Thursday, June 18, 2009

After the Storm

After the storm. We had a little dampness in our basement. It's nothing compared to what others in my area had to endure.

I'm still plugging away with my sweater & the mate to the Tidal Wave sock. In the meanwhile, I'm awaiting for the arrival of the book: Socks from the Toe Up: Essential Techniques and Patterns from Wendy Knits from my local library. I love WendyKnits patterns, but I just can't seem to get the hang of toe-up socks. From what I've read from other knitting groups, she has a lot of helpful hints & techniques for knitting socks from the toes up in the book. So, I'm going to borrow her book from the library & if I discover that I can figure out her patterns, then I may consider buying the book.

A Bad Night/Good Night

We had tornado warnings & flash flood warnings all about us tonight. After my husband left for work this afternoon, the news came on...."If you don't have to go out tonight, stay home, don't go out." This news arrived after the fact. Also, DS was out for a Rugby practice.

I tried to take comfort in my knitting & in prayer.

I called about my DS, hoping they had the good sense to NOT play in an open field when lightening was touching down. He was OK. He was indoors watching a movie waiting out the storm. Then, another call from a friend from church to tell me that my hubby was on his way home, but the bridges & roads were flooded. More knitting & more praying. The phone rang again, DS was on his way home when a tow truck tried passing them in a single lane. The car got side-swiped & the mirror knocked off & tire blown out, BUT everyone was OK.

Then, the phone rang again. My hubby was being driven home by a friend & they drove under an under-pass right into deep water. The car filled instantly with water up to their waist. They got towed to a nearby motel & called home.

I stopped knitting & just prayed. I gave thanks that everyone made it home safe & sound and that the storm is over.

Good Night.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A New Pup and New Knitting

About a month ago, DS decided that we needed to give a puppy a home. We already have a 6 YO Beagle named Monty, that doesn't do much other than sleep and eat. He's house-broken and we basically don't know that he's around unless we wake him up or open the fridge. Why ruin a good thing?

Well, after much persuasion and charming us, he brought "Puddles" into our home.

Yes, he does live up to his name! But, he seems to have adjusted to his new people and he is a delight to have with us. He's about a year old. Puddles is part Tri-colored Beagle and part Basset Hound. He's so goofy and cute looking at the same time. He likes to play all the time and he has brought the 1st dog out of his coma. Sometimes, Puddles can be relentless with his wrestling & playing with our older dog. Sometimes, I can just see Monty saying, "I didn't sign up for this." All in all, things are working out. There are days that my sides hurt from laughing at all the antics around here. Once Puddles, I like to refer to him as "Puddy", gets into action, it like watching a cartoon. And, yes, he has discovered my balls of yarn! Yikes! I have to remember to keep all my knitting stuff out of harm's way.

Now, onto knitting. A long time ago, I decided that I needed a basic white sweater. Well, I had started one and I had finished the back of it, but I could never figure how to stay in pattern while working the fronts, so I set it aside. My dear Mom has periodically asked me about the sweater. I think that she thinks that I'm in a sock-knitting rut. (Nonsense.) I mean ....can one really be in a sock-knitting rut? So, while I'm healing up from foot surgery, I looked for another sweater pattern to work on and I think that I found one.

It's knit from the bottom up, all one-piece on size 9 Cirs. My 9's, from Knit Picks set is in use, I wonder what forgotten project is on those needles? So, I had to dig out ol' Needle Master set from the 1980's.

Things are moving along, a bit more slowly compared to knitting socks. I have over 200 sts. & it takes me approximately 20-25 mins. to knit a row, but, hey, I've got 8 more wks. in a cast.

Big Triple Waves Afghan