Sunday, July 26, 2009

Not listening

La La La La...not listening Universe...not listening.

We've got 221 days until vacation, and while I should be packing to move on down the road from this assignment, I am beleaguering the reference desk with book requests about the area and surfing the web. Lo! I come across a job listing for just the town I would want to move to if I were to move to that part of the country, and a nice real estate listing (or 3). What are the odds that a town of 5000 would have an opening for TAOs speciality position? And did I mention the 3 different people I met recently who had moved from the area because of family obligations and were sorry?

Fresh off the needles:

Nanners by the redoubtable Wendy D. Johnson. Did you see she will have a new book out next March? Worked up in stash Koigu with about 5 yards to spare at the end.

Since I should be focusing on transitioning in August, I think I may skip next month's KAL pattern and get some things off the needles instead. Maybe, we'll see ; )

Ps: TAO seems suspicious about the big items that have moved out of the house via Freecycle lately. Help me re-assure him that I am just cleaning.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The shrinking sweater

I was doing so good with my FLS, but then decided that I wanted the sleeve to fit differently and so had to rip an Entire Sleeve. Sigh But those couture, custom fitted clothes are so worth it in the end.

224 days to vacation.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


My plate, life, the needles, hard-drive, everything but the petrol tank.

I'm not complaining. This "Whoof, don't add one more thing" feeling, gave me the impetus to book a vacation. 233 days from now TAO and I will be getting on a plane and vacating for an entire week! Already booked the lodging, plane, parking, car ~ all we need is a house/dog sitter; anyone ever felt the driving need to relax in Wisconsin for a week? (to save you the math, that would be in March) March is not known as being the best month to live in Wisconsin. So it's the perfect time for a housesitter to relax in front of the fire, drinking hot toddies, and watching the big screen HD, or rifling my stash.

We're going to Sedona AZ. About 10-12 years ago I told TAO "I really want to go to Sedona someday". "Where's that?" "Arizona, high desert country" "Why?" "Absolutely no idea, but I really want to go." "Okay, someday".

Well, of course, everytime we discussed going something came up. Job crisis, his surgery, my surgery, major move...always something. Then I got angry. And decided that as I am the type of person who hates to waste money (just ask TAO, he hangs up if he calls and I say I'm doing the budget); I would go ahead and Do It. So we may be deaf, blind, on one leg and pushing an IV pole through airport security but we're going.

TAO claims that we can't go "because you'll go, fall in love with it, come back sell the house, and I'm too tired to move the stuff outta the basement." I told him he watches too much TV, his imagination has run away with him.

Let's hope it goes better than our previous vacation disasters.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

FOs are blooming

Done! My Snapdragon socks are finished, with two of a gauge that let me put them on. I suppose I could have just knit the second sock to match the first gauge and given them as a gift, but Snapdragons are my favourite flower, and, well...I'm not that giving. (and I have so few hand-knit sock worthies in my life.)

I'm not certain about the sudden and swift pooling that occurred on each sock, I would have preferred the stripeyness of the foot to have prevailed but there didn't seem to be a pattern to the yarn puddles, although it was repeated in each skein. Oh well, flowers grow like that too.

Size 2.0mm for foot, 2.25 for leg, 3.0 for bindoff
Pattern: Diagonal Lace from Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy D. Johnson
Mods: only the toe, changed it to try a variation I won't be using again.
Yarn: SweetGeorgia Superwash Sock in Snapdragon