Saturday, February 19, 2011

a tribble for Nerd Wars on Ravelry

I'm making progress on my projects for Nerd Wars on Ravelry. Here's my entry into the category -- a tribble made from Fun Fur and Wool-Ease. The sides have been "sewn" together in a 3-needle bind-off. All that remains is to stuff it slightly and draw the top and bottom together.
Tribble in progress
As to snow..... It's completely melted off the back porch. We can even see some blades of grass in the lawn -- due to the warm weather we've been having. The big piles of snow are even half the size they were before!

Monday, February 14, 2011

snow, a week later

These pictures were taken a week after our big snowstorm. It's going to take quite a while for all that snow to melt.....

The roads are dry. But, the temperature hadn't been over freezing for about 2 weeks. That's supposed to change.

In fact, it did. ... Sunday, the temperature was above freezing and stayed above freezing overnight.

And, maybe, the groundhog was right. We're supposed to get our first 50 degree day this Thursday -- exactly 2 weeks after the prediction of an early spring. :)

We discovered an unusual danger from icicles on Saturday. An icicle turned on one of our outside spigots. We heard water running. After checking everywhere around the house, we finally checked outside. An icicle had turned a spigot on. My DH had to dig through the snow to get to the spigot and turn it off.


On Friday, I discovered that Wool-Ease is very durable. I had gotten out of the car in a parking lot that I often go to -- and discovered a scarf that I hadn't known I'd lost. It was just barely visible in the ice of the parking lot. So, I took it home, let it thaw out, and then washed it. It's as good as new!

My knitting projects so far this month have mostly been Star Trek and/or Nerd Wars related. Here is the Red Rectangle Nebula dishcloth that I (designed and) knit as part of the competition.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

snow

I haven't done any blogging for quite a while, but today seemed like a good day to start again -- with some snow pics.

According to the weatherman, this was the third largest snowfall in 129 years of Chicago record-keeping. The first pic is my DH digging his way down the driveway to the road, in order to have enough room to use the snow-blower. The powdery snow goes past his knees.

The second pic is our back porch. It had a little snow on it from before. But, now the snow lies next to the patio door -- about 20" deep for the entire patio. Before this snow, the total for the season for Chicago was around 30".

I've started getting ideas for knitting projects -- and am about to have too much knitting to do (or that I'd like to do).

I've joined Nerd Wars on Ravelry. I've finished my first project -- a Red Rectangle Nebula dishcloth -- and am thinking about what to work on next. I've also got some ideas on socks and sweaters..... And, I'm thinking seriously about a big project, Moni's Windsbraut Pirat shawl.