks awesome, I love the glass block!

I am sorry to hear about your yarn :( I've never actually dyed yarn that way, I am way too scared to have to handle it or stir it while it's heating. You can try do do it this way, then you just kind of have to wait it out.

Stacey said...

:( dying is always an adventure. sometimes not the best one!

Fifi is beautiful!

pamela wynne said...

Aw, and the colors you created were gorgeous! At least you know for next time... Plus, the bathroom looks fantastic, Fifi is fab, and the wedding photos are really lovely. Missed you. :)

Dr. B. said...

You had me at "monotransitive".

Lolly said...

Love the wedding pic. Yeah, you totally rocked my world pulling out the grammar - love it! love it!

Nice to see you :)