I know I have not posted all week. I have a good excuse: I have been knitting and working out. Most of the knitting has been the requested Christmas sweater from Sir Paul. Paul arrived last night from San Francisco to celebrate his mother’s birthday and make a quick visit with us buds. He and old pal Sir Seth of Providence have decided that Saturday night 8PM will be dinner at The Gatehouse in Providence. This riverside restaurant boasts fantastic steaks and delicious desserts. I am looking forward to this night of decadent drinking, dining and (hopefully!) dancing.
Oh, I guess I better explain the sweater. This past Christmas, I used the idea a knitter had done: ask those you love to select a gift from a list and state what color is desired. Paul and his life partner William each wanted a sweater; Paul’s sweater in grey/black and Sir William’s in dark green. While at R.A. Yarns, I was able to get balls of Filatura Di Crosa’s ZarOne in both the solid grey and black. Each color was not enough to make a sweater, but combined? I could envision a great fairaisle look or even a nice two-color stripe. I wanted some cabled lace in the form of ribbing worked into the garment, but figured I could base the pattern on his birthday (June 30th). Since I only have to finish the sleeves and re-do the neck, there is no need to see the WIP. I promise that you will see the finished object when I am done. In fact, I hope to get a photo of Sir Paul wearing it! And please do not ask about William’s sweater, because I am having a difficult time finding the perfect shade of green to go with the fiber. Why you ask? Because William works at Saks Fifth Avenue, and I really have this need to offer him something that matches the haute couture he is used to. I know, I am being silly…
Besides the knitting and working out, I have the fearless four. Are my bunnies up to no good? I left Thursday morning as usual, giving Caesar his back rub and a good fluffing of his ears. Envision a father mussing up his son’s hair before he is leaving for work. I do that every morning, and he does not seem to mind because he always runs up to me each time. Well, later that morning, I get an instant message on my AIM from Rich. He asks me why I let Caesar out of the pen. Taken back, I re-read the words on my screen. No change; I was not imagining what he typed. It turned out that Caesar was asleep in the little “napping” cage when Rich came downstairs. He must have gotten hungry and decided that he did not want the timothy in his pen. We knew he was a jumper when excited, but this action clearly caught us off guard. I have such a silly furball! Lately he has been giving me “Hayley looks” so much that I almost think she is in her brother’s body. She always gave me inquisitive stares as if she had been talking to me. Now Caesar is starting to do the same.
Along with a night with Paul and Seth, I plan to see the play You Can’t Take It with You this weekend at the Courthouse Theater in West Kingston, RI. From what I understand, in colonial times, this stone building was originally the town hall and courthouse. The masonry will remind you of an old church, and the carefully restored halls echo as such. One of our interns will be in the play. Jeffrey (“TBM”), Rich and I saw him last year in another theater production and I enjoyed the outting. The theater’s casualness makes the experience not a shallow-feeling one.
In case you never heard of the play, I have the following information from enotes.com for you:
- You Can’t Take It with You relates the humorous encounter between a conservative family and the crazy household of Grandpa Martin Vanderhof. Grandpa’s family of idiosyncratic individualists amuse with their energetic physical antics and inspire with their wholehearted pursuit of happiness. Kaufman and Hart fill the stage with chaotic activity from beginning to end. Critics have admired the witty one-liners, the visual theatricalism, and the balanced construction of the play’s three acts. Although You Can’t Take It with You is undeniably escapist theater which prompts immediate enjoyment rather than complex analysis, it has clearly influenced American comedy. The formula originated by Kaufman and Hartâ€”a loveable family getting into scrapes and overcoming obstaclesâ€”has been adopted as a format by most of today’s television situation comedies.
I cannot wait!!
One final note, I will be listing everyone who has posted the Boston Knit-out and Crochet button and linked it back to the event’s website. For those of you on that list, you will have won a door prize. Because it is getting late, I will have to work on it tomorrow. Yes, I am being a tease. =:8