I have made fire!

You know that scene from Cast Away? The one where Tom Hanks has been stranded for just a little while, but he’s cold and he needs to be able to cook or something, but he can’t get the damn thing going? He sits there for hours with his stick and his rock and his kindling just rubbing them together desperately trying to make it smoke or spark or something. And then miraculously, the grass kindling starts to smoke and he blows on it and it bursts into flame? And then he jumps around yelling, “I HAVE MADE FIRE! I have made fire,” for like five minutes, because holy shit, he’s basically reinvented fire.

This is how I feel every time I make something new with my Vitamix. It makes me feel like a friggin’ genius.

There’s this to balance it out:

I’m making this lovely shawlette for my stepmother, but it’s a little plane for my liking. So I decided to change the bind-off to add a little flare. I picked a picot bind-off. Because of the ruffles the bind-off edge already has 600 stitches, and the picot bind-off requires me to cast-on two stitches for every one stitch I bind-off….which means I have something like 1800 stitches before this damned this is finished.

This much edge took me at least two hours and it’s maybe a quarter of the stitches. I don’t want to talk about what that means for how long this is going to take me. I have to cook a dessert and stuffing and write an article for the magazine I contribute to today. If you need me, I’ll be rocking back and forth in the corner mumbling something about unnecessary ruffle stitches and picot edging.


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