Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Miscellaneous Updates

I haven’t posted because I’ve been intermittently under the weather.  Of course, this was complicated by the fact that I did not have a doctor here, at least not of the general type.  That situation has been remedied, and not only is she exploring with the aid of some tests what is going on with me, she has also propelled me fully into a preventative “catchup” of immunizations, new specialists to replace retired ones, and some of those tests that those of “a certain age” are supposed to have.  I’m going to have a busy few weeks.

Knitting—I have completed the unfinished square of the mitred crosses blanket and knitted two more.  I know some people find this pattern absolutely fascinating.  I don’t.  I like the completed squares and will like the completed blanket, but the knitting just doesn’t do it for me.  I’ve also knitted another hat.  Actually, I knitted it, did the finishing, and then discovered that I had dropped two stitches in the shaping section.  I ripped back and reknit.  Here are a couple of pictures of the hat as it is blocking:

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The first shows my blocking attempt over a bowl.  The hat ribbing is under the bottom edge so that it won’t be stretched too much.  The second is a detail shot of the pattern.  The pattern is the Foliage Hat, free on Ravelry.  This is the second hat that I have knitted recently by this same designer.  Both patterns have been beautifully written and include both written instructions and charts.  The yarn above is KnitPicks Swish DK; the color is actually more of a charcoal gray. 

I still haven’t finished all of my craft room, but I’m getting there.  Not feeling well has cramped my plans some.

We had quite a blizzard here.  Although I looked outside a lot, we stayed in, warm and cozy.  Since then, we’ve had a couple of near-60 days, and now we’re back to early spring wind.

Looking outside my dining room window, I can see the work going on on the house on the corner.  Today, they are grading for the pad, using some sort of laser or electronic or GPS device. 

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Looking out this window right now, we can see for a mile or so.  When the two remaining houses are built, we will have a view of a wall or fence.  That will take some getting used to.  However, I do have plans for a birdfeeder setup so that we will have activity to watch outside our window.  This town is a good place for birds.  I hope the lack of big trees in this neighborhood won’t hurt us too much in that regard, and it will certainly discourage the squirrels that cause mischief.  Of course, being this close to open country means that we have to be snake-conscious.  My son and a friend put down fabric and mulch in the front flower beds a couple of weeks ago.  The granddaughters are going to pick the flowers, which will probably be planted mid-April, just to be safe from freezes. 

I’m going to plug up to an audio book and try to do a little more work in my craft room today.  Peace!

1 comment:

Deb said...

I was just about to email you because you hadn't been posting. I hope that the drs figure out what's wrong and that you're all right in the end. We're expecting another 4-8 inches of snow tonight --- and I'm beginning to wonder if spring will ever come! I really dislike winter!