Love the boozy trombones in his arrangement. They had some good singers back in the old days — singers who had expressive voices, who could carry a melody and do things with it, and ol’ blue eyes is a case in point. Songs had melodies, and luscious arrangements. Although my generation has had one or two . . .
My favorite quote of the week is by Elon Musk: “I want to die on Mars, just not on impact.” Tells you all you need to know about the man.
The seasons, they are a-changin’, although my AC is still coming on now and again. Been drinking Stash Tea’s Chai Spice hot with a liberal blop of Coffee Mate Caramel Macchiato creamer in it. Major nums.
When I said in the previous post that I got this humongous Jumbo skein of yarn, this is what I meant. It’s supposed to be 3 “normal” pull skeins’ worth of yarn. I’ve already got a hat and a pattern started using the star beads. The pattern has a yo, k1 sequence where you drop the yo on the next row to give the k1 enough slack to pull the stitch through the bead with the crochet hook and then slip the stitch to the right needle without puckering the work. The beads go onto a 3-stitch stockinette band that’s in a spiral pattern. The stars are silver, gold, pink, blue, and green. It’s fun, a little silly and a tad over the top, but there are times when you are facing down a life-threatening illness like breast cancer when you need “fun, silly and over the top” just to keep your sanity.
The Malguri Morning shawls are finished, the yarn ends are woven in and they are boxed up, addressed and ready to take down to the post office. My local post office has a deal where you can buy postage from a machine in the lobby with a credit card 24/7, and don’t have to actually go during post office business hours to get postage. The machine has a scale and rulers and all that stuff, and they provide a nice big hopper to drop it in when it’s ready to go.
I played yarn chicken there at the last, and had about a golf-ball-sized ball of yarn left over when I finished this second one. Otherwise, I’d have had to rip out two rows, because the shawl pattern has a two-row repeat and it has to be bound off after a particular row in the pattern repeats. Actually, this yarn is so thick that I doubt there’s more than a yard or two left in that little ball — nowhere near enough to do two more rows and a bind-off. So, whew! I’ve already started another one for me. because this shawl starts at the point, the rows get wider and wider the further up you go, and the stripes in the “self striping” variegated yarn get narrower and narrower as a result. Here’s both of them:
I don’t know why they look blotchy in the photos. It may just be the way Charisma joins their color changes. I’m making me one totally out of the blue self-striping, without any solid blue stripes. When you use the bulky yarn, they’re thick, and snuggly* warm. However, you can get creative with your yarn choices and needle sizes and end up with a lacy DK or sock-weight shawl, or a worsted weight shawl. Also, the pattern is dead easy. TV knitting at its finest, just perfect for binge watching.
*The spellchecker doesn't like "snuggly" with two 'G's, but there is a big difference in meaning between snugging (snugly, adverb) and snuggling (snuggly, adjective).