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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Folkcat & Gryphon on the Road: Day Two, Get a Little

But enough about other people. What did Folkcat get for Christmas?

Let's just say, my family may be as dysfunctional as the next, but we go a good job with Christmas presents.

Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Widescreen Edition)Star Wars - Episode I, The Phantom Menace (Widescreen Edition)For starters, I got my annual Amazon Gift Certificates from my sister and BIL. Always welcome - Gryphon and I have pretty healthy wishlists over there! I used mine to help me purchase Star Wars Episode I and Episode III on Widescreen DVD - the only discs missing from my Star Wars set. I just got a notice they shipped the other day - woohoo! Gryphon used his gift certificate to purchase some Zen calendars he's in a habit of buying every year, but which he hadn't picked up yet, so he's happy, too.

My parents got Gryphon and I a pair of books: Ogden Nash's I'm a Stranger Here Myself and Good Intentions. These are two volumes of a set of (as far as I know) six hardcover collections of Nash's poetry. We actually own a set of the six, with the paper jackets and all, but they're packed away. And I like the idea of having more than one set, too - what if Gryphon and I want to read the same one at the same time?

Some people have a song. Gryphon and I have a poet, and it's Ogden Nash. (We actually have a song, too, but it's a strange one with an unusual story - for another time.) Ogden Nash makes both of us smile. And we've sort of taken a few lines from one of his poems as our motto for our relationship: Near and far, near and far, I am happy where you are. Likewise, I have never larnt, how to be it where you aren't.

And thus, we collect Ogden Nash books. Not on an active, scouring the used book stores and searching on eBay level, but as sort of a background task. They come into our lives on occasion, and get added to the pile. And we enjoy it.

My brother used my Amazon wishlist to help him with his shopping, only he didn't buy from there. He noticed that I had a significant number of Kevin Smith movies on the list, and he knew he had a better source, living in L.A. like he does.

Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash Bag
The Bag From the Store He Shopped At

When he sends gifts, he often includes the bags from the places he shops at, because he knows that's part of what makes some of the purchases special. In this case, he shopped at Kevin Smith's own comic store, Jay And Silent Bob's Secret Stash.

Where he got me these:

Kevin Smith DVDs
Autographed DVDs! An Evening With Kevin Smith, and Mallrats

I've only seen a few of Kevin Smith's later films; Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back. I love his irreverent style of intelligently-written humor, satire, and commentary, and have long wanted to see more of his films. Mallrats isn't quite his earliest, but it's close, in 1995; only Clerks came earlier in 1994.

An Evening With Kevin Smith is a set I hadn't heard of, but my brother says that it's hilarious and well worth seeing. Released in 2002, this is actually a compilation of at least 5 evenings with Kevin Smith, recorded at various stops on his speaking tour of colleges in 2001/2002. I'm looking forward to watching this one.

And finally, we have fiber content! Gryphon has been taking careful note of my yarn desires, and was able to come up with these - the first "gourmet" yarns to enter my stash!

Christmas Yarn
Christmas Fiber - Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, and Noro Kureyon

Not bad for a first-time yarn purchase! The Cherry Tree Hill color is "Spanish Moss", and the Noro is color #159. Yes, both Noro's are the same color - the balls are just wound from different points.

The only shortcoming here is that the quantities of yarn are a little short. My feet need more than one skein of sock yarn. And the original plan for the Noro was to knit a Booga Bag, which requires 3 balls of Noro Kureyon. But a second skein of the CTH was easily acquired at the LYS.

My plans for the Noro had changed, anyway - now that I have a WiFi card in my laptop (a concept that is working very well!), there's a chance I'll be carrying it around with me more often. So I now want to knit a felted laptop tote. That will take a bit more than the three skeins of Noro - I'm not sure how much more, but I'll figure it out. I'm probably going to wing it on a pattern - I know there are a number of them out there, but I've got a concept of the shape I need and how to achieve it, so I'm just going to go ahead and knit. Well, not quite - I'm going to do a swatch first and felt it to see how much shrinkage I get. Then I'm going to knit.

The LYS didn't have more of the same colorway of Noro, but I found 3 balls of a colorway that will coordinate nicely - it's got more of the blues/purples, but has some overlap with the colors in #159. I don't know if 5 will be enough for my plans, but since I'm doing a bag and already using two different colorways in it, it matters little if I decide I need more yarn and have to purchase a third colorway to complete it.

All in all, though, Gryphon did very well for his first attempt at purchasing yarn for me. He knew for sure I wanted the Noro, and the CTH was a surprise - Deb at The Woolery pointed it out to him when he was buying the Noro, explaining what it was and that she'd been out of stock for a long time. She had a notion I might want some - and she was right. She'd actually had a single skein of the stuff sitting on the shelves for a long time, and I kept fondling it and wishing I had the money to buy sock yarn as nice and soft as that for my poor, hyper-sensitive feet.

SCORE!!! Gryphon, with a significant assist by Deb.

And a Very Merry Christmas to Me, don't you think?

Next Up: Day Three, a Syracuse Yarn Store

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