Funnel Cake is going to go into temporary hiatus. This change of heart is a good one though! I'm a huge fan of cables, yet I haven't knitted anything cabled in forever, certainly nothing (ever!) for myself. Funnel Cake is languishing, mainly because I've realized that the Alpaca with a Twist (twist, hee) yarn is going to stretch too much to maintain the shape I want. Then I saw Tina working on her cabled cardi (and the cables looks like sheepy marshmallows, so squishy), and remembered the palpitations I got when I first saw Vivian, from the Twist Collective winter 2008 issue.
Eeeeee! Look at the fabulous shaping that's done with the cables! Plus I absolutely love Ysolda's patterns and blog. Did I mention I love cables? And I have exactly the right number of skeins of yarn. The fates agree, it's time for a change of plan.
In other news, my washing machine broke. I valiantly tried to get a repair person, which is incredibly difficult when one has to, oh, work during the day. After calling a dozen appliance repair people, someone finally agreed to come on the one afternoon I'd be getting out of work a little bit early. This was still several days later, so I ended up doing a load of laundry in the bathtub, and nearly broke. I have a newfound respect for washerwomen. On the appointed day, I rushed home and waited breathlessly. No one came to fix the washer. I called the repair dude, who said that he had been closer to my neighborhood earlier, but now he wasn't, so he wasn't going to come. What?!? I hadn't realized a repair person could just not show up for an appointment. Well screw trying to fix stuff! I bought a new washer--and appeased my guilt by getting an energy star one--and they came and installed it the next morning! No wonder this is such a consumer culture!
The big bonus from the whole ordeal, besides the piles and piles and lovely, clean clothes and linens...hidden in the very thick layer of dust and lint that had been under the old washer, I found 80 cents in change. Woohoo!