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Saturday, July 28, 2007

I'm A Real Knitter

I'm always amazed when I don't have the right size needles for a project. I have been knitting for ever so you would have thought I had enough by now. Mostly it is when I want to use a circular needle and the ones I have are either too short or too long, never just right.

So I head off to the LYS as I need a super dooper length of circular needle. And what does the owner say to me? You're still knitting in this weather. You must be a real knitter. I felt like asking why she was open if she didn't think anyone was knitting.

But she was very kind and said she would put the right size needle to one side for me when it comes in.

Monday, July 16, 2007

No Sky

Last week I showed how easier it was to see the Saturday Sky. This week I will show you what I have done to make it harder to see the Saturday Sky.

One of the windows we had replaced was in our bathroom which was all well and good except that now we didn't have a blind so I had to put my body through contortions to get in and out of the shower without scaring the neighbours. I want to make a blind for the window but I can't wait for the long nights to settle in so I needed some sort of temporary solution. I decided a telescopic pole inside the window with some fabric hanging from it would work fine for a while.

First trip to Linen n Things for the pole. My window width is 18 inches. There are two poles that cover that length: one goes up to 18 inches and the other starts at 18 inches. I made an executive decision and bought the longer pole which was a good decision as it started shorter than the stated length. I remembered that I have a table runner which is the right width and I thought would hang over the pole and do the job; but when I opened the drawer, I espyed something more interesting which did not have a current home:- a crocheted lace circular table cloth.

The edging was holey enough to go through the curtain rod and the cloth was the right size and colour to fit the window and room.

What do you think?

The funny thing about this is that I have always wanted to crochet a lace curtain but haven't done so because I haven't wanted to put a lot of work into something that looks awful in use. This has changed my mind.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Before & After

Not really Saturday Sky pictures but something to help me see the sky more clearly.

I mentioned that we had had some windows replaced. Well this was our bedroom window at the beginning of the week

and this is the window now

What a difference. Just need to get the blind back up as the neighbours can see us clearly too!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Beam Me Up Scotty

This week we had some windows and the back door replaced. Somewhere along the line someone had put a screen door on the back. Except they forgot to take into account the lights on the outside which the door now banged into, so to solve that problem they just removed the light bulbs. Not that we used the lights as they were security lights - just what you wanted for an evening on the deck a sudden blast of bright light. The handle on the screen door didn't work very well so you had to bash it to get it to open and the back door could be hard to open when an air pocket formed between the two doors. So as we needed to have some windows replaced we decided to have the screen door removed and the back door replaced.

I had to get a new lock for the new door so I decided to get one of those electronic ones with a key pad. (And this is not going to be a rant about not being able to change the master number. Grrgh.)

The one I chose came with two remote controls. Which was not the reason I chose this particular lock but I am sure the marketing people thought it was a good sales feature.

Up here all packaging is in English and French; so one side of the box says "with remote control" and the other side says "avec télécommande".

Beam Me Up Scotty!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Good Morning

If the weather forecasters are correct, this week promises to be hot and dry. Warm enough to go out this morning with my coffee, although not so dry that there wasn't still dew on on the ground.

This is one of the sights that greeted me.

I wonder how long it will last.

Monday, July 2, 2007

To The Lighthouse

I finished reading this book this morning and really enjoyed it. It was beautifully written and you could imagine a person's train of thought jumping around.

Why do I mention this book and not all the others I read?

Because the first time I tried to read this book I thought it was a load of rubbish and wondered why it was so well thought of. What has changed since then?

One major difference is where I was reading it. And I don't mean a different country. When I first tried to read it was on a railway commute. I read many different things on my train journeys but maybe there was too much noise or distractions to appreciate the writing. This time round I was able to read in the peace and quiet of my home and savour the writing.

The other difference is that since the first attempt, I have read another book by Virginia Woolf and a biography before embarking on To the Lighthouse.

I read Mrs. Dalloway because I wanted to read The Hours and thought it would be useful to read Mrs. Dalloway first; and I wanted to read The Hours as I thought it would be a good idea to read it before seeing the film.

By the way, I still haven't seen the film.