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Thursday, April 19, 2007

A Power Cut

Yesterday evening we had a power cut. We had power cuts frequently where we used to live but this was our first here. Don't know what caused it but it certainly wasn't the non-existent-forecasted-major storm. Maybe some poor animal now has the punk look it was always wishing for.

I am hoping that someone will explain to me how weather forecasters can get it so wrong. Yesterday there were winter storm warnings. A minimum of 15cm snow with up to 30cm overnight. Newsreels of previous spring snows were shown as a dire warning of what we would wake up to today. Yesterday morning, I rescheduled the appointment I had for today as the weather forecasters were so certain.

What did we wake up to this morning? Not even 1cm. That's right no snow. You're warned not to make any unnecessary journeys, how about no unnecessary warnings.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

How Long Is A Scarf?

Sports season has started so I started a simple scarf with some yarn I was given. I don't really like the mix of colours in the yarn but they are not too bad in the pattern I have chosen. I have been knitting away while the boy child has been running up and down and the scarf is quickly growing. My original intention was to knit until the yarn ran out but that is going to make a pretty long scarf. But if I stop at what I feel is the correct length, what do I do with the remaining yarn? The colour way certainly has not been growing on me and there won't be enough left to do much with, anyway.

The other thing is, when I finish the scarf I will need another easy project for sports, so if I just keep knitting away to the end, it will give me time to choose another easy project.

How long is a scarf anyway?

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A Useful Item?

A couple of years ago I started to make an afghan in two colours using the slip stitch method rather than fair isle. I chose a white and a light blue yarn but the light blue was not enough of a contrast for the design to stand out and I completed just one square of the afghan. I kept the square, not wanting to destroy my hard work but not knowing what to do with it.

Well last week it became a cushion cover. I bought some fabric sat down at the sewing machine and this is our new soft furnishing. Move over Nate.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Weather Man

I decided that it was about time that I posted a photo that I actually took on a Saturday. So here it is.

Note the blue sky. This was the first blue sky for a week. By Wednesday (the 4th) we had reached the total of April's average snow fall. This was due to the low temperatures otherwise it would have been raining. In other words no blue sky. The weather forecasters were embarrassed as they had been predicting temperatures of at least 16 degrees for the weekend. I'm sure they get it right sometimes.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

My Claim To Fame

The other evening I was showing the spousal unit the statistics that my host provides for this blog. He was particularly interested in the page that showed the searches that people had done that had brought them to my blog. They were all knitting or yarn related except one. Someone had come to me by searching for chinook cloud.

So into Google that phrase went and the Spousal Unit was really impressed that my blog came up on the first page of the search results.

Gentle Reader, I will let you live vicariously through me and you may tell all your friends that you know someone whose blog comes up on the first page of a Google search.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

It's A Bear!

Winnie now has a face and is complete.

Last time I made a bear it was a panda. The limbs and other parts were made separately from the body and were sewn to the stuffed body. This was not easy and involved one person (me) pinning the parts to the body and another person (spousal unit) standing at a distance giving directions. That bear I gave away to a charity auction.

With Winnie, the arms, legs, ears and nose were made separately and then crocheted to the body at the appropriate place. As I completed more of him it felt like he was hugging me as I was working. Combine this with no intended recipient and Winnie is here to stay.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Another Upside-down Adventure

We had a couple to dinner on Saturday. For dessert I made a raspberry Charlotte Russe. Very basically, you put fruit and jelly (Jello) in the bottom of a dish, put sponge fingers around the sides of the dish and then fill the middle with a mixture of fruit, cream and gelatin and let it set for several hours. When you are ready to serve, it is turned out onto a serving dish. Hence the upside-down part.

The moon must have been in the right phase on Saturday night as it turned out perfectly. Except the Spousal Unit decided to tease me and ask if I was going to take a photo of it.

So no photo and it did get eaten.