Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The groundhog was wrong!

Saturday was Groundhog's Day and Puxatawny Phil said that we would have 6 more weeks of winter. Never mind that the calendar says that anyway. Phil was wrong. Today the mercury rose to over 70 degrees and yesterday it was pretty close. Don't get me wrong, I like spring weather--I just prefer it to happen in the spring--not in February. I would much prefer a blizzard sometime this month. This warmth makes the kids at school go nuts!

Talk about a crazy day yesterday--I ran out of gas! Yup--at my age. I know better than to drive on an empty gas tank. Trouble was that I had Bird's Chrysler because DH was working on my car. There was about a third of a tank when I left for school in the morning and what looked like about a quarter of a tank when I left school in the afternoon. I went to yoga and got myself in a state of total chill only to have the car start losing power as I was going down Route 108 to Trader Joes. Fortunately I was able to drift right into the parking lot and do my shopping. Unfortunately there was no gas station near by. Turns out that DH was on his way home when I called him so he stopped off and picked up the gas can and got me fueled up. I took a nap for about 45 minutes while waiting for him. We ended up eating at 8:00 which put a damper on my evening. So much for my yoga induced chill!

I have started two new projects. The first is one that I can knit on autopilot. It is a scarf with a very simple lace pattern. I'm using the Artyarns Silk Rhapsody that I got from a Secret Pal.

I love the yarn but I have to be careful since it is really 2 strands side by side. It's easy to drop one of the strands. It is incredibly soft. It does require some special handling and it took me about an hour to wind the skein into a ball.

I also started Giselle. Now this yarn is the stuff dreams are made of. It is Handmaiden Double Sea Silk. It doesn't split, the stitch definition is wonderful, the skein wound easily and the colors are gorgeous. What's not to love!

This pattern uses an lifted increase stitch I've never done. I rather like the way it looks, but I think it would be easier on pointier needles than my Addis. I can't wait to finish this one. It is a gorgeous design!

I have knitting group tonight. It will be good to get together with the ladies!

Bushism of the day:
"I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what's moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read the news themselves." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Sept. 21, 2003

Kitty Cam:
Mikey gets in his "rub my belly" position. He parks himself next to me every night on the couch and does this!


  1. I like both of those yarns - I haven't tried either one, but they both look gorgeous. I've heard rave reviews on the Sea Silk, so I really must try that one.

  2. both of these look wonderful giselle is not my style so much but the increases looks great and the yarn even looks soft! i'l put it on my list of yarns i will covet! you are such a wealth of info when it comes to yarns!

  3. oh and bummer on the running out of gas sounds like you handled it way better than i would have.