Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Let 'em eat cake

All of this talk about money and the economy is making me grouchy. I don't like being grouchy, it is not my nature. But now, it has been suggested that my talents as a knitter don't transcend into my general domestic skill set. Unfortunately for us domestic workers, our jobs can't be outsourced. Talk about a budget crisis. Imagine if every man had to bring in private contractors to tend to all of their needs?? Yes it is true, some of them do privatize some aspects of their lives (see Elliot Spitzer and a zillion other politicians). We know how expensive that becomes for just one measly (well maybe not so measly) outsourced job!

At a recent budget conference, it was suggested that I review ways that I could cut back. Hmmmmm. Immediately, ideas came to mind. I could stop buying diamonds but DeBeers would probably go bankrupt which wouldn't be a bad thing except I haven't bought diamonds since I learned what happens to miners who work to get those lovelies out of the ground.

It was suggested that I not buy too many clothes. While I don't sew my clothes, I wonder just how much longer I could stretch my size 8 clothes into my growing, perimenopausal size 10 frame? Which brings me to groceries. Cutting back on groceries was seriously reviewed. If I didn't eat so much and encouraged others to do the same, we could save a mint (I used to grow mint but nobody really noticed). I am a bad domestic engineer it has been determined. I pay too much for food. I reluctantly had to agree this point due to the recent Whole Foods beef recall. I've been buying Whole Foods beef forevah thinking that the 50% markup helped ensure that I wasn't eating diseased, penned up and barely- alive- stock. So yeah, I could save with groceries by cutting out those nice juicy steaks and organic burgers. Did somebody say dollar menu?

Let's see, what else. Oh, right, the yarn. Which my shrink (if I had one) would probably say is the real source of the conflict. I could stop buying yarn. And by extension, I'd have more time to clean and cook and launder and contemplate "reclaiming the home". I contemplated drugs instead...


Then, the existential in me wondered, WWJD?

After close reflection, I realized that for twenty five years, I had been getting it all wrong. My one indulgence

could have been solved by just saying no. Who knew that Nancy Reagan was right afterall...

Anyway, is it obvious I'm in a funk? My Pal Phyllis came to the rescue. She brought some yummy wild blueberry muffins that she picked and baked...

Brought tears to my eyes...

And, Phyllis and I have been doing this sock KAL. Yes the yarn cost $11 bucks (a 20% sale at her LYS). Where else in America can you get great friendship, and stuff to do for 11 bucks and end up with a pair socks in the process?

Simply Lace Socks, Interweave, '06

My first attempt at the pattern was done totally wrong. When you are blind with rage, I guess lace charts can be misinterpreted. I had to frog it. Here is the improved version...


I was so excited that I was able to "self correct" and catch up with my buddy, I took the one sock out to the pool, and in solidarity with the USA's swim team's successes we took a dip -



Don't try this at home, the pool hasn't been chlorinated in days due to budget constraints so there was no real danger of bleaching out these lovely Louet Gems Opel orange tones.

Phyllis then suggested we go on a really cheap adventure to a local flea market to just enjoy looking at all of the old stuff...





Imagine having to wash clothes in one of these buckets? Talk about domestic servitude??

I bought a bag of buttons for a buck and two mason jars for two bucks! You see, I am good at this economics thing.

To shake off all of these worries, I've decided to throw myself into Ravelry's Olympics. Lots of knitting without buying new yarn, lots of hours watching some of the best physiques in the world and I'll get lots of finished garments in the bargain. So, stay tuned to my progress and what I hope to finish before China's closing CG ceremony. Sometimes virtual ain't so bad.

10 comments:

Rebecca said...

oh what is that gorgeous orange that you're knitting your Simply Lace Socks on?

Beatriz said...

Your Simply Lace Socks look great! I made some and gave them to my SIL. Now I want to go thrift store shopping this weekend! That old washing machine brings back memories. I remember having to use a Maytag Wringer Washer for years.

hope said...

Deborah, as always, your comments and perspective on current events cracks me up. Why not package the best of your DDD blog posts into a book? I'd buy a copy.

Virtuous said...

LOL @ your budget conference :o)

Gurl I have had a serious one over here myself! sigh...

But at least knitting from the stash provides great cheap entertainment.
Who can knit for 17 days for only $30 bucks or less and have great 'products' to show for it!
You can't do that with dinners and concerts! No "staying" power!!

Here is to enjoyable kniting entertainment that always gets us thru!!

AR said...

Pretty, pretty sock! And for only $11, too. We might have to cut back on food, but not yarn!! Never yarn. lol

trueknit said...

Deborah,

You reall should consider packaging everythin in a book - Da-da, there goes the inflation problem-extra cash flow. I'd buy several copies.

hakucho said...

Your socks are beautiful...and so with the splurge if you know what I mean.

Good luck with your ravelymics knitting...I think I saw that we are on the same team. Go OAYPP :)

del said...

Yes, when the economy starts interfering with yarn purchases, something is wrong! I know all about it.

But those muffins were such a sweet gesture. Yay for good friends!

Patricia said...

So, what is your loving spouse cutting back on? The boys, what goods and services are they going to do without. Why is it always the mothers who make the sacrifices? Knit on, you deserve this small luxury for sanities sake!

Marce (BrownBerry) said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this post!!
I can completely relate too.
Off to pet my yarn, let 'em try to come get it!