Tuesday, January 17, 2006
the amazing adventures of baby tigers
I finished this $2 scarf over the weekend, in between racing through chapters of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (which is the best book I've read in a loooong time), and you know what? There's a reason that yarn gets marked down to $1 a ball.
This thing reminds me of a latch hook of a tiger that I made in 1978. Same exact color scheme.
But thanks to my brilliant New Year's Resolutions, I have to wear it. So I wore it all day yesterday, and I wore it to work today. Yesterday I even wore it to the yarn store to be pitied by the highly-skilled knitters working there. Everyone studiously avoided asking about its provenance.
But it's better than it could have been. I seriously started making a pom-pom fringe for this thing. I was imagining adorable kitschy mini-poms dangling happily from each end of the scarf, bouncing along with the rhythm of my day.
Pom-poms, as you may already know, are NO FUN to make. The smaller, the worser. Plus this yarn just pulls apart and frays itself into oblivion at the slightest provocation, so pomming was not working out well. The poms looked like tiny little squashed latch-hook baby tigers on leashes. Needless to say, the pom-pom fringe is history, replaced by a respectable tassle fringe, which caught on the velcro of my laptop bag this morning and caused a minor fashion disaster.
But what I really wanted to tell you is, Michael Chabon is a genius, Kavalier is the best book ever, and I am VERY depressed today that I've finished reading it and can't go on any more amazing adventures with Rosa, Joe and Sammy. I guess I'll have to go back to knitting. *sigh*