Thursday, October 25, 2007

Daisies and Stash-Diving

I have a new favorite show! It's called Pushing Daisies. It's rather clever and very sweet. Dave thinks it's a bit dorky but he changed from the World Series slaughter to watch it with me! I agree, that yes, it's dorky but it's also, as I said, very sweet and in my opinion, there's a serious shortage of sweet things on TV these days!

Don't let my overuse of the word sweet turn you off, it's not syrupy or anything. It's presented like a fairy tale. Both in the use of a narrator and in how it's shot. It makes me think of the movie Big Fish (love that movie!).

And, another reason to be enamored of this show, the big, tough, manly detective guy...


He does it to relieve stress and in the second episode, they show him knitting and the narrator explains his hobby. Later in the show, they show him wearing the vest (charcoal tweed, ribbed, zipper-front) and gun holsters he knitted for himself. Even later, he saves the day using one of his knitting needles!

Last night's episode, the detective guy and the not-dead, dead girl were having a slight argument about ambulance-chasing vs. just being concerned citizens. Detective guy says, "Where there's dead bodies, there's money and Daddy needs some new yarn."
Best. Show. Ever.

(You can catch up with full episodes here.)

Girl on the Rocks is having a fake Rheinbeck contest. It's for those of us who can't make it to the Festival and jealously covet all the new yarn there. She says to stash dive and re-discover something you already have and blog about it.

It's quite a coincidence because I had done that very deed just 2 days earlier! I was reading TammyKnits and how she'd purchased some Malabrigo to us for a Mr. Greenjeans sweater. I love that sweater and I have some Malabrigo that I purchased years ago! I bought three each of these two colors....

I bought them back in the early days of my knitting (2003) with the intention of felting them into a bag. Did someone just gasp? I know! Crazy, right? I was felting a lot back then. Something in me couldn't bring myself to felt those gorgeously dyed, super soft skeins. I've been hoarding them all these years, trying to find the right project where I could use both colors and the limited yardage I had (only 3 balls each @ something like 215 yards/skein).

Anyway, my plan is to use them for Mr. Greenjeans with the solid on top and the variegated on the cabley parts.

Swatching, Ruth!


Throws Like A Girl said...

I'm loving Pushing Daisies! I almost spit my soda out when he made the yarn comment. It's so refreshing to see a truly funny and yet not stupid show on television.

Tammy said...

Isn't Pushing Daisies a refreshing change of pace? I really enjoy it... very quirky.. and of course the knitting is a total bonus. But wasn't it so sad when he couldn't catch her. Awwwww.

I can't wait to see your Malabrigo Greenjeans. Glad to know I could offer some inspiration.

Yarnhog said...

I DID gasp! I just love Malabrigo. Even a long, stockinette sweater coat could not cure me of my affection for its squishy softness. (I also have three sweater lots of bulky weight Malabrigo in my stash, even though I don't like knitting with bulky weight. It's like a disease. I can't resist ordering it--less than $7 for a 100 gram skein from!)

knitnzu said...

My dh and ds love that show! I have stayed away for who knows why... sounds great. Have you seen a hbo series (now ended but its 2 seasons are available on dvd) called 'Dead Like Me'? Pretty funny and also quirky but not quite as sweet.

Throws Like A Girl said...

Hey! I got the yarn in the mail today! Thanks so much! I must resist startitis...