Didn’t do that whole updating thing on Saturday. I forgot my hard drive, and then went out to a movie with a friend, and then it was time to take care of cats, and then I had a migraine so I went to bed.

Today is definitely a Monday. I’m in that PMS (post, not pre) depression mode, so I can’t think properly, and besides, the Twilight obsession is still going strong. Not too long before August 2nd… I’m having difficulty being patient with this.

Anyway. Day 1 of Road Trip (Part 2), and Day 2 (Part 1) as promised.

At the end of the exciting drive, we arrived in Virginia, at the home of the DragonCon goddess and god (Jennie has them in her phone this way). They are seriously Viking warriors, plus nice people. As they were leaving the next day for a business trip, we crammed in as much as possible. We ate at a nice Mexican restaurant staffed all by Indian people (it was very tasty), then went bra shopping:

Upon my return, my husband expressed his relief that he was not present for this; bra shopping makes him uncomfortable. However, I found out my size (I’m not telling) and got a couple of new items, which is nice. I’m generally a cheapo Target girl when it comes to undergarments, but I will probably think twice in the future; there really is a difference.

After that, we hung around in their living room, watching YouTube and giggling over the fact that we were all wearing New Rock boots:

Like some kind of weird club. A cool, weird club. And there was chocolate. That doesn’t have anything to do with the boots, but the chocolate was awesome, so I thought I’d mention it.

See? Viking:

This man has more hair than is legal, I think. Why is it that men have nicer hair than women, usually? Why?

The next day, we dyed yarn (for the first time for me!). Wendi showed us the stuff she dyed already:

Eeeexcellent. Yarn + Kool-aid + Microwave = Awesome.

There was much prep work to do:

And so much yarn to dye:

And we were very excited:

(I like her shirt a lot, BTW, though I must admit that it took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out what it meant)

And then the dying happened. I mixed a green and blue:

And then added some more colors, including 12 packets of Grape:

But it was okay, because she had a lot:


And then I got all crazy and did a circulatory system colorway:

See? Oxygenated on the left, low oxygen on the right? Excellent!

It smelled… funny. Like a combination of sheep and artificial strawberry.

Jennie’s expression pretty much sums it up.

In the end, we dyed four skeins (Wendi had another two she did after we left):

I had attempted to do some for another pair of Rivendell socks, but it’s all self-striping, so I’ll have to try again. However, the extreme ease of this particular dying process makes it certain that I will have another several skeins in the near future.

I’ll need many packets of Kool-Aid, though:

That’s only a fraction of what we used (remember the 12 packets of Grape?). Now the yarn is being washed and wound and sent up. The lighter color on the end apparently looks like violets when it’s all wound. Cool. As if I didn’t have enough sock stash.

Then on to Virginia. But more on that tomorrow, when my lunch break isn’t over.

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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14 Responses to Nope.

  1. HappyGoth says:


    And Saturday is Worldwide Knit In Public Day, so this is timely indeed.


  2. braveharlot says:

    You are more patient than I am! The yarn was shipped out this morning. 🙂

  3. HappyGoth says:

    Oh, there will be more! I promise!

  4. Dawn says:

    Loving all the pictures! More, please, more!

  5. HappyGoth says:

    Is okay. I are patient.

  6. braveharlot says:

    Enh! I feel lame for not sending the yarn yet, but I’ve been sick since….Last Thursday. I’ll see about getting it to you soon!

  7. HappyGoth says:

    Thanks! I’m really surprised and happy with how it turned out! I’ll be sure to post photos of whatever I knit with it…

  8. Knit Witch says:

    Wow! The dye jobs look GREAT!

  9. HappyGoth says:

    Oh, wow! That all came out wonderfully! Thank you!

  10. HappyGoth says:

    Yay, dragons! Congratulations!

  11. braveharlot says: They should be here this week. I also bought another pair that was on sale, but they’re supposedly backordered, and they refunded the charge, so…I hope I get them still. >_<

  12. HappyGoth says:

    Oh. Dear. What. A. Horrible. Misfortune.
    (Can you hear the sarcasm? Can you?)

    Which ones did you get? The dragons? I’m anxious to see them!

    Hooray for new boots!

  13. braveharlot says:

    Tragedy: My boots have given up the ghost. *sob* The back metal bit broke after 8 years of faithful service.

    So, I had to get new ones, of course. 🙂 They should be here soon!

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