Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Fallen Idols?

I don't know what to think about this headline: "Evel Knievel Sues Kanye West Over Video". Evel Knievel is sometimes the butt of jokes however, I hold a special place in my heart for the dude.


His Snake River Canyon Jump happened about 20 miles from my parent's house. I was almost 3 years old when he made the attempt to jump the canyon and my mom tells the story about how she inadvertantly drove down "Pole Line Road" only to get caught in a sea of Hells Angels just hours before they started rioting. Back in the early 70's the "Angels" were a group to be feared and my mom was a pretty 23 year old with her little girl in the car when she got caught up in the mayhem of cat-calling bikers. She was already a little jittery - she had been reading the Exorcist. The incident sent her over the edge. She went home, burned the book and stayed in for a week. Oh, the age of innocence... She sort of laughs off the story as she tells it, but always ends with "boy, was I scared."

Every time I hear Evel's named mentioned my ears prick to hear about what he's up to. Usually it's some off the wall thing, but this kinda makes me sad. On one hand, maybe I should feel good that he's sticking up for his "brand". Kanye's folks should have asked permission and had it been denied changed the video so it wasn't so copycat. However, at the same time I'm not sure it sullies his brand - sometimes things like this generate good publicity for the original. By suing, it sorta makes him look like a washed up celebrity. I think he could have turned this situation into a good thing for himself. But now he seems like a cranky old man.
This is the same way I felt when Garrison Keilor sued over this guys t-shirts. Bah.

In other upsetting news this (plus another 3+ inches):


became this:


I started it for my MIL with Lorna's Shepherd Worsted in Tuscany colorway. Clearly the wrong yarn for the project but I didn't give up hope until my 3rd set of drops. I started a little lacy mitt, but it's silly to waste this variegated yarn on lace. Plus I have 775 yards of it. Any suggestions on what to do with the yarn?

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Oh hell. It looks like all the giant Flickr pictures in the previous posts have pushed my sidebar content down to the bottom of the page. Damn you blogger and your problems uploading pictures!!! Corrections to come... sometime!


Thursday, December 07, 2006

Perhaps the great Knittlesticks blogging drought is over. I have a few posts in the queue that aren't quite done. When I finish them I think they'll post retro-active so it will look like I posted something last week, but didn't. Cool.

A few bulleted things:

  • This guy's letter to the Pork Producers Association cracks me up. So do a bunch of his other letters, but in real life I think this person might exhaust me.

  • What do you think of when you hear the words "Lime Ricky"? Just curious. Would love to hear your thoughts.

  • Got some new shoes to add to my Morenatom collection. This craze was set off by the pair with the circles on the "tongue". It just keeps growing. Can't stop. (oh, wait...I mean won't stop :)
    The brown furry pair are the latest.

  • I've been experiementing with homemade yogurt. It's more desserty than breakfasty. More recipe adjustments...

Saturday, December 02, 2006

A whole slew of projects

CAVEAT - I wrote this post out last week, but never posted! Whoops - that's why the date is off!

Even though I've been absent from blogging, I sure haven't been absent from crafty pursuits! Tonight is the 4th annual Macha Monkey holiday auction (Monkey See, Monkey Buy - I designed this poster for the 2nd auction - I'm so pleased it has been incorporated into the annual event!) I committed myself to two crafty projects to the auction and I put off finishing them until the very last moment... On Wednesday evening I lugged my sewing machine into work to finish everything off. Good thing my boss stayed late that night too - he was kind enough to model for me.

The domestic diva package
This apron was started several months ago. I didn't know how to put the seam binding on around the corners, but thanks to the instruction of the Duchess' sewing mentor I was able to finish this up. I followed a pattern for this (even though it could have probably been done freehand) and when I make this again I will definitely make it shorter. I love the fabric. Here's a closer pic:

And here is the finished set:

Prior to finishing up the apron I had a little disagreement with my sewing machine. (some tension problems - operator error, whoops!). I had some doubts that I was going to be able to finish the apron so I switched gears and put together an Odessa. I already had the yarn and the beads so this was a great knit in a pinch.


This picture was also taken at work - you can see our production area below.

And finally the last auction item:


These are lavendar sachets to go with some lavender laundry soap. I give this gift every year.

All the goodies packed up.