Saturday, January 31, 2009

here we go!

this morning, my yarn winder finally arrived!

a yarn winder (and i'm not even sure if that's the technical name for this thing, but the only thing printed on it is "made in china") is a little simple machine that you thread your yarn onto and wind up so your loose hank of yarn becomes a neat little ball of yarn that you can knit from. it's like a larger and more manually operated version of a bobbin winder on a sewing machine.

i've wanted one of these yarn winder fuckers for a really long time. carson refused to get one for me for christmas (carson has this thing about gifts -- he doesn't like to buy things for people that they ask for, you know -- things that would definitely make the recipient happy; he prefers the risk, i guess), so i just ordered one for myself. i've got so much yarn sitting around that needs to be balled up, and obviously i can't do that without a yarn winder.

well, the yarn winder is kind of a pain in the ass. it works -- there's no design defect or anything -- but it really kinda needs a device called a "swift", which looks like this. the thing is, a swift is a lot more expensive than just a yarn winder, and i'm totally cheap (and poor), so i've foregone the swift for now. but i know that having a swift would probably make yarn winding much less rage-inducing...

like this morning, when i opened the front door and saw my little yarn winder box on the porch, i was SO FUCKING EXCITED that i had to try it out IMMEDIATELY. and because i'm an inherently impatient girl, i got yarn (and cats and myself) all tangled and knotted everywhere and ended up cursing up a storm at the stupid yarn winder. so i decided that i should probably just get the hell out of the house for a while so no further harm could ensue.

i didn't do too much on my little errand-running, get-away-from-the-yarn-catastrophe adventure, but everywhere i went, everyone totally had the superbowl fever! pittsburgh has really grown on me in the four years that i've lived here, and one of the things i find incredibly charming about this town is how excited people get about the steelers. the steelers got me, too. my first year here i tried to hate. and then the icy shackles around my heart started to melt and i, too, became a believer. (although it should be made clear that the penguins are the pittsburgh team that truly has my heart.)

so when i got to costco and that silly "here we go" steelers song was blasting through the aisles of bulk merchandise, i kinda got this embarrassingly teenagery feeling of cameraderie and solidarity with my pittsburgh brothers and sisters. fuck yeah, steelers! you're goddamn right i want us to win the freaking superbowl and prove to the world that we are the greatest NFL team ever (no other NFL team has won six superbowls)!

so, yeah. i started today as an angry scorned knitter, but i've ended up filled with the superbowl spirit.

and now i'm gonna try and convert this spirit into more yarn-ball-making. wish me luck...



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