Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Why so blue?

Believe me, I'm not the least bit blue. In fact, I'm thrilled -- I'm officially done my Ph.D. coursework! Papers have been written and submitted, and there will be no more courses for me. To celebrate, I went shopping, and I happened to bring home a bagfull of thrift-store blues:


A nice little Pyrex dish with a blue rooster on each end, two pretty pillowcases with blue roses, and seven-and-a-half 50g balls of 100% DK-weight wool -- for a grand total of $8. I was happy to find one ball band in with the wool, which identifies this stuff as "Lambs Wool de Georges Picaud," made in France. The label also says "Decatie a maille douce," which I don't understand. (Anyone? Anyone?) It's really worth clicking on the photo above to see the little cut-out lamb heads on the label. There's no info on yardage or gauge, but I think this wool has a future as a Blustery vest -- and look how nice it looks all wound into balls:


Huge score!

44 comments:

Marie said...

"Décatie à maille douce" means something like "faded (or aged) by soft stitch".
I know, it sounds weird, but the French are about to elect a reactionary who wants "to liquidate the heritage of May 68 once and for all", so nothing really surprises me anymore.

Nadia said...

'Grats on finishing the schoolwork and on the good score!

Vests are best.

cosy said...

whee haw! great score. i finished my thesis the other day and also went on a thrift store shopping trip to celebrate. great finds.

janine said...

I have consulted with the entire french department here at school, They all agree it is a technical term :-)
They think the gist of it means
a yarn that has been steamed to give it a matt, soft, finish.
Hope that helps

djb said...

Well done, cobber! Assuming you pass ;-)

Jo Stockton said...

Congratulations on both your finished school work and your thriftscore!

J.

Michelle said...

Congrats on finishing the coursework! The yarn is such a pretty color, too.

jodi said...

Congratulations! Lots more time to knit now while you procrastinate on writing your thesis, eh?

Chris said...

Congrats!!!

I found some Picaud wool-cotton at the thrift store once and it was GREAT. I dyed it and made a pair of amazingly comfy socks.

Chris said...

Wait, so when do we start pestering you about writing your thesis? ;)

Cara said...

Congratulations on finishing your coursework! That's great!

Steph said...

Congratulations! Both on finishing the coursework and the sweet thrift store score (although I think the importance of one outweighs the other!).

Javajem said...

Congrats Dr. Brainylady!

Also - what a great score! Why don't I ever find yarn at my thrift store!

Jodi said...

Congratulations! Being done with coursework is such a great feeling. I should know -- I've reached that point twice in two diff't PhD programs. :-) Still plugging away at my last prelim, though.

The blue yarn is lovely, and I love those old Pyrex dishes. They remind me of big dinners at my grandma's house when I was little.

Stacey said...

congrats! what a huge accomplishment! lucky find with the wool. such a pretty color!

miss ewe said...

Great score! And congrats on the school milestone... Now that you'll be less busy, I guess I'll let Mooky stay with you! ;)
Now to write (and write and write) and defend...

Veronique said...

Score!! There are no thrift stores like that in NY... :(
Congrats on finishing all your classes. It's a great relief, isn't it? You will never take a class again! Yay!

gleek said...

congrats on finishing! you must be so happy!

anne said...

Hooray! Enjoy your freedom. I'm completely tantalized by the idea of celebratory thrift-shopping...that's enough to motivate me to get back to the thesis. The Promise of Pyrex!

Sasha said...

Score! Well it sounds like you got the gist of the meaning. Google translation is "Steamed has soft mesh."

Protagitron said...

Okay, that label officially replaces Blue sky Alpacas as the "Best Disembodied, Floating Animal Head on a Knitting Label Ever". And such a pretty colour too!
Congrats on the completed coursework, I hope the rest of your academic pursuits go as well.

Lee said...

Go Brainylady! I admit to being a bit jealous-- you've finished up a master's and the doctoral coursework in the time it's taken me to slog thru my master's. I finish my coursework at Thanksgiving. I can think of no better way to celebrate than with yarn. Mazel tov!

Daphne said...

Congratulations!!!

The French puzzle amused me and sent me off to prove I was right about something last night ("argent" on the periodic table is OF COURSE "silver" because it means "money" in french. I only remember things by chain of connection.).

Now to summarize my tangent... congratulations again!

Mia said...

yeah!!! Work finished. And I love the Pyrex dish. My mom has some and I have already told her that they are mine.

christina said...

Yay! More time to knit (and post) (and play with Mookie)! Yarn = lovely. You = smart (and happy). Plus great pictures, cool! xo

Romi said...

Woohooo! You obviously have better quality thrift stores there than we have here!

Congrats on finishing your coursework. What an accomplishment!

nicole said...

Congratulations on finishing your coursework. You know how to be a student, unlike me who is STILL working on my thesis!

I am totally jealous of your thrift score. To find that much wool yarn at a thrift store in SF would be a miracle. I look forward to seeing both blustery #1 & #2.

Katie said...

I used to have blue-rose sheets like those! I loved them.

goodkarma said...

Congratulations on finishing your PhD work! What an accomplishment! You deserve a nice blue vest, for sure.

Elinor said...

What a score! That yarn is so beautiful - such a rich color! I hope it knits up well!

jennie said...

congrats on finishing your coursework! It's a true feat and one that you should be proud of (although I hate to break it to you -- if you're anything like me, once you get a chapter or so into your dissertation, coursework is gonna start sounding really, really nice...)

Mandy said...

Yay, Congratulations, Alison!!

Elizabeth said...

hey, congratulations, Alison! I remember finishing my PhD coursework and how awesome that felt. It's such a great feeling knowing you'll never have to take another class (not unless you want to, of course) - and that you'll be teaching them instead.

You are such an inspiring thrift-store shopper - you find the best things!

Karen said...

Congratulations on both finishing the coursework and the fab yarn find.

Very, very happy for you!

georgia said...

Congratulations on finishing the coursework. I'm commenting here while I should be finishing my own. Five more days! How have you found your first PhD year?

Cari said...

End of coursework! Woot!

(you are the thrifting queen)

Steph F. said...

Congratulations! That is awesome. And that yarn is definitely a great celebratory present to yourself :)

laura said...

wa-hoo! congrats!

Anonymous said...

Where do you find yarn at thrift shops??? Are the special craft thrift shops? Oh I wish we had something like that in the USA!

Corvus said...

Wow, that is a great score! Bravo!

Deb said...

Just started reading your blog, and had to say congratulations! What an achievement!!

I love your new blues. They're making me want to go out thrifting myself. :)

millie said...

"worsted" - it's not just a weight, it's a process.
Big congratulations to you! You finished with impressive speed!
Love the blue - love the Mookie. He looks kind of blue/black now, juxtaposed with the yarn on your blog. Handsome.

Rebecca Gordon said...

Dear Allison,

Good on you for finishing your coursework. This spring I completed my own comps, with the delighted realization that I'll never take another exam in my life - just grade other people's!

Well done!

Worsted_Knitt said...

Lovely yarn! Hope to see the finished vest soon.