05 July 2006

Of colors and patterns

I love color. I really, really do. The apartment is white, very white, but for me this serves as counterpoint, as respite, as refuge.

All day every day I surround myself with yarn, with textures, with blogs, with dvds, with knitporn. But mostly the yarn, within my hands, through my fingers, on needles.

Lately, of the violently orange persuasion. (Is it finished yet? No. Am I bitter? Don't ask.)

I spent the day with gramma today, and we got a few binders, as you can see. My printout and copy collection, of way too many patterns, scratch that, you can't have too many, but let us say that it is likely more will be inspirations rather than projects I will accomplish.... Anyway, they needed to be more properly contained, because the two original binders I had (the first and third pictures, if that sort of thing matters to you) were threatening to explode.

And now they won't. The world is a happier place (chez Fraro, if nowhere else), and I rest easy knowing I have room for more inspirations and more plans.

Before my latest round of additions, which began on the 26th, I had done a head count of the patterns I had. Frankly that number at the time was frightening enough as is, I thought, with:

3 blankets
16 bags
27 sweaters
2 baby sweaters
14 hats
19 scarves
5 wraps
5 fingerless gloves
16 socks

Which is all probably delusional and overtly optimistic given it is Wednesday and I still haven't finished the strap. But you didn't ask if I was bitter, so I won't tell you.

Do you like that blue sweater? I'd visited and tried it on at the Gap last Friday, but returned it to the rack because I didn't want to spend the $20 for it, clearance rack or no. Even if I really really liked it. Monday, Gramma emailed me saying she wanted to take me out on Wednesday and take me back to the Gap to buy the sweater. Hahahahahahahahaha. She is funny. And I own a new sweater.

I do have a good reason for not having finished the strap today, though. And no, it's not the Matisse's fault... He's been parked on me since I came home, because I felt like crap. My sinuses are hurting again (who wants to take bets on when they'll be infected again?) and had to worship at the altar of Imitrex again.

I do feel better for the nonce, wearing the healing Matisse, and for now? That's enough for me.

Now, excuse me while I go back to the orange strap of DOOM.


Anonymous Dave Daniels said...

Ha ha ha ha. Your patterns are still in the single and double digits. Novice! (Sorry, I couldn't resist!!)
I LOVE to be organized. It's a great feeling. And, like yourself, I don't plan on actually making most of them, they are my inspiration. A lot of people don't understand that. Same with quilt pictures. I look at them for inspiration.
Grandma? I saw this great jacket at Banana Republic. My birthday is in October. Just sayin'...

6:22 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Hee hee - Dave has it right! You're on the slippery slope and suddenly you'll wake up with 250 patterns (or wake up under 250 patterns, more likely!).

Cute sweater! Nice gramma. And good job, Matisse, working to keep you healthy.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Cookie said...

I love the lotus flower binder. I'm glad you had a good day out. I hope the sinuses are behaving today. Have you tried Ocean? I keep being told it helps, but not for me. *L*


11:24 AM  
Anonymous mrspao said...

Oh Matisse is the best doctor in the world! I hope you are feeling better and it isn't infected again. Big hug!

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your (new) yarn is dying as I type! Should dry this weekend and go out to you early next week. I'll send you an email to confirm I had the right address before.....

Still Your Dye-o-Rama Pal :-)

6:19 PM  
Blogger Peevish said...

That is a seriously nice sweater. And the cat ain't bad either.

8:02 PM  

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