Monday, March 24, 2014

It's 5 O'Clock somewhere

It's the song that's playing right now. You know, I went through my entire Spring Break and did not drink once? How lame is that?

So we got an update on Elvis the Grebe. Apparently the name did not stick, so the Grebe will be it's name from now on. The Four Lakes people sent the Grebe over to Milwaukee to the Wildlife Center at Wisconsin Humane Society. They have more experience with water birds and such being so close to Lake Michigan. The Grebe is chilling in a pool that allows it to dive for food. They want the bird to gain some weight before release. 

Our animals are in mating mode. There's hookup and breakups, and it's just hectic out there. We're dealing with an animal who keeps stealing eggs in the garage. We've tried live traps, snap traps, glue traps, sulfur bombing, and poisoning. So far, not so good. I'm now putting poison into egg shells so that the stupid thing will GO AWAY. I've got 4 girls that want a place to lay their eggs and this thing refuses to read it's eviction papers.

Spring Break meant doing some work, some sewing and some sleeping. My asthma has been giving me grief. Of course, without opening that care can of worms, suffice it to say I dove into my hoarded stash of Advair to kick it. It's not going to be doing me any good hoarding it if I am dead from this asthma. 

 I'm still working on the cabled shawl. It's about 1 1/2 skeins down now. I don't know how many I'll use, but probably not all 10 of them. That would be 2,800 yards of shawl.

The cables are doing well, and I am happy that I got one of those try-it sets from Knit Picks before I committed to a whole set. The Caspian needles are just pointy enough to make cables easier. The nickel ones are not. I think if I have the extra $$ I'll get the set of the wooden ones.

This is the start of a shawl called Piper's Journey and it's really easy for the first 1/2: Just knitting back and forth increasing at the edge. Now it's directions state to add both edge increases on the same row and just knit back. Well...............that worked for about 3 rows. 

I have a habit of reading e-books while knitting brainless stuff like this. I forgot to add the increases at the beginning. Then I thought, "Hey, why not just add the increases at each end?" It works out the same: added 4 stitches on each end.  I'm getting some Lime Green yarn from a fellow Raveller for the edging. This shawl will probably be gifted to a friend of mine who is expecting her first child in about a month and a half. She'll need a nursing shawl that is light and airy. 

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