Posted by Stitchy McYarnpants On October - 14 - 2004   ShareThis



Yay, the plans came together and we’re off to Rhinebeck this weekend! AND my darling Hub will be accompanying me! How’s that for an enabling husband? He keeps giving me all these reasons to adore him further.* We’ll be staying with my super cool cousin and her husband (who is also super cool) at their house in New Paltz, which is maybe 30-45 minutes away. We’re going to hang out on Saturday and head to the fair on Sunday, so please save some yarn for me, people! By then the llamas ought to be good and annoyed, so that should be fun.

I was hoping to have Manly done for Rhinebeck so my fella could look all spiffy and hand-crafted, but it ain’t hap’nin. It’s getting there, though. I’m on the second sleeve, then the collar, then I have to figure out how to put it together.

Thanks so much for all the great feedback on the MOKS. It’s nice to know that people enjoy reading it as much as I do putting it together. I hope I’m getting across my love for these patterns. As much as I tease them, I really and truly do think they’re aces. You don’t necessarily have to like something in order to love it, and so it goes with MOKS. I kid because I love, that’s just how we are in my family (you should hear the trash-talking when we play cards). I’ve actually been tempted to make those shorts because they’re just so crazy. Did I just ruin the whole thing by saying that? I hope not.

This was another windfall week for the shop-a-holic. Michaels Craft store sent out some generous flyers last week that contained a 50% and 40% off coupon for one item each. I also snagged my neighbor’s copy because she had already tossed it into the recycle bin, so we had 4 coupons! I dragged the Hub to the craft store (which he actually enjoys) and made him buy The Big Book of Knitting by Katharine Buss (which he didn’t enjoy) with one of the 50% coupons and I got a Boye Needlemaster circular set with the other one. I already have Denise circs, but I figured it couldn’t hurt and at a $35 savings, I simply couldn’t resist. I took one of the 40% coupons today and got The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie Wiseman. I’ve got one left, but there really isn’t anything else I need at Michaels. I want a blocking board that sweaters will fit on, but they don’t seem to have them. Anyone have any suggestions about what I should get?

*Earlier this week, he brought home a little Beatrix Potter book called The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit because it reminded him of our Fierce Bad Kitten, Mike. Let’s hear it for the boy “Awwwwwww.” It’s actually pretty hilarious and if you will allow me, I would love to share it with you.

This is Mike.


This is the Fierce Bad Rabbit.


Notice the similarities, especially in the crazy eyes just looking for something to knock over?

Here is the Bad Rabbit knocking over the Nice Rabbit because he wants the carrot. This is a very common occurrence in our house (though rarely with carrots) and the other cats all agree that they are the Nice Rabbit in this tiresome scenario.


Then something very jarring happens. You turn the page in the cute funny book for children and are faced with this.


Wow. Beatrix is done screwing around. All bets are off and that little bastard just may get what’s coming to him. Mike’s furry jaw drops while the other cats cheer. But it’s a kids’ book and the man with the gun would never actually shoot at . . .


As it turns out, the Bad Rabbit only gets his tail and whiskers blown off. Luckily, Beatrix spared us the spray of blood shooting from the rabbit’s behind, but you know that’s what the original looked like. I like to think that it made her laugh maniacally, then she calmly put it away and moved on.



10 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    For the blocking board, I bought mine at JoAnn Fabrics. I’m on their mailing list so I get a 40% off coupon every month. Using that I paid around $7 for the board. I also purchased some clear vinyl to cover the board with. It was on a clearance rack and cost under $2. Jackie

  2. La says:

    Mike is so cute I could just squeeeeeeeze him!

  3. purlewe says:

    Just read some of yuor blog for the first time. Truly loved it.. great sense of humor and wonderful writing style. Anywho.. I’ll be at Rhinebeck this weekend as well.. and also staying in New paltz with my aunt. Perhaps we are related somehow?? j/k but have a lovely weekend.

  4. Lynette says:

    Your hubby sounds like a knitter’s dream. Keep him. Have a great time at Rhinebeck. Mike is a cutie!

  5. melanie says:

    I got my blocking board at Joann’s as well. Love it!

    Say hi to Bard and Rhinebeck for me! I’ll be thinking of you!

  6. Anonymous says:

    i gotta get me a blocking board. maybe then i’ll actually block something.

    do you have a yarn winder? that’s a good thing to get with a big-ass coupon

    my husband won’t even step into my local ac moore. he waits for me outside or i go find him at the home depot next door.


  7. Anonymous says:

    I live in New Paltz, so welcome to this awesome neck of the woods! Unfortunately, I can’t make it to the fest this weekend, so I’m counting on you to give us a rousing account of what went on. I laughed my patoot off at the MOKS, called my partner at work and told him about it, and he showed it around to everyone, which led to the discovery that several of them knit, and want me to knit with them, so thanks, Stitchy!

  8. I’d love to hear your comparisons of the two needle sets as I haven’t been too thrilled with the Denise ones. Have a great trip!

  9. ginabeana says:

    Miss Stitchypants, you are the funniest. Usually I just kind of scan blogs, looking mostly at the pictures, but I love to read yours.

    “Beatrix is done screwing around”

    I just about wet my pants. And your sweater looks great so far.

  10. lydia says:

    i will have a pet rabbit

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