It has been a bit topsy- turvy here at my house. The remodeling crawls on, slowed considerably by some contractors. One of my co-workers said one day, after another tale of travails, “Too bad you don’t have a blog. You could tell all these stories.” I just smiled. If they don’t knit, they don’t know, I guess.
Anyway, I will not bore you with tales of Tough-Luck-Tony, the plumber, stories of water lines severed or misplaced heat pipes etc. He is now in nursing school, and only plumbing during school breaks, he told me as he took a long, deep drag on his cigarette. (Kind of Johnny LaRue goes to Nursing School.) You all have your own house problems, I’m sure. We are still dealing with the problems left by SfBrains, the previous owner. Just a word of advice for potential homebuyers. If the guy you are buying the house from says he did the work himself, or had the work done, RUN to your city offices and see if he pulled permits. If he didn’t, RUN AWAY.
I just finished a beautiful stole in Madelinetosh Tosh Lace. It’s a superwash yarn, gorgeous colors, but very ‘sproingy’- almost like a boucle. I’m sure you spinners out there have a technical term. The stitches really curled up on themselves while knitting, and I used more markers in Feather and Fan than ever before. It blocked out perfectly, exposing a dropped stitch I missed and had to fix. Repairing mistakes seems to be a theme around here these days.
I do have pictures of the guest teacher in my last Great American Aran Afghan Class. The talented and generous Susan Rainey brought her finished afghan to class and told the tales of the squares.
It helped students to hear that certain squares required Susan to lock herself in the basement. If she had to do that, they could be assured that those squares really were difficult.
Susan’s technical expertise is the stuff of legend here in Minnesota. (And elsewhere!) I am signing up for her zipper insertion class at the Yarnery. I know I’ll learn a few tricks.