Thursday, September 27, 2007

"Are You Yarnhog?"

I had a bizarre "world's collide" sort of experience today. I was getting my hair cut and talking to the stylist about knitting. (She asked. We go to the same chiropractor, and she had seen me working on my mom's Christmas sweater last year. I did not accost a perfectly innocent woman, doing her job, and try to convert her to the wonderful world of yarn. I swear.)

Anyway, I had just gotten to the part about Icarus (she asked!), when the woman in the chair next to me exclaimed, "Are you Yarnhog?!" Shocked, I turned to look at her, and stammered something like, "Well, yes!" The stylists thought we had both gone crazy, I'm sure. We did try to explain, but you know how that goes. It turns out, the woman in the next chair was the blogless Patrice, who has commented here before, and probably on many of your blogs as well. She lives only a few miles from me, and obviously, we go to the same hair salon!

I took it as a good omen for what followed. Look in my sidebar at that picture of me at age 12. Can't see it too well? Here:



Now this is me at...well, let's just say 10 days ago.

Look specifically at the hair. Notice how little difference there is in the style? Okay, the not-style? That is because I have had my hair in pretty much some variation of long and straight (straight-ish--it tends to frizz) for my entire life--except for that Annie Lennox crew-cut incident in high school, and the less said about that, the better. Today, I did this:


Do you know how hard it is to take a decent picture of your own head? Oh, yeah. You're bloggers. Of course you do. The picture above was taken in the mirror. I took this one with the timer, and I would probably look more like this to you, if you saw me in person:

I did not mention to my husband, who loves long hair and has never seen me with anything else, that I was planning to get it cut. I did give him a warning phone call before I came home. He has no history of heart trouble, but you never know. When I walked in, he took one look, grinned like a boy with his first air rifle, and exclaimed, "Wow, you're a total hottie! You should have done that a long time ago!" He had to run off to meet a client before I could thank him properly, but I think he deserves extra husband points for that response.

The Icarus countdown: 31 days, 31 rows. I was shampooing carpets. Cut me some slack. I did get two more skeins of two-ply spun. Does that count?

35 comments:

Angelika said...

Wow, what a new hair do can do. It's so nice to do something new with is sometimes. For some reason the husbands always want long hair. Is that because they can't or shouldn't wear it long? Mine sure is way under 1 inch if not skin most of the time. It comes with his job.

Bea said...

OOh wee! You look great! I love the new hair, I got the Annie Lennox this week, but it worked me, thank goodness, I was terrified! That's such a great line "grinned like a boy with his first air rifle" :D

marit said...

That haircut looks great! And it was such a nice comment from your husband!!

uberstrickenfrau said...

Whoa, I thought that pic in corner was of you now, not at 12- and now look at you! Jeeze, your making me hate you with how beautiful you are!!!! Can't you look a bit less dazzeling and more frumpy??? Or maybe become a really crappy knitter so I can feel a bit better?
No? Life ain't fair.....

Tammy said...

What a great day! You were "spotted" just like a celebrity... and you get a great new look. Too fun.

Kristin said...

Great hair! You're on a mission over there, new door, new fabric, clean rugs. Good work.
Apparently now we are supposed to say "blog-free" (according to the harlot.)

Rachel said...

your hair looks fantastic! And wow...a husband who noticed AND paid such an awesome compliment...I should show this post to mine...subtle hints and all :)

sophanne said...

What great fun!

knottykitty said...

You look terrific with your new do! And it's still long! Celebrity status and a new haircut, to boot. Will we be hearing stories about diva behavior and the size of your entourage next?

BTW, thanks for the idea for my contest! I included it and hope we get some good new patterns to check out!

Mother of Chaos said...

Yowsa! It is an awesome style on you!! And kudos to your husband for appropriate first response. :)

Melissa said...

That is a cool yarnhog meets the public story!!
And i love the hair. LOVE it. When I whacked mine off Mr W was concerned but had the same reaction on seeing it. I think they just don't like change!!!

The_Add_Knitter said...

Oh.My.GOD. I love it! But to my mind you still have long hair...

Sarah said...

Don't you love it when you have company coming. My house gleams whenever we have guests. It is very short lived and goes quickly back to its usual patina. I love your hair!!!!!

dale-harriet said...

That IS a beautiful haircut! (and yes, it does still qualify as "long"). I have a deal with my DH: I won't cut my hair short; he won't shave clean. 'Sides, I portray an 18th c lady from time to time - short hair wouldn't do. I AM still puzzling over a comment by my very-fashionable, current, up-to-date sister: "You should go to a salon....OLD WOMEN DO *NOT* HAVE LONG HAIR!" (All of those words are English, but I can't quite make the sense of it.......

dale-harriet said...

PS - Kudos the 1) your splendid husband, and 2; YOU for selecting such a splendid husband :o)

Sharon said...

You look smashing, baby! And your husband gets an A-plus.

Romi said...

You look totally fabulous!!! Wooooooooo! :D

patrice said...

I'm still giggling about the whole salon celebrity-spotting thing. I met an Internet Personality! Who now looks really great and fresh with her new do (leaving lots of hair on the salon floor). My kids are so impressed - ("But Mom, you said that it's not good to try to meet people from the Internet for real - they might be stalkers!") I guess I was wrong about that one.
Thanks Suzanne, for a really fun moment in an otherwise normal day.

Karen said...

He's right! It really looks wonderful!

Kim said...

DH is right. You are a hottie! Love the new hair cut. That is so funny and cool that someone recognized you from your blog/project. I hope that happens to me someday. Now get busy on Icarus!

Patty said...

I agree - total hottie! And a great husband to offer the compliment too!

You're certainly on a house improvement roll. AND managing to knit Icarus! Sending fingers like the wind vibes your way...

Life's a Stitch said...

You've got to send me your stay young secret!
Li

Suzanne said...

I love the hair cut! You look beautiful!

Stephanie said...

Totally hot! Love the new haircut, I think it complements your wonderfully!

a friend to knit with said...

Ha! Love that you met one of your readers!!!!
Your hair looks AMAZING! I love the cut so much, and the way your bangs are swept over to the side!
So beautiful!

Kate said...

The haircut is fabulous.
I love the idea of someone calling out "Hey, Yarnhog!" in the middle of a public space. And I really like that she called you on the Icarus ... no pressure but you know we're all out here counting along... kidding, totally kidding :)

Viktoria said...

your new hair looks great! I love it...

Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

Good Story, Great hair!! My favourite blog meets real life story. This woman at the LYS was asking the owner if she knew who "Gingersnaps" was in real life (I happened to be standing right behind them) the way the woman described me was "she's a 40 something divorcee" OK, yes that's absolutely true but OUCH!!! We're good now though.

Steph B said...

Wow, that looks wonderful!! What a beautiful style for you. Really, really nice. Way to go!

kmkat said...

What a great new hairstyle! Your husband's comment is right on!

Rachel said...

Wow, your hair looks fabulous! Even though it's shorter, I think it makes you look even younger. Your salon encounter is funny. It's amazing how small the world really can be sometimes!

Laura said...

What can I say other than fabulous! You look 10 years younger! Now I may be more bold when I get my hair cut tomorrow! I'll let you know! :)

Turtle said...

belated congrats to the winners....


but LOVE your hair!! It looks so healthy and full!

And wondeful hubby on your gift. Hubby bought me my wheel last xmas.

Deana said...

saw you over at the Harlot - Great Hair!!

5elementknitr said...

Ohhh. My....

I am speechless! You're hair looks sooooo good! I wish my hair would do that!

Happy Belated Birthday!