Saturday, February 21, 2009

Where's the brown?

It's not the 67 degree day we had when the green grass and my pansies were awakening last week. But then, there aren't 92 mph winds, either.

The snow came back this week in 'nuisance snows' and rotten roads and big huge flakes in a blizzard format for 15 minutes. Then below zero windchills. The average temps this time of year are 40 and 28. True to form this season, we're feeling below average temps for extended periods. Whining is prevalent.

This shot was taken about 10 minutes ago. A beautiful, windless, cloudless morning. Sun certainly helps the mood... I'm dreaming of warmth.

Friday, February 20, 2009


At 2.75 in 2007, "W" was the top vote getter in 'The Devil Wears Zimmermann' segment. Linda knit that fabulous sweater you see on W here, a pattern directly out of EZ's work. Several of us have been passing W around and adding to his character.

Last summer W said that he felt that his heart was in a noose. Voila! Here is W with his black and bleeding heart in a noose. The heart is Red Heart Jeweltones and a Burgandy sport weight. The noose is a crochet chain of indeterminable origin, for which I learned via the internet how to tie a hangman's noose.

W goes home to Linda March 3rd...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

On the new Laptop

we have a blog post!

Thanks to Karen, I was able to download my pictures without installing a program --- she indicated to me on Ravelry that Vista has a digital picture program installed. Sure enough, the laptop immediately recognized the driver and then the camera. Downloading pics was more complicated. But only because I had to do it in an alternative method. Thank you Karen!

This first picture is the goodies spread out for BBB Lesson #2. I just have to write up the answers for the questions. I have all my notes ready for transcription.

And just what is on the keyboard? It is an Aran Laptop Cover, pattern by Michael del Vecchio. I copied from the link on Ravelry for the reprint in Canadian Living magazine.

The stats: 24" Boye circular size 9, but really the equivalent of an 8.5 if there were such a thing. Yarn is some of my single ply handspun Romney. Originally I spun a lot of single ply to weave into a blanket. Never was able to get that set up in Cochise, so I have a lot of thickly spun single ply. Such pretty shiny Romney.

So far, this is really fun to knit.

Friday, February 13, 2009

10 Days???

I cannot believe it has been ten days since I've posted! Lots has been happening, along with trying to be patient.

Remember the new TV? Well, it had to be replaced and the new indoor antenna and TV haven't been set up yet. (I'm the one who does that even though he has the radio engineer certificate!)

Along with that technology, my current desktop (Northgate) is suffering and has already been rebuilt three years ago and was manufactured by a company that is out of business. So....we went and bought a HP Pavillion laptop (see above). I'm not fond of twenty gazillion wires, so will be going wireless. The modem came today which has an ethernet cord, but the router hasn't yet arrived. The router was ordered from Windstream the day before they said they'd send me a replacement modem since mine came with only the USB cord and I now need an ethernet cord.

In the meanwhile I've been changing the email address on many things. Windstream bought Alltel's landlines and Alltel internet/email here. The agreement to keep Alltel email addys runs out in May, so it's best to transfer things early. And it seems that it's better to change things now with the old computer than when I'm trying to set up the new programs, even though the Alltel mail still will be delivered to the Windstream Inbox until May 15th.

Then the update on the sox...a few more rows done.

And the RTB? Here's as far as I've gotten. Thought I'd also share my white poinsettia blooming now. The baby's 5 years old! RTB was coming along beautifully until the BBB Lesson#2 came. I haven't touched it since. The lesson and the socks have been getting more attention.

Let's see...we had a 67 degree day, the snow is all gone, it's back to 38, I'm fighting a sinus infection, applied to 2.75 and I drove a day.

Glad the weekend's almost here --- Happy St. Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

The Varmint said What???

Yesterday was the weather holiday of the year. Phil lied because of all the media lights. It was heavily overcast on Gobbler's Knob yesterday.

The snow has really melted, and the birds and squirrels are grateful for additional food appearing. Yesterday the big grey squirrel was running on maple limbs chasing three cawing crows. Usurpers! Today the snow is so compacted that both Tawny and I can walk on top of it, leaving barely a print.

It's a month of holidays. We started out with one heck of a Super Bowl game. Harrison's runback touchdown was amazing, especially for Harrison, a running back. And that touchdown 18 seconds to the end! Whew! The victory parade is at noon today. Hope has borne fruit. St. Brigid's Day was yesterday, also. Tomorrow is Registration Day! Presidents' Day is later in the month, the 16th this year. I still consider the holiday "presidents'" day rather than "president's" day since we combined Lincoln and Washington's birthdays (the 12th and the 22nd, respectively) and often throw in other presidents, too, such as on History Channel and PBS specials.

This morning before the milky clouds thickened, the promise of outdoor lit knitting projects is fulfilled.

I know you don't believe that there is still a Round-the-Bend jacket, but there is! I worked on this beauty some yesterday. I much prefer my turns on this short row sequence than the wraps and turns by the sleeve. The wrap and turn area does need some reinforcement, so I am leaving the unsatisfactory W&Ts to be strengthened and beautified in the finishing stage.

The Heart and Sole Fire Sox have grown a bit since the last post. The color is better here on my monitor than the Barbar pictures of Saturday were. Think warmth, tomorrow's high is predicted to be 18. (Shakes head.)