Tuesday, September 28, 2004

These Boots Are Made For Walking...

And that’s just what they’ll do, one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you….
One of my favorite things about Fall this year are boots. Yes I love the concept of knitting things this year (knitting things for myself and others), but really I like even more switching to my Fall wardrobe. I am an Autumn coloring girl… and really I just love to snuggle up in a nice warm sweater at a café with a yummy hot chocolate and a heater above my head while reading a book. Normally I am fashion impaired. It is a fight to dress myself daily. But my inadequacy at choosing my own clothes is particularly evident when it comes to things like… erm accessories. And when I talk about accessories I mean things like jewelry, hats, scarves, tights, shoes, belts, bags you get the picture. Now I am starting to take more of an interest in them, and I am beginning to expand my horizons… I think my fun novelty yarns helped with the Scarf Fiasco of 2001. I am starting to have a bit of an obsession with shoes, and since last year's choice purchase, boots in particular. I am dreaming of wearing my skirts with calf length boots again. I am thinking about buying another pair… if only they fit around my calves...
But for today I have this pair, from my more glamorous and employed days. A pair of Donald J Pliner boots. I love the wine color. They are flat, though I normally prefer heeled boots. Hey I am vertically challenged, I need all the help I can get to look all gamine and stuff. Paris can make you feel frumpy you know! And those boots, they went walking today. I love these boots because they are made for walking; they are made for walking while wearing hand-knit Mountain Colors (Mountain Goat in Yellowstone) socks. I love them because when I wear a pair of boots I feel like I can take on anything. And if I can’t take it on, I can kick it HARD. That is my mood today. I snapped out of my rut a bit, particularly on my research. I got some comments from my all important adviser last night. And while they don’t seem effusive (“what you have here is in pretty good shape”) from him they are like drippy, sappy, affectations of glorious proportions. It was a nice surprise; I was expecting to get mowed over and taken to task for what I was sure was a hunk of junk. But nope! Instead it is treat time for me my friends. Break out the rations of the Hidden Valley Ranch and buy me some of the *real* potato chips.
YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY In My Tummy!
And now that I got out of the flat, to the library, research worked on and a start hacked into, with some nice comments… I am ready to kick that Phildar patterns booty, and kick it HARD. I wanna wear this sweater soon and with two sleeves down (well to shape the shoulders but I am calling them down…) and a back about to be started (have I told you how I feel about my pointy needles? well my arm will tell you, at the thought of starting the valium ribbing on the back my tennis elbow kicked up, my arm likes my pointy needles THAT much).
Vrooom, Vroooom, Vroooooooom! I am one boot clad pixie rearing to go and I say:
Let the Sassy Ass Knitting Commence!!

6 Comments:

Blogger sharlync said...

Thanks for your comment on my Phildar sweater. The truth is that I'm a cheat :). I don't translate my own patterns, I buy my patternbooks with english translations from a website called knitntyme.com. My husband is fluent in french so I get help from him too. Not much though. When he reads a french pattern, it's as if he were a beginner knitter trying to interpret the pattern. Maybe all of the weird abbreviations? Good luck!

3:37 AM  
Blogger FaerieLady said...

It's great that you received such nice comments from your advisor! Also, I love those boots! I only wish I could find a pair of thigh highs that fit... - Kae

3:43 AM  
Blogger Stinkerbell said...

Kae- I too have that issue. I was a gymnast. My calves are more round than most people biceps... When I find a pair that I like and that fit with out cutting off my circulation- I buy two, or three!

Sharync- ahhhh but to have a gorgeous sweater and the pattern in both langugages. You trying to make me green :) I am not fluent but I can read French, and do so daily. I say I am functional :) The problem is what I call "Special French." Things like plumbing, dentist or as this case proves... knitting French. I am thinking I am going to have to buy a translated Phildar pattern and then play the learn from there game. Once I crack this first one I think the others will be much easier.

I hope!

10:33 AM  
Blogger sharlync said...

P.S.When ordering, you need to be sure that the description says "With French translations". Some patternbooks have them and some don't.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Stinkerbell said...

I would except that isnt an option for me any more. While I am from Seattle (well Spain originally but that is a long story...) I am living in Paris and I have yet to find a Phildar Boutique that provides translations :)

I am however tempted to buy one from an online retailer with the translations at some point.

2:34 PM  
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