Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursdays Are For Knit Group

Accompanied by  some chocolate Easter eggs, to keep  our sugar levels from dropping,  knitting today was lively and fun.

Look at Wilma's sweater! 
Finished, with her first-ever zipper installed,  it is a great spring garment. Look at that fit.  Isn't that perfect?  With trepidation, Wilma chose to knit a smaller than normal size. But it turned out perfectly.
This is The Sarah from  Button Up Your Top Down.

Ruth finished the socks she was knitting for her grandaughter' birthday gift. 
In lots of time for   Janessa's May 23rd birthday.  What a  lucky girl to have Grandma knit for her.

Sandy B just returned from a knitting cruise.  5 full days of workshops, food, knitting,  sunshine and  yarn shopping.  Look at this haul.
The bright blue on the left is from Richard Devrieze, dyed especially for the cruise and named after the  ship - Brilliance. 

While cruising, Sandy started this pretty pink piece. 
The pattern is featured on the front cover of  Knitting Traditions

Angela is determined to become a sock knitter.  With a bit of help on how to pick up those pesky gusset stitches, she is well on her way.

Lauren's socks are unique.  Knitting them for a friend who suffers from cold feet, she has done the  leg normally but combined mohair  with the sock yarn for the foot.  Very 'one of a kind' Lauren.

Lots of knitting,   just a bit   -  ):  -   of chocolate.  Perfect for Easter week, don't you think?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Flood Relief

Flood Relief.  Not the kind that the insurance companies or government agencies  cover but flood relief nonetheless.

Speaking of insurance companies, my Montreal niece works for an insurance company as an Actuary. That means she is a statistician who studies risk assessment issues for the company.  She tells me that Canada is the only one of the G7 countries that does not provide 'overland flooding' insurance.  As she said - "Think how disappointed the people in Alberta were last summer." 

Today, we are getting our own flood protection.  Despite knowing that in the 8 years we have lived here there has never been water until this frigid winter  and,  despite our belief that in the 39 years of the house's life the basement has never before flooded, we felt we had to do something.  Something to ease our uneasiness not to mention that of future buyers.  We are putting in  a sump pump.

 The worker.

The helper.

Now, fully dug and no water in sight.  How about that!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Discouraging News Times Two.

Our weatherman does not know his Metric from his Imperial.  Metric and Imperial are two systems of  measurement very different from each other.  Canada is a metric nation.  Last night the weatherman predicted 2 - 4 centimetres  of snow.  With 2 1/2 centimetres equalling one inch  we were expecting an overnight snowfall of somewhere between 3/4 of an inch and almost 2 inches.  Instead we got this.

That looks like an Imperial 4 to me. 

I could probably cope with that one disappointment but today I have two.  Yesterday I posted that my gauge on the summer cardi currently on my needles was 12 sts over 4 inches.  Turns out, I too have trouble with measurements.  For fun, last night,  I tried on the cardi.  Gosh it seemed tight.  I double checked  the gauge, once, twice,  then again and again.  Turns out I have 16 sts/4in.

Unfortunately the cardi was being knit to the wrong gauge.  It is definitely too tight.  My options are to carry on and forever wear it while constantly tugging at it -  or -  to start over.  Guess I'll do the latter.

While it hurts to give up on 12 out of a required 23 inches of knitting,

 it does seems as if time is on my side.