Monday, October 31, 2005

Old Dogs

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So, we're making the half hour drive to my sister's tonight for "Monday Night Dinner," and daughter #2 called "singing," which means we will be listening to music - and singing is allowed. My son usually tries to call "no radio," but it's hard to beat daughter #2 to the call. They also call "front seat," and "no singing," - etc., - it's all very complicated, getting into the car.

So, I've got that little thingy that lets me play tunes off my iPod through the car speakers - so D#2 dials up Phantom of the Opera and they start singing - loudly. Now, my kids have been singing Phantom of the Opera since it came out on Broadway - when they were about 4, 5, and 7, maybe even younger. They always sing "parts" (also "called"). My son, the Bud, is too cool to sing along anymore..., he tries to ignore the fact that he's even in the same car with us most of the time. But, way back when, when they first learned Phantom, the Bud would "call" being the Phantom, Kaity was always Christine, and D#2, being the youngest, always got stuck singing the part of Udalgo.

So, one day, when they're all about 4, 5, and 7, we get in the car and they want to sing Phantom, and they start singing when their assigned parts come up - about the 100th time they've done this, but this time D#2 starts complaining that she's wants to be Christine this time, she's tired of being "the old dog." All this time she's been singing the part of Udalgo - I guess figuring she was always stuck playing the part of some old dog!

Yeah - well they still sing Phantom, but Kaity's now the Phantom and D#2 gets to be Christine, because she can hit the high notes, and the Bud just rolls his eyes and swears his ears are going to bleed.

Now, in all fairness, towards the end of the ride tonight they switched to "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen - singing every word, loudly. They also know the words to a lot of B-52's, Devo, and way too many Doors songs (yeah, I know, many drug-influenced lyrics, most of which totally don't make any sense, thank goodness - what was I thinking - wasn't Jim Morrison perpetually stoned?) Okay - I blame the doors on their Dad, he started that one. Their favorite rainy day activity is still to light a fire in the fireplace, light incense and candles, and put in the Doors Greatest Hits. Don't even get me started on the hubby's "Pure Funk" CD. Yeah, "Brick House," that's appropriate. My gosh, they're gonna be warped for life.
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So, speaking of "old dogs," check out what I taught myself today! Magic loop for socks! I Googled it and found a site with a video. It's actually pretty cool, but I think I like two circulars better.
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However, I don't have two size 3 circulars yet, so I'm plugging along on my DPN's. But, check it out..... I'm knitting continental! I've been practicing switching over to continental all day today. Pretty good for an old dog, huh? (Nice halloweenie picture of monster-size hands, don't you think?)

And, isn't that geranium Sock Garden yarn knitting up pretty - and in these pictures you can't even see the five of six glaring mistakes.... I almost frogged them today, but what the heck - most of the mistakes will be in my shoes. Will I ever knit a goof-free sock?


At 5:55 AM, Blogger LC in Sunny So Cal said...

Good on ya for the continental...that's how I learned and it goes so fast!! I have convinced Sweetpea that country music is really cool. *sigh*

At least the most raucous it gets is makin' out and drinkin' too much tequila..I figure it's a good trade off from those of her peer group who are listenting to "Jr. Slut" and rap!!

You sure had an ugly mask on last night! (runnin' and duckin')

(too funny!..the word verif. on this post is "osock"!!!)

At 6:20 AM, Anonymous Heather said...

Love your sock, and continental is the way I knit too. Good luck!

At 6:34 AM, Anonymous Jeanie said...

Oh Lynda what an adorable story! For some reason I feel like I'm in the car with all of y'all!

I'm so jealous that you're teaching yourself how to knit continental style. I've tried, but I just don't have the patience nor the discipline to stick with it. Let me know if you truly like it better. The Magic Loop, I saw Cheryl try and decided it was too much moving of stitches, but I have yet to try the two circular method of making socks. I'd like to try it soon though. And I LOVE that geranium sock yarn. It's awesome! I'm still trying to figure out a way to get out of Kitchener stitch toes though. Have you tried toe up socks? Do you like them?

At 6:41 AM, Blogger Kaity said...

Ooow She's a brick (duh nuh nuh nuh) Hooooouse (duh duh duh)... She's mighty maighty, just lettin it all hang out...

At 6:46 AM, Anonymous Ariane said...

Cute story!

Congrats on the continental! I learned to knit that way from the start. I think being a crocheter for 15 years made it very easy to adapt to. Tried the magic loop, but LOVE two circs better, too.

At 7:20 AM, Anonymous Marsha said...

I'm jealous!! I haven't been brave enough to attempt the 2 circ method yet or magic loop either, for that matter - you go, girl!

From a fellow Phantom fan - do you have the movie soundtrack? It is the ENTIRE movie!! I listen at work - it's cool because I've seen the movie so many times that the images are burned in my brain.
Gerard.Butler.Hot.Phantom.Hot.Dreamy. Did I mention HOT?!!

At 10:36 AM, Blogger candsmom said...

Your Geranium sock is beautiful!! That's so awesome that you taught yourself magic loop and continental. I'm a very stubborn old dog who knows it would be better to learn new tricks but is too lazy to get around to it. ;-) I've tried and tried continental, but for the life of me, I just can't make it work. Great story about the kids- good to know that I'm not the only one who goes around singing all the parts in musicals!

At 11:19 AM, Blogger keohinani said...

thanks for the comment on my inside out socks!
btw, your kids are the coolest ever! at least they're not singing "candy shop" by 50 cent or "my humps" by black eyed peas in the car!
the sock looks great! makes me want to get some geranium knitpicks :)
continental is good to know. i think it's useful to know how to knit both ways. the magic loop thing baffles me. i get ladders. me no likey. i guess i'll save that for another day...

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Lynda said...

Well....we're not totally innocent, we also sing Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" but I make them sing "that's my SHIP" instead of "that's my shi#"! Like I'm really fooling them... those boundary lines get a little blurry at times!

At 11:55 AM, Blogger amylovie said...

I love you kids "calling" songs. My girls decided what we are going to listen to before we exit the house. Their current favorites are George Michael & Elton John.

I love the Geranium yarn. Good for you learning not one, but TWO new methods!


At 4:54 PM, Blogger Wendy said...

good job Ms. Continental!

At 7:56 PM, Anonymous Laura said...

Love the geranium yarn. Gotta get me some.
I'm doing my socktober socks on two circs, both at the same time. I recommend this method not because it is easier, but because I might actually get the blasted second sock done! (Oh why do we have two feet?)
I am funny. I knit ribbing and seed stitch continental-style, but then go back to my old throwing ways for stockinette. Old habits die hard.

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