Frog in knots

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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Ker-plunk!

I'm having another 80s flashback, this time to the games we used to play. You may be wondering how I got there this time as it was never my favourite decade. Blame the knitting, it's always the knitting. I can't help it. This

became this ----->

in my mind and the next thing I'm in the loft looking for Ker-plunk and my marbles. I think they went missing a long time ago.

If you're wondering what the heck I'm up to, it's an emergency gift. I bumped into my friend Adam's little sister on Thursday night and she invited me to her birthday party tonight. Normal people would look round the shops for a gift, but me? I run to my stash thinking WTF can I knit in 48 hours?

I came up with wristwarmers, but there are so many different ones I couldn't decide. I bombarded Adam with e-mails with different pictures and asked him to choose. He went for Mrs. Beetons the awkward @&$£ which left me wrestling with an octopus worth of DPNs. He was a bit useless all round really, I wanted to know what colours Ruth likes, the colour of her coat etc. All he could muster was - I think her room is done in maroon. In the end I went for a blush pink boucle (the stuff my half finished cardi is made from) and some shiny maroon crepe type stuff that I've had for donkeys years.

I changed a few things in the pattern, I didn't put the beads on because I was in a hurry *cough* couldn't be bothered *cough*, worked the rib part in just one yarn rather than both and did a different picot cast off. I quite like them *cough* don't want to part with them *cough*. Look they work with my coat and everything!

Cerridwen your badness is rubbing off on me. I've got black and silver yarn ready to become my pair, so I can't really warrant pinching them for myself. With more time I think I'd definitely add the beads, although my patience only extends as far as sewing them on afterwards.

Psst, don't look at my fingernails. I was involved in an an unfortunate smelting accident.
Well... with a bottle of fake tan, but that doesn't sound half as exciting.

Double psst, go see Pirate of the Carribean! I went last night and it was brilliant.

Triple psst, don't knit in the dark.

39 Comments:

At 5:40 pm, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Oh, I have fond memories of Kerplunk. The wrist warmers look great, beads or not. It's a stunning color combination. And so impressive to knock off a birthday gift in mere hours! I have to start a repertoire of emergency gift patterns--I'll have to start the list with these!

Oh, we're looking forward to Pirates. Loved the first one and all its swashbuckley fun. Glad to hear a good review of the sequel!

 
At 5:43 pm, Blogger nanatoo said...

Kerplunk, yeah definitely, but don't go pulling out THOSE sticks! I have done that with dpns when turning them. ALL the stitches off the pin, lol. They are lovely and you must have your very own.

Oo-ar, looking forward the Pirates. Actually, that was more 'Archers' than Caribbean wasn't it? ;o)

 
At 5:45 pm, Blogger Sue said...

Oh no! You've lost your marbles? Maybe they're in the same place as mine...

Love the wristwarmers.

 
At 6:23 pm, Blogger cpurl17 said...

Kerplunk was a fun game and wow, wristwarmer knit in 48 hours? Impressive!

I hope to see Pirates this weekend.

 
At 6:35 pm, Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Ooh pretty, your friend will love 'em. The DPN nest scares me though :-D

 
At 7:11 pm, Blogger Sssarahevt said...

oh lord, I'd poke my eye out for sure! and the wristies, which I thought looked a bit silly in the pattern, are quite dashing with your coat...maybe a second pair shound be on the way?...

 
At 8:21 pm, Blogger Piglottie said...

Gorgeous wrist warmers and thanks for the blast from the past - Kerplunk, what a game!

 
At 9:57 pm, Blogger Jerry & Maxy said...

Great Mrs. Beetons! You are one of the fastest knitters I know.

I saw "The Devil Wears Prada" last weekend, and it was pretty good. I'm very excited to see Pirates! Glad to hear it's a winner.

 
At 11:00 pm, Blogger Trillian42 said...

Very pretty! I really need to make myself a set...

And glad to hear you liked Pirates. We've been consternating, since so many reviews were foul.

 
At 11:42 pm, Blogger Areli said...

Those are gorgeous. I have seen a few different pairs out there, but yours are my favorite, I'd want to keep them, too.

 
At 12:16 am, Blogger Rain said...

Phew, she liked them and the colours were ok.

Allison, I think these are my emergency gift from now on too, although I've sworn I'm going to make a few pairs to have in for times like these to save the panic knitting.

Lol, T, very Archers indeed (I though you meant the peach drink at first and didn't get the reference). I try not to pull the sticks out, but it does happen. (Don't knit in the dark!)

Sue - in that case they may be lost forever - obviously off having a good time together without us.

DC - it was only for one row, but I was looking at the pattern thinking, you want me to do what you crazy woman?

Areli - I was playing around with different yarns and they didn't even figure in the equation, so I don't how they magically became twinned. It's definitely a colour combo that I'd use again.

Go see Pirates people! Mmmmmmmmm Johnny Depp.

Psssst! There's an extra scene after the credits.

Double pssst, it's not worth sitting through 10 mins of credits for.

 
At 12:36 am, Blogger Dina said...

I remember that game ... oh, the 80s. Are you sure you want to part with those lovely wristwarmers?

Anything with Johnny AND Orlando is worth seeing in my book.

 
At 12:51 am, Blogger aurora said...

Yay, kerplunk!

We were lucky - they cut the credits and just played the scene after a few minutes of names (the movie had started well late, so it was close to 1am. I think everyone at the cinema wanted to go home!)

Hurray for sexy pirate men, too!

 
At 4:56 am, Blogger Stefaneener said...

An inspiration to us all. I think if I were hunting a gift from stash yarn, it would be. . . yarn. A lovely skein, but yarn only.

You outdid yourself. Of course she liked them. She certainly ought to have.

 
At 6:15 am, Blogger Zonda said...

I loved Kerplunk! Nice pic of progress as it does look like it!! (hope you didn't get the urge to remove the needles..until you were done ;)

Nice work there!! :)

 
At 6:44 am, Anonymous Silvia said...

The wristwarmers are gorgeous!! But what an amazing amount of needles!! I'd be in dager of seriously injuring myself

 
At 9:06 am, Blogger Stickbloggen said...

What great work! My god, so many needles...

Nice colours, and yes, they suit you well *lol*

 
At 10:41 am, Blogger Rain said...

Dina, I really don't do Orlando Bloom, but JD, I'd pay good money to see him run around on his own, plot or not.

Aurora, we thought the credits were never going to end.

Stefaneener, I know it's hard to imagine, but there are people out there who aren't normal and don't see yarn the way we do ;)

Zonda, I've got no marbles left to play with ;)

Silvia, lol, I did injure myself making these, but it's my own fault for sharpening the points to torture quality.

Monica, thanks. I was good and gave them away.

 
At 11:41 am, Anonymous glittrgirl said...

Yay KerPlunk! Yay Pirates of the Caribbean, yay Mrs Beetons! Mine are in shades of grey with beads, using the gry kidsilk night - gorgeous. So pleased your giftee liked them :D

 
At 2:04 pm, Blogger knitfriendly said...

That was such a fun game! Your knitting was a perfect visual. I would not want to part with those Beatons either...

 
At 3:16 pm, Blogger Penny Karma said...

Mrs. B. came out great! Beautiful work!

I've suddenly got a craving for shishkebobs...

 
At 4:45 pm, Blogger reluctantMANGO said...

What a great gift! How could she not love them.

Sadly, Kerplunk was not a game I remember from childhood, but all of those DPN's remind me of the game Pick-Up-Sticks!

 
At 5:25 pm, Blogger Charity said...

Love, love, love the Mrs. Beetons! You know, it's not too late to run out and pick up a little gift.... those really do look excellent with your coat.

 
At 8:44 pm, Blogger Batty said...

Now that brings up memories! There were all kinds of weird 80's toys, and they were all done in the same colors. See-through was a big added bonus, if I remember well.

Those Mrs. Beetons are wonderful. I'm not a pink person, but I love the colors you chose. I'm sure they'll be appreciated.

 
At 12:30 am, Blogger Jen said...

Wow, how did you get so many needles on it? That is impressive.

 
At 3:19 am, Blogger Peg said...

I love the wrist warmers. My Birthday is next week - hint, hint!

 
At 11:06 am, Blogger KnitYoga said...

Kerplunk is an absolutely ace game. We've still got ours fully intact with all the marbles and all the little sticks and everything. I must go get it out of the deepest recesses of one of our games cupboards (yes, we have a LOT of board games, etc) as I now want to play!!!

The wristwarmers look fab!

 
At 11:49 am, Blogger mf said...

Oh I remember this game!! Love your ms beatons.. They came out great! Look wonderful with your coat!

 
At 12:03 pm, Blogger acrylik said...

Oooh, very pretty. I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to part with them, you are a stronger person than me!

Your comment about searching for your marbles in the loft has left me wondering where I left mine... ;)

 
At 1:39 pm, Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Ya know, if you keep knitting at such a fast pace, it'll become expected of you rather than just impressive. You need to slow down else your friends will start asking you to just "whip something up" for them. Oy.

 
At 2:49 pm, Blogger Bonnie said...

Wow! Those wristwarmers are gorgeous! Beautiful colors and yarns.

 
At 10:24 pm, Blogger Mary-Lou said...

lol! - how many needles?!

 
At 10:51 pm, Blogger Samantha said...

Love the cuffs! :)

 
At 4:11 am, Blogger Cerridwen said...

Yay for stealing other peoples presents!!

I saw Pirates with my neice last Friday. Not bad movie, even with an 8 year old

 
At 12:04 pm, Blogger KnitPastis said...

Haha, I remember that game Kerlunk! I can't wait to see Pirates of the Caribbean. Have to see everything Jonny D is in. Hmmmmmm Pretty wrist warmers and the colors look good together!

 
At 6:03 pm, Anonymous The awkward @£$£ said...

So I'm a "awkward @&$£" and a "bit useless all round actually" am I? Ruth loves them by the way.

 
At 7:51 pm, Blogger Rain said...

Mwahaha! Adam I consider myself busted.

Thanks for all the compliments folks.

Peg - nice try!

 
At 2:42 pm, Blogger diosaperdida said...

Wow..lucky girl to get those. They're absolutely gorgeous! I dont think I would like beads as much as I do without..too fussy.

 
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