Monday, November 19, 2007

Another Ear Worm


"Ear Worm" is the term for one of those songs you just can't get out of your head.

Cure For Ear Worms Is Worse Than The Disease
Whenever I have a song stuck in my head for two days or more, I do something that almost always works. I start singing Barry Manilow's "Copa Cabana," and the initial ear worm magically disappears. The resulting Manilow ear worm is so repellent, it usually slinks out of my head by itself.

So what am I supposed to do now? I watched the movie Unconditional Love (a wonderful Kathy Bates and Rupert Everett movie) and one of the main songs is the Barry Manilow song, I Can't Smile Without You (I dare you to sing it without getting it stuck yourself).

How can Copa Cabana compete with that?

The James Visit
Both Mary-Helen and Jennifer were exactly right when they said how lovely it is to have James as a guest.



It's not often that folks meet my expectations of them, especially if I've known them from afar for a while before actually meeting them. But James certainly doesn't disappoint. He is truly a delightful guy, and a lot of fun to hang out with, and by far, one of the most low-maintenance guests I've ever hosted.

The photo above is James in front of a tree in Princeton. We had a lovely saunter through the campus after blowing our yarn budgets at Pins and Needles, the yarn store in the town of Princeton.

Here's James arriving on his bus Friday evening.



And here's James with Marilyn and I at the Wooly Lamb in Pennington (a lovely store).



Finally, here's James in front of stacks and stacks and stacks and stacks and stacks (you get the idea) of gorgeous fabrics (Kaffe Fasset fabrics to be specific).



Yes, we got the chance to visit Liza's business(and home) while James was in town. I was in sensory overload running through some of the most gorgeous fabrics I've ever seen. It's quite amazing but Kaffe's fabrics keep getting better and better.

Liza said I was allowed to show some of Kaffe's latest fabrics (that aren't even available for at LEAST another month) after I conducted ample begging. This is a sampling of my favorites.



Liza also insisted that I admit that I even liked the new pastels (despite the fact that my camera doesn't do these fabrics justice, I felt obliged to post the picture).



Just remember...these fabrics aren't even available yet...when they are, they'll be on Liza's web site.

Walking through Liza's inventory of quilting fabric is like trying to see the entire Louvre in one day. My eyes get overwhelmed after about the first hour by all the masterpieces, and then I get visual ADD, where I jump from a partial conversation with Liza's family or her friend Claudia, to a vibrant fabric I catch out of the corner of my eye. I needed a nap after our visit even though she served coffee.

I think Liza ought to have a Willy Wonka-like contest where five winners of golden tickets get to take a personal tour of her warehouse. Veruca Salt would insist that her daddy buy the entire business for her.

Current Knitting
Despite our multi-State yarn crawl on both Saturday and Sunday, I was able to get some knitting done on the Alpaca Herd Jacket.



I've got about 2 more inches to do on the back of the garment before I start to the two front pieces. It's not flashy, but it sure as hell will be soft and warm.

9 comments:

Carol said...

I'm sorry I missed you guys! I was stuck in home repair hell. Or more accurately, minding the tots and the dyepots while Tom was stuck in home repair hell.

You forgot to say that in addition to having a wonderful name, James is quite attractive indeed. His knitted wrapping paper rocks.

Kathy Merrick said...

Surprise--I agree with Carol. James is fetching indeed and I am so happy finally to have met him.

And because of our meeting at Twist I now know Deb carries Sheep Shop 3 wool, which I adore and that the new Manos with silk is gorgeous.

Safe home, James.

Jennifer said...

Yeah! I'm glad you had a great time. Of course, just after James left, all the red leaves started popping on the trees here. I'll have to send pictures. The yarn crawl looks fabulous. Now the next question is - who will get to NZ first to visit James?

Seanna Lea said...

I love all of the pretty fabrics (and I used to love buying them until I realized that I never did anything with them), especially the bright blue.

The colors are inspiring even to a non-sewer like myself.

no-blog-rachel said...

Ear Worm Antidote: Helen Reddy's 'You and Me Against the World'. Or 'Billy, Don't be a Hero' (can't remember who sang that winner.

Either one should make Barry go running out of your head in no time!

Marilyn said...

Spending Saturday with you two was the bestest time I've had in a while, with clothes on. I need to blog about it but I'm whupped, plus you did a fine job here.

All I can say is Sweet Baby James is a love. Of course, Joe did not put up the pictures of the gifts James gave us. So I guess I'll have to do so. After all, possum fur next to the skin is ever so exciting. Have you used your giftie yet? Heh.

Andy's Crafts said...

It looks like youguys hhad a great time, both of yo are great People to know.

anne marie in philly said...

"Billy, Don't Be a Hero" is Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods. don't ask me how I know that...

of course, there is always "Shannon" (Henry Gross). or "Seasons in the Sun" (Terry Jacks)...(shudders at the thought, then pukes)

hopefully kiwi james had a good time and came away with some positive thoughts about us as a people. confidentially, he is damn cute!

don't feel slighted, joe and marilyn; you are both adorable!

happy thanksgiving to joe and thaddeus!

Angela Cox said...

"Unconditional Love" is a real gem .The gun , the trousers , need I say more .Then there is cheerfully waving a gun at some poor kid across the way . As for the song it stuck for ages and I am no fan of Barry Manilow. I hope Mr. Everett never buys a cottage like that or he'll end up with a permanent stoop.