Sunday, February 1, 2009

Digging out..

Much of this week has been spent digging out in various ways from the ice/snow storm that hit many states, including Ohio. I took some pictures of the snow and was really beautiful to watch but such a PITA to deal with. Our power went out at 6 a.m on Wednesday morning, came back on at 10 a.m., went out again at 1 p.m., so we went out to dinner and prayed that it would come back on, otherwise we would have driven 4 hours to get to my parents' home in Cleveland, Ohio. God was smiling on us because our power did come back on, about a 1/2 hour after we got home. Let me tell you that 1/2 hour in the plummeting temperature of our apartment, complete with a scared whining dog and a rambunctious preschooler, was not the best time I have ever had. We made it fun for Charlie (our son) by going under the covers and pretending we were camping out in a tent.

I mailed out my Valentine's Day Swap package to my partner. I had so much fun putting it together! Just in case she reads this, I'm not going to put up a picture of the finished package but I really hope she likes it!

Just been knitting a lot this week--got the dishcloth bug, so I have been trying out a bunch of different patterns. Went to the Jo-Ann Fabrics superstore in Columbus the other night to browse before we ate dinner, and was pleasantly surprised at the selection of yarn they had. I was unable to find Vanna's Glamour, one of Lion Brand's new yarns that I wanted to try. I did, however, get a maxi-sized skein of Bernat Sox and 2 skeins of Premier Yarns' Deborah Norville collection Serenity sock weight. It's a blend of superwash wool , bamboo (yummy), and nylon. It is really soft and I'm hoping knits up well and lasts relatively long. I'm having a problem with some of the socks I have made, namely my first pair. Where the joins are for the dpns, there is more wear on the sock than in other areas. It's making a really thin fabric, but this is after probably 50+ washes in the machine and drying in the dryer. I'm going to try different ways of creating socks, to give myself more variety and also to figure out how to build a better sock.

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