Saturday, February 17, 2007

Snow and my lack of basic math skills

This week winter decided to hit with a vengeance. Starting Tuesday afternoon and into the night we had snow. At some point over night, this changed over to sleet. Wednesday, Mother Nature doused us with a couple of hours of rain, followed by more snow and an arctic blast of sub-freezing temperatures. This unholy cocktail resulted in major traffic headaches (a 50 mile traffic jam on I-78) and a 8 inches of snow and ice to clear from our sidewalks and drives. Most people are still (3 days later) trying to clear their properties. Thankfully, the sun is shining today and they are calling for temps above freezing so things should start improving.

Since my last post, I've been knitting away on the sleeves for the seamless yoke sweater. I finished the 1st sleeve last weekend, put it in my knitting basket and got underway with the second sleeve. About halfway through when, according to my notes, I should have been at the end of my increases, I found my self about 10 stitches short. I counted and recounted and couldn't figure out what went wrong. So I pulled the first sleeve out of my basket, laid them side by side and...
son-of-a-%^&#>! Sleeve number one is about 2 inches wider at the cuff. I thought it looked awfully wide, but having never knit one of these EPS sweaters, figured that's how they were supposed to be. Turns out, I just can't count. Today I will finish sleeve number two, which now is actually sleeve number one and start reknitting sleeve number one which could technically be considered sleeve number 3. Note to self...count your cast on stitches twice, maybe even 3 times for good measure.

We had to remove the jar from our squirrel feeder after two birds got stuck in it in the last month (and since we cut down our tree last spring, we don't seem to get any squirrels anymore anyway). Apparently, birds can figure out how to hop in and eat, but not turn around and hop out. We left the base up, though and have been filling it with seeds for the birds.Here's a lovely cardinal enjoying his breakfast this morning. And if I turn just 90ยบ to the left...
We find Stuart, perched on his Cozy Cushion on the dryer, eyeing said cardinal and contemplating what kind of breakfast he might like to have.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Post #2

What the hell is wrong with me? I completely forgot to mention THE most important news of the week...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows will be released on July 21, 2007!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have, of course, ordered my copy from Amazon and asked off from work the Monday following. The people at work think I'm completely off my nut, but I am so psyched! The movie one week and the book a week later.

Na na na na na na You say it's your birthday...

As of about 9:30 yesterday morning, I'm another year older. I managed to be off from work and despite a bad start to the day, it's turned out to be a pretty good one. I got some nice cards, some tasty chocolate and money and gift certificates to spend on yarn. I spent the morning at Brickerville with my parents. I found this cool milk bottle at the antique shop to add to my bottle collection.Scored not quite enough yarn for my Seamless Yoke sweater. 4 balls of Galway Highland Heather #712 and one ball #722.Edna would have ordered more for me, but with being into tax season now, I don't know when I might get down her way again. The Knitter carries Galway, so I can get the remaining skeins delivered. Although my original intent was to make the sweater much like EZ demonstrates in the book and video, now that I have yarn in hand, my plans are evolving. The Galway knits at 4.5 st/inch so using the Supermerino, which knits at 5 st/inch, won't really work as I had hoped for the yoke. Instead, I've decided to knit the sweater with hems, rather than rib or garter stitch bands. In this way, I can use the Supermerino for hem facings. I'm simply enthralled with the idea of having something so flashy hidden inside the sweater. What do you think?The body will be the brown color. This leaves the yoke. Problem...problem solved.
Traditional Scandinavian Knitting arrived from Amazon today. There are literally hundreds of pattern ideas in here. I'm already eyeing a few, but since the yoke is a LONG way away, I've got plenty of time to mull it over. I'll also have to decide if I want to use any other colors. I've got the ball of cream. And I do like the way these Scandinavian patterns look in just two colors. But I'm considering getting a ball of navy or maybe red just for a little highlight.

Today it's bitter cold out, currently 22. Quinn and I have been snuggled under a blanket all morning watching Doctor Who season 2. I just saw PBS has a Black Adder marathon on this afternoon, and DIY has a Knitty Gritty marathon this evening. Of course, we'll probably be watching the Super Bowl, but should be able to catch a few bits in between.

PS...title reference from the most excellent John Hughes movie Sixteen Candles. Farmer Ted sings the Beatles "You say it's your birthday" to Sam while seated in half a car in the school's auto shop. Yes, no better way to pick yourself up on a birthday than watching the ultimate birthday movie.