Monthly Archives: April, 2007

Learn to be still.

Today’s Saturday Sky isn’t just the sky, it’s the squeal inducing sight I saw this morning when I climbed out of bed:

To understand why I squealed, I have to back up a bit, to Tuesday.

A fast moving, strong snowstorm went through on Tuesday. The storm started with ice pellets falling from the sky for several hours and this morphed into 50+mph winds and several inches of heavy, wet snow. During the storm, my power went out and I looked out my window to see a power pole snapped in two:

Power outages are common where I live so I had prepared by filling my washing machine with water and turning up the heat in the house.

When I saw the power pole was snapped, I knew I was in trouble. Once the storm cleared and ushered in warm, sunny weather, I discovered that at least five power poles right about my house were snapped and over 150 poles in my area had suffered the same fate.

This was not going to be the usual 4-6 hour power outage. I expected it to be about as long as the longest power outage I had ever experienced here: 26 hours.

I was wrong. So very wrong.

My power went out Tuesday afternoon. It did not come back on until late Saturday afternoon. For those of you keeping track at home, my power was off for 98 hours.

98 hours with no electricity, no heat and no running water.

The lack of heat was only a problem the first day. I spent Night One shivering underneath five blankets while wearing a sweatsuit, wool socks and fuzzy feet.

The lack of running water was a pain, but wasn’t that big of a deal. I keep ten gallons of drinking water in the house at all times and while I did make a Wal*Mart run on Day Two for more water and batteries, the critters and I probably could have survived on those ten gallons. I used the water in the washing machine to flush the toilet, so I just missed showering and washing my hair.

The lack of electricity bothered me a lot for the first day or so. I’m a news junkie and am always checking the cable news channels and websites to see what’s going on in the world. When I knit, I’m always watching TV, surfing the Internet, emailing and IM’ing at the same time. After a day without these distractings, I settled into a relaxing new routine.

I took time during the day to sit on my deck and watch the birds play in the trees. When the sun had set in the evening I didn’t immediately pull the curtains and turn on the lights. I kept the curtains open until the last drop of daylight had been squeezed from the sky.

Then I turned on my lanterns and began to knit.

I started with the Socks of Spring, but they didn’t hold my interest for long:

I was in a heel turning mood one night and turned four heels:

Finally, I cast on for the socks I’ve been thinking about for about a month:

I’m amazed at how much I can knit when I focus on just the knitting. It was a nice change to knit only to the soft snoring of dogs and when I felt the need to hear noise, I caught up on the many podcasts that have been languishing on my iPod.

I’m happy to be back in the 21st century, but I’m grateful for the time I had to slow down and appreciate everything around me.

Off my rocker.

 

Actually, I’ll be in a rocker and if you live near Pueblo and would like to rock with us, more details are here.

I will be knitting and rocking the whole day. If you’d like to pledge money while I knit and rock, please contact me. All donations will be given to Warm The World to support their fantastic efforts.

You can also donate directly to Warm The World here.

As my longtime blog readers know, I’ve been knitting for Warm The World for about two years now. Just last month, I was asked to join the board. The board is currently getting its sea legs (we have six brand new board members) and I expect that we’ll be off and running within the next month or so.

WTW is a non-profit organization with 501-(c)3 designation and operates solely on donations. There are no paid staff members. Everything (yarn, patterns, needles, hooks) is donated to WTW by knitters and crocheters like you. An overview of who we support can be found here.

Simply Thursday.

I’m feeling restless with my current socks. I like them, but I keep itching to cast on new socks. Here’s what is on the needles now:

I’ve received a few questions about my Paas dyed yarn, specifically: “How did you get all those colors by just throwing it all in the pot?”

I should have explained this in my original post. Obviously, it wasn’t just a case of tossing the dye and yarn together and hoping for the best. It was actually a comedy of errors that managed to turn out wonderfully.

I originally dyed the yarn pink. However, the yarn sucked up the dye before I could get the whole skein swished around, so the skein was about half pink and half not dyed. I decided to mix up the ‘spring green’ dye tablet and paint the undyed portions of the skein. However, being the klutz that I am, I accidentally dropped the green dye tablet in the dye bath, and not the in container I had set aside for it. The pink and green combined to make a color that can only be described as ‘dog puke brown’. It wasn’t pretty.

At this point, I just wanted to save the skein so I picked the darkest color tablet (‘denim’) and mixed up two tablets of this color. I poured the dark blue dye into the dye pot, mixed it up and walked away for an hour or so. When I returned, I was very happy to see the green/blue/yellow/touch-of-pink skein that you saw in the last post.

Maybe I’ll cast this yarn on the needles next. I’m curious to see how it turns out.

Samantha recently discovered my shawl lying across the back of the couch. She pulled it down, balled it up and went to sleep:

Kishka is a simple girl. She just uses the pillow:

Two more pairs of socks (kind of).

When the sock bug bit me a few months ago, I really didn’t know what I was doing. The first two pair of socks I knit this year were a couple inches too short. I’ve been looking at them in my dresser drawer for the past couple of months and wishing they fit. So, I decided to do something about it. I’ve spent the past couple of days unraveling the toes and reknitting them. Besides getting socks that fit, I’ve become very good at the kitchener stitch.

Here are the Splash of Red socks, before and after:

And the Candy Cane socks, before and after:

I’ve also done some unexpected yarn dying. The other day I was searching for the dogs’ heartworm pills (why do I always misplace those?) and found a stash of Paas egg dye. I don’t remember buying it, but I must have planned on dying yarn and then forgot I had the dye. I had one skein of Bare leftover from my December Kool-Aid dying session, so I tossed it in the ‘pot’ with some egg dye:

I like Paas dying a lot more than Kool Aid dying. It was much easier and a lot less messy. Here’s the finished yarn:

I didn’t get a chance to blog Saturday’s Sky this week and it’s just too gorgeous to skip:

Samantha continues to love her new rabbit:

And I finally got a shot of her sleeping on her back:

And here’s Kishka, smooshed into her favorite chair:

Another pair of the plan.*

Iris Socks

 

 

 

What: Iris Socks
Yarn: Perchance to Knit in the Irises colorway
Needles: size 2, Susan Bates dpn’s
Pattern: basic cuff down pattern as outlined in Knitting Rules, page 144-145**

Date started: 3/30/07

Date finished: 4/13/07
Lesson Learned: None.

Destination: my feet!

** Modified pattern to incorporate K2P2 ribbing; 5″ leg, changed heel flap to 32 rows

This is my first time using this yarn and I’m very happy with it. The colors are vibrant and I had plenty left over (which doesn’t always happen with my clown feet):

* The plan is world domination via knitted socks.

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This week’s feast:

Appetizer
When you were a child, which crayon color was your favorite?

From what I remember, I tended to gravitate toward the bright pinks, purples and greens. I do remember a fondness for magenta, but that’s just because I thought the word looked cool.

Soup
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest), how likely would you be to change jobs if it required you to move?

I lived through this a few months ago and the answer is 1. My job moved and I chose not to move with it.

Salad
Take all the numbers in your birthday and your phone number and add them up, one by one. What’s the total?

Silly questions. Next!
Main Course
Have you ever “re-gifted” anything? If so, what was it and who did you pass it on to?

I’m sure I have, but I can’t remember a specific item. I don’t think it’s bad to re-gift (as long as you use some sense about it). I would rather have someone re-gift something I gave to them than have them never use it or to throw it out.

Dessert
Name something you need from the store.

Yarn. Oh, I guess that’s not a need. I don’t need anything because I just went to the store.

I was awake for the sunrise this morning:

The Iris socks should be finished soon:

Today’s portraits:

Socks, sunset and snow (?).

I’ve been doing a lot of computer work lately, so I cast on a simple pair of socks that I can knit while I’m clicking:

Last night’s sunset:

The calm before the storm.

Kishka doesn’t want to see any more snow:

Sam’s hiding her face in her bunny to avoid even thinking about it:

Socks on parade.

The Iris socks are knitting for home:

The Pastel Rainbow socks are (finally!) past the heel:

The Socks of Spring have their cuffs finished:

Samantha loves her toys. Here she is with her (now headless) purple bear:

And, thanks to post Easter clearance sales, here is her new rabbit:

Finally, last night’s sunset:

Cheery socks to brighten up a dreary day.

Today’s Saturday Sky was not pretty:

And the ground looked even worse:

I made the most of the weather by finishing a pair of socks.

Berry Pink Socks

What: Berry Pink Socks
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash: less than 1 skein of 807 (Raspberry) and small amount of 850 (Lime Sherbet)
Needles: size 4, Inox
Pattern: YO Cable adapted from Sensational Knitted Socks*

Date started: 3/14/07

Date finished: 4/8/07

Lesson Learned: 1 – This was my first time using Inox needles and I really liked them. 2 – This pattern was very enjoyable: simple and easy to memorize.

Destination: my feet!

* The pattern in the book is written for toe up socks with a short row heel and toe. I rewrote the pattern for a cuff down sock with heel flap. CO 50. 4.5″ leg and 8″ before toe decreases.

Feasting on socks.

Today’s Friday’s Feast:

Appetizer
When you travel, which mode of transportation do you prefer?

I usually travel by plane because I’m short on time. I like the speed of flight, but I love seeing the scenery when I travel so I would prefer to drive or take a train.

Soup
Have you ever met a blogging friend in person?

No, but I hope to someday.

Salad
When was the last time you were really, really tired?

Last Saturday. I arrived home after the Quilt and Stitch Expo and crashed for several hours.

Main Course
If you could have dinner with any one fictional character from a book or movie, who would it be?

Ack. I don’t like questions like this. I can separate fact from fiction, thankyouverymuch.

Dessert
Fill in the blank: One day, I hope to see _______________.

One day, I hope to see my name on a mortgage. I really like my little rental home, but I long to paint the walls and have a bigger yard.

Yesterday I cast on for a new pair of socks with this yarn:

Then, I looked at my sock bin and got distracted by the Berry Pink socks:

I tried to include Kish in the yarn photo shoot but she really wasn’t interested:

She’d rather sit around and look pretty:

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