Thursday, April 12, 2007

Yarn Head

Otherwise known as why redheads shouldn't wear pink! But seriously, when I received my order (at work no less) from Yarn Discontinued earlier this month, I kind of squealed with delight (read: made an ass of myself) and danced around with a ginormous gorgeous skein of hand dyed baby loop mohair in Tangerine Dream. My boss happened to be in the office and said "You are such a YARN HEAD!" (huh, Yarn Head.....hmmmm...i like it, i like it)...I told DH about it....and he for your viewing pleasure, I give you..The Yarn Head....kind of feels like Raggedy Ann gone wrong...but what the heck, I have no shame!

And I seriously am in lust with this yarn.....her colors are sublime...glowing flames of red and orange with little pink and yellow hints to lighten and brighten. I love the way the light catches it. It glows I tell you!

I wound it up finally last night.....1000yd skein. I got a hand cramp turning the winder crank! And then I cast on! What can I tell you....I got the perfect fabric on size 7s....but had to change needle type 3 (yes, THREE) times. First I had used the KnitPicks Options...thinking, fine mohair needs fine point needles...errr no...they kept snagging in the boucle' loops. So then I tried my Addi's....blunter tips...but noooooo......the last 10-15 stitches of each row kept falling off due to the slipperyness of the needles...same problem with the KP Options but I didn't realize it was going to be a continual now she's merrily and rather easily chugging along on old standby bamboo Clovers. Can you guess what I'm making yet?

I'll tell you later.....(it's a secret because I'm cheating on Wren! shhhhh!)

In other news....Kiri should reach her Aunt Grace's house in Joisy by the weekend....according to our local friendly postmistress! can just call me "Professor MidwifeKnits" from now on...Haha....I got a call from UAA (University of Alaska Anchorage) asking if I'd be interested in teaching one of the undergrad nursing elective courses this summer...Nursing the Chemically Dependent Patient.......after discussing it with the family and my boss at work, I accepted. I think it'll be a good experience and an opportunity for me to see if I'd ever be interested in adding academia to my clinical/research repertoire. I've taught other courses at local technical and community colleges...but never in a nursing program or within the University system. I feel really honored to be asked.....especially by one of my former faculty from a decade! On the other's a pretty small healthcare community up here (remember there are only about 600,000 people in the entire state) and because summer's so short, labor is in short supply....what kind of fool gives up extra time in the summer? uh...that would be me.......anyway, it'll be very interesting to be on the "other end" of the academic whip. First class is May 14th! Wish me (and my prospective students/poor victims) luck!

And as always....have a great knitterly day!


Grace Yaskovic said...

I have some of that yarn in a blue purple red version courtesy of Bets, I haven't decided what it should be yet, but maybe one of those one skein shawls thats all the knews at Knitters Review!!!!!

smariek said...

(hands covering ears) LA LA LA LA LA LA LA, I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!! I really did not need to know about another online yarn vendor, LOL....

Joan said...

You should definitely be teaching. You will entertain & inspire your students, no doubt.

Ambivalent on the orange. Did you see the last ep of Desperate Housewives? LOL.

Anonymous said...

Ooohhh, it's so purty. I was tempted by that stuff as well but I didn't know what to do with it (as is the case with most of my stash.) Can't wait to see a finished object! kelly

jayne said...

Hysterical! I agree with Joan. Your students are gonna love you.

Love the yarn. I have something similar but in autumny colours from Fleece Artist.

My word verification is: wc pox. The British would have fun with this.

CatBookMom said...

Great yarn, even as a wig!! I don't know how you're going to fit Ms Professor Lisa into your already too-busy life, but you'll be a terrific teacher, I'm sure.

My word is detlh. Honest, when I first saw it I thought it said 'death'. Eeek.

Having a Knit Fitt said...

Love the wig! And good for you - a teaching gig.

Anonymous said...

I think you should wear your orange wig to your first class. Then, proceed to knit from it as you lecture. When I was in nursing school, the instructors weren't allowed to laugh.