Saturday, May 9, 2009

Sometimes I am Really Smart. Other Times, Not So Much.

there is going to be a lot of yarn talk in this post. no, come back. don't be scared. even if you are not totally obsessed with yarn like me, you will still be able to follow along. it's not going to get real technical, i promise.

one of my favorite yarns is Noro Kureyon. it is a wool that self stripes as you work it and the colorways are always gorgeous. and there are a zillion different colorways. i also love it because the self striping does all the work for me and makes me look like a much better knitter than i really am. how could i not love anything that masks my inherent laziness?

so, whenever i see it, i inevitably wind up buying a few skeins and tell myself i will make a hat or scarf out of it. but that never happens. as a result i have well over 50 skeins of it in loads of different colorways. i was obviously not exaggerating when i said i was "totally obsessed with yarn."

well, next month, my friend, Sherri, wants me to teach her how to crochet. being a hardcore knitter, it's been awhile since i have picked up a hook. so i started to reacquaint myself with the craft. i want to teach her the basics and how to make a granny square because they are really easy and very versatile. 

while i am hooking, i have a brilliant flash of inspiration. use the Noro to make granny squares, trim them in black, sew them together and voila! retro 70's kitsch blanket for me! if you knew anyone that crocheted in the 70's, you had one of these blankets. it was required. you had to feather your hair, learn the hustle and own an atrocious granny square blanket.

and we always need blankets in this house because we constantly have blankets rotating in and out of the washer and dryer. see, we have two dogs and one of them acts like it is her fucking job to shed. she is really, really good at it. how is she not bald already? my god, i sweep up enough hair every day to make my own new puppy. one that doesn't kill squirrels and chew on the house, hopefully.

i am happily crocheting along, loving this new project! it's going to be so retro cool! go me! i am about 75% done. still lovin' it! then it hits me.

the Noro is 100% wool.

ever accidentally wash a wool sweater and pull it out of the dryer only to find that it has shrunk to Barbie size?

yeah, that.

now i am going to have a $200+ blanket that needs to be freaking dry cleaned.

i am truly surprised i don't walk into walls more often than i do.


  1. Haha! You've come back to the crochet side, if only temporarily.

  2. Yay! Jelly blogs again!

  3. Holy expensive blanky, batman! My Mom made those crocheted blankets all the time. Like once month for whoever was having a baby/ just got married/ needed a pick me up. Good memories.