I am such a geek. Mr. Bee obtained a 'Serenity' comic book for me that had been personally signed by my hero "Cap'n Mal" (Nathan Fillion). I was so elated I did the one-footed-happy-dance (which Mr. Bee says is very close to the Pee-Pee Dance so he was momentarily confused, as naturally he would be) all around the kitchen. I kept thinking, "Captain Mal TOUCHED this! And I work in a company where we could extract his DNA from that and clone him!" Lucky Girl! Lucky Girl! Sigh. SUCH a big ol' geek.
I have been dividing my time between spinning and starting Mr. Bee's sweater. I'm spinning this wool/tensel from Sandy's Palette. I was iffy about the colors at first. I chose it because it's so out of my comfort zone color-wise. It's teals and fleshy apricots mostly. I was concerned when I started pulling it all apart that it was kind of 'barfy colored' for lack of a better term, but now that I've spun up a bobbin, I love it: apricots, teals, vivid blues, pinks. Can't wait to see it plied up. I'm on the 4,769th restart of Mr. Bee's sweater from Blackberry Ridge. I had to cast on 266 stitches. I had to do this approximately 800 times before I got it right; with enough-but-not-too-much tail left over from my long-tail cast on. Then I joined it and knit 10 rows and realized I had a twist. Mr. Bee is a pretty, pretty man, but I don't think even he could pull off wearing a Mobius sweater! I enjoyed having to unravel the whole thing so much that I managed to do it again the next time I cast on. I'm not the shiniest needle on the circular sometimes. But now I've got 'er all headed in the right direction and I'm really enjoying it. There is enough of a pattern to keep it interesting but not enough so that you have to pay a lot of attention. Plus I've put stitch markers between each of the 14 stitch repeats so I can only screw it up in one small area at a time (in theory).
Tragic news: due to getting soaked in the rain the other day, the stickers are coming off my Storm Trooper apparel. Now, I could be sad because I love the iridescent dragonflies a lot (although I must admit they aren't looking so pretty now with some of their wings and heads missing ) or I could see this as an opportunity to go to the craft store for another theme. I'm thinking fire trucks. I've done 'pretty and serene'. Maybe now it's time for ''danger, excitement and public safety vehicles'. I'll keep you posted.