September 26, 2003

Toasting Bread: The New Spectator Sport

My griping about disappearing stitch markers reminded me of my family's Mystery of the Disappearing Toast.

toast.jpgWhen we lived in Brazil, we owned the word's most, well, enthusiastic toaster. When it had finished toasting some bread, it wouldn't just genteelly raise the bread up into your waiting fingers, or happily pop it up with flair and style; instead, it would fling it feet into the air. During breakfast, we kept a vigilant eye on the toaster so we could grab the toast before it landed in the dust bunnies behind the sideboard. One day, however, in a fateful moment of neglect, no one was minding the toaster. We heard it go "bing," we heard the the crispy-crunchy sound of the toast being launched skyward, but when we looked to see where the toast had landed, it was nowhere to be found. Parents and children alike immediately commenced an exhaustive search of the breakfast room, looking in the toaster, on and under the table, on and under everyone's plate, behind all the furniture, on the window sill, under the rug, even peering hopefully up at the ceiling, just in case. Over the course of the next few days, one or another of us could be found on hands and knees making an impromptu spot-check but, to this day, we are still mystified by what happened to the wayward toast. I hear, however, that the astronauts on the International Space Station were recently startled by crispy, brown, breadlike and slightly moldy object that caromed off the surface of the station.

Knitting Knews
As a replacement for the Rowanspun, I bought a skein of bright lime-green, infinitely more cooperative Debbie Bliss Merino DK. I have knitted a second, obedience-schooled green paralyzed octopus (which looks very much like the first green paralyzed octopus, hence no photo) and am feeling cautiously confident about the success of this version of the sock.

Reader Mary reports that she knitted an entire sweater out of a yarn which broke repeatedly like the Rowanspun but, unlike me, she had the patience to finish the sweater and says it is now one of her favorites. I, on the other hand, eventually reached the point with my Rowanspun where I felt like throwing it on the floor, stomping on it, and yelling unladylike obscenities at it. The Zen of knitting, my a__!

Dyeing Dyegest
Since my LYS failed me in the Henry's Attic area, I went ahead and ordered some from very responsive Lisa Souza at LisaKnits. It cost me a boatload more than it would have had I purchased it at my LYS but I'm too eager to try the sunflower dye to care about $7.00 one way or the other.

Stay tuned!

Posted by Ryan at September 26, 2003 10:05 AM


Everytime I read your blog, I learn something new about you. My best friend recently returned from living in Brazil (Salvador). She misses it dearly already (though she's only been back a month!). One day I'll make my way down there to see what she loves so much about it. Also wanted to say that I loved your entry about books. So true!

Posted by: Rebecca on September 26, 2003 10:19 AM

Well, Rebecca, Brazil is actually just the tip of the iceberg. I was born in Peru (all three children were, actually) and we lived in Colombia, Brazil, the Philippines and Singapore. I also spent some time in Switzerland and my sister spent some time in Taiwan. My parents spent a few years in Borneo as well! Phew!

I've been enjoying watching the avid bookreaders come of out of the woodwork in response to my entry about books. Welcome to the group!

Posted by: Ryan on September 26, 2003 10:31 AM

I feel the need to add more praise to my post of awhile back, when I said your blog was a daily has been slow at work and I have been surfing blogs, and your blog is really top notch Ryan (no, she is not paying me or bribing me with yarn folks). Your blog has lots of pictures, your non-knitting content is funny, and your knitting content interesting and pretty detailed. In fact, I think your blog has spoiled me for most of the others. So there! Thank you again for your work on this (and The Mysterious K's photo wizardry), it truly is a pleasure.

Posted by: Lisa on September 26, 2003 12:38 PM

Lisa, Lisa, Lisa, you do know how to make a girl blush! :-) Both I and the Mysterious K thank you for being such a big fan! (Oh, and let's not mention the fact that we haven't had any photos for the last two entries. Photos on Monday, I promise!)

Posted by: Ryan on September 26, 2003 01:14 PM

Hey Ryan, are you going to tell everyone about the annual onion or am I going to have to?

Posted by: Sheila on September 26, 2003 02:43 PM

Ack!! "Annual onion" isn't ringing a bell! A hint, please, Ms. S?

Posted by: Ryan on September 26, 2003 02:47 PM

Didn't you used to mail your brother? someone? an onion every Christmas by the slowwwwest method possible so that it was as rank and stinky and rotten as it could be? Or who was that????

Posted by: Sheila on September 29, 2003 10:14 AM

Sheila, a) the onion mailer was not I but b) you are giving me evil ideas.

Posted by: Ryan on September 29, 2003 11:21 AM
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