Thursday, August 23, 2007

Survival Skills

Who says you need to be a Boy Scout to be resourceful? Ok, I probably couldn't find my way out of the woods using the sun as my compass. I also could not build a fire, or open a can with my teeth to save my life. Changing a tire is equally as doubtful. But, in a pinch, I can make stitchholders out of cocktail picks.

Knitting like a mad woman on a cocktail night at the pool (yes, the pool has an open bar), I just could not stop until I had finished my niece's cutie patootie pink dress (can you believe it's from Knitters?????).

There was no time to spare - it was July, and she's constantly growing, Growing, GROWING. As you may recall, I started a Wallabee for her awhile back, in a mix of Carol's Black Bunny in a rainbow colorway, and Koigu - but, alas, she had already outgrown it before I got around to finishing. That was not going to happen this time - no rum and coke was going to stop me, not a white sangria, or a lite beer.

In the back of my mind, I knew that if I did get that finishitis thing that I've been known to get when it comes to kid's clothes, it could always just end up being a long top . . . and then a cropped top . . . but, no, I was determined. I was going to finish it while it was still a dress. So, when I got to the top, and had to knit one side at a time, the fact that I didn't have my tools with me was not going to stop me. I checked out the available gear at the bar - cocktail stirrers - nah, too slick, no friction to secure the stitches. A plastic straw - too long - no scissors. And then, someone ordered a martini - huh, the olives stay on, why not stitches. And the cocktail pick was reborn as a stitchholder. I was free to knit the second side of the dress, and then the back.

And to think, I learned this very important survival skill having never earned one Brownie badge, and most importantly, never having sold a box of Girl Scout cookies.


Martha said...

Glad to see you're back and posting often! Was getting worried about you.

Lisa said...

Love the zippy new coat of paint! and the dress is tres adorable...oh Tan-One.

from pasty white girl

buttercup said...

I can't wait to see the dress modeled. I bet it'll be tres adorable!

Hey - I'm gonna meet you tomorrow!!! I'll be the shy one. ;-)

Macoco said...

That is so funny! Very resourceful!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you weren't fast enough. Fast and wrong, maybe, but not too slow. Outgrown before finished? Can't believe it.

Wendy we have missed you so much! So glad to see you blogging again.

Any chance that the podcasts will come back?

WandaWoman said...

Pretty cute dress. It looks great on.